Monday, May 30, 2011

Summer Reading Contest (Win a $20 Amazon Gift Card)

I don't know about you, but I have TONS of books on my To Be Read list and I'm just itching to jump right in. I've already had a little taste of reading by the pool, although the weather here in Utah has been a bit confused (Mother Nature seems to think that we live in the Northwest instead of the desert, but there's no changing her mind). Even though we're a bit soggy now, I'm predicting warm days soon and I can't wait until the kids are out of school so that we can spend every day poolside.

In honor of a summer full of reading I thought I'd have a little contest to get you all on your way. How does a $20 Gift Certificate to Amazon sound?

To win all you have to do is leave a comment below telling me what book you can't wait to read this summer. I'd love to have you follow my blog, but you don't have to be a follower to enter (although if you follow you'll also be entered to win one of my original paintings. Yipee!)

In case you're wondering what I can't wait to read this summer, here's just a few of the titles on my TBR list.

  • Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
  • What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
  • Where She Went by Gayle Forman
  • Hereafter by Tara Hudson
  • Possesion by Elana Johnson 
  • The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson
  • Stay by Deb Caletti

I could go on and on, but I can't wait to hear what your recommendations are.

Happy Reading!!!

And in honor of summer vacation this contest will end on
June 8th (a.k.a. the last day of school)


  1. Great giveaway! I'm a new follower :) Julie Anne Lindsey.
    I have preordered a bunch of YA for this summer!! AND you're jealous because I have If I Stay sitting in front of me today!!
    I'm expecting Passion by Lauren Kate in 2 weeks!Then Original Sin by Lisa Desrocher & Forever by Maggie Stiefvater!!

  2. Like you, my TBR pile is huge--almost an entire shelf on my already crowded wall!

    For me, I really want to read the first True Blood book by Charlaine Harris (Dead Until Dark), but I first have to sit down with Holly Black's White Cat.

  3. Wow you are amazing and so giving all the time! Is it sad to say I have no idea what book I want to read this summer, it has probably been close to a year since I have read one, wow! Maybe when I come vacation in Utah I will have time to read one :)

  4. Hi Kate! Thanks for following my blog--I'll be back.

  5. I'm going to be reading he Warlock by Michael Scott, Possession by Elana Johnson, a couple of older books like Tom Clancy, and maybe some that I haven't found yet. I read a lot, so I'm sure there will be plenty.

  6. I can't wait to finish Unbroken. Loving it so far.

  7. I want to read some of the books that have been languishing on my to-read list. I think I want to read A Wrinkle in Time next.

  8. I can't wait to read Possession!!!! Great blog, so glad I stopped by! New follower:)

  9. I've got Liar Society by Lisa/Laura Roecker on my TBR shelf, and Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready too. Now I just need to time to read them!

    I want to read Beauty Queens too. Such a fun premise!

    Oh I'm a new follower :)

  10. Hi Kate!

    I think blogger ate my comment...if not, I'm sorry for submitting this twice!

    What I can't wait to read? A few of these should be waiting on my doorstep when I get home today, but where they'll actually fall in my TBR pile, is still TBD!

    1 & 2: Beauty Queens and Going Bovine by Libba Bray
    3 & 4: If I Stay and Where She Went by Gayle Forman
    5. Anna And The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (I know, I know, I'm really late to the game on this one!).
    6. Forever by Maggie Stiefvater
    7. Bumped by Megan McCafferty

    And those are just for the month of June!

    Also, if you haven't read it yet, I highly, highly, recommend Divergent by Veronica Roth. Read in 2 days and am re-reading it again right now. If you liked The Hunger Games, you'll like this one - and let me tell you, the guy in this one? Yeah, he's my all time FAVORITE boy now.

    Oh, and I'm new here. Great blog and beautiful paintings - I really love the girl in the hammock. So, so pretty. Sadly, I can't even draw stick figures straight. :)

  11. Oh man, too many books to choose from. Right now I'm reading "The Forgotten Garden" by Kate Morton...excellent. The next book on my list is "The Lost City of Z". Happy Reading!

  12. Great contest! I am excited about The Jellicoe Road... and a bunch of other things in my pile.

  13. My next book up is a historical YA novel, "Stones from my Father" by Trilby Trent.

    Glad I found your blog. :)