Wednesday, September 16, 2009

BBAW Meme.....and a BBAW Giveaway!!

Today's "assignment" for BBAW is to complete a reading meme. It's one that is listed on the BBAW blog, so everyone can answer the same questions. The trick is to do it with few words. Anyone that knows me, will know this is an impossible task. I like words. I use them all the time. LOTS of them. To answer these questions in 5 words or less is well..... Ridiculous!! I'll try to shorten my answers, but don't count on them really being all that short!!

Do you snack while you read? Nope. Not usually. Unless you count Diet Pepsi.

If so, favorite reading snack? Did we decide Diet Pepsi was a snack or not? Still unclear. But if it IS a snack, that's my answer!

Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you? NEVER mark up my books. Sacrilege!

How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears?Laying the book flat open? Bookmarks, if I ever have any (the girlies tend to steal them!) Usually just scraps of paper. Never dog-ear.

Fiction, Non-fiction, or both? Both. Mostly Fiction, though.

Hard copy or audiobooks? Hard Copy only.

Are you a person who tends to read to the end of chapters, or are you able to put a book down at any point? End of Chapter person. With anything else, there is no closure. I'm all about the closure!

If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop to look it up right away? Usually. I hate not knowing something. Immediately.

What are you currently reading? I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith and Book 2 of Gregor Series by Suzanne Collins (although I am told that The Knife of Never Letting Go MUST be my next read!)

What is the last book you bought? The Hunger Games for Chad's Birthday (and The Preacher: Gone to Texas by Garth Ennis - graphic novel for me!)

Are you the type of person that only reads one book at a time or can you read more than one at a time? Can do more than 1, but has to be different genres or the confusion sets in.

Do you have a favorite time of day and/or place to read? Any time/Any Place

Do you prefer series books or stand alone books? Either. (But I do like closure, as we discussed above)

Is there a specific book or author that you find yourself recommending over and over? The Stand by Stephen King. To everyone that will listen.

How do you organize your books? (By genre, title, author’s last name, etc.?) WHEN they are organized, it's by author.

Now that was fun, not all too taxing. Since it IS BBAW, I decided I would do a giveaway as well. Although I didn't love the book, there is a ton of buzz about it on the Internet these days. And since it isn't being released until October 13th, I thought I would giveaway my ARC copy of Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzgerald. I didn't love, but it doesn't mean you won't! It is a used copy. Try as I might to keep them perfect, there always ends up being at least a little reading wear on them!

Since this is for BBAW, I'm only running the giveaway for a couple of days. So enter quickly. Enter now!! All you have to do to enter is tell me your favorite read of 2009. No jumping through hoops. Not posting on your blogs. You don't even have to tweet it, if you don't want to. See? I'm pretty easy to get along with, aren't I? This contest is open worldwide, and my girlies will draw a name this Saturday: Sept. 19th!!

Thanks for stopping by, and Happy BBAW!!


YA Vampire Books said...

Wow, awesome contest! I've heard some amazing things about this book, so please enter me!

One of my favourite books read in 2009 is Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles!


Chris said...

I shalt not mark books either. ;)

Don't put me in the contest. I already read Hush, Hush.

Tif said...

You and I have so many similarities in our answers!!! LOVE The Stand. In fact, I am hoping to re-read it one of these days. It's been too long!! I will be curious to hear your thoughts on I Capture the Castle. I read it a while ago and have been meaning to review it!

Mixed reviews about this book, but feel free to enter me! If I'm meant to read it now, I will win it!! If not, then it can wait!! :) Favorite book of 2009 . . . if it is one that was released in 2009, I actually have a toss-up . . . Dark Worlds: Project 31 and Wait Until Twilight . . . they are both different and that is what I tend to like!!

tiftalksbooks at gmail dot com

Beth said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Please enter me. One of my fav books read in 2009 was Dead and Gone.

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

Bunny B said...

I don't have a fave read this year (yet), but I really did enjoy My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison


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elaing8 said...

please enter me int he giveaway
my favorite for 2009 is Blood Promise-Richelle Mead

Amanda said...

I'm all about closure, too!

As for my favorite book of the year, that's really difficult. I've read some good ones. I'll go with my most recent top of the year: Between Mom and Jo by Julie Anne Peters.


gautami tripathy said...

Great answers. I am loving this meme!

Hush, Hush is on my wish list. Please do enter me.

My favourite read of 209: The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway.

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Pam said...

I've heard so much about this one. I'd like to give it a try!

melacan at hotmail dot com

Rylie said...

My favorite read would be Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews.

bcanyon at hotmail dot com

Bluestocking said...

finished The Hunger Games last week. Here is mine

Meghan said...

The Stand is a great book to recommend to people! I would but I worry that its length would scare them off.

Hazra said...

Love your answers, and your giveaway is great. Please count me in. My favorite read would be To Kill a Mockingbird, and I loved The Thirteenth Tale too.


pixie13 said...

The best new book I've read this year is The Manhatten Prophet by Jake Packard.
Thanks for the great giveaway.

Marie said...

Great meme!

One of my favorite books was The Hunger Games -- but for a completely different type of read I also like Prada and Prejudice :-)

Amanda said...

Loved your answers! And I would love to try out the book :)

My favorite read so far this year has probably been North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley. Can't stop thinking about it, even months after finishing!

Chris said...

I'm curious about this one, so I'll go ahead and enter. I just finished my favorite read of 2009!! The Knife of Never Letting Go!!

Nicola said...

I love the meme! You can tell a lot about a person from the answers, example, I'd say you treat books with reverance and dignity. Possibly the type who saw a book lying open face down on its spine might slip a bit of paper/envelope/etc. in it and close it up?? Anyway, that's the impression I get. I may steal this one from you!

No need to enter me in the contest, I have a feeling it's not the book for me.

Wanda said...

My favourite book this year, so far, was "Mr Darcy, Vampyre" by Amanda Grange.

Ladytink_534 said...

I agree with your recommendation! I've read The Stand three different times. The next time I re-read it, I plan on picking up the expanded edition.

My favorite read of 2009 was The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman and Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston. Oh, and the House of night by P.C. & Kristin Cast was great too.

Shanda said...

This is fun! My favorite read of 2009 is Hunger Games for sure.

Trish said...

I think its hilarious how up in arms people get about the "mistreatment" of books!! If I HAVE to I'll dog-ear, but I usually have a bookmark. But it isn't the end of the world! :P

Last book I read was Hunger Games, too. My favorite book? For this year Maus. Although it wasn't published in 2009. Anyway, would love to be entered!

throuthehaze said...

So far my fave has been Blood Promise by Richelle Mead
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Sheere said...

My favourite read have been Tha Hunger Games series! Love the books!

Orchid said...

awesome contest! Please enter me. :)
Favorite book read this year (that's a tough one): Brisingr- Christopher Paolini.

hauntingorchid (at) aol (dot) com

Marie said...

LOL I see what you mean about us being opposites. We have some things in common though! :-) Great answers!

Debi said...

Don't enter, I'm so impressing myself with the restraint I've been showing.

But Stephanie, I had a fabulous idea!!! Let's get Chris and Ana to read The Stand by promising to reread it with them so we can all do a big old review together. What do you think? And I'm soooo excited you're going to read TKONLG, too!!! I'm only about halfway through, but damn. It's sooooo good!

Debs Desk said...

Best book so far this year is Megan's Way by Melissa Foster. Please include me in your giveaway.

Sue said...

I finally read East of Eden this year and I just couldn't believe how fabulous it is and I'm wondering what took me so long!
Thanks for the giveaway.

s.mickelson at gmail dot com

Jenny N. said...

Thanks for the giveaway. My favourite read in 2009 is The Time Travellers Wife.


Melody said...

I love reading everyone's answers to this meme.

One of my favourite reads is The Ghostwriter by John Harwood!

Please enter me for the draw. Thanks, Stephanie! :)


donnas said...

One of my favorite books read this year was Evermore by Alyson Noel.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Barb said...

There have been some great reviews on this book, so I would like to read it to see if it is as good as the other reviewers say. Enter me please.

One of my favorite reads in 2009 is The Master and Margarita. Russian literature from the early years of the 20th century. Very comical but still filled with metaphorical references to religious beliefs.

bstilwell12 at comcast dot net

Kailana said...

Great answers, Steph! The Ness book is one of my next reads, too!

And, count me in for this contest. My favourite book is hard to pick! If I have to pick one I will say Graceling by Kristin Cashore.

Llehn said...

My favorite book this year must be Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon.


Blodeuedd said...

HushHush sounds so cool :=)
Fan so far would be The Hunger Games by S-Collins

blodeuedd1 at gmail dot com

Lucyinthesky said...

Thanks for the chance I hope the girlies pick my number!

Favorite book this year for me was Forest Of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan.

espressogurl at hotmail dot com

Ruth said...

My favourite book released this year is HEART'S BLOOD by Juliet Marillier.

Yes, I know it hasn't been released yet. No, I haven't read it yet.

But she's awesome. It'll be my favourite. I can tell.

If you're asking about 2009 books I've actually read, my favourite to date would have to be THE DEMON'S LEXICON by Sarah Rees Brennan. Looking forward to the sequel!

(Every time anyone mentions that Becca Fitzpatrick book I always get the song from the Pussycat Dolls stuck in my head... grrr.)

And you are awesomely easy to get along with! Thanks so much for the nice easy contest rules. :)

And thanks for opening the contest worldwide!

Nikola said...

Ooh, what an awesome contest! Hush Hush is probably the most raved-about book in the blogosphere right now, and I would love a chance to read it!

My email is

My favorite read this year so far is Notes on a Scandal by Zoe Heller!

Suey said...

I would love to read this one. And I like these "no hoops" giveaways. The best book I've read this year so far, I think, is still Edgar Sawtelle. Loved that one.

jenstusue AT yahoo

melissa @ 1lbr said...

My favorite book this year? Probably I'd say Catching Fire, but as an added bonus, I'll throw in The Maze Runner which is right up there.

P.S. Love the artwork on your blog - gorgeous!


Haley said...

There really has been a lot of buzz about this book. I really want to read it.
The best book I read in 2009 was Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater.

Cherie J said...

My favorite book for 2009 would be Branded by Fire by Nalini Singh.

Thanks for the contest!


Beleth said...

Count me in, please! My fav book of this year was Dead and gone by CHarlaine Harris.

battyaboutbats at

deltay said...

My favourite book so far this year is probably... hmm, I'll have to go with CATCHING FIRE ;) Unbeatable.


Pissenlit said...

My favourite read of 2009 so far has to be Inda by Sherwood Smith.

un_pissenlit (at) hotmail (dot) com

MarionG said...

Hi My favorite book for 2009 was The Hunger Games which my daughter asked me to read. Cheers(author-Collins). polo-puppy-fluffy AT hotmail *dot* com

Stacie said...

Mine is Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.

simplystacieblog at gmail dot com

Book Sp(l)ot said...

It might have been Going too Far by Jennifer Echols...but ask me again in 10 minutes and I'll probably have another answer ;)


Memory said...

THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY by Michael Chabon is absolutely the best new book I've read this year. It blew me out of the water.

Thanks for offering the giveaway!

-- Memory
xicanti AT

April said...

I sooo want to read this!! Please enter me. One of my favorite books this year is DFF: Deads Friends Forever by J.R. Turner.
By the way - your blog is gorgeous!! Love it!!

babygirlG said...

Please throw my name into the hat for the drawing please!

One of my favorite book is Peeps by Scott Westerfeld.


austenfan said...

Ooooh, can I still join? My favorite is The Hunger Games! Love that book!


Niki said...

Is it too late to enter the contest? My sister and I have want to read this book so much!

And until college I didn't know that there were people who wrote in their books!


Literary Feline said...

I'm trying to catch up with my Google Reader. I got really behind with BBAW. This meme was so much fun and I'm enjoying reading everyone's answers. I really do need to read The Stand. I've heard such great things about it.

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