It’s finally here, guys. The Epic Giving Thanks Scavenger Hunt! And today is my stop. If you haven’t heard about this yet, let me explain. We’ve put together a group of 12 blogs, all posting on a different day about something they are thankful for in regards to books, and are giving away 12 awesome prizes! To gain entries for the prizes simply visit each blog on its designated day, read their post, find the hidden words (mine will be bold and red), and enter them into the Rafflecopter. It’s that simple. 12 blogs, 12 posts, 12 sets of hidden words, 12 prizes. At the end when you’ve found all of the words, combine them to make a sentence. That sentence will get you a lot more entries for a greater chance at winning. And believe me, there are some awesome prizes up for grabs! And don’t forget to come celebrate with us during the twitter party on the 25th! Here’s the list of participating blogs and dates for each:
Nov 12 – Book Brats
Nov 13 – Making The Grade
Nov 14 – Writing My Own Fairytale
Nov 15 – Book Addicts Guide
Nov 16 – Bumbles and Fairy-Tales
Nov 17 – Beauty and the Bookshelf AND JC Emery
Nov 18 – Dizneeee’s World of Books
Nov 19 – Book Babes AND Gypsy Book Reviews
Nov 20 – Starting the Next Chapter
Nov 21 – I Love Books Club
Nov 22 – WRAP UP!
Nov 25 – Contest Ends, Twitter Party
Okay, if we’ve got that all settled, it’s time for my post. I’m so excited to be a part of this scavenger hunt, so happy to be able to take a moment and be thankful, and so excited to be giving away an ARC of Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans! So sit back, read my post to find my hidden words, enter them in the Rafflecopter, then go check the other blogs that have already posted if you haven’t yet! Here we go. I hope you’re as excited as Dawson and I are. Good.
If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that we love books. No matter what your preferred genre is or who your favorite author is, you’re probably here because you enjoy reading. Just like I do. Honestly, I wasn’t a big reader until earlier this year. I’ve read books before, but never this much. After The Hunger Games and a few other YA dystopians I was led to afterwards, I got hooked. And I’ve had a great time. There is an enjoyment I get from books that I can’t really get anywhere else. Sure, movies and tv shows can take you to another place, but not in the same way. A book gives the reader the chance to put their own spin on the words. We’re able to take what the author has given us and transform them into our own experience. That’s why you can read 20 different reviews of the same book and they’ll all say different things. Not just about what they liked and didn’t, but about the experience they had while reading it. And that’s what I love about books. But it’s not the only thing. This year, so far, I’ve read 78 books. That number certainly isn’t anything to brag about, I’ve seen some of your Goodreads 2012 Challenges, but it’s more than I’ve ever read. And that’s given me the chance to learn a few things that I love about books. So for my post today, I’m going to highlight a few things that I’m thankful for that books have given to me.
In no particular order I’m thankful to books for giving me:
- A place to escape: There’s nothing better than grabbing a book when you want to escape real life. Unlike movies, books can transport you to a place that surrounds you completely. Instead of just watching the screen, you experience the emotions along with the characters, the feel of the objects the characters come in contact with, imagine the beauty of their surroundings. We get to create our own little place in each book we read, take what the authors have given us and run as far away from our own reality as we want. There’s nothing else I’m aware of that can provide such an escape. Read the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling to find out what entering an entirely new world can feel like.
- Some fine romance: There’s really nothing quite like watching two people fall in love. The moment they realize they are made for each other is awesome and the swoony feelings make every day better. One of the best out there right now is Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.
- Witty dialogue: Sometimes when I grab a book all I’m really looking for is a good laugh. And I like knowing I’m not the only sarcastic person out there. Regular dialogue can sometimes get a bit boring. Sarah Rees Brennan’s Unspoken has some of the funniest dialogue that I’ve read in a long time. Believe me when I say that there is nothing worse than snort-laughing in a public place while reading a book.
- Sexy-times: If I’m going to be honest, and I have to be here, I’m kind of a prude. I don’t read books with a lot of sex in them. I admit it. But I have been known to enjoy a few steamy kissing scenes on occasion. It’s nice to see two characters who have some real chemistry, who we want nothing more than to see finally get together. Read Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Holy Steamy Kissing Scene, Batman! A computer explodes! Go read it! And, you’re welcome.
- A good cry: Totally killing the mood we had going, I’m jumping to the polar opposite emotion. Sometimes we just need a good cry. (Or is that only me?) And goodness, there are some authors out there who just love it when their readers spill a few tears on their pages. Usually I’m not a big crier over books, but the right words from an author in certain situations can send me right over the top. I’ve had to close a few books and take a moment to compose myself before continuing reading. The last book I did that with was The Fault in our Stars by John Green.
- Though-provoking situations: There’s nothing quite like a controversial book to get a good conversation going. It’s fun thinking about these situations and finding out how other people feel about them as well. And as long as people can be civilized, it’s really interesting to hear people’s opinions about these tricky scenes. It’s one reason book clubs are so popular. I’ve had some interesting talks about The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher.
- A ray of hope: Sometimes the world can be pretty depressing. It’s easy to get sucked into the negativity of others and bogged down in difficult times. So sometimes it’s necessary to read a pick-me-up. Uplifting books can be hard to find sometimes but when I’ve read a book that’s full of hope, it changes my outlook on the world. Maybe it’s just for a day, but it still helps. Read Wonder by R.J. Palacio. The graduation scene at the end is beautiful.
- A sense of community: Before I found book blogs, I barely read. Just a few popular books here and there. Some romance novels that were passed on to me. Maybe a library book I’d heard a lot about. But otherwise, nothing. I never searched out books on my own, researched upcoming releases, or cared that much. And I never would have ventured into the Young Adult section of the store. Because I would have felt ridiculous there as an adult. But since I’ve found all of you guys, through your blogs or twitter or Goodreads or wherever, you’ve shown me that it’s okay to read YA books as an adult and enjoy them. You’ve given me a place to belong, a place to share what I think about these books, a place to get excited about new books and author signings and giveaways and ARCs and all the other awesome parts of being a YA reader and blogger. Without you, none of this would have happened. And without books, it would all be irrelevant.
So it’s time for me to give thanks to all of you by giving you books! I really do appreciate everything you’ve done for me and this blog. Whether it be sharing your books with me, giving me book recommendations, being a follower, commenting on my posts, visiting my blog, ordering a book through an Amazon link, or entering my giveaways, it wouldn’t be the same without you. You guys are awesome!
I hope you’ll enter the giveaway. We’re so excited to be bringing this Epic Giving Thanks Scavenger Hunt to you and hope it’ll help you get into the Thanksgiving mood. Make sure you visit all the blogs and find their hidden words. Keep doing it each day! There are some awesome prizes we can’t wait to share with you! But you won’t have a chance to win them if you don’t enter!
Commenting on this post won’t get you more entries into the giveaway (though maybe a few into my heart!) but I would still love to hear from you something that you’re thankful for in regards to books or blogging or anything else you’d like to share. Thanksgiving is coming up next week (here in America) and I’m getting in the mood to celebrate! I hope whatever you all are doing to celebrate (or just having a normal week) that it will be special and full of people you love. Thanks again for visiting my little blog and sharing a few moments this week with me and the rest of us on this Epic Scavenger Hunt trail!