Wednesday, August 31, 2011

❤back to the books giveaway hop!

the season ❤ I don't know if school's started in the States yet, but I'm already a month into my semester abroad here in sunny South Korea! Not that this is particularly exciting... in fact, I think I hate school. But September is precisely the time we go back -- whether or not it's school we are going back to -- to the good old times; the nostalgic fresh start, the scent of eraser shavings, the pleasantly sporadic butterflies in the stomach. This school year's probably my busiest yet, and though you may hear me complain about it on a regular basis (or not... as I've been MIA from the blogosphere for quite some time -- I'm sorry, I'm sorry!), knowing each new school year brings a new experience makes it all the more worthwhile.
the hop The Back to the Books Giveaway Hop, hosted by Kathy at I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Buried in Books, works like this: each participating blog hosts a giveaway and then we link up together allowing our followers to hop easily from one giveaway to another.  For followers, it means lots of chances to win free books. For blogs hosting giveaways, it means lots of new visitors and followers. It's a win-win! The Back to the Books Giveaway Hop is scheduled from September 1st at 12.01 AM until September 7th at 11:59 PM (your time).
the prizes  I've noticed most of us have "wishlist" books everywhere: on Amazon, Paperbackswap, and even Goodreads! In honor of this, one lucky winner will receive some books on their wishlist! If you are chosen as the winner, I'm email you and you send me your top ten choices of books you'd like to read. And according to the prices (I'm not made of money!), I'll buy you as much as my student budget allows :) If you're in the US, I can guarantee this will be at least three books (unless you want a ridiculous special edition hardcover with author's autograph crap book that costs more than my monthly rent).
If you're international, and provided Book Depository ships to you, you will receive one wishlisted book (under 10 USD). Yay to wishes being fulfilled!
the rules ❤  Since this is a follower hop, I will have to make (+1) following my blog a mandatory entry (on your left). For additional entries, you can (+2) follow me on Twitter (@lovestephaniexx) and (+2) fill out this little opinion survey. It's just a form that asks for your thoughts about my blog; I want honest opinions! AND you should give it a whirl because all submissions are entered for a chance to win a $25 gift card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble :) That's up to five entries total.

Leave a comment on this post saying you follow (include GFC name), along with your email address. Let me know if you have any additional entries, too (include Twitter handle and/or form submission email). No GFC name or Twitter name or Email = No entries!

So for example, if I am entering the giveaway, I would leave a comment saying:

+1 Follow your blog! (GFC name: ❤Stephanie)
+2 Follow you on Twitter! (Twitter name: @lovestephaniexx)
+2 Filled out the form! (Email: thestephanieloves at gmail dot com)
And that would give me five entries.
the small print I'm not saying this because I'm a complete bitch who wants to make your life a living hell, but because I've noticed something going on with a lot of follower hops. The point of them is not to temporarily follow that blog and unfollow as soon as the giveaway is over. The point of the follower hops is for the blogs generously offering giveaway prizes to gain more readers and followers -- in return, participants receive the opportunity to win great prizes such as books, gift cards, and swag. I'm not just speaking on behalf of myself, because seriously, I'm so grateful for the followship I have (love every each and one of you!), but I know for a fact this happens with lots of other blogs as well. Being part of the blogging community, I just want to let my two cents be heard. And not to sound cheeky, but a lot of us bloggers use Qwitter, which is an app that tells us exactly who unfollows us on Twitter, so we're not as oblivious as you think. If you are so inclined as to read more about how I feel on this subject matter, please refer to this blog post.
the end Sorry my rant was a little anal. I'm not trying to be mean. YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU so don't even go there, darling. Be sure to enter all of the other giveaways going on for this hop; there are so many great prizes being given away!

xo and always!
Stephanie