The Bookapalooza Scavenger Hunt Has Begun!Making the Grade is Celebrating One Year of Blogging! And to add to that celebration, Bookapalooza has been created in order to share our love of reading with all of you - and win great prizes while you're at it. To see all that Bookapalooza has in store for you, visit Making the Grade.
There have been a lot of good things that have come into my life since I started blogging. I've met some wonderful new friends and authors, I get to talk to people I admire on a regular basis, I've been introduced to so many books and genres I might never have read before, and I get to share all of that right here on the blog. Of all of the worlds I've been given the opportunity to step into, there is one author whose books consistently make me smile and her next release date is never soon enough. So I just wanted to say thank you to her, however shallow my thanks may be.
An Open Letter to Miranda Kenneally:
First, I would like to say thank you, for making it possible for me to enjoy sports without actually having to participate in them. This may seem like a small thing and pretty unimportant in the grand scheme of the world, but I promise you, for me it is epic. Let me explain. I loathe running, I’m not a fan of grass ( I know, it’s weird), sweaty people seriously gross me out (including when I’m the sweaty person), and I am mildly offended by the blatant overuse of high five amongst athletes. Knowing all of that, most would assume that I would never pick up a novel about a girl athlete, but I like to keep people guessing. Jordan and Parker’s stories almost made me want to join the team and thanks to you, I have two new fictional best friends.
Mostly, though, I would like to thank you for the boys. Has anyone ever told you that you have mastered the art of writing the swoony teenaged boy? I’m sure they have, but I’d like to tell you again. You have definitely mastered the art. I’m most definitely too old be swooning over all of these wonderful boys you’ve put before me, but I really don’t care. I’ll take the Sams and Wills of the literary world any day. Book boyfriends are not hard to come by these days, but book boyfriends that are so realistically portrayed are definitely not a dime a dozen. And one thing that definitely makes a book better is when an awesome, well-drawn female heroine has an equally awesome and well-drawn male lead. So thank you for them and I look forward to meeting Matt, whom I will be introducing myself to very soon. Coincidentally, I have a history with boys named Matt, so he might just be my favorite yet.
Lastly, I just wanted to thank you for all of the sleep I’ve lost staying up to read your books and for all of the ways that you totally rock my bookshelves. As long as you keep writing books, I promise to keep reading them!
Complete the hunt to win great prizes!By completing the Hunt you will uncover a 9-word phrase that can earn you up to 35 bonus entries in the two EPIC giveaways being offered as part of Bookapalooza! (Giveaways are listed below.)
"But how do I complete the Bookapalooza! Scavenger Hunt?"Nine blogs are listed below - each with their own unique post that includes a Secret Word you will use to complete a special bookish phrase. The completed phrase will allow you to earn 35 bonus entries in the two giveaways also listed below. In addition, each blog will likely be offering a giveaway of their very own!
- Visit each blog below in the order that they are listed. Read their unique posted created just for you!
- Keep an eye out for a Secret Word highlighted in BOLD RED somewhere within each post.
- Continue to visit each blog in order until you have collected all nine Secret Words.
- When put together, the nine Secret Words will build a special bookish phrase.
- Enter the completed phrase into the two Rafflecopter forms located below for 25 bonus entries!
- Name the author or book from which the phrase is taken to earn an additional 10 bonus entries!
- Be sure to check out the giveaways offered by each blog on the Hunt for more great prizes!
Got that? Good! Then Let's Go Hunting!
A Big Box of Bookish Fun!As a THANK YOU to the followers of my blog, I will be offering a giveaway of EPIC proportions: Ten books hand-selected by me, a SIGNED Beautiful Creatures movie poster + plus a plethora of awesome (most are signed!) swag. One winner takes all! Open to US/Canada only, to entrants aged 13 and older.
SIGNED Beautiful Creatures Movie Poster (not framed) The Diviners by Libba Bray (Hardcover) Origin by Jessica Khoury (Hardcover) Dust Lands: Rebel Heart by Miora Young (Hardcover) Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (UK Paperback Edition) An Abundance of Katherines by John Green (Paperback) The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (Rare Slipcase + Arc) Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (ARC) Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi (ARC) Breaking Point by Kristen Simmons (ARC) Everbound by Brodi Ashton (ARC) Beautiful Creature Swag (Shirt, Lip Gloss and Phone Cleaners) Bookmarks and Stickers (Most are signed!) Dust Lands Water Bottle
Signed Books by the Dozen!Twelve fantastic authors. Twelve amazing signed books. Starting tomorrow, January 2nd, I will be unveiling the first author taking part in an EPIC signed book giveaway! One author will be revealed every 2-3 days until all twelve authors and all twelve signed books are revealed by the end of the month. PLUS! Each author will share their own Appreciation Stories here on the blog as part of Bookapalooza! One winner will receive all twelve signed books! Open to US/Canada only, to entrants aged 13 and older.
Head on over to Fic Fare to check out the next stop on the scavenger hunt and find the second secret word :0)
What author/books am I thankful for... well absolutely J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter. That is truly what got me back into reading years ago. Twilight is also huge in helping me branch out into YA as well. :)ReplyDelete
I'm thankful for Suzanne Collins for getting me into reading! <3ReplyDelete
I'm thankful for JK Rowling & Harry Potter. I'm not sure that any book or author will ever be able to compare in my mind <3ReplyDelete
As weird as it may sound, I'm thankful for Twilight, without which I would not have met my best friend who I beat over the head with all the fantastic books I read. She's the only one who can handle my obsession ;)ReplyDelete
I'm thankful for Rachel Vincent and Tammara Webber for writing my favorite books ever!ReplyDelete
Yay! Yes, Sarah, it is thank to you (and I must credit Trish Doller, as well) that I am reading Miranda Keneally's books at last! Three books to read and a book tour next month! Cannot wait!ReplyDelete
THANK YOU do much for being part of Bookapalooza! You participation is particularly special to me because you were the first fellow bloggers I met last year. :) Here's to many more years of AWESOME!
I'm thankful to John Green and Melina Marchetta for writing my favorite books and making me fall in love with reading all over again :)ReplyDelete
I am thankful for so many authors for writing books that I love to pieces. I am thankful for Twilight because it brought me into the YA genre. Without this series I may not have read all of the wonderful books that I have today.ReplyDelete
Loved your post! Not only was the letter awesome to read, but your formatting puts mine to shame. :)ReplyDelete
I think I'm the most thankful for Megan Whalen Turner. It's no secret that she's my favorite author. Her books are what I wish all books could be - beautifully written, excellently paced, and confoundingly twisty. I love being surprised, and I adore her characters.
Most grateful for Christine Feehan as she was the main writer that introduced me to PRReplyDelete
I'm grateful for Miranda Kenneally and her books. :)ReplyDelete
I have to say I am most thankful for Meg Cabot. She made me want to discover a world of books.ReplyDelete
Definitely J.K. Rowling. She really got me into reading, period.ReplyDelete
I'm thankful for Robin McKinley and Anne McCaffrey, whose books I read over and over again as a teen.ReplyDelete
I'm thankful for Jennifer Echols. Her sarcasm and humor is so much like mine and lets me relate to her characters, and I simply adore all of her books! :)ReplyDelete
I'm thankful for Orson Scott Card and Ender's Game. To this day it is my favorite book and the only book I read in highschool and actually liked.ReplyDelete
I'm most thankful for John Green's The Fault in Our Stars, which will always be among my favourites. It brought up mental discussions that had me tearing myself up for an answer, and is just plain beautiful.ReplyDelete
I'm thankful to Twilight by Stephanie Meyer because even though they aren't the best books ever written- they did rekindle my love for reading and for that I will be eternally grateful. ♥ReplyDelete
I am thankful for Cassandra Clare, Jennifer L Armentrout and Wendy Higgins. Talk about some book boyfriends. Thanks for the giveaway!ReplyDelete
Just started following your great blog :)ReplyDelete
Grateful for Ally Carter, Jen Calonita, Suzanne Collins, and much much more. The first two for making fictional friends for me. The last one for making me cry for the first time ever in a book.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the amazing giveaway. You guys are very generous.ReplyDelete
I'm greatful for Megan McCafferty for writing the Jessica Darling series:)ReplyDelete
What an amazing contest! And I loved the post. So sweet.ReplyDelete
I am thankful for Miranda Kenneally's books as well as the Thoughtless series by S.C. Stephens!ReplyDelete
I'm thankful for J.K. Rowling for the Harry Potter series! One of my favorites!!ReplyDelete
I am so very thankful for the Harry Potter series. I read so much when I was younger, and then into my teens and early twenties I slowed down. I started reading HP when the fourth book was coming out, and I didn't stop. I DEVOURED this series. And I read them once a year faithfully. I am so happy for those books, and for J.K. Rowling because she brought my passion back to me full force. I am 30 now, and I have not stopped reading since.ReplyDelete
Melina Marchetta! She made me rediscover my love for fantasy and contemporaries. :)ReplyDelete
I am thankful for JK Rowling. I can't imagine enjoying reading as much as I do if I hadn't come across the Harry Potter series!ReplyDelete
I'm thankful for the authors and books that can draw out emotions in the reader - they make me laugh, love, and cry. One of those authors is Colleen Hoover. Thanks!ReplyDelete
I am thankful for Ellen Hopkins! She is such an amazing author and her books are all so inspiring. I love how she uses real life event to bring her stories to life.ReplyDelete
You are all amazing for the greatness you bring to the world in your books. There is nothing better in the world than sitting down with a great book and enjoying a long afternoon of magical stories! Thanks for all you do and the amazing giveaways!ReplyDelete
I'm thankful for Colleen Hoover! I love her books and she's super sweet.ReplyDelete
I was able to read 164 books in 2012. That in itself is my best book experience of last year!ReplyDelete
Thank you to all of the authors and bloggers who participated in this amazing giveaway and scavenger hunt. It is awesome!ReplyDelete
I'm thankful for Christopher Pike's work. I used to devour his books when I was younger.ReplyDelete
I'm thankful for so many authors. Authors allow us as readers to experience so much through their own creative imaginations and talents that it almost doesn't seem fair that they don't get more credit. So I would like to thank every author that I have read (and even those I haven't read yet) for their wonderful gift/talent!ReplyDelete
Best book experiences in 2012 are all the books that have surprised me. One in particular that I received (ebook) and I wasn't sure if I wanted to read it was The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden... that was one of those times where I was taken back and so happy that I started readingDelete
I'm thankful for Colleen Houck and her Tiger's Curse series because they took me on an adventure, made me fall in love, and so much more!ReplyDelete
I am thankful for the Boxcar Children and Nancy Drew, because of those two series I love to read.ReplyDelete
I'll always be thankful to JK Rowling. She taught me that books have the capacity to change lives.ReplyDelete
I'm thankful for Sarah Dessen and her books because they introduced me to YA and The Truth About Forever showed me how great it can be.ReplyDelete
I am thankful for The Giver by Lois Lowry...this is the book that really sparked my interest in reading.ReplyDelete
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One book I am thankful for is The False Prince by Jennifer Nielson. The book had many adventures and challenges all without romance. There I learned to accept books that dont have romance. :)ReplyDelete