BOOKS! And a contest.

Every time I write a book report, I feel like I should get a personal pan pizza. I haven’t eaten at Pizza Hut in years (since college, I’m guessing, although even then, I think we’d switched to Papa John’s by the time I graduated), and I haven’t taken part in a Book-It! program since 6th grade (so, you know, about 10 years ago….ha ha ha ha), but book reports = pizza in my mind.

This month has been an interesting book month. I have read a lot of paranormal books. Not exactly trashy, but not great literature, either. (I love me some paranormal fiction; I love witches, shapeshifters, shamans, vampires and magic.)  The only non genre fiction book I’ve completed is Into the Woods (by Tana French); and a review of that is forthcoming (after my book club meeting on Monday).

However, in the interest of books and reading and fun, and the fact that I will do almost anything Neil Gaiman suggests, I want to give you a scary book.

From Neil’s website:

I was on a flight home last night, and I thought,
You know, there aren’t enough traditions that involve giving books.

There’s World Book Day, which grew out of Don Quixote Day/Cervantes Birthday/St George’s Day in Spain, where roses and books are given, but really, we need some more instant traditions that involve the giving of books, the kind that spread all over the world.
And then I thought,
Hallowe’en’s next weekend…

I propose that, on Hallowe’en or during the week of Hallowe’en, we give each other scary books. Give children scary books they’ll like and can handle. Give adults scary books they’ll enjoy.
I will give a couple of you scary books. Two of you, to be exact. You will have no control over the book you receive, but you will get a book that I consider scary.
So – in order to enter, comment and tell me your favorite book. On Friday 10/29, I will draw two winners. Tweet and/or mention this contest on your blog to get extra entries!
Good luck & happy reading.

Recent Comments

  • Tess
    October 25, 2010 - 8:37 am ·

    Oh my goodness, what a blast from the past. I loved Book It! I was such a reading nerd back then. It’s sad, now I hardly read for fun at all.
    Anyway, my favorite book is Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury.

    • gazelle
      November 2, 2010 - 2:37 pm ·

      I used a random number generator, and since there were only three entrants, you were one of the winners!

      If you email me your address (gazellesoncrack at gmail), I will send you a scary book.


  • Mette
    October 25, 2010 - 10:43 pm ·

    What a great idea! I just looove scary books (and your blog, not that it is scary though). My all time scary book is Usher’s Passing by Robert McCammon, it’s just the perfect book 🙂

  • Eliza
    October 27, 2010 - 9:54 am ·

    Good for you taking up Neil Gaiman’s challenge! I always like to pass books on to friends every chance I get. I’m sure they love it, always.

    Anyways, my faaaavorite book is The Blind Assassin, by Margaret Atwood, but it’s not terribly scary. It’s really good, though!

    And thanks for Mette’s comment and my love of Boy’s Life, I am now hunting up a copy of Usher’s Passing. Thanks, Mette!

    • gazelle
      October 27, 2010 - 9:59 am ·

      I knew your favorite book! Yay me! (Also, boo to your blog STILL being not updated). Also, we’ve been blog friends for a long time, haven’t we? 🙂

      • Eliza
        October 27, 2010 - 10:00 am ·

        Haha, yes, you would know my favorite book! It has been a long time 🙂 I don’t think that blog will ever be revived, but I might blog again some day…

    • Mette
      October 27, 2010 - 11:10 am ·

      You’re welcome 🙂 I’m sure you will enjoy it. I haven’t read The Blind Assassin but it’s on my list. Maybe I should move it up a bit 🙂

    • gazelle
      November 2, 2010 - 2:38 pm ·

      I used a random number generator, and since there were only three entrants, you were one of the winners!

      If you email me your address (gazellesoncrack at gmail), I will send you a scary book.