BBAW wrap-up & giveaway winner!

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Well, I have to say — Book Blogger Appreciation Week was a roaring success! I discovered so many new book blogs, absolutely loved getting to know Tif and learning even more about the awesome Laurel Ann, and am very thankful for all the kind words folks shared with me. Thanks for making me feel so special!

In the coming year, I hope we’ll all continue to read awesome books, talk endlessly about them with each other and find even more ways to connect! I know I’ll be a reading fool until my eyes no longer work — and it would be physically impossible for me to stop writing. So you know where to find me!

And now — for the winner of Heather Gudenkauf’s The Weight Of Silence! Out of my awesome 48 entrants, Random.org has selected . . .

Jo-Jo!

I’ve dropped her an email to let her know the happy news! Thanks to everyone for entering — as always, I wish I had copies for everyone. Still, be sure to check out the book — definitely worth the read. And who knows . . . I might have another giveaway right up my sleeve!

Gift card quandry

On my birthday, I couldn’t have been more thrilled to get an e-mail from the lovely Kelly at The Novel Bookworm — I’d won the $25 Amazon gift card in her blogoversary giveaway!

if_i_stayI was ecstatic, of course — winning anything is always a huge mood booster. After I came down off that high, though, I was left with a serious dilemma… actually choosing what to get.

I know, I know — poor Meg. She has to decide how to spend someone else’s money. But let me tell you, it was a genuine quandry! I had a myriad of things in my cart before I finally settled on the two books I ultimately purchased: Gayle Forman’s If I Stay and Sophie Kinsella’s Twenties Girl. I was even polling my coworkers and family members to see what I should splurge on!

twenties_girlThere’s something about being given a gift card that makes me evaluate every little thing I’m buying with it, wondering if it’s the “right item” to purchase. I chose Twenties Girl since it’s new and a hardcover, and I don’t usually splurge on hardback books. Since I was lucky enough to win Kelly’s prize, I figured I should treat myself to something I wouldn’t typically buy straightaway!

And If I Stay? I’ve seen so many glowing reviews of this one, and I know it’s being made into a film. I love reading books in preparation for seeing the movies — even if the movies aren’t being released for a while! — and definitely want to see what all the fuss is about.  The story sounds gorgeous.

Thank you again, Kelly!