The Anniversary Giveaway…Has Arrived!

As I have been hinting for months, I have crafted an EPIC giveaway for you.

Basically, I’ve been collecting books since last October (ie. almost a year), and I have ELEVEN Prizes, with a total of FIFTY-ONE books, to share with you all.

A lot can happen in a year, so the assortment is totally random–a blend of old faves, new titles I’ve read and enjoyed, and some I just thought we all might like.

I collected SOME, not all, of these titles on the Kid Lit Road Trip this January when I visited indie bookstores during my cross-country journey. I also visited some bookstores before and some bookstores afterwards. Those seventeen stores include:

  • Powell’s Books (Portland, OR)
  • Green Bean Books (Portland, OR)
  • University Book Store (Seattle, WA)
  • Cannon Beach Bookstore (Cannon Beach, OR)
  • The Cloud and the Leaf (Manzanita, OR)
  • The King’s Bookshelf (Salt Lake City, UT)
  • Collected Works (Santa Fe, NM)
  • Beehive (Santa Fe, NM)
  • Bookpeople (Austin, TX)
  • The Twig (San Antonio, TX)
  • Brazos Booksellers (Houston, TX)
  • Page and Palette (Fairhope, AL)
  • Horton’s Books and Gifts (Carrolton, GA)
  • Little Shop of Stories (Decatur, GA)
  • Park Road Books (Charlotte, NC)
  • Books of Wonder (New York, NY)
  • Malaprop’s (Asheville, NC)

In other words, this giveaway has been in the works for quite a while, and every time I thought I was done buying more prizes, I would have an opportunity to visit one more store…which basically meant that I couldn’t resist.

But the day has come!

The giveaway will be open for the rest of this month, and it’ll close at midnight on October 1. I will pick winners soon** after that.

Disclaimer about the ratings: I’m aware that some readers–and some readers’ parents–are very conscientious about what they feel comfortable reading, so I’m including informal ratings. However, these are educated guesses: I’m not an expert, and I haven’t read every single title. I’m just trying to give readers a ballpark. 

Just as a gauge, I would put The Ever Afters at PG for all the dragon-slaying and such, but I think some war scenes in OEAE might push that rating very close to PG-13. 

Possible solution to any ratings problems: If you win a prize which includes books with more than one rating, I don’t have to send the books with the older rating to you. I can donate them to a school or library instead, and you can just receive all the other prizes. If you think that this will be a problem with you or your parents, go ahead and do some research

Without further ado, here are the prizes:

The Picture Book Prize (all G-rated)

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I don’t think I’ve ever given picture books away before, but I did collect a few on the trip. I was particularly enchanted with Frederick and the Flute Maker, but I really loved the Rip van Winkle-like, creepy fairy tale feel in the illustrations in Gonna Roll the Bones.

The Middle Grade Fantasy Series Prize (PG-rated)

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I have not read any of these, but I am tempted by them all. They are also ALL signed.

The Middle Grade Standalone Prize (G to PG-rated)

(Standalone just means not part of a series, but it’s possible that some of these are not.)

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Another batch I sadly have not read, but I’ve heard good things about all of them.

Note: I’ve read other works by Diane Zahler and Matthew Kirby and Lauren Oliver and enjoyed them immensely. In fact, I’m pretty sure the first two authors have both had books on Faves of the Year list.

Another Note: I think all of them are fantasy, except for Breakout, which is about a kid talented in music.

The Middle Grade Fairy-Tale-Fix Prize

(G to PG-rated, I think)

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Just Ella is my second favorite Cinderella retelling (right after Ella Enchanted), and Book of a Thousand Days might be my favorite Shannon Hale book (Goose Girl is the other contender).

The Middle Grade Scifi Prize

(PG-rated for potty humor and fantasy violence, except for The Maze Runner, which is PG-13) 

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I got to meet Stuart Gibbs while reading Space Case, and I must confess: I found his book deeply entertaining. The book starts with a kid named Dashiell living on the moon and trying to go to the bathroom; it is a deeply complicated and hilarious process, but while he’s struggling with the toilet, he hears something he shouldn’t have…which leads him to his first job as a Space Case Detective. Spaced Out is the sequel.

The Upper Middle Grade / Young Adult Historical Prize (PG to PG-13)

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Historical tends to get a bad rap, but I’ve always really liked it. I’ve read and enjoyed the first three of these, but my new fave is The War that Saved My Life, which seems like a story about a London-born girl during WWII but it’s really a story about learning what you’re made of and who you can be, especially if you learn to love yourself a little.

Bonus: we have a bag with this prize. The bookseller at Page and Palette had gotten it with Anna and the Swallow Man, and she passed it on to me.

The Young Adult Contemporary Prize (Some PG, but mostly PG-13)

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I think contemporary might be another word for romance. The DUFF and Anna and the French Kiss are a couple of my faves, and I read Summer Days and Summer Nights this year and enjoyed it immensely.

All are signed, except for The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions), which has a signed bookmark instead.

The Young Adult Fantasy Prize (PG-13+)

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I’ve read all of these and highly recommend them all. The Wrath and the Dawn was one of my Faves of 2015, and Truthwitch: A Witchlands Novel is shaping up to be one of my new favorite series.

The Young Adult Halloween Reads Prize (PG – PG-13+)

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These range from somewhat eerie to honest-to-goodness horror. Truthfully, Slasher Girls and Monster Boys gave me the creeps when I read it last Halloween, which was perfect, considering the holiday. I’m a wimp, so it was nice to read scary short stories. I could take a break after each one and dare myself to come back.

The Face on the Milk Carton was one of the books that scared me the most as a kid, and it has held a treasured place in my heart ever since.

The Adult Fiction Prize (PG-13, I think)

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Sarah Addison Allen is one of my favorite authors for a fun, relaxing read–these two read like a Southern version of Practical Magic, but with a much less scary supernatural element.

The Writer Book/Memoir Prize (PG, I think)

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Writing Down the Bones was one of the first writing books I ever read. It’s more of writing-as-a-lifestyle-choice rather than writing-how-to book, but it has stayed with me ever since I was seventeen. It laid the groundwork for how I make sense of the world.

My Reading Life was recommended to me around the same time, but I haven’t gotten to it yet. I’m pretty sure that I will though. It’s one of the books that jumps out at me from library shelves, saying, Not yet, but someday.


**I have decided not to list a date for announcing the prizewinners and mailing the prize, because with everything that is going on, it has grown more and more difficult to meet my self-imposed deadlines. So, I won’t give myself any hard deadlines again until things settle down again.

This makes me a bit sad, because I don’t want to disappoint any of you. I am sincerely sorry for anyone who feels let down. However, I also want to be realistic and not create reasons for me to be hard on myself while still making sure that I get to this fun thing I’ve been planning FOREVER.

This calls for a delicate balance, dear readers, and I’m working on it.


GIVEAWAY RULES AND MORE INFO, IN CASE YOU NEED IT

*Yes, this contest is totally open to international entries. You can enter no matter where you are in the world.

*Each prize has its own Rafflecopter widget, so you can enter to win as many or as few as you like. You can win more than one but no more than two. 

*If you’re new to using Rafflecopter, follow these instructions: 

1) Log in by clicking on the Facebook button (which allows Rafflecopter to contact you via Facebook) or by clicking on the “Use Your Email” button. 

1a) Note: if you go with the “Use Your Email” option, you don’t have to use your real name (the widget will display the name you give if you win, but it’ll use an initial for your last name. For example, if I entered, it would say “Shelby B.,” instead of “Shelby Bach.”). 

1b) However, if you go with the “Use Your Email” option, you DO need to provide a real email, even if it belongs to your parents or older sibling. The email will not be shared with anyone besides me, and I really do need a real one for all entries. Otherwise I can’t call the winners. 

2) Both the Facebook and Use Your Email options should bring you to a new screen: the mandatory entry option. For these giveaways, it’s easy. All you need to do is click on the “Just Want to Enter?” button. Once you have clicked on it, you have officially entered, and the number of total entries will go up by one with your entry! Woohoo! 

3) Next, it’ll give you optional entry options, where you can earn extra changes to win. This might include commenting on the blog page, visiting The Ever Afters series on Facebook, following me on Twitter, or other things. The widget might ask for special information on this, but I’m not going to double check. This is an on-your-honor system!

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