Friday, September 11, 2015

2015 Summer Reading Challenge - Final Round-Up and Winner

The summer reading challenge is officially over! I'd like to personally thank every one of the participants who all did an amazing job at their challenge. They are read a wide array of interesting and eclectic books. The challenge encourage folks to read up to 6 books this summer and post reviews online by September 1st. Participants who read, reviewed and submitted six entries were eligible for the special giveaway.

Below is the second round-up of reviews. You can find the first round-up here.

Amanda of Old Hollywood Films
Keepers: The Greatest Films and Personal Favorites of a Moviegoing Lifetime by Richard Schickel

Bernardo from The Movie Rat
Images: My Life in Film by Ingmar Bergman

Interviews: Liv Ullmann
They Still Call Me Junior by Frank Coghlan Jr.

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star by Dick Moore

What is Cinema? Vol. 1: Essays Selected and Translated by Hugh Gray
edited by Andre Bazin

Writing Vampyr by Carl Theodor Dryer, Christen Jul and Sheridan Le Fanu

B.G. of Classic Reel Girl
I Do and I Don't: A History of Marriage in the Movies by Jeanine Basinger

B Noir Detour
Driven to Darkness: Jewish Emigre Directors and the Rise of Film Noir by Vincent Brook

Memoirs of a Professional Cad by George Sanders

Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammet

Grezilda of Doesn't She Ramble
Audrey Hepburn: An Elegant Spirit by Sean Hepburn Ferrer
Jano by Birgit Tengroth

Hollywood Cats: Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation

My World is My Bond by Roger Moore

Kate Gabrielle of Silents and Talkies
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir by R.A. Dick

L’Avventura by Geoffrey Nowell-Smith

KC of A Classic Movie Blog
The Making of The Other Side of the Wind: Orson Welles’s Last Movie by Josh Karp

Missing Reels by Farran Smith Nehme

My Life As a Mankiewicz: An Insider’s Journey Through Hollywood by Tom Mankiewicz and Robert Crane

Kristina of Speakeasy
Gangsters from Little Caesar to The Godfather by John Gabree

Hollywood Beauty: Linda Darnell and the American Dream by Ronald L. Davis

Teenage Confidential, An Illustrated History of the American Teen by Michael Barson and Steven Heller

The Very Witching Time of Night: Dark Alleys of Classic Horror Cinema by Gregory William Mank

Laura of Laura’s Miscellaneous Musings
Behind the Scenes of They Were Expendable: A Pictorial History by Lou Sabini

Letícia of Vintage Classics Scrapbook
Thoughts on the Thin Man edited by Danny Reid

Liz from Now Voyaging
Good Stuff: A Reminscence of My Father, Cary Grant by Jennifer Grant

Every Frenchman Has One by Olivia de Havilland

‘Tis Herself: A Memoir by Maureen O’Hara

Phyllis of Phyllis Loves Classic Movies
Audrey At Home: Memories of My Mother’s Kitchen by Luca Dotti

Vanity Will Get You Somewhere by Joseph Cotten

Rich from Wide Screen World
The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe
Ernst Lubitsch: Laughter in Paradise by Scott Eyman

Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War by Mark Harris

Sara E. (Goodreads)
Burt Lancaster: The Terrible Tempered Charmer by Michael Munn

The Cleopatra Papers by Jack Brodsky and Nathan Weiss

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Bernard Nordhoff and James Norman Hall

Vanessa from Stardust
Gary Cooper: Enduring Style by G. Bruce Boyer

There were six finalists! These folks read, reviewed and submitted six entries by the deadline.(Note that the reviews are split between the first and second round-ups. Look at both round-ups to see all the reviews.)

Bernardo of The Movie Rat
Karen from Shadows and Satin
Kristina of Speakeasy
Grezilda of Doesn't She Ramble
Liz from Now Voyaging
Vanessa from Stardust

And the winner is...

Vanessa from Stardust! 

She'll receive a TCM pen (from TCMFF 2015 in Hollywood), a Robert Osborne #yourfanclub pin, a Ben Mankiewicz #yourfanclub pin and a copy of Turner Classic Movies Presents Leonard Maltin's Classic Movie Guide: From the Silent Era Through 1965: Third Edition .

And because I'm feeling extra generous I am awarding an extra copy of the Classic Movie Guide to a surprise runner-up...

Karen from Shadows and Satin!

I drew the winner and runner-up with the help of and names written on pieces of paper.

Congrats to everyone who participated and stay tuned for next year's summer reading challenge.

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