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Buy Books For The Holidays: YA Pack Giveaway

October 5th, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books

If you saw my initial post about my Buying Books For The Holidays project you know I am looking for suggestions of books you think are must reads and would make great Christmas gifts.  There have been some great suggestions so far but I wanted to really target each genre and I thought giveaways are always enticing.  :)

What’s Up For Grabs?

If the winner is from the United States:

  • Signed copy of Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
  • Dangerous Neighbors by Beth Kephart (ARC)
  • Anastasia’s Secret by Susanne Dunlap (ARC)

If the winner is from outside the United States

  • I don’t want to exclude international folks so if you are the winner and live outside the United States you can choose any book from The Book Depository that is $15 or less.

How to enter?

  • All you have to do is leave the title of at least one YA book you would suggest as a Christmas gift for the YA book lover(more suggestions are always welcome) and your email address

Extra entries-Some people love them, some people hate ’em so these are all optional

  • One extra entry if you link to this giveaway and leave the link in a comment
  • Five extra entries if you do a blog post mentioning this giveaway and the Buy Books For The Holidays project and include the button from my sidebar

Ends October 18

Posted in Books, Young Adult

106 Responses

  1. Giada M.

    Thank you for making this contest international! :D
    My suggestions are Zombies vs Unicorns anthology, Voices of Dragons by Carrie Vaughn and The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy.

    Giada M.

    fabgiada (at) gmail (dot) com

  2. Amber Griffiths

    I’d recommend…

    – Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
    – The Mortal Instruments series by ”
    – The Gone series by Michael Grant
    – The Saga of Darren Shan by Darren Shan
    – The Demonata series by ”
    – The Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine.

    I think it’s actually easier to list books that I wouldn’t recommend ;) :D

  3. Amber Griffiths

    Oh, and my email is teenage.fairytale (at) gmail (dot) com

  4. Lilly

    The Hunger Games. I know that it is not a creative suggestion but the book is good.
    Thanks for the chance and have a great week.

  5. Inspired Kathy

    I would suggest Secondhand Charm by Julie Berry. I’m in the US. bkhabel at gmail dot com

  6. elizabeth

    I would recommend Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    swordsforfighting at yahoo dot com

  7. debp

    I liked peeps by scott westerfield.
    [email protected]

  8. Julie @ Knitting and Sundries

    Some have already been mentioned, but here is what is going in my own Not-So-Bebe Girl Autumn’s Christmas book box:

    Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
    Graceling by Kristen Cashore
    Fire by Kristen Cashore

    Some that need to be on the list of anyone who doesn’t have them:

    The Mortal Instruments Series books by Cassandra Clare (City of Glass, City of Bone, etc.)
    The entire Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins – my daughter and her friends were blown away by the series, but most especially by Mockingjay
    The Giver by Lois Lowry – one of my girls’ favorite books of all time


  9. Lu

    I would definitely recommend Th1rteen R3asons why by Jay asher. It is a fantastic book!

    lusravesandrants AT gmail DOT com

  10. Carrie K.

    Two YA titles I recently loved: Slam by Nick Hornby and The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff. :)

  11. Aurora m.

    My suggested book is…..

    I Loved Swoon by Nina Malkin so so so much……This book would make a great Christmas gift….Its a stand alone book right now but a follow up book is planned very soon. tweeted this contest

    Aurora M.
    [email protected]

  12. Martha Lawson

    Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes!

    follower on gfc

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  13. Meadow

    Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater is an excellent book (and all cold and snowy for Christmastime! :) )


  14. Moridin

    I would recommend The Rise of Renegade X.

  15. Llehn

    Before I Fall – Lauren Oliver.

  16. Llehn

    Whoops forgot my email addy : lesly7ch(at)yahoo(dot)com

  17. Brooke

    My suggestion is The DUFF by Kody Keplinger.

    Thanks so much!

  18. Patti

    I would recommend several series – Vampire Academy and the Immortal Instruments both were excellent- the book I am really waiting for is the final book in the Vampire Academy series Last Sacrifice.


  19. Michelle

    Hi there.
    I would suggest:
    Before I Fall- Lauren Oliver
    The Mortal Instruments Series- Casssandra Clare
    Wicked Lovely- Melissa Marr

    Gosh- I could go on and on.:)
    [email protected]

  20. Aik

    I’d recommend:
    – The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa
    – Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr
    – Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine
    – The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
    – Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs
    – The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams

    +1 Tweeted:

    +5 Blogged:

  21. Kai (Amaterasu Reads)

    I’d suggest Matched (something to look forward to before Christmas!) by Ally Condie and something that I’ve recently finished reading, Cassie Clare’s Clockwork Angel and Tricia Rayburn’s Siren!

    I’m an international follower :)

    I tweeted and put the button on my sidebar!

    [email protected]

  22. Darlyn

    That’s quite hard. But I would suggest Beastly and Cloaked by Alex Flinn, Shiver and Linger by Maggie Stiefvater, Hush, Hush and Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick, Wake Trilogy by Lisa McMann, Beatiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl and the list could go on.. =)


    +5 blog about them

    thanks for the giveaway!

    darlyn225 at gmail dot com

  23. Iffath Ahmed

    I would recommend..

    -Angel by LA Weatherly
    -Beautiful Malice
    -Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

    And there are tons more books I could suggest, but I won’t swamp you, haha :)


  24. Victoria Zumbrum

    I would suggest Shiver and Linger and Hush Hush and Crescenda. I haven’t read the second Hush Hush book but the other books were really good. Please enter me in contest. [email protected]

  25. karenk

    any book by jenny b. jones :)

  26. Jessi E.

    I would suggest the boxed set of The Hunger Games Trilogy, Clockwork Angel, Jane by April Lindner, Shiver and Linger, The Mortal Instruments series… It would go on and on if I had more time!

    Anyway, thanks for this giveaway!
    jlelliott08 AT gmail DOT com

    I tweeted here:!/elliottreview/status/26615508436

  27. Lisa Gibson

    Definitely have to recommend THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE by Jandy Nelson. So, so, sooo good. Or THE DUFF by Kody Keplinger. Another great one.
    [email protected]
    Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

  28. ylime1981

    I highly recommend The Mortal Instruments series, The Hunger Games series, and Personal Demons. Those are probably at the top of my list right now! :)

    Emily ebdye1(at)gmail(dot)com

  29. Mary DeBorde

    Wow – there are so many incredible YA books on the shelves right now, BUT I highly recommend the new zombie book “Dust” by Joan Frances Turner, as well as The Forest of Hands & Teeth/Dead Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan.

    These are stellar reads and perfect for the month of October :D

    Mary D
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  30. Maggie

    I suggest Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan. It’s wonderful. Thanks for the contest!

  31. Ashley H

    I would reccomend the vampire academy novels.

  32. Amanda W

    I would suggest the Gemma Doyle series by Libba Bray.

  33. Amanda W


  34. Amanda W

    +5 Blogged

  35. Marie Oliva

    I would recomend the fablehaven series, The hunger games trilogy, and the maximum ride series. They’re all awesome!

    By the way, awesome contest!

    ako4eggs at comcast dot net

  36. Anaiz Martinez

    I would recommend the Vampire Academy series (I’ve done it already with a success rate of 100%!)
    nizmart at gmail dot com

  37. Renahe

    Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater renahe_90(AT)hotmail(DOT)com

  38. Karen Senoo

    I recomend Vampire Academy for sure. In my opinion it’s a MUST READ!!! Another one would be House of Night.

    +1 Tweeted:

    Email: tibiux at yahoo dot com dot br

  39. Linz

    I would recommend either the Harry Potter series or the Hunger Games trilogy!

    Thanks so much!

  40. Jennelle S

    A bit difficult, but here’s my choices.

    Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
    The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
    Peter Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

    jlynettes @ hotmail . com

  41. Holly Lee

    I would say that The Hunger Games is a great series to give as a gift!

  42. Jessi

    I think the darkest power series would be great gifts,
    floatingonabiscuit at

  43. Png


    would suggest

    1. Luxe series by Anna [ complete with the high class luxuries info, great 4 christmas ]

    2. Airhead series by Meg Cabot [ a ‘changed into model’s body’ journey, also with glamour ]

    3. Secret Santa by Sabrina James [ a cute and simple YA chick-lit, perfect for quick reads 4 christmas ]

    4. Heist Society by Ally Carter [ around the world{frantic}journey on arts with a twist ]

    Entering for the international one.

    I don’t blog, yet, sorry.

    {hope you like my recommendations}


    [email protected]

  44. Julie H

    You Wish by Mandy Hubbard. The Cardturner by Louis Sachar. Many of the titles already listed! Thanks!

  45. Tynga

    I already bought Beautiful Creatures (the french edition) for my mom =)
    I would also suggest Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead
    Mortal Intruments series by Cassandra Clare & Clockwork Angel
    Graceling & Fire by Kristen Cashore
    Firelight by Sophie Jordan
    Hush, hush & Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
    etc! lol


  46. Daisy

    My suggestion would be one of the books from the Hunger Games series, Firelight by Sophie Jordan, Sleepless by Cyn Balog or Wildthorn by Jane Eagland is they’re into historical fiction as well.

    My e-mail: [email protected]

    By the way: nice way to do a giveaway!

  47. Shauna

    I would suggest The Iron King, Winter’s Passage, The Iron Daughter and a gift card to purchase The Iron Queen in Feb. 2011 by Julie Kagawa! The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials by James Dashner. For the middle grade books, The Limit by Kristen Landon. All excellent!

  48. Lexie

    I would say the Mortal Instrumentsby Cassandra Clare, Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare, Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Iron Fey by Julia Kagawa, Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, Fallen by Lauren Kate, Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick, and also The Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater are amazing books for gifts! Thank you so much for this contest!

  49. Nathalia Monteiro

    Let me see… I would suggest An Abundance of Katherines by John Green. It’s a refreshing book for the YA genre!! :)


  50. Judit

    I’m gonna suggest books from Kristin Cashore – Graceling and Fire and Julie Kagawa’s Iron fey series. I also loved The Body finder by Kimberly Derting and Nevermore by Kelly Creagh.

    Thanks for the contest:)

    judittten at gmail dot com

  51. Judit

    Oh and I forgot to mention, I tweeted this contest here:!/judittten/status/26784389459

    judittten at gmail dot com

  52. Amanda

    Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, & Lauren Myracle is a cute winter/Christmasy themed anthology for young adults.


  53. Ashley

    I would suggest the book Hush, Hush – it’s amazing!

    +1 Sidebar at

    Thanks. :)

  54. (: Isa :)

    Awesome! I would definately recommend Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. It is the best book I have read so far this year.

    Fallen by Lauren Kate is also a good one which I just read.

    +1 – I linked to this contest on my sidebar at

    Thank You!

  55. Ashley

    I would recommend Little Brother by Cory Doctrow and Monster by Walter Dean Meyers, especially for males. They are great books, and are able to draw in a broader male audience.

    I also loved and recommend The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta and The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart.

  56. Jennie

    Shiver and Linger, Speak, Twenty Boy Summer would top my rec list! jennie748 at sbcglobal dot net

  57. StephTheBookworm

    I would suggest The Princess Diaries – an oldie but goodie – one of my favorite series of all time!

  58. Mandy

    Last Sacrifice, if you like the VA series (:

    bratdownstairs at yahoo

  59. Badass Bookie

    Too many great books but here are my tops!

    1) Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead (Paranormal Romance for YA)
    2) Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare ( Urban Fantasy for YA)
    3) Wings and Spells bu Aprilynne Pike ( Fantasy for YA)
    4) She’s so Dead to Us by Keiran Scott ( Teen Drama)
    5) Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard ( Mystery)
    6) Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins ( Dystopian)
    7) I was Jane Austen’s Best Friend by Cora Harrison ( Historical)
    8) Glimmerglass by Jenna Black ( Fantasy)

    haha I could go on but I think I better stop :P
    I tweeted –!/BadassBookie/status/26829853948

    [email protected] ( International)

  60. vickyvak

    I would suggest Firelight by Sophie Jordan!
    I’m entering for the international prize!


  61. Chrizette

    I loved WILDTHORN by Jane Eagland and also LIVING HELL by Catherine Jinks.

    baychriz at gmail dot com

  62. Cass


    Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen — loved it, though I’m not a HUGE fan of historical (like, it’s not my first choice)

    Stork by Wendy Delsol — unique concept and pretty good execution. I enjoyed it.

    The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson — no brainer

    If I Stay by Gayle Forman — one of my faves. If you don’t have it already, you gotta get a copy!!

    PLL series (Which I see Lisa already recommended, but I re-recommend it) by Sara Shepard — it may be trashy, but God damn if it isn’t fricken’ addicting!!


    cc932005 at hotmail dot com (International)

  63. Jessy

    I would have to say some of my recent favorites are:
    Graceling and Fire
    Tell Me a Secret
    The Luxe Series
    Brightly Woven

    findjessyhere at gmail dot com

  64. Tessa Quin

    I suggest the whole House of Night series, by P.C. and Kristin Cast! It was getting a little slow there in book 5 (Hunted), but they made up for it with books 6 and 7 (Tempted and Burned) – especially Burned where the multiple PoV’s was masterfully done. It was so suspenseful! I hope they write Awakened in multiple PoV, too…

  65. Joanna C.

    I think that getting a series would be really cool. Getting the Hunger Games would be really cool.

    joanna_102693(AT) hotmail(DOT)com

  66. Melanie L

    These are some that I really liked:

    The Candidates by Inara Scott
    A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb
    The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
    The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
    The Giver by Lois Lowry
    Smack by Melvin Burgess
    Monster by Walter Dean Myers


  67. Christine W

    I would suggest the books from the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins.

  68. Christine W

    I tweeted about this giveaway

    Thank you,

    [email protected]

  69. Jazmyn R.

    All of these are great YA books to give:
    1. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
    City of Bones
    City of Ashes
    City of Glass

    2. Darkest Powers Trilogy by Kelley Armstrong
    The Summoning
    The Awakening
    The Reckoning

    3. Hush,Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

  70. Jazmyn R.

    My email address is
    wildpeetree7 st hotmail dot com

  71. Jazmyn R.


    Sorry for all the errors! Hopefully I can get it right this time. lol

  72. Holly

    I’d suggest The Poison Diaries by Maryrose Wood. It’s really good.

    [email protected]

  73. Pam S

    I enjoyed Holly Black’s Tithe.

    I don’ read many YA novels, these look great in your giveaway!

    Pam S
    pams00 @

  74. Pam S

    tweeted –!/pams00/status/26971320687

    Pam S
    pams00 @

  75. Carrie

    I total second

    The Sky is everywhere by Jandy Nelson. Its very special.

    Would also recommend:

    Hold Still by Nina LaCour — it just came out in a spanking new paperback edition.

    Both these books have such beautiful handwritten and hand drawn images inside them– I think it makes them extra special. Not just kids love pictures!!!

    [email protected]

    huzzah for international!

  76. Natália Maia

    I would recommend Stravaganza – City of Masks by Mary Hoffman and Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater! Both these books are absolutely amazing! Thanks for opening the giveaway internationally!!
    email: [email protected]

    I linked this giveaway at the sidebar of my blog:

  77. Jennifer Rowe

    Girl, Stolen – April Henry

    Hush, Hush – Becca Fitzpatrick

  78. Vee

    I’d recommend Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler :)

  79. Annabelle F

    I recommend the Hunger Game series by Suzanne Collins, it is so addictive to read! It also has a mix of everything in it – romance, loads of action, lovable characters and quite a few funny moments.


  80. Scoot

    There are SO MANY great YA books to recommend… here are just a few:
    Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
    White Cat by Holly Black
    The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
    The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson
    The Vlad Todd Series by Heather Brewer
    The Compound by S.A. Bodeen
    The Maze Runner by James Dashner
    Firelight by Sophie Jordan

    I posted it on my blog sidebar:
    Thanks! seescootread[at]gmail[dot]com

  81. Katy

    I would recommend The Hunger Games trilogy and The Fiddler’s Gun by A.S. Peterson.


  82. Katy



  83. Arceli

    I would suggest A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray if the intended recipient hasn’t already read it. It’s one of my all-time faves!


  84. Carla

    I would suggest the The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins



    cjmfnobrega (at)gmail (dot)com

  85. Nathalia Monteiro

    I would suggest The Basic Eight. It’s funny in a creepy way, and the main character is different from the others on YA books :)

  86. Bethie

    I would suggest Hush, Hush and Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick. Thanks for the giveaway.

  87. Sheila Hickmon

    I would suggest The Hunger Games!

  88. Laura H.

    I would definitely recommend any or all of the Twilight books!

  89. Laura H.

    Tweeted your giveaway:!/MamaHendo3/status/27653283752

  90. Julie

    -Bruiser by Neal Shusterman
    -Airhead by Meg Cabot
    -The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
    -Gone by Michael Grant
    -Tweisted by Laurie Halse Anderson

  91. Carol M

    I would suggest Ruined by Paula Morris.
    mittens0831 at aol dot com

  92. Grace

    I would recommend the Maximum Ride series.

  93. CherylS22

    I’d suggest “Need” & “Captive” by Carrie Jones. Thanks for the giveaway!

  94. Denise Wilson

    I would suggest The Hourglass Door and The Golden Spiral by Lisa Mangum

  95. Shy

    Book suggestion:
    (1) The Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner – 3 books in this series
    (2) Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side – this one is SO much fun!
    (3) I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore – great sci-fi

    I linked on my sidebar: (Click on “International Contests”)

  96. Kathryn L.

    I recently read “Perfect Chemistry”, it’s a series but the book pretty much is unique and special all on it’s own.
    I don’t know how to express how I felt upon reading this book…..
    it was totally AWESOME !!! seriously, I can’t stress enough !
    check out my review if you want ^_^

    email is kathrynl2e(at)aol(dot)com

  97. Amy Steiner

    I would have to recommend The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins.
    kempfyre21 AT yahoo DOT com

  98. Amy Steiner

    I added your button to my blog’s sidebar!
    kempfyre21 {AT} yahoo {DOT} com

  99. Amy Steiner

    I tweeted about this giveaway!!/AFthfulJrney/status/27755715576

    kempfyre21 {AT} yahoo {DOT} com

  100. Robyn Murphy

    Try The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy, Forget You by Jennifer Echols or Intertwined/Unraveled by Gena Showlater.


  101. Spav

    I would recommend The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson.



  102. Melanie

    Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
    Once Was Lost by Sara Zarr
    Same Difference by Siobhan Vivian
    Jessica’s Guide to Dating on The Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey
    The Dark Divine by Bree Despain

    So many good ones out there!

  103. Debora Lima

    I would recommend Vampire Academy!
    sweet(dot)[email protected](dot)com(dot)br

  104. florie

    I’d recommend Light of Asteria
    and i tweeted! :

    thanks for this great giveaway 8D

  105. florie

    oops sorry i hadn’t checked the date, i’m too late 8(
    congrats to the winner !!8D

  106. Holly

    I would probably buy a YA lover the set of Jaclyn Moriarty books as it’s such a laugh and most people haven’t read it.


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