Back to the Books Giveaway Hop (Ended)

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Congrats to winner Ricki @ Reading Challenged!

I am a life long lover of learning, so it is with great sadness that I pass the back-to-school section on my shopping trips.  I want a reason to buy a bunch of Crayola crayons for 25 cents, packs of highlighters for 50 cents, and folders with the cast of “Glee” for a $1.50.  But, alas, my days of school, college, and graduate studies are over…unless I go for a doctorate.  Though I think my fellow students would frown upon a “Spider-Man” lunch box.

OK, so maybe I’m not going back to school, but there are plenty of lucky kids hitting the books, going off to college, and there’s the rest of us–who have kids going to school (chorus of hallelujahs from parents everywhere) or who, like me,  get really psyched by the low cost of pens, paper, highlighters, and other office supplies.  Whatever your stage in life, you didn’t stop by for me to blather on about my old school days–you want to enter my giveaway!!!

Sometimes I accidentally [sometimes on purpose] acquire more than one copy of a book, and it seems a bit silly to keep TWO or more copies of the same book lying around, so ONE winner will get his or her choice of ONE of the following books from my “doubles” collection…

Marley & Me by John Grogan

(One of my all-time fave books! Used hardcover from a library sale.)

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soilder by Ishmael Beah

(Another incredible read! Used paperback from a library sale.  It even has “Emmaus Public Library” stamps in it!   Only the best for my readers.)

Love Story by Jennifer Echols

(Brand-new paperback.  Won one in a giveaway & somehow got two!)

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

(Brand-new paperback.  Won one in a giveaway & somehow got three!)

To enter, all you have to do is…

Fill out “THE FORM.”

THE DEETS:  The giveaway runs until 11:59 PM EST on September 7.  After the winner is confirmed (via email) he or she will be announced on Backseat Writer, Twitter, and via White House Press Conference.  This giveaway is ONLY open to residents of planet Earth. Sorry, but the cost of shipping books to Pluto is just getting out of control. (Psst! That means it’s a international party, kids!)  I am not responsible for prizes that mysteriously disappear in the postal system.

EXTRA ENTRIES:  For TWO extra puntos, tell me the name of ONE (or two or three) book(s) that you were introduced to by a teacher and still count among your favorites!   Leave your answer in the “comments” section and make sure you the name you commented with on “THE FORM” or your comment, though very much appreciated, will not count as an extra entry.  (Also, if you leave a comment, but don’t actually name a book, then no extra points!  It *is* extra, and you don’t *have* to do it.)

For those hosting BACK TO THE BOOKS GIVEAWAY HOP giveaways, give yourself ONE extra punto on “THE FORM” with a link to your giveaway. 

Thank you to the fine folks at I Am a Reader, Not a Writer and Buried in Books for organizing this blog hop!

Thanks for stopping by my little corner of cyberspace! 

98 thoughts on “Back to the Books Giveaway Hop (Ended)

  1. I only went to “real” school up until 5th grade (I’m homeschooled now) so I don’t have a lot of selection, but I really liked Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner. My teacher read it aloud to the class. 🙂

  2. I’ve never been to a real school… I’ve been homeschooled all my life. I count my mom as my teacher. 🙂 She introduced me to Class President by Johanna Hurwitz. It’s still a favorite book of mine.

  3. Two books recommended to me by my English teacher many years ago that I have re-read many times are:

    Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger


    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee


    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  4. Most of my teachers recommends reference books but there is one who actually push me to read The Giver by Lois Lowry. Technically he is not my teacher but he is a professor I know back when I was still i school. I love the book and I still reread it sometimes.

  5. Thanks for the giveaway. So lucky I just moved back here from Pluto! Thank you for making this international – I’m in the Netherlands, which may as well be Pluto as far as you’re concerned I’m sure. 🙂

  6. Oh, I was actually introduced to one of my all-time favourite books in school, when I was around nine years old. It’s called “The Crow-Girl: The Children of Crow Cove” it’s by Bodil Bredsdorff and it’s the first in a series. I read in in Danish, since I live in Denmark, and therefore have NO clue as to how the translation into English went, but it’s an amazing book trust me!

  7. My 8th grade teacher introduced me to To Kill a Mockingbird and I still reread it every year.

    Thanks for the contest!

    Angel C

  8. My Grade 11 English teacher let me borrow her copy of My Sister’s Keeper when I finished an exam early, because she thought I’d like it… and she was right! I’ve read nearly all of Picoult’s books now.

  9. A teacher introduced me to Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card which I didn’t think I’d like since it’s sci-fi. I actually really loved it though!

    Thanks for the giveaway, Amy!

  10. In high school, I transferred schools my senior year and rather than read The Great Gatsby (which is NOT one of my favorites) for the third time, my English teacher assigned me an independent project on Jane Eyre, which I loved and still love. In college, I took a class on C.S. Lewis and was introduced to Til We Have Faces which also made a big impression. Love it.

    Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  11. The only books I loved that were assigned to me in high school were Of Mice and Men and The Great Gatsby. For now, those classics are the only ones I have on my wishlist of books to add to my collection.

  12. I read Bless Me Ultima by Rudolpho Anaya for a multicultural lit class in undergrad. I still love this book!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. OK, I have a bazillion comments for all of you!

    CATCHER IN THE RYE: One of my high school English teachers (I went to a small private Chrsitian school, so there were only TWO English teachers in the whole school!) told me about CATCHER IN THE RYE, and her son who was in the same grade as me, let me borrow it.

    TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD: I won a copy of this book last year in a giveaway and loved it! Yes, I waited until I was in my 30’s. But we did read UNCLE TOM’S CABIN in high school.

    Brenna, love Jodi Picoult!!!

    Danni, TIL WE HAVE FACES is one of my fave books and my fave C.S. Lewis fiction! I read it in high school when our teacher assigned us to do a book review from something we found in the school library. I already loved the myth of Cupid/Psyche, so the book was a natural fit for me. I actually gave the book away last year. 🙂

    Everyone, I love hearing about the books you were introduced to in school.

    In 4th grade, I had one teacher that read us the BUNNICULA series and another teacher that read us STUART LITTLE and THE TRUMPETER SWAN. Both became lifetime faves. In middle school, I discovered THE KILLER ANGELS and that historical fiction could be awesome. I shared a little about high school. In college, I was introduced to DON QUIXOTE, NECTAR IN A SIEVE, and in grad school, LIFE, THE MOVIE.

  14. My 10th grade english teacher had us read The Scarlett Letter. Now I dont often like classics and find them very boring, and dont ususally finish them (shhhhhh), but The Scarlett Letter was one I finished and loved! I would definitely name it as my favorite classic!

  15. I had two in mind and as I scrolled through the comments I noticed that people had already listed both of them, they must just be excellent books! The Giver by Lois Lowry & To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Love them both so much!

  16. During my junior and senior year in high school, my English teacher introduced me to The Great Gatsby and Wuthering Heights. Both of these are still considered my favorite. They are classics for a reason!
    -Carly W.

  17. The ones that stand out most in my mind are: Banner In The Sky by James Ramsey Ullman, Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes, The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, and Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

  18. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert and The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
    But I’m pissed at the Slovenian school sistem because we never did read anything by Jane Austen or Charlotte Brontë. It’s like they completely ignored all the big English/American authors. Blah!

    Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  19. Thanks for hosting this giveaway 🙂 I’ve really wanted to read Thirteen Reasons Why for a long time since my friend recommended it to me 🙂

    My 5th grade teacher introduced me to a book called ‘They Cam On Viking Ships’ by Jackie French, and I still love to read it from time to time, it’s an amazing book by an amzing author~

  20. One book (of many) that I was introduced to by a teacher and still love today is The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander.

    For some reason I had a lot of teachers in elementary school who were very good at reading aloud. Even when I didn’t like anything else about them, I appreciated that.

  21. I Love back to school shopping! My school days are over, but lo and behold, I can back to school shop for my daughter! Yippee!! WOOT, so fun 🙂
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  22. Spider-Man lunch box? How rad! I miss my primary years. Those were such fun. Not that I had comic book characters on my lunch box or anything. Thanks for giving away cool books!!

  23. i read the outsiders in seventh grade i loved it so much that i watched the movie four times in two days and once in class
    October sky in eighth grade another awesome book i did a charecter analysis paper on Quintin

  24. Oliver Twist and The alchemist are the two books that a teacher introduced me and I still like them!
    Thanks for the giveaway

  25. This actually wasn’t introduce by a teacher but it was in the list of aprove reads and I decided to pick it up: Pride & Prejudice I love that book very much and it was a required read for college.

  26. My english teacher in 9th grade had us read The Lord of the Flies by William Golding and I actually liked it which is a surprise because before that I wasn’t much of a reader at all.

  27. A middle school teacher asked us to read The Crime of Father Amaro by Eça de Queirós. Great book! I always reread it.
    Thanks a lot for the chance.

  28. That would be The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo I didn´t hear about this book before my English teacher told me 🙂
    Thank you so much for the chance to win♥

  29. Like looking through a keepsake album, just hearing all of these titles reminds me how blessed I was to have been given most of these classics to read, so I’ll add three more not previously mentioned: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, and The Metamorphasis by Franz Kafka, A Separate Peace by John Knowles. How wonderful it was to discuss such works, what made them thought provoking, and yes, why each was/is considered a classic.

  30. I’d have to say Pride and Prejudice,A Tale of Two Cities and Prince and the Pauper! Also my English teacher introduced me to Macbeth,my most favorite Shakespeare of all times!

  31. A teacher introduced me to Pride and Prejudice, The Canterbury Tales, and The Great Gatsby and they’ve been my favs!

  32. A teacher gave me Eddings’ Belgariad and Malloreon series. Torak’s eye boiling in its socket is an image that tends to stay in the mind … 🙂

  33. Considering I’m homeschooled, I don’t really have a ‘teacher’, per say. Just my Mom. 🙂 Still, I’d have to say she introduced me to the ‘Seven Sleepers’ and ‘Bonnets and Bugles’ series’ by Gilbert Morris. Love those. 🙂

  34. I didn’t want to read Ernest Hemingway at all, but when my AP English teacher made me read “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” I ended up loving it!

  35. I’m from Spain, so I had to read many Spanish classic books at School. I love read, but sometimes the classic ones are very hard when you are young, but in high School we had to read XX century authors too and I discovered Gabriel García Márquez with his “Crónica de una muerte anunciada”. I cried a lot with it, but loved it anyway 😀

  36. when I was in grade 6 and 7 (in my country it’s for 11.12-years old kids) we had amazing teacher who introduced us to some beautiful children’s books (although I haven’t read them very often since my childhood, I hope someday I’ll introduce these books to my own kids :)):

    The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis (Narnia Chronicles )
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
    Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
    Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
    and many others…

    In high school it was probabably J.R.R. Tolkien (I loved fantasy but for me these books were too thick) but on the advice my teacher I read LOTR and it is one of my favorite books (series)

    thanks for the giveaway

  37. I think the Judy Blume books I don’t know if I was recommended them by a teacher or the librarian but they are really great books for a girl growing up!! 🙂
    I put IandSsmom on the form but this is going to put Shannon J.

  38. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is the favorite book which I was introduced by a teacher in a secondary school.
    That’s such an amazing book

  39. Wow, thanks for all the comments! I feel sad that I wasn’t introduced to TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD in school. That would have made for fascinating class discussion, don’t you think?

  40. Gonna have to say 1984 by George Orwell. We read Animal Farm in year 8 and our teacher was going on about reading a bit from 1984, not necessarily related, I think he just wanted to introduce us to fantastic literature. Sadly, he never got around to it but it always stuck in my mind and is one of my favourite books. There are many though, I always got on with my English teachers!

  41. My english teacher introduced me to The Oxford Bookworms Library. It is collection of classic stories but they are shorter than normal books and they are divided by number of headworks. My fav was Mary, Queen of Scots because It was my first book readed in english language. When I read it for the first time I gave up on page 10 because I didn’t understand most of the words. When I read it for the second time I was so excited because I understood the whole story.

  42. The Boy in The Striped Pajamas is a great book that everyone should read and my college English professor had our class read this great book.

  43. There are two books that I will forever be grateful to my English teacher for introducing me to them and they are both written by the same author- Paulo Coelho- and the books are The Zahir and The Alchemist. Another book that was recommended to me by a teacher and which I recently acquired is Samir & Samira by Siba Shakib.

    Thanks for the great giveaway:)



  44. Thanks for the giveaway and for participating in this blog hop! The only book I can remember for “required” reading that I liked was “The Oxbow Incident”.


  45. Pride & Prejudice, Romeo & Juliet!=)
    I was 14 never heard of this books and this english teacher made us read 1 book each month and get back to her with our thoughts!
    she was a romance novels fan! can u tell?;)
    thanks to her now I am too!=)


    Congrats to Ricki @Reading Challenged!

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