Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Contest time! Win a YA book for you and your local library

How would you like to win a book of your choice for you and your local library?

Here's your chance! In honor of my one year writing anniversary I'm giving away two awesome YA books to one lucky winner who will get to choose from the list below for themselves and their local library. Of course I'll need proof that you donated it and didn't keep it for yourself, because trust me they are great titles. Don't worry at least you know you'll be able to take it out from the library.

Here's the scoop. I was inspired to write after reading some pretty amazing YA fantasy books so what better way to celebrate than by making sure more fabulous books get out there to inspire would be writers via your local library?

I did my best to make this easy to win while providing some form of inspiring feedback from those of you who enter. You'll have up to four chances to enter to win.

+1 leave a comment sharing one or more of the books that have inspired you
+1 for being or becoming a follower
+1 referring someone who becomes a new follower (they must post your name in a comment here)
+1 for posting the contest on your blog (please provide a link)

I'll draw a name on Friday August 28th so be sure to watch for a post from that day with the winner's name so you can get in touch with me to choose your books and provide your address.

Now here's the good stuff! The winner will be able to choose two of the great new(ish) titles below. They are all Young Adult Fantasy simply because that's my favorite thing to read and a section in most libraries that could really benefit from an extra new release.

1. pre-order of Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (not new but you MUST read it plus #3 wouldn't make much sense without it)
3. pre-order of Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
4. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
5. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
6. Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev
7. Wings by Aprilynne Pike
8. pre-order of Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
9. Rampant by Diana Peterfreund (sort of a pre-order since it comes out next week)
10. pre-order of Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (oh wait, did I say that twice. totally unintentional, honestly)

Sorry I didn't post images of the beautiful book covers but blogger keeps kicking me offline every time I try to add a new image so click on the book titles to check them out on

*I apologize but the winner must live in the US.



GMR said...

Great contest! Hmmm, books that have inspired know that's hard. There are so many good ones! How about a few of my favorites? In no particular order,
The Forbidden Game by L.J. Smith
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling


JennM said...

I assume family members are not eligible :-) Too bad cuz I would love to enter!! I will post your contest on my blog though, even if it doesn't count.

Good luck to everyone who enters!

Mjhsttlr said...

OK I'm following.

And as far books that have inspired me, I'll got with a recent one I loved. Jellico Road by Melina Marchetta is one of my favorite books recently. I thought it was edge-of-your-seat enthralling as well as a great story about love, forgiveness and finding who your are both because of *and* in spite of other's influence on your life. It's realistic YA fiction, but she has a YA fantasy book (Finnikin of the Rock) coming out in the U.S. in early 2010, so watch for it!


Shelby said...

Very cool contest!

I'm following as fastcuts_shelby.

It's hard to narrow down the books that have influenced me since I'm a pretty voracious reader. I'll go with the Harry Potter books because they are something I've seen my boys get into and it's been fun to share those with them. They've definitely helped me show my kids the joys of reading while allowing us to spend some time bonding over the stories.


Anonymous said...

This is a GREAT contest. Donating books to local libraries is a win/win situation. Can I steal this idea in the future? :D

I posted this on my twitter:

E-mail: ltgcontests [at] gmail [dot] com (am getting too much spam at normal e-mail)

Anonymous said...

*ack* I forgot to add the authors who have inspired me!

Holly Black
Emily Brontë
Libba Bray
The Merry Fates: Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff
Tara Kelly
Jackie Dolamore
William Shakespeare
... and many many more!

TereLiz said...

Great contest, Becca! My NOLA library branch could sure use a new book!

While many writers have inspired me over the years, from Anne McCaffrey to Anne Rice, one of the most inspired authors I've read recently is Scott Westerfeld. I still find myself thinking of the Uglies series months after I've read them!

Suzanne Collins inspired me to write in present tense, so I guess she is one of my current favorites.

Anonymous said...

Great contest. I recently read the hunger games Excellent!! Can't wait for Catching Fire! Also trying to get a hold of Shiver and Lament. And of course hopelessly addicted to the Twilight Series!


Lisa and Laura said...

Ooh, fabulous contest!! I want Catching Fire so bad I can taste it.

Love the idea of sending a book for the library too. Very cool!

Cari said...

I'm about to start following you.

The most inspiring books thatI've read in YA were John Green's novels, Libba Bray's Gemma Doyle triology, and Markus Zusak's books. Oh, and I loved Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. (I was able to borrow a friend's ARC of Catching Fire and YEAH!)

I love YA fiction.

Anica Lewis said...

The books that inspire me most are those of Diana Wynne Jones - her Howl's Moving Castle has been my favorite book since I was eight. Also, in what I suppose you could consider inspiration, Robin Cook's book Toxin turned me vegetarian when I was fifteen, and I've never looked back.

For what it's worth, I've bookmarked you! That's how I follow blogs.

Becca Fitzpatrick said...

I am so entering this! I love the idea of donating books to libraries. Okay, here goes.

+1 Books that have inspired me are: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, Ricochet by Sandra Brown, Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr, and The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler.
+1 for being a follower
+1 for posting the contest on your blog

P.S. Rebecca - thank you so much for using Hush, Hush in the prizes list!! said...

. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

. Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev said...

also become a follower

bookworm1 said...

Awsome contest! Two books that have inspired me are...(in no particular order)

Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
Twilight(series)by Stephenie Meyer

Hope i win,

I Heart Book Gossip said...

What a wonderful idea. Please count me in.

+1 two books that inspired me the most was Blue Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas and The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan

+1 becoming a follower

+1 posted on sidebar

cindyc725 at gmail dot com

parkandlinds said...

Great contest!

+1 I am a follower
+1 Books that inspired me--
Twilight Series
Hunger Games
Harry Potter Series


barbrafl said...

+1 Follower
+1 One book that majorly inspired me was TH1RTEEN R3ASONS WHY by Jay Asher. It's truly changed my life to make me in to a better person. I see people differently and pay more attention to their actions, being kind to the ones who don't get a lot of it. I think this is the most memorable book I've ever read.

Thank you for the contest.
barbrafl737 (at) yahoo (dot) com

The Brain Lair (KB) said...

Hmm, so If I'm a librarian at a middle school will I donate the book to myself...j/k

Books that have inspired me - The Path by Laurie Beth Jones, The Purloined Boy by Mortimus Clay, The Outsiders by SE Hinton.

Like you - I live for books. Libraries are lifesavers. Thanks for your support. Think I need to do something like this!

chinesedolphin94 said...

Awesome contest!
and the Alice series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor has definitely inspired me
and im an follower now

Mim said...

+1 Follower

Okay books that have inspired me. Melissa Marr got me to realize just how good YA was again. I'd wandered away sometime after college. Plus I don't think they had good YA fantasy back when I was in high school or college.

I also like books that make me happy like those by Sarah Dessen.

So those aren't specific books, but they are authors with more than one book that did that.

Alexa said...

I love this contest! and books that inspired me would be.... Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, and Leftovers by Laura Wiess.
+1 follower