And the winners are….
After a LONG few days of seemingly endless tabulation, we have finally calculated the winners of our summer challenge. For those of you unfamiliar with the challenge you can read about it here. Twenty-nine participants read almost 400 books, over 123,000 pages, and “traveled” to over 100 destinations. Participants were given travel passports with 30 destinations. It was up to each participant to pick books to fit their travel destinations. Participants were vying for 4 prizes (most well traveled/read, most true to the spirit of the game, most creative, and a random selection).
For Most True to the Spirit of the Game, Book Worm and I came up with 5 criteria to score each book: 1) author from destination (born, raised, or living); 2) set in or focused on the destination (in other words not just one location mentioned in the book but rather the bulk of the book had to be focused/set in the destination); 3) over 400 pages; 4) either a non-fiction or considered a classic from that country/destination; and 5) general good fit for the destination.
For Most Creative Book Worm and I, along with one other judge, looked at each book-destination pairing and gave 1 point to any book we thought was a creative choice for the destination. Thus any one book could have 0-3 points for creativity.
Keep reading to find out if you won any of the prizes.
- Most well travelled goes to… Nanny Ogg. She and Ursula both read all 31 possible destinations but Kate took the prize for having read the most number of pages. She wins her choice of six books – written by an author from every continent, excluding Antarctica. To redeem your prize, email me with the titles of your 6 books and your mailing address.
- Most Creative goes to…Jean Paget. This was a really close one with Jaenelle and Nicole D just decimal points away from winning. Example of some of her creative choices include: How to Walk by Thich Nhat for spiritual retreat, Two Old Women by Velma Wallis for survival/wilderness camp, & Three Weeks with my Brother by Nicholas Sparks and Micah Sparks for World Heritage site. She wins a beautiful print of a literary map (choice of either the UK or US) and a $10 Amazon gift card. To redeem your prize, send me an email with your choice of map (UK or US), your mailing address, and the email address for the Amazon gift card.
- Random winner. We used random.org to select a random person from among all participants. And the prize goes to… Librarycin. You win two books of your choice from among those reviewed for this challenge. To redeem your prize check out the comments section to see what people have read and pick two books. Send me your mailing address or email (depending on whether you want ebook or paperback.
- Special mention: We wanted to acknowledge Charisma’s son, age 12, who read more than most adult readers and picked some tough selections. Maxibob – you get to pick one book from among those others have read. Send me an email with your book choice along with mailing address and I will send that out to you.
- Grand prize: Most true to the Spirit. This prize goes to Chili (Glo-worm & Anne Shirley were runners up). Chili picked challenging books that really immersed her in her destination. Examples included Gravity’s Rainbow by Pynchon for Award ceremony, East of Eden by Steinbeck for California, Chasing Aphrodite: The hunt for looted antiquities at the world’s richest museum for museum tour, The Iliad for Ancient Ruins, Anna Karenina for Russia, Poisonwood Bible for Volunteer vacation. She read a mix of fiction and non-fiction and most of her books were both written by author from destination and focused on/set in that destination. She also read a LOT of long books so won extra points for depth. Chili wins a 1 year subscription to “Just the Right Book,” a book service that is personalized for your tastes. To redeem your prize send me an email with your mailing address. I will also need your answers to some questions about genres/books you like but we can coordinate over email.
Congrats to our winners! It was very competitive and many of you were within a few decimal points of winning a category. Even if you didn’t win, we hope you enjoyed discovering new books. Disappointed that you didn’t win? Don’t worry, we will have lots of other competitions in the near future (and a March Madness book competition in the spring). Also on the last day of each month (in our monthly recap), we announce a random follower from among our email or wordpress followers to win a $10 amazon gift card. So you have a chance of winning a $10 gift card every month if you follow us!
Stay tuned for our next competition. We will be announcing a 1 month Halloween competition tomorrow!