Words Move Me – Sony Reader Giveaway

by Valerie, Mom Knows It All

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words move me

What moves you?

The two things that move me the most are my children and knowledge. Knowledge takes many forms and my favorite form, by far, is the English language. That’s right – words. I love words. To me, words are interesting. They form knowledge. And you know the old saying – knowledge is power.

I’ve always loved words. The daughter of a 7th grade English teacher, I learned to read before I was 4 and have loved it ever since. As a teenager, when I was supposed to be delivering my newspaper route I
could be found sitting on a corner reading a book instead. Seriously. It was tough for my Mom to yell at me because I wasn’t getting into trouble – I was reading. You can’t get mad at someone for reading, right. Reading was my escape from everything back then. I could fall into a book and disappear for hours, not putting it down until I’d finished (or sometimes until it was too dark outside). To this day one of my favorite activities is to curl on on the couch with a book with a cup of coffee and read.

Sony has created Words Move Me to foster interest and interaction in words between readers all around the world. Readers can share their feelings via widgets. Other readers can search by emotions to find people with like interests. It’s pretty cool. My widget is below.

Sony and I are wondering what moves you. So let’s talk about that.


ONE winner will receive a SONY Reader Pocket Edition (value $199)!

The Reader Pocket Edition™ lets you access up to 350 of your favorite books from anywhere. Its elegant, lightweight design is small enough to slip into a purse or jacket pocket, and features a 5″ display with E Ink® Vizplex paper-like screen technology for easy reading, even in direct sunlight. For added versatility, it supports multiple file formats including ePub and PDF, offering access to more books from more places, including the Reader™ Store and over one million free public domain titles from Google Books.


To enter leave a comment telling me about your favorite book and why it is memorable.

IMPORTANT NOTE – These entries will be judged on originality and content and not randomly. You may enter daily as long as the book and the story are completely different.


1 – Create an account on Words Move Me and leave a link to your profile in a comment on this post.

1 – Tweet this giveaway with the following message – Words move me. Share what words move you and enter to win a Sony Reader Pocket Edition from @valmg at http://tinyurl.com/ybr75o7

1 – Spread the word about this giveaway on Facebook with the following message – Words move me. Share what words move you and enter to win a Sony Reader Pocket Edition from @valmg at http://tinyurl.com/ybr75o7

Leave an additional comment for each entry you qualify for. You must have completed the first entry according to the instructions to be eligible for any bonus entries.


US addresses only please. This contest will end on Friday 12/18/09 at 11:59 pm est. If you’ve entered any of my giveaways before then you know that only comments containing all of the requested information will be eligible for entry. The winner must contact me to confirm they wish to receive the prize within two days of my email notifying them they’ve won. Good luck to everyone!

Please note that I am to receive a Sony Pocket Reader but that in no way have my opinions been influenced by the product or the sponsor.



Deb Anderson December 14, 2009 - 9:49 pm

My favorite book is and always will be Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. I love the wit and the human drama. You get the feeling these are real people and you begin to care about them. Sometimes you want to shake them for being so stubborn and other times you want to hold them close and let them cry on your shoulder. Any author who can create REAL people out of mere words is a true artist. Jane Austen is gone now, but the characters she created will live to enchant whole new generations of readers from now on.

Deb Anderson December 14, 2009 - 9:55 pm

Here’s a link to my profile on Words Move Me

Deb Anderson December 14, 2009 - 9:55 pm
Eileen December 14, 2009 - 10:53 pm

Ok…this is going back a LONG way, but my alltime favorite book is LIttle House in the Big Woods. ANd of course the entire series are so good for kids AND anyone!! I love it because my 4th Grade teacher read these books aloud to our class and she was a wonderful “reader” with such expression and just pulled you into the book. She was my favorite teacher and I will remember her always and always…

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NGS December 14, 2009 - 11:43 pm

I was alone and scared most of my childhood. My parents were figures of authority, scary and emotionally unavailable. My sister was lost in her own fear. I remember that day that I realized letters formed words and words formed sentences so clearly. I was way too old for reading comprehension to be a new skill, but there you have it. The cat sits on the mat means a fuzzy four legged creature is on an item on the floor. Anne of Green Gables, Jo in Little Women, and Sara in The Little Princess were all characters that spoke to me then, strong girls who persevered through hard times. Their hard times were different than my hard times, but they made it. And so could I.

But Francie Nolan in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is the one character I still reach out to when times get tough, when feelings of despair wash over me, and I need comfort. She’s me. She’s hard-working, smart, and sometimes accidentally flighty. She wishes her parents paid more attention to her. She loves her siblings, but doesn’t really understand them anymore than they understand her. She reads to escape, she writes to figure things out for herself, and she does what it takes to make life go on. Francie Nolan is my hero.

Francie Nolan makes this book my favorite book. Apparently the character is semi-autobiographical and if this is the case, I’m so sorry Betty Smith had such a rough life, but I’m so happy she wrote it down for me.

NGS December 14, 2009 - 11:50 pm
Jacob December 15, 2009 - 12:46 am

My most memorable book was “When the Tripods Came.” It was a science fiction book that was very popular in the fourth grade, although it was a book intended for a much older (teen to adult) age group. It was especially memorable because it was the first book I read (along with the others in the series) that was written for an older age group.

Jacob December 15, 2009 - 12:50 am
ShootingStarsMag December 15, 2009 - 1:11 am

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky is my all time favorite book. I used to read it once a year but haven’t had the time recently. I need too though because it’s an amazing novel. I first read it during a good time in high school because it’s about a freshmen boy named Charlie trying to make his way through life, love, and friends. I find that I relate to something new each time I read the book. It’s like a whole new experience as I get older and can relate and understand more and more. This is a book full of life lessons and truths disguised as a young adult book. It’s just so much more than that and should be read by many. The quotes in this book are amazing and really show you the sides of life that you don’t notice and the things that you can’t put into words well enough, like that people shouldn’t be ashamed of their feelings and that people often “accept the love they think they deserve.” It’s very interesting and again, should be read by many. I love it and will forever love it.

Rina December 15, 2009 - 1:34 am

William by Irene Hunt. She’s not even one of my favorite authors but the way she writes in that book…oh my I could (and have!) read it over and over and over and over. The descriptions of everything from Sweet William picking oranges up in the trees, with his little boy hands doing men’s work because his Daddy has died…the descriptions of the pregnant teenaged white girl painting and cooking (“…good heavens, cheese is made from mold! as she slashed it away…”), and finally the bittersweet growing up of not only the 3 orphaned black children but also their surrogate white mother. Oh my, it gets me right *here*.

Rina December 15, 2009 - 1:37 am
Rina December 15, 2009 - 1:39 am

Shared (3x) on Facebook but don’t know how to show you that I did that…can send you a screenshot if you’d like.

Selene M. December 15, 2009 - 2:09 am

My favorite book is the Outlander by Diana Gibaldon. This was my introduction to time travel as well as teaching me so much history through the 7 books in the series. The characters come alive immediately and the author keeps your attention with unexpected twists and turns along the way.

Susan December 15, 2009 - 5:47 am

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My favorite book is really hard to choose, but when I was younger, I liked reading books written by author Enid Blyton. She was like a Nancy Drew type writer and when I was younger and lived in England. I really enjoyed reading the stories and finding out how the “Mystery” was solved.

Annette D December 15, 2009 - 7:55 am

My favorite book is a child’s book that you probably have never heard of, the title is “Little Lost Bo-Bo.” The book was a gift from my father when I was a small child. I grew up in the 60’s and by today’s standards my family would have been considered poor, however; I never felt underprivileged. In fact, quite the opposite, I always felt like one of the lucky ones. Why?, not because of the toys we had. It was because both my parents, while they did not go to college or in the case of my father, even finish High School, believed that reading and learning is important. They fostered in me a love of reading at a very young age and always made sure that I had plenty of books to read. The book my father gave me is tattered and worn, but it is one of my most prized possessions because it symbolizes my father’s real gift to me, a gift that will last a lifetime, the love of reading.

tuesday December 15, 2009 - 8:53 am

Some of my favorite childhood memories are our family vacations at Cape Cod. Even as a small girl, I would pack tons of books to read on the beach or at the house.
It was there, in my big walk in closet that I read my still to this day, favorite book: Mandy by Julie Andrews.
It was fantasy and fun all in one book and it taught me to love reading.
I still to this day have that tattered and well read copy of my favorite book.
I can’t wait to take my family on vacation and give my daughter that book.

Annette D December 15, 2009 - 8:55 am
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Annette D December 15, 2009 - 8:58 am
Peggy Gorman December 15, 2009 - 9:46 am

Reading “Gone with the Wind ” a book I love. Through hardship, Scarlet always persevered, I found strength in that

Vicki Wurgler December 15, 2009 - 9:54 am

I love the book-The Notebook, the movie still makes me cry-I think it is the love between the two main characters

Peggy Gorman December 15, 2009 - 9:57 am
Becky M December 15, 2009 - 10:36 am

My fav book right now is Twilight…. because everyone wants their own Edward!

Becky M December 15, 2009 - 10:38 am
kelly o December 15, 2009 - 12:41 pm

My favorite book is probably Ender’s Game. I think I read it in sixth grade and then maybe ten times since then. It never seems to get old and Card is a great story teller.

Danetta December 15, 2009 - 1:01 pm

I love the book The Book of Reuben by Tabitha King. I can read it over and over again. It is full of suspense with added thrills and chills thrown in to keep it extra interesting.

Danetta December 15, 2009 - 1:02 pm
Dinghy S December 15, 2009 - 4:46 pm

One of my favorite books is that of Khaled Hosseini’s “Kite Runner” which was later adapted into a movie in 2007. The story poignantly depicts our humanity – both our frailties as well as our resilience and strength. Although controversial, I think it successfully showed the harsh realities of what a war can do to a person and the ways people cope.

Sky December 15, 2009 - 5:11 pm

I’m a library lady, so books (and words) are such an important part of my life. Each and every book I read, I come away with something new. The learning never stops. A series of books that I absolutely love is the Outlander series from Diana Gabaldon. From a Dragonfly in Amber…

“Blood of my blood,” he whispered, “and bone of my bone. You carry me within ye, Claire, and ye canna leave me now, no matter what happens. You are mine, always, if ye will it or no, if ye want me or nay. Mine, and I wilna let ye go.” -Jamie Fraser

The love between Jamie and Claire is so rich and abundant. I usually re-read this series once a year. It makes me laugh, cry and love. Another favorite quote…

“Murtagh was right about women. Sassenach, I risked my life for ye, committing theft, arson, assault, and murder into the bargain. In return for which ye call me names, insult my manhood, kick me in the ballocks and claw my face. Then I beat you half to death and tell ye all the most humiliating things have ever happened to me, and ye say ye love me.” He laid his head on his knees and laughed some more. Finally he rose and held out a hand to me, wiping his eyes with the other.
“You’re no verra sensible, Sassenach, but I like ye fine. Let’s go.”

I don’t know how Diana Gabaldon does it, but she lifts my heart with her words. In these modern days, she makes me feel like I’m there, living it. And sometimes, sometimes, she takes the words from me…and leaves me speechless. It’s a wonderful, wonderful feeling!


Sky December 15, 2009 - 5:12 pm
Tammy December 15, 2009 - 5:39 pm

My favorite book is The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. That was the first chapter book I ever read, and my copy was beat up and battered because I read it so many times. When my daughter started reading chapter books, this is one of the first ones we purchased for her. Each year in December we read it together as a family. We especially enjoy the part when Father Christmas comes, because up until the thaw, Narnia had “always winter but never Christmas”. One year we even bought some Turkish Delight to enjoy while reading (unfortunately we did not enjoy it as much as Edmund lol!)

mj December 15, 2009 - 7:21 pm

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and it’s celebration of childhood! Grandpa Joe and Charlie Bucket stand out as ideally childlike, against the various forms of corrupted childhood. The imagery is beautiful and creative, and the writing is so funny and charming! I’m looking forward to reading it to my little girl when she’s older.

Brandy December 15, 2009 - 8:17 pm

To be honest i haven’t had time to sit down and read a book in about 2 years from cover to cover. my kids will never let me.
My favorite book as a teen was Karen Kipplewhites the worlds best kisser. It was a good book about a girl getting her first kiss and being made fun of. what i was going through at the time.

Marci December 15, 2009 - 9:10 pm

My fave is A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux. I read it many years ago and have since read it over and over. I love the idea of time travel and would love to go back in time to explore how other people lived and loved.

Jackie December 15, 2009 - 9:14 pm

I think The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini was one of the most touching books I ever read. I cried, and cried. It made me realize what life in Afghanistan was like. I had no idea.
Thanks for the great giveaway.

melanie December 15, 2009 - 9:25 pm

i just finished the time traveler’s wife. oh my goodness. i keep thinking about henry and clare and half-expecting to see henry appear, asking for some clothes. this book is going to live inside me for awhile as i take in everything that happened and try to process the joy and sadness of the book.

Heidi V. December 16, 2009 - 12:03 am

The Pawn by Steven James – Patrick Bowers is the main character and he is a mess but he still manages to save the day. He reminded me of Batman without the gadgets.

Heidi V. December 16, 2009 - 12:05 am
hollowsins December 16, 2009 - 4:59 am

My current favorite is Permission Slips by Sherrie Shepard because it is so very true and full of humor

hollowsins December 16, 2009 - 5:01 am
hollowsins December 16, 2009 - 5:03 am

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Liza December 16, 2009 - 7:32 am

My favorite books are the Bobbessey Twin Books. The full set of theses books were passed down in my family. I was the second generation to read them. In first grade it was my turn and that’s what hooked me on my love of reading. I learned that books could take me away to other places and other times.

I was the youngest one in my generation so I passed them on to the next generation and hope that maybe some them will also become lifelong lovers of reading.

Liza December 16, 2009 - 7:46 am

The link to my profile on Words Move Me,


Thanks for the chance to win the reader.

Birdie S. December 16, 2009 - 8:58 am

The Valley of The Dolls…..is my most memorable…I read it as a teenager & it kept me from doing bad “things” thats for sure…..

Jeccica Simpson December 16, 2009 - 9:01 am

Gone With The Wind is my fav……the love between Rett & Scarlett was awesome as a young girl reading it , it made me hope for love just like THAT !!!!!!

LV December 16, 2009 - 9:42 am

I just finished S.K.I.R.T.S in the Boardroom and found it to be a wonderfully written book on women in the professional world with many insightful tips and a lot of enlightenment to focus. I think that this book should be a must-read for any up-and-coming woman in the professional setting.

LV December 16, 2009 - 9:46 am
Sky December 16, 2009 - 10:15 am

Another author I adore is Jennifer Crusie. All of her books are just excellent! My favorite is Fast Women. This book will have you laughing so hard you cry. About women who are kicked while they are down, they fight back and show those guys what they are really made of.

Fast Women grabs right with the first sentence:

“The man behind the cluttered desk looked like the devil, and Nell Dysart figured that was par for her course since she’d been going to hell for a year and a half anyway.”

It’s a feel good book with words you won’t forget!

Shelly December 16, 2009 - 10:40 am

I love A Confederacy of Dunces – it just transports to a strange world full of odd people

Shelly December 16, 2009 - 10:41 am
Jenny Dubinsky December 16, 2009 - 11:26 am

My favorite book of all time is Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz. While I enjoyed the entire Odd Thomas series, the original is by far the best. Koontz takes you away to a world that’s familiar but is also “Odd” at the same time. Who else could make you fall in love with a quirky short-order cook who can see the dead?

Wehaf December 16, 2009 - 1:46 pm

I love the VALIS trilogy by Philip K. Dick. Written near the end of his life, these three books tie together Dick’s synergistic view of religion and cosmic influences. I think the best, and saddest, is The Transmigration of Timothy Archer, which deals heavily with loss – loss of faith, loss of life, loss of happiness.

JamericanSpice December 16, 2009 - 2:07 pm

My fave book is The memory keepers daughter. It has stuff that is my life as a child growing up

Stephanie Jackson December 16, 2009 - 4:32 pm

My favorite book is “Silence Of The lambs”. It was go scary.. I love a thriller.
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Stephanie Jackson December 16, 2009 - 4:33 pm

I created an account at “Words move me” and here is the link to my profile, as required..

Debbie P December 16, 2009 - 9:06 pm

My favorite book is “Emma” by Jane Austen. It is memorable because every time I read it I laugh about how similar I am to the main character. Emma has this urge to always be a matchmaker, and I’m the same way. Wonderfully enough, it has resulted in two of my great friends getting married. 🙂 Emma is also like me, in that she has a big mouth and speaks her mind. She often gets in trouble for being too blunt, and the wonderful Mr. Knightley is there to help silence her if she goes too far. Mr. Knightley reminds me of my husband, so their romance in the novel reminds me of my marriage. Emma is a great character, flawed (which I think is a good trait in a main character) but also very kind and giving. Reading “Emma” is always memorable. It takes me into a different world where I can dream and not worry about the stresses of life. “Emma” will forever be one of my favorite books to read!

LV December 17, 2009 - 3:29 pm
Cheryl Bradley December 17, 2009 - 11:57 pm

I Know this Much is True by Wally Lamb is one of my favorites. I remember reading to the end and just being very moved and touched.

Cheryl Bradley December 17, 2009 - 11:58 pm
Cheryl Bradley December 18, 2009 - 12:02 am
Cheryl Bradley December 18, 2009 - 12:11 am

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Staci A December 18, 2009 - 12:53 am

My favorite book is call The Hunger Moon. It about how lives intertwine, how friends can come from the most unlikely places, and how family is more important than anything else. I found it at a thrift store one day and picked it up for one reason or another.

It’s memorable because it was a book that seemed to find me. The message it carried was exactly what I needed to find at the point in time.

Staci A December 18, 2009 - 12:54 am
sandra December 18, 2009 - 9:06 am

my favorite book is gone with the wind because it’s the greatest epic romance

Val Pearson December 18, 2009 - 11:02 am

My favorite book so far in my life is Debbie Gould’s Infidelity. It was a book that I could not put down. I loved it!


Debbie Jackson December 18, 2009 - 12:34 pm

My favorite book was My Friend Flika because my father suggested it and we often discussed it.

Debbie Jackson December 18, 2009 - 12:39 pm

We lived in the country and frequently the power was off in the winter due to storm conditions. One time, our family read aloud the whold series from Laura Ingles Wilder (Little House on the Praire, Little House in the Big Woods, etc).

Sharing the stories as a family is where my love of reading came from and I love passing to along to my grandchildren. They know we always read at grandmas and she always gives books for rewards.

LV December 18, 2009 - 1:29 pm
she December 18, 2009 - 3:21 pm

To this day, my favorite book remains “The Westing Game” by Ellen Raskin (I’m 32). I first read it as a middle reader (its intended audience) and was mesmerized by the individuals in a diverse cast of characters as well as the well-thought-out clues created to solve the ultimate mystery: Who Killed Sam Westing? I own several copies to this day and often give it out to friends and children. Although Ellen Raskin has passed on, her talented work lives on and I like to share it with new generations!!

she December 18, 2009 - 3:24 pm

i just registered at Words Move Me! i’m glad i found your giveaway! i’m excited to use this site. I’m “pookielocks”


Anne G December 18, 2009 - 4:12 pm

My favorite book is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, not so much because of the book itself (although it is an excellent book), but because of what the whole Harry Potter series has meant to me and my family.

My middle daughter (now 13) is dyslexic. When she was 9 she discovered the Harry Potter series on cassette, and started listening constantly. She soon got her older sister and younger brother listening. Every night at bedtime them would listen to the books as they fell asleep, trading cassettes and cds back and forth between their rooms. She decide she wanted to read the books despite their daunting size, and this motivation helped her make it through the hours of drill and hard work it took to get her reading fluently. Before she discovered Harry Potter she didn’t have any interest in books at all. Finally by 11 she was reading fluently.

When Deathly Hallows was released we all stayed up until midnight, and went to the local store to buy a copy. We came home and read the first two chapters together, until I insisted the kids go to bed. We finished the book in marathon reading sessions over the next two days, with each of the kids, including my dyslexic daughter, taking turns reading out loud. So for us this book was a great family bonding experience, and something I know the kids will always remember and treasure. I am so glad all of my kids share my love of reading, and I know Harry Potter had a lot to do with that.

Anne G December 18, 2009 - 4:14 pm
Rachel December 18, 2009 - 4:18 pm
Rachel December 18, 2009 - 4:19 pm

My fav book is Red badge of courage..I read the book in 8th grade about the same age as the main character and it was such a good story

Doreen December 18, 2009 - 8:10 pm

My favorite book is the Bible! It’s the same, yesterday, today and forever, it doesn’t change. I remember when I was little going loving the Word of God and knew I had to have him in my life. I have memories of being in Bible class studying the Word and just falling in love with the Author of the Bible and devouring His Word! There’s absolutely nothing like it.

I’ve been wanting a Sony Reader!! This is a wonderful chance to win one, thanks! Hope to win.

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Nancye Davis December 18, 2009 - 11:16 pm

My favorite book is “My Sister’s Keeper” by Jodi Piccoult. (BTW_I did not like the movie b/c it was not very true to the book.). I like this book because it takes the time to explore relationships within families. Between mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, and mostly sister to sister. This book was so well written! Twists and turns that were unexpected. I loved this book and the characters!

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