Saturday, October 9, 2010

Read-A-Thon Giveaway!


I am extra chipper this morning, as the enthusiasm and excitement of reading for as long as possible before passing out kicks in. :) And with all of that excitement comes my own read-a-thon giveaway hosted here!

Here is what is up for grabs (but be warned, it comes with a small backstory).

About a month ago, I received a package in the mail from a good friend from college, Sabrina, who commissioned a bracelet to be made for me with seven of my favorite books as charms. She had asked me in cryptic way to name my seven favorite books, which was quite difficult, but I was in love with my bracelet the minute I opened it. I knew that since then I would have to give one away to my readers!

The winner of the giveaway will get to choose seven books to be placed on a bracelet and customized for you. It will look like this one (This picture is of a Jane Austen themed bracelet, but gives you the idea of what it will look like. Each image is a book cover, and it is repeated on the reverse side):

It is the perfect thing for a book nerd and I hope you will be as excited about it as I am.

But, I will also be giving away TWO other prizes!

Second place will receive FIVE customized bookmarks, complete with quotes from your favorite novels. You will choose the quotes, and the bookmarks will reflect your favorite novels.

And third place will receive THREE customized bookmarks, again, with quotes from your favorite novels.

Each prize will be mailed out as soon as the item (s) are complete.

So, what do you need to do to enter? Here are the rules and requirements:
  • You need to comment on this post saying you would like to be entered! But I'm also going to give you a little work and ask you to leave your top 7 FAVORITE books. I'm looking forward to seeing what you consider your favorite books of all time!
  • Leave me an e-mail address so I can contact you if you win! No e-mail and I can't let you know you've won!
  • Your comment/entry needs to be in by the END of read-a-thon hours. If you comment after, you will be disqualified.
  • Have fun! This shouldn't be stressful, but fun!
  • This contest is open INTERNATIONALLY.
I will look at all the entries and post the winners on Sunday night. The winners will be randomly chosen and given 48 hours to respond to my e-mail before I pick someone else.

I would also appreciate it if you passed the word along, since this is not an official giveaway through the read-a-thon organizers, and yes, it is more fun with more participants.

Good luck!!


  1. Oh the places you will go today
    The people you will meet
    Your books will be your gateway
    Adventure your retreat.

    And if I may, I’ll follow
    As you read and read so more
    Until this day turns to the morrow
    Cheering you on with a loud exuberant roar!

    Great giveaway. I will be sure to pass it on!

  2. OMG
    I love this!
    I would love to be entered :)
    Here's my favorite 7 (off the top of my head):

    -New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
    -The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
    -Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
    -The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez
    -Sea Change by Aimee Friedman
    -The Host by Stephenie Meyer
    -The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


  3. Yay! Please count me in!!

    Here are my present top 7:

    DRACULA by Bram Stoker

    WUTHERING HEIGHTS by Emily Brontë


    PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen

    PEYTON PLACE by Grace Metalious

    REBECCA by Daphne Du Maurier

    A MIDSUMMERNIGHT'S DREAM by William Shakespeare
    (does that count? - it is a play so I am unsure. If it does not count I'll choose
    MILDRED PIERCE by James M. Cain instead.)

    Good luck and tons of fun for the Read-A-Thon!

  4. What a fantastic giveaway!

    My favorite 7 books? Hmm, okay, here goes!

    Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz
    The Stand by Stephen King
    Heart and Soul by Maeve Binchy (or any of her books really!)
    The Princess Bride by William Goldman
    Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
    Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by JK Rowling
    The India Fan by Victoria Holt

  5. Oh, goodness, seven books is difficult!

    - Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
    - Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
    - The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
    - World War Z by Max Brooks
    - Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    - Life of Pi by Yann Martel
    - Mossflower by Brian Jacques

    Now, of course, if you asked me tomorrow, I'd probably change my mind!

    Good luck with the reading.

    tiasbook AT gmail DOT com

  6. That bracelet is SO COOL! Okay let's see if I can think of seven books:

    Possession by AS Byatt
    The Grapes of Wrath by Steinbeck
    The Bell Jar by Plath
    Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    The Nature of Jade by Deb Caletti
    Lolita by Nabokov
    The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham

    Wow that's hard...

  7. I LOVE this giveaway! What a fun/unique idea :)

    Seven books o'mine

    Midnight's Children by Rushdie
    God of Small Things by Roy
    Cracking India by Sidhwa
    Things Fall Apart by Achebe
    Poisonwood Bible by Kingsolver
    Half of a Yellow Sun by Adichie
    Nervous Conditions by Dangarembga

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  9. WHat a terrific giveaway. Could you also leave a link to the company that creates the bracelet. I know of a few people this would be a great xmas gift :)

    My seven books:

    To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
    Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
    The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
    The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip
    Charms for An Easy Life by Kaye Gibbons
    Life of Pi by Yann Martel
    The Once and Future King by T.H. White


    I forgot to leave my e-mail in the previous post, so I sent a new post and deleted the previous one

  10. wow what an awesome giveaway! 7 of my favorite books are:

    1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    3. The Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings
    4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
    5. The Sky if Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
    6. Stolen by Lucy Christopher
    7. Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

    Man...that was HARD!! I feel like I am leaving off some really great reads. lol

    irisheyz_5 AT Yahoo DOT com

  11. awesome giveaway, I love it!!

    My seven are:

    1. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
    2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling
    3. Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery
    4. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
    5. Persuasion by Jane Austen
    6. Betrayal of the Blood Lily by Lauren Willig
    7. A Poisoned Season by Tasha Alexander

    allison.dayle at

  12. Here are my 7 (well the ones that most spring to mind at this very moment)

    The Life of Pi
    Tender is the Night
    The Great Gatsby
    The Silver Sword
    Black Boy
    Never Let me Go

  13. What a cool prize!

    I'm entering (despite the fact that I never win anything!)

    My seven favorite books are:
    Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
    The Napping House by Don and Audrey Wood
    Go, Dog, Go!
    How the Grinch Stole Christmas
    Green Eggs and Ham
    Rotten Island by William Steig
    The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton

    (Can you tell that I am a children's librarian?)

    debnance at gmail dot com

  14. definitely count me in, a really cool idea!

    1- the picture of dorian gray
    2- slaughterhouse-five
    3- the virgin suicides
    4- fight club
    5- the gargoyle by andrew davidson
    6- wasted by marya hornbacher
    7- uhhhh! having a hard time with this one, but I guess I'll go with notes on a scandal by zoe heller... although i'll probably change my mind again in ten minutes


  15. Count me in, this sounds awesome!!

    Here are my seven, in no particular order but the first:

    1. Neverwhere
    2. LOTR
    3. HDM: The Golden Compass
    4. We Have Always Lived in the Castle
    5. In Cold Blood
    6. Ender's Game
    7. Harry Potter and the ALL OF THEM TBH

    icemulder at gmail dot com

  16. This sounds awesome! I would love to be entered :)

    My current top 7:
    1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
    2. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
    3. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
    4. Evernight by Claudia Gray
    5. Unwind by Neal Shusterman
    6. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
    7. Forget You by Jennifer Echols

    Thank you^^

    isabookwhore at gmail dot com

  17. Hi Allie -- This giveaway is amazing, thank you! The bracelet sounds PERFECT, but since I actually collect bookmarks, the other prizes would be great, too. :-D

    Limiting to seven is very very hard, but here are some of the likeliest candidates:

    1. Howards End by E. M. Forster
    2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    3. Ariel by Sylvia Plath
    4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
    5. Middlemarch by George Eliot
    6. Up a Road Slowly by Irene Hunt
    7. The Injured Party by Susan Fromberg Schaeffer

    My e-mail address is heathmocha (at) gmail (dot) com. Thanks again, and happy read-a-thon!

  18. This really has to be the coolest bracelet/giveaway ever!

    OK. My top 7. (This is going to be so hard, eh?)

    Looking for Alaska - John Green
    To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
    The Scarlet Letter - Hawthorne
    Skinny Legs and All - Tom Robbins
    The Girl with Glass Feet - Ali Shaw
    Blankets - Craig Thompson
    Atonement - Ian McEwan

    c (dot) beumer (at) gmail (dot) com
    Emma - Jane Austen

  19. Such an amazing giveaway! I am in!
    So, my favourite books are:
    - Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
    - Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
    - Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
    - Little Women by L. M. Alcott
    - Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkhaban by J. K. Rowling
    - To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    - The 13th Tale by Diane Setterfield

    Good luck during the Read-A-Thon!

  20. Very cool. Does your friend sell those? She should, because if I don't win, I'd like to look into buying one. I could think of lots of different themes in groups of seven, but here are simply my seven favorite books:

    - Houskeeping by Marilynne Robinson
    - To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    - A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
    - Complete Poems by Emily Dickinson
    - Complete Short Stories by Flannery O'Connor
    - Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
    - Holy the Firm by Annie Dillard

  21. Oh wow, only seven! I can't say I feel 100% certain of these choices but I'll pretend there is a gun to my head or something:

    Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (really the whole series, but oh well)
    I am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe
    Matilda by Roald Dahl
    The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
    Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Matinence by Robert Pirsing
    American Wife by Curtis Sittenfield
    Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

    Wow that was hard. Please pick me! These are wonderful prizes!

    I am not a blogger and I don't see where to put my email so here it is:

  22. Ooo, pick me pick me! I don't think I've read all of my 7 favourite books yet (if you know what I mean) but my favourites so far are:

    Jane Eyre
    Pride and Prejudice
    War and Peace
    The Bible

    I thought of adding the dictionary but I don't know if that counts! ;)

  23. Ooh, that's gorgeous! Please, please enter me in the drawing. If I don't win you may have to send me contact info so I can get one made anyhow. That's really neat.

    Off the top of my head, my seven favorite books:

    1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    3. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
    4. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
    5. A Room with a View by E. M. Forester
    6. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    7. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

    I'm at

    Thanks again for doing this. So cool!

  24. I am so excited about this that I have thought and thought about my 7 favourite books. I can't come to a definite decision, but here is my list. I decided to go with a classics-themed one:

    Persuasion - Jane Austen
    Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
    Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë
    North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell
    Middlemarch - George Eliot
    The Awakening - Kate Chopin
    Wives and Daughters - Elizabeth Gaskell

    And oh, will you provide the link to the person who makes these for those who do not win?

    irisonbooks [at] gmail [dot] com

  25. How awesome.
    Anne of Green Gables- L.M. Montgomery
    Rebecca- Daphne DuMaurier
    The House of Mirth- Edith Wharton
    The Hunger Games- Suzanne Collins
    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
    Dairy Queen- Catherine Gilbert Murdock
    The Amber Spyglass- Philip Pullman

  26. Oh, and my address is jpetroroy at gmail dot com

  27. I hope it is okay if I post my e-mail now as my computer deleted from my comment and I didn't notice until now :S

    caro (dot) echevarria (at) hotmail (dot) com

    I hope I win, because that bracelet would be beautiful!