Back to the Books Giveaway Hop (Ended)

31 Aug

{Click here for a FULL LIST of all the participants!}

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 Responses to “Back to the Books Giveaway Hop (Ended)”

  1. Amanda Liford August 31, 2011 at 8:48 PM #

    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. sugarpeach August 31, 2011 at 10:14 PM #

    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. Carol Thompson September 1, 2011 at 3:16 AM #

    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. blackplume September 1, 2011 at 4:33 AM #

    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. Littlepinkstars44 September 1, 2011 at 6:38 AM #

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. Leeswammes September 1, 2011 at 7:11 AM #

    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. 🙂

  7. Frederikke September 1, 2011 at 7:49 AM #

    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!

  8. Aleksandra September 1, 2011 at 8:35 AM #

    Thank you!!!

  9. mermaidvision September 1, 2011 at 9:59 AM #

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

    Thanks for the contest!

    Angel C

  10. Jade September 1, 2011 at 10:26 AM #

    A few years ago we studied The Kite Runner in college, It’s still a book that hits me hard and I love!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. Brenna September 1, 2011 at 12:04 PM #

    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.

  12. Sonia September 1, 2011 at 12:55 PM #

    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!

  13. Dani @ Refracted Light Reviews September 1, 2011 at 2:05 PM #

    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! 🙂

  14. Cheyenne Teska September 1, 2011 at 3:07 PM #

    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.

  15. Jennifer E September 1, 2011 at 5:40 PM #

    Grade 8 science fiction assignment – I was told to read The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton. A huge fan ever since (and sorry to see him go).

  16. JP September 1, 2011 at 5:48 PM #

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

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. Amy September 1, 2011 at 6:04 PM #

    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.

  18. shirleytemple83 September 1, 2011 at 6:19 PM #

    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!

  19. Lisa September 1, 2011 at 9:18 PM #

    I love Marley & Me too! Though I think I cried the entire way through the last part of the book.

  20. Marci Clark September 1, 2011 at 9:18 PM #

    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!

  21. Carly Martello Waid September 1, 2011 at 9:22 PM #

    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.

  22. Erin September 1, 2011 at 9:53 PM #

    I love The Phantom Tollbooth!!!

  23. Amy September 1, 2011 at 10:34 PM #

    Keep ’em coming! I started THE GIVER, but didn’t have a chance to finish it. I always get distracted mid-read.

  24. Tiffany Drew September 1, 2011 at 11:02 PM #

    My second grade teacher introduced me to The BFG by Roald Dahl and to this day it remains my favorite children’s book. I have read it to my kdis several times 🙂

  25. Darlene September 1, 2011 at 11:10 PM #

    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

  26. Elizabeth September 1, 2011 at 11:13 PM #

    LOVE YOUR HEADER…I am a business/typing teacher…it is “music” for my eyes when I see typewriter keys. 🙂

    GREAT BLOG too.


  27. Llehn September 2, 2011 at 3:10 AM #

    Tess of D’Urbevilles by Thomas Hardy

  28. FairyWhispers September 2, 2011 at 4:30 AM #

    Magyk by Angie Sage,


  29. FreakChiq September 2, 2011 at 5:08 AM #

    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! 🙂

  30. LoonyLinh September 2, 2011 at 5:36 AM #

    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~

  31. Lucy September 2, 2011 at 9:10 AM #

    My teacher introduced me to Roald Dahl books which I still love.

  32. Alaiel Kreuz September 2, 2011 at 9:32 AM #

    Easy peasy: Dead Poets Society. I simple fell in love with this book and I usually read it 4 times each year, hahahaha.

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  33. jen7waters September 2, 2011 at 9:55 AM #

    Nice, Amy! Thanks for the chance to win one of these. 🙂

  34. ikkinlala September 2, 2011 at 12:02 PM #

    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.

  35. *Jam* September 2, 2011 at 12:16 PM #

    Thanks for the giveaway! =)

  36. Krystal September 2, 2011 at 12:38 PM #

    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!

  37. Kulsuma September 2, 2011 at 12:46 PM #

    Oliver Twist, Othello and A Streetcar Named Desire.

  38. Tasha September 2, 2011 at 1:12 PM #

    Thanks for the giveaway!!

  39. Jessica Bronder September 2, 2011 at 2:45 PM #

    Thank you for the giveaway!
    jbronderblogs at aol dot com

  40. Abby September 2, 2011 at 2:57 PM #

    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!!

  41. maddy d September 2, 2011 at 3:12 PM #

    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

  42. Lissette Martinez September 2, 2011 at 7:04 PM #

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

  43. Elle Strauss September 2, 2011 at 7:39 PM #

    I don’t know you but I can tell by this blog and how you’re running this contest that I already like you! so I did- on FB and Twitter.

  44. Coranne September 2, 2011 at 9:29 PM #

    I am going way back here- but “The Chocolate Touch”. I can even hear the inflections that my teacher used as she was reading it 🙂

  45. Jennifer (@Jen_FicMusings) September 2, 2011 at 10:45 PM #

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

  46. Kati R September 2, 2011 at 11:33 PM #

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  47. Alison September 2, 2011 at 11:52 PM #

    A teacher in middle school had our class read “The Outsiders” by S.E. Hinton. I absolutely adore that book.

  48. Angela September 3, 2011 at 12:20 AM #

    I still love Katherine by Anya Seton.

  49. Ana Lucía September 3, 2011 at 12:39 AM #

    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.

  50. Mary Preston September 3, 2011 at 1:51 AM #

    Fabulous giveaway thank you.


  51. Temara Sheppard September 3, 2011 at 3:09 AM #

    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.

  52. Emily L September 3, 2011 at 3:14 AM #

    Jane Eyre is my favoirte book that was introduced to me by my english teacher in high school.

  53. Michelle @ The True Book Addict September 3, 2011 at 3:22 AM #

    My high school English teacher recommended The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean Auel. Still one of my all time favorites!

    Thanks for the giveaway. 🙂

  54. Sherry S. September 3, 2011 at 5:46 AM #

    One book that a teacher suggested that I read was To Kill a Mockingbird. I read and loved it.

  55. Evie September 3, 2011 at 9:44 AM #

    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.

  56. Janhvi Jagtap September 3, 2011 at 10:32 AM #

    I read Pride and Prejudice and A Tale Of Two Cities in school.They are my favourite classics.

  57. Jeanne September 3, 2011 at 10:38 AM #

    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♥

  58. cupidsbow September 3, 2011 at 12:41 PM #

    When I left school, aged 18, my English teachers gave everyone in the class a book. I got Jane Eyre; I loved it then and I love it now!


  59. Amanda September 3, 2011 at 12:57 PM #

    Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte 🙂

  60. mamabunny13 September 3, 2011 at 2:33 PM #

    Of Mice And Men, Animal Farm, and Gentle Ben 🙂 (my 5th grade teacher recommend this last one)

  61. Lena Sledge's Blog September 3, 2011 at 3:01 PM #

    Thanks for the giveaway. My classic book from school is I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

  62. Janelle Ashton September 3, 2011 at 4:44 PM #

    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.

  63. bookaholic September 3, 2011 at 5:19 PM #

    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!

  64. Lisa Richards September 3, 2011 at 6:30 PM #

    I had a Humanities teacher who introduced me to the VC Andrews “Flowers in the Attic” series. This started me down the trail of horror.

  65. Giselleco September 3, 2011 at 7:02 PM #

    Thanks for the giveaway! I’d love to read Love Story. I’ve read 13 Reasons Why and it’s an amazing book!

  66. Chen Chang September 3, 2011 at 8:05 PM #

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

  67. Rad Hall September 4, 2011 at 1:16 AM #

    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 … 🙂

  68. Katharyn September 4, 2011 at 1:20 AM #

    Thank you so much for the giveaway! 😀

  69. Jessica September 4, 2011 at 2:38 AM #

    One of my middle school teachers introduced me to Gone with the Wind, which I read and very much enjoyed!

  70. Kim Cuasay September 4, 2011 at 3:12 AM #

    Many thanks! The Poems by Robert Frost we used to discussed way back then 😀

  71. krystallarson September 4, 2011 at 12:55 PM #

    I love this giveaway! Really wanted Jennifer Echols for the longest time!

  72. Karli September 4, 2011 at 4:57 PM #

    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. 🙂

  73. Antane September 4, 2011 at 5:36 PM #

    I was introduced to The Giver by Lois Lowry when I was young. I still read it at least once a year,

  74. wall-to-wall books-wendy September 4, 2011 at 6:03 PM #

    Wow, I can’t believe you are giving away a copy of – A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soilder by Ishmael Beah, this book has been on my wish list ever since it came out!!
    Thanks for the great giveaway.

  75. Alicia Ebaugh September 4, 2011 at 7:13 PM #

    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!

  76. Kasumi September 4, 2011 at 8:58 PM #

    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 😀

  77. Melissa Tosh (@melissa2146) September 4, 2011 at 9:52 PM #

    Love this giveaway. Its awesome

  78. quixoticweetzie September 5, 2011 at 12:52 AM #

    A few of my favourites that I had to read in school were The Outsiders, Narnia and The Giver


  79. Zoey September 5, 2011 at 4:58 AM #

    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

  80. Ruth Mayer Hill September 5, 2011 at 10:51 AM #

    In elementary school, my teacher used to read the Chronicles of Narnia, and I fell in love with the series!

  81. Shannon J. September 5, 2011 at 1:43 PM #

    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.

  82. Miss Page-Turner September 5, 2011 at 6:01 PM #

    My English teacher made me read War Between the classes, and I really liked it. It’s similar to The Wave:)

  83. Danah (@Peppermint1013) September 5, 2011 at 7:52 PM #

    I’d like to win Love Story or Thirteen Reasons Why. Thank you for the giveaway!


  84. Pabkins September 5, 2011 at 11:14 PM #

    This is the longest book blog hop I have ever been on! I hope you’ve acquired lots of new followers! ttfn

  85. Tran Nguyen September 6, 2011 at 2:57 AM #

    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

  86. Amy September 6, 2011 at 12:36 PM #

    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?

  87. Hannah September 6, 2011 at 3:27 PM #

    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!

  88. Bea September 6, 2011 at 4:03 PM #

    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.

  89. Spav September 6, 2011 at 6:16 PM #

    My history teacher made us read Crusade in Jeans by Thea Beckman. I still love that book.

  90. Velvet September 6, 2011 at 6:58 PM #

    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.

  91. SiNn September 6, 2011 at 7:29 PM #

    awesome giveawya ty for the chance

  92. Sarah Bibi Setar September 7, 2011 at 12:02 AM #

    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:)



  93. Jolene and Family September 7, 2011 at 3:23 PM #

    I really liked Lord Of The Flies and To Kill A Mocking Bird. It was required reading in class, but books that I really enjoyed

  94. Laura H. September 7, 2011 at 6:45 PM #

    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”.


  95. Laura Ann Dunks September 7, 2011 at 7:09 PM #

    To Kill A Mockingbird
    Watership Down


  96. Monikarw September 7, 2011 at 9:57 PM #

    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!=)

  97. Khyla September 7, 2011 at 11:42 PM #

    in 11th grade we read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and watched the movie and it was so good


  98. Amy September 8, 2011 at 12:59 AM #


    Congrats to Ricki @Reading Challenged!

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