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Saturday, December 25, 2010

I'm Back! With My First Giveaway!

Oi! Even though I've only been gone for two weeks and I've been doing my best to keep up with other people's posts in my absence, I still feel so out of the loop in the book blogging community! I'm looking forward to catching up with everyone.

Finals went okay... I'm just relieved they're over with. My trip to B.C. to visit my cousin where she works in Whistler was awesome. Vancouver was trendy and wet and gorgeous just as it always is. I got to see the Olympic Cauldron! Very cool. This was my first trip to Whistler. It was a wonderful, little tourist-y town. It snowed pretty much the entire time I was there. I have never seen so much snow in my life! It is simply too cold and too dry to get that amount of precipitation here in Alberta.

But enough about my trip. Let's talk about my first giveaway! (As if you haven't already scrolled through to the important bits already, lol)

For my first giveaway, I want to keep it very simple: just leave a comment and no extra entries are available.

I am giving away 13 To Life by Shannon Delany (Goodreads/My Review) and Wildwing by Emily Whitman (Goodreads/My Review). I liked both of these books but I just can't see myself ever rereading them so I'm giving them away instead. I won both of these books in contests so I thought it would be fitting if I passed both of them on in my own contest.

1. Leave a comment telling me how you spent your Christmas/Holidays.
2. I'm not going to lie, I would really love it if this prize went to someone who followed me. That said, for this giveaway, you do not need to be a follower to enter nor will you receive any extra entries for following.
3. Is it just me, or are a lot of my followers from the UK? Maybe it just seems that way. At any rate, I'm going to make this giveaway INTERNATIONAL because I don't want to exclude anybody.
4. This giveaway will end 2 weeks from today on January 9, 2011 at midnight EST.
5. The winner will be announced on the blog and will have 48 hours to send me an email. So if you choose not to follow, please make sure you have some other way of finding out if you win.

1. As I indicated earlier, these books are not new; I have read them already. I'm pretty anal about keeping my books in very good shape though, I promise.
2. If for whatever reason the person who wins only wants one of the two books, I will pick a second winner to receive the other book.


  1. Thanks for the giveaway ! :)
    I spent Christmas with my family - we went out, watched a movie, ate a lot lol and just had fun!


  2. Awesome giveaway! I'm really looking forward to reading Wildwing :)
    I spent my Christmas eve helping my grandmother make Tamales (which I'm ashamed to say I am horrible at!)... after we finished the family gather for an awesome xmas dinner!


  3. Glad you had a good trip. I spent my Christmas on my feet preparing, serving and clearing away a feast for 8 of my nearest and dearest. I must admit that I spent the rest of it totally shattered, but everyone had a great time and the food was fab. That made me happy :)
    Great giveaway. I am a UK follower :)))

  4. Thanks for leavin a comment on my site.
    What did I do for the holidays well I slept til about 1pm (my phone rang)then to my grandparents house at 5 and we ate dinner, santa came to vivist (for the younger kids), then played the white elephant gift thing (not a big fan of that) then I went over in a corner and finished a book I was reading. Very exciting Christmas I know. :)

  5. Lovely pictures, the snow looks so pretty!
    Glad your back and had a great two weeks.
    Thank you so much for the giveaway and making it international! =)
    Well for Christmas l didn't do anything as l sadly had a sickness bug! =( Hoping to have another Christmas when l am better.
    P.S sorry forgot to include what l did for the holidays so did a new post =)

  6. I love the pictures! I wish the snow here looked like that.. now it's gone all slushy and horrible.
    I spent Christmas with my dad and his girlfriend's family. It was really great! We had a huge meal, and played some games of charades - which my team won! - and played a dancing game on the Xbox. Preparing the food was fun, although I put my hand through the beautiful trifle when my step-sister threw it up in the air and I tried to catch it :/ Haha :D

    I hope you had a great day yesterday :) And thanks for the giveaway! Good luck everyone :)


  7. Well, unfortunately, this holiday has mostly been spent doing assignments for uni. Other than that, hanging out with ze family:D

    Ooh, I am one of your uk followers lol, thought you should know.


  8. Yay, you're back! Nice pictures. I'm hoping we get a lot of snow like that. It's snowing pretty hard right now, but it's supposed to turn into a blizzard tonight!

    Thank you for the giveaway :)

    Christmas Eve I spent with my fiance gorging myself on really good food. Then Christmas day I finally got to see Harry Potter!! How amazing was that movie?! Aaah, I'm still on a Potter high :) I just want to go right back to the theater and watch it again.

    imagesandwords at optonline dot net

  9. Thanks for the giveaway! It looks like it was very cold (but gorgeous) in Canada!

    I didn't do much for the holidays, just spent time with my family. We watched Inception and the Doctor Who Christmas special. Haha. We're so boring!

  10. BC and snow...pfft. Try Manitoba and snow. Six months out of the year. It hurts. Anywho this Christmas was pretty mild. My mom, my little sister and little brother went to my aunts where the rest of the family was. My sister just had a baby four weeks ago so it was a lot of fun to show him off to the rest of my family. It was good Christmas.

  11. It's good to see you back Aylee, and thanks for the giveaway. I just went to someone's house and then came home and read a little bit before going to bed early.

  12. Thanks for the giveaway! I found it through the Uk giveaways site.
    I spet Christmas day with my family- going to church, opening presents and eating lots of yummy food. I'm going to spend the rest of my holidays reading my new books :)

  13. Thanks for the giveaway ~
    I didn't celebrate christmas so basically it all just the same for me. For new year my friends will sleepover at my place, most probably cooking and drinking till drunk. Not a good way to start new year, I'm afraid!


  14. I follow your blog. I spent it at home, but on 1st January, we will have a party at home with my boyfriend and our common friends, I hope :D
    Thanks for the chance.

    annabell_lee_dk (at) yahoo.com

  15. I spent my holidays with my mum and I'm going to see my grandmother tomorrow, who I haven't seen in 3 months!! I'm a new follower!! Your holiday sounded great!! I really want to go to Vancouver one day!!

    Edit: I forgot to add my email!! XD

  16. I didn't know that you were a fellow Canadian! Slightly jealous of your adventures to Vancouver, I was stuck over in Ontario for the holidays (we were supposed to go on a family vacation to Tennessee, but then we got hit with a butt load of snow and instead stayed at home, I hid and read, while the majority of my family did whatever... ;) )...


  17. Great contest thanks, I spent my Christmas with my four boys and my hubby. We had a great Christmas except it froze very heavy here and the water froze. We had no shower!! We had water coming into the kitchen but none going down the house. Not pleasant.

    natcleary at gmail dot com

  18. I spent my holiday reading some books, went out with my friend and watched Letter to Juliet. yeah, they just play the movie here. I really enjoy my holidays

    thanks for the chance

    aleetha.ally at gmail dot com

  19. Thanks for the giveaway, it's great to find someone who loves their English followers :D

    I spent my Christmas the way we spend it every year, at my grandmother's house - very traditional! But as soon as that was over, it was back to revision for my January exams :( Could do with some lovely books to cheer me up :)

  20. Thanks for the giveaway! I spent my Christmas with my family sans my sister and mother. They're both in Canada right now.

    ana13kl AT gmail DOT com

  21. Welcome back! And thanks for the giveaway. :)

    Let's see, I spent a few days up in the mountains to go snowboarding, endured 4 days of non-stop rain once we got back, entertained family from out of state (Sis-in-law and her husband were here for a week), and then my hubby and I spent Christmas with friends (I ate way too much). :) It's been fun!


  22. Eke! Forgot to add for Christmas, I did the usual, play white elephant with my family and eat too much food. It was a lazy but very happy day. :D

  23. I came across your site by following one of your posts on Waiting On Wednesday.

    I'm a recovering Potter addict too. Sadly I have not found anything as good as the Harry Potter series yet though I liked The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins & the Leviathan series by Scott Westerfeld.

    Thanks for making this giveaway international. I'd love to read Wildwing.It seems like fun.

    I didn't do much at Christmas time. My brother came back from college after about 2 months and we had a quiet day at home. We went out for dinner with a cousin on Boxing Day though.

  24. I spent Christmas Eve watching Love Actually with my partner and sharing lollies, then on Christmas Day my parents came over and we had lunch together :)

    Kate1485 at hotmail.com

  25. My family actually just stayed home and relaxed this Christmas. My Dad and Grandma came and stayed and we all cooked and baked together and had a nice meal and of course pie! Presents were awesome...the older you get the more expensive the gifts are right? Because I know all I ask for are books and electronics. It was really fun though and it was nice to just take it easy this year!

    Thanks for the giveaway! This is awesome!

  26. I rested for Christmas. I had carpel tunnel surgery on the 23rd. I'm catching up on reading books on my kindle! :-)

    ke7yca at gmail dot com

  27. I've been wanting to read BOTH of these books so this is an awesome giveaway! Thank you! I spent my holidays at home, hanging out with my brother who's visiting. I ate more food than a single human being should, and got tons of amazing books for Christmas. A perfect holiday.


  28. Thanks for the giveaway! Merry Christmas and I hope the New Year will bring you lots of fun and great things in your life! I spent my Christmas with my family opening presents and having dinner and just sharing how the year has been and what we hope to accomplish the following year.


    Sorry for the deleted comment.

  29. I think your blog is pretty interesting. I'm a new follower. Thanks for the giveaway! I didn't do much for Christmas. Just hung out with my family for the morning, had a Christmas lunch and spent dinner as a family. :)

    cc932005 at hotmail dot com

  30. Thank you for the giveaway, glad to hear you had a good time in Vancouver!
    I spent christmas with my mum and step-dad this year, i got loads of books and had roast turkey for dinner:)


  31. Thank you so much for this giveaway!!!Its a great opportunity! I love the books you have chosen to give away! I'm a new follower from montreal, quebec in Canada :)

    On Christmas eve I was working 11:00am to 6:00pm, then had supper at my brother-in-law's parents' house haha. We had a huge supper! Filled with Italian and Portuguese food yum! On Christmas day, I spent the day at my boyfriends house. We unwraped gifts and we ate Greek food haha! And finally, on boxing day, I worked all day and then come home to have more presents and more food woohoo! LOL! Of course, I managed to add reading time for myself! This Christmas was amazing!


  32. Thanks for the giveaway and for opening it to worldwide entries.

    Much appreciated.

    I have joined as a Follower.

    My Christmas was nothing very exciting, just the usual. I had the family around on Christmas day for lunch. 12 people in all.

    Menu Gammon ham, Lamb roast and turkey. with Christmas pudding and ice cream for dessert.

    Very enjoyable with all the people and being able to catch up on all the news.

    All the best for 2011.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  33. I spent Christmas watching my son be overwhelmed by his toys. He spent 5 min with a toy before switching to something else. Very cute.


  34. Spent Christmas with my family:)

  35. Hi I'm a follower, I spent my holidays with my family. We opened our gifts and had dinner on Xmas Eve because my son's father could only be in for a short time.


  36. I am a new follower!!! Thanks for a great giveaway and the opportunity to enter.

    I spent my holidays with my family as I try to do every year!!


  37. Thanks for the giveaway! I spent christmas with my younger sister. We watched movies all afternoon.

    jessica b

  38. My Christmas was spent with family..and it was wonderful!
    I follow via gfc

  39. Spent the holidays with family and working. Now I have a lot of reading to catch up on.

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  40. I've been looking forward to reading both of these, so I'm excited about the giveaway! Welcome back and glad you had a good vacation. I spent the past few days with my in-laws and now I'm trying to catch up on reading and making plans for the blog before school starts next week.

    loganeturnerblog at gmail dot com

  41. Haha, I've never read 13, but Wildwing was pretty good! My holiday was spent fighting with my dad on how to hook up the new Wii... my mother and sister laughed from the couch, and my tech-savvy friend was having a riot via webcam.

    Hope you had a good holiday and glad your vacation went well!

    -Nora, The Bucket List

  42. I spent my Christmas with my family, it was pretty boring really.
    I'm following you now:)

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  43. I spent Christmas playing the wii with my cousins :)

    I follow with GFC.

    ako4eggs at comcast dot net

  44. First off, thank you much for hosting this giveaway. I spent the holidays here in the Philippines with a full blast. Last night when the clock ticked at 12, we got out and watched fireworks display. I love New Year more than Christmas because it brings new hope for a new life for me and my family.

    Follow you via GFC with my nick avatarlady.

    lifeis.oceanbliss at gmail dot com

  45. Spent my holidays with my family. Again. We don't go out of town or out of country every holidays.

    somithee at gmail dot com

  46. I spent my holidays reading books and updating my blogs. I also went on a vacation with my family. I'm a follower. Please check out my blog, The Bookaholics.

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  47. I spent the Holidays at home with my family, reading.
    Thanks so much for making it international and Happy New Year! :)


  48. Great way to start the giveaway! I spent the holidays with my family in Jackson Hole, WY. It was so much fun now that my son is 2 and LOVES to open presents!
    I'm a new GFC follower (Lexie@BookBug)

  49. Family came over for the holidays, and it was really nice to see all of them again!

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  50. Thank you for doing this giveaway internationaly I'll gladly become your follower even if it's not required :)

    I spent the holidays lying sick in bed so as you can see nothing exciting :/
    I'd feel much better if I win this two awesome books :D

    judittten at gmail dot com

  51. Nice giveaway Aylee! I've had that 13 to life on my wishlist for an age. Fingers are crossed.

    I spent Christmas (and New Year) 1. being sick 2. cleaning up sick 3. thinking/talking about being sick.

    In between that, I got some great prezzy's, had some laughs, watched some telly and surfed the blogs :D

    Happily following, whether it's a requirement or not @)

  52. Thanks for the giveaway! I so want to read 13 to life. Team werewolf!! haha.

    For Christmas I spent it with family, and although I didn't get much present-wise I don't care because I gave myself something special for ending 2010. A love for reading :)


  53. I spent my holydays in my grandparent's house, I got just one present ): but I got too many hugs (:

    and no books ):

    ^^that's my email

  54. I spent the holidays with my family...moving to our new house :P I didn't get a e-reader or any books which was abit of a disappointment but there's always next year! I also a new follower! Happy New Year!


  55. Thank you so much for this giveaway Aylee and for making it international !! I've spent my Christmas' holidays in France, at home ... and it wa wonderful (as always) ! I love Christmas and I'm born on the 23rd of December so in fact I love all this period !! I was so lucky because I got some snow for my birthday (I turned 18 by the way), it was magical (I live in the South of France so snow is kind of rare here) !! And I also got a lot of great presents (mostly books) and I can't wait to read them all !!
    Thanks again for this great opportunity, these books have been on my list for a very long time ! I'm crossing my fingers ;)

  56. Thanks for an opportunity with your great giveaway!

    I celebrated the holidays at home with my family! It was great because we were complete, which seldom happens!


  57. Thanks for the giveaway! The books look great!
    I spent my holidays with my family, and I also got a lot of reading done (catching up for time lost to homework during the semester) and worked on yet more homework.

  58. Sounds like you had a fun time. I've always wanted to go to Canada:)
    I spent the holidays cleaning my house before my family came. It was nice to see them all, but I'm so glad it's all over.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  59. i dont celebrate christmas. but during the holidays, i basically wrote a heck lot and did a movie marathon with my sis.
    canada sounds so cool! im glad you had fun there. ive been there, to toronto, but that was like, ages ago. dont even rmr it.
    anyway, thank you so much for the giveaway! :)

  60. I visited family and stayed home for the holidays. Had a big dinner for christmas.

    New gfc follower.
    BTW, nice blog name, very unique.
    caliblue7 at gmail dot com

  61. What a great giveaway!! I spent my Christmas with my husband (we had gotten married the week before) and with his family. I also spent time with my sister and her family and then saw one of my best friends for her birthday. Of course I real a lot too!!!

    New Folloewr :)

  62. I spent the Holidays with my family at home. Great giveaway! Thanks for the chance.

    tabbylewis (AT) hotmail.com - GFC Follower

  63. thanks for this great giveaway!!I really wanted to have this one.
    Well I celebrated my Holidays with my family, and reading books.We watched fireworks and jump for it says that when you do it you'll grow taller;))


  64. I am a brand new follower...thanks for the opportunity at some new reads!

    Spent Christmas with my family and the inlaws...a very busy two days as per usual. New Years was very quiet...watched Harry Potter #6 with oldest daughter who is now Harry Potter Crazy!! ;0)

  65. What a great blog and a great giveaway, I discovered your blog by browsing through other book blogs and am very pleases by it, so have been following for the past month or so.

    I spent Christmas with the children that have been able to come over this year and stay over for a couple of days, so we had a lot to celebrate about together, had lots to eat, had a lot of love to share and we were very happy together.
    Those are the best Holidays for me. Being together with the ones you love.
    Thanks again for sharing your books.



  66. I spent Christmas Eve with my family and friends.
    New Year's Eve I spent it with the family and stayed up late to the countdown.
    And on Saturday the first I went to Disneyland with my friend.

    Thanks for the awsome giveaway!


  67. I spent the holidays with family, toting my kids from one party to the next. Our living room was FULL of toys and clothes after Christmas.

    megankyser at gmail dot com

  68. This giveaway is awesome! Anyway, this holiday was the best yet. I met my aunt's boyfriend, and he is the kindest guy I've ever known. I also decorated cookies with my little cousins.(It was fun, but very messy.)And then I read four books, wrote reviews for them, and posted my reviews on my blog. Vacation is over though, and now I'm back in school.

  69. I spent Christmas Eve with a stomach ache because I'd eaten too much.

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    I'm now following you!

  70. Hi :)

    I spent Christmas with my family at home and we do a lot of think together - e.g. play Activity or Scrable - and of course have a dinner :)

    Thanks for the giveaway :) And I'm following you :) mikki-mano@hotmail.com

  71. I went to my In laws where we ate enchiladas and the kids got gifts. And I read.
    I follow you but I'm not sure I would remember to check if I'm a winner. I enter too many contests and follow too many blogs to keep up.
    But if I do win I really want Wildwing, I already have 13 to Life.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    candace_redinger at yahoo dot com

  72. Helloo! Thank you for this giveaway. I'm italian, but my bf is from England, so we (I, my boyfriend and our daughter) spent the Christmas eve travelling, the Christmas day in England to celebrate with his parents, and New Years Eve in Italy to celebrate with mine.

  73. I spent my holidays with my Mam, sister and brother in law and my 5yr old niece. I actually got up really early on xmas morning to watch my niece open her presents.
    The day before she had woke up at 6.30, so I set my alarm for 7.00 and she slept in until 8.30!


  74. HI spent my holidays catching up on my never-ending TBR list and also watched loads of movies. Got to spend time with family by attending a whole lot of family events (mostly weddings) but I am disappointed that I haven't been able to learn to cook this holiday.


  75. Awesome giveaway! For the holidays we went to my grandma's house and had a huge dinner at Christmas. Spend most of it playing bingo, I won tons of coins!