Thursday, March 4, 2010

March Book Giveaway

I'm careful about the books I buy. Peculiar in my buying habits too, I guess. I'll buy adult nonfiction online on the basis of a blurb or review, at a brick-and-mortar store while browsing, or because it's a required text for a class or seminar. With fiction, though, I behave quite differently. Any novel I buy I've already borrowed from the library, read, loved, and declared, "I've gotta own this." It happens, but it's infrequent.

Another event that "happens, but it's really infrequent" is my correct prediction of the Newbery winner. I did it the first time in 1994, when I knew as I was reading it that The Giver by Lois Lowry would win. And this year, I did it for the second time, with When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead. (I should've known about Holes, too, but oh well.) This novel is, all at once, mystery, time travel, and historical (1970s). It's about friendship, family, self-sacrifice, intelligence, and at its center, a really cool puzzle. And if I think it's a must-own, maybe YOU'D like to have it too.

To be entered in the drawing:
  • Comment on this post anytime on March 4, 5, or 6.
  • For an additional entry, become a follower of this blog and mention that in the comment. Ditto if you already are a follower.
  • For an additional entry, post a link to this contest and give the URL in either the same or a separate comment. In this category, you can enter as many times as you have cyber-places to post the contest.
  • Special for this month: If you haven't already, for an additional entry, backtrack to the previous post and take a guess which one of the six "stories" about me is the lie. For TWO additional entries, guess right!
I'll tally the number of entries per person, put 'em all in the hat, draw one, and announce the winner bright and early on Monday, March 8.

So, come one, come all--and meanwhile have a great day in the world of books.

21 comments:

beth said...

Oh! Oh! Please enter me!!

I'm already a follower, and I'm off to guess on your lie post right now! :)

Bish Denham said...

Oh I read this book and it was wonderful so you don't need to enter me in the contest. Someone who hasn't read it, deserves to win it.

Anne Spollen said...

Every time I come here, I get another idea for a book to read. Marcia, I no longer browse in the library because I have such a long list!

And I nominated you for two awards - one was the "liar" - which I see you already did, and the other is a silver lining which we really need in early March. (Think spring)

And I'm already a follower - not just of your blog, but of your recommendations!

Marcia said...

Beth -- you're entered x3.:)

Bish -- wasn't it just SO good? I love when I see eye to eye with the Newbery committee. :)

Anne -- I don't browse in the library anymore either! I use it as a pick-up station for stuff I reserve online. This causes me a certain amount of angst, which I posted about some time back, b/c I love libraries and especially the public library as equal-opportunity-education for the public. And thank you for the awards! Being quite taken with fun quizzes, I'll pop over to check this out. :)

Jenny said...

I'd love to win that book. :)

Jenny said...

Oops! Forgot to leave my e-mail:

jenny[at]jenny-moss[dot]com

Thanks!

Lisa Green said...

Okay - I'm an official follower now! Woohoo! I'd love to read this book!

Jean Reidy said...

I'd love to win this book. Going to try to enter in all categories. Thanks for doing this.

Marcia said...

Lisa -- Hi and thanks for joining! It's an excellent book. You're entered x2.

Jean -- Thanks for coming. Enter as many times as you like! I MUST get your books for my granddaughter. She'd love TOO PURPLEY.

Serenissima said...

Great giveaway! I've signed up to follow you. And I think the lie in your previous post is that you sing in a band.

p.s. I'm an INFJ too and flunked my first drivers test by going the wrong way down a one-way street.

AnneB said...

As it happens, I read this book last week and thought it was terrific. As soon as the first reference to AWIT popped up, I guessed what was coming (being careful not to drop any spoilers here!). I was delighted with the cameo appearance by UberFamous Author.

Enter this contest early and often, Blueboarders and other MG/YA/PB writers. When You Reach Me is a keeper.

[Marcia, I just publicly followed and also subscribed via RSS. I hope the RSS help that helps your Blogger stats; apparently it doesn't on WordPress.]

Marcia said...

Hi, Serenissima! You are entered x3. Whether or not you are entered x4 will have to await the day I tell the WHOLE truth. Lots of INFJs in the writing world, though we be rare in general. :)

Marcia said...

Anne -- Wow, I guess we cross-posted. You are entered x3. You do very well at code-talking. :)

Llehn said...

I'd love to play please!

I'm now following.

lesly7ch(at)yahoo(dot)com

Marcia said...

Hi Llehn! You are entered x2.

PJ Hoover said...

This is a fab book, Marcia! I already have it so no need to enter me!

Christina Farley said...

I've not read this book. Please enter me!

Marcia said...

Isn't it, PJ? I read it twice. Christina, thanks for coming and entering.

Mary Witzl said...

I'm late -- noooo! I really wanted a copy of this, but I'll have to shell out for it, so no big loss...

I would have predicted 'Holes' too, but it was just too good. I couldn't believe that something I liked so much would find favor on such a wide scale.

Mary Witzl said...

I'm a picky reader too, and always test things out via the library or thrift stores BEFORE buying. If I really like something, I want to own it and be able to reread it at my leisure

Marcia said...

Mary, my approach to books is just like yours. And I too usually think that books I really, really love will NOT be the award winners. I guess the truth is sometimes they are, sometimes they're not. Just what you'd expect.