Thursday, August 20, 2009


Thanks for stopping by, but this competition is now closed, to see the winner go here. Look for a new competition in the coming weeks.

So this here post, the one you are reading right now, at least I hope you are reading it, is officially my 50th post. To commemorate this wondrous feat (at least to me), I am announcing my first ever competition! I've been storing up book swag and loot for awhile now and have been waiting for a suitably grand occasion. Right now you are probably thinking, whatever the occasion, just get to the prizes, and I'm getting prizes you asked? You probably guessed it by the lovely picture above, but the prize is a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble! You know you want it! All those books you could get....Now onto "THE RULES."

The Rules:
1. Open to EVERYONE, just because you haven't been following me all along doesn't mean you don't matter.
2. Please make sure I have a way to contact you if your name is drawn, either your blogger profile or a link to your website/blog or you could even include your email address with your comment(s).
3. Contest ends Monday, August 31st at 11:59PM CST
4. How to enter:

Answer me this: In honor of the end of summer and the beginning of another school year...What is your favorite Summer Read? Doesn't have to have been read this summer, but what book evokes the true spirit of summer to you? Harry Potter perhaps? Charlotte's Web by chance? A thriller verses a classic? A true beach read? I want to know!

5. And for those addicted to getting extra entries:

  • +1 for answering the question above
  • +2 for becoming a follower
  • +5 if you are already a follower (yes you lucky 5 people you!)
  • +10 for each time you advertise this contest - blog post, sidebar, twitter (please @MzLizard), etc. Also please leave a link!
Also, as extra special incentive...if, by some great stroke of luck I hit 50 followers, which really is beyond my wildest dreams, I will include something extra. I little bookaholic surprise if you will....Good luck and I can't wait to read you answers!


+1 All time favorite summer read has to be Wally Lamb's SHE'S COME UNDONE!

+2 Just became a follower (was hard for me to find it, but I did--up top!)
Thanks for letting me enter and congrats on your 50 posts and giveaway!

Thanks for being the first Bingo! And I've added followers to the sidebar so it's easier to find!

+1 I love The hunger games and Catching fire by Suzanne Collins! nothing I have read this year can be compared tp them!
+2 for becoming a follower

Thanks for the contest!

+1 Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips - great summer read!

+2 - I'm following you... (That actually sounds REALLY creepy, like you should be looking over your shoulder...)

+10 - I tweeted about your drawing here:

So, sign me up for a lucky 13 entries!

+1 I love rereading Harry Potter, especially during the summer
+2 For becoming a follower

infinitemusic19 at gmail dot com

+1 This is a hard choice so I'm going to have to pick two books, pretend they are siamese twins, The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas because summer is free of distractions so I got caught up in the life of Edmond Dantes and The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss ties with CoMC for my favorite summer read, because it's fantasy, it didn't feel like required reading, plus it just absorbed me heart and soul.

+5 for already being a follower

+10 sidebar post

+1 When I think of summer reads, I think of light frothy stuff. I don't do a ton of light or frothy, so I guess for me, summer is a time to indulge in some YA (which is as close to light as I get). That and series books that I can fly through (the guilty pleasure ones like Anita Blake or Women of the Otherworld)

+2 follower (good luck on 50! I despair of ever getting there)

+10 tweet (@DarlingMisty)
+10 blog sidebar (Book Rat)

~Misty (

+1 I think The Looking Glass Wars series is an amazing summer read.
+2 for becoming a follower
+10 tweeted
+10 added to sidebar

+1 What is your favorite Summer Read?
I really think it's torn between Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins and Fire by Kristin Cashore. Both were seriously amazing books and gripping enough to keep me on the couch for hours.
+5 if you are already a follower (YAY! I Qualify!)
+10 Tweeted!

I have a Link a Contest Thursday meme going on if you haven't already added your link to it!

Great contest! I hope you get a lot more readers this way!

I think Sarah Dessen is true summer read so I'll say Along For the Ride

New follower! :D


+1 This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen. I've read it SO many times. It takes place during summer as well.
+2 became a follower
+10 linked on twitter:

Thank you!

+1 I don't really have an all-time favorite summer read, but one I really liked this summer was Wish You Were Here by Catherine Clark.

+2 for becoming a follower

+10 linked on my sidebar


Lipstick Apology by Jennifer Jabaley. Maybe not so much a summer read as a lovely. :) +1

Became a follower! (+2)

+1 Definitely have to say the Harry Potter series. A reread of all of them back to back or just Half Blood Prince or Deathly Hallows (my two favourite in the series) - I am a HP fanatic... they never cease to draw me into that brilliant world and make me pray for a Time Turner to go back to age 11 and a potrkey to send me to Hogwarts!
+2 for becoming a follower

Awesome giveaway, thanks!!

just to get it out of the way....

bookdragonslair at gmail dot com

+2 I'm a follower
+10 I tweeted
+10 It's in my sidebar
+1 for answering the question....

Summer read? Is there a better time to read certain books? Is this like the question "If you could only take five books...?"

I just spent 7 weeks reading winter books so maybe I'm not the best one to answer that ;-)

Any book that keeps my attention is a good book. Favorite? Can't do it. I seem to be on a cat sleuth kick though, must be the challenge :-)

I just found your blog thanks to the tweet from Gina (Book Dragon's Lair)!

+1 I did not read either of these in the summer but I think both would be phenomenal summer reads: On the Couch by Alisa Kwitney and Life of Pi by Yann Martel.

+2 I'm now following your blog! I love finding new book bloggers! :)

+10 I tweeted about this giveaway-

I am so wishing I had this already since I am meeting another book blogger tonight and we're going to B&N! lol But, never fear, I have never been at a loss on how to spend $25 at a bookstore. :D

Congratulations on your 50th post! I really enjoyed Holly's Inbox this summer! milou2ster(at)

I just found your blog via a twitter post. Would love to be entered.

+1 20 Boy Summer would have to be my favorite summer read this year.
+10 Tweeted it @ziaria
+2 I'm now following your blog


+1 for answering the question above- What is your favorite Summer Read?
I am going to choose an old favorite today: Anne of Green Gables. I love love loved the series when I was a kid and still do. : )
+2 for becoming a follower
+10 My sidebar-
+10 Twitter- I'm Genevieve_Thurs


+1 This summer's fave reads were Rampant (yeah, its not out yet) and Prophecy of the Sisters

+2 I follow and

+10 I twittered
+10 on my sidebar under contests


I love Contest!
Email: i_yamileth_h_11(at)hotmail(dot)com
Eyes Like Stars was my favorite summer read.
* +1 for answering the question above
* +2 for becoming a follower
* +10 link of this contest sidebar

+1 This is a very random book, but the book that makes me think of summer is A STRING IN THE HARP by Nancy Bond. When I was in high school I would reread it every summer, so I connect it with laying around in the middle of the day reading. :)

+2 I just became a follower!

Thanks for having this contest!

+1 Summer reading? Something fun and easy - The Sweet Potato Queen's Book of Love. Good times!

Elizabeth, I *DO* follow you, I've just no idea how to "sign up" for it officially (I try & fail). I'm always over here checking out what you've got to say, though.

As to the contest, I'll think about it and get back to you before the deadline. Very fun thing, this! Cheers, my fellow anglophile!

Cool contest! booksobsession(at)gmail(dot)com

+1 My favorite summer read this year was Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler. It really got me in the mood to go to the beach!

+2 I now follow you.

+10 I posted on my sidebar at


My favorite summer read is Hunger Games because it's got mythology,survival sports, and love. The combination lets me escape into another world and the olympic feel of it just seems summery to me!

+1 my favorite summer read is Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

+2 i'm a follower now :D (iroquois girl and 2.0blog)

tweeted ur contest :)

+ My fav summer read is Cindy Pon's Silver Phoenix because it is totally awesome!
+2 I just became a follower.


+1 I have to say that Harry Potter is my summer read. Every summer I read them and they just make it really feel like summer.

+2 new follower

+10 linked in my sidebar

This is great. I could use a new book or two.

+1 I don't really have a particular favorite summer read. Since summer is kinda of just like every other season for me, I think all good books are good summer books.

+2 Became follower

+10 Posted (You're in gray):

+10 On sidebar:

+10 Tweeted:

~Briana :D

My favorite summer read has been Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James.

+1 for answering the question
+2 for following

oops I forgot my email address:

runningmatey at hotmail dot com

I don't know if this would be my favorite summer read but it is definitely a book that reminds me of summer - breaking dawn by stephenie meyer. I remember waiting until august to read it, and so happy when i finally could. That book will forever remind me of summer even if i am done and sick of the series.

+2 for following


+1 Hmm. For me, it would have to be Truly Madly Yours by Rachel Gibson cause it's fun and so romantic! :)

+2 I'm a follower.

+10 linked it on my sidebar:

+10 tweeted it:


Favorite summer reads so far have been Hush, Hush, Candor and Shiver

+2 follower
+10 Tweeted!
bookbutterfly9Win $25 GC for Barnes & Noble Ends 8/31
posted about it at

Thank you!

+1 My favorite summer read was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

+2 became a follower
+10 I tweeted about it at


•+1 for my favorite series I read this summer was by Cassandra Clare City of Glass, Bones and Ash.
•+2 for becoming a follower
•+10 twitter (

Caity U

My favorite read this summer was Graceling. It's not a summer book but it's AMAZING!

+1 for answering the question above
+2 for becoming a follower
+10 for each time you advertise this contest - sidebar:
+10 Twittered (SabriHorande)


What is your favorite Summer Read?
The Host by Stephenie Meyer. I had the pleasure of meeting Stephenie, last year at the start of summer during her HOST tour.

+1 answered question
+2 became a follower
+10 sidebar
+10 blogged about contest

Thanks, Pixie

+1My favorite summer read would definately be Major Crush by Jennifer Echols - it's a Simon romantic comedy and just so cute and funny.
+2 for becoming a follower
+10 linked in my sidebar

:) Erica

oh duh - for the sidebar the link is

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen.

+2 new follower

+10 posted here


I already answered this, so this comment is completely unrelated (but good).
I gave you an award. Come and get it. =D

Thanks for the giveaway-Gone with the Wind is my all time favorite summer read-read it the summer between high school and undergrad-I also love Charlotte's Web.

I am following-I know you will get to 50 and I tweeted for you.

chocolateandcroissants at yahoo dot com

oops here is the tweet-
cococroissants ? @mslizard Barnes and Noble gift card

chocolateandcroissants at yahoo dot com

+1 - I like lighter fun reads during the summer, like the Shopaholic series
+2 - I am now a follower
+10 - todays contest post here -
+10 - sidebar here:

bacchus76 at myself dot com

You have so many wonderful books mentioned on your site, so many of my abosolute favorites-- I'm so glad this contest brought your blog to my attention. Anyone who loves The Westmark books. Wives and Daughters, Thursday Next *and* Edward Eager's Half Magic books has GOT to be good people. Half Magic was actually going to be my pick here, for great summer reads, because I read it a couple summers ago with my reading students, but since you've mentioned it here already I'll go with

+1-- Ronia the Robber's Daughter by Astrid Lindgren. Absolutely delectable book about the children of two warring bands of robbers becoming best friends in a magic wood chock full of gnomes and harpies and all other kinds of fascinating things. I love it with all my heart.

+2 I'm following you on twitter...

+10 and I just tweeted about the context, @MrsFridayNext

Oh, also:

+1 Harry Potter, no doubt!
+2 became a follower!
+10 Tweeted
+10 Sidebarred:

Please enter my name in your draw.
wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

I just became a follower of your blog.
wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

Shawna Lewis

You know I just loved The Graceling it was so amazing and perfect fr the beach!!!

Shawna Lewis

+2 I am a follower

Shawna Lewis

+10 I posted this on Twitter

Shawna Lewis

+10 I posted this on Facebook

Thanks to @MrsFridayNext on Twitter, I've found your blog and become a follower(+2). :o)

My favorite summertime reading is any YA novel, though I'm partial to Young Adult Fantasy and spent many summers re-reading the Harry Potter series(+1).

I always gravitate back to Anne of Green Gables in the summer...
musesofmegret (at) gmail (dot) com

+1 The Hollow by Jessica Verday (it comes out in September and is a must read!!)

+2 just did it!!


Cool contest and great idea! I may do the same for my 50th post!! Good luck!

Well, thanks to all you awesome people I have officially hit 50 followers, and it's not even been a week since the competition started! Needless to say the winner will be getting a little something something extra, book themed, but it will be cool...Keep the entries coming! Dare I say maybe something more if I hit 100, but that's so very dare me right? (Maybe a little something who knows where that comes from?)

+1 Harry Potter is my favorite summer read and also the Bermudez Triangle which I seem to read very summer since the cover is splash proof haha.
+2 following
+10 linking to sidebar

Hmm, my favorite book of the summer that I read would probably have to be a tie between Graceling and Fire both by Kristin Cashore. They are truly amazing!

+2 for becoming a follower

This summer would be a toss up between Worst Nightmares and The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns. Worst Nightmares is a horror/thriller novel, while The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns is a fun paranormal chick-lit. Both were fantastic!

- I've also left a link on my sidebar. :)

~ Popin

CONGRATS!! Good for you! :)

+1 = My favorite Summer Read is actually TWO books:
1. No Place for a Lady by Maggie Brendan
2. A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman

+2 = I'm a new follower

+10 = I've posted about your competition on my blog @:

Thank you for 13 chances to win! :)

~ Lori

(1 entry)
My favorite summertime read was an entire series called Immortality Bites by Michelle Rowen! I mean what better way to lay back and relax in the sun than with a hunky vampire, right...even though the sun isn't necessarily a vamps best friend!

(2 entries)
I'm a new follower!

(10 entries)My blog post

(10 entries) I'm going to Tweet it right now!

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+1 Congrats on having 50 Followers!! Awesome! Oh yes Charlotte's Web is a story I love to read for Summer or anytime actually. :)

+2 I'm following you on Blogger!

+10 Tweeted!

I'll be back tomorrow to blog about it, etc! :)

purposedrivenlife4you at gmail dot com

+1 My fav summer read would have to be The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen. I actually gave a copy away in My Fav Summer Read Contest at the beginning of the summer! :)

+2 new follower

+10 linked to my sidebar @

+10 linked contest on Twitter (I'm not sure how to leave a link for you, but my username is @thehidingspot)

Thanks for the contest! There are so many books I'm craving, but can't afford! :(

+1 for answering the question above: it's a book I read this summer and it's really, truly a summer read and personifies summer really well-Lovestruck Summer by Melissa Walker. It's a fun read that is fun and enjoyable for summer but I bet would leave you wishing for the muggy days of summer if read in the winter.
+2 for becoming a follower


I'm back and posted more: :)

+10 Posted in my sidebar:

+10 Tweeted:

+10 Blog post:

+10 Put giveaway on Facebook page!
(Doreen Hayes)

That's 53 entries for me so far! :) Thanks for the chance to win!

Awesome giveaway!

My favorite summer book is probably Harry Potter or anything by Meg Cabot...I feel like I read a lot of her in the summer.

+1 question
+2 following
+10 tweeted!

How cool a reading blog!! Anyway I haven't really read a book this summer - new baby and all. But last summer my beach reading was all historical. I love Stephen Ambrose's Louis and Clark or anything on the revolution and the war of 1812. My last favorite book, which I recommend to everyone is: Candy Bombers - The untold story of the Berin airlift and America's finest hour by Andrei Cherny.

+2 became a follower!!! Thanks:)

Oh wow--how can I choose just one book?!? I love snuggling down to read Silas House books over and over again, especially on warm summer evenings. (Clay's Quilt and A Parchment of Leaves are just amazing!)

Sooo... +1 for answering your question :)
+10 for tweeting about the contest (I'm --my tweets are locked but you can request to follow me or if you'd like I'll send you a screenshot of my tweet) :)

Thanks for doing this!!! Though I must confess...if I win, I won't be using the gift card for pleasure reading, it'll be for this semester's textbooks *sigh*

Oh fun fun!! Thanks so much. Feel free to enter my giveaways too. :)

+1 Harry Potter is definitely a great summer read. I always love to read The Perks of Being a Wallflower late summer/beginning of a new year too.

+2 I'm following

+10? I think, I tweeted:

lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

Hard question... One that comes to mind is Tempted at Midnight by Jacqui D'Alessandro!


+2 New follower!


Okay I'm now subscribed to you on bloglines (I do that instead of 'follow')--does that count as +2? Do you need a screen shot?

:) Thanks!

That's great, thanks for following in whatever way you can!

This summer one of my favorite books was
Three Weeks With My Brother" by Nicholas Sparks

+1 favorite summer read would be Twilight!


+2 just started folowing!

+10 tweeted here:

+1 Bill says "Sophie's World" by by Jostein Gaarder, which we both read a bunch of summers ago. A YA novel about the history of philosophy...

+1 A few summers ago I read one amazing book after another as Bill & I travelled in Europe. Most of the books I got from the "trade" shelves in hostels and hotels. I'll recommend this one, because I bet no one has heard of it: "A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian" Marina Lewycka . A very, very funny novel.

+2 new follower

+10 posted on facebook.

Wow, what a great contest!

+1- My favorite summer read is by far The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. I am 22, and totally outside the demographic of the books, but I 'grew up' with Bee, Lena, Tibby, and Carmen. I love the strong friendships the girls share in the books.
+2- Follower
+10- Tweet (@kait1987)

+10 Tweeted:

63 entries total. Thanks! Hope to win!! :)

A good summer read is Summer Sisters.

+2 I'm a follower.

dlodden at frontiernet dot net

hello there...

+1 This particular summer I read aton of books but I believe my favortie would have to be Kissed by and Angel by Chandler
+2 I'ma a follower now..
+10 I wrote on my own wall on facebook (you may have to friend my to see it)
+10 I posted on my very new blog that (hopefully) someone will see...

I like 23 entries... thats a nice number... 13 just didn't work for me, I'm a bit superstitous.
By the way, thanks for this opertunity.
If I happen to win is the best way to contact me.

+1 My favorite summer read was Glass House by Rachel Caine.
+2 for becoming a follower
+10 sidebar:
+10 tweeted:
+10 Blog post:


+1 definitely the Harry Potter books...I reread them every summer

+2 new follower

throuthehaze at gmail dot com

My favorite Summer Read is "Brisingr" .
I would LOVE to win! I LOVE reading!!


We dont have seasons like you do here in Sri Lanka but what I think would epitomize summer would be for me anything by Joanna Trollope.



+1 I love the Fearless series by Francine Pascal
+2 I follow
+10 sidebar
+10 tweeted @taste_life_2x

+1 Probably Harry Potter. I just can't get enough of those books!

+5 Already a follower=] Yay me!

+Link in side bar!

My fav reads this summer for sure Twilight :)

I am a new follower entry 1

I am a new follower entry 2

Okay and I will post about this right now on my blog for the extra 10 entries yahoo!!!

Ok plus 10 I posted this top on my giveaway list on my blog here:

I'm beyond blog-challenged, which says something for a techie who writes one... but I managed to figure this commenting thing out!

+1 Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan... there really is no comparison. It was beautiful and moving and everything in between.

+2/+5 Well, I did just join as a "follower" BUT I think I certainly deserve the +5 (maybe +7!) for being a subscriber on RSS since Day 1! Ahem. I mean, what's with all this new-fangled follower stuff, anyway?

+10 I am going to post about it right now. I've been a bad blogger and perhaps this will help stir up my cauldron of writing inspiration again.

Who can resist prezzies?! Erm, you better know my contact info, Miss Eliza!

My favorite summer read is Tom Sawyer. I read it every year and it never gets old. Perfect summer read. Congrats on all your followers!

I really, really could use this. LOL I imagine all of us readers could. Thank you for this chance!

# +1 Summer read: Reading Lolita in Tehran!
# +2 for becoming a follower


Travel Far, Pay No Fare by Anne Lindbergh is probably my favorite summer read. I read it as a kid but it always stuck with me until I found it again recently.

+2 Now a follower


Though it is a good read anytime of the year, I like The Land Remembers: The Story of a Farm and Its People by Ben Logan. Fills me with nostalgia for my grandparents farm where I spent many summers playing.
+1 follower
+10 blogged here:

+1 Favorite summer read: I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb

+2 New follower: Nelsby

+10 Tweet:

+10 Facebook:!#/posted.php?id=841241519&share_id=132616571260&comments=1&ref=share#div_story_132616571260_132616571260

+10 Reddit:

+10 Digg:

+10 StumbleUpon:

+10 Kirtsy:

sierranelsby (at) gmail (dot) com

Answer me this: In honor of the end of summer and the beginning of another school year...What is your favorite Summer Read? Doesn't have to have been read this summer, but what book evokes the true spirit of summer to you? Harry Potter perhaps? Charlotte's Web by chance? A thriller verses a classic? A true beach read? I want to know! - Anne of Green Gables! And the other books in the series too.

5. And for those addicted to getting extra entries:

* +1 for answering the question above
* +2 for becoming a follower
* +10 for each time you advertise this contest - blog post, sidebar, twitter (please @MzLizard), etc. Also please leave a link!:

paradoxrevealed (at) aim (dot) com

I'm back! :)

+10 Tweeted:

+10 Facebook post again:

83 entries total now! :) Wahooo! Come on Barnes & Noble!!! haha

Favorite summer read: THE WESTING GAME by Ellen Raskin. Very fun puzzle mystery.

Thanks for the giveaway.

+10: I tweeted about your contest:

Parker P
parker peevyhouse at gmail

Well, I just finished all of Augusten Burroughs this past month, while staying by the sea here in Jersey. Part of me thinks he's a horrendous person, but I laughed on the beach all the way thru the three books. LOL.

Ok plus 10 I posted this top on my giveaway list on my blog here:
Crossing my fingers I win this one!

YES YES!!! I really want to win this one so I am posting it all all three of my blogs right now so plus 10 more for posting it on my Trying2stay calm blog here:

Ok and I just posted it also on my Sisterhood blog top right corner for 10 more entries here: YAHOO!!! Please please pick me :)

And the competition is ended!

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The Harry Potter series has definitely been my favourite summer read!

I just became a new follower of your blog.

Please enter my name in your draw.

wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

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