Before I tell you who won, let me give you some numbers.
149 people entered this contest, with a total of 455 entries (from posting on blogs and commenting on reviews). That’s an average of just over three entries per person. Kathy of Bermuda Onion and Word Lily had the most entries with 14 each. Surprisingly (and sadly), this didn’t translate to wins for either of them.
By far the two most popular books were “The Guernsey Literay and Potato Peel Society” and “Sarah’s Key,” with 42 and 40 requests, respectively. “The Last Queen,” “The Other Queen,” and “Sweetsmoke” came in next around the high 20s and low 30s. “The Gifted Gabaldon Sisters” got a surprising 7 requests, given that it was added late. Even the book added very last, “Months and Seasons” had at least one person going back and making it her new choice (plus the late-comers who chose it).
Now, we didn’t quite make 150, so I am not adding a 9th winner. However, there were so many people with so many entries, that I am adding an extra copy of two books: “Sarah’s Key” and “The Best Place to Be”. The 5th and 6th place winners will each get 2 books instead of only 1.
First, let me tell you how I selected the winners. I put everyone’s name, email address, number of entries, and book choices in an excel spreadsheet (I will delete it, along with all your email addresses after I notify the winners, it was just the only way to ever find your contact information easily). Once they were all in and final, I alphabetized, then numbered everyone based on the number of entries. The first person might be 1 through 5, the second 6 through 7, etc. I then asked random.org’s random interger generator for 8 intergers between 1 and 455. Reading right to left then top to bottom the numbers were:
279, 247, 285, 358, 264, 62, 241, 90
Those numbers correspond to:
MJ of Creative Madness
Mari of Mari Reads
Natasha of Maw Books (probably good karma from the huge awareness and fund raiser she did for Darfur)
Shelly of Write for a Reader
Melody of From One Idealist to Your Mother
Caite of Caites Day at the Beach (I didn’t lose yours Caite!)
Donna of LibrarysCat
I will try my best to give you all at least ONE of your choices.
I’ll be emailing each of you (well, maybe not Melody), to get your addresses.
Those of you who didn’t win, check out my current contest for a copy of Alive in Necropolis!