You came, you saw, you conquered our new site. We had more than 1,700 entries in our BookPage Scavenger Hunt—but only three people could win. The lucky three were excited and happy to share their thoughts about BookPage and our new website, starting with Grand Prize Winner Jennifer Hopwood (pictured at left), a youth services librarian in Melbourne, Florida, who will be receiving one book a week for a year. She told us, "I love BookPage because of all the great reviews and contests. My favorite part are the author interviews in their own hand. I love it when the children's authors add illustrations to their answers. Finding out I was the Grand Prize Winner was a big shock since I have never won anything like this before. I can't wait to start reading my books!"
Second place went to Rosemary Sobczak of Silver Lake, Wisconsin. She'll be receiving a special book lovers' gift basket filled to the brim with reader goodies like a book light, a journal, a Books-A-Million gift card—and plenty of books, of course! Rosemary is a longtime BookPage reader and has entered many of our contests, but this is her first win. She says BookPage "is a problem" for her because it makes her want to sit in her chair all day long and read.
Our third-prize winner, Michael May (pictured at left) of Dubuque, Iowa, is an adult services librarian who'll receive 10 books recently featured in BookPage. He says, "I think one of the most important uses of the Internet is to encourage people to read books. The new BookPage website does this exceptionally well. Anyone interested in books, from librarians to avid readers to those looking for quick tips on what to read next, should visit BookPage.com." Thanks for the endorsement!
Other readers shared their comments about our site, and we appreciate those who took the time to give us their verdict. A few of our favorite responses:
It's perfect, but it is driving me crazy. I can't keep adding books to my list, and this site knows just how to get me hooked! You should have a promotion where the prize is sending someone to clean, paint, mow, etc. These are all the jobs that I neglect when I hide away with a stack of books.
I like it! Seems to me there is more information available. A nice companion to the BookPage print version—which I dog-ear to mark selections and go through so quickly! I can visit this website over and over again during the month to find new ideas for reading. Thanks!
It's a terrific site that encompasses reading interests for all ages and all types of books. Congratulations on all your hard work in putting this together and for keeping me up-to-date with all of the new and wonderful books out there. Reading is my passion and I'm crossing my fingers that I might be selected a winner here. Thank you!
Thanks for challenging us with this scavenger hunt—I had no idea the depth and dimension of your site. I love your paper edition from my library, but this site is outstanding, informative and just plain wonderful reading. Thanks so much! Great job!
Don't forget to check our blog and website daily for announcements of new contests.