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The Humongous Giveaway!

I’ve been planning this giveaway for a while now and finally found the time to post it. 😀 What’s a better way to clear my bookshelf than to give away my books you awesome people? Enter away!


PRIZE PACK 1:
Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis (Originally titled A Most Improper Magick. Doesn’t publish till APRIL 2011.)
A set of bookmarks featuring Kat, Incorrigible aka A Most Improper Magick!
If I hit 1567 twitter followers by the end date, I’ll throw in:
Something Like Fate by Susane Colasanti
If I hit 2000 twitter followers by the end date, I’ll throw in:
Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin

So that’s three books in all, plus swag!


PRIZE PACK 2:
Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender (brand new paperback with a lovely handmade bookplate by Katie Alender!)
If I hit 1567 twitter followers by the end date, I’ll throw in:
Spells by Aprilynne Pike
UPDATE: decided to throw in one more book for PRIZE PACK 2!
If I hit 2000 twitter followers by the end date, I’ll throw in:

Ever by Gail Carson Levine

That is two three books in all for prize pack two.

All prizes are ARCs unless otherwise stated. This is opened INTERNATIONALLY!! Dateline for giveaway: November 20th. UPDATE: CONTEST EXTENDED TILL DECEMBER 15. Comment below to enter (include your choice of either prize pack 1 or 2!).

For extra entries:
+3 if you’re an old/new follower (email, Google reader/friend connect)
+2 if you start following me on Twitter (@readingthisbook)
+3 if you are already following me on Twitter (@readingthisbook)
+1 if you tweet about this giveaway and mention me (@readingthisbook) NOTE: every time you tweet/retweet the giveaway, it counts as an additional entry so come back here to let me know!
+1 if you link to this giveaway on your sidebar/Facebook, etc.
+3 if you blog about this giveaway (must link back to this page).

By the way, it’d mean a lot to me if you could head over to Kimberly Pauley’s blog and vote for me (@readingthisbook). Thank you.

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Vote for me?

I’m so sorry I have been MIA lately, let’s just say things have been very hectic for me and I have other commitments right now. But thank you for all the support. I will be back. 🙂

In the mean time, if you love my blog, or enjoy my reviews, or like reading my tweets, can you go to Kimberly Pauley’s blog and vote for @readingthisbook (me on Twitter). Pretty please? It means a lot to me and I appreciate the fact that you take the time to vote for me! THANK YOU.

Until next time,
Kate

P.S. Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick and Nightshade by Andrea Cremer releases today! 🙂

P.P.S. As Maureen Johnson mentioned, ONLY 66 DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS!!!!

Read-a-thon wrap-up

Just like that, the read-a-thon is over. I’m sorry I couldn’t get this post up sooner. I was super exhausted yesterday.

Total pages read: 550
Tot. Minutes Spent Reading: 9h 10 min
Total Books Completed: 2 and a half books
Total Mini-Challenges Participated In: 3 (I think)
Tot. Minutes Spent Blogging/Mini-Challenging: 70 mins

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
Hour 14
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Shiver/Linger by Maggie Stiefvater, Audrey Wait by Robin Benway, Darkest Powers series by Kelley Armstrong, Heist Society by Ally Carter, Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken, Birthmarked by Caragh M. O’Brien, The Rise of Renegade X by Chelsea Campbell, Dirty Little Secrets by C.J. Omololu. These are all highly addictive novels.
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
Nope.
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
I was more motivated.
5. How many books did you read?
Two and a half.
6. What were the names of the books you read?
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare and my textbooks. 😛
7. Which book did you enjoy most?
City of Ashes!
8. Which did you enjoy least?
All my textbooks?
9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
I’m a Reader. 😀
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
I’ll be a Reader again. Can’t wait for 2011!

Read-a-thon Mini Challenge: Under The Covers

Here is how the challenge hosted by Reading At The Beach works:

Name 2 books that had a cover that you loved and/or a blurb that sounded really good, but when you read the book it either had nothing to do with what was on the cover/blurb or was not as good as you thought it would be.

For months, Cass Meyer has heard her best friend Julia, a wannabe Broadway composer, whispering about a top-secret project. Then Julia is killed in a sudden car accident, and while Cass is still reeling from her death, Julia’s boyfriend and her other drama friends make it their mission to bring to fruition the nearly-completed secret project: a musical about an orphaned ninja princess entitled Totally Sweet Ninja Death Squad.

Cass isn’t one of the drama people. She doesn’t feel at home with Julia’s drama friends, and she doesn’t see a place for her in the play. Things only get worse when she finds out that Heather Galloway, the girl who made her miserable all through middle school, has been cast as the ninja princess.

Cass can’t take a summer of swallowing her pride and painting sets, so she decides to follow her original plan for a cross-country road trip with Julia. Even if she has a touring bicycle instead of a driver’s license, and even if Julia’s ashes are coming along in Tupperware.

Totally Sweet Ninja Death Squad is a story about friendship. About love. About traveling a thousand miles just to find yourself. About making peace with the past, and making sense of it. And it’s a story about the bloodiest high school musical one quiet suburb has ever seen.

The title and synopsis were totally misleading. The book switched back and forth between the present and past. There was a lack of interaction between Julia and Cass so I didn’t see how she fell in love with her.

Cassandra Renfield has always seen the mark—a glow around certain people reminiscent of candlelight. But the one time she mentioned it, it was dismissed as a trick of the light. Until the day she watches a man awash in the mark die. After searching her memories, Cassie realizes she can see a person’s imminent death. Not how or where, only when: today.

Armed with a vague understanding of the light, Cassie begins to explore her “gift,” seeking those marked for death and probing the line between decision and destiny. Though she’s careful to hide her secret—even from her new philosophy-obsessed boyfriend—with each impending death comes the temptation to test fate. But so many questions remain. How does the mark work? Why is she the only one who sees it? And finally, the most important of all: If you know today is someone’s last, should you tell them?

This book was nothing like the cover. The book was also slightly different compared to the synopsis.

Read-a-thon update #1

I decided to start off with some light reading before I read my textbooks for the upcoming SATs but I’m switching back and forth between City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare and my textbook. If I read my textbooks solely for the next 24 hours, it would be a major accomplishment but it’s unlikely seeing how boring they are. So I decided that for every one hour spent reading my textbook, I can read my novel for 20 minutes.

Pages read: 100
Time spent: 2 hours 45 mins

I’m logging off to read more! See you soon. 🙂

The read-a-thon has began!

Wow it has been a year or so since the first time I participated in the read-a-thon! 🙂 Wish me luck and hopefully this read-a-thon will be more successful than last year’s.

Where are you reading from today?
Home sweet home

3 facts about me …
-YA book reviewer
-I love Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater so much, I own two copies of it. 😛
-I have never eaten at IN N OUT.

How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?
Five books!

Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon (i.e. number of books, number of pages, number of hours, or number of comments on blogs)?
Finish all five books in 24 hours!

If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, Any advice for people doing this for the first time?
Read short novels. Prepare the food, coffee, etc beforehand and have it on the table beside you to save time walking to the kitchen. Multitask and eat and read at the same time! Do not put too much pressure on yourself or you won’t have the mood to read.

OH, and all the best to everyone participating as well. YOU CAN DO IT!

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater cover — revealed!

The whole blogosphere is buzzing about Maggie Stiefvater’s EXCELLENT cover for the last book in the Mercy Falls trilogy. BEHOLD, THE ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS COVER FOR FOREVER!

Die-hard Maggie Stiefvater fans you will want to PRE-ORDER A SIGNED COPY OVER HERE asap! 😀 The wait for the last book is long but it’s worth it, with the ever dreamy Sam Roth on the cover!