Got flair? (Kathleen wants to give you some)

December 8, 2009

Just before Thanksgiving (Canadian, that is), I was shopping for books in a city a few hours from my own. I found myself waiting in line at the local big box bookstore, holding a copy of Goodnight Nobody—a book (not YA) I had quite liked and wanted to share with a friend.

When I got to the register, the clerk squealed and grabbed my purse. I dropped my book, wondered if she was having some sort of fit, and tried to figure out if the bag would fly back and hit me in the face if I yanked it out of her grasp.

“WHERE did you get THIS?” she asked, running her hands over my small, black “got books?” pin. She was Gollum and it was Precious.

“An independent bookstore back home.” I was scared to tell her how far away home was: she looked like she might snatch the precious off my bag at any provocation.

“What’s the name of it?”

“It’s, like, and hour and a half away,” I hedged.

She turned to the clerk next to her. “Did you see this?” she asked, lifting the purse. “Do you feel like going on a roadtrip?” The other girl grinned.

Yes, these two crazy clerks in their late teens/very early twenties were prepared to drive an hour and a half to get a button that said “got books?” It was glorious, awe inspiring, and a little nutty. And it reaffirms my hope that, with the explosion of the YA genre, reading (for teens) is more acceptable—if not, even, dare I say, cooler—than it was when I was in my teens.

And that little story, my friends is the inspiration behind this particular giveaway.

From now until December 12, you have a chance to win an “I Love Books” gift pack. The rules are simple: just leave a comment on this entry letting me know what book (YA or otherwise) you hope to get this holiday season. Only one comment per reader will be eligible. Since I’m the lone Canadian of OPWFT, this contest will be open to BOTH residents of the United States and Canada. It will close at midnight AST.

Here’s what one lucky comment giver will win:

A set of 3 pins (“got books”, “Books Kick Ass!”, “One person can only do so much”)
A set of 3 magnets (“I READ BANNED BOOKS”, “Orwell as an Optimist”, “Speak your mind, even if your voice shakes”)
A William Shakespeare bookmark with info about the bard on the back.
A bookmark of a Will Barnet’s The Caller (otherwise known as the pretty picture of the woman reading)
A pocket calendar you can use to track release dates and library due dates (Don’t anger the librarian! Get those books back on time!)



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  2. The Vinyl Princess by Yvonne Prinz looks interesting, but mainly any YA book.

  3. I’m not in the US or Canada, so this isn’t an entry, but I’ll play!! 🙂 I would like Ballad and Lament by Maggie Stiefvater. These are her two fairy books, and I figured I might like them. But, let’s face it, I have like 20 or more books on my wish list. 🙂

  4. Even though I’ve read Hunger Games and Catching Fire on library loan, they’re good enough that I’d like to have them on my shelves for a rainy day.

  5. Love Begins in Winter by Simon Von Booy

  6. I really want to read The Hunger Games and Catching Fire!

  7. The thirteen curses by michelle harrison

  8. Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link is at the top of my list this year! My love of short stories + love of Link’s brilliant magical realism + love of YA = MUST HAVE.

  9. For Christmas I’ve asked for Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson. And Green Mars. And Blue. It’ll be a spacey holiday.

  10. I’m hoping for The Vampire Diaries series by L. J. Smith–the TV show is totally my guilty pleasure.

  11. Silver Phoenix would be great… but I’d settle for ANY of the Mercy Thompson books, either of the Alpha & Omega books, the next book in Chris Marie Green’s series, or the Encyclopedia of Vampires, Werewolves and other monsters.

    And, of course, any book appropriate for my youngesters.

    long list? yup. But only because I don’t have the extra cash to buy ’em… only borrow from library. 🙂

  12. I’ve started following other YA authors on Twitter and my list of books to read has grown exponentially!
    Under the tree this year I’d love to find copies of
    Hannah Moskowitz’s Break
    Cherie Priest’s Boneshaker
    Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver

    ps as an “old” person writing for teens, I ❤ this site! 🙂

  13. It’s so hard to pick a book, but I would LOVE to receive any books in the “Inkheart” trilogy. I love those books, and even though I have read them, I would read them again, and again!!

  14. I really hope to get Hunger Games for Christmas, or Graceling, though I think I will end up buying them anyway.

  15. I hope my fiance will pick up Thirteen Reasons Why or Tender Morsels to go under the tree this year. Maybe I will get a book store gift card so I can get them after the holidays *crosses fingers*.

  16. “She was Gollum and it was Precious.” *rofl*

    I want to get “The Forest of Hands and Teeth” by Carrie Ryan. Or “Catching Fire.” Really, I have a long list and I’d be happy to get any of them.

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