Saturday, November 7, 2009

November's Contest

The book for November's contest is...


I first was turned onto the retelling of fairytales a couple years back. I devoured them. I'm so used to Disney's retellings that I figured that's the way the stories went. And I have never actaually read a lot of the originals. But I ran across retelling and fell in love! This is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and I love that story anyway. This was artfully done. The heroine in this book is not really all that beautiful, and perhaps that's one reason I love it so much!

This month is November, and while this isn't a book on Thanksgiving, to enter, just leave me a comment and tell me your favorite Thanksgiving memory. I love memories and love hearing about other people's too! So tell me what you love the most about Thanksgiving, or a favorite memory, or whatever you want to tell me about Thanksgiving. The contest will end November 30th at midnight and I'll post the winner on the December 1st.

I have also included a contest list on my sidebar so you can click on it to find the contest post each month. I look forward to hearing from you! Gobble, gobble!

16 comments:

GardinerGang said...

Comment by Tanya Gardiner

Some of my most fondest memories of Thanksgiving is going around the table and each person telling what they are thankful for. Another classic is looking under our chairs to see which people had stickers, thus landing you in the dishes. I absolutely love pumpkin pie, in fact I have that for my birthday instead of cake. I love this time of season, and I am so thankful for all of my blessings.

Elizabeth Morgan said...

My favorite Thanksgiving is last year. We got to travel to Califorina and see lots of family that we don't see very often. It was a really fun and exciting week to be with all of the different family members. We got to have a big party at my aunts house and there were lots of people. It was very exciting.

Author, "Women of Virtue" said...

I'm excited to read Beauty, but the way. Great suggestion! Okay, my favorite Thanksgiving memory is a humorous one. My father was known for reaching out to all kinds of people. He invited an elderly woman to join us for Thanksgiving dinner. Well, let's just say she was a little "off." She accused the Mormon missionary's, also at dinner, of being FBI agents and trying to break into her house from her roof. (They were actually fixing a leak.) And then just before pie, she stood up and pointed fingers at all of us, reached into her bra, pulled out some cash and then accused all of us of stealing her money. We sat in silence. Stunned. Dad did his best to pull her back to reality. And then we ate pumpkin pie. Oh, what fun that dinner was. More entertainment than the football game for sure! --Jodi Robinson, Author, "Women of Virtue"

Rachel Rager said...

What great memories, everyone! And, Jodi, I think yours might even top mine! That's hillarious! (Only because it didn't actually happen to me, I'm sure!) :)

Cami Checketts said...

What a fun giveaway. I love being with family most and eating turkey is second!

Are you still planning on giving a book away for my October fitness contest? If you would please e-mail me camichecketts(at)yahoo(dot)com, I could tell you the winner.

Thanks!

Tristi said...

My grandfather was married three times, and had many descendants from each marriage. This was after the days of polygamy - he lost the first to divorce and the second to death. Anyway, his third wife, bless her heart, cooked huge Thanksgiving dinners every year. She fed the "first" family on Wednesday and the "second" family on Thursday. (I think the "third" family fed her on Friday - she deserved it.) Anyway, she would set up a long table that extended from the living room, through the family room, and nearly to the kitchen. I remember sitting at the table, barely able to see the end from where I was. Cousins were everywhere. Those were the days.

Anonymous said...

My favorite Thanksgiving was several years ago when my husband and I voluntered at a Salvation Army in Apache Junction, AZ. We helped serve and clean up afterward and fell in love with the Chaplin and his wife and their tiny flock. It turned out to be a big blessing for us as we voluntered different tasks through out the next year, including taking part in their chapel service where I was blessed to sing specials for them.

Although not LDS at the time, we were serving a mission and had many opportunities to give testimony of Jesus Christ.
Barbara B

Jewel's Gems said...

Being from a family that gives new meaning to the word dysfunctional, I really didn't gain any great Thanksgiving memories until after I got married and had my own family. Half of my children are grown and out on their own, so being able to come together for that day is a blessing I will always treasure, And any day that celebrates food is okay in my book:-)

Michele Holmes said...

Beauty is one of my all time favorite books.

As for favorite Thanksgiving memories . . . a few years ago we hosted the event at our humble home. It was crazy and crowded---and a ton of fun. My sister (thirteen years my junior) came, and I celebrated the holiday with her for the first time in 20 years.

Judy said...

I love memories also, and the older we get, the more the memories are savored. We, as a family, have always for Thanksgiving gotten together for a huge meal, football of course, and just enjoying being together and all the new members ( babies, boyfriend, spouses, etc).
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

Rachel Rager said...

These are some great memories!!! I love them!

Diony said...

Thanksgiving is such a warm and homey feel-good holiday, that its hard to pick out just one favorite memory...probably it was two years ago. On that particular Thanksgiving just our immediate family celebrated together. Each of the kids made a dish, my husband made the turkey and I made the pies. Dinner wasn't stressful because we all helped, we ate off paper plates so clean-up was a minimum and I didn't care if the house was spotless or not since we weren't having company over. Instead of getting dressed up we stayed in our pajamas all day and after dinner and a nap we watched movies together. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants a more simple and laid back holiday this year!

Rachel Rager said...

Thanks for the suggestion, Diony! That sounds wonderfully relaxing!

Danielle Thorne said...

My favorite Thanksgiving memories are of watching my mother bake. It would go on for days, her in her kitchen with a towel over a shoulder and her opera blaring from a boom box. She made the best rolls ever, and always shared bags of them with all of our grateful friends. My grandmother would wait for hers to be shipped if they weren't getting together! My mother cooked because she loved to, but more than that, I always felt she cooked because she loved us.

Carol L. said...

I'll always treasure the thanksgiving of my youth with my Mom and grandmother cooking all the traditional foods as well as their great Italian dishes.And feeding any friends who had nowhere to go or who just stopped by. But my favorite memory is the first Thanksgiving my 8 year old daughter came home from having been in the hospital for one year for chemo to treat her bone cancer. They released her a week before and we made sure it was the best holiday ever.Today that 8 year old is a healthy 22 year old. :)Talk about Thanksgiving. :)
Carol L.

orangemily said...

I would love to read this book.