Today is July 25 which means there's only five months left to get your Christmas shopping done. You've got even less time to do your holiday shopping if you celebrate Hanukkah, since the first night of Hanukkah is December 21, 2008. Me? I don't usually start shopping until sometime early November. If I start shopping any earlier, I end up spending way too much money, because I just keep shopping until December 20 something.
I decided to do a little Christmas in July gift giving to some lucky readers on my blog. Today also happens to mark my one year anniversary of maintaining some degree of organization of my bookshelves, albeit virtual organization, on Shelfari. I have quite a few books on my shelves that have been generously given to me by a certain ARC fairy and as much as I'd love to read each and every book that she gives me, it's just not possible for me to get to them all. And I need to make room for the copious number of books I
need want NEED (dammit) to buy next week. Check out this list of must haves for me:
7.29.08 My Wicked Enemy :: Carolyn Jewel
7.29.08 Cry Wolf (Book 1, Anna and Charles) : Patricia Briggs
7.29.08 Dare To Love : Jaci Burton (ebook)
7.29.08 Accidental Demon Slayer : Angie Fox
7.29.08 Before I Wake: Nightmare Chronicles : Kathryn Smith
7.29.08 Shades of Dark : Linnea Sinclair
7.29.08 Nightwalker: The First Dark Days : Jocelyn Drake
7.29.08 Countdown :: Michelle Maddox SHOMI
7.29.08 Deep Trouble :: Alison Kent (Wal-Mart exclusive) <-- how cool is that?!
What did I miss?
And then ...
8.02.08 Breaking Dawn (Book 4, Twilight Saga) : Stephenie Meyer (YA)
Then a few short days later . . . .
8.05.08 Acheron : Sherrilyn Kenyon
8.05.08 First Blood (Anthology) : Sizemore, McCarthy, Green, Brook
8.05.08 When Twilight Burns (Book 4) : Colleen Gleason
8.05.08 Kiss of Fury (Book 2, Dragonfire) : Deborah Cooke
The point is that today is Christmas in July and I'm giving away books!!! I am giving away five gently used paperbacks from my Shelfari prize shelf that can be found here: My Prize Shelf. A few of the books are gently used ARCs that have all been released by now. I am also giving one lucky reader a brand new paperback of their choice of any mass market paperback (essentially $7.99 or less) or comparable priced ebook (like Jaci Burton's Dare to Love . . .) that will be released next week. It does not have to be a book that I listed above--reader's choice. All you have to do is leave a comment below telling me when you start and finish your holiday shopping. Feel free to also let me know what you're buying at the bookstore next week. I will randomly choose one winner to receive the new paperback, and five others to receive one of the gently used books from my Prize Shelf. I will close the contest on Thursday, July 31, 2008 at midnight EST. Please be sure to leave your name in the comments.