Friday, December 18, 2009

Because I Love You, Books, the Holidays and Having No School...GIVEAWAY!

I LOVE the Holidays! Mainly because I get a two week break from school which will consist of me reading as much as I can (without neglecting family and friends)! Although I have finals a week after school starts again, how lame :(

Anyway, since I love all my followers and commenters and silent lurkers I'm giving away a $20 Borders giftcard! Whoohoo :) I chose that because I think the best holiday gift I can give someone is the money to buy whatever book they want. There is a catch though: I'm asking that you use the giftcard to buy books with poc. You can buy at least 2 books with a $20 Borders giftcard and I request that you show some love to writers of color (and non-writers of color who write about poc). It's the honor system though, since obviously I can't force you to get the books.

The details

Who: International! (No one should be left out on the holidays)

What: $20 Borders Giftcard.

When: Dec. 18-Dec. 27 (What better way to go into the New Year than with books?!)

To enter: Leave me a comment with at least one book you would buy with this giftcard. Must be about a POC (person of color). And saying you don't know any poc will get you disqualified! You guys have to work a little if you don't know ANY books with poc, use Google :) (ohh or *hint hint* check out my blog, or my blogroll). Leave an email address as well!

Extra Entries
+2 new follower
+3 old follower
+5 blogpost about this giveaway
+5 Being the first person to comment on any posts with no comments (needs to have a bit of depth not just 'Great review')
+1 linking to the giveaway in your sidebar (leave a link. If you don't have a blog then you can Tweet about it, although I don't have a Twitter account. If you have neither, leave a comment/email letting me know so I can think of something and add it here)
+2 If you refer someone here (mention who sent you)
+1 If you leave a funny or sweet holiday story
+5 If you send a thank you card to a soldier (again this is on your honor, I trust you all. Click on the Xerox Let's say Thanks widget in my sidebar. Let me know if you sent one and which one you sent). Really, this should be automatic, after all our soldiers do SO MUCH for us and we should ALL be appreciative regardless of how we feel about war!

Hmmm maybe you can a +2 for commenting on any other reviews or posts that pop between now and Dec. 27? We'll see :)

Best wishes everyone and Happy Holidays!


  1. Ohh, awesome contest! One book I really, really want to read and would buy if I won is Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles. I've heard so many great things about that book!

    +3 old follower
    +5 I was the first to comment on the review for "She's So Money"
    +1 I tweeted here -
    +5 I sent the one from Mandy (age 15, from San Diego) although I had to select a state from the US for my location (I live in Australia ) - oh well, the message of thanks is still relevant!

    Than you!

  2. I would get either Liar or Anjalie Banerjee's new book when it comes out since I've enjoyed her past books.

    +3 old follower
    +5 sent a card to the troops (the design was by Malah, age 6, San Diego)

    Thanks for the opportunity to win! hcmurdoch (at) gmail (dot) com

    Sorry if this is a duplicate comment. I started a comment, then left to send the troop message and came back to an empty box, but "your comment was published" and I wasn't done! Happy Holidays!

  3. +3 old follower
    +5 I sent a card a couple weeks ago actually! C:

    infinitemusic19 at gmail dot com

  4. +3 old follower
    +5 sent postcard(alyssa,13) Thanks for including this because sometimes we don't appreciate what is being done for us we are just looking at the politics.
    Well I need a copy of dark dude and a new copy if house on mango street my current one is kind of falling apart.
    Thanks for the contest and Happy Holidays!

  5. Shine Coconut MOon is one I have been wanting to read. Also SuperZero is coming out in Jan. Both I need to own.


  6. I think that I'll go for Perfect Chemistry, it has amazing reviews and I'd love to read it in English. One it is translated into spanish I won't know when he talks in spanish or in english..

    +3 old follower
    +1 sidebar

  7. Nice giveaway girlie!
    I'd probably get North of Hell by Miguel Correa Mujica. But looking @ my Amazon wish list, I'm not short on choices.
    +2 new follower (although i've been following in my google reader forever)
    +1 tweeted it-

  8. I would get Shine Coconut Moon since as you know I can't find it anywhere!

    +3 old follower

    nbmars AT yahoo DOT com

  9. I'd love to play please! I would get Silver Phoenix.

    +3 old follower


  10. I would buy Bebe Campbell's last book. I like it a lot, but I never got a chance to buy it. Thank you for the contest. callarse1(at)gmail(dot)com.

  11. I would love to buy Eleventh Grade Burns by Heather Brewer

    +3 old follower
    +1 sidebar

    +1 holiday story. Last year my then 7 yr old son got a bunch of GC from Target. He has always loved trains and wanted a "real" train set. Well they are way to expensive for us, so we never got him one. After Christmas we went to Target so he could spend his GCs. The Polor Express train set was on clearance and he had enough money for it. He carried this HUGE box through Target saying it was the best day of his life! Very cute :)

    foltzsfantasticbooks at

  12. I've been wanting a copy of "The Bluest Eye" for a while now.

    +3 old follower
    +5 sent card to a troop (The one with the big heart by Alyssa in Athens, TX)

    By the way, I finished reading "A Wish After Midnight" a couple of months ago. Such a good book, I can't wait to hear Judah's side of the story.

  13. I would get Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon.

    +3 old follower

    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  14. Awesome Contest!!!!!! I am going to get Played by Dana Davidson. I have been dying to read that book since I read Kyra and Jason, and no bookstore in the world seems to have it!!! I must get it!!!
    +3 Old follower!!!
    +1 Linked to my sidebar:


  15. Books - the best gift.

    I would get Perfect Chemistry. I have been reading some great things about this one.

    +2 new follower

    +1 sidebar -

    Happy Holidays!!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  16. +2 new follower

    I would probably buy Peter & Max by Bill Willingham

    dragonzgoil at gmail dot com

  17. +2 new follower
    I would buy The Dark Divine

    yjnlee at gmail dot com

  18. I would love to be included. I'd want to buy anything by Alex Sanchez because he has Spanish American characters in them...but especially Rainbow High and Rainbow Road.

    +2 new follower

    lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

  19. +2 new follower
    +2 linked from


    Thank you. =]

  20. I'd love to buy Liar, or Silver Phoenix :)

    +2 New follower
    Thank you!! ^^

    principessa_mia at yahoo dot com

  21. Ooooh I love the POC focus on this giveaway! There are a lot of books that I would want to buy, such as: North of Beautiful, The Summer I Turned Pretty, Absolutely Maybe, Bleeding Violet... I think that's a good enough start for now! :)

    +3 old follower
    +1 linked to sidebar:

    stephxsu at gmail dot com

  22. Mmmmmm I'm not really sure about what would I choose, but maybe Rain is Not My Indian Name or Bleeding Violet, The comedy girl, and other

    +2 New follower
    +1 Link on sidebar (
    +2 If you refer someone here (
    +5 If you send a thank you card to a soldier
    I'm not from USA but I know that is not easy, and I have to thank for what I have, and maybe my country is not as big as yours and not as great but I really appreciate the freedom and peace we have, and I wish that for all people.

    Thanks for the opportunity! Kisses from Uruguay

    Happy Holidays!


  23. What a great contest. I know that one of the books I would buy would be Paradise Rules by Beth Kery. Her heroine is a POC. And the other I would buy would be the YA romance Perfect Chemistry. The hero is a POC and I have read that it is an absolutely fantastic story.

    +2 I am a new follower
    +1 I have a link to your contest on my sidebar here:
    +5 I sent an ecard to a soldier. I choose the one from Melissa age 11 from San Jose, CA. Thanks for offering this, because I agree we can't thank those in the Armed services enough for their sacrifices.


  24. +3 old follower through bloglines (and now Google as well)
    +5 blogpost here:
    +1 sidebar link here:
    +5 I LOVE the Let's Say Thanks website. I've sent lots of these so far. I think my favorite was done by a girl from San Jose though. That's close to my home, so it touched me a little bit more.

  25. Oh, I forgot to put what book. Sorry!

    I've been dying to get my hand on Silver Pheonix for awhile now, so I will probably buy that one. Oh, and your post about Gateway the other day intrigued me too, so maybe that one as well.

  26. I would love to win the Time Travellers Wife.

    I follow by google reader.

    cenya2 at hotmail dot com

  27. I'm an old follower (ouch! can we say 'long time'!LOL), I follow your blog via Google.
    I'm Tweeting this.
    I'd really like to have The House on Sugar Beach and In Other Rooms Other Wonders.
    My son is a soldier!

  28. I've always wanted to read Nefertiti by Michelle Moran and Beautiful Creatures by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia.

    +2 new follower

    +5 blogged:

    +1 tweeted:

    +1 sidebar:

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  29. I want to buy Dangerous Bet by Marie Rochelle. if I win the GC. I think Rochelle is people of color since all her books are about interracial couples..anwyways she is really good author thought. I really like her books!:)

    kalynnick AT yahoo DOT com

  30. I would buy Liar by Justine Larbalestier. :)
    +2 new follower
    +1 linking to the giveaway in your sidebar:

  31. I would want to get Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya. My copy "accidentally" I was told, got really messed up and because it's one of my favorite books by an author who is Hispanic like me, I'd really want another copy to re-read :D

    +3 old follower
    +5 blogpost about this giveaway:

    +1 linked on sidebar:

    +1 Last Christmas one of my youngest cousins said my name for the first time!!! It was soo awesome and super cute ;) I since keep claiming I'm her favorite cousin. She says so if you ask her too :D


  32. I want to read Liar by Justine Larbalestier. It really is sad the amount of books I have read that don't have a POC in them. =[

    +2 new follower
    +5 I sent a thank you card to a soldier (despite my being from Australia). They are over their with Aussie troops so I feel thankful to them too of course!
    +1 Last year my cousin ran around screaming that everyone was eating 'elephant boogers' (they were eating oysters!)

    Thank you for the great competition!



  33. Hello from Japan!
    I would like to read Silk & Shadows by Taige Crenshaw. Its BW/WM and part of the Club Immortality series.
    +2 new follower

  34. Thanks for the contest. I think I would purchase Silver Phoenix and Devil's Kiss.

    +2-New follower

    findjessyhere at gmail dot com

  35. I would get Diamond by Victoria Christopher Murray.


  36. Please enter me in this giveaway! I would buy If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson or The Good Fight by Shirley Chisholm.

    +2 new follower

    +1 I tweeted:

    saemmerson at yahoo dot com

    Sarah Emmerson

  37. I would pre-order Good Fortune by Noni Carter because it sounds amazing and I am so impressed by what I've learned about the author. I would also pick up Shine, Coconut Moon.

    +3 old follower

    shalondasblog (at) hotmail (dot) com


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