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November Pay It Forward Book Exchange November 7, 2007

Filed under: Books,Contest — thediaperdiaries @ 10:02 pm

payitforward.jpg It’s that time again over at Overwhelmed With Joy! and once again I am participating. This month, I am giving away a book I just finished reading for my book club. I think everyone in my book club really enjoyed the book and hopefully you will too. Actually, I think Overwhelmed With Joy! just gave it away last month so I am just going to rip off her description.

With its spotlight on elephants, Gruen’s romantic page-turner hinges on the human-animal bonds that drove her debut and its sequel (Riding Lessons and Flying Changes)—but without the mass appeal that horses hold. The novel, told in flashback by nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski, recounts the wild and wonderful period he spent with the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth, a traveling circus he joined during the Great Depression. When 23-year-old Jankowski learns that his parents have been killed in a car crash, leaving him penniless, he drops out of Cornell veterinary school and parlays his expertise with animals into a job with the circus, where he cares for a menagerie of exotic creatures[…] He also falls in love with Marlena, one of the show’s star performers—a romance complicated by Marlena’s husband, the unbalanced, sadistic circus boss who beats both his wife and the animals Jankowski cares for. Despite her often clichéd prose and the predictability of the story’s ending, Gruen skillfully humanizes the midgets, drunks, rubes and freaks who populate her book.

So, here is the deal. If you want to win, leave a comment. I’ll give you all month to win (you know I will forget about this, someone remind me). If you win, I ask that you would participate in a future Pay It Forward Book Exchange and pass the book on to another person who might enjoy it. Also, please head over Overwhelmed With Joy’s website and check out all the other books to be won.


September Pay It Forward Book Exchange September 4, 2007

Filed under: Books,Contest — thediaperdiaries @ 10:41 pm

payitforward1.jpg Overwhelmed With Joy is hosting her monthly Pay It Forward Book Exchange. Head on over to enter for her 2 books and see all the other bloggers that are giving away books.

I will be participating again this month by giving away “If Mama Ain’t Happy…Ain’t Nobody Happy” by Lindsey O’Connor. Do I really even need to describe the book with a title like that. I would venture a guess every single mommy out there could use this book. The subtitle is “Making the Choice to Rejoice.” That is truly what this book is about-finding joy and contentment in motherhood and experiencing godly joy.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I will tell you this book is underlined throughout. I just think that is added incentive to want to win cause you can discover all of my issues through what I have underlined. Who wouldn’t want to get inside this head?

To enter, leave me a comment (non-bloggers welcome) and I will draw sometime after midnight on Monday, September 10th. Which basically means Tuesday morning cause I will not be staying up until midnight just to draw names.


It’s The Pay It Forward Book Exchange! August 6, 2007

Filed under: Books,Contest — thediaperdiaries @ 5:45 am


A while ago I highlighted a new great contest going on over at Overwhelmed With Joy! The general concept is that once a month she is giving away a book and whoever wins in turn will give away that book to another contest winner. Well, I won and I am passing on the book to you. Because I am in a super-duper giving mood, I am also giving away one of my books to add to the giveaway fun.

So my first giveaway is the original book, Lucky by Alice Sebold.

Alice Sebold’s courageous Lucky describes her experience as a student at Syracuse University.Alice is an intelligent young woman constantly trying to fit in and make new friends. On the last day of freshman year, her virginity and innocence are taken when she is brutally raped.After the assault, things in Alice’s life change. People start to whisper in the hallways, and her friends look at her differently. At home, Alice’s parents don’t know how to deal with her situation and try to pretend nothing happened.When Alice returns to school her friends, once supportive, coldly ask why she would come back. She is restricted to living in an all-girls dormitory and walking outside only during the day; the rapist begins to control her life.Alice becomes friends with her English professor, who urges Alice to write about her rape to release her feelings. Alice creates an emotional poem about wanting revenge, which baffles her classmates.After class one day Alice encounters her rapist and runs to the police station. Now he has a name – he’s Marshall, not just “The Rapist” anymore. Few rape cases ever get to court but Alice is “lucky” to land a case in front of a grand jury.

I found this book to be extremely powerful and hard to put down, but I will warn you at times it is graphic. If that doesn’t bother you, I would highly recommend this book.

My second giveaway is Dreaming in Black & White by Laura Jensen Walker.

She’s smart. She’s savvy. She’s…well, she’s working on the thighs. And with God as her witness, she’ll never let that man spoil her happy ending!

Phoebe Grant is everyone’s favorite movie geek-unbeatable at trivia, convinced that all the world’s a movie screen. She can organize a four-hankie chick-flickathon with a wave of her tall, nonfat, double mocha. And she’s a shoo-in for the job of her dreams-movie reviewer for the newpaper where she works.

Enter Alex Spencer-not only gorgeous but also a film buff, perfectly cast for a celluloid kiss and a fade to sunset. Unfortunately, Alex is the villain who sends Phoebe packing to the last place on earth she wants to be-back home to boring little Barley, California.

But wait. It couldn’t be. Dark, handsome, and annoying Alex…in Barley?

Can Phoebe protect her hometown-and her heart-and prove It’s a Wonderful Life? Or is her promising future truly Gone with the Wind?

It’s some fun, light-hearted, Christian chick-lit. Translation: chick-lit without the sex.

OK, here are the rules:

  1. On your blog, write a post about this giveaway, using my “Pay It Forward” button, and then link back to this post. I am sure your readers would appreciate learning about the chance to win a book. You must complete this step to be put in the drawing! It would also be great if you could mention Overwhelmed with Joy and link back to her site.
  2. Sign the Mr. Linky (the Mr. Linky is that list of names at the end of this post – just type your name in the box) with your name and URL by end of day on Friday Aug. 10th. Note: If you are not a blogger, you may still enter. Just sign your name on the Mr. Linky without a URL and then email me your contact information. Please note on your email that it is for the book giveaway. I will be doing the drawing on Saturday, Aug. 11th.
  3. Leave a comment telling me if you want to be entered into both drawings or just one or the other. If you don’t leave a comment I will enter you into both.  
  4. If you’re the lucky winner of the book giveaway you will need to host a drawing to give that book away for free to one of your readers, after you’ve had a chance to read it. If you mail the book out using the media/book rate that the post office offers it’s pretty inexpensive. This way the bloggy love continues.

Stop by Overwhelmed with Joy! to check out all the other Pay it Forward Book giveaways going on.


Book Giveaway! July 9, 2007

Filed under: Books,Contest — thediaperdiaries @ 10:44 pm

payitforward.jpg Can I just say, I love this idea. I love the idea of a contest and book exchange rolled into one. Check out details here. There is also another way to win here. Enjoy!


What I Am Reading July 8, 2007

Filed under: Books — thediaperdiaries @ 10:09 pm

athousandsplendidsuns2.jpg  Well, I am not reading it anymore…I finished it today. I had read Kite Runnerfor my book club and was so moved by the writing that I immediately went to Amazon and pre-ordered his next book. I was not disappointed.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini is set in Afghanistan much like Kite Runner. This traces the time frame from the Soviet invasion until the present following the lives of two women whose paths cross and intertwine. Hosseini is such an amazing storyteller. I literally have to force myself to stop reading every night and go to bed because I am so captivated by these characters.

When reading, I am reminded again how fortunate I am to live the life I live. The plight of women around the world is really astonishing.  The lack of opportunities afforded them and the abuses they suffer sadden me. I must admit I knew very little about Afghanistan before reading this book and am now I feel as though I have gotten a small window into the years of suffering that have gone on there. Yet, Hosseini’s stories offer such hope and healing. That is why you can’t put his books down.

This is truly one of the best books I have ever read. I dare say, it may even be better than Kite Runner. It is not a light read by any means and I was crying a few chapters in, but I think you will be moved by this amazing story. I think I will be choosing something a bit fluffier for my next read. If you have read A Thousand Splendid Suns, let me know what you think.