BBAW Day 3: Giveaway – The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

It is no secret that we love Neil Gaiman (heck, we even had a full on “Neil Gaiman Appreciation Week” last year).  When The Graveyard Book was first released last year (in Hardcover) , we bought it as soon as we could and totally loved it. Since then, the book, which tells the tale of a boy named Nobody Owens who is adopted and raised by the occupants of a graveyard, has won several major Awards like the 2009 Hugo, the Newbery Medal, and a Locus Award as well as making it into Ana and Thea’s Most Excellent Books of 2008 list (which we all know is the most prestigious award of them all.)

More About the Book:

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy.

He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead.

There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy-an ancient Indigo Man beneath the hill, a gateway to a desert leading to an abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible menace of the Sleer.

But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod’s family. . .

Book Trailler narrated by Neil Gaiman:

Giveaway Details:

In celebration of the Book Blogger Appreciation Week and the paperback release of the book in October, we are giving away two paperback copies. All you have to do to enter is to leave a comment here answering the question:

“Is there a specific book or author that you find yourself recommending over and over?”

Contest is open to all and runs untill Saturday 19th, 11:59 PM Pacific Time. We will announce the two winners in our Sunday stash. Good luck to all!

  • M
    September 16, 2009 at 4:59 am


    Lynn Viehl’s If Angels Burn. I have a massive soft spot for 2 books later in the series, but IAB is the beginning, yanno?

  • Lynsey Rogers
    September 16, 2009 at 5:03 am

    I recommend that everbody should read The Blood Opera Sequence by Tanith Lee, they are such beautifully written mysterious books that always leave you wanting more. Read them now!!!

  • Nise'
    September 16, 2009 at 5:08 am

    The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. I am listening to the series in anticipation of the release of An Echo In The Bone.

  • kate boardman
    September 16, 2009 at 5:09 am

    I love Patricia Cornwells “Scarpetta” books. Been recommending them ever since I picked up a copy of Post Mortem many years ago at a book sale.

  • Amanda Makepeace
    September 16, 2009 at 5:19 am

    I go through phases, depending on what I’ve read recently. Right now it would be Kelley Armstrong’s books, Bitten, Stolen, Broken. I’m looking forward to the new one, Frostbitten, coming out soon. 😀

  • Siewli Kok-Wiles
    September 16, 2009 at 5:21 am

    Robin McKinley’s Sunshine. I have read this a few times and recommended it even more. There’s something very irrestible and personal about the relationship between Sunshine and her vampire.

  • Colleen McKie
    September 16, 2009 at 5:21 am

    Whenever talking books, I always find myself recommending Canadian author Kelley Armstrong. Her Women of the Other World series is hands down the best urban fantasy series I have read.

  • Sophie
    September 16, 2009 at 5:23 am

    The author I find myself recommending over and over again is Milan Kundera. His authorial technique is so engrossing and as you read more of his books you feel like you really get to know him – a positive thing, I think!

    What I love most of all is how each of his novels discusses a theme and you can choose which novel to read depending on your mood. I’m currently reading Slowness as I’m finding the speedy non-stop aspect of modern life a little overwhelming at the moment.

    It’s very comforting.

    Please pick me, I love Neil Gaiman! He’s a brilliant story teller. They way he constructs a scene has inspired me a lot in my own writing. I’d love to read this story, it sounds fantastic. :mrgreen:

  • rosie100
    September 16, 2009 at 5:24 am

    If You Dare by Kresley Cole
    it was the historical aspect that got me hooked I just feel I’m trapped in the wrong century sometimes

  • Angela T.
    September 16, 2009 at 5:26 am

    Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan series are my most recommended books. They are some great science fiction reads.

  • Ashley
    September 16, 2009 at 5:29 am

    Gaiman is definitely one that I’m always recommending to people. Another I’m always telling people to read is the Hyperion series by Dan Simmons – fantastic stuff!

  • Book Chick City
    September 16, 2009 at 5:43 am

    Funnily enough, the book I seem to find myself recommending over and over is in fact a non-fiction book. It doesn’t mean that it’s my most favourite book of all time, but it certainly affected me when I read it. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. A fascinating and profound look into the minds of two brothers who killed an entire family in cold blood (hence the title). Truman capote interviewed the murderers while they were on death row. It’s a brilliant book. 🙂

  • Shinigamioni
    September 16, 2009 at 5:46 am

    The author I most often recommend to first time readers of romance stories are books done by Nora Roberts.

    The reason why I recommend her is because she is able to touch the readers feelings, which is hard to do. Another reason is also because she has the amazing talent of making her characters seem like real people. Reading any of one of her stories, the reader feels as if she is part of the characters family.

    The final reason why I recommend her is because no matter how many times you read any of her books again and again. You still want to read it again and the feelings you have experience the first time you read it is still there.

    Sorry for this long comment. But I wanted to share my thoughts. Hope you have a good day.

    Lots of love,

  • Amanda
    September 16, 2009 at 5:46 am

    The author I end up recommending time and time again is Scott Westerfeld. He’s just amazing.

    Thank you for the contest! My address is amandagignac[at]gmail[dot]com

  • elaing8
    September 16, 2009 at 5:47 am

    I always recommend Kelley Armstrong books.Her Women of the Otherworld series and her YA books. plus she has stories online.

  • Susan
    September 16, 2009 at 5:53 am

    “The Time Traveler’s Wife” by Audrey Niffenegger, and for those YA fans, The “Death By” series by Linda Gerber.

  • Rose Red
    September 16, 2009 at 5:55 am

    I suppose I find myself recommending Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series or the Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series. I think it depends on whether the person wants something quirky and light or something deep.

  • Beth
    September 16, 2009 at 6:00 am

    Please enter me. Thanks for the giveaway. I keep recommending The Southern Vampire Series by Charlaine Harris.

  • Mandy McClanahan
    September 16, 2009 at 6:02 am

    I will always recommend Juliet Marillier’s Daughter of the Forest and the following two books. They are amazing. She takes fairy tales and fleshes them out with Celtic and Irish mythology. Plus, she is a great story teller.

  • Helen Simpson
    September 16, 2009 at 6:11 am

    Lyrical, haunting and slightly on the edge of the absurd, everyone should add Richard Brautigan to their list if they have not already partaken of his delicious writing. His world is peppered with thoughts that lay between reality and fiction, never straying fro long, taking a brief sojourn in both.

    If you want something a bit different to add to your book diet, an exotic fruit perhaps, then start with the Hawkline Monster.

  • Sabrina
    September 16, 2009 at 6:11 am

    I have a few but the main one is Victoria Dahl. Second would be Karen Marie Moning. Both fantastic writers in their genres.

  • Carey
    September 16, 2009 at 6:16 am

    There definitely is! I recommend Sharon Kay Penman and Diana Gabaldon all the time, just for two.

    Please enter me!

    thetometraveller *at* yahoo (dot) com

  • Lisa Ashby
    September 16, 2009 at 6:19 am

    This is a hard one because I read so many books and have so many favorite authors. Seriously, I can’t pick just one. I love them all!

  • Pam R.
    September 16, 2009 at 6:23 am

    Lately I’ve been recommending The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill to so many people! It was fabulously written and inspiring yet educational as well.

  • Emily
    September 16, 2009 at 6:25 am

    No, I’m alway recommending something new!

  • austenfan
    September 16, 2009 at 6:32 am

    Okay, I’m going with contemporary romance and I’d say Julie James! Her books are so fun!

  • Valerie N
    September 16, 2009 at 6:44 am

    I recommend Markus Zusak fairly often. Or Cassandra Clare.

  • Clara
    September 16, 2009 at 6:46 am

    I recommend a lot of books, but one I really loved and am I always talkin about i´s Gemma Doyle Trilogy by Libba Bray
    It´s really beautiful!

  • Katee R
    September 16, 2009 at 6:47 am

    There’s actually two. Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series. It’s, hands down, one of the best UF novels featuring the fae out there.

    And Juliet Marillier’s Sevenwaters books. They catch and hold me like none others and I love how she brings her world to life in such a beautiful way.

  • Sandra
    September 16, 2009 at 6:49 am

    Kim Harrison, love the Hollows series. Juliet Mariller also. Love the mythology behind her series. Also have fallen in love with Jacqueline Carey’s stories of Terre D’Ange.

  • RKCharron
    September 16, 2009 at 6:52 am

    Hi 🙂
    Thanks for the great giveaway.
    I find myself recommending Seanan McGuire’s new series about October Daye all the time. Her first book, ROSEMARY AND RUE is amazing.
    All the best,

  • Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit)
    September 16, 2009 at 6:53 am

    I would love to be entered into this giveaway. I have yet to read a Gaiman book. This would be the perfect chance.

    An author I always recommend is Anita Shreve or Christopher Moore.

    Thanks for the opportunity.

    savvyverseandwit AT gmail DOT com

  • stacy
    September 16, 2009 at 7:00 am

    I find myself recommending Richelle Mead. I love her YA books as well as adult fiction.

  • Robyn B
    September 16, 2009 at 7:04 am

    I find myself recommending the following 3 books:
    After you’d gone by Maggie O’Farrell
    The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
    The Bronze Horseman-Paullina Simons (I love, love this book) 😀

  • Carolyn Crane (CJ)
    September 16, 2009 at 7:22 am

    I’m throwing my hat in! I really want this book…thanks to GUESS WHO?

    I think I just need to buy it, but what the heck maybe I’ll win it now. Oh, hey, also CONGRATS on the big BBAW win, you two!

    Okay, well, I recommend Lord Of Scoundrels by Kleypas way too much. As well as Kelley Armstrong’s BITTEN. A total fave.

  • HeyBeth
    September 16, 2009 at 7:25 am

    If there is a book or series to recommend I always find myself recommending Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series. I love Mercy! She is my ideal tough chick.

  • Paul Carroll
    September 16, 2009 at 7:31 am

    I work in a bookshop… I do this a lot.

    Let’s see now. For young girls, I often recommend the Tiara Club books, or the Rainbow Fairies (I think that’s what they’re called). For boys of the same age it’s Horrid Henry or Disgusting Dave, or if they’ve read those, Beast Quest. There’s a few others in that area too.

    For older kids, I recommend Garth Nix, a lot! Him and Anthony Horowitz are amazingly popular, and go down splendidly.

    For teens, I usually recommend Darren Shan and Michael Scott, and most recently Michael Grant. Those are also all mainly for boys. The girls in the shop at that age are either reading books from the Brontes or they’re Twilighters. Either way, they don’t need recommendations.

    Adult books I recommend… A lot of fantasy. Usually Gemmell and Erikson are taken well, or Pride and Predjudice and Zombies, for the funny factor. Also, the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series, um trilogy. People like them when I recommend them. Also, in the non-fantasy, mainstream sort of stuff, I recommend Roddy Doyle and Patricia Scanlan (my mum reads the latter and loves them all).

    Phew! I think I’m done now…

  • azteclady
    September 16, 2009 at 7:32 am

    I recommend LaVyrle Spencer’s Morning Glory all the time. Also, specific Nora Roberts, Linda Howards and Suzanne Brockmann books, but my first thought is always Morning Glory

  • JenP
    September 16, 2009 at 7:35 am

    I always recommend Cecelia Ahern and Rick Riordan’s books.

  • MaryK
    September 16, 2009 at 7:53 am

    I’ve been wanting to read this since you reviewed it!

    Sadly, I don’t really have anyone to recommend books to. The only person I know who reads is my sister who has different tastes. I have recommended Kinsale’s The Shadow and the Star, and I’ve tried to convince several people of the awesomeness of Howl’s Moving Castle.

  • Nancy McPoland
    September 16, 2009 at 7:55 am

    I recommend Gaiman all the time, as well as an
    ever-changing host of others. In particular I find
    myself recommending Pamela Dean (especially Tam Lin, J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts),
    and the Sorcery and Cecelia books. My all-time favorite recommend and favorite book is Islandia(Austin Tappan Wright.)

  • Mollie
    September 16, 2009 at 8:09 am

    Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series and Diana Gabaldon!

  • coldbluelight
    September 16, 2009 at 8:14 am

    Ilona Andrews and Patricia Briggs. I pimp their books like crazy, to anyone who will listen.

  • logankstewart
    September 16, 2009 at 8:24 am

    I find myself recommending Pat Rothfuss or Brandon Sanderson all the time. Both are amazing. But, I love Neil Gaiman, too.

  • Rachel Bateman
    September 16, 2009 at 8:26 am

    I have two books that I have been recommending like mad these days:

    The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
    The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

    I have not read The Graveyard Book yet, but it sounds fabulous!

  • Heather
    September 16, 2009 at 8:36 am

    Yes, I have a few. Neil Gaiman is actually my number 1 most recommended author, I love every book or story I have read by him. My all time favorite book is his and I always recommend it:American Gods.I could go on for days about it.Then there is Mary Doria Russell’s “The Sparrow” & “Children of God” which is the sequel. Jane Haddam’s Gregor Demarkian Series are all fantastic so I recommend them quite often. Last but certainly not least is a new author named Seanan McGuire who’s first novel “Rosemary & Rue” grabbed hold of me and won’t let go so I am pushing everyone to get a copy and experience it for themselves. Sorry, couldn’t pick just one. It would have been like pick just one child to take to Disney.
    Thanks for this contest! 🙂 Cheers, Heather a.k.a. BookobsessedGrl

  • Adrienne
    September 16, 2009 at 8:37 am

    So hard to choose, I have about 10 I recommend all the time. Jane Austen, always. Terry Brooks I recommend a ton, especially people that love Lord of the Rings. Patricia Briggs, I have two copies of all her books, one to hand out and one to re-read. Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child for their Agent Pendergras series (Relic, Cabinet); those are amazing books. Libby Bray series is a great books I have recommended. The Sweeps series, I could go on 😉

  • RachaelfromNJ
    September 16, 2009 at 8:41 am

    I remember when this book came out in hardcover and I wanted to read it so bad but it was too expensive. Glad to hear it’s in paperback now!

    I used to recommend Janet Evanovich and Harlan Coben alot when I read mostly just mysteries. Now that I’ve branched out into more genres I recommend Cynthia Eden alot! And Jackie Kessler. And now debut author Kelly Meding. I read an early copy of her book Three Days to Dead and it was absolutely fabulous. She’s gonna be a big hit!

  • Katie Hanson
    September 16, 2009 at 8:42 am

    I always recommend Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief. It’s a haunting, gorgeous book that makes me cry and love it more each time I re-read it!

  • Juliana Dias
    September 16, 2009 at 8:47 am

    To my teen frieds, I keep recommending the Vampire Academy series, by Richelle Mead. They are fans of Stephenie Meyer and like vampires, so why not read this one?, I tell them!
    To the people who are looking for books who do not involve teens or supernatural creatures, I generally recommend Wuthering Heights, simply because it’s the most awesome book I’ve read, hands down!

    Please enter me!
    juiceb0xx at hotmail dot com

  • marly
    September 16, 2009 at 8:50 am

    i always recommend ‘the little prince’ ‘i am the messenger’ and ‘good omens’.

  • Krysti Wetherill
    September 16, 2009 at 8:57 am

    Neil Gaiman is always on the tip of my tongue when it comes to recommendations, but I also like to tell folks about Heinlein. Most people, especially girls for some reason, think Heinlein is too hard or geeky to read. NO WAY! It’s awesome! Once you get into the writing, you have over 30 books to read!

    Terry Pratchett is also one of the best writers around. I love when reading can make you laugh out loud! That’s talent!

  • Josette
    September 16, 2009 at 9:02 am

    Hi, I keep recommending the Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray! 🙂 I think they’re great. And if anybody is up for a humorous book, then it’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon.


    Thank you.

  • Marie
    September 16, 2009 at 9:28 am

    I have been recommending Katherine Center’s Everybody is Beautiful a lot this summer since I read it.

  • Wanda
    September 16, 2009 at 9:33 am

    One of my favourite authors is Nicholas Sparks. I recommend him to everybody! wandanamgreb(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Mel
    September 16, 2009 at 9:35 am

    The Thursday Next books by Jasper Fforde – such a great mixture of literature, time travel, book travel, parrallel worlds and comic charatcers – there’s something for everyone!

  • melissa @ 1lbr
    September 16, 2009 at 9:44 am

    I tend to recommend over and over Shannon Hale’s books – particularly Goose Girl, which I loved!


  • Sue
    September 16, 2009 at 9:50 am

    Yes!! The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    smickelson1993 at yahoo dot com

  • Britt, Book Habitue
    September 16, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Deanna Raybourn, Tasha Alexander and Lisa Shearin. (I am a broken record…) 😀

  • TJ
    September 16, 2009 at 10:04 am

    I’m constantly trying to get people to read Hugo’s Les Misérables, but then they usually look at how thick it is and say, “Um, maybe some other time.” 🙁

    spiffyish at hotmail dot com

  • Harry Markov
    September 16, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Simple, Kaaron Warren “Slights”

    Chris Evans and his Iron Elves series


    “Seaborn” by Chris Howard

  • Christine
    September 16, 2009 at 10:30 am

    For young adult readers and readers of all ages:
    1. Recent works by Kate DiCamillo, especially The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. What an amazing read.
    2. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.
    3. Anything by Lois Lowry.
    4. Sarah Dessen for teen girls.
    5. Hunger Games books by Suzanne Collins

    For adults:
    Patricia Briggs, Lisa Kleypas, Megan Hart.

  • Kimberly B.
    September 16, 2009 at 10:35 am

    Since high school, I have been recommending Elizabeth Peters and Barbara Michaels (same person, different pseudonyms) to people who love mysteries, ghost stories, or romantic suspense. But lately I’ve been spreading the word about some of my favorite urban fantasy authors–Jeri Smith-Ready, Ann Aguirre, and Kim Harrison. Thanks!

  • Kearsten
    September 16, 2009 at 10:36 am

    Tomorrow, When the War Began, by Marsden. I’m a teen librarian, and when I have reluctant readers ask for something exciting, all I have to ask is, “What if you went camping with friends, and when you came back your entire town had been put into concentration camps by an invading army – would you surrender, hide, or fight back? These teens fought back…” 🙂

  • Erika
    September 16, 2009 at 10:41 am

    I am entering the contest!!

    Yes, I find myself recommending China Miéville’s Perdido Street Station a lot. It was so good, one of my favorites and I can’t believe a lot of people still don’t know about him or that book!

  • Lori L
    September 16, 2009 at 11:11 am

    I have been recommending Mary Doria Russell’s The Sparrow and Children of God for years.

  • Michelle M
    September 16, 2009 at 11:55 am

    I find myself constantly recommending anything by Robin McKinley – especially Sunshine, the Kate Daniels series and I just can’t get enough of Ellen Emerson White of late.

    But Neil always comes in my top ten, so don’t worry!!

  • Kawthar
    September 16, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Probably currently Ive been recommending Hunger Games and Catching Fire over and over lol.

    It changes with each new book I read.. 🙂

  • Lauren B.
    September 16, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    Recently I’ve been touting “Graceling” by Kristin Cashore and “Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins. Both have very strong female protagonists who are admirable in so many ways.

  • sheere
    September 16, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Yess! Lately Suzanne Collins! and laura gallego!

  • Tiffany M.
    September 16, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    For urban fantasy lovers, Patricia Briggs is recommended. Requiem for the Devil is more on the romance of it, but it’s amazing.
    For magical, happy reads, Garden Spells or Sugar Queen by SAA. Then, there is The Book Thief–a must read, right next to To Kill A Mocking Bird.

    Always looking for more!

  • Miss Marjie
    September 16, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.

  • Orchid
    September 16, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    OMZ! I loved The Graveyard Book.
    I tend to find myself recommending Agatha Christie’s books, especially Death on the Nile (which just so happens to be my favorite book by her). 🙂

    hauntingorchid (at) aol (dot) com

  • Katrina
    September 16, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    S.M. Stirling — he’s slightly problematic at times, but I love his world-building with an unholy passion, and he’s one of the few writers out there who writes really good action scenes. Love his battles! And his world-building!

  • Kimi
    September 16, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    Diana Wynn Jones

  • Belle
    September 16, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    All of my childhood favorites: LM Montgomery, Wrinkle in Time trilogy, Edward Eager’s magic books!

  • Ruth Ness
    September 16, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    The Shwa Was Here by Neil Shusterman

  • Sally F
    September 16, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    I love Neil Gaiman’s work and am pleased so many readers know about him. When recommending, I champion Jonathan Carroll, whose books seem to baffle US booksellers who don’t know where to shelve his romantic/weird/worldly/funny/metaphysical novels.

  • Teresa W.
    September 16, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    I always tell people to read Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter series!

  • slvail
    September 16, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Don’t get me started! But Haruki Murakami never fails to knock me out.

  • Celia
    September 16, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    OF COURSE. I will put Neil Gaiman or Robin McKinley in the hands of anyone. Seriously, anyone. I’ve been known to spend money I don’t have to buy their books for the uninitiated. Especially Neverwhere and The Blue Sword, which are two of my favorite books EVER. Thought Sunshine is perfect for people caught up in this vampire craze going around…


  • Jamie
    September 16, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Gena Showalter or J.R Ward I love them both!!

  • Jamie
    September 16, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Opps I forgot my email


  • etirv
    September 16, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    There are several, hard to limit to only one…. Sherry Thomas and Elizabeth Hoyt never disappoint!

  • Eric
    September 16, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    I’ve given away so many copies of Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle to friends and acquaintances that I found to my dismay the other day that I hadn’t a copy left for myself.

  • Kelsey
    September 16, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Great contest!

    I really love Sarah Dessen’s books(:

  • Sandro
    September 16, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    I love Neil Gaiman and his books. In particular I’d say that Neverwhere and American Gods are two great fantasy masterpieces.


  • NTE
    September 16, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Lately, I’ve been on a Sarah Dessen kick.

  • Collette
    September 16, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Lately, I’ve been pushing Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. Amazing, amazing book. Who knows what I’ll be recommending next month!

  • Huizhong
    September 16, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Usually I’d recommend Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett because it is quirky and fun.
    As for anyone that’s not Gaiman[aka Lord of all that is wonderful in novels], I like to recommend Messiah by Gore Vidal. It’s creepy and disturbing, and it’s written really well.

  • Popin
    September 16, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Please enter me as well, I’m one of the 8 people who hasn’t read a Neil Gaiman book (I have seen the movie Stardust though) and would love to read this.

    I think the book I constantly recommended would be Worst Nightmares by Shane Briant. It was simply fantastic.

    ~ Popin

  • Raina
    September 16, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    With the girls I work with, I recomend anything Robin Mckinley. I love to see girls read books with strong female characters.

  • Sandra Wickham
    September 16, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Currently I am recommending Diana Rowland’s book Mark of the Demon. Not only is it original, well written and getting terrific reviews, she is also taking the time to help me with my writing. Go check it out! 😉

  • Vik Fox
    September 16, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    I find myself recommending Robert Jordan over and over. Especially with the next of his Wheel of Time series coming out (completed by Brandon Sanderson, of course). I can think of no one else that I repeatedly mention. 😀

  • neth
    September 16, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    yes there is (but you failed to ask who)

  • Eshani
    September 16, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Nalini Singh because I adore everything she’s written, and Lisa Kleypas because it’s hard not to fall in love with her characters.

  • Adam
    September 16, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    The “discworld” series by Terry Pratchett. I’m constantly astounded by the number of people who’ve never read any of the series.

    Adam 😀

  • pamelia
    September 16, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    I always recommend Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey.

  • renee
    September 16, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    I recommend Nora Roberts, i have read all her books, and Meg Cabot
    reneetaylor at sympatico dot ca

  • Kelley
    September 16, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard–a good romance for beginners to the genre

  • Julie H.
    September 16, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity! I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but sure want to!
    I have spent the last year telling many, many people to read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. It was one of my top ten from last year.

  • Raelena
    September 16, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    I recommend Richelle Mead a lot
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  • Lindsay Tallman
    September 16, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    I always find i am recommending the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. It is such a wonderful book anyone would enjoy. It had all the things that make a great book. She is my favorite author, and she hooks you in the first chapter. Every aspect of her books great plus they are really long so they always last me a few days! 😀

  • Falling Off The Shelf
    September 16, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    I find myself recommending Nicholas Sparks over and over again. I have not been dissappointed with any of his novels (I’ve read 3 so far). I’ve loved each and every one of them, and they have really hit me at a emotional level.

    Thanks for the contest.

    I’ve only ever read one book by Neil Gaiman, and that was Neverwhere, and I thought it was a very interesting read. Since then I’ve been collecting all of his novels, and I have yet to get this one.

  • mindy
    September 16, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    ann rule i love true crime thanks

  • Mary Dole
    September 16, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    I recommend a lot of what I read, but most recently, I’ve been recommending books by Eva Ibbotson. I love all of the books written by her that I’ve read. Sometimes what I want to read is just a cute love story and that is exactly what Ibbotson gives me. What else can you ask for?

  • nylusmilk
    September 16, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    i always recommend my favourite author, roald dahl. i find his works easily appealing to all sorts of readers. i have yet to hear anyone disliking a roald dahl book, honestly!

  • Marial
    September 16, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    I recommend Leslie Parrish to my friends.

  • Niveau
    September 16, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    To Have and to Hold by Patricia Gaffney. I meant to read it forever, and once I finally did, I couldn’t stop talking about it. I still can’t. Also, I agree with everyone who mentioned Kelley Armstrong. I recommend her anytime someone mentions they like urban fantasy or paranormals. And Eva Ibbotson’s YA novels, those too.

  • Sharon K
    September 16, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    The book I recommend the most is ‘Ingathering’ by
    Zenna Henderson. I’ve read it about 5 times already.

  • Emily W
    September 16, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    I always find myself recommending Sarah Addison Allen’s books, Garden Spells and The Sugar Queen.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  • heidenkind
    September 16, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Not really.

    Haha, just kidding–Meredith Duran’s Bound By Your Touch I’ve been recommending left and right lately.

  • Courtney
    September 16, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Lately I have been recommending the Vampire Academy series, alot.

  • Rhiannon Hart
    September 16, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    I’m recommending the Chaos Walking books to everyone these days!

  • Karalynn Lee
    September 16, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Roger Zelazny’s Amber Chronicles (just the first five, usually). They’re wonderfully zany and approachable — full of great language, action, and non-standard magic.

  • ShootingStarsMag
    September 16, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    One book I always recommend is The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. It has an amazing insight into life for people that are teens and older. It just has some great quotes and some all-time favorites of mine. I love reading it over and over and always find something new to learn or relate too. I love it. Recommended for sure.


  • Stephanie
    September 16, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    That author would have to be Neil Gaiman!! Although I’ve read this book, I would love to have my own copy. 😀

  • Catherine
    September 16, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    For me the author I recommend over and over again would be Tamora Pierce. A wonderful YA author with great role models for girls.

  • Debbie
    September 16, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    I recommend The Hunger Games and Vampire Academy over and over.

  • Llehn
    September 16, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    Hunger Games!!

  • NatalieT
    September 16, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    Patricia Briggs. Love, love, love her.
    (and Jane Austen too)

  • Nadia Lee
    September 17, 2009 at 2:53 am

    Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel series.

    I also recommend Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden series. 🙂

  • Stacie
    September 17, 2009 at 4:06 am

    I am always recommending people try Jodi Picoult’s books. They are excellent.

  • Nikola
    September 17, 2009 at 5:21 am

    “Is there a specific book or author that you find yourself recommending over and over?”

    Definitely! I keep recommending Michael Cunningham, my favorite writer. I am especially fond of his novels Specimen Days and The Hours!

  • jennygirl
    September 17, 2009 at 6:11 am

    I have read two of Gaiman’s books and enjoyed them both.

    I recommend Tasha Alexander quite often. Her Victorian mystery series with Lady Emily Ashton is excellent.

    Thanks for the contest gals!

  • Deedles
    September 17, 2009 at 6:26 am

    I have been reading a lot of Nora Roberts and recommend her books to friends often.

  • Karen Haney
    September 17, 2009 at 8:44 am

    James Patterson…loyally from book 1 to now…thanks for the chance!

  • Memory
    September 17, 2009 at 9:28 am

    Great contest! I find myself pushing FLORA SEGUNDA by Ysabeau S. Wilce on just about everyone. I recommend it left, right and centre, and I’ve actually bought it for a couple of people.

  • Rabid Fox
    September 17, 2009 at 10:47 am

    Without fail, I recommend Phillip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” trilogy to anyone looking for YA or fantasy literature.

  • Lindsay
    September 17, 2009 at 11:08 am

    I would LOVE to win this!!
    Thankyou!! :D:D:D


  • Jacqueline L.
    September 17, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    I always recommend Julie E. Czerneda, Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan series, and His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik.

  • Susan
    September 17, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Anyone who loves historical fiction would love Sandra Dallas.

  • Ellie W
    September 17, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    I find myself recommending Victoria Thompson’s Gaslight mystery series over and over. I love them.

  • Lisa H
    September 17, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    James Patterson’s Cross books.

  • Carolyn H
    September 17, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Series I recommend are Anita Blake, Merry Gentry, Black Dagger Brotherhood, Night Huntress and several more. But I usally have to recommend what my friends taste our.

  • ikkinlala
    September 17, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    For adults I find myself recommending different books to each friend, but for kids I quite often find myself recommending The Phantom Tollbooth.

  • Kristen N.
    September 17, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    “Is there a specific book or author that you find yourself recommending over and over?”

    Francesca Lia Block – I just love ALL of her books.

  • Mya
    September 18, 2009 at 4:10 am

    I often recommend Lisa McMann and Diana Peterfreund to anyone new to the YA arena. Fantastic writers and their characters and stories grip you to the very end! :mrgreen:

  • SusanB
    September 18, 2009 at 6:08 am

    I really liked all of Harlan Coben’s book and can’t wait to read the newest one – just have a few books ahead of that one to get finished.

  • Jessica Kennedy
    September 18, 2009 at 6:42 am

    Yes. Gena Showalter.

    Love, love, love her adult books. She recently released another YA book and blew me away. I am forever a Gena fan. Have been for a few years now. 🙂

  • Paula
    September 18, 2009 at 6:43 am

    I work part-time at a library. So I am often asked for suggestions…Harlan Coben is one I often suggest.

  • Ann
    September 18, 2009 at 10:09 am

    Yes, several. The most commonly recommended are Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, the Kitty Norville series by Carrie Vaughn, and the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher.

  • bunnyb
    September 18, 2009 at 10:20 am

    Definitely! And that would be The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale! 🙂

  • Megan
    September 18, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    I’m always recommending The True Story of Hansel and Gretel by Louise Murphy.


  • Deltay
    September 18, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Suzanne Collins for sure. Justina Chen Headley’s North of Beautiful and Julia Hoban’s Willow, as well. All super amazing reads.

  • MarionG
    September 18, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Yes It’s the author Robert Munsch. He’s fantastic and I love his kids books. Cheers. polo-puppy-fluffy AT hotmail *dot* com

  • Jena
    September 18, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Harry Potter. Under the Tuscan Sun. The Sandman. The Hunger Games (parts 1 & 2). Deerskin. The Things They Carried.

  • 1inseveralbillion
    September 19, 2009 at 3:14 am

    I keep recommending to my sister Suzanne Collins for the Hunger Games series. I recommended THG again this morning and she was like ‘who’s it written by? Was it starting with a C? I was furious as I’d been telling her for the past week ! 😡

  • GrumpyTart
    September 19, 2009 at 5:42 am

    Have to admit I’ve only ever read one NG book but loved it – Good Omens which was done with Terry Pratchett who is probably the one author I recommend the most. I drive my partner mad when I’m reading his books as I laugh out loud, have to read the bit out but it’s always lost somewhere along the line. Now I just read when he’s not in the same room 🙂

    I won’t bore you with the long list of other authors as there are too many!

    Thanks for the chance to get stuck into NG again 🙂

  • Rebecca Sinclair
    September 19, 2009 at 9:34 am

    I loved and always recommend GREEN DARKNESS by Anya Seton.

  • alana
    September 19, 2009 at 10:09 am

    Jim Butcher, Patrick Rothfuss, George R.R. Martin, Kim Harrison, and Richelle Mead are my go-to recommendations. Almost anyone can find something that suits them among these authors.

  • Allison King
    September 19, 2009 at 10:33 am

    I’ve been recommending all over the place for “The Thirteenth Tale” …another one that came out a couple years ago “These is my Words” …both were amazing books!!!

    Please enter me!!

  • cheryl h
    September 19, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    I tend to change my mind on what books to recommend depending on if I happen to come across a better read at thet moment.

    The last set of books I recommended was the Twilight Series.

  • Brittany
    September 19, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Oh yes, I can’t stop talking about The Book Thief. I really need to find a new book to rave about; I think all of my friends are tired of hearing about it!

  • Amber
    September 19, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    It depends on the person but hands down the one I keep recommending is Blink by Malcolm Gladwell.

  • Paradox
    September 19, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    I always find myself recommending books by Scott Westerfeld, Libba Bray and Neal Shusterman.

    paradoxrevealed (at) aim (dot) com

  • Yuki
    September 20, 2009 at 12:14 am

    Hope I’m not too late for this…

  • Thea
    September 20, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Thanks everyone for your entries and awesome book recommendations! The contest is now closed, and winners have been announced.

    Happy Sunday!