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I have a couple of tidbits to share with you right now. First, Liviania has nominated me for the Premio Dardos award! Apparently it means “prize darts” which is weird because the text of the award when I first got it was apparently in Portuguese (confirmed by Lenore) and what do darts have to do with anything? I think it’s a weird award, but I LOVE it. I think I might even love it as much as the gramatically incorrect award which I never received that seems to have died out (if you have no idea what I’m talking about, don’t worry about it). I rambled on about it and passed it on already here, but I wanted to thank Liviania and post her cool graphic here. I am honored to be nominated for the award. 

While we’re talking about Liviania and her great blog, In Bed With Books, I should mention what I forgot to before, when I was talking about contests. She’s running some great contests all month in celebration of her blogiversary, and you can check out the rules here, and the most recent contest here (and keep checking her blog for more). 

Thanks again, Liviania, for being awesome!

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Here are a couple of contests you might want to enter (just a couple for now, as this is an accidentally stumbled upon contest edition rather than a searching for contest to link to edition). First, 10 awesome ARCs from The Story Siren here, and then a signed copy of Beth Fantaskey’s Jessica’s Guide To Dating on the Dark Side (which I really, really want to read) from Reading Keeps You Sane here. I would say good luck, but….I want to win! Particularly the second one!

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There are lots of contests around the internet right now. If I’ve missed one, feel free to comment and tell me. This is what I’ve got right now, though. You could win:

And check out the comments for more!

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Both of these news items would have been more timely yesterday, but…life is insane. So here you go!

First, the Cybils winners were announced! You can check out the list here, but the ones I’m particularly happy about are, of course, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, by E. Lockhart, in my category, YA fiction, as well as Naomi Shihab Nye’s book Honeybee winning the award for poetry. 

Second, my piece on Heifer International is up at I Heart Daily! Check it out here

Another reminder to check me out on Helium, because of an article that might interest a lot of you–I get a lot of requests for help from beginning bloggers, so I wrote this article about starting a book blog. 

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So because we all like to win things, I’m sharing these contest links I’ve collected recently. For a little effort (sometimes no more than leaving a comment), you can get a chance to win:

Good luck!

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There are many contests around the internets right now. Here are some opportunities to win books:

Good luck!

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News Item #1: In case you hadn’t heard, the ALA Youth Media Awards were announced earlier this week. The one I was most excited about what Melina Marchetta’s Jellicoe Road winning the Printz Award! Definitely deserved. Check out the whole list of awards here. Possibly more thoughts on some to come at a later date, but don’t count on it.

News Item #2: Harmony is having many contests. Some are ending very soon! Check out her post with links to them all here. My favorite? The one for Alison Goodman’s Eon: Dragoneye Reborn. Wish me luck (and compete against me). 

Yeah, that’s it. Enjoy. 

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HarperTeen has made the entire content of The Luxe available free with the Browse Inside feature! Check it out here while it lasts. 

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Here’s a few links for today. 

First of all, Readergirlz is giving away sets of The President’s Daughter series by Ellen Emerson White in honor of the inauguration. I read the older three books years and years ago, and would love to win my own copies and see if they’re as awesome as I remember! Go here for details

Harmony at Harmony Book Reviews is giving away an ARC of Deadly Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolarz, which I’ve been wanting to read for ages! Check it out

And finally, Presidential poetry–by which I mean Elizabeth Alexander’s poem from the inauguration. Brooklyn Arden has posted a transcription of it. Lovely.

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I stumbled across a couple of great contests while catching up on my blog reading.

At bookshelves of doom, you could win an ARC of Melissa Marr’s Fragile Eternity. To enter, tell her about an awesome fairy book–and repeats don’t count, so hurry up and get your entries in! Details here

And Kelsey at Reading Keeps You Sane is holding a contest where you could win a t-shirt from Stacey Jay’s book, You Are So Undead To Me, or, if you live overseas, a $10 Amazon gift certificate. Details here

Also, just a reminder to enter Karen Mahoney’s contest here on Teen Book Review if you haven’t done so already; it ends tomorrow. 

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Presenting Lenore is having a great contest where you can win 5 Penguin ARCs (one of which I know for a fact is awesome and one of which I really want myself!) and at least three currently unknown other Penguin books. Check it out here.

And that’s all you’re getting from me today because I am currently in the middle of extensive, evil homework, and will be until sometime in the early hours of Tuesday morning. At which point I will go to IHOP and then to school on little to no sleep. Aren’t you jealous? (This is also why I am not currently responding to any sort of correspondance). 

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Blogging, as you can probably guess, is something I consider very awesome. I also love printed books/magazines/newspapers/etc. So you can guess how excited I was to find out about the supercool project that is The Printed Blog. Basically, they’ll take a selection of the most fantastic stuff from diverse blogs across the internet and print it in newspaper form. You can submit any of your favorite blogs/pictures/etc., and I encourage you to do so. Does that not sound awesome?!? Even more awesome, they currently have a great giveaway going on here. Check them out on Twitter and Facebook, too. 

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For a limited time, you can read Book One of John Flanagan’s The Ranger’s Apprentice series online free until February 15.

Here’s what the book is about: They have always scared him in the past—the Rangers, with their dark cloaks and shadowy ways. The villagers believe the Rangers practice magic that makes them invisible to ordinary people. And now 15-year-old Will, always small for his age, has been chosen as a Ranger’s apprentice. What he doesn’t yet realize is that the Rangers are the protectors of the kingdom. Highly trained in the skills of battle and surveillance, they fight the battles before the battles reach the people. And as Will is about to learn, there is a large battle brewing. The exiled Morgarath, Lord of the Mountains of Rain and Night, is gathering his forces for an attack on the kingdom. This time, he will not be denied. . . .

You can read the book right here:

Don’t you just love the whole idea of making books available for free, online? Hardcovers in particular are pretty expensive, so I think it’s quite awesome that Penguin is letting us read this book for free. Go enjoy it!

Like what you see? If you enjoyed that book, you can enter to win an ARC of book six in the series by commenting below! Tell me about the best book you’ve read recently, and I’ll pick two winners at random. This contest will close at 11:59 pm on February 15. 

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Megan at Po(sey) Sessions is having her first contest, in honor of her birthday (Happy Birthday!), and it’s one you should all check out. You can win books–whatever books you want! First prize is a $30 Amazon shopping spree, and two other winners will get $10 gift certificates to the bookseller of their choice.  All you have to do is email her, and post about it and comment for extra entries–easy! Go here for details.

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Today, I read no books and have no bookish thoughts to blog, so I’ll be providing you with some cool links. However, I also wanted to let you know that tomorrow will be awesome. I’ll be posting an interview with Sarah Mlynowski (and the schedule for the rest of her blog tour), which is especially exciting because the first book I reviewed on my blog was one of hers. I’ll also be posting a fun “Why YA”-type guest blog with writer Karen Mahoney, who is also giving away a couple of awesome prizes. Seriously, I’m jealous of whoever wins these. So make sure to come back tomorrow.

For the moment, though, the links:

Win a copy of Beautiful Americans from Harmony Book Reviews.

Win a signed copy of Tina Ferraro’s The ABC’s of Kissing Boys from Reading Keeps You Sane.

Check out Diana Peterfreund’s helpful post about writing a synopsis.

Win another signed copy of The ABC’s of Kissing Boys from Books, Boys Buzz and Tina herself.

….And that’s it for now. But check back tomorrow!

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