Dec 26, 2011

Best of 2011 - Four Favorites Giveaway

This year is quickly coming to an end and it seems like my reading pile is only growing. Luckily, I read some awesome books in 2011. So, here I am sharing them with you and giving everyone a chance to win. All book cover photos will take you to the Goodreads page.

Giveaway #1 - Best Sequel
SIGNED ARC of Vanish (Firelight #2) by Sophie Jordan
I thoroughly enjoyed this sequel - it was one of my fave's of 2011! In fact, I liked it a smidgen more than book two - that never happens! I love the characters and the adventure and the author herself. It doesn't hurt that Sophie Jordan lives in Texas either. She is giving of her time and loves her fans - what a sweetheart! Read my quick review HERE.


Giveaway #2 - Best "Book for Boys"
SIGNED copy of Stick by Andrew Smith
This book was everything I wanted it to be and more. I'm a huge fan of Andrew Smith and this contemporary set in the 1970s is so very exceptional. A young man learns what it means to love and be loved. I really can't say enough about this book and I hope you add it to your reading list and ask your library to carry it. Read my review HERE.


Giveaway #3 - Best Contemp
SIGNED Arc & hardcover of Other Words For Love by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal
I read this book wayyy back in January and it is still with me today. I honestly thought this story was taken right out of my own childhood and there were a few passages where I was absolutely transported back in time to my teen years. How many books do you read that make you feel like that? The paperback edition will be released January 10th, 2012. If you haven't read it, bump this one up! Read my review HERE.


Giveaway #4 - Best Middle Grade
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
They say gifts are better in small packages, and this is one shining example! Stunning illustrations accompany a moving story about a boy who is losing his mother. You will be seeing this one on many awards list. Read my 5-star review HERE and an interview with Ness HERE.

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55 comments:

  1. Wow! Super list.

    I haven't gotten around to picking up VANISH yet or A MONSTER CALLS for that matter.

    I haven't even heard of OTHER WORDS FOR LOVE. Hmm. I suppose I must check that out.

    And, well. I don't even need to say the love that I have for STICK. I think we both share that on the same level. :)

    I'm totally loving the BEST OF 2011 button you have by the way. Super cute!

    Amy

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  2. Divergent and Hunger Games for sure!! :)

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  3. My favs? well so so many to chose from....I loved Swear by Nina Malkin..second book. But Hunger games is right up there...and so so many "small" books that many didn't even know where out there. Thanks for the chance at a great giveaway!
    veltara(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  4. The Near Witch was my favorite!
    http://twrt.me/j0yxmi -my top 12! :)

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  5. Fantastic group of books! I also really liked "Out of Shadows". 80s Historical Fiction is making me very happy.

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  6. I've only read Stick and A Monster Calls, of these, but on those two I completely agree.

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  7. Like Matthew, I've only read Stick and A Monster Calls, but I loved both of them.

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  8. Vanish & Other Words for Love! Ohh, I want to read both of those!

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  9. Whoops....to answer the question, Divergent was hands-down my favorite read of 2011.

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  10. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor was my absolute favorite book of 2011.

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  11. Divergent by Veronica Roth! I loved that book!!

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  12. Great giveaway and great list! I loved STICK and I also loved Sara Zarr's How To Save a Life!

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  13. For me, the Best of 2011 were Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick and Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith.

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  14. I am going to have to go with the crowd and say Divergent by Veronica Roth. I loved it so much I that I purchased it on audio as well as book form just so I could relisten to it at work.

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  15. What an awesome giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win. I loved so many books that I read in 2011- but probably the one I loved the most was The Hunger Games. I had it for a long time before reading it and then it hooked me right away.

    ~Jess
    http://thesecretdmsfilesoffairdaymorrow.blogspot.com/

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  16. The Son of Neptune was the best book I ever read this year. I dont' know what it is about Greek Mythology that gets me. Maybe I was Greek in a past life. :D

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  17. Other Words for Love looks really good! Thank you for the giveaway! Thanks to @thebookpixie I found your site. I am getting ready to read some more posts!

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  18. 2011 was an amazing year for YA books. I enjoyed all the dystopian books that I read this year, but I especially loved Lola and the Boy Next Door and Shatter Me!

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  19. I have read a lot of great books in '11. Here are a few...

    Blood Drive by Traci Houston
    Blood Song by Cat Adams
    The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper
    Poison Study by Maria V Snyder
    Darkness & Light by J.A. Belfield
    Bound by Blood by PA Lupton

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  20. OH, how could I forget The Hunger Games!?!

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  21. I adored Divergent. It's probably the best I've read this year!
    Loved Vanish too. I couldn't stop gushing over it.

    Thank you so much for the giveaway!

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  22. Thanks for the giveaway! I loved Shatter Me!!

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  23. Dear IRBB,

    First, I love STICK; it deserves greater praise than I could ever write. I'm also thrilled that you picked the wonderful Sophie Jordan's VANISH. I've just had the good luck to read HIDDEN, third of the series. It's great to see a series grow and deepen.

    Anne

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  24. There are so many on my favs of 2011 list but The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is at the top. Second would definitely be Starcrossed.

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  25. One of my Best of 2011 is definitely "Finding Felicity" by Monica Marlowe. A wonderful read!

    madley (AT) cogeco (DOT) ca

    Thank you, Jen, for hosting this Giveaway.

    Patricia

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  26. Hunger games was truly amazing and I'm dieing to get my hands on a copy of Divergent since I haven't read it yet and everyone seems to love it.
    Chloe hopper

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  27. Great list! One of my favorites of 2011 was definitely Stick, and I would also have to go with Ashes, Divergent, The Things A Brother Knows, and Glow. Thanks so much for the awesome giveaway!

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  28. I've had Stick on my TBR list ever since I first heard about it, and really need to get around to reading it. Would love to win a copy!

    For me, this year's favorites were Anna Dressed in Blood and Dear Bully, the latter of which hit really close to home for me.

    Here's wishing you a 2012 full of health, happiness, and lots of good reads!


    Smiles!
    Lori

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  29. Thank you for the chance to win such wonderful books. Happy New Year!!

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  30. I enjoyed Other WOrds for Love as well =D

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  31. My favorite book that I read that was published in 2011 was Divergent.

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  32. My favourite book of 2011 was Bloodstone by Gillian Philip

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  33. My top faves were Where She Went, Shadowfever, Froi of the Exiles, and Lola & the Boy Next Door.

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  34. Loved Hunger Games (is that 2011)? And desperately seeking Divergent. Also loved Firelight and can't wait to get my hands on that sequel.

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  35. I loved 'That Boy' by Jillian Dodd! Also, Divergent by Veronica Roth and Enclave by Ann Aguirre!

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  36. Divergent, Nevermore, Dark Seeker, Firelight :)

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  37. Awesome giveaway!!! :)

    I haven't scooped up Vanish yet, I hope I win! *squee*

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  38. Nevermore, Supernaturally, Wolfsbane :)

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  39. My fave reads that i read in 2011 was definitely The Hunger Games Series! I just bought Divergent by Veronica Roth and can’t wait to start reading it!

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  40. My best read of 2011 was Shamra Divided by Barry Hoffman!

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  41. I agree with Pickels. I loved the Hunger Games (I read it this year too). My fave books published in 2011 though would be Shatter Me and Divergent. Both were awesome. Thanks for the giveaway as well!

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  42. Divergent & Deadly Cool are two that immediately come to mind when I think of best books read in 2011.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  43. Thanks so much for the giveaway! Book banning is always an interesting issue on top of the rest.

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  44. I had a ton of favorite books from 2011! But I would have to say that Divergent is in the lead for the best book in my opinion!!

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  45. One of my favorite books of 2011 is Vanish by Sophie Jordan. :)

    -Maddi

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  46. I just graduated in December with my MLIS, so most of what I read this past year revolved around school librarianship and information systems. Unfortunately, I haven't yet had the opportunity to read any of these books. However, one of my favorites this year was The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger.

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  47. Thanks for the great giveaway! I won! wow! SUPER THANKS!

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  48. Thanks so much, Jen!!! I've been dying to read Stick, and winning a signed copy is even better!!!!!


    Smiles!
    Lori

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  49. I just got your email. You were right - you were in my spam folder. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness sounds intriguing, not only for me but for my son as well. Thanks so much!

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  50. Thank you very much, Jen! It is always nice to win a book!


    Patricia

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