Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Thanks and Giving

I love this time of the year because it is just full of giving! I've noticed an increase in the number of giveaways going on right now, have you? In particular, e-book readers have been flooding the book blogging giveaway scene. This has only fueled my so-far moderate interest in e-readers. I have read a few e-books recently through NetGalley and much as I enjoy staring at my computer screen all day, I am not certain it is healthy. So, when several of these all showed up at once, I signed myself right up. Let's be honest, my librarian salary ain't gonna be getting me one any time soon.

First, there's the Noobie Kindle Giveaway. All you have to do is fill out a form. Very easy.

Then, we have Bibliofreak's Great Kindle II Giveaway (which has opportunities for getting lots of extra entries).

And most recently Trish from Hey Lady! Watcha Readin'? is offering a Sony Reader Pocket Edition.

I'm pretty sure there are others out there as well. As I pondered on these quite generous giveaways, I remembered my recently failed attempt to give stuff away. I wondered if my readers all simultaneously missed said post. Or if they were afraid of the "special surprise gift" that I promised. Or perhaps everyone who possibly could have read that post has already been a recipient of the pay it forward fairies. Anywho, I couldn't think of any other possible scenarios (at least that were intelligent enough to write here), so I thought I'd give it one more try.

And my apologies if you thought I was going to offer a free e-book reader. Note the above-mentioned librarian salary. But, I will be giving away books. Real ones. I haven't decided which ones yet, but I promise they will be in very good condition. And did I mention the surprise gift will be books?

Ok, ok, you want to know what books. Fine. Here is a list of possibilities.

Ruined: A Novelby Paula Morris
Beingby Kevin Brooks
Invisible Linesby Mary Amato (ARC)
Candle Man, Book One: The Society of Unrelenting Vigilanceby Glenn Dakin (ARC)
Primitiveby Mark Nykanen (ARC)
Spellbinderby Helen Stringer (ARC)
The Smart One and the Pretty Oneby Claire LaZebnik
Legacyby Cayla Kluver
The Private Papers of Eastern Jewel: A Novelby Maureen Lindley
Between Me and the River by Carrie Host
The Possibility of Everything by Hope Edelman (ARC)
Rocket Boysby Homer Hickam (basis for the movie October Sky)

All you have to do is comment on this post. Please please please help me do some giving! I will give a book of your choice from this list to the first three commenters. Don't forget that if you win, you should do your part to pay it forward.

And one final thing...


If you buy through my Amazon linkage,
I will get a very small percentage


  1. I would love to win Ruined. As someone also on a librarian/grad school salary, I'm hoping to win a Kindle II myself. Thanks for giving away books too!

  2. Ooh, what a great giveaway! I'd love Candle Man myself. I'm glad I found your blog- it's lovely :-)

  3. I've had total flop giveaways. It's very odd. :D
    Totally understand the lack of e-readers. :D Haven't actually decided if I want one, myself. Maybe I'll enter one of the giveaways, though. If nothing else it would be lighter to keep in my purse than actual books, right?


  4. Sorry to hear that your first giveaway didn't work out. I've had the same experience! I'd love Rocket Boys. I read the follow up book (title is eluding me at the moment). I'm a fellow librarian and know the limited funds scenario. Love those giveaways!

  5. Dang it, dang it, dang it, I was hoping to be in the Top 3 and snag RUINED. Ah well :) I tried.

    I've had flop giveaways, too - I think a lot of it depends on the popularity of the books you're giving away and whether or not you raved about them in your review. Giving away a book you describe as "blech" isn't as convincing as one you said was "Awesome. Amazing. The best book ever." At least that's been my experience.

  6. Call me old fashioned (do I hear Luddite?) but I still love a "real" book. :-) Reading off the screen is still work for me and books are all about pleasure ...

  7. I have no idea how people are giving away e-readers. I can't even get my hands on one for myself!

  8. I'll be emailing the winners very soon!

    Britt, I know it probably wouldn't be worth it for me to buy one, but a free one? Yeah, worth it.

    Susan, so sorry! I thought too that when I hated a book and gave it a bad rating, no one would want the book, but the last one I did like that was really popular. I was probably in the minority on my opinion, though.

    Andie, I definitely still love the real book feeling. But, sometimes new technology can be fun too. I'm shooting for a balance, but with my lack of funds, I'll probably still be loving my real books for a long time :)

    Natasha, no kidding! If I ever managed to get one, I definitely couldn't get another to give away!

  9. I worked in the public library system for 20 years and the thing I miss most about it was finding new authors to read. Sign me up for your contest please. I don't think I'll ever get on board with the E- books and miss the joy of holding a book.Never. :)
    Theresa N

  10. Theresa, that is what I miss most about working at a public library as well! I find that as long as I have plenty of hard copies, I can handle a few e-books. I already picked the winners, but thanks for entering!


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