Freebie Friday: The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Giveaway now closed…. Our winner on August 7 was WANDA!!!!!!

Thanks everyone for playing 😉

It’s Summer.  My favorite season!  In honor of Summer and all the movies recently that have come from books, I offer this weeks Freebie Friday as:

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Kidd Monk.

secret life of beesSet in South Carolina in 1964, this is the tale of Lily Owens a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father, Lily flees with Rosaleen, her caregiver and only friend, to a South Carolina town that holds the secret to her mother’s past. Taken in by the intelligent and independent Boatwright sisters, Lily finds solace in their mesmerizing world of beekeeping.

I recently learned at a festival where they had bees displayed in hives working the honey like nobody’s “beesness” (lol) that a bee in their lifetime will only produce one twelfth of a teaspoon of honey.   Not a typo.  That’s it.

So now knowing this…. here is how you can enter to win this great book! AND to sweeten the pot (LOL I am on a roll today!) I will add a jar of honey to this giveaway.

1.  Leave a comment here with an interesting insect fact or a comment about an insect incident you have had… (wow – say that fast….)

2.  Blog tweet or shout from the rooftop about this giveaway and leave link here in a separate comment (oh, if you go for the shout from the rooftop, that is going to require a picture!)

3.  For any comments you make during this week on any of my other posts (starting today thru next Friday) you will receive one extra chance to win per comment)  *You must have the original comment (#1) here first to qualify for this one.

US only entrants please and no po box numbers.  Be sure I have a way to contact you if you are the winner.


This giveaway will end Friday August 7.

Oh – Have fun!  😉

30 thoughts on “Freebie Friday: The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

  1. I would love to be entered as I have heard great things about this book. I just recently got bit on my right foot, I believe by an ant and must have had a reaction to it as my foot swelled up to about twice the size. Today is the first day that I don’t look like big foot but the past two – three days I’ve been walking around with a very odd limp. jessica(at)fan(dot)com

  2. I am the spider person of the house-my husband hates them-while I pick them up and take them out of the house. Years ago when we were mountain biking we saw some spider that paralyzes it’s prey and drags them-sorta cool.

  3. this is not an entry. i got the audio version some time ago at barnes and noble and loved it! good thing i didn’t get it in paper…it would be in tatters by now!

  4. No need to enter me … I read this one already…it was an enjoyable read. Didn’t see the movie though. You might want to watch “Bee Movie” — it has a lot of bee facts and was actually quite funny.

  5. I don’t really know much about insects, but when I was a little girl I had a fascination with Walking Sticks (we lived in Ohio) and I told everybody they were my ‘friends’ LOL

  6. We should not touch the wings of a butterfly because the oils on our fingers burns the dust off their wings. This damages their wings. 😦


  7. I don’t like insects. I avoid them. I won’t kill bees, but I have no problem killing the dandelions they like. This one has been on my list and looks interesting.

  8. I LOVE this book! It’s definitely one of my favorites. I enjoyed the movie as well.
    Don’t include me in the contest. I already have a copy. But I’ll still share it on @mybookbuds.

  9. To produce 1 pound of honey requires somewhere around 25,000 trips between the hive and the flowers.

    lelou2 AT ymail DOT com

  10. My son who is 16 on August 4th has been a beekeeper since age of 4. He has about 10 hives along with my dad who has about 20 hives. THey take of their bees year round, gather up new swarms and the bees reward them with lots of yummy sourwood honey every year around August. He sells his honey and has money to spend (he use to call it his honey money)

  11. Hi Sheila,

    “The Secret Life of Bees” is one of my most favorite books. I loved the honey, the sisters, the whole book.

  12. Do spiders count? My 2yo daughter came inside last night with her Pappa, telling me she had seen the “stars, moon, and spiders up in sky.” I questioned the spider bit, and she said, “maybe it was walking on the floor.”

    janemaritz at yahoo dot com

  13. Can’t wait to read this book, I loved the movie. Here is my interesting insect tidbit: studies show that humans only have 792 distinct muscles, whereas grasshoppers have 900, and caterpillars may have as many as 4,000 separate muscles.

  14. I would love to win this!! I was on the balcony of my cruise ship and me and my brother would taking pictures and stuff when a HUGE dragonfly thing flew on the balcony and almost went in the room! It was literally the size of my palm (hand without fingers).

    I’ll leave the link to my twitter tweet (lol) in a seperaate comment =]

  15. While my husband and I were biking around Itasca State Park we came to a stop to look at the fire tower and there were butterflies all over the place. So I held out my hand and one beautiful yellow one landed on my ring finger and it sat there for the longest time. Long enough to get the camera out of its case so we could take some pictures. It was a fun day.

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