Friday, July 22, 2011

Summer Reading Giveaway!

Summer Reading Giveaway!
So it’s the middle of summer and at work we are SWAMPED with summer reading requests. Each student in grades 3 through 12 must read at least one book from a select list. I won’t bore you with the lists for the younger kids, but the high school reading list is actually quite impressive (and I can’t take any of the credit for it). The school media specialist at the high school creates a committee every year, made up of a few teachers but mostly students from all grades who are avid readers. She selects a giant master list of books (mostly really current stuff and recent award winners) and the members of the committee will read and review each book, eventually whittling the list down to about 30 titles. 
What’s on this year’s list, you might ask? Here are some of the titles that I’ve already read:
  • The Hunger Games trilogy
  • The Monstrumologist (but oddly enough, The Curse of the Wendigo didn't make the cut)
  • Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters
  • The Sky is Everywhere
  • The Graveyard Book
But there are more titles on the list that I’m hoping to get through this summer, including:

  • Fat Cat
  • Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour
  • Sisters Red
  • All Unquiet Things
This long-winded intro leads me to my giveaway (are you still with me?). Disney-Hyperion is running an unRequired Reading promotion this summer, and I have two books from their list to give away, in addition to one book from my local school's required summer reading list. As if that’s not enough, I have a pack of unRequired Playing Cards and a water bottle, courtesy of Disney-Hyperion, to add to the prize! 

So here's what ONE winner will be getting!

  • an ARC of Queen of the Dead (the Ghost and the Goth, book 2) by Stacey Kade 
  • a finished hardcover copy of Uncommon Criminals (Heist Society #2) by Ally Carter
  • a paperback copy of Blindsided by Priscilla Cummings (yet another title I'd like to read soon!)
  • unRequired Reading playing cards
  • unRequired Reading water bottle
(Blindsided isn't pictured)

Here's what you need to know: you need to be a US resident age 13 or up and a follower of my blog. In addition, when filling out the form, I'm asking you to list (at least) one of your required reads this summer. It can be a true requirement for school, or just something you're determined to cross off your to-read list. When the contest is over, I'll create a post with a list of all the titles (anonymously). 

I can't wait to see what's on your "required" summer reading list!

Contest is open until August 1.

Enjoy your reading and good luck!

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