Sunday, December 27, 2009


Author Catherine Ryan Hyde has generously donated a signed copy of her book THE YEAR OF MY MIRACULOUS REAPPEARANCE recently released in paperback. 

You have until January 15 at midnight to enter the giveaway contest. 

It is easy!  All you have to do is leave a comment about her interview or one of the following book reviews of a couple of her latest books - DIARY OF A WITNESS or THE DAY I KILLED JAMES.

For extra points -  +2 become a follower
                            +3 already a follower
                            +4 share your favorite book of 2009

Please include an email address so I can contact you if you are the lucky winner.
*US and Canada entries only please.


Readingislove said...

Her interview actually made me want to read the book more than just the synopsis on B&N. There are a lot of books out there about drug addiction and such, but it's nice to see one out there about teens and one that hopefully shows the real side of it, but also shows the negative of it. She mentioned in her interview that she hopes it will be a "cautionary tale for young teens." That is what caught my interest.

Unfortunately, I see way too many young teens (8th, 7th...and sadly 6th grade) already experimenting (and some using constantly) with drugs. It's so sad and scary.

There need to be more books out there that show the real thing, but also keeps in mind that teens will be reading these books and they do need to see the negative aspect of it all.

I also liked how she says she usually focuses on characters. I've noticed that I enjoy books 10 times more when the character drives the story rather than just the plot.

It's interesting that so many authors mention how it's important if you want to write to join a group to share your writing with. That is something I'm terrified to do, but I can see how it would help tremendously.

I love reading these author interviews and plan on sharing them with my students! I find that they enjoy hearing what the author has to say.

Oh- and I'm looking forward to reading The Day I Killed James. That's one of the books I added to my "to-be read" list on goodreads.

This year I kept track of how many books I read this year, and I believe I kept an accurate account. I'm up to 66 so far this year.

Here is a list of a few that I really enjoyed. It's a mix of young adult and adult books.

1. The White Mare: The Dalraida Trilogy, Book One by Jules Watson

2. Vampire Academy (entire series)

3. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

4. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

5. Unwind by Neal Shusterman (Soooo good!)

6. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

7. Percy Jackson Series

Readingjunky said...

Consider yourself entered in the contest. Thanks for the great comments about the interview and the great list of books.

I agree about UNWIND. Wow! I still think about it.


Lenore said...

I commented on her interview at the interview.

My favorite book of 2009 was LIPS TOUCH by Laini Taylor, especially the story GOBLIN FRUIT.