Out With A Bang Readathon Mini Challenge

33k7y92 Out With A Bang Readathon Mini Challenge

Over the course of 2010, there are a number of novels that surprised me in a good way. In some instances, like with Natalie Standiford‘s Confessions Of The Sullivan Sisters, I really didn’t think that the book would be for me based on who the characters were, but boy was I wrong. In others, like Erin Downing‘s Kiss It, I had a feeling that it would be a fun, light read, but it turned out to be so much more. With these experiences in mind, I thought that my Out With A Bang Readathon Mini Challenge should revolve around the books or genres that surprised you the most over the last year.

Perhaps you’d resisted reading a particular book or from a particular genre for a long time. Perhaps it was the hype that a particular novel or genre was receiving that put you off. Maybe you thought it would be one type of book, but when you actually took the time to read it, it wowed you in one way or another because it was entirely different than you expected. Some of you might have resisted this book or genre, but at a trusted friend’s insistence or because you were sent it for review, you gave it a go and wound up loving it. However it came about, I want to hear comments from readers about which book, series, or genre took you by surprise (in a good way) over the last year without any spoilers of course.

What’s in it for you?

Well, anyone who answers the question (and I mean anyone) because this contest is open internationally will have the chance to win a signed copy of Erin Downing’s Kiss It. While the book is the main feature of the grand prize, the sole winner of this giveaway is going to have their hands full with plenty of great, YA book swag as well, including:

  • 2 signed Mistwood bookmarks
  • 2 unsigned Mistwood bookmarks
  • 1 Body Finder sticker
  • 1 Desires of the Dead armband
  • 1 Evermore postcard
  • 1 Claire de Lune bookmark
  • 1 signed Losing Faith bookmark
  • 1 Team Gabe tattoo
  • 1 signed Prophecy of Days bookmark
  • 1 Personal Demons bookmark
  • 1 Freefall bookmark
  • 2 signed Tension of Opposites bookmarks
  • 1 unsigned Tension of Opposites bookmark
  • 1 Tension of Opposites postcard
  • 1 Iron Fey flyer

So that’s one winner, a whole lot of great swag and one great book. All you have to do is leave a comment below to enter, but if you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you’ll get an extra entry for each place you follow my site. Just let me know in your comment as well as where you follow me and the name you follow me with, so I can give you your extra chances to win. You have between now and 11:59pm EST on December 31, 2010 to enter, but the sooner, the better!

  59 comments for “Out With A Bang Readathon Mini Challenge

  1. December 31, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    I was really superised how much I enjoyed the Pirate Queen. It was so not my typical book but I have recommended it to so many people. It was very well written!

  2. December 31, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    I follow you on twitter
    @lmm831

  3. December 31, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    I follow you on facebook
    Lisa Mcgeen

  4. December 31, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Ally Carter’s Heist Society really surprised me. I had seen it around, and for some reason I assumed it wasn’t going to be my kind of book, but a friend suggested I read it, and now I will happily say it’s one of my top ten in 2010! A must read – it’s full of fun, action, adventure, romance, mystery, and even spies!

    I follow on twitter @chelsea_smiles

  5. Cristy
    December 31, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    I read the Body Finder by Kimberly Derting. I didn’t think I would like it very much. I’m not into the whole Crime, Mystrey thing. I was at my sisters house when I saw it. I was bored I wanted to read something, and so I gave it a try.

    And I loved it! and it’s one of the best book I ever read and one of my favorite!

    I’m a follower on twitter @CristyJJ

    I’m a follower on Facebook Cristy Reader

  6. December 31, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    I had resisted reading YA books, thinking that this gal was just too old! LOL!! Anyway, after browsing some YA blogging sites I decided to listed to Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer on audiobook. WoW, what an amazing novel for Young Adults. All I remember getting was Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden and Little House on the Prarie. I was so encouraged by that book that I read The Hunger Games b Suzanne Collins and enjoyed every second of it. I finished the rest of the series, but I think the first book was by far my favorite.

    I like you on FB (Sherri – Urbangirlreader) and follow you on Twitter (@urbangirlreader)

  7. Amanda Kelley
    December 31, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    I already follow your Twitter. (@vintagebookworm)
    I just liked your page. (Amanda Kelley)

    The book that surprised me most was a recent one I read, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I received it from the publisher a while back, but the cover or summary didn’t really spike any interest to me. But after the longest time of owning it I kept hearing great things about it and I got curious so I finally read it. :) And it was absolutely AMAZING. Kept me reading right on through and really helped to get me back into the groove of reading.

  8. January 1, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Thanks to everyone who participated in the readathon. HUGE thanks to Melissa for hosting the mini-challenge!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

  9. Lindsay
    January 6, 2011 at 1:56 am

    @ellaBronx
    fb: Lindsay Sperling

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