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reader small blue 2During 2009 we invite our Constant Readers to vote for their favourite reads. Each month there will be a book token for the winner. Check back here every month for new competitions, entry forms and results.


July & August - Favourite Sports Books

sporting compIn August we invite Constant Readers to vote for their favourite books on sport  - biographies on sports people, books on clubs, counties, or any other aspect of sport. Download the Favourite Sports Books Entry Form in PDF format to enter.

Hand in to any library in the Cork City Libraries network not later than 5.00pm on 30 August 2009, or return by email to constantreader@corkcity.ie and be eligible to win a book token for €50.


June - Leabhair i nGaeilge

In June we invite Constant Readers to vote for their favourite books in the Irish lanaguage. Download the Na Leabhair i nGaeilge is Fearr Liom Entry Form in PDF format to enter.

Le seans dearbhán leabhair ar fiú €50 a bhuchaint, seol an fhoirm seo le do mholtaí go haon ceann de Leabharlanna Cathrach Chorcaí, ag 5.00 i.n. ar an Máirt, 30 Meitheamh 2009, ar a dhéanaí de.  D’fhéadfaí an fhoirm a sheoladh freisin go constantreader@corkcity.ie freisin. 

Hand in to any library in the Cork City Libraries network not later than 5.00pm on Tuesday 30 June 2009, or return by email to constantreader@corkcity.ie and be eligible to win a book token for €50.


May - Favourite Travel Books

In May we invited Constant Readers to vote for their favourite travel books. Two books received more votes than any other titles. Those were Riding the Iron Rooster: By Train Through China by Paul Theroux and Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle by Dervla Murphy.

The most popular travel writer was Paul Theroux, closely followed by Dervla Murphy, Frances Mayes and Bill Bryson. Congratulations to this month's winner Denis Wilson who wins a €50 book token.

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iron rooster  Riding The Iron Rooster: By Train Through China
by Paul Theroux 
Full Tilt  Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle
by Dervla Murphy

April - Favourite Irish Love Stories

Maude GonneIn April 2009 we invited Constant Readers to nominate their favourite Irish love story – a real life pairing, a mythical pairing, or a novel with a romantic theme. The real life love stories of Charles Stewart Parnell and Kitty O’Shea, and of William Bulter Yeats and Maude Gonne topped the list. The most popular authors of Irish love stories were Maeve Binchy and Patricia Scanlan.

Congratulations to P.O'Shea who wins a €50 book token for taking part in our competition.

The following novels received the most votes. Click on the covers to go to the library catalogue.

 The Glass Lake by Maeve Binchy Falling For A Dancer by Deirdre Purcell Forgive And Forget by Patricia Scanlan Night Of Rain And Stars by Maeve Binchy Promises Promises by Patricia Scanlan P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern
The Glass Lake by Maeve Binchy
Falling For A Dancer by Deirdre Purcell
Forgive And Forget by Patricia Scanlan
Nights Of Rain And Stars by Maeve Binchy
Promises Promises by Patricia Scanlan
P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern

March - Favourite Irish Novels

In March 2009 we invited Constant Readers to nominate their favourite Irish novel of the past 10 years. Two novels were clear favourites - The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry and The Sea by John Banville. Click on the covers to go to our library catalogue.

 The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry The Secret Scripture
by Sebastian Barry 
 The Sea by John Banville The Sea
by John Banville

   
Congratulations to Rosemary Lynch who wins a €50 book token for taking part in our competition.


February - Best Opening Lines

In February Cork City Libraries asked our Constant Readers to nominate their favourite opening lines. The opening lines of Charles Dicken's A Tale of Two Cities and E.B. White's Charlotte's Web both received the most votes. Congratulations to our winner Pat O'Hagan who wins a €50 book token.

Best Opening Lines

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 A Tale of Two Cities cover

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."

A Tale of Two Cities

by Charles Dickens

 Charlotte's Web cover

"Where's Papa going with that ax?"

Charlotte's Web

by E.B. White

Runners Up

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The Crow Road cover   du Maurier's Rebecca cover  Razor's Edge cover Moby Dick cover 
 Deathly Hallows cover  I Capture The Castle cover  Hobbit cover

"It was the day my grandmother exploded." The Crow Road by Iain Banks 
"Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again." Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
"I have never begun a novel with more misgiving." The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
"Call me Ishmael." Moby Dick by Herman Melville
"The two men appeared out of nowhere, a few yards apart in the narrow, moonlit lane." Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
"I write this sitting in the kitchen sink." I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith
"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit." The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien