Jill's Book Bag #4 - September 2007


Though the majority of books I read are fiction, my favorite genre is biographies. My reading journal is chock full of them. Some of my favorites over the past year include:
Personal History by Katharine Graham, a meaty book by the owner of the Washington Post.
Get Happy by Gerald Clarke, the pill-popping, stage mom saga of Judy Garland.
Clarke also wrote Capote, the riveting story of Truman Capote and his obsession with the story behind his novel, In Cold Blood.
And I have this calling me now from my bookshelf: Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson.
So, I thought it would be fun to fill September's Book Bag with a biography/autobiography of the winner's choice. The possibilities are endless: Princess Diana, Warren Buffet, Audrey Hepburn, Dr. Seuss, or the Beatles. You choose!
Now, for the bag: This month's goody is a Vera Bradley Bucket Tote. Since we're in the "you choose" mode, the winner may choose the pattern. The pattern shown here is Kensington. Clicking on the Vera Bradley link above will take you to the page for this bag, and you can play around and try out different patterns.
The rules are simple. Just leave a comment (one per person). I'll leave comments open until I draw the winner Saturday morning, September 22. If you want to link back here on your own blog, it's much appreciated, but not necessary.
Thanks for entering...
Happy reading!


Cheryl Wray :

How fun!!! LOve that bag and I LOVE all sorts of books!!!
I love fiction but most of all, but also read poetry and non-fiction. I don't read biographies really regularly, though, so I was glad to see your list of recommendations!

Amber Kay :

Fun, love the bag!!

Momma Roar :

What fun!!

Knit-Wit :

I am always so impressed that you take the time to do this give-away every month.

Hope your little guy is feeling better today.

JennaG :

The bag is great--I love the Peacock pattern. I'm not sure whose biography I would pick, but it sure would be fun to think about.

Annie :

Fun, cute bag!!!

chickadee@afamiliarpath :

that is a great bag! and i'd love to load it up with books.

Vader's Mom :

Me, Me, Me. I wanna win this one. I love biographies and autobiographies.

Just Mom :

Followed you here from Momma Roar's site. Please, enter me in to your contest.

Ang baylis :

It's SOOOOOO cute!
You are SO sweet and generous!

Thanks for your recommendations!

Angie xoxo

Tracy :

I came from Leigh Ann's blog. Please enter me. What a great and generous thing to do!

justabeachkat :

Love Vera Bradley bags! I'd love to win.


LivingTheLife :

I found you through Kat's blog at JustaBeachKat...I love that you give away books...I have several myself that I should pay forward...I just need to get up and do it! I love the thought of a good biography...the ones you listed sound great...Please throw my hat into the "hat"...I would be pleased to have just the book...much less the bag! Wow!

Steph :

Well, of course you know I can't resist a book give-away! I got hooked on biographies a few years ago, they make such an interesting read!

maggi :

Good Morning!
Have a super day!

Susan :

Please put my name it. Thanks!

MC :

I love Vera Bradley! I also used to love biographies...specifically of Helen Keller. I was fascinated by her in my younger years. Now, I fit the fiction pretty hard...it's a nice escape from reality!

Kari :

I would love to enter your giveaway! You are so generous! And, I have placed a link to you on my blog. Thanks!

*carrie* :


I enjoy biographies, too. I would have to think about it, though we watched the film Bobby last night--fascinating, and I am interested to learn more about his (Robert Kennedy's) life.

Checked out the bag patterns, too--Mesa is beautiful!

Thanks for the generous offer. Hope Adam's feeling better.

Bella :

I love your reading recommendations (regardless of the give away!!!)

I haven't been by in a few days (still adjusting to this working away from home thing!) and am so glad to catch up and hope that everyone is feeling better!

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane :

Oh wow, love that bag! I haven't read any biographies in a while, so maybe that needs to change. I definitely want to be entered for this month's giveaway :)

Sandy :

WOW! That bag is gorgeous as are all of those VB bags.
I so wish I had more time to read for pleasure!
have a great week.
Linking on my blog right now.
Sandy :)

Tonja :

Hi Jill,
I would love to be entered into your give away. I have just gotten a set of VB and this bag would make a great addition. Thanks for the suggestions about biographies...I don't read them often...but maybe I should change my habits. Thanks!


Shawna :

So fun! I haven't ever read any biographies (that I can remember anyway). It would be a great change of pace for me. And what a cute bag!

kelli :

What good times! I love Audrey Hepburn.

Alice J :

Thanks for giving us a chance to win a wonderful bag! I love the bag! I gotta have one. So either I win or I will have to go buy me one of those bags! But I had rather WIN!!!
And I love your blog! Bright, cheerful and an eye-catcher!
I love books too! I used to be the media director in the church library. Couldn't read them all though! My motto was "So many books...so little time!"
Now I am an art student of Sandy McTier's One Stroke classes.
Please enter my name in your giveaway.
May God richly bless you!
In Christ,

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe :

My knitting would be perfect in that bag! Have you seen where we are having a 'Novel' food event? Come check it out!

Short Stop :

Wow! What a generous giveaway. I'd love to enter. Thanks! :)

Tammy :

Such a great idea, Jill! And how generous of you, too!

I use to read biographies\autobiographies all the time, especially in my single days. I love old movies, so I generally drifted towards the old Hollywood stars. :)

Terri and Bob :

Wow! I love your idea! I am into biographies too, so this should be great fun!

Beaufort Belle :

Fun fun fun! What an interesting mix of books you have chosen this go-round. Even though I always drop by and read the blog...I just wanted to say Sandy McTier sent me this way today.

Have a great evening!

Beaufort Belle :

Fun fun fun! What an interesting mix of books you have chosen this go-round. Even though I always drop by and read the blog...I just wanted to say Sandy McTier sent me this way today.

Have a great evening!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality :

OK, count me in! Maybe I'll win something.


Baba's Blog .. Babies Are Special :

Hi Jill, I would love to win the VB bag and some books.I check out books from the library and enjoy reading all kinds of books.Thank you for being so kind and gracious. Baba

Terry Richey :

Hey Jill - I found a link to your blog through Sandy McTier's blog. I am so glad she shared it with me. What a great giveway your having, hope I win! :0) I love your blog and I am an avid reader myself. I love your book recommendations and can't wait to get to amazon.com and order a few of your favorite titles.

Susan :

Oh I LOVE it!!! I'll post a link tomorrow.

Biographies are absolutely my FAVORITE genre. I absolutely love them and will have to check out some of the books you have listed here.



Traci Anne :

Oh my goodness, what a fantastic contest!!! Love love love Vera :)

Southern Sugar :

I just found your blog tonight and I love it! I am from Atlanta, small world. I have found it so interesting that I gravitate toward southern ladies, many from Georgia even when I don't know it. I'll be stopping by for visits.

Nadine :

What fund. I love bags and books.

Sonya :

I LOVE biographies! My hubby is always scolding me for reading only those types of things. If I get started reading one, I normally stick with them for a long time! LOL! I'm fascinated by that genre. I am dying to read a biography on Bob Woodward! So, count me in for the biographies and the Vera bag! Vera bags are to die for!

Anonymous :

Memories... I have the 4 holes on one side -- 2 on the other! What were we thinking...
Love your post, came to visit from Sandy's Create Dream and Inspire!

Angi :

I love the Java Blue bag - I've never owned a Vera Bradley bag - would love one! Love your blog!

Marcia Francois :


I saw the bag you send Judi and came over to have a look.

Gorgeousness abounds especially for a bagoholic like me :)

pick me, pick me :)

BethAnne :

Love the bag!

kdwhorses :

Please enter my name in the drawing! How great that you are doing this, what geneoursity you have! Have a great day and God Bless!!

Jennifer :

What a neat giveaway!! Love that bag! (It would make a great replacement for the beach bag I borrowed from my 8 year old that I am currently toting books in! ;-))

Dragonlady :

Hi, What a great giveaway, I got here for Sandy's blog...I am fond of the "Pink Elephant" bag....

Great blog....

Jennifer in MS :

I just found your blog tonight and am enjoying reading through it!

I would love the bag! :0)

Have a great day!

AdoptedAsHisOwn :

please count me in!

Mrs. C :

Hi there! This is my first visit to your blog. I love books and Vera bags; what a fabulous giveaway.
Blessings from a fellow Georgian,
Mrs. C

Rashmi, a Mommy Reviewer :

I read Hilary Clinton's biography when it came out a couple of years ago. Nothing spectacular, more of a whitewashing propoganda, I'm sure. And now Bill's come up with a new book and it's everywhere in my local supermarket. Wonder if its any good?

Anyway, enough of my ramblings! Count me in for this really great giveaway. Mighty generous of you.

callmeabookworm at gmail dot com

Christy :

What a great gift..love this tote!

Anonymous :

Hi! I found my way here thru my friend's blog Jeninms. Love Vera Bradley.

Kari (GrannySkywalker) :

I'm loving the bag. Enter me, baby, enter me!

Vader's Mom :

Will you toss Lauren's (Baseballs & Bows) name in the hat too? She's on a break, but I know she'd love to be entered.

Donna :

I really could use a new bag! Count me in.

Linda :

What a great bag. I would love to be considered. I really enjoy your blog. I hope I am not too late.

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