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Friday, October 23, 2009

Have I told you lately...

***contest closed***

...how awesome you are? (a part of me really wanted to say 'that I love you', but I refrained. Damn song.)

Know why? Because

I think we should celebrate. Let's all go out to dinner. Sound good?
Or maybe we should just have a contest. Sound better?
I thought so. So here's what I'm thinking. I'm thinking that I would like to offer one lucky fantastic follower the choice of any book I've reviewed (winner's choice) or will review before the contest ends, lets say November 30th. That should give me time to get some more yummy reviews in, and I'll make sure to work in some good stuff that I know everyone wants to read. (I've been reading it all, just haven't had time to review.)

So here's how this will work. Next time I have a chance, I will start a post with links to all of my reviews. You, my lovelies, can go through and read them if you want, see if there's anything you might want to own your very own self. I will keep adding to the list and you can keep changing your mind until the 30th rolls around, and then I will pluck one of you from a hat and you can tell me which spanking new book you want. Easy peasy.

So if you are a follower, and if you would like to own something I've read and shared with you, let me know by commenting with your email address.

And if you would like to comment* on any of the reviews**, well then, I may just want to give you 5 extra entries each time.

And if you want to link this contest or tweet it or something, well then, maybe I want to give you another 5.

And if you blog this, then maybe that means 10.

And if, oh if, we get to 150 followers, then maybe I'll want to add a 2nd winner...

*only legitimate comments count, not "hey, blah, blah, great mehmehmeh." I want to know you have a brain and have read what my brain said to your
brain. And I want you to come back here and let me know that you commented and want it counted.

** And oh! Hey, I also hit 100 posts! I believe it was with my
Thirsty review , so I'm thinking there's an extra entry in there for people who comment on it...

Did I mention this was international?
Did I also mention that I am an English major, and that you should help me out and do a little of the math for me? (hinthint, nudgenudge)

[psst. My friend Elie just reached 100 followers, too. And I know you want to join the club (all the cool kids are doin' it. So you should hop over there and check her out. It just may make me want to give you another 5 for following her, too. I'm in that kind of mood.]


  1. Oh, and did I mention that the first 100 (yes, I know who you are) get 5 bonus just for being the early birds? Cause you do. So mention it just so I don't forget.

  2. I would like to be included.

    jennsicurella at verizon dot net

    and I was one of the first 100 (I think)

  3. Congratulations Misty! You more than deserve 100 followers! There's a reason you're on my blogroll! I'm getting kind of carried away with the exclamation points...so I'm off to go get extra entries and read your reviews. Yay! (Oops...there I go again...)

    Natalie @ Mindful Musings

  4. Hey, as long as you don't use as many exclamation points as the Oxy Clean guy, you're good.

  5. Misty, Misty, I just hit 100 today too. Woot, woot.

    congrats. I will be commenting on those that I missed.

    Elie (Ellz Readz)

  6. And yes, Jennifer, you are.

    Elie, we're truly awesome. You know that, right? I think I'm doing vamps this week, btw.

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  8. Hey, I'll link you at the bottom of mine, send people your way. Editing now.

  9. hmmm, I am thinking shifters but I don't know if I can find enough. I better go hunt.

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  11. I announced you 100 and your contest. Congrats again. Maybe I should play that number.

  12. Congrats. I'll enter. I'll add a link to this contest on my sidebar.

    My e-mail address is: Spicegirls53842@aol.com

  13. I'd love to play please!

    You've got some awesome books that I loved - Neil Gaiman, Shannon Hale, etc.

    Congrats on the 100!


  14. So brace yourself Misty. You're going to have a LOT of fun counting up all of my entries...hehehe.

    I'm a follower (duh) and I would LOVE to own something you've reviewed...though I haven't decided what it would be yet...

    +5 Comment on Moon Called/Blood Bound/Iron Kissed
    +5 Comment on American-Born Chinese
    +5 Comment on Wildwood Dancing
    +5 Comment on Pride & Prejudice & Zombies
    +5 Comment on The Graveyard Book
    +5 Comment on Thirsty
    +5 Sidebar link
    +10 Post HERE

    Natalie @ Mindful Musings

  15. Silly me. E-mail address. I always seem to forget it....well, here it is!


  16. Yay! Please enter me! This is my first time here but I love the look of it! And congrats on 100 followers-with such an awesome contest, though, more is inevitable.

    +5 I'm a follower.
    +5 I also follow Ellz Readz.
    +5 Linked to my sidebar at: shutupimreading.blogspot.com

    shutupjessicasreading at gmaildotcom

  17. Ellz sent me over, Misty. So I thought I'll have a little nosey around your blog. Hey, what if there is nothing in my head (not a big surprise there) and it's just all: "hey, blah, blah, great mehmehmeh"? Don't I get to join your contest?! :)

    I'm a brand spanking new follower.

    Re-posted your contest at http://contests-freebies.blogspot.com/2009/10/book-rat-100th-follwer-giveaway-or.html


  18. O, by the way.... Congrats Misty!!!!

  19. Hey, blah, blah, great mehmehmeh.

    Hum, sorry, I mean CONGRATULATIONS !

  20. Natalie, I'm just going to keep making it more difficult to decide, because I am going to review some GREAT books in the next month or so (such as the Hunger Games books, the Chaos Walking books, perhaps...)

    Jessica and Cherry: thanks for joining the fray. Glad to have ya!

    Charlotte: you get +5 bonus points for being the first to throw that back to me. I knew someone would, and I love a smart ass.
    Cherry, you get +3 for wondering if that's all you have in your head. :D

  21. Congratulations, Misty!

  22. Oh oh! I want to be included! I've enjoyed almost every book you have reviewed. So anything is peachy with me!

    And I was one of your first 100. Yay!

  23. I'm in!

    +1 entry, my email is whatbookisthat AT gmail DOT com

    +5 for commenting on The Graveyard Book

    +5 for commenting on Zombie Haiku (because hey, all we want to do is eat your brains...)

    +5 for commenting on Book of 1,000 Days

    +5 for tweeting the contest here: http://twitter.com/heynocupcake/status/5138092500


    +5 for following Ellz Readz

  24. Hopefully you are still within the first 100. I read your comments on Goodreads, but had not been to your blog before. I won't make that mistake again. I have really enjoyed the blog!


  25. Congrats on 100!!

    I am already a follower.
    Posted it here: http://donnasbloghome.blogspot.com/2009/10/contests-found-this-week_25.html
    Linked on sidebar here: http://donnasbloghome.blogspot.com/
    Follower and posted at Elle's site - so cool you both hit it about the same time.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  26. Congrats girl! And yeah it's international! woohoo.

    Iám a follower!!!!


  27. Great contest! Please include me.

    I posted this on my blog: http://bookshelfmonstrosity.blogspot.com/2009/10/weekly-monstrosity-giveaway-list-1022.html


  28. Great contest idea and congrats on the 100 followers! juliecookies@gmail.com

  29. A. Congrats! You deserve it deary. You rock.
    B. Cool idea.
    C. Please count me in: suitejuju(at)gmail(dot)com

  30. Congrats!!

    And a great contest!

    sosarora_11 AT hotmail DOT com

  31. Awesome give-away! And congrats on 100 followers!

    I'm interested in Luxe.
    foltzsfantasticbooks at gmail.com

    +5 tweeted http://twitter.com/justkeepreading/statuses/5221397946

    Commented on:
    The Graveyard Book
    Thirteenth Child

    Heading over to follow Elie :)

  32. Congratulations on your 100 followers. Cool blog you've got here. Any suggestions for a relatively new blogger as to how to get followers :)



  33. Jill: You don't have to decide now which book you want. So something may come along that blows The Luxe out of the water (not hard to do, IMO), and you may want that instead, and that's fine.

    Simcha: I myself am a relatively new blogger (3 1/2 months -ish, as I posted once in June and didn't touch it again for a month and a half -- tip one, don't do that!), but I think I've picked up some tricks.
    I would suggest getting involved in the community. Many bloggers do little memes (What are you reading Mondays, Teaser Tuesdays, etc) and they encourage people to come back and link their posts. Do this. It puts your blog out there more and someone is bound to click and take a look, even if just out of idle curiosity.
    I would also suggest having a contest of some sort, if you can afford to. It doesn't have to be anything grand, but people love a chance to win stuff, and they will help you promote it, which helps you promote your blog. I personally have discovered some of my fave blogs through their contests and people's sidebar links of them.
    Third: Shake things up. It's cool to take what you like from someone else's blog and be inspired by them, but make sure that your blog is *you*. Create your own meme, make sure your reviews give your slant, etc.

    Good luck! I'm heading over to check you out now, and I hope others do the same. :)

  34. Thanks for the tips. I've been focusing mostly on my website and have just recently started blogging more seriously. The contest idea is a good one. I've done one so far and will be making an effort to do more.

    Oh, and I added your contest to my contest post.


  35. Congrats on all the followers!

    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  36. Congrats on the follower, that is great.
    And thank you for the international giveaway, you don't see these often enough.


  37. Congrats on 100 followers!
    This is a great contest!
    I am a new follower.
    I tweeted this contest. @amandawk
    I am a new follower to Elle's blog.


  38. Woohoo! Congrats on your followers and 100th posts :) I'm a new one though. And I would love to win one of those books you reviewed. Not sure which one yet though :)

    I also blogged at http://bunnymoney9.blogspot.com/2009/11/brand-new.html


    bunnybx at gmail . com

  39. +5 old follower
    +5 comment on The Graveyard Book
    +5 I follow Ellie at Ellz Readz
    +5 comment on Thirsty review
    +5 comment in The Luxe


  40. I have joined as a Follower.

    Please enter me in the giveaway.

    I read your review on The Knife of Never Letting Go and it sounds like a very strange book.

    Many awards but I can't tell if I would like it or not so if I get lucky, that is what I will pick.



    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  41. I would have like dinner but this is okay too.

    +1 follower/comment


    +5 commenting on Knife review
    +1 comment on thirsty review
    +5 already an Eli follower

    +12 total

    Great contest. Saw it on the Goodreads giveaway group. Thanks!

  42. Oh, and I was part of the first 100. so


    +17 total!


  43. SFF chat (http://blog.42scifi-fantasy.com) linked to this contest and I'm so glad I clicked.

    I have enjoyed reading through your reviews and am newly subscribed, my small contribution to your reaching 150 readers.

    Following your review my favourite book was Thirteenth Child.

    And I'm looking forward to reading your opinion of Her Fearful Symmetry.

    I appreciate this being a rare international contest and look forward to tweeting about it.


  44. What a fun contest! Congrats on your 100th follower and post!

    I'm following your blog now, and would love to be entered.

    akreese (at) hotmail (dot) com

  45. Congratulations on your success! I'm a new follower of your blog.

    +5 Tweeted

    +10 Blogged

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  46. congrats on 100+! you're almost at 140 now!

    +1 follower
    +5 comment on Ash review
    +5 sidebar @ http://angeltyuan.blogspot.com
    +5 follow Ellz Readz

    total +16 =)


  47. Wooot!

    +1 follower
    +5 First 100 peoples
    +5 Following Ellz Readz

    I'll do more later.

    11 so far!

    dragonzgoil at gmail dot com

  48. Oh dear. Great contest, but I hope you are ready for this - Expect several comments, I've already found out I've exceeded:

    I am a follower!
    Email: joannestapley[at]googlemail[dot]com

    Links (How many are allowed? I'll include them all - but you can decide)
    +5 Tweeted
    +5 Myspace
    +5 Facebook

    Blog Posts (How many? Again, here's all):
    +10 Blog post on OUaB
    +10 Blog post on I&P

  49. Reviews commented on:
    +6 Thirsty
    +5 Moon Called
    +5 Blood Bound
    +5 Iron Kissed
    +5 Little Brother
    +5 Ella Minnow Pea
    +5 The Graveyard Book
    +5 Pride & Prejudice & Zombies
    +5 The Luxe
    +5 Book of 1,000 Days
    +5 Repossessed
    +5 Belle and the Beau
    +5 Savvy
    +5 Ash
    +5 Wildwood Dancing
    +5 Gil's All Fright Diner
    +5 Zombie Haiku
    +5 Madapple
    +5 Emma
    +5 The Knife of Never Letting Go
    +5 Three Incestuous Sisters
    +5 Witch Child
    +5 Anahita's Woven Riddle
    +5 Betwixt
    +5 Thirteenth Child
    +5 American Born Chinese

    +5 for following Ellz Reads

    +5 for being one of the first 100 to enter

    Total (all links, all blog posts) = 177

    Total (1 link, 1 blog post) = 157

    It's a Sunday, I didn't have much to do.

    Do you know about the Monthly GRaB contest some blogs hold? It's very similar to this contest. Thought you may be interested.

  50. Not playing around, huh Jo? Yeah, I know about monthly grab, and yes, you can count both posts/links. Every different place that people are going to see it counts.

  51. Wow...now that was an interesting post. First off, congrat's on the follower count! You owe yourself a moment for the "happy dance". Go ahead, no one's watching. =0)
    Second, love the blog name and header! Not much of a rat person, but definitely works for the blog. I can see you are taking this contest and post fairly hardcore (that means "seriously" here....not anything else your mind may wander to), so I will cut to the chase....

    I am a new follower!
    +5 - linking on blog sidebar under contests! (http://insatiablereaders.blogspot.com)



  52. Yay for 100 followers!!!!
    Oh, what a great feeling it is! :-) And now you're almost at 150!!!!
    +5 for being one of your first 100 (I'm pretty sure I was, since I was following you before this post)
    +5 in my sidebar under The Contest List
    +5 follow Ellz Readz

    Commenting on your review of Thirst.

    YAY again!!!!

  53. Congrats on getting 100 followers! And thanks for the giveaway! :)

    I'm now a follower.

    +5 linked this on my sidebar:

    austenfanblogs at gmail dot com

  54. Great blog. Congrats on the 100 followers (more like 150 now )
    +5 follow Ellz Readz


  55. Congratulations Misty! I just became new follower number 148. Love your blog and i subscribed via google reader. Thank you for having this giveaway. Your will soon be at 200!


  56. Congratulations! :)

    journey through books @ gmail dot com

  57. Congrats on 100!!! I would love to be entered! I'm already a follower

    :) Erica

  58. Wow, congratulations! I'd like your copy of The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness.

    +5 tweeted about this contest here:http://twitter.com/alessandra83/status/5740451091

    +10 posted about it here: http://alessandrasplace.blogspot.com/2009/11/winning-wednesday-11-nov-2009.html

    +1 commented on your Thirst review

    +5 also following Ellie's blog

    I think that makes 22 entries, but I'm not sure as math was never my forte, either. Plus, I have a head-splitting headache.


  59. It won't be *my* copy, Alessandra. It will be your very own, spanking new copy. And you don't have to decide now, either.

  60. Fantastic giveaway...

    now let me do my math LOL!

    +5 following your blog
    +5 tweeting about the giveaway at http://twitter.com/nishmvk
    +5 commented on your book review of "The Hunger Games"

    Thanks :)

  61. I entered earlier but since then I commented on The Luxe, The Hunger Games and The Graveyard Book. So I hope I can add +15 to my previous +12 and have a new total of +27.

    Thanks for the contest!

  62. I would love to read Thirsty.
    Left a link to this contest on my sidebar. (http://kumoripaws.blogspot.de)


  63. +1 I'm a follower
    I would love to read Book of A Thousand Days
    +5 linked in my sidebar http://blackteensread2.blogspot.com/
    +5 commented on american born chinese and book of a thousand days

  64. +5 I commented on Anahita's Woven Riddle.
    159 followers, so exciting!

  65. +1 (yes, another - might as well make them all count :) ) Review of Sea Glass

  66. I would like to read Ella Minnow Pea. Congrats on getting to 172 followers!!! bekki1820cb@gmail.com

  67. I'm a new follower

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  68. Please Count me in =)
    I am a new Follower
    I commented on the following reviews:
    Moon Called/Blood Bound/Iron Kissed.
    THe Hunger Games

    Congrats on now 175+ followers
    Thanks for the opportunity!

  69. I forgot my e-mail *Palm to head*

  70. Congrats!

  71. I follow and would like to enter

    +6 Commented review:
    +5 Commented review:
    +5 Commented review:
    +5 Commented review:
    +5 Tweeted:
    +10 Blogged:
    +5 Follow Elie

    Total: +41


  72. I love your header with the cute little rat. Just don't squish him :)

    New follower
    +5 Commented on Hunger Games and +5 Iron Kissed
    +5 ellzreadz follower
    +5 I posted this on the Contests & Giveaways section on my sidebar
    +5 first 100 comments


  73. I meant +5 for being in the first 100 FOLLOWERS, not comments, Abigail, but I suppose I wasn't very specific, so +5 it is. ^_^

  74. At the deadline, I'll go ahead and enter my few little points! I'm not sure if I'm one of the first hundred. I WAS, but I've been changing around Google identities, so I may have lost my place. That's okay though.

    +5 for following Ellz Readz

    That's it! Thanks!

    theintrovertedreader at gmail dot com

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