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Archive for March 14, 2010

Blogoversary Giveaway!

In honour of my blogoversary, I shall have a big giveaway because I love my blog readers! Thanks for being such awesome people! đŸ˜€

**Not pictured: Swoon At Your Own Risk, Ballads of Suburbia, The Demon’s Lexicon, handmade bag**

Please read all information as there are different prize packs for different regions.

PRIZE PACK 1 (worldwide):

Winner can chose 3 books from this list.
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (hardcover, with signed bookplate)
Killer by Sara Shepard (hardcover, brand new)
Suspicion by Kate Brian
The Dating Game by Natalie Standiford
My Big Nose and Other Natural Disasters by Sydney Salter
Alphas by Lisi Harrison (arc)
Handbags and Homicide by Dorothy Howell
Ex-mas by Kate Brian
Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson
Viola in Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani (arc)
A whole ton of swag and signed bookplates by Stephanie Kuehnert and Jaclyn Dolamore
The winner will also get Swoon At Your Own Risk so that’s 4 books in all!

PRIZE PACK 2 (USA only):

Once the winner of prize pack 1 picks 3 books from the list, you can pick 3 books from the remaining 6 books!
The winner of prize pack two will also get a gorgeous handmade bag by the talented Katie Alender and tons of bookmarks and a New Moon magnet featuring Taylor Lautner!

PRIZE PACK 3 (UK only):
After the winner of prize pack 2 has chosen their books, you can pick 2 books out of the remaining 4 books. You also get a copy of the UK version of The Demon’s Lexicon, a signed copy of Ballads of Suburbia and tons of bookmarks similar to the ones in prize pack 2!

Contest opened to blog followers (via Google Reader or email) only. New followers are welcome!

You will be entered accordingly based on the country you live in. If you’re living in US you can’t enter for the UK prize pack, and vice versa for those in UK. But everyone is entered for the prize pack 1 which is opened worldwide!

For extra entries:
+2 if you’re an old follower
+1 new Google reader/email follower/subscriber
+1 if you already follow or start following me on Twitter (@readingthisbook)
+1 if you tweet about this giveaway and mention me (@readingthisbook)
+1 if you link to this giveaway on your blog/sidebar/Facebook, etc.
+1 for every person you refer, they have to state that YOU referred them.
+8 if you pre-ordered The Demon’s Covenant on any of the online retailers (must show screenshot). Send a email to kate.readthisbook (at) gmail (dot) com with the subject: Demon’s Covenant pre-order and attach the screenshot to show proof of purchase.

Because I am such a big fan of Sarah Rees Brennan, you get extra 8 entries if you pre-order The Demon’s Covenant! The Book Depository is selling UK version of The Demon’s Covenant for just $5.24!

Thank you to Stephanie Kuehnert, Katie Alender, Sydney Salter, and Simon & Schuster UK for the prizes.

Contest closes 20th April!


Contest is now CLOSED.


Books Sarah Rees Brennan would like to see become movies!

Ain’t I a tease? Saving the best for the last! Without further ado, let’s welcome Sarah Rees Brennan! Author of The Demon’s Lexicon which I thought was fantastic and is also on my Best Books of 2009 list!

*drum roll*

It is important to first add a caveat: there are books I’d like to see as movies. But it is vital that they be good movies.

I dearly love the Dark Is Rising sequence by Susan Cooper. It was made into a movie called The Dark Is Rising: the Seeker (Why the Seeker? Nobody knows!). Because they thought having the hero be English was too like Harry Potter (the Seeker, fine, but ENGLISH, a step too far!) they made him American. To add drama, they made his loving family bullies.

Also to add an exciting plot twist… they added an evil twin for the hero.

The villain was keeping the evil twin in a snowglobe.

I just report the facts.

The very first time I ever met my editor it was at a book fair. I gave my editor, who I had just been introduced to, a run-down on the awful, terrible, no-good, very bad movie I had just seen.

Then we stepped away from my publisher’s booth. They had a big poster for the Dark Is Rising on it.

‘Oh. Oh my God,’ I said. ‘Uh. I meant violated my childhood in a good way…?’

Don’t even get me started on the Pride and Prejudice starring Keira Knightley. And I was warned about the move of Annette Curtis Klause’s Blood and Chocolate, which changed the ending of the book and made all the werewolves evil and European.

Some movies, even of wonderful and beloved books, are hideous travesties. But if I was absolutely guaranteed a wonderful movie, here are some books I’d love to see made. They are mostly YA books, because I loooove teen movies with an unholy passion and think Clueless and Mean Girls are among the best movies ever made.

Maureen Johnson’s Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes – Not only because I would like to see the crackly, funny dialogue in person, but because the heroine Ginny travels to lots of different places, and the sets in Italy and England could be really wonderful. Road trip through Europe! We Europeans never get road trips. (Mind you, a road trip in Ireland pretty much goes like this. Drive. Drive. Drive into the sea.)

Kelley Armstrong’s Darkest Powers I’d love to see a not-so-hot hero being chased by evil forces on the big screen. And I’d love to see a tiny blond heroine stab a werewolf in the leg. My needs are so simple…

Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series. Ships! History! Costumes! The Royal Air Force… fighting Napoleon on talking dragons? How is that not something you want to see on the big screen? Plus Peter ‘Holy God the Lord of the Rings Was Awesome’ Jackson has already optioned the books for movies, and thus it is guaranteed to be awesome.

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld Steampunk is a gorgeous visual thing: even though The Golden Compass was a bit of a flop, it was exciting to see history mixed with clockwork machines. How much more awesome to see World War I fought between machines and living, animal ships and balloons.

Cassandra Clare’s Clockwork Angel Since I’m on the steampunk train already – clockwork demons! Plus cobblestoned streets! Bookish ladies in pretty dresses! Dashing silver-haired gentleman with sword canes!

And of course I would like to see Demon’s Lexicon made into a movie. Because I think it might make a pretty cool movie, and because the idea of seeing my imagination translated into a flood of bright living images is a dazzling one (I became completely overexcited by a mock movie trailer for my book).

Also because I have no serious objection to someone tipping up a money truck into my garden. Which I understand is what happens when they make a movie of your book…

If it’s not what happens, don’t tell me, okay? Let me have my dream.

They’d probably add an evil twin in a snowglobe anyway.

Thanks for guest blogging Sarah! I would love to see The Demon’s Lexicon be made into a movie too! Logan Lerman for Nick (except I can’t picture him as a bad guy..) Haven’t read The Demon’s Lexicon yet? No worries, I will be giving away The Demon’s Lexicon here on the blog today! Big thanks to Simon & Schuster UK.