Book Giveaway! :)

6th July 2012 23 comments

I think the nights of sleeping late and lack of sleep has been catching up with me T_T. I am sick. Yet again. Dammit. Different symptoms though, so I have a feeling this might be the viral infection that’s been spreading around in the city. Which would explain why the antibiotics aren’t helping me (that or my poor compliance, haha I don’t practice what I preach).

Why have I been staying up and waking up early despite being on holidays, you may ask? My hosting site (Three-Words.NET) has been going through a server move and I’ve been running around making sure that everything went smoothly. It’s all done for now. Thankfully!

I just realised my birthday is a week away! (July 13th). It falls on a Friday in Australia – ‘Bad Luck Friday‘. When I had been in primary school, I had once told someone in my class that my birthday that year was going to fall on ‘Bad Luck Friday’. The girl had then told me that it was ‘cursed’ and that I was bad luck. Me, being the gullible six year old that I was, believed her and had refused to celebrate my birthday that year *shakes head*.

I finally got my copy of the book I was talking about previously – Winter Be My Shield by Jo Spurrier! 😀 I haven’t started reading it yet though – only because my sick, numb brain doesn’t feel like it yet lol.

But speaking of books – Book Depository is having a sale! 10% off. It was only for those with the Solstice Bookmark holders but you can grab the code here. In light of this and my desire to read some more books, I’ve decided to hold a giveaway!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you would like to recommend me a book, here’s something to help you:

Stuff that I enjoy:

  • A strong, likable female protagonist
  •  Light romance
  •  Compelling characters and plot
  • Fantasy elements – this is not really necessary but just a preference. A good book is a good book and doesn’t really matter what genre.

Stuff I do not enjoy:

  • Mary Sue characters. Big NO NO.
  • Overly complicated love triangles. Or love triangles in general
  • Instant love
  • Recycled vampire/werewolf/fae/paranormal characters and plot lines

Remember to read the Terms and Conditions and enjoy!!! 😀

The Comments

  • Kula
    6th Jul, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Aww dear you’re so generous! Good luck with the give away! <3

    As for books, I haven't read lots lately but I would rec. (even if they are more dark???) anything by Stephen King! I'm currently trying to get in my hands (or phone/psp lmao) his books in english /o/ I also Jorge Luis Borges's stuff :3

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  • Kula
    6th Jul, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    also love* wow such fail xD

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  • Eden
    6th Jul, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    My recommendations: Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson, Battle Royale by Koushun Takami, Agatha H and the Airship City by Phil and Kaja Foglio

    Snow Crash is a cyberpunk fantasy and Agatha is a steampunk fantasy of sorts. Battle Royale is dystopian fantasy.

    😀

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  • Kevin
    6th Jul, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Wow, your birthday’s on Friday the 13th!? 😮 One of my past teachers also had a birthday that lay on the 13th of Friday and on that day, her husband invited her to go out for a cup of coffee, when she came home, she found out she was robbed! hopefully the same fate doesn’t happen to you! (lol)

    Anyway, I haven’t been reading much lately because like you, I had quite a nasty cold with unpredictable patterns (one day I would only have a little cough, the next day: BAM coughs, sneezing, sore throat, runny nose, the package). But at school, the whole of my grade did a novel unit where you read a book and write an essay on it. One of the books was “The Uglies” by Scott Westerfeld. My teacher didn’t choose that book for my class, but my friends who did get it said it was quite good, and it seems really interesting (and the plot is unlike any other plot I’ve ever seen)! It’s about 2 girls that are Uglies (not accepted by society) and when they’re 16, they can go through an operation to make them a Pretty, but something gets in the way for them. And it meets all of your criteria.

    I also love reading books that are in a series because of the length, they keep me busy for quite some time. So I went online and saw that the “Gone” (first book in the “Gone” series) by Michael Grant looks really nice. It’s about a world with no adults (well they’re destroyed)!!!! c: what more could you want? Ahahahaha. The downside is the battle of survival without adults for the teens.

    So those are my recommendations! XD And have a good birthday!

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  • Mitchii
    7th Jul, 2012 at 1:29 am

    Happy advance birthday! Is it weird that I think that’s cool (it’s on Friday the 13th?!)

    I would love to rec you books (I’m guilty of reading books everyday ^^;) but I kinda scared that you might not like it since most books I read are YA-paranormal , urban-fantasy, or post-apocalyptic novels. How about YA contemporary? Books by John Green (haven’t read anything by him, but I heard great things) or Melina Marchetta (I loved Piper’s Son)?

    Good luck with your giveaway~! <3

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  • Mitchii
    7th Jul, 2012 at 1:34 am

    ETA|: I just read Kevin’s comment, I haven’t read Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld by I super loved his Leviathan series. It’s a trilogy, the series is done. How about The Hunger Games, have you already read this one?

    /ugh, sorry for rambling, zipping my mouth now. :X

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  • Isa
    7th Jul, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    You might have read some of these. I’ve been reading manga for a while so book recommendations are not my strong point. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is an amazing book, it made my cry. The Princess Bride by William Goldman, it’s such a funny, enjoyable read about love and adventure. These are books on my shelf waiting to be read but I’ve heard amazing things about them: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The Maze Runner by James Dashner and like previously mentioned, Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld.

    Here’s some books of my wishlist/must buy list: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (huge book, it’s about wizardry and magic, it just sounds like an awesome fantasy), A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, Hyperion by Dan Simmons, Noughts & Crosses by by Malorie Blackman.

    I just realized you only asked for one book and I went on a ramble. Anyhow thanks for the giveaway and happy early birthday! 😀

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  • Mae
    7th Jul, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Happy early birthday 🙂

    I recommend Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami. I enjoyed reading most of his collections, but based on your preferences I’d say this one somewhat fits the description.

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  • Kevin
    7th Jul, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    @Mitchii: i went and googled the Leviathan series and found it is an alternate plot to WWI, omg I’ve read so many war based plots and just love them (So I’ll be adding that to my reading list)! One of my favourites would have to be Tomorrow When the War Began series by John Marsden (technically it’s more of an invasion than a war). The characters are really comelling and the plot just keeps me on the edge of my seat. I would totally recommend this book. (it basically ticks all of your boxes!). And i don’t know if you adressed the question to me or Misaki, but I just finished the Hunger Games trilogy last month and I quite liked it, but found the first book the best. [ok i’ll stop now, I rant way too much! :)]

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  • Brice
    8th Jul, 2012 at 5:40 am

    Aw. That sucks. Sorry to hear that. I hope you feel better. Yeah, it sucks being sick, especially a week before your birthday too. I tried to avoid it as much as possible. Unfortunately, I get it anyway. I guess it’s no use trying to avoid it. Haha. 😀

    I guess I’m not the only nerd. Haha. Jk. 😛 I love books. I love reading. Only when I’m bored. 😉 I found some good ones for $0.99 at Goodwill. It might not be in the best shape. It was worth getting it. I still have to read them. It’s better than borrowing it at the library. I don’t have to worry about returning it. I can take my time reading it too. I found the Twilight series for $2.99. I saw certain Harry Potter books as well. I didn’t get a chance to look at the price on that one. I think I have enough for now.

    Happy early Brthday! It’s weird how your birthday is on a ‘Bad Luck Day’ or so they say it is. Sometimes my birthday is usually on Labor Day. No, I don’t think your cursed. Maybe it’s her that’s cursed.

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  • Kristie
    9th Jul, 2012 at 12:10 am

    Awww poor you. But it’s not too bad to get sick in the winter. Everyone gets sick and its unavoidable and it makes you stronger! I’m sorry you had to stay up just because of Three-Words. Being a host must be a lot of work! I feel terrible I’m going to try to be a better hostee.

    Happy early birthday to you if I don’t get to before your birthday! There is nothing wrong with being born on a 13th and have your birthday fall on a Friday. Superstition is kinda stupid bwahaha. My birthday is in February and I think in history they thought that was the unlucky month which is why it only has 28 days.

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  • Brice
    9th Jul, 2012 at 4:14 am

    It’s okay. I understand why we had to do the server move. Your getting more and more hostees. In a way, we’re growing. Yay! That’s awesome. 😀 Besides, that gave me a chance to relax a little while that was going on. I didn’t have to worry about it for that particular day. Thanks. 😉

    People seem to like Tumblr now. It’s definitely a lot easier. All you have to do is post, repost, or like. I remembered when all these other sites where so popular back then like Xanga, Myspace, Asian Avenue, etc.

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  • Lynn
    9th Jul, 2012 at 8:32 am

    HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY (: I hope it’s wonderful.

    Most of my friends don’t enjoy my taste in novels – I tend to prefer the classics. Nevertheless, I recommend Little Women and Brave New World (no female empowerment going on, but a great read).

    I hope you feel better! As a hostee, I’m grateful to have such a wonderful host (:

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  • Nugget
    9th Jul, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Well, you did a great job on keeping tabs on the server move. 😉

    13 isn’t necessarily an unlucky number…Sometimes it can be lucky. I don’t know. A friend of mine told me that the number 13 is considered lucky in Chinese tradition.

    I haven’t read for fun in a while. I already have way too much reading for my summer assignments. I haven’t been to the library for several years, and the Barnes & Nobles in my city just closed down.

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  • Kathy
    9th Jul, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Hope you get well soon. Screw illness.

    Advanced Happy Birthday, dear! Same here, one time, my birthday fell on a “bad luck” day as our culture says that my classmates kept teasing all through the whole day. I refused to celebrate too but my mom can’t see me sad.

    If you are a fan of Sci-Fi, have you read Divergent by Veronica Roth? Believe me, you’ll be amazed by its plot. I couldn’t hold them down. Regardless of its genre, you’ll really love it. It’s similar to the Hunger Games, but the protagonist has a different perspective from Katniss. You’ll love it.

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  • Sue
    10th Jul, 2012 at 1:18 am

    Hey Misaki, it sucks that you’re sick again. 🙁

    July 13th is pretty easy to remember. I have a friend who’s birthday is July 12th. I would imagine you don’t believe in superstitious stuff anymore, but man that was mean of that girl to tell you your birthday was cursed. Happy early birthday!

    You’re a great host! You always work so hard for your hostees. Get more sleep though okay?

    As for books, I haven’t been reading them that much. I keep having the habit of starting books that never get finished. I have, however, been obsessing over Skip Beat though, a manga I like. It’s the only shojo that I like so far. Originally I didn’t think it was that great, when I didn’t read that much of it, but now I love it. I don’t know if you’ve read it before, but I recommend it if you haven’t. Beware of cliffhangers though. It’s still ongoing and there are only monthly updates. That’s great that you are donating books to people 🙂

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  • Hannah @ Once Upon A Time
    11th Jul, 2012 at 1:15 am

    Oh you would ADORE Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas I’m positive! Not released for another 2 or 3 weeks but well worth pre-ordering, I loved it so much.

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  • kah_cherub
    11th Jul, 2012 at 1:35 am

    Oh, you will LOVE Shadow and Bone. It has everything you asked for. LOL
    >things you like
    -A strong, likable female protagonist CHECK
    -Light romance CHECK
    -Compelling characters and plot CHECK
    -Fantasy elements – DOUBLE CHECK

    >Stuff you do not enjoy:
    -Mary Sue characters. NONE
    -Overly complicated love triangles. YOU START TO THINK SO… BUT NOPE.
    -Instant love NOOOOO
    -Recycled vampire/werewolf/fae/paranormal characters and plot lines NOPE.

    It also happens to be the book I would like to win. I read and e-arc and went bananas over it. 🙂

    thanks for the chance!

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  • Alaina
    11th Jul, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    This may be redundant as this book is largely circulated in schools around here (east coast USA) but I HIGHLY recommend “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith. It’s very likely you’ve already read it.. But I thought I’d throw it out there, as it meets all pro requirements and I’m still raving about it.

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  • Chynna
    11th Jul, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    I hate it when I get sick. It’s the worse feeling and I just want to lay about in bed all day watching TV shows. Actually, I kind of do that now anyway…

    Moving on. I hope you get better soon 😀

    I missed the giveaway?! Darn it. I always miss cool things like this. I’m thinking of holding a book giveaway myself. Hmmm.

    As for book recommendations? I’m currently reading Game of Thrones which is pretty good so far. I’m holding it off, for the moment, because I’m reading Fifty Shades. Which is CRAP, by the way. Steer well clear from it. I’m only reading it because everybody kept going on about it, so I wanted to input my own opinion and I got the trilogy for free at the publishing house I did work experience at. Yay for free books even if they turn out to be crap. 😛

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  • Shiki
    11th Jul, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Misaki, you can heal yourself by creating your own medicine! Lol, don’t listen to that. was just joking :))
    …Friday the 13th eh :)) are you Jason the killer? …okay, excuse me for being annoying. On the side note, haha it really amused me to know that you believed in that bad luck friday thing. I remember joking about it all day long with my friends back then in middle school and we were like, “Jason’s gonna reaped us tonight!”
    Let me recommend you Jodi Picoult’s books; they’re good, realistic and really “hit the heart” (for the lack of better words). I’m currently reading her “Lone wolf” book and it’s good. Handle with care is awesome too. Hm, she basically writes about stories regarding….life, family and such. Not too emo, not overly dramatic and just..fine. the kind of book one can enjoy with a cup of coffee 😉
    As much as I want to recommend some fun fantasy reads, I won’t because meh,they’re getting really cliche lately. Totally boring. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, however, is a good fantasy/horror read 😉
    Woops, sorry for rambling nonstop. Imma leave this place hehe

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  • Fiena
    15th Jul, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Ah, sickness! I hate being sick. Hope you are feeling better already. Happy Belated Birthday to you. I find it cool to celebrate your birthday on Friday, 13th.

    I don’t read books so I can’t recommend any… Unless you want to read my text book. No… of course not. Hahaha.

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  • Hiro
    16th Jul, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    It’s not really female based or fantasy or romance (there’s a little bit of it though), but my favorite book is Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult.
    One with strong female is maybe My Sister’s Keeper from the same author…

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