April 14, 2011 | My Jottings

It’s been a long time since I’ve had a giveaway here on the blog, so I thought I’d make up for it by making the prize one of the best books I’ve ever read in my life.

If you haven’t read Unbroken, you must! It was recently recommended to me three times before I finally downloaded it to my Kindle because I didn’t want to wait behind the 21 other people on the reserve list at my local library.

Some of the words I’ve read describing this book: soaring, triumphant, unforgettable, gripping, jaw-dropping, incredible…and it’s truly all this, and more.

Laura Hillenbrand has written a stunning book — I’m not normally drawn to books with war settings, but I was assured that this one would not disappoint, and it didn’t. I will read it again and again.

My husband Michael had shoulder replacement surgery two days ago at the Mayo Clinic, so I will be busy doting on him for a while. My next post or three might be fluffy and short. But this book is neither of those.

To enter to win this hardcover book, please leave a comment below and share the title of one of your favorite books. Some of you have done that before, but new titles are always being added to our lists, aren’t they? Comments will be taken until Monday, April 18th at 10:00 a.m. The winner will be picked randomly and announced later that same day.



  1. Savannah says:

    Hmm…. this is a tough one… to try and think of a new title that I haven’t shared before.

    I am going to have to go with…
    Sparkling Gems found in the Greek by Rick Renner.
    It’s actually a daily devotional… but I could read it like a book. It’s amazing… It’s huge (4 lbs) and I’m learning things I NEVER knew. So good.

  2. Just Julie says:

    I remember you mentioning that one Savannah. I think I need to get it!

  3. Helen in Switzerland says:

    I’m reading an excellent book at the moment – it’s called ‘Sister’ and is by Rosamund Lupton. I’m not quite finished, but I can’t put it down!

  4. Just Julie says:

    I will check it out, Helen. I love the kind you can’t put down. Enjoy your beautiful spring – snow is predicted for us today. 🙁

  5. Deb says:

    I am waiting for a copy of “The Long Walk” by Slawomir Rawicz. It is a story of the author’s (plus 6 others) escape from a Siberian prison and their subsequent 4000 mile walk to freedom. The authenticity of the story has been argued but I am told it is a great read. The story has been made into a movie.

  6. Just Julie says:

    That sounds like a good read too, Deb. Let me know how you like it…God bless you today.

  7. Judy says:

    I really enjoyed “The Full Matilda” by David Haynes. I saw it on the library shelf and just liked the title – I do that and sometimes I find a great read and othertimes the catchy title was all there was. But this book was really good – lots of family dynamics, funny and sad.

  8. Just Julie says:

    I have never heard of that one, Judy. I am adding it to my list too – I love reading people’s recommendations. Have a wonderful Easter week, and thank you for the cardinal photos!

  9. Sara says:

    I am reading One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. Through this book I am learning how to receive God’s love and His life vitality even during the despair of suffering. The author’s writing style is uniquely poetic and she brings a vibrancy to her depictions unlike anything I’ve experienced before. I’m a new reader of your site so I sincerely apologize if this book has been discussed previously!

  10. Just Julie says:

    Hi Sara – welcome here! I loved Ann Voskamp’s book too. I read her blog faithfully and hope you’ve checked it out. I couldn’t agree more with what you’ve shared here – her book is like no other. Come back and visit, and thanks so much for commenting!

  11. Ganeida says:

    That’s 3 times now you have recommended this book to me so if I don’t win I really will have to get it from the library! ? So many good books to choose from & I know you’ve already read Foster’s book on prayer. What else? If you haven’t discovered Antonia Forest I highly recommend her. Her books can be a little hard to get hold off as her fans hang onto her work & don’t pass it along! lol She wrote children’s books but they are so deep, so realistic, her characters so alive, they are an absolute delight & I learnt all sorts of odd things she just drops casually ~ like Hayklute. ? Hope you are having a blessed week. Chat soon. ?

  12. Just Julie says:

    It sounds like I would love Antonia Forest, Ganeida. Thank you for telling us about her. I look forward to chatting soon, yes!

  13. laurie says:

    i LOVE book giveaways! don’t enter me–i already have the book. but i just had to say how much i love that people still read books. book books. real actual book books.

  14. Just Julie says:

    And congratulations on your latest book too, Laurie! Have you read “Unbroken” yet? If so, what did you think?

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