Monday, November 3, 2008

Book Giveaway Carnival II - My Giveaways

I wasn't sure I would participate in the Book Giveaway Carnival, since I'm in the middle of NaNoWriMo.

But I will be opening a NaNo Support Contest next week, and I want y'all to come back for it.

AND I really like Tracy at bookroomreviews - not only does she have a gorgeous site, she's a supporter of Autism Speaks.


Here's my giveaway.

(all gently used unless otherwise noted)

Kisses Don't Lie by Alexa Darin; new, signed by author
Pitching My Tent by Anita Diamant; new
Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver; new
The Ivy Chronicles by Karen Quinn
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff; signed by the author

Five winners will be chosen randomly, with the first place winner being able to choose the two books s/he wants, then the second place winner chooses one from the remaining books, etc.

Leave a comment.
Any comment, but I reserve the right to award extra chances for interesting comments.  
 Anyone who can get Christian Bale or Robert Sean Leonard (oh, okay, or Robin McKinley) to leave a comment automatically wins.

Friday, November 7, 9PM EST


  1. I'd enjoy reading any of these books. Thanks for the giveaway.

  2. you just want Christian Bale to leave a comment-????? geeze I just sent him to go run you a bubblebath and wash your hair-then a deep massage.... oh well...when he gets there tell him you just want him to talk :)..JUST TALK!!!!

  3. I'll leave a comment while I get in touch with Christian Bale. Oh no, I'm not a stalker, he really talks to me. Yep, he really does. ;)
    hematopoiesis at hotmail dot com

  4. Wow - you have excellent taste - Christian Bale and RSL are my fave actors ever. And Robin McKinley is pretty darn awesome (I recently read and reviewed Chalice).

    I've read And Then We Came to the End, How I Live Now and The Bean Trees but not the others.

    You've gained a follower :)

  5. Hope Chrisian and Robert Sean stop by! Great group of books for the giveaway.

  6. I'd love to win these book! Thanks for the chance!

    ellybean (at)

    my hubby is currently been participating in nanowrimo too... I almost never see him...haha

  7. What a great group of books and I haven't read any of them. Thanks for the giveaway and have a great day!

  8. I would love to be entered!

    Thank you for the giveaway!

    kerin0874 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  9. Awesome giveaway! We should talk sometime sweetie, my four year old has autism too. I haven't talked about it on my blog. Aren't they such a blessing! thanks for participating and god bless.

  10. You made me snort with the "automatically wins" comment. LOL How do you snort in internetese? Just curious......

    Christian Bale will not be commenting. Because I plan to kidnap him and make him my lurv slave... just sayin! (and jk, I am not a weirdo stalker type person. Really)

    Thanks for the chance to enter!

  11. Hey, I wanna enter!

    Thanks for entering mine.

  12. This is a great giveaway and I, for one, appreciate your taking the time to do it when you are busy elsewhere. Any of these books would be an excellent win. Thanks.

  13. Ooh please enter me. And Good Luck with Nanowrimo, I'll try it someday!
    callista83 AT cogeco DOT ca

  14. I would love a chance at any of those babies.
    They look quite interesting.

    Oh.....go vote! If you haven't already..... tomorrow.

  15. I would love to win anyone of the books you have listed.

    knittingmomof3 AT gmail DOT com

  16. While I should try to come up with something interesting, I stink at interesting. Really I do, I try to come up with something clever and every brain cell in my body just goes far, far away. Maybe I should get that checked, huh?

    But, I'd love a chance to enter. Thanks!

  17. Very nice selection of books, thanks for entering me!!

  18. All the books you mentioned sound really interesting, though I hadn't heard of most of them until now. I'm sure they would all be great reads, so please enter me in your contest.

    If I could only be so lucky has to be in contact with any of those three. :)

    My email address is rmsacks at hotmail dot com.

  19. There is such pressure to be witty. And I'm comment 19 - witty was taken. I will tell you I like the look of your blog and the theme. Nothing to do with the contest but it is the truth. And I see several books on this list I would enjoy. Thanks for the chance.

  20. I think Robin McKinley might be too busy trying to figure out if there's still any sort of sense to be made from the sparkly Twilight vampires and if it at all makes any sense with her view on vampires and moonlight (I'm thinking no but she insists that since her book isn't a movie yet there might be)....

  21. Oh christian bale is so hot! if i could speak with him....haha :D
    please enter me I would love to get to win then read any of those books especially and then we came to the end I've heard tons about it! :D

  22. I just placed a call to Christian he owes me a favor i told him to make sure he tells you i sent him LoL! Thats a nice set of books your giving away i would love to win any one of those.

  23. I wonder if I can pass off as Christian Bale? XD

    ~a.k.a Christian Bale


  24. I would love to be entered for these books, and am ashamed to say I don't know who those guys were that you listed. I'm hoping that doesn't cost me any entries! ;)

    akreese (at) hotmail (dot) com

  25. I want to see them all show up at once and vye for your attention. Just tell them because I'm the Mommy and I said so. They'll do it. It works here.

    Thanks for having the giveaway!

  26. Hello,

    Please enter me in the drawing to win Christian Bale... Oh wait.. the drawing was for the books! Oh well, please enter me in that drawing too!


  27. I would read any of those books. I am looking for new books to read that are outside my usual readings, and these sounds just perfect!


  28. Please enter me! Then We Came to the End is definitely one of the books on my I NEED TO GET THIS list, so it would be awesomeee if i happened to win it.

    Joke I heard today, sorry if you like McCain! LOL

    "someone asked obama...what underwear do you use? and obama said boxers. then they asked mccain and he said depends"

    -obviously, as in the adult diaper. I hadn't heard that one before, so i thought i'd share!!!

    lauren51990 at aol dot com

  29. Ok so this is off topic, but I really like your background and header! Very original!

    Ok...well sorry to disappoint you, I'm no Christian Bale, but does the above flattery count? (actually, it's not flattery, I really like it!)

    sj3girls AT hotmail DOT com

  30. Hope Christian Bale drops by soon, since I told him to already :P

    bunnybx at gmail . com

  31. Well darn, Christian Bale just left my house! If I'd only known you wanted him to comment before, I could have kept him here. Hold on, I'm dodging that lightning that should be striking any minute lol. Does biggest lie told get a prize? :)

    Thanks for the fun giveaway!

    zarache AT aol DOT com

  32. I've never read any of these books but they sound good! Thank you for the generous giveaway!

  33. Great giveaway! I have to ditto your feelings for Christian Bale and Wilson. :)

    nnjmom at yahoo dot com

  34. I need to tell you that they have all left a comment and asked me to tell you that this is a great giveaway. So do I win? Thank you!
    judybrittle at aol dot com

  35. i used to have a huge crush on Christian Bale when I first saw him in Little Women. now if only I could pretend i'm him and post a comment here...hehehe.


  36. Can my comment be about how I love the banner for your blog? :o)

    I'd love to win your giveaway!

  37. Your header reminds me of Roald Dahl.

  38. All of these books sound great. I will let Christian know you want to speak with him. He's out running errands for me right now. Thanks for the giveaway!


  39. Please enter me - thank you for the giveaway!

    Oh, and I am totally getting Christian Bale to leave a comment :) I loved him in The Prestige!

  40. What a great giveaway, thanks for the chance to win!
    Wish I had something witty to say but I'm too busy trying to get Christian to pick up his phone...

  41. Sounds like a great list of books. Thank you for the giveaway.

  42. Sorry, I left Christian Bale's email address in my other pants!

    Seriously thought: why am I punished because of my last name? When I voted this morning, those with last names H-N could walk up and vote, but I had to wait in a 40-minute line.

  43. AH, RObert Sean Leonard. My favorite part of House MD. I've been a fan since I saw him in the wonderful 80's flick "My Best Friend's A Vampire." Good stuff. Oh, wait, books, right. I'd love a shot a winning a book, since RSL seems to be taken!

  44. thank you for having this! THis looks and sounds like an excellent read. Thank you!

  45. This is the first time I've visited your blog and I am very much enjoying it. I haven't read any of the books you are giving away but they sound great.

    Good luck with your NaNoWriMo!

    angela.donner (at)

  46. Sounds like good books to read!! Thanks for the chance!

  47. LOL..this is the first time I've been to your blog and I like what I see! Great giveaway by the way! THANKS!

  48. I love to read and would enjoy any of those books. Christian Bale! Good luck I hope you hear from him.

  49. Wonderful giveaways. Good luck with 'the guys' - everybody deserves a good dream. If I win, you can reach me at dmj53 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  50. Goodness, I just checked out Christian Bale and I don't blame you a bit! You have great taste in men! All of these books look good, please enter me.

    smchester at gmail dot com

  51. All the good comments are taken. Will you settle for flattery!? :) Seriously, great blog and great giveaway.

  52. I would love to read Pitching My Tent by Anita Diaman.

    Thank you!

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

  53. LOL I wish I could get those guys to leave a comment... you'll just have to dream like I do :)
    Please enter me. And I can email you a pic of one of them :O) that's the best I can do.
    Crystal Adkins

  54. Thanks for the giveaway. I'd love to read any of these books. :)

  55. Hate to do this, but if I could get in touch with one of those yummy mean, I wouldn't be at work entering contests. but since I am at work and I am entering a contest, please count me in

  56. What a great giveaway--I would love to win one of your books! Good luck on getting a post from one the men you mentioned!! You never know what may happen...

  57. I have that bumper sticker
    "my real husband is Christian Bale" ha ha
    no, really! :)
    Any book but Kinsolver, I've read her
    florida982002@yahoo dot com

  58. I'd love to in one of these books...and I'll have to go check out these boys you mentioned.

  59. This is terrific! I'm glad you chose to participate in this giveaway because I'd never heard of your blog before!

  60. Christian is supposed to give me a buzz tomorrow! I will ask him to sign up for your drawing. He is really very accommodating. Please enter me in your drawing. Many thanks, Cindi

  61. Oh Christian Bale... He's been a love of mine since way back when I was in elementary school and I saw Newsies for the first time. (You know, that silly Disney Musical about the newspaper boys of the early 1900s, co-starring Bill Pullman as a hard-hitting reporter with a heart of gold? Where Christian Bale not only dances but sings a heartfelt, plaintive ballad to the whole of Santa Fe? And in spite of this everyone still treats him as if he's a badass?) He and who kid who played Spot Conlon were my very first childhood crushes. I haven't seen the movie in years and yet even as I type this I realize I'm humming "Carrying the Banner" under my breath. Ah, the soundtrack of my youth. No wonder I turned out the way I did.

    Oh, and thank you for the giveaway. I love free books almost as much as I love inappropriately referencing obscure musicals. Almost.


  62. First off, I'd love to win a book. But, don't say that too bookshelf might hear and groan even more.

    On the choice of "dream commentors" (is that "or" or "er"? Mac spell check isn't helping), I've never been all that much of a Christian Bale type of gal. Just not quite my type. Robert Sean Leonard though...yeah, whole other story. Been there since Dead Poets Society. Him and young Tom Cruise (Top Gun vintage, way before Katie Holmes and all those movies where he didn't get to smile much. I confess, it's all about the smile there.) Sigh. Okay, back to the real world.

    Thanks again for the chance to win and this pleasant distraction from my average Wednesday evening.

    ruthann (dot) francis (at) gmail (dot) com

  63. I would love to be entered! Oh and Christian Bale is on the phone, he says he will be at your place in 3...2...1....oh, wait, that's MY door bell..oops, gotta run!!
    luckistarr4 AT gmail DOT com

  64. I'd love to be entered! Thanks for this great giveaway!

    - Sheri

  65. Wonderful giveaway!! Thank you for the chance to win one (or two!!) of those great books!!

  66. I just read The Red Tent by Anita Diamant and would love to read more! Please count me in.

  67. Well, since I live a very normal life I have no access to such rich tasting men, so I'll just leave a plain old comment and keep my fingers crossed and hope that it is enough.

  68. I just wanted to say that your blog header is awesome. Love that little person with the big, big telescope.
    Thanks for sharing

    ceashark at aol dot com

  69. So many great books! I really hope I'll be the first place winner so I can choose at least two! ;)


  70. What a great selection of books! And, unfortunately, I am lousy at coming up with witty/interesting things to say either in person or via a blog -- which is why I'm seen as hopelessly shy -- sigh. I read a lot instead :-)

  71. lol I only wish I knew Mr. Bale.

  72. Oh wow, I really want the Meg Rosoff. Hmm, I wonder if I could e-mail Christian Bale and ask him to leave a comment her. It might work, but he'd have to read the e-mail in time. Besides, what if you just got a comment from a secretary pretending to be Christian Bale?

  73. Am I too late?

    I only like How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff. I hope I win something...

  74. Nice giveaway. Thought I should take the chance to ask is there any specific meaning to your blog name "In search of Giants'? Just curious.. :D

  75. Wonderful giveaway. Thanks!

  76. Sounds like a great list of prizes. Thanks.

  77. I have my pom poms all ready so I can cheer you on in the NaNoWriMo.
    Oh, and please enter me for the book prizes

  78. They all sound great..thanks!

  79. Since I know no one awesome at all, never mind Christian Bale, I suppose my odds of winning even one of these great books are distressingly dismal, but I have to give it a go anyway!

    dreamseeker52 AT gmail DOT com

  80. Hi This is Christian Bale, my friend mishmish said you wanted me to leave a comment... does that mean I win, jk
    thanks for the giveaway :)

  81. the books all sound like ones that I would enjoy, thanks for the chance.


  82. forget about the books (ok, don't take me serious on that one!) haha.

    actually, I have had so much fun reading everyones comments!
    I think this is one of the first times that i actually spent a good deal of time "reading giveaway comments"

    you ladies have so real cute witty ideas....

    I was completely taken by sandy (#2 comment) after that, it was all downhill!
    thank you for the enjoyment!

  83. You have some good books there. Thanks for the giveaway!

  84. so many good books
    KawaiiNeko2008 (at) aol (dot) com

  85. i'm glad i stumbled across your blog. what an excellent book recommendation. Thanks so much for this great giveaway

    teechbiz at yahoo dot com

  86. I'd give you Christian Bale wrapped up for Christmas if I could. :)


  87. Pick Me! Pick Me! I would love to win a book.

    My husbands favorite author is Stephen King. I have two favorites: James Patterson and Mary Higgins Clark.

    I am currently reading WHAT YOUR 1ST GRADER NEEDS TO KNOW by E.D. HIRSCH

    It's very kind of you to offer such a great giveaway, its rare that I see giveaways for people like us (avid readers).

    Count me in too please.

    Oh, yeah.... I can't get Christian Bale to personally sign your blog BUT........... I use to own a Celebrity Hot Shop and still have about 5,000 unsold celebrity photographs... send me your mailing address and I'll send you a little something just to brighten your day!

    Tammy OHagan
    tammyohagan ~~~ AT ~~~ westco ~~~ DOT ~~~ net

  88. oh darn - christian bale just left.

    hope I can still put my name in the hat :)

  89. I got her too late last week but since you're extending, love to enter. Hope you're feeling better soon.



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