Monday, May 3, 2010

Spread the Awesome: When You Reach Me

A few weeks ago Elana Johnson had this great idea to have a day celebrating the books and authors we love. Today is the day. A bunch of bloggers will be highlighting favorite authors and a lot of us will be giving books away (some people even have SIGNED books to give!) Go check out Elana's blog for a complete list of participants. With so many giveaways the odds are in your favor to win a book or two. And who doesn't like free books?

For me choosing a favorite book is like choosing a favorite child. I just can't do it. So instead I chose a recent read that I really enjoyed: Rebecca Stead's When You Reach Me.

I am not too good at book reviewing, and I really don't want to give anything away (there story has some great surprises), so I'll keep this short and sweet. This was an awesome read--well written, page-turning, and sweet. I was engrossed from beginning to end. It was brilliant, and you don't have to take my word for it, it won the Newbery. Um yeah, that means a lot of other people thought it was great too.

Read it.

I'll be giving away a copy. To win it all you have to do is:

1. Follow this blog
2. Leave a comment telling me about a book you love

I'll pick the winner Wednesday morning. If you comment before midnight on Tuesday, you'll be in the running!

We're doing a blog chain so you can check out all the Spread The Awesome posts if you want to. Next up is Windy Aphayrath. She's highlighting Elizabeth Scott and she's giving away SIGNED books. Enjoy!

61 comments:

Jen said...

This is such a neat idea Natalie, I'm glad that you are in it, I completely missed it, I suppose that's what happens when you take several days off at a time!!! I've heard great things about this book!

Slamdunk said...

I am enjoying all of the blogs this morning on this subject. What a great idea.

Candyland said...

I love this idea:) A book I love? Amy Reed's Beautiful

~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

Thanks for the recommendation -- sounds like a great book. It's now on my to-read list!! Putting a link to your contest on my sidebar with the other Spread the Awesome contests :))

~Jamie said...

I LOVE Hex Hall right now, it's SUCH a fun book!

paulgreci said...

Natalie, I've been wanting to read this book!!

Rebecca L Sutton said...

I'm taking part today and spreading the love on BLEEDING VIOLET by Dia Reeves. I feel the same way you do about selecting a fav book but this is one I highly recommend. It's so unique!

Jonathon Arntson said...

I have been meaning to read this book, but have failed at decreasing the size of my TBR pile. Sigh. Thanks for rekindling my urge!

Roxane B. Salonen said...

Natalie, I have a copy already -- loved it. But great you'll be giving some lucky reader a copy. My daughter just borrowed it, after reading "A Wrinkle in Time," which, as you know, is a bit of a prerequisite to this one.

Happy Monday!

Lisa said...

I've been wanting to read that one! It's on my list! Enter me, please! I've been a follower for a while. =)

I'm really loving Eat, Pray, Love. And I finished Will Grayson, Will Grayson in about a day. That book was made of awesome. The Smoke Jumper was also terrific. I couldn't pick just one! I've read some great ones lately.

Courtney Barr - The Southern Princess said...

sounds great! I cannot wait to check this one out!

Please enter me to win.

this is so much fun! I am loving browsing all these blogs and discovering even MORE books for my TBR! lol

Thanks for the great post!

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Karen Amanda Hooper said...

Love it. :)

You already know two of my semi-recent favs. Graceling and Soulless. :)

Happy Monday!

Chantal said...

OMG! I'm loving Deathday Letters right now...have ARC will gush!

Frankie Diane Mallis said...

Very cool, Natalie! Im currently listening to one of my faves, The Hunger Games which needs no introduction:-)

Suzette Saxton said...

This book is amazing. I read half but then had to return it to the library. :-/

Christine Fonseca said...

OOhh...this sounds good too. Man, there are a lot of great books I've added to my TBR list! GO BOOK!

Diane said...

HOw did I miss all this awesomeness???? I was on blog hiatus. :O( Glad to be back. How are you?

Solvang Sherrie said...

I'd love to win this book since I've heard so much about it. Thanks for being part of the awesomeness!

Solvang Sherrie said...

Oops, forgot to tell you about a book I love! Well, I blogged about Marcelo in the Real World and I did love that book. I also love just about anything by Suzanne Collins, Maggie Stiefvater, Eoin Colfer and Jordan Sonnenblick.

Michelle McLean said...

Sounds like an awesome book! I'm highlighting PC and Kristin Cast's House of Night series on my blog - I also really love Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. Excellent books!

MBW aka Olleymae said...

Okay...so cheesy, but my all time favorite books would have to be THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH and any of the HARRY POTTER SERIES. I read them whenever I'm sick. They are all the best books to curl up with. They make me feel better lol.

Readerly Person said...

Favorite book: Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo.

- Rebecca

rebeccaswells(At)gmail(dot)com

Precious said...

A book that I love is Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. It's the first book that made me cry.

I'd love to read and review When You Reach Me in my blog. Please include me if this is open internationally. I follow you.

precious_shusky@yahoo.com

Shannon Whitney Messenger said...

Ooo, I've been meaning to pick this book up. I've heard such good things about it. Definitely must add it to my tbr list if I don't win it here. As for books I love, i'm with you, I have SUCH a hard time picking favorites. So I'm just going to go with the book a book I just read--and loved: It's Raining Cupcakes by Lisa Schroeder. With a title like that it HAS to be good--and it was. :)

Taffy said...

I just finished this book. I wasn't sure I would like it but in the end I did!

Angie said...

Brilliant book. It's very understated, revealing itself to be more than it lets on--until the very end.

Weronika Janczuk said...

I've never read this, but I really, really want to. Like, a lot.

So, anyways, I did my Spread the Awesome on Garth Stein's THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN, a book that is so touching and real that I sobbed through half of it. I'm giving away an autographed copy on le blog.

Natalie Whipple said...

Another book I really want for my shelf! Great pick.

Tamika: said...

I'm sold!

My favorite read this year, The Book Thief and Walking on Broken Glass.

Thanks Natalie!

Sara B. Larson said...

Sounds interesting! I'd love to win it and read it. ;-) I have so many favorites, but one I just read recently that wasn't YA (which is all i usually read) was Guernsey Literary and Potatoe Peel Pie Society.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

You got my interest--I'm in! And I posted a Spreading the Awesome book today, too--The Stolen One by Suzanne Crowley.

Yamile said...

I love The Shadow of the Wind. I wrote a review on my blog as part of the Spread the Awesome, and I'm giving away a copy of it too.
Thanks for your review and the chance to win this book!

Jackee said...

I think I've already mentioned to you how I'm dying to read this one. So now, because of your recommendation, I might put aside the others I'm reading and get to it.

Recently I read the 5th Fablehaven book (Brandon Mull) and really loved it. Sometimes I didn't think the dialogue is as good as it could be, but the whole book was non-stop action so that I couldn't help but love it!

Thanks for the great reccomendation, Natalie!

Larissa said...

Yay! Ummmm...I really enjoyed GONE by Michael Grant.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

This book is on my wish list - it sounds so good!

I love anything by James Dashner, and I adore the Inkheart trilogy by Cornelia Funke.

Christina Lee said...

This one is SO on my radar! right now I'm engropssed in If I Stay!

Amber Tidd Murphy said...

I'll go with one of the latest YA books I've read ... SWEETHEARTS by Sara Zarr.

Thanks for having a giveaway. This is a really fun day to follow YA writers. ;)

Rivkie Re said...

I'm following!
A book I love is definitely Hatchet by Gary Paulson. Resoursefulness, genius, and individuality all mixed together, with some very original ideas thrown in!
I'd love to win this.
Happy writing!

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Sounds great! I've read a lot of Newberry books and loved pretty much all of them, so I'm sure this one must be good.

I love a lot of books, but right now, I'm recommending Will Grayson, Will Grayson. But Jane Eyre is probably my absolute favorite book.

Janna Qualman said...

Well done, Natalie! I think what's most important is that award, Newbery.

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Tiffany Neal said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE this book! I used it as a read aloud just a few months ago.

And I am a super fan of A Wrinkle In Time - one of my all time favorites!

Laura Marcella said...

This book is already on my to-read list. I might have to bump it up higher now!

My favorite Newbery winner is Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech. The characters are vibrant and quirky, and the ending is unpredictable. Love it!

Kristen said...

I will have to check this one out! I love The Secret Garden, it was one of my favorites growing up :)

Serenissima said...

I'm rereading A Wrinkle in Time in prep for reading When You Reach Me.

I love THE HUNGER GAMES and CATCHING FIRE, among many, many other books.

Jenn Johansson said...

You know I'm totally following you. :) I love so many books too. Well, I think I'll say James Dashner's "The Maze Runner."

Stephanie Thornton said...

I've loved all the blog posts today! I really loved Mistress of Rome. I just finished Shanghai Girls and that was pretty good too.

Elana Johnson said...

I have this book on hold! I cannot wait to get it. I like a good surprise. Another fave of mine is MAGIC UNDER GLASS by Jaclyn Dolamore. (I think that's her last name.) I almost chose it over Skin Hunger, that's how good it is.

Jenn Wilks said...

I really enjoyed When You Reach Me, too. It was so different and cool and fun. Unfortunately, the library wanted it back, so I'd <3 to get a copy of my own. :-D

There have been so many good books I've read lately, but my most recent fave is The Adoration of Jenna Fox - which is why I chose it for the blog tour. :o)

WindyA said...

I've been back and forth on this one, but it sounds like I NEED to add it to my TBR list! Thanks Natalie.

Nichole Giles said...

Sounds way good. Thanks for the awesome review. This week, my STA book choice is Incarceron, by Catherine Fisher.

But I also love Hunger Games. And...wait, you only asked for one so I won't leave you a list.

Heather Sunseri said...

My most favorite book I've read recently was My Hands Came Away Red by Lisa McKay. I also enjoyed Fire and Graceling by Kristin Cashore. Kristin is an excellent young adult writer.

Liz S said...

Thanks for the awesome book rec!

Some of my favorites right now are Hunger Games and Catching Fire. I can't wait for Mockingjay!

Mary Campbell said...

I thought I commented on here yesterday. I meant to - I read your post. Sounds like and interesting book. Right now my favorite book is: I Am Not A Serial Killer, but honestly it changes all the time.

Elle Strauss said...

I'm already a follower.

I loved THIS book!

ellestraussbooks at gmail dot com

Sarah said...

I loved this book! So profound and wonderful. Currently, I'm reading "Catching Fire," by Suzanne Collins. If you haven't read her books -- all of them, not just "Hunger Games" -- you're truly missing out!

B.J. Anderson said...

I've been wanting to read this book forever! I hope I win! :D As for a book I really love, Where the Red Fern Grows comes to mind. One of those ones I haven't been able to forget since grade school.

Sarah Skilton said...

"When You Reach Me" was fabulous -- great choice! I apparently missed this entire Spread the Awesome phenomenon, but it looked really cool :)

Sandy Shin said...

I've heard so many great things about When You Reach Me! *puts it on my reading list*

My current booklove is Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. I keep reading and re-reading and planning on using it in my final paper for Children's Lit course! :)

Aik said...

I'm a follower. I loved Cleopatra's Daughter: A Novel by Michelle Moran.

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Deb said...

Hey, I missed the contest, still making my way through the posts. But, I agree on WHEN YOU REACH ME. Really enjoyed it, as well!

A recent read that I loved, loved. Was IF I STAY by Gayle Forman http://www.ifistay.com/ .Beautifully written, compelling and I could not stop turning the pages-