How Do I Love Thee? Contest

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways...
Elizabeth Barrett Browning's sonnet #43 from the Portuguese is one of my favorite poems. It always makes my heart ache when I read it. What can I say, I am sucker for love. Lately I have been reading some novels that have seriously made me shed the waterworks, but not because of the romantic story line. I have gone thru tissue boxes because I am not getting my HEA (happily ever after) and I am not pleased. What does a girl have to do to get a happy story?

These economic times have been hard, work can be a dread although a necessity, relationships can falter, and my pants don't fit me anymore... life can suck. So, I would love to pick up a book, not a series, a book that would give me the little happiness that I am yearning for. Is anybody up for the challenge? I would like someone to tell me what is their favorite romantic, happily ever after, one book, love story, and tell me why they like it.

I believe that one good turn deserves another, so I have something to give in return. I am giving away an ARC of Destroy All Cars by Blake Nelson, author of Girl and Paranoid Park. This book is due out in the stores on May 1, 2009

Destroy All Cars
James Hoff likes to rant against America's consumerist culture. He also likes to rant against his ex-girlfriend, Sadie, who he feels isn't doing enough to change the world. But just like he can't avoid buying things, he also can't avoid Sadie for long. This is a fantastic, funny, sexy, cool masterpiece from one of the best YA writers at work today, an anti-consumerist love story that's all about idealism, in both James's relationship with the world and his relationships with the people around him.

Interested? if yes, then...
1) Respond to my post with your favorite HEA read and let me know why you love it and why I should read it.
2) Follow me, and if you already are then just say so.

See, it is simple easy peasy. The contest is open to everyone and I will announce the winner on Tuesday, February 17th.

8 comments on "How Do I Love Thee? Contest"

Lenore wrote: February 14, 2009 at 1:01 PM

Oh wow this is hard because HEA books are not what I usually read. I think Princess of the Midnight Ball falls into that category. And you should read it because it is a great fairytale retelling and the main character/hero is a man who knits. Which is pretty unique I think!

I am following you in my reader.

So Many Books, So Little Time wrote: February 14, 2009 at 1:30 PM

I have a serious problem with only picking one book so my suggestions are Remember Me? - Sophie Kinsella, Just Listen - Sarah Dessen and Lucy in the Sky - Paige Toon.

I'm already a follower

~Linda~ wrote: February 14, 2009 at 2:28 PM

Well I have to say my pants no longer fit :o(

I totally love Single White Vampire. A very Happy ending....

I'm already a follower as well.

karinlibrarian wrote: February 15, 2009 at 10:45 AM

I would suggest you read HOW TO DITCH A FAIRY by Justine Larbalestier. It is such a cute story.

Stand alone books are hard to come by. It is always good to find one. Good contest.

ALSO, I'm a follower.

susan wrote: February 15, 2009 at 2:21 PM

Thanks for coming by Black-Eyed Susan's. Adding you to my blog roll. Please enter me in your contest. Thanks.

Happy Hugs wrote: February 15, 2009 at 11:36 PM

I would suggest reading Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. It is such a cute story, set in a totally teenage scenario with drama and everything. It moves faster than Romeo and Juliet (without the marriage) with it being one night and no one dying like R&J, but it is still such a sweet ending.
& The movie didn't do a bad job with it...

Ravenous Reader wrote: February 18, 2009 at 5:30 AM

The contest is closed and So many books, so little time has won this contest. I liked her choices for HEA books and will choose Sarah Dessen's Just Listen. That book looks great

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