Bloggy Giveaways Time!

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It’s time again for the Quarterly Bloggy Giveaways Carnival! I wasn’t sure I was going to participate this time, since I don’t have any old gift cards sitting around, or any more copies of Bible studies to distribute โ€ฆ well, we’ll see on that one. Who knows what I can dig up in my office?

But this morning I had this bright idea!

I have been reading through my to-be-read book pile very quickly, trying to make some space before the baby is born (for those of you who are just visiting my site, I am 27 weeks pregnant with baby #1). As I finish these books, I am sending them out through paperbackswap. “PBS” is a great Web site! You send out books you don’t want anymore (paperbacks, hardbacks, audio books) and use the credits you earn from these transactions to order books from other members. So all you pay is the shipping to send your books out.

So lately I’ve been racking up PBS credits because I am trying not to bring any more books into the house unless they are children’s books or cookbooks. This giveaway is for 5 paperbackswap credits. You must be a Paperbackswap member to win so that I can transfer them into your account. To enter the contest, just leave me a comment about what one of your favorite books is and why I should read it! ANY COMMENTS THAT DON’T INCLUDE THAT INFORMATION WILL BE DELETED. I just needed to add that if you don’t have a blog, you MUST PUT AN E-MAIL ADDRESS IN THE BOX FOR IT. I need to be able to track you down if you want to win!!

I will choose a winner on Monday, August 4, since I will be away this weekend. Best of luck!

P.S. I have gotten approval from PBS to do this as long as I don’t advertise it on their site. Just in case you were interested!

67 thoughts on “Bloggy Giveaways Time!

  1. One of my favorites…mmm…I have too many, but if I had to choose it would be Every Woman’s Battle by Shannon Ethridge. It changed my life. I don’t say that about many books. And you should read it, because I think every woman could benefit from it. Single, married, whoever! Thanks for hosting this. I love PBS!

  2. i just read something borrowed and then something blue. they were told from 2 different characters point of view in a love triangle. good luck with the baby.

  3. For a new mom, you should read “Becoming Babywise” I loved it and it made my life so much easier with a newborn.
    PBS is awesome!

  4. Congratualations on your first baby!

    Since I have a horrible memory I’ll just reccommend a book I recently read that I really loved. It’s called “Four Spirits” by Sena Jeter Naslund. It’s set in the 1960s during the civil rights movement. Very moving, disturbing, touching.

  5. My favorite book is “Sophie’s Heart” by Lori Wick…

    Thanks for the chance to win..I love PBS!!!!

    Congrats on your little one!!!

  6. My favorites recently
    Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver, The Healing Stones by Nancy Rue and Stephen Arterburn, Sunset by Karen Kingsbury

    Thanks for this, I never have enough credits! LOL.

  7. I really enjoyed “A Gift From the Sea” by Anne Morrow Lindburg. I read it quite a while ago, when my children were much younger, and have recently re-read it. It holds as much alue now as it did then, in two very different seasons of life.
    (Isn’t paper back swap fabulous??!!)

    Lalycairn @

  8. My favorite book ever is “The Time Traveler’s Wife” by Audrey Niffeneggerand I recommend it to everyone who reads. It is an astonishing piece of fiction. Romantic, funny, sad, devastating.

  9. I would have to say my favorite book is Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. I love all of her books. I’m being presumptuous, but I’m including #4 in the series too… even though it isn’t published until the 2nd ๐Ÿ˜› And the plus side? You can save it for your little one! They’re all YA books ๐Ÿ˜€

  10. A book my son and I love is: Guess How Much I Love You. A great book for when your little one arrives!

    Thanks for the offer!

  11. Hi love. I would have to say that the books I will recommend will sort-of fit into your “children’s books” rule. It’s the series by Stephanie Meyer _Twilight_, _Eclipse_ and _New Moon_. They are teen romance books set aroudn vampires and will be something Libbie might like when she’s 11 or so. ๐Ÿ™‚ I also loved them and they are maing movies of this this year. A fourth one is coming out in August. Think V.C. Andrews, but less smutty.

  12. I would have to say The Kite Runner really made me realize that this culture is different but they are in fact people with feelings and families. They too have been victims of terrorism.

  13. I jut finished “mind fast soul feast” by michael beckwith. it helps you to become a better you and understand our oneness.

    Great giveaway! I hope i’m the lucky winner ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. My recent favorite is Tamera Alexander’s Fountain Creek trilogy–her stories are so beautifully written, and intertwine faith so seamlessly into the story and characters. Plus they’re just really interesting stories!

    And PBS is the best!

    Congrats on your coming little one, and happy reading!

    f dot chen at comcast dot net

  15. Jessie, since you’re only trying to bring children’s books into the house, I will tell you about a few of my favorites. The kids I babysit for have a series of board books about artists. They are precious. My favorite is “A Picnic with Monet” because it combines his beautiful paintings with a charming story about taking a train out to the countryside for a picnic amongst beautiful gardens. Another new board book favorite is “Haiku Baby,” which has beautiful illustrations and poems about nature. These are both new enough that your probably won’t find them on PBS, sadly. But you might find my favorite regular children’s books from growing up, “The Funny Little Woman” and “The Little House” which are both absolutely charming in every way.

  16. I just joined PBS the other day and have already mailed out 10 books! Beverly Lewis is one of my favorite authors. She writes stories based on the Amish. Also anything by Fannie Flagg. She will definitely keep you entertained. Come visit me at Monkey’s Momma sometime. I also wrote a blog post on my other blog, The Frugal Frog, about PBS and other book swapping sites.

  17. my fave book is “the westing game” by ellen raskin. it’s a middle reader book, but i read it over and over again as an adult. it’s a very complex mystery about a group of people competing for money in a will

  18. I just got all but the last book in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants from paperback swap. I LOVED them. They are such a light read and are a ton of fun. So, if you are looking for a real easy, light,enjoyable read check these out! Thanks!

  19. Hi Jessica! I just bought a book for Lydia called Someday by Alison McGhee and Peter H. Reynolds. For adults, I love Garden Spells (Bantam Discovery) by Sarah Addison Allen

  20. My favorites are The Secret of the Rose Series, by Michael Phillips. They’re terrific historical fiction, with a lot of spiritual insight to make you think.

    For more spiritual-insight-in-fiction-form, also check out The Unseen Essential, and its sequel, Tender Journey, by Gills.

    I’d love to win PBS points; I’m constantly buying more!

  21. I can’t think of a favorite but can I have a suggestion for a mindless book to pack in my hospital suitcase? I need something non-baby-related and nothing that will hurt my brain and not trashy.

  22. I am thoroughly addicted to PBS and could always use more credits. ๐Ÿ™‚ The giveaway on my site is actually books too!

    One of my favorites is “Don’t Lets Go To The Dogs Tonight” by Alexandra Fuller. I think you should read it because the story is amazing and Fuller’s writing is absolutely awe-inspiring… I’ve never read anything like her work.

  23. I love PBS, I get almost all of my books from there. Since you’re pregnant and not trying to bring in anymore books I’d suggest Above All, Be Kind by Zoe Weil. It’s a great book for understanding how to raise a compassionate and peaceful child. One of the best books I ever read as a new mom!

  24. I LOVE the Cedar Cove series by Debbie Macomber…a little mystery, romance, and chick lit all rolled into one series.

    As for baby books..anything by Dr. Sears ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. My all time favorite book is Christy by Catherine Marshall. It is a moving, inspiring, soul touching book. I can read it over and over!

  26. I just finished My Sister's Keeper and it was amazing! Anna is sueing her parents because they want her to donate her kidney to her sister Kate. Her mother is an autorney and takes Kate's case because she wants Kate to live. Anna doesn't want her sister to die, but she hates not having a say in her body and being "used" to save Kate all the time. It's a tough situation all around! It's hard to choose sides so everyone who reads it has to form their own opinions. I laughed. I cried. I could not put it down! I think it's one of my favorites now.

  27. I guess I will have to join pbs if I win! (I am not a member yet, but if I’m fortunate enough to get picked, I’ll get an account) — One of my favorite books is one I’ve just finished reading which is actually written for tweens is called In the Hall of the Dragon King — if you like fantasy type books it’s great – written by Stephen Lawhead – I love fantasy books!

  28. My favorite book is The Giver by Lois Lowry _ I read it when I was a teenager and I just loved it. I don’t know if it would be a good adult read but i still love it anyway. I also love books by Ray Bradbury.

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  29. I recommend The Little Friend by Donna Tartt. It has everything, Southern angst, a murder, and a cofused little girl in the center of it all.

  30. My favorite book right now is Getting Things Done by David Allen. I wish I had read it when I was twentysomething so that wouldn’t be so unorganized and behind in my thirtysomethings. Thanks for the chance at some PBS credits… I’m addicted to that place!

  31. Wow, this is a great giveaway! I love PBS! A favorite books of mine is Jane Eyre, it’s the definition of a classic book. It is so beautifully written that I can’t help picking it up again and again. Thanks for the chance to win.


  32. Have you read the Stephanie Plum series? It is awesome, highly recommended. Starts with One for the Money. There are 14 books + some in betweens. They are really quick reads, funny & get better with each book! I love PBS!

  33. Favorite book is The Last Shot by Darcy Frey. It was a very surreal look into the life of inner-city kids who depend on basketball to get them out of the ghetto.

    Happy bloggin ^_^

  34. I LOVE PBS!!! Since you are pregnant,, I would highly recomment Super Baby Food, not only does it have info on making your own baby food but tons of great baby info!!

  35. One of my all time favorite books is a historical romance book called “Honor’s Splendour” by Julie Garwood. Its a great story! Why should you read it? Well if you like historical romances, this book will touch your heart, make you laugh and leave you a Julie Garwood fan for life.

  36. One book I always go back to is The Complete Tightwad Gazette. If you like to save money, you will like it too. I’m a cheapskate at heart.

    onlycancan at hotmail dot com

  37. I love PBS! I think my favorite book is In this house of Brede, by Rumer Godden. It always leaves me feeling peaceful and connected!

  38. I love PBS and I love Lord of the Fading Lands by CL Wilson which I highly recommend. Thanks for the contest!


  39. I just finished “Twilight” by Stephanie Meyer and it is a great guilty pleasure book. I can’t wait to read the other books in the series. Thanks!

  40. My favorite book would have to be “Go Ask Alice” the author is Anonymous and the book is supposed to be a teenage girls diary. Its a very real look at substance abuse and the life of a troubled teen who didn’t have much in the way of a support system. Its been awhile since I read it actually high school, but its one book that I have never forgotten about.

  41. I just finished God in the Whirlwind about the tornado that struck my alma mater, Union University, earlier this year, and it will move you to tears!

    kpuleski at gmail dot com

  42. My favorite book is actually a children’s book called The Seven Silly Eaters. You should read it because it is a very cute story about a large family with beautiful illustrations. I am low on PBS credits and could really use these! Thanks for offering!


  43. My favorite books are by Andrew Vachss. In a way they’re all quite similar–like various episodes of crime TV shows–so it’s hard to say which is my favorite, but it’s probably Flood. As to why you should read it… Well, I love his books because I love the way he writes– very hard boiled. He manages to say in a single 5-word sentence what another writer would take a paragraph or more to say. The characters aren’t fleshed out particularly well… you have to kind of think of it as comic books, only without the pictures, if that makes sense? His main character is a guy named Burke, who is a criminal, assassin, and a sincere hater of pedophiles.

    The author is a lawyer from New York who strictly handles cases on behalf of children–sometimes against their parents or other caretakers, if (sadly) necessary. I believe a lot of inspiration for his writing comes from these cases.

    Anyway. Thank you for the great giveaway! Books are rad. ๐Ÿ™‚

  44. I love the book Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safron Foer – it has a unique style of storytelling and you HAVE to read it ! Have tissues handy!

  45. I absolutely love Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. I’m fascinated by the love story between the two high school teenangers. It’s just written so fun!!

  46. I love Saint Maybe by Anne Tyler. The writing is wonderful and so are her characterizations. It’s a wonderful story with a sweet ending.

  47. I just recently discovered, and I am hooked! lol Jodi Picoult’s books are great, especially My Sister’s Keeper. Also Wicked, by Gregory Mcguire is an interesting read.

  48. My most favorite book, by far, is “The Prince of Tides” by Pat Conroy. I have never read anything so well written. The way he describes food, smells, sights, emotions – well you can just taste, see and feel it all. Such a great storyline too, about family disfunction and forgiveness. I can’t tell you how many times I have read it. The movie didn;t even begin to do it justice.

  49. I love the book Red Tent and I think every woman should read it. It gives an interesting woman’s perspective of biblical times.

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway.

    tiffanyannrosson at yahoo dot com

  50. Ooh, great giveaway, thanks!
    One of my absolute favorite books (which I’m reading right now, but am nearing the end) is “When I Don’t Desire God: How to Fight for Joy” by John Piper. It’s very encouraging in my walk with the Lord.

  51. Oh! I hope I win! I can always find something on PBS!

    I suppose you’ve read Anne of Green Gables? If you haven’t, you definitely should. One of my all-time favorite girlhood-classics. If you have, have you read the other books in the series? My favorite is the last one, Rilla of Ingleside, about Anne’s daughter.

  52. Hi from Nashville and congrats on your baby! ๐Ÿ™‚ I think this is a cool prize, by the way.

    I would recommend Baby Bargains for you as something very practical and handy.

    For you and your baby, Goodnight Moon is awesome! My 2.5 yo still loves it!


  53. The one book I read over and over, every year is The Stand by Stephen King. It reminds me of the follies of man, and the triumphof good over evil, every time, it also reminds me of how fragile life is.

    Congrats on the pregnancy!

  54. I love PaperPackSwap! I’m pregnant, too– 28.5 weeks. I’ve been reading a lot of preggo books lately like A Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth (Henci Goer) and The Birth Book (Dr. Sears). Both great reads! Another one you may want to check out with a baby on the way is How to Raise a Healthy Child…In Spite of Your Doctor (Robert Mendelsohn).

  55. Fabulous giveaway for fellow bookworms! ๐Ÿ™‚ One of my favorite books is “Flabbergasted” by Ray Blackston. I think everyone should read it! It is very light, laugh-out-loud reading, but it will leave you with a lot to think about. The main character learns about what is most important in life, and it wasn’t what he thought it would be. I’ve read this book many times and it only gets better. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thank you for the chance to win and I hope all goes well with your upcoming birth!


  56. I absolutely loved “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan” by Lisa See. It’s an absolutely beautiful book with exquisite and sometimes painful details. It chronicles the lives of two young girls as they grow into womanhood during the footbinding period in ancient China. It’s amazing.

  57. I love anything by C.S. Lewis, but I think you should read his “Space Trilogy” – “Out of the Silent Planet,” “Perelandra,” and “That Hideous Strength.” They’re awesome, thought-provoking books!

  58. I loved “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” by Michael Pollan. You should check it out. It’s fascinating to read the story behind our food. Thanks for the giveaway!

  59. “Grace-Based Parenting” by Tim Kimmel. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    ladyufshalott at yahoo dot com

  60. If you haven’t read it yet, I recommend The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. I really enjoyed it – Lewis is always very thought provoking. And I love PBS!

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