30 June 2012 by 126 Comments

It’s GIVEAWAY TIME. These are combination “Thank you for voting for me so I could win an award and go to BEA” and also “HAPPY ANNIVERSARY INSATIABLE BOOKSLUTS!!” giveaways. That’s right–our ONE YEAR bloggiversary is coming up on July 8. Knowing that it was coming up so soon, I beefed up some of the giveaways by purchasing products with my own money, instead of just getting the freebies at BEA. Although there are freebies. I didn’t turn down free things.

The Rules

Anybody can enter. Even if you live in other countries. Just please be somewhere where the US Mail delivers with reliability. I can’t replace your package if it ends up getting lost or stolen.

Only one person can win one giveaway. And I will draw the giveaways in numerical order (I’m going to number them).  So choose wisely which ones you want to enter! If you win a prize package, you can’t win any of the subsequent packages.

To enter, just comment on THIS post with the numbers of the prizes that you want to win. That is all you have to do. You can enter to win as many as you want, but you can only win one.

Want BONUS CHANCES to win? Tweet about the giveaway and post a link to the tweet in the comments. (I would love if you posted it as a reply to your entry comment, but I’m not gonna disqualify anybody if they don’t.) Tweeting gives you one point.

You can get another point if you share the post on ANY OTHER social media, provided you have at least some followers (if you sign up for Tumblr just to get the point and you have 0 followers, that’s kind of cheaty). Post me a link or a link to a screengrab in the comments. You can only get one point for sharing on another social media, so even if you go share it to FB and Tumblr and blog about it and post it in a forum and pin it on Pinterest, you only get one point for all of that.

This contest ends on July 14, 2012, at 11:59 PM. Mark your calendars, yo–or better yet, enter soon so you know you make the deadline!

The Prizes


This prize package consists of the book Motherland by Amy Sohn, an I heart NY sticker, a Strand re-usable shopping back with the slogan “Where Books Are Loved”, and a little pin that has a dude with a mustache. I have not read Motherland, but of the table with the free books that I was perusing when I got it, it looked the most interesting. This is what Amazon has for the description:

“It’s just before Labor Day and five mothers and fathers in Cape Cod, Park Slope, and Greenwich Village find themselves adrift professionally and personally. Rebecca Rose, whose husband has been acting aloof, is tempted by the attentions of a former celebrity flame; Marco Goldstein, saddled with two kids as his husband Todd goes on a business trip, turns to sex with strangers for comfort; Danny Gottlieb, a screenwriter on the cusp of a big break, leaves his wife and children to pitch a film (and meet young women) in Los Angeles; fallen sanctimommy Karen Bryan Shapiro, devastated by her husband’s infidelity and abandonment, attempts a fresh start with a hot single dad; and former A-List movie star Melora Leigh plots a star turn on Broadway to revive her Hollywood career. As their stories intersect in surprising ways and their deceptions spiral out of control, they begin to question their beliefs about family, happiness, and themselves.  Equal parts hilarious and moving, Motherland confirms Amy Sohn as one of our most insightful commentators on relationships and parenting in modern America.”



First in this prize package is a copy of Boleto by Alyson Hagy, which we reviewed previously. I feel sort of guilty about this one? Because I tweeted Marisa from Graywolf Press and said, hey, what’s the protocol on giving away the ARC that I have (since I’ve already read it and wanted someone to enjoy it)? And Marisa responded, we would be happy to send them a shiny new copy! Then I was mortified because my parents raised me never to ask for stuff and I had kind of inadvertently asked for stuff. I’m sucking it up, though, because this is for YOU GUYS. So thank @totesmarisa for being super generous. I might have to whip up a batch of fudge or something and send it their way.

The other part of this package is the NYC landmarks tote bag that I bought at The Strand (that insert is their product photo, which is a lot clearer than my photo) and an I heart NY sticker. The tote is made of a heavy plasticky (vinyl maybe?) material and has an attached pouch, and the tote folds into the pouch for easy storage:

Even I managed to fold it back into its pouch. If I can do it, a snake could probably do it. Also? this little pouch doubles as a place to hold small things, like change or keys, while you’re carrying the tote. It drops right down inside when it’s unfolded. Neato.


This tote totes (bahaha) has a handle, but it’s folded under to make sure I got everything in the shot.

This package consists of Jennifer Weiner’s book Then Came You, a small pin from The Strand bookstore, and a tote from Quirk Books (who published Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children). I kind of love this tote, but I’m willing to give it up for you guys; but not the Penguin tote I got. That one’s all mine. Plus, I got the Penguin tote all sweaty schlepping it around NYC for four days. I’m sure you don’t want something that’s been infused with my armpit DNA.


This book is another book I haven’t yet read. It’s memoir-y and it’s about his mom having (I think?) cancer, and how they would chat about books during her chemo treatments. It looks like something that would make me cry. Along with this are a few items I bought–NYC notepad and two fancy-pants magnets of the Statue of Liberty and the Chrysler Building.


Misfit by Adam Braver is a novelization of Marilyn Monroe’s life, from what I understand. (And actually, whoever gets this–I’m going to read it before I send it off. Because I kind of indicated that I would review it, so I need to. I’ll try to get on that before the giveaways end.) This book comes with a shopping tote from The Strand and a little pin from The Strand. This is an advance reader copy, so there might be mistakes/typos.


The Junot Díaz minibook is a short selection from his new book coming out. I received it at the Adult Author breakfast, where I saw Colbert, Díaz, and Kingsolver. This package comes with a shopping tote from The Strand, a pin from The Strand, and a magnet I picked up at FAO Schwarz.




Barbara Kingsolver’s new book. It won’t be out until later this year. This is an advance reader copy, so there may be mistakes (those are expected in an advance copy), but you get to read it before a lot of other people read it. If you do read it, please review it on Goodreads, is all I ask, so that the ARC fulfills its intended purpose.


A signed copy of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny “The Bloggess” Lawson. I have to tell you, there is a LITTLE sad with this book because the book jacket is one of those that gets damaged easily–you know what I mean? It’s not super-damaged but the ends are curling up a little just from the trip home from NYC. I’m sorry. I tried to protect it as best I could. If you were really hardcore about it, you could replace the jacket.


Postcards! I bought six postcards in NYC. I will write you a note on one and mail it to you  . . . from Columbus. Not as glam as that NYC postmark, but it’ll have to do. Note: basically everyone who enters is entered into #9. It’s the last one so, you don’t have to worry about getting a postcard when you’d rather have had a book!

SO! Those are your prize packages, ladies and gents. I know, it’s mostly books and tote bags. It’s a good thing we like books and tote bags, amirite?

Get those comments in and get to winnin’ already!


Susie is the Bitch-in-Chief at IB and is also a contributor at Book Riot. She's an ice cream connoisseur, an art fanatic, a cat-mommy of three, and a wife. She runs the @thebooksluts Twitter account and may be slightly addicted.


  1. I would totally love numbers 1, 2, and 7. Thank you so much for the giveaway!! They all look awesome!

  2. Hooray for Giveaways!! I have to say you are the best for offering such a wonderful assortment of prizes. Thank you so much :-)

    I am entering for prizes #2, #3 (I love that bag), #5, #6, and #8. My fingers are crossed.

  3. Wow, what an awesome giveaway! I’d love to be entered for 5 and 6 because I’ve been wanting to read both those books. Thanks for the chance to win some awesome stuff! :)

  4. It’ so interesting to see everyone’s tastes in books. I would love to win number 7! Thanks for your generosity!

  5. So much awesome stuff!! I particularly love numbers 3 and 8. The bag is amazing and both are books I really want to read :-)

  6. Happy Bloggiversary! I know you had a great time in New York and now we get all the benefits. Sweet
    Please enter my name for the chance to win packages 2, 3, and 8, they’re excellent.

  7. Wow, when you do a giveaway, you really do it up in style! This is insanely awesome.
    But I’m going to limit myself to just one prize package. I’m a huge fan of Adam Braver, so I’m going for what’s behind Door #5.

  8. I’m not entering since I went to BEA. Thought I’d give others the chance.

    BUT happy almost blogiversary, and your comment about asking for stuff? SO ME. I’ve never requested an ARC because of it. Feels too icky. :)

    • Hee! I know how you feel. Although I’ve gotten over asking for ARC’s for me, because I figure it’s kind of an equal trade since I’m going to review it–and I always offer to take a digital ARC, so I don’t deplete their resources. (Plus, I just prefer getting them instantly and having them on my Kindle. I’m loving my Kindle a lot–and I never know what to do with a paper ARC when I’m done with it!)

  9. Hi there! Happy Booksluts anniversary!!

    I would like to be entered for prize package numbers three, five and seven Pretty please and thank you!

  10. Hello! Oh my that’s a lot of giveaways.. :O Congrats yay blogversary! :) Uh, I’ll like to join 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9! All the books sound brilliant and are all ones that I would love to add to my collection. But I don’t actually have an active goodreads account so I can’t enter 7 hahah. I feel quite bad though, entering practically all the ones available. ><

  11. Pamela aurelia^ tweeted about this so here I am! Happy year-niversary! I’d like to enter numbers 1, 2, 3, and 9 (:

  12. Cool, a blog with benefits! I know I’m not a frequent commenter (is that even a word?) but I have been reading your blog for a few weeks now and really enjoy your writing. Also, I LOL a lot when I read it so I keep coming back. Thanks for writing! I’ll throw my name in the hats for 2, 3, & 7.

  13. Happy 1 year!!! Great giveaways – I would love to be entered into 3, 5,6 and 8!

    I hope you continued success!

    kayswederski at yahooo dot com

  14. One more week until the official Big Day, but happy early bloggiversary!! You booksluts have been a very shiny part of my life since I discovered you. Thank you.

    These prizes are most exciting! I’d like to enter for packages 3, 5, 7, and 8, please and thanks!

  15. *clears throat* *sings loudly* Happy Anniversary, happy anniversary, happy anniversary, haaaaaaaaappy anniversary!

    *catches breath*

    Please enter me in numbers 7, 1, 2, and 3. I just want the tote from #3. Baaahahahaha!

  16. WOOHOO! Free shiz from the interwebs!

    Susie Q, I am a giveaway whore, so I’d like to be entered in 1 – 9. Seriously, any of those would be fabulous to win if it doesn’t put you under to ship it to me (I typed ‘shit’ at first *snort* yeah, I’m 12).

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  18. Just found your blog from the GoodReads link for the Independent Book Blogger Awards! Congrats!
    Love contests and books! I’d love to win any of the prizes

  19. I would love to be entered in the contest for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9. I would love to win any of the prizes! Your blog is amazing by the way.

  20. I just found you, like to many others, through Goodreads :-) I can’t wait to delve in to your blog! I have never entered, so never have won, an online contest (or, actually, any contest…huh), but I would to be considered for #3 or #9…well, really any, because they are all so amazing! Thank you!

  21. Happy Anniversary! May your book hunger never be satiated, as it keeps you voraciously reading and it keeps us eagerly enjoying your reviews. :)
    I’d be most happy with any of the prizes but I’d most like to win #2, #5, #6, #7 or #8.
    Many thanks for sharing in your celebration. Cheers!

  22. Congratulations on the birthday & the IBBA Award! What a great year for you!

    Please enter me to win #1, 3 & 4.

  23. Number 5, please.

    Found your blog just today whilest researching Goodreads at work. Certainly glad I did (though your banner made me scroll quickly to avoid raised eyebrows from co-workers :) )

  24. Please enter me in giveaways 1,3 & 7. My prize (optimistic!) will be coming to Alaska but, contrary to the popular belief of most internet retailers, we DO have postal delivery here, we DO speak English, we do NOT live in igloos, and we cannot see Russia from our back yard.

  25. I’d like to try my luck on #1, #2, #3 and #8. Happy blogoversary! I just found you via Margaret Atwood’s tweet, but you’re in my feed now.

  26. Please enter me for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, AND 9! I have to because they all sound so good plus I never win anything (ok I win but it is rare and not anything nearly this AWESOME :) Congrats on the blogoversary too :)

  27. Congratulations on your well-deserved prize and your blogoversary! I would love to win any of the following: 2; 3; 5; 7; 8 Thank you!

  28. I’d love to be entered for 1-6! Happy belated anniversary! It’s been so nice outside (I like it hot!) that I haven’t been on the computer much. I’m happy I didn’t miss out.

    • I’m sorry.. the giveaway ended at midnight :( WordPress is telling me that you stopped in at 5:10 am this morning. Thanks for reading, though!

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