Google+ YA Romantics: Comments Contest Winners!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Comments Contest Winners!

I love holding giveaways. They're a great way to gain new followers. But I think it's just as important to say thanks to the people who support my blog day in and day out.

So once a month I draw a winner from all the people who've visited the blog and left comments.

I drew winners yesterday -- comments after that will count toward the next drawing.

Since I had a big pile of ARCs this month, I drew three winners.


The first person the randomizer chose was Amber. She picked Under the Never Sky.
Next up was Caitlin. She took Kiss Crush Collide.
Jess from Jessy's Book Ends chose Clockwork Prince.


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I'm going to be doing something a little different with my next comments contest. I'll still be doing a comments drawing, but for every comment you leave over the next five days (starting with this one!) I will also donate a book to a drive that collects books for underfunded public schools in my community. These are schools that really need current YA books to help get their students excited about reading.

Here's where you come in:  for every comment you leave on posts between today and March 1, I'll reply and let you know what book I am donating on your behalf ...  AND your name will go in for my next prize drawing. Subscribe to comments (or check back) to see what I chose on your behalf.


EDITED:  I really appreciate your kind words. But there are a lot of people out there who do a LOT more than I do to help others.
When you comment, you are not allowed to say "Oh, yay Jen," because I don't want this to seem like it's about me. Please share the name of a book that got you excited about reading --  either as a child or now!

57 comments:

  1. What a great idea. I think it's fabulous to donate books. Yay for helping get students excited about reading!!

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    1. In honor of Amy, I have picked out
      Audrey, Wait by Robin Benway.
      Audrey's a cool, edgy girl just like Amy :)

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    2. Awww cool and edgy!! Love it! Glad you think of me that way. :)

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  2. What a fabulous way to give back. Many of our public schools have atrocious libraries, with not enough copies of books for all children (if they are doing a class read) or outdated reading materials. Then the children are sent to our public libraries...and folks, they are underfunded too. I am so happy to hear you are doing this! You have made my Sunday!

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    1. Thanks!
      Okay, for you, I am donating
      Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine. Such a beautiful book!!!

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  3. What an awesome way to give back to the kids! I love it!! I'm sure they will really appreciate the donations. Truly wonderful! :)

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    1. Okay, now I'm embarrassed. I don't want to be all "Yay, me!"

      Steph, I see that you like fantasy, so for you I am donating:
      Liar's Moon by Elizabeth Bunce!

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  4. I think that's wonderful what you're doing for the kids Jen! I wish I had been more into reading when I was younger and what a great way to help them have more access to books and to get them into reading at a younger age! :-)

    Congratulations to Caitlin & Jess on the Comment Contest!

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    1. For Amber, I'm picking something no kid can resist:
      Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

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  5. I absolutely love this idea. I am inspired to look in my area for a similar charity--how did you find the one that you are donating to?

    Shanan
    http://thebookaddictnet.blogspot.com

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    1. For you, Shanan, I'm donating Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen.

      As for your question, my local library collects books for this organization. But you could Google book drive + the name of your city and what you can find... or you could contact a local high school or middle school. A lot of teachers pay for supplies out of pocket and welcome gently used books for their classroom collection.

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    2. I am not going to lie--I was hoping you would pick a Sarah Dessen book for me. :)

      I will look into my local area. I love this idea--and really love helping others find a love or appreciation for reading. :)

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    3. I created a new page on my blog -- Where to Donate Books. Check it out and add any new ideas you have!

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    4. Did you see my tweet that I got selected as a giver for World Book Night? I am so excited!

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    5. No, I haven't been on twitter today. Congratulations!!!!

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  6. WOW~ fantastic idea:)I just wish I loved reading books when i was younger! Many will benefit because of what you're doing! Keep up the great job! Share the joy books bring to the world! This is simply amazing!:)

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    1. Hi Tina, I know Jen R's taste in books but not yours..
      For you I'm donating Forget You by Jennifer Echols!

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    2. Oh, I spy with my little eye my name! :P

      Congrats to the winners! And really, this is a great thing you're doing! Even if donating books might not be that huge, it's the little things that count, eh? :) Every kid that becomes a bookworm is a win!

      And the book that made me love reading is... none other than Nancy Drew! :) I thank my grandma for that!

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    3. Nancy Drew!!!! Loved her so much. I wanted to be her, with her little blue roadster and her credit card for the River Heights Mall.

      I'm getting my mom to give me one of my Nancy Drews and donating it in your honor.

      Hope Mom didn't sell them at a yard sale. Stay tuned!

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    4. Oh yay, another ND fan! Sadly , I've outgrown those books, but that doesn't stop me from playing the Nancy Drew computer games! :) (They're fun and addicting, trust me. I've played them all except for the latest!)

      Love,
      Nosy ;)

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  7. Sorry but I'm going to say Yay Jen!! lol
    What a great idea though. To encourage comments and to give back.
    I'm excited about the book I'm reading right now - Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. It's side splitingly funny so far.

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    1. You are a bad rule breaker (just kidding. Thanks!)
      Hmmm. For Karen, I will donate Dead is the New Black by Marlene Perez!

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  8. Thanks for doing this! I can't wait to see what book you donate on my behalf =) I have always LOVED reading ever since I was really little so I can't really pin point one book that started that love, but I do remember two books that I used to read over and over when I was little: The Sword in the Tree, and Small Fur.

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    1. Amada is a graphic designer, so I have to pick a book with a pretty cover for her.
      I'm picking Moonglass by Jessi Kirby (this is also on my keeper shelf but I ended up with three copies ?!?)

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  9. What a fantastic idea, Jen! and congrats to the comment winners!

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    1. I see that Ashelynn is reading Wolfsbane, so I'm donating that for you!

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  10. What an awesome idea! I stopped reading for fun in 3rd grade, but I started again last year when I got a nookcolor. The book I read that started it all was Switched by Amanda Hocking.

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    1. I see that you did a dance marathon to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network, so I say yay for you!!

      I also see that you like contemporary YA, so for you I'm donating The Lucky Kind by Alyssa Sheinmel

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  11. No compliments, huh? (but I think you already know how I feel about YOU J.R.:)) So what book meant so much to me and really got me interested in reading as a kid? No longer in print, but I do still have a copy, The Ghost Next Door by Georgia author Wylly Folk St. John. First chapter book I ever read in one day (when I was 9) and it cemented my love for ghost stories and supernatural stuff! Keep up the good work!

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    1. Oooh, a ghost book. I LOVE ghost stories too.

      For you I'm donating Giving Up the Ghost by Megan Crewe. I think I'll try to read it first -- I have to drop the books off the first week in March!

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  12. Congrats to the winners :)
    I'm still in the Hunger Games world right now so that's pretty much my answer for everything these days ;)
    P.S. did u take my survey yet? I was bored and felt like creating the forms lol

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    1. For Arianne, I'm donating a bright pink book: You Wish by Mandy Hubbard.

      Will go check out survey after I walk the dog :)

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    2. yey!!!!! pink book :D hope someone enjoys it!

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  13. That's a great idea! I don't remember any books I read as a kid!?! I don't know why! I didn't really get back into reading until Twilight came out and my friends begged me to read it! I got hooked into reading after that! I can devour a book in a day if I don't do anything at home! Which I have been known to do! I have an 11 year old that I beg and bribe to read. I told her recently that she can't go see The Hunger Games until she reads the first book!

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    1. I think both Twilight and Harry Potter got a lot of people reading!
      So I decided the first person who mentioned Twilight would get that donated -- putting in on the pile in honor of you, Kelly!

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  14. I remember the first book that got me finally excited about reading. It was a Goosebump book about a boy that turned into a bee. My teacher read it to us and the whole class was actually really excited about it and then everyone started buying other Goosebump books. I had a ton of them and thus began my love for paranormal too. I just loved reading about the kids that were dealing with crazy stuff. Great idea! I know the teacher had bought that book herself to share with us so sharing with schools is very important.

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    1. That's such a great story. And it shows that teachers have to let kids read "fun" books too.

      Oooh, what to pick for Jennifer M?
      Has to be a paranormal. I think I'll choose:
      Mercy by Rebecca Lim

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  15. This is a really great idea! I'm not sure what book got me really excited about reading. I was just always read to as a child and as soon as I could read myself I did, and have never stopped.

    Some of my favorites that I read over and over again are Harry Potter (of course!), The Earth's Children Series by Jean M. Auel, the Sookie Stackhouse books, and right now I'm really loving The Hunger Games Trilogy, Cassandra Clare, and Ally Condie.

    Reading is for life! <3

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    1. Thanks! I'm going to put in Matched by Ally Condie for you!
      Thanks so much for commenting :)

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  16. I'm sure it wasn't the first book EVER, but the first book I ever remember reading in school was The Giver. Ho boy I couldn't get enough of it. I remember we'd go around the class "popcorning" someone else to read, and everytime someone picked on me I'd have to ask what page we were on because I was already way past it.

    I remember making my mom buy me that book, and it was and still probably is my most read book. I lost it somewhere between moving, and about freaked out last year at a yard sale when I saw it.

    After that I read sparsely throughout the years, and mostly reading whatever was on my parents bookshelves. I hardly read YA books, until The Hunger Games in '10. Holy frig. I was so so happy that I had found that series, and I found it right after the third had been released so I did not have to wait! After that, it's like all I read are awesome YA books (with the occasional adult, I love me some Stephen King!) I have no idea how I went ALL that time in between there hardly reading. It's my favourite thing to do now.

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    1. Kali loves dystopians so..... scanning giant pile of books in front of me.....
      I'll pick Unwind by Neil Shusterman

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    2. That sounds so cool! You're doing two good deeds here, giving books and letting other people know of books! ;)

      Did you enjoy that book?

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    3. I did. It's a really creepy premise: parents can choose to have their kids "unwound," so that their organs are harvested for another person. They stay alive technically but aren't really alive. If you like thrillers with a scientific premise, check it out!

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  17. What a great idea to also donate a book! I didn't know you had the giveaways for comments and that is a fabulous idea too! :)

    A book I read as a child that sucked me in to the world of reading would have to be Anne of Green Gables. I still laugh out loud at Anne crashing her slate over Gilbert's head and I also still swoon for the older Gilbert.

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    1. Tressa -- I knew I liked you :)
      Anne of Green Gables was one of my favorites when I was little. I'd still love to travel to Prince Edward Island.
      I'm going to put in The Penderwicks for you. It's a middle grade series with a wonderful timeless feel like A of GG.
      If any of you have daughters, check it out!

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  18. The Babysitters Club wins on both accounts - I collected them obsessively as a child and now I'm buying all the graphic novels. They give me emotional sustenance then and now :)

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    1. Babysitters Club graphic novels? Who knew?
      I don't have any Babysitters Club but I'm going to donate in your honor the compulsively readable Boys of Summer/Endless Summer by Jennifer Echols.

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  19. Schools definitely need as many books as they can get--donating to them is a terrific idea! Makes me want to get involved in some way with some of the schools here.

    I honestly can't remember a time that I didn't love reading! Some of the earliest books I remember reading are: Babysitters Club, Sweet Valley Twins and Friends, Fear Street series by RL Stine, Remember Me by Christopher Pike, Time Windows by Kathryn Reiss, The Mermaid Summer by Mollie Hunter...and Kissed by an Angel by Elizabeth Chandler.

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    1. I know Jen likes mermaids, so in her honor, I'll donate
      Between the Sea and the Sky by Jaclyn Dolamore

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  20. After watching the first Harry Potter film when I was still in elementary school, I remember not wanting to wait for the next movie so I read the second book. I have been hooked on reading ever since. :)

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    1. For you, I'm donating an elementary school classic (and Newbery medal winner) Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes

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  21. I had a lull with my reading & then I got into YA. HARRY POTTER and THE HUNGER GAMES got me back into the game, as it were.

    I love the idea of giving books.

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    1. For Marybelle, I'm donating
      The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place by Maryrose Wood.

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  22. That is so awesome to donate books to public schools. More kids need to read, such a fun way to spend your days. I am so excited that I won thank you again. Oh and I love the ARC cover of Clockwork Prince that is just so cool.

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    1. Harry Potter definitely got me excited about reading. I found the first book in my closet and read the whole thing in a day. The rest is history lol because Harry Potter is my ultimate favorite series. I own all the books and movies and have read/seen them multiple times. I will forever be a fan. Thank you J.K. Rowling for the books and everyone who did the movies.

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  23. You're right -- that's a different cover. Actually the ARC has the regular cover. But I agree with you -- I like that one better.

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