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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Oops! I Did It Again. (A Winner and Another Giveaway)

First off, can I say what a happy day this is? My two oldest are back in school. My preschooler starts tomorrow. As I was snapping the kids' official First Day picture, I told them to pretend to smile and I would pretend to cry. Ha ha. Seriously, though, we're all so ready for this.

The good news for you is that today is the day I pick the winner of The Lost Summer by Kathryn Williams: did its magic and the winner is ... STACIE! Unfortunately, I don't have an email for you and your blog is private, so please jot me a note (blogginboutbooks[AT]gmail[DOT][COM]). If I don't hear from you within a week, I'll choose another winner. Congratulations!


If you didn't win this time, don't fret. My airheadedness has again worked in your favor. Lest you think I do this on purpose (I really, truly don't), I have to say that I received two copies of one of these books in the same mailing envelope. So, I don't think it's that I'm a complete idiot, I think it's that Disney is just amazingly efficient and generous. So, thanks again, Hallie!

I got double copies of both these YA titles, so I'm giving away one of each. I haven't had a chance to read either, so click on the book cover for plot summaries courtesy of Barnes & Noble.

Here we go:

1. Secrets of Truth & Beauty by Megan Frazer (Published July 2009)

2. Psych Major Syndrome by Alicia Thompson (Published August 2009)

You may enter to win only one book or both - either way, just specify which in your comment. Contest is open internationally. When you comment, PLEASE leave a valid email address, especially if you don't have a public blog. I need some way to get in contact with you :)

Okay, here's the nitty gritty: Now that summer's over (for me, anyway), I'd love to know what books you read and loved during the long, hot break from school. I'm always looking for recommendations, especially now that I'm going to have so many hours of free time on my hands (I wish!). That's it. Easy, right? If you post about this contest on your blog or on Facebook (sorry, I don't know anything about Twittering or Tweetering or whatever it is), I'll spot you an extra entry. I will draw the names of the winners on August 30 (my 12 year wedding anniversary!). Good luck, everybody.


  1. Please enter me! I just finished Circle of Souls - was wonderful and I am now reading One Scream Away - also great. Both books I have won by the way! Thanks for the giveaway!
    dcf_beth @ verizon dot net

  2. Would love to read either of these books. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

    This summer I did a lot of rereading. I read a couple of Vince Flynn books ( I LOVE HIM )and a couple of David Baldacci

  3. I would read either one, so enter me for either!:)

    This summer I have read quite a few books actually.
    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, which is one of my all time favorites now, is one I really recommend. I can't remember if you have read it or not. Also, Fairies of Dreamdark: Blackbringer by Laini Taylor was good. Enthusiasm by Polly Shulman I just finished, and I'll try to think of some others!:)

  4. I'd love to be entered for both books please! Thanks.


  5. I would like a chance to win both books!

    As far as good books from this summer...I really liked A Girl Named Zippy and I am just now starting, but already loving, Eon: Dragoneye Reborn. Totally different books, but both great!


  6. I enjoyed reading an older book ... The Constant Gardener by John Le Carre.
    wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

  7. Count me in please!

    The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead is very good

    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  8. Please enter me. I'd like to be entered for both books. This summer I've discovered Suzanne Collins. I started with The Hunger Games (which I loved) and I'm now working my way through the Gregor books. They're really great children's novels!

  9. I'd love to read either of these books! Thanks for the opportunity.

    Just read Twenties Girl and it was a lot of fun.

    JHolden955 (at) gmail (dot) com

  10. I'd love to read either of these.

    White Chocolate Moments by Lori Wick was good...

    janemaritz at yahoo dot com

  11. I would love a chance at either book. A couple of my favorites over the summer have been The Last Child by Hart and Mudbound by H. Jordan.

  12. I just read The Help. A. Must. Read. Loved it!

    I'd love to win either one!

    Thank you!

  13. I would love either book. I really have enjoyed reading "The Last Apprentice" series by Joseph Delaney (YA, but I still like it) and "The Great and Terrible" series by Chris Stewart.

  14. I would love to be entered for both.

    The best book I read this summer was Eyes Like Stars .

  15. I would like to be entered for either of the books.

    Thank you for the giveaway



  16. Both thanks, and I've been a voracious reader in the last 3 weeks.
    The Hourglass Door (really liked)
    Eyes Like Stars (really liked)
    Shiver (really liked)
    Lament (really liked)
    The Hunger Games (really liked)
    Graceling (really liked)
    Watersmeet (pretty good)
    Wonderous Strange (pretty good)


  17. whoops,

    for above


  18. I would like to be entered for both books, thanks!

    This summer, I read mostly historical romances and among the best are To Beguile a Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt and Tempted at Midnight by Jacqui DAlessandro . Oh, I also read Marie Osmond's Might as Well Laugh About it Now... just fun!


  19. I'd love to be signed up for both! You already read my review of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. I also liked The Hunger Games (I see that's very popular with the other posters!), The Princess Academy by Shannon Hale and one that isn't young adult - The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson.

  20. Mary D
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail (dot) com

    Please count me in to win either book - they BOTH look like fun reads :)
    Well, I've been reading my brains out this summer (and sometimes I'll have more than ONE book 'in progress' - depending on my mood at the time lol), so here's a partial list of the wonderful books I've gobbled up!
    Hollywood is like High School - LOVED IT
    House of Dark Shadows and Watcher in the Woods LOVED THEM BOTH
    Terror by Dan Simmons a++++++++
    a Brief HIstory of Montmaray A+++
    How to Profit from the Coming Rapture - very, very funny!

  21. I would love to read both of these books

    This summer I have read tons of book. My favorites would have to be Knight Of My Desire and Marriage Bureau For Rich People

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  22. Can I be entered for both? But I'm more excited for Major Psych Syndrome. :)


  23. I would love to win either book. They both sound great! Books I read-

    Follow me
    One scream away
    The house next door

  24. I read "The Summoning" by Kelley Armstrong earlier this summer and really enjoyed it. Now I am reading "The Awakening" the second book in the series and they are both great reads.

    For the giveaway, I would like to be entered to win "Psych Major Syndrome". Thanks


  25. kristin staley28 August, 2009 06:05

    Please enter me for both! I read Winter Girls and loved it. I also read a bunch of books by Sara Dessen and really liked Lock and Key. I am reading Dune Road right now and it is good so far.

  26. Susan, thanks for the great giveaway. They both look good but just add me to the Psych Major Syndrome. Interesting title. Thanks.

    booklogged AT gmail DOT com

  27. Please enter me for either book! This summer I loved 'The Hunger Games' by Suzanne Collins, 'Skinned' by Robyn Wasserman, and 'The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time' by Mark Haddon.

  28. Both, please. I'm always up for a new read or two. michelleglauser at gmail.

  29. I'd love to be entered for both books! This summer I read a lot. My favorites were The Morganville Vampires Series and Tenth Grade Bleeds.

    I posted a link on my sidebar:



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