Wow, thanks for the overwhelming response from blog readers (both by comments and email) and from my tumblr followers! Now, the contest stated that you must leave a comment to be entered into the giveaway. Sooo, that means all of you that emailed or tumbled your responses are ineligible (I think many of you were just trying to be helpful without regard for the prize - thanks for your kindness)! Due to the huge response from people, the Bloomington Booksters had all sorts of great books to choose from and surprisingly, only one suggestion from the comments made the final cut! While we didn't end up choosing this suggestion - it still made it to the final round so I'm deeming this the winner. And the winner is:
Chris for being the first to suggest Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris!!
Thanks again to everyone for all of your great recommendations! I thought it only fair to share with y’all a list of our favorite suggestions (the books that made the final round):
The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore
Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan** This was the winner!
The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris
Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle
The Box of Delights by John Masefield
The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans
I'd love to read all of these - and more of the recommended books!