Blog Challenge Winner for 2010

Olivia, NAIWE's official feline representative

“Thank you” to everyone who posted on each of the five posts for the Great Books Week 2010 Blog Challenge. We enjoyed visiting your blogs and reading posts. Here are few of the participants who posted faithfully on each topic:

Eli Ross of the The Ineluctable Bookshelf

Debra Brinkman of Footprints in the Butter

Andrea of Andrea’s Notebook

Brenda Seward of Simple Pleasures Book Blog

In addition, there were many people who posted on one or two of the topics, or who posted and forgot to link back to the Great Books Week blog, which meant that we didn’t always find them during the event. You can read all the posts from the links in the comment section of each daily prompt. You may even find new books you’d like to read!

The winner of the $20 Amazon gift certificate was randomly chosen by NAIWE’s official feline representative, Olivia. Her large fuzzy paws necessitated a couple of tries to extract only one name from the bowl, but she finally fished out the name of Debra Brinkman of the Footprints in the Butter blog, who will receive the gift certificate via e-mail.

We hope everyone enjoyed participating in Great Books Week 2010, and we hope you’ll join us next year for Great Books Week 2011!

The National Association of Independent Writers and Editors (NAIWE), Excellence in Literature , StoryBlue and PhotographerBlue are sponsors of Great Books Week 2010.

Great Books Week- Day 5 Blog Challenge

Here’s the blog challenge question for Friday, October 8, 2010:

If you were stranded alone on a deserted island, what five books would you want?

Great Books Week 2010- sponsored by Excellence in Literature and the National Association of Independent Writers and EditorsIf you’d like to participate in the challenge,write a post on your own blog on the topic of the day, then visit the Great Books blog to leave your post title and link in the comment section so that others can enjoy what you’ve written. Be sure to share your posts in Facebook, Twitter, and other social media!

“How vast an estate it is that we came into as the intellectual heirs of all the watchers and searchers and thinkers and singers of the generations that are dead!  What a heritage of stored wealth!  What perishing poverty of mind we should be left in without it!”

~J.N. Larned

Background: In honor of Great Books Week, a holiday that is celebrated annually the first full week in October, Excellence in Literature and the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors (NAIWE) is hosting a Blog Challenge with a specific daily topic Monday through Friday.

Each blogger that posts a response to each day’s challenge (a total of five posts) will be entered into a drawing for a $20 gift card to Amazon.com. The winner will be announced in the next issue of The Edge, NAIWE’s e-mail newsletter. (If you don’t receive it yet, you may subscribe at the NAIWE homepage). Remember to write the post on your own blog, adding a link to this post. Return to this page and add a comment on this post, with the title of your response and a link to your post.

Great Books Week- Day 3 Blog Challenge

Here’s the blog challenge question for Wednesday, October 6, 2010:

What childhood book captured your imagination?

Great Books Week 2010- sponsored by Excellence in Literature and the National Association of Independent Writers and EditorsIf you’d like to participate in the challenge,write a post on your own blog on the topic of the day, then visit the Great Books blog to leave your post title and link in the comment section so that others can enjoy what you’ve written. Be sure to share your posts in Facebook, Twitter, and other social media!

“The stories of childhood leave an indelible impression, and their author always has a niche in the temple of memory from which the image is never cast out to be thrown on the rubbish heap of things that are outgrown and outlived.”

~Howard Pyle

Background: In honor of Great Books Week, a holiday that is celebrated annually the first full week in October, Excellence in Literature and the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors (NAIWE) is hosting a Blog Challenge with a specific daily topic Monday through Friday.

Each blogger that posts a response to each day’s challenge (a total of five posts) will be entered into a drawing for a $20 gift card to Amazon.com. The winner will be announced in the next issue of The Edge, NAIWE’s e-mail newsletter. (If you don’t receive it yet, you may subscribe at the NAIWE homepage). Remember to write the post on your own blog, adding a link to this post. Return to this page and add a comment on this post, with the title of your response and a link to your post.

Great Books Week- Day 2 Blog Challenge

Here’s the blog challenge question for Tuesday, October 5, 2010:

What makes a book great?

Great Books Week 2010- sponsored by Excellence in Literature and the National Association of Independent Writers and EditorsIf you’d like to participate in the challenge,write a post on your own blog on the topic of the day, then visit the Great Books blog to leave your post title and link in the comment section so that others can enjoy what you’ve written. Be sure to share your posts in Facebook, Twitter, and other social media!

“How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book…”

~Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Background: In honor of Great Books Week, a holiday that is celebrated annually the first full week in October, Excellence in Literature and the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors (NAIWE) is hosting a Blog Challenge with a specific daily topic Monday through Friday.

Each blogger that posts a response to each day’s challenge (a total of five posts) will be entered into a drawing for a $20 gift card to Amazon.com. The winner will be announced in the next issue of The Edge, NAIWE’s e-mail newsletter. (If you don’t receive it yet, you may subscribe at the NAIWE homepage). Remember to write the post on your own blog, adding a link to this post. Return to this page and add a comment on this post, with the title of your response and a link to your post.


Great Books Week- Day 1 Blog Challenge

Here’s the blog challenge question for Monday, October 4, 2010:

What book has had the greatest impact on your life? In what way?

Great Books Week 2010- sponsored by Excellence in Literature and the National Association of Independent Writers and EditorsIf you’d like to participate in the challenge,write a post on your own blog on the topic of the day, then visit the Great Books blog to leave your post title and link in the comment section so that others can enjoy what you’ve written. Be sure to share your posts in Facebook, Twitter, and other social media!

Background: In honor of Great Books Week, a holiday that is celebrated annually the first full week in October, Excellence in Literature and the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors (NAIWE) is hosting a Blog Challenge with a specific daily topic Monday through Friday.

Each blogger that posts a response to each day’s challenge (a total of five posts) will be entered into a drawing for a $20 gift card to Amazon.com. The winner will be announced in the next issue of The Edge, NAIWE’s e-mail newsletter. (If you don’t receive it yet, you may subscribe at the NAIWE homepage). Remember to write the post on your own blog, adding a link to this post. Return to this page and add a comment on this post, with the title of your response and a link to your post.

“The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.”

-James Bryce

Great Books Week 2010

It’s time to celebrate great books!

If you have never said “Excuse me” to a parking meter or bashed your shins on a fireplug, you are probably wasting too much valuable reading time.

-Sherri Chasin Calvo

Great Books Week 2010- sponsored by Excellence in Literature and the National Association of Independent Writers and EditorsThe first full week in October has been designated Great Books Week. Although many people think of the great books as only literary classics such as Shakespeare’s plays or Jane Austen’s novels, great books can also be little-known books that shaped your mind. We plan to devote October 3-9 to celebrating and sharing books that have made a difference.

Be sure to join us for:

  • A Monday-Friday blog challenge with special topics
  • A free downloadable event poster
  • And more!
  • Be sure to visit the How to Participate page to find out how you or your library, classroom, or group can participate in Great Books Week.

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