The Eighth Day of Bookmas

  • By: Jessica Faust | Date: Dec 10 2010

Welcome to the eighth day of our Bookmas Giveaway contest. For those who missed the rules, hop back over to the November 30 post and give a quick read.

And of course, before we start today’s contest, we need to announce yesterday’s winner.

Yesterday’s question was: While Jessica was at Berkley, they began publishing a series based on a TV show, and that series actually outlasted both the TV show and Jessica’s time at Berkley by many years. Can you name the series?

And the answer is Quantum Leap.

Congratulations to Shannon. Please email your contact information to and we’ll get your prize out immediately.

Here’s today’s hint . . .

In four years’ time — between my senior year of high school and junior year of college — I had to write three different papers for three different classes on the same freaking classic. On paper (so to speak), this book seems like it should be one of my favorites. But I hated it. I thought it was “ehhh—okay” the first time I read it. But by the third time I read it, I absolutely loathed that book and still kinda do to this day. And no . . . I wasn’t one of those students who was good at “winging it.” I couldn’t write a whole paper without rereading. So yeah . . . It got pretty tired.

Then in my junior year at Penn State I discovered a lit class I loved so much that I actually decided to audit it (take it again without receiving any credit) the following semester. So yes . . . I read a lot of the same material twice in one year and didn’t mind that one bit. Did everybody in the class think I was a total geek? Um, yeah.

So I need two answers from you on this one . . .

What was the title and author of the classic I quickly learned to hate? And what was the subject of the literature class I took twice?

The first person to guess correctly will win three books!

Check with these authors for clues:

Lorna Barrett

Bob Phibbs, The Retail Doctor
Sally MacKenzie
Paige Shelton
Amy Patricia Meade
Wendy Watson

Ellery Adams
Angie Fox
Gina Robinson
Erin Kellison
R.R. Smythe
Bill Crider
Elizabeth Lynn Casey
Bella Andre
Elizabeth Amber
Krista Davis
Heather Webber
Avery Aames
Kim Lenox
Joyce and Jim Lavene
C. C. Hunter
Cricket McCrae
Wendy Lyn Watson
Erika Chase
Elizabeth Joy Arnold


11 responses to “The Eighth Day of Bookmas”

  1. Avatar z says:

    My guess is Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte and for the second maybe it was a Gothic Lit class?

  2. Avatar WriterGirl says:

    wuthering heights by emily bronte and shakespeare?

  3. Avatar z says:

    oh i just came back to change my second answer to shakespeare too having thought of something from one of the clues… Dagnabbit i am bummed 🙁

  4. Avatar Bonnie C says:

    I don't have a guess/entry for the contest but I do have a story that sets my teeth on edge at the very mention: Taming of the Shrew.

    In costume design school I had to design it 3 times in the space of 6 trimesters for 3 different teachers. Then I worked on it post-grad for a Shakes Festival. I truly, madly, deeply loathe that play and it gets worse with every exposure.

  5. Avatar Bill Crider says:

    Good grief. How do people get these so fast? Must be the great clues.

  6. Catherine by William Makepeace Thackeray–Victorian Lit

  7. Avatar Anonymous says:

    Shakespeare's Sonnets?

  8. Avatar Mary Anne says:

    Guess I shouldn't be anonymous if I want to enter – Shakespeares' Sonnets

  9. Avatar Avery Aames says:

    Bookends – you have made this a fun sleuthing contest.

    Love all the comments and guesses.

    Mystery Lovers' Kitchen

  10. Avatar Teri says:

    Jane Eyre by Bronte, and Victorian Lit.

  11. Avatar Lesley says:

    Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, and Detective Fiction.