Saturday, September 26, 2009

Quickie Giveaway: Devoured by Amanda Marrone

I feel a wee bit guilty. I've promised myself this would not be a "once a week" blog, but that's exactly what it's turning into. As of late, my homework load as been piling higher and higher, and it's been taking me a staggering FIVE DAYS to read a three hundred page book. Which is, I'm sure you would agree, just ridiculous.

So, in order to make up for the lack of postage, I've decided to host my first giveaway.

My library recently hosted a sale, selling paperbacks for one dollar each.

Needless to say, I went a bit crazy.

So, I ended up buying a lot of books I've never heard of before based on how pretty their covers were. One of them was this:

Now, having flipped through it, reading a few choice chapters, and checking out early reviews, I've decided Devoured really isn't for me. But it might just be for *you*

Here's how to enter:

Leave a comment telling me about a time you bought a book you had no interest in. Make sure you add your email address, cause I'm not typing in any verification code to get it on your profile. (those things drive me apeshit insane)

Extra entries:

+1 become a follower/already a follower
+1 follow me on twitter @opinionatedme12
+1 tweet about it
+2 sidebar mention on your blog
+5 write a post about it on your blog

Contest open til Saturday, October 3rd--that's one week. Good luck, m'dears.


Salamandergrey said...

I recently bought "Tailspin" for a book group, and it's nothing at all like what I normally read.
I never finished it and I can't bring myself to tell the lady who picked it for group because it's one of her favs.
Yet she keeps asking how I liked it.

I will be following your blog.

Kate said...

I have been wanting to read this. Please enter me.

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Salamandergrey said...

ooppss. forgot to leave you my email address.

Linda Ellen said...

I found your announcement on the ning. =)

There was a book sale at this community center and sure enough, each book was only $1 each, no matter how big or small, used or new. I ended up buying books with big names on the cover or because they looked to be in fairly good condition. Once at home, I realized at least one of them wasn't the kind of book for me. Maybe it will be in the future, but I don't know.

Yup, I happen to be one of those who judge a book by its cover from time to time too. I simply can't help but admire great artwork. =)

Thanks for hosting this giveaway and yes, I wish I didn't have to put time aside to study as well. I will follow your blog. =)

lindanmc (at)

Ashley said...

A book I got that I had no interest in reading was Fire Me. It was only a dollar, so I bought it anyways. But after I read the reviews and age group of it, I don't really want to read it.

+1 I'm a follower.
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Falling Off The Shelf said...

OOh OOh enter me, lol. This is a very pretty cover by the way :) I've had this one on my wishlist for awhile now.

I always buy books that don't interest me, lol..usually because they are new and I can just swap them online at PBS or Bookmooch. I haven't done this in a REALLY long time though. My local library has a forever sale, all Paperbacks are 50 cents..yeah, awesome! So I go there and pick up all the new releases and ARCs that are donated. My ARC pile was huge before I even started blogging, lol...and some of those weren't even interesting looking to me, how sad, lol.

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Book Whisperer said...

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alana said...

I would probably go bat shit crazy if my library had a book sale. lol

The books not for me, but I totally understand what you mean about school and blogging. Even though I post more than once a week, it's all been reposting. I hate it.

throuthehaze said...

I never buy books I'm not interested in unless they are gifts for other people.

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elaing8 said...

I,too, don't buy books I don't want,but have received a few as gifts.

+1 I'm a follower

natalierenae said...

I really want to read this one! Thanks for the contest!

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Dannie said...

If anyone is having problems commenting it's fine to email me.

Anonymous said...

+1 Leave a comment telling me about a time you bought a book you had no interest in.
I buy books for my sons that I had no interest in like the ranger apprentice series.

+1 already a follower
+1 follow me on twitter - done
+2 sidebar mention on your blog

Anonymous said...

I honestly dont think that I have ever bought a book that I was not interested in. I did buy a book once that I had never heard of but I loved the cover and ended up loving the book too. It was called Perfect by Natasha Friend.
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The Book Vixen said...

I don't think I've bought a book I had no interest reading, at least that I can remember of. I'm usually pretty picky when it comes to me handing over the green for a book. I do get a little cover crazy though. I tend to judge a book by its cover from time to time. And this book cover is beautiful.

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Tiffany819 said...

I have never bought a book I wasn't interested in because I am so cheap. lol. I have checked out tons of them that weren't any good because of their covers. Judging books by their covers as we know, isn't always best. lol! Thanks

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JoJo said...

I bought lover eternal.2nd book in black dagger brotherhood series. I didn't even read the back I just liked the cover.
I am a blog follower
I am a twitter follower
I tweeted about it

Sheila (bookjourney) said...

I am a follower and on twitter too. Looks like a great giveaway!

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robin_titan said...

Oh gosh I've done that tons of times and always because of sales. I am so weak when it comes to sales. Especially if books are a dollar. I bought a book (the name escapes me) mainly because it was a dollar. It ended up sucking so bad you have no idea! I read the blurb on the back and it sounded awesome! The way it was executed was just plain lame.

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+2 or right sidebar (TV and Addict blog) with giveaways


hahaha that apeshit thing got me cracking up for like two minutes.

I've actually had my eye on this book for a while. It sounds pretty good to me and I read some positive reviews. Curious.

Ashley said...

I've bought many books foolishly based on the covers only, then when I go to read it I found it's not my thing and I'm out money.

+1 Became a follower
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+2 Sidebar mention


Mandy said...

Usually, I think that Im interested. That's why I buy the book in the first place. It's usually only after trying to read it that I realize I don't actually have any interest. It doesn't happen often, but often enough that I have a sizable DNF pile.

+1 for following you


Marian said...

Devoured has a pretty cover.

As for buying books I have no interest in, I'm guessing textbooks don't count? I spent nearly a hundred dollars on one for a required course in which I really don't have a lot of interest.

Then I accidentally spilled a bit of water on it, so there went its resale value!

Marian - mdperera at hotmail dot com

Deedles said...

The last time I bought a book I wasn't interested in, it was a gift for my sis.

Liz said...

WOW! This is like the best first giveaway EVER!!
Once I went to powells and bought a book. And I didnt want to read it so I ended up giving it away in a contest
+1 I just became a follower :)
+1 I follow you on Twitter @LizLizLiz16
+1 I Tweeted on about it :D
+2 On my Sidebar
+5 I also posted something about it!!


Isabella said...

Hmmm I bought a book and I thought I was going to love it but I never even read it and I gave it to my friend :)
+1 I am a new follower
I dont have a Twitter...
+2 I put on my SideBar
+5 I posted something about it at


Addicted Book Reader said...

Awesome, thanks! I just became a follower.
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iluvhersheys_andbooks said...

I remember I was at Barnes and Noble and they had a display of Harry Potter books, I know Harry Potter is a great but I had already saw the movie but I bought it anyway thinking I was going to read it. But I didnt so I just gave it to my little sister.

+1 I am a follower.
+2 Posted on my sidebar.

Misusedinnocence said...

When I had to buy a collection of Kafka short stories for a class I was taking in college.

OIKZ & MIKZ said...

The first book that I bought and made me upset... LOL, not completely, but more not-reaching-my-expectations-kind-of-type was The Catcher in the Rye just because I thought it would've been some kind of sophisticated, cool read. It turned out that it wasn't. So I think I'm just gonna stop trash talking about it even though I never liked the writer or the book itself.

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Jo said...

Great contest!

I bought City of Bones by Cassandra Clare several months back, but didn't actually fancy it. It had been given lots of awesome reviews, but it just didn't have any interest for me, but I thought I would give it a go. I read it this past week, and it was bloody amazing! I so wish I had read it sooner!

I have just become a follower (+1)

I follow you on twitter (@jo_scrawls) (+1)

I tweeted about this contest (+1):

I have linked to this contest in the right sidebars of both my blogs (+2 x2):

Links in blog posts on both blogs (+5 x2):

Email: joannestapley[at]googlemail[dot]com

Shawna said...

Shawna Lewis

Thanks for this amazing chance to win this wonderful book!!!

+1 I am a follower

+1 I follow you on twitter

+1 I tweeted

+5 I posted this on my blog



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Mary Ann DeBorde said...

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Devoured looks GREAT! Well, the last time I bought a book I had no interest in was as a gift for someone else (Bentley Little's The Store), but after they raved about it I ended up borrowing it and REALLY liked it lol

PS - OMG, I wish MY library had good book sales like yours did. Good for you, hope you enjoy all your new reads :)

Mary Ann DeBorde said...

Mary D
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+1 Just signed up to follow in Google :)

Katie said...

I don't think I've ever bought a book I wasn't interested in. I'm really weird about buying books and I usually end up deliberating about which one to get for a few days before I pick one.

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Cherie J said...

I am so careful with my money it is just on the verge of pathetic so I never buy books I am not interested in, even if it is only $1.00. I guess it comes from being poor for a period in my life and not having much for extras. I am just too used to being careful. I have to admit that I am first attracted to a book's cover but I would not buy one just because of one. I have to read the blurb on the back and if I am still interested I will look through it and make a final decision.

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Kristen said...

I really think I have never bought a book I wasn't interested in - unless it was for a class. Otherwise, I usually even read the books from the library before I buy them from the bookstore.

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Yan said...

Just bought Strange Angel. Meh. Was hoping to see Devoured in bookstore but they didn't have it :( so here's to hoping I win xD

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Book Butterfly (Kim) said...

I have had good luck with only buying books that I love but I have gotten a few doozies as gifts! I really want to read this one though!!


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Annabelle said...

I've been really looking forward to this book!

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GMR said...

Hmmm, I'd have to say my best example of this happening would be... well, I didn't really buy it, I swapped with a friend. Another Faust by Daniel and Dina Nayeri. Just not for me....too many narrators.

+2 - adding to blog sidebar! (

Thanks for the great contest!


Anonymous said...

Honestly, I've NEVER bought a book I haven't been interested in. I love reading EVERYTHING so even if a book isn't great I continue reading because I always find something in it that interests me, even if it's only in some small way.

I just became a follower of your blog.


Sara said...

Usually I'm really picky about books, so I only buy books that I am pretty positive I want, but sometimes I still get a dud. The best example would probably be when I got Chasing Boys by Karen Tayleur - that book simply wasn't for me... I was bored out of my mind and held a contest to get rid of it! :)

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Sheere said...

I think I have never bought a book just by its cover.. althoug its hard sometimes!
I always read some review about it before I buy it.. I am trying to save some money =)

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katie said...

Hmm that is actually a question I have no answer for. All the books that I have bought in the past, I have been interested in. Even the ones for school. =]

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Belinda M said...

Can't recall names but there has been numerous books I have purchased at garage sales or on the sale table at a store only to realize that I can't even make it through the first chapter.

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Anonymous said...

I must admit that every time a library has a book sale, I buy many books. When I get home I realize there are a handful I have no interest in or will never read. So, I bring them down to the laundry room which has a large bookcase filled with books other people don't want to read. I always pray someone will choose the books I leave there.


Llehn said...

An impulse buy I bought was Everything I Know About Life I Learned From Star Trek. What was I thinking?!!

I'm now following.


Molly C. said...

I've picked up several at the thrift stores, and when I went to read them, it just wasn't happening.

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Debbie F said...

I just finished a book called Still Alice that I thought i would not like -but it turned out to be great!
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donnas said...

I was at a book fair where most hardcovers were around $1 and paperbacks were around 50 cents. I ended up spending like $25 because it looked kind of interesting, was in good shape and cheap. I have taken the ones I really did want to read out of the bag and the rest are still kind of sitting there in case I need something different. :(

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Cherry said...

Went to the Rhondda Heritage Park ( booksale about three weeks ago and ended up buying books. Granted they were cheap, but, they are just lying on the floor and never even scanned!

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Ciel said...

I bought Swoon by Nina Malkin, and I didn't like it very much.

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Paradox said...

I've bought books for school that I didn't really want to read, like Tess of the D'Urbervilles. (Ugh.)

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Zia said...

I would love to be entered.

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Ashley said...

hey cool contest! One time I went to borders bookstore and looked at this book called youre so money by cherry cheva. i thought weird title but it looks good and i had a 30 percent off coupon , so i bought it. later on that day, i gave the book a chance, and from the first page, i was hooked. it was funny, it had romance, and a girl with brains. i loved it. its been added to one of my favorite books.


~The Book Pixie said...

I don't often get to buy books so when I do, I research the book I buy really well first. See what my other blogger friends think of it. Read reviews and rating. Make sure it sounds like something I'd really love. As a result, I've never bought a book that I had no interest in.

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Kristen said...

I forgot to add my email address when I entered this a few days ago...

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