Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal + AWESOME GIVEAWAY

Friday, December 11, 2015

I am, generally speaking, the worst gift-giver on the planet. Seriously, I'm the ultimate worst, but this year, I have had so much fun buying gifts for friends and family. 

As most of you who read my blog frequently, you will know that this year has been one of the most difficult years of my life thus far. Not only that but working and going to graduate school full time on top of living in a state in which I have no family has been doubly difficult. However, despite all the bad and negativity, I can say that I found strength to get through this year. Yes, it's been hard, but it's also been good in some ways too.

Because of these difficulties I have experienced, I have come to realize that you really never know what's going on with the strangers around you. The people who cash you out at Target, or the guy who helps you find a book at Barnes & Noble, they are all going through things too. They are all trying to traverse this crazy thing called life, and sometimes they fail just like me. 

During my bouts of difficult moments, I have been blessed with friends. Some of them devote their time, others brought me meals, and even more brought me little gifts that they thought would make my life easier.

Though I don't pretend that I know what everyone is going through, I do think it is important to try and recognize that the people we interact with on the Internet (especially in the blogosphere) have lives and difficulties and trials too. And sometimes sending a thoughtful word of encouragement is the one thing that may turn their bad day into one that wasn't as bad as it could have been.

In the spirit of wanting to make the world a better place and in the spirit of the holiday season, I wanted to host a giveaway for one of my favorite books.

For me, this book has been the ultimate comfort blanket in the past seven months. I have listened to the audiobook 12 times this year, and I've read the book probably 3 times. Yeah, I know that's a lot, but for some reason, this book gives me comfort when nothing else could. 

That being said I would like to giveaway a SIGNED copy of A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas in hopes that it will bring joy and/or comfort to one of you.

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21 comments:

  1. I never actually took the time to think about how others are feeling during the holidays season. I know I'm a full-time student and I do have time management issues, there are people out there who have it worse than me. I wish you the best of luck this holiday season and wow can you believe the new year is already very soon upon us?? I'm so excited for my break! SNOWBOARDING AND READING FOR HOURS ON END, here I come. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Alex @ The Book's Buzz

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  2. I hope you have a wonderful holiday and that next year is a better year for you! You are right, we don't know how anyone's life is, but they probably have something going on and it is always a good idea to offer a thank you or a have a nice day. I won't enter the giveaway since I already bought a signed copy of ACOTAR, but the giveaway is still appreciated. :D

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment anyway, Kay! I agree with you. And I'm guilty of it too, but sometimes the world is made better through random acts of goodness.

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  3. I say it everyday, you never know what people are going through. Understatement of the year when it comes to me. The one book that can make me forget about all the messed up, craziness is To Kill A Mockingbird. Shocking right, considering the subject matters? It's my favorite book of all time.

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    1. Oh To Kill a Mockingbird is such a fantastic novel!!! I can understand how that's a favorite. It has a beautiful quality about it! :)

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  4. In general, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. It's one of those books that I can just read over and over again and I love all the quotes and how Charlie (the main character) just seems to know how to say the things I feel but don't know how to put into words. He puts them into words.

    thanks for the lovely giveaway - I'm glad it helped you so much this year, along with all of your awesome sounding friends!

    -Lauren

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    1. Thanks, Lauren! I have that book, but I haven't read it yet, but i want to!!! I'll have to put it on the top of my TBR pile for the new year! Thanks for stopping by and entering in the giveaway! :)

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  5. The book that has given me comfort over the years is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I rarely do a full re-read of it, but just reading snippets of it always makes me happy. :) I admire your strength for having gone through this year, and this giveaway is so thoughtful. I hope you enjoy the holidays and that next year has many beautiful things in store for you!

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    1. Ah yes, HP... such a good choice! I'm actually having to reread that series this next semester for a grad school class... I'm über excited about it! :) Thank you for your kind words and I hope your next year is wonderful as well! :)

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  6. I cant say i've ever thought about this question. A book that brings me comfort? I have to say all of my books, i read as an escape i guess, to spend a bit of my day in someone elses shoes, seeing the world through their eyes, and going on an adventure. And I find this extremely conforting in hard times. X Happy holidays!

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    1. thanks for entering in the giveaway and happy holidays to you too!

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  7. Wow, 12 times?? It must be that good! I love SJM, but I just haven't had the chance to read this one yet. As for me, I love The Mediator series by Meg Cabot- I must have read the entire series more than 4 times! I'm so excited for the surprise 7th book coming next year!

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    1. Yeah, I know... I have a problem lol! I don't know why but it's just simply a book that brings me comfort. I seriously never get tired of it and i've probably fallen asleep to the book playing at least three dozen times haha. I've never read any Meg Cabot's work. I'll have to add her to my list!! Thanks for entering in the giveaway! :)

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  8. A book I have loved over the years is I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson!

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    1. I have not read that book yet, but it's on my list! Thanks for entering in the giveaway!

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  9. Graceling by Kristin Cashore brings me great comfort and joy! It is truly wonderful!

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    1. Ah, Graceling is such a fantastic book! I've read that two or three times now. I really do enjoy that book, but I think I may like Fire even better for some reason.

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  10. I would say any of Colleen Hoover's books! Thank you for this amazing chance! :)

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    1. This was a good year for her too! I really enjoyed November 9! :)

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