Thursday, March 20, 2014

Mental Health Giveaway Hop!

The Mental Health Giveaway Hop, hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Reading In Twilight, 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 Mental Health Giveaway Hop is scheduled from March 20th at 12.01 AM until March 27th at 11:59 PM (EST).

The Cause

Mental health is an issue I'm actually very passionate about. I'm studying pathopsychology right now and would love to pursue a career field in a clinical area. I'm also interested in the stigma and culture behind mental health, how it gets the backburner in health care and consideration because people don't see mental disorders as "real" diseases, when in fact, disorders such as PTSD, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder, are just as legitimate health problems as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease are.

Recently, I went on You Mean More's Campus Suicide Prevention walk, where I found this shocking infographic about depression and suicide in university settings:
This is weighty stuff, people. You can't just not talk about it just because it makes you uncomfortable.

The Prizes

Incidentally, I reviewed Matthew Quick's The Good Luck of Right Now a few days ago. Yes, THE Silver Linings Playbook Matthew Quick!! Here's a little bit about the book:

The Good Luck of Right Now
Matthew Quick
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Call it fate. Call it synchronicity. Call it an act of God. Call it... The Good Luck of Right Now. From the New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook comes an entertaining and inspiring tale that will leave you pondering the rhythms of the universe and marveling at the power of kindness and love.

For thirty-eight years, Bartholomew Neil has lived with his mother. When she gets sick and dies, he has no idea how to be on his own. His redheaded grief counselor, Wendy, says he needs to find his flock and leave the nest. But how does a man whose whole life has been grounded in his mom, Saturday mass, and the library learn how to fly?

Bartholomew thinks he’s found a clue when he discovers a “Free Tibet” letter from Richard Gere hidden in his mother’s underwear drawer. In her final days, mom called him Richard—there must be a cosmic connection. Believing that the actor is meant to help him, Bartholomew awkwardly starts his new life, writing Richard Gere a series of highly intimate letters. Jung and the Dalai Lama, philosophy and faith, alien abduction and cat telepathy, the Catholic Church and the mystery of women are all explored in his soul-baring epistles. But mostly the letters reveal one man’s heartbreakingly earnest attempt to assemble a family of his own.

A struggling priest, a “Girlbrarian,” her feline-loving, foul-mouthed brother, and the spirit of Richard Gere join the quest to help Bartholomew. In a rented Ford Focus, they travel to Canada to see the cat Parliament and find his biological father... and discover so much more.
One lucky follower will get win my print ARC of The Good Luck of Right Now! Because I want my beautiful international readers to be able to enter as well, I'll make an alternate prize option of an eBook copy of this or Silver Linings Playbook (another fabulous book, obviously!!). Winner gets to choose whichever prize they want. Woohoo! This giveaway is open to anyone in the world, but only US residents may win the print ARC.

One more reader will win their choice of one of the following romance titles in electronic format:

A great YA/NA selection of books from some of my favorite authors! This giveaway is also open to anyone in the world.

The Rules

Since this is a follower hop, I will have to make following by blog via Bloglovin' a mandatory entry.
For additional entries, you can (+1) follow via email subscription (enter your email in the box in the sidebar and remember to confirm!), (+2) add my button to your sidebar, (+1) follow the blog on Twitter (@modishbooks), (+1) follow me on Twitter (@touurnesol), (+2) follow via Google Friend Connect, (+2) vote my review of The Good Luck of Right Now as helpful on Amazon, and (+1) Tweet about the giveaway (everyday).

You MUST your Bloglovin' username in the extra info box in the Rafflecopter form, as well as your subscription email, Twitter handle, blog address, and/or vote numbers, should you choose to take advantage of those extra entries. Entries without proper verification info will be considered void. I will be checking!
a Rafflecopter giveaway As a reminder, this giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY as long as you have a verifiable email address.

The Small Print

I'm not saying this because I'm a completely anal and want 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 my two cents be heard. 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 bitchy. I'm not trying to be mean. YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU so don't even go there, darling. And if you're one of those people who are loyal to blogs and never, ever unfollow, you. are. a. treasure. 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!