March 7, 2010

Thank You for Following Contest!


I can't believe that I hit 200 followers!
I remember when I started the blog and got my first!
Thank you
Thank you
Thank you
for following me!

To celebrate I'm having a contest.  The winner will receive $20 to spend on a book(s) of their choice at

You don't need to be a follower (I want you to follow for other reasons than a contest) but it would cool if you were!
International if The Book Depository Delievers to your country for free!
You'll get to spend up to $20.  If you book total equels less than $20 you will not be given the difference.
Must email me with info within 72 hours with our info if you are the winner.
Ends Sunday March 28 at 11:59 Central Time

To enter
I'm going easy on this one and not having any extra entries.
I just don't have the time or energy to look them up!

WAIT I'll take that back!

+1 I'll give you one extra entry if you answer one of three questions IN THE COMMENTS BELOW
1.  What book might you buy?
2. Where can I find free online clipart to use?  I never find good sites :(
3.  What book would you recommend without hesitation - you loved it that much?
You only get +1 even if you answer all three :)


  1. Yay for contests! If I win, I'll purchase the upcoming Mockingjay. I'd recommend the Hunger Games to anyone!

  2. I'm really looking forward to the dystopian YA novel Inside Out. I'd use my prize on that! Thanks for holding such a fantastic contest - and congrats on reaching 200 followers!

  3. Oh man - so many great book! Ok, I'll tell you a book I recommend to everyone - The Forest of Hands and Teeth :)
    Great contest!

  4. 1. What book might you buy?

    Magic Study - Maria V. Snyder (

    2. Where can I find free online clipart to use? I never find good sites :(

    I love this website:

    3. What book would you recommend without hesitation - you loved it that much?

    Right now I recommend Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

  5. 1. I think it's called FADE, but it's the third book in the GONE series, I'll probably pre-order it and then get a new book from b&n with the leftover money.
    2. Where can I find free online clipart to use? Yea can't exactly help you there, lol I just google it.
    3. What book would you recommend without hesitation - Perfect Chemistry - Simone Elkeles
    -Daughters of the moon
    -Neptune's Children - Bonnie Dopkin
    -Any Ellen Hopkins
    -Any Richelle Mead
    -Soul screamers series
    -Wake series
    -There's A LOT more if you're interested

  6. 1. I might buy... Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder
    2. If you have microsoft already they have a great free website. Otherwise I google when I want a specific picture.
    3. Hunger Games and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
    Dangerous Angels by Francesca Lia Block
    Blue Girl by Charles DeLint
    Little Grrl Lost by Charles DeLint
    The Maze Runner by James Dashner
    Bloody Jack series by L.A. Meyer
    Ivy by Julie Hearn

  7. Congrats on reaching 200 followers. Thanks for the giveaway.

    1. I might buy...Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves
    2. I am going to come back and see what everyone suggests for free clip art.
    3. I would recommend... Charlaine Harris, RVincent, Ilona Andrews for adults and Rachel Caine, Maggie Steifvator, R. Mead for YA.

  8. Congrats on 200 followers. I love your blog! If I win, I'd like to buy The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

  9. I would definitely recommend you Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld! One of my favorite books!

  10. Congrats on your followers. Makes you feel good, doesn't it?

    I would recommend Someplace to Be Flying by Charles DeLint as it is one of my favorite books.

  11. Congratulations on 200, I'm so happy for you! :D

    1. Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran
    Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
    Fang by James Patterson
    Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
    Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

    2. I usually use Microsoft Word for free clipart, or just search on Google Images.

    3. Poison Study- Maria V. Snyder
    Maximum Ride- James Patterson
    The Mortal Instruments- Cassandra Clare
    Artemis Fowl- Eoin Colfer
    Graceling- Kristin Cashore
    The Heretic Queen- Michelle Moran
    Song of the Sparrow- Lisa Ann Sandell
    Along for the Ride- Sarah Dessen
    The Hunger Games- Suzanne Collins
    Keturah and Lord Death- Martine Leavitt

  12. Congrats on 200 followers!

    I'd recommend The Dark Divine by Bree Despain.

  13. Congratulations!!! Isn't it a fantastic feeling? As for the questions,
    1) Ha! I have a list of books I want and almost buy (and I have a wishlist on Book Depository that is set to email me if prices drop), so that's up in the air. I generally just buy according to mood.
    2) Can't help ya. Free clipart sucks. However, I do like going through Flickr's Creative Commons section; it's photos w/ special permissions so that you can use them how you want.
    3) I tend to recommend books based on who I am talking to; I want to give them something they'll like. Likely options:
    number9dream - David Mitchell
    Cloud Altas - David Mitchell
    (though for you, probably Black Swan Green by D.M. - coming of age, so more MG friendly)
    Soulless - Gail Carriger
    The Hunger Games series - Suzanne Collins
    The Uglies series - Scott Westerfeld
    any of Margaret Atwood's dystopias


  14. 1. What book might you buy?
    Whoooo, that's always a tough question. I have been intrigued by this book for quite a long time and read a review today that convinced me to try it so I would buy The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (2007).

    2. Where can I find free online clipart to use? I never find good sites :(
    - they have some great stuff.

    3. What book would you recommend without hesitation - you loved it that much?

    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins....every time I am asked!

  15. 1. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
    2. I'm probably the last person you should ask! LOL
    3. Bitten by Kelley Armstrong for adults and Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater and Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl for YA


  16. I don't use a lot of clipart but, when I want to add some visual interest, I go to Glitter Graphics and search Flickr for image posted with Creative Commons licenses.

    I don't know what I would want to buy. But I'm sure I could find something marvelous.

    My current favorite book to recommend to everyone I see is Beautiful Creatures.

  17. 1. Probably The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong or Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready.
    2. You'd have to do a bit of searching, but I've seen really cute clip art on it.
    3. BRIGHTLY WOVEN by ALEXANDRA BRACKEN. Definitely made my favorite of all-time list!

  18. I would recommend both of Francisco Stork's books, A Wish After Midnight by Zetta Elliott, Gringolandia by Lyn Miller Lachmann and Whale talk by Chris Crutcher. Oh and for MG I would recommend 8th Grade Superzero by Olugbemisola Rhuday Perkovich.

    I would buy Angry Management by Chris Crutcher, Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves and Devil's Kiss by Sarwat Chadda (not sure how many books I can get for $20 but I'm for sure getting Bleeding Violet!)

    Congrats on your now 203 followers!

  19. First off, congrats on your followers!

    I'd recommend without hesitation THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak. So beautiful and I love it so much :)

  20. Q1 - I will probably get as many books as I can in the Shifters series by Rachel Vincent. I'm currently reading the first book in the series, Stray, and it's good :D

    Q3 - I frequently book-push:
    Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
    Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles
    Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
    The Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost
    The Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward
    Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

  21. Congratulations on 200 followers! And thanks so much for the contest. :)
    My answers to #1 and #3 are the same because I try really hard to only buy books that I love love love. In this case, that would be The Lion and The Mouse by Pinkney and either Graceling by Cashore or Shiver by Stiefvater.
    As for clipart, as much as I don't like Microsoft, their clipart collection is massive ( I don't generally go to any other sites because they're filled with ads, pop-up windows, and sometimes malware. I second the suggestion of searching Flickr for Creative Commons-licensed images.

  22. Just dropping by to let you know I picked you for this award :)

  23. I would buy The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World. :)

  24. I would buy the rest of the Mortal Instruments series. I get my clip art from It's free! I also highly recommend Hunger Games, The Body Finder, and Hush, Hush.

  25. Congrats! I've been eyeing Peter and Max by Bill Willingham since forever so I'll probably get that.

  26. Thanks for hosting. I'd love a copy of HUGGING THE ROCK and can hands-down recommend THE HELP.

  27. I would buy a collection of poems put together by Garrison Keillor so that I can prepare for National Poetry Month. It's my new favorite time of year!

  28. Congrats on 200 and thanks for the contest.

    I would probably buy Brightly Woven because I keep seeing great reviews.

    I would recommend the Poison Study Series. I absolutely loved it!

  29. I would totally recommend The Host by Stephenie Meyer without a doubt! Not a big fan of the Twilight Saga but she sure knows how to write "adult" sci-fi I can tell you that!

  30. I'm not sure what I'd pick but recommendations...that I can do. :)
    A Northern Light, by Jennifer Donnelly
    The Skulduggery Pleasant series
    I like the Enola Holmes and Theodosia Throckmorton series, but not so much I can't put them down.
    Tisha. Look it up. Fabulous book. FABULOUS. Should be a classic.
    North and South, and anything else written by Elizabeth Gaskell.
    I'll stop for now.

  31. I absolutely recommend Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson-it's funny, really well written, clever, and an amazing feel good novel. Oh, that just made me want to read it again :)

  32. I have given you an award here because I enjoy reading your content.

  33. If I were to win the contest I would buy the next Richelle Mead coming out.
    What book would I recommend without hesitation?
    Read-aloud: Stand Tall Mary Lou Melon
    Read-along (partner read): Igraine the Brave.
    Read-alone: Medusa Jones
    YA: Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes.

  34. Without hesitation I would recommend Graceling by Kristin Cashore. It is amazing!

  35. I just wanted to let you know that I have passed on a couple of awards to you. Check them out at my blog

  36. Congrats on the followers!!

    If I won I might get Lament by Maggie Stiefvater

  37. 1. Probably either Shiver or Darklight!

    3. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, no question

  38. Yay for this awesome contest! If I win, I'll definitely buy The Maze Runner by James Dashner. I am itch to buy that one, seriously.

    And as for the book that I'd suggest without any doubt, I'd say Marley & Me by John Grogan and Love Eternally by Deborah Wright. I wept through both books and I'm not sure if it was the book or... it was me, being overly emotional *lol*

  39. 1. Tough! I think I'd be torn between Brightly Woven, The Body Finder or Lament. Then possibly half a dozen other titles that spring to mind by then LOL
    3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (I'm rereading it now, plus it's my favourite book) and The Hunger Games series.

    Awesome giveaway, thanks!

  40. 1. Mistwood by Leah Cypress
    2. Discovery Education and
    3. Iron King and Maze Runner

  41. I would recommend Fire by Kristin Cashore, it was awesome!

  42. 1. The Explosionist or Boneshakers or one of the other million books on my wishlist :-D
    3. Heavenly by Jennifer Laurens, The Dark Divine by Bree Despain or Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

  43. The book I would recommend you read is Thirteen reasons Why by Jay Asher. I have been raving about this one ever since I read it.

  44. 2. I always use Google Images. I search key words and then surf the images that come up.

    Thanks for this amazing contest.

    Congrats :D

  45. Mmmmm.... I would buy "The body finder" or "Before I fall" I've heard some good reviews :)

    - Congrats for the 200 followers :D

  46. I think I would purchase "Before I Fall".

  47. I would recommend "The Host" by Stephenie Meyer to anyone. One of my favorite books I've ever read. Incredible.

    Congrats on 200 followers! And I love your owl theme!!!! :)

  48. I'd recommend reading The Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews, especially Magic Strikes (the last one). Like right now...

  49. 1. I'd probably get Dead Tossed Waves or The Dark Divine

    3. I really loved Lisa McMann's WAKE and I can't wait to read FADE and GONE!

    -Lisa M. Basso

  50. I would recommend the Lord of the Underworld series by Gena Showalter. It is my absolute favorite series

  51. Fun! What I would recommend is Laini Taylor's Lips Touch: Three Times. Gorgeous in writing and illustration. Three completely seductive, new, interesting fairy tales that each revolve around a kiss that changes everything... :) SUCH a good read!

    Lindsey :)

    Ps - you are welcome to come enter my contest at:

    ... if you are so inclined! :)

  52. Hi thank you!!! ^o^

    1. What book might you buy?
    Maybe Shiver, I fell in love with the history. Its so pretty and I wanna know the snow ^^

    2. Where can I find free online clipart to use?

    I always use DeviantArt. I do my own graphics and there you can find awesome pics!!

    3. What book would you recommend without hesitation - you loved it that much?

    "Cien Años de Soledad" de gabriel Garcia Marquez. An aweome book of our Gabo. Yes! Im colombian xD

    Kisses! And thank you again xD

  53. Congrats on 200 followers

    1. What book might you buy?
    Meridian by Amber Kizer

    for clipart it depends on what you want.I always use google.

  54. 1. What book might you buy?
    A couple volumes of the historical manga Kaze Hikaru.

  55. Without hesitation, I would recommend The Underneath, by Kathi Appelt! :-)

  56. 3. What book would you recommend without hesitation - you loved it that much?
    The Host by Stephenie Meyer :)

  57. What would I recommend:

    Looking for Alaska by John Green (still one of my faves...)

  58. I would recommend The Hunger Games and Catching Fire to anyone. . .eagerly awaiting Mockingjay.