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You asked, so here it is: win an ARC of BEAUTIFUL CREATURES!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Last week, so many of you mentioned the upcoming Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl as a book you wished was in stores now, so....

I'm giving away an ARC of the book!

I'm spinning this contest off one of the Simon Pulse Blogfest questions that were sent out, but that weren't picked to go up during the Blogfest. The question in question (!) was:

What is one book that you had to read for school that you absolutely hated?

My answer: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. I didn't think it was EVER going to end.

So, for your chance to win, all you have to do is tell me one book you had--or have to--read for school that you couldn't (or can't) stand! Tell me about the book you loathed, the one you read thinking, "Why? WHY????" by midnight EST this Friday, October 2nd, and then I'll pick one name from the comments at random and that person will win the ARC of Beautiful Creatures!

And of course, I have a few links to share:

Agent Jessica Faust on when it's time to query

Agent Janet Reid has a list of questions you should ask agents when you're offered representation -- Her fourth question is bound to stir up some controversy, but I happen to agree with her. When I found out my first agent wanted to write--in addition to about six million other things that weren't agenting--warning bells went off in my head. I wanted an agent who was an agent, not someone who was agenting until they got a different job/book deal. Some agents do write and agent, and I know it doesn't bother a lot of people. But I personally feel more comfortable knowing my agent just wants to agent.

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Editorial Ass touches on something that's close to my heart--overcoming the fear of failure

73 Comments:

Blogger Madison said...

Heart of Darkness. Oh goodness. The best thing I can say about it was that it was short.

(You can count me out of the giveaway, though; I already have an ARC of Beautiful Creatures.)

September 30, 2009 11:18 AM  
Blogger Becky said...

Oh, I hated Great Expectations too. And the funny (well, funny to me at least) thing is that I had to read it twice (once for high school, once for college) and I still can't remember it.

In college, I had to read Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy, and it remains in the most hated book ever position.

September 30, 2009 11:39 AM  
Blogger katie said...

I hated Call Of The Wild by Jack London. I read it in middle school and I just couldn't stand it.

=]

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September 30, 2009 12:02 PM  
Blogger Kami Garcia said...

Thanks Elizabeth! Can't wait to see who wins! xxx

September 30, 2009 1:16 PM  
Blogger Melanie said...

Lord of the Flies

It wasn't that the writing was bad, it was just so realistic that it made me want to throw up. Especially the voilent bits.

September 30, 2009 1:16 PM  
Blogger Emilee said...

1984
I just couldn't get into it. I never did finish it, having left that school about three chapters into the book, but it sits on my shelf awaiting a time when I can really buckle down and read it.

September 30, 2009 1:19 PM  
Blogger Lori(Pure Imagination) said...

I loathed all things Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn! I mean come on! How many years in a row can we read this stuff! I might be the only one that disliked it though...

I have been drooling over Beautiful Creatures!
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September 30, 2009 1:21 PM  
Blogger brittany said...

Honestly, Romeo and Juliet. By the time my class got to it in high school I'd already read it at summer camp, on my own time at home and at the Kids YMCA to a group of kids a few years younger than I was. I love it but after reading it for the fourth time in one year, it got on my nerves, lol.

-Brittany (brttmclv@aol.com)

September 30, 2009 1:22 PM  
Blogger scarlet-poems said...

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September 30, 2009 1:27 PM  
Blogger scarlet-poems said...

Crabbie by William Bell.

I liked it, but it was too, in the wild for my liking, and it was too much like other things i have read from school before.

also right now the globlization of poverty and the new world order is one of those things i threat reading, for school

teggiey_boo_19@hotmail.com

September 30, 2009 1:27 PM  
Blogger Alexa said...

The Rivals by Sheridan. It is a play so maybe when it's performed it's "a brilliant comic masterpiece" but when you're reading it not so much.

September 30, 2009 1:40 PM  
Blogger birdgirl said...

Moby Dick. I think we spent the entire fall semester of my senior year on that book alone.

September 30, 2009 1:44 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

Beowulf, haaate that story.

September 30, 2009 1:47 PM  
OpenID colazback said...

I know this is cliche but the only book I truly hated in high school was also Great Expectations. I could not follow Charles Dickens writing to save my life. I didn't understand anything that he wrote in that style of Old English. I would fall asleep constantly and couldn't get through a single chapter. I have no idea how I passed the test for that...I guess it was lucky guessing.

September 30, 2009 2:00 PM  
Blogger Ashley said...

Moby Dick, definitely. Loved the story, but the cetology chapters were much too slow for me.

September 30, 2009 2:05 PM  
Blogger Mary Danielson said...

The Scarlet Letter - hated with a fiery passion. Still do, actually!

Beautiful Creatures, however, I'm positive I will love. I can't wait for December!

September 30, 2009 2:43 PM  
Blogger donnas said...

Great Expectations was bad. But Heart of Darkness was so much worse. I hated every minute of reading that one. Then we ended up only discussing it for like a day in school.

September 30, 2009 2:45 PM  
Blogger ...MY NAME IS ELENI AND I AM A BOOKAHOLIC... said...

I had to read Middle March by George Eliot and I hated itttt! I couldn't finish it, I had to cliff notes it...please include me in your giveaway for Beautiful Creatures, I really wanna read it! :)

Thanks!
-Eleni
lafemmereaders@yahoo.com

September 30, 2009 2:46 PM  
Blogger runa said...

I'm going to agree with Katie and go with Call of the Wild. I still don't really know what the heck happened in that book.

September 30, 2009 2:57 PM  
OpenID biblauragraphy said...

Uncle Tom's Cabin. Ugh ugh ugh. I had to read it again in college and almost cried when I saw it on the syllabus.

twonickelsoradime (at) gmail

September 30, 2009 3:02 PM  
Blogger Meghan said...

Don Quixote. Oh god. I had to read it the summer before 9th grade. I only made it though about 600 pages (it's over 1000); I had to give it up or risk my sanity.

Thanks. :)
mdondero@sprynet.com

September 30, 2009 3:06 PM  
Blogger Sara M said...

I hated Beowulf, although it could be because the translation my teacher made us read was a very tough translation.

Sara M
sara_UFblog [at] yahoo [dot] com

September 30, 2009 3:20 PM  
OpenID moonkeygirl101 said...

ok the book i had to read for summer reading was the worst book i've ever read. it was Anthem by Ayn Rand

Sarah
bbllchc125@yahoo.com

September 30, 2009 3:30 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Tale of Two Cities. I know a lot of popele liked it but I just couldn't stand it!

jennlynn77@gmail.com

September 30, 2009 3:40 PM  
Blogger californiameaghan said...

i absolutely hated a separate peace when we read it in high school. more recently i have reread it and decided it is actually a wonderful book, but i really disliked it then

meaghan_koci (at) yahoo (dot) com

September 30, 2009 3:42 PM  
Blogger Staysi said...

Ugh I absolutely HATED "The Red Badge of Courage." I read it last year for my ninth grade honors social class and I was literally falling asleep after every paragraph. They seemed to repeat the same thing over and over again and describe weapons like cannons for about twenty pages. Horrible, horrible experience.

--Staysi
staysil7 [at] yahoo [dot] com.

September 30, 2009 3:54 PM  
Blogger Addicted Book Reader said...

Hatchet!!!! I hate that book so much haha and Beowulf was pretty bad too.
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September 30, 2009 3:59 PM  
Blogger Kelsey said...

The House of Dies Drear by Virginia Hamilton. I think I had to read that in like 6th grade... ugh I hated that book.

I would love to win Beautiful Creatures!!

September 30, 2009 4:18 PM  
Blogger alaska. said...

the two books i disliked the most were huck finn (twain) and "bleak house" (dickens). i was just bored.

i'm one of the few that absolutely LOVED "heart of darkness" though, so i don't know if i count. ;)

September 30, 2009 4:34 PM  
Blogger iamliterate said...

I had to read Steinbeck's The Pearl in the summer before seventh grade. WORST 90 PAGES OF MY LIFE. I can safely say it was even worse than the book I just got finished reading for history, Victoria Woodhull's Sexual Revolution.

September 30, 2009 5:02 PM  
Blogger Just Your Typical Book Blog said...

The Great Gatsby.

I think I had to read this my senior year, and I hated it! Hated it so much that I actually never finished it and did that thing you weren't supposed to do - I copied my friend's worksheet. The funny thing is (well, funny to me) is that when the test came around, I just studied the worksheets. Most of the questions were essay ones, so I just kind of bulled my way through it and ended up doing better than my friend did on the test.

Amber
justyourtypicalbookblog(at)hotmail(dot)com

September 30, 2009 5:20 PM  
Blogger Jill of The O.W.L. said...

That's an easy one! Red Badge of Courage!!!! Hated that book. Didn't understand it. Some days I wonder if I should reread it now that I'm older, but then I ask myself if I'm crazy!

Thanks for the give-away!

foltzsfantasticbook at gmail.com

September 30, 2009 5:43 PM  
Blogger Melissa D said...

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September 30, 2009 6:21 PM  
Blogger pepsivanilla said...

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce.
Why was this book written? Why does nothing at all happen? The world will never know...

pepsivanilla14(at)hotmail(dot)com

September 30, 2009 6:46 PM  
Blogger H said...

Aww, I've heard Great Expectations was his only, you know, readable book. Having slogged through Oliver Twist I'd promised myself no more Dickens ... except maybe Great Expectations. Now I think maybe just no more Dickens. Ever.

Madison, you're right about Heart of Darkness. I absolutely hated Of Mice and Men though. It was so irritating!

September 30, 2009 6:58 PM  
Blogger dreaming days away said...

Well, I guess this getting a bit repetitive, but I'm gonna say Great Expectations was not only the book I HATED having to read, but I actually didn't even read most of it. I was an honors student, but i took some crap grades during that section so i wouldnt have to actually focus on reading it.

In college, I read The Street by Ann Petry, and pretty much hated it. I think it's because there was absolutely nothing positive about it. When you are reading a sad story, you have to have some shred of hope or goodness to keep you interested. The Street was just sad and bad.

Very excited about Beautiful Creatures!

ashley
faithfulbrowneyes at yahoo.com

September 30, 2009 7:34 PM  
Blogger WhatBriReads said...

Tom Sawyer. I thought it would never end. I had read it on my own when I was in second grade, and liked it, but when I had to read it in 8th grade I hated it. I also wasn't a huge fan of To Kill A Mockingbird, which a lot of people liked...

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September 30, 2009 7:57 PM  
Blogger Bianca said...

Lord of the Flies. Had to read that in middle school and it was just boring!

infinitemusic19 at gmail dot com

September 30, 2009 8:09 PM  
Blogger KatieDoll said...

Of Mice And Men. Most liked it, but I wasn't in that category. It was probably the least enjoyment I've ever gotten out of a book before, which is odd for me.

skellington28210@yahoo.com

September 30, 2009 8:28 PM  
Blogger Cari said...

I have to admit, I was lucky with the books we were made to read in school. I think my least favorite was something I can't remember the name of - all I remember was that it was a classic and one character pushes another out of a tree and the boy either gets a broken arm or dies. I'm pretty sure he dies. It just took me forever to get through that one. And...now I've blocked it out. :)
Cari
neohippy10 hotmail

September 30, 2009 8:29 PM  
Blogger Brodie said...

I know there are so many people who love and adore Shakespeare's works... but the book I hated reading in school was Romeo and Juliet. Sure, it's a good story behind it but the writing really frustrated me! It went in one ear and out the other. You read a sentence then have to figure out what the heck he's trying to say in plain english. If I'm going to read a book, I don't want to stop every five minutes to understand what's going on. Shakespeare = not on my happy list LOL.

Great giveaway! I sooo can't wait to read Beautiful Creatures!

Thanks!
hanging.by.a.moment_@hotmail.com

September 30, 2009 8:43 PM  
Blogger library said...

Wow, all these books everyone hated were books I really liked/loved(honest! esp. The Scarlet Letter and Huck Finn & Heart of Darkness)...
The book I hate most in high school was A Separate Peace, for 2 reasons. 1. We were reading it at the time my BFF stopped being my BFF
2. My teacher beat it to death. I still can't see the word "jounced"(and I read A Separate Peace in 1993!)without thinking of Phineas & Gene. By the end, I WANTED TO JOUNCE A TREE LIMB.

September 30, 2009 8:57 PM  
Blogger Jessica Secret said...

OK, well, I'm homeschooled. So I can't give you a book that I had to read for school. BUT, I did read a book for a homeschooler book club called Weedflower. Bleh! It was so d...r....a....g...g....e...d out. And the main character was...ew. It just sucked, basically.

Please count me in for the giveaway! my email is: shutupjessicasreading at gmaildotcom

September 30, 2009 9:10 PM  
Blogger Alexa said...

Breakfast at Tiffany's was one of the worst books I've ever had to read. I guess it wasn't awful, but it had NO point to it.

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September 30, 2009 9:54 PM  
Blogger Haleyknitz said...

haha i'm homeschooled, so my mom was constantly saying "did you finish that book yet?"

i hate steinbeck. seriously. anything he wrote (except Travels with Charley, which was so cute! but it dragged near the end) i hate because important people die all the time and it makes me sad... whatever. he was good but i hate his books.

and i hated great expectations too! i moaned about it so often that my mom let up on me and didn't make me finish it :D ah the joys of being homeschooled! but i do love the name Estella, however much i hated the character...

haleymathiot at yahoo dot com

September 30, 2009 9:59 PM  
Blogger Juanita said...

I took this class called the Golden Age of Children's Lit, and we had to read Tom Brown's Schooldays by Thomas Hughes. It's a pretty lengthy book, and I don't think one person managed to finish all of it - it was so boring.

September 30, 2009 10:09 PM  
Blogger Llehn said...

I had a hard time wading through Sons and Lovers by DH Lawrence.

lesly7ch(at)yahoo(dot)com

September 30, 2009 10:49 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

I had to read Slaughterhouse-Five in high school and I hated, hated, HATED it. My 10th grade English teacher was obsessed with war books, and by the time we got to this one I never wanted to read another war book again. Then throw in aliens and I was DONE.

The funny thing...it's now one of my absolute FAVORITE books of all time. I had to be at the right maturity level and in the right frame of mind to read it. I really appreciate it now, and I'm glad I was forced to read it in hs, because I probably never would have felt compelled to read it had I not wanted to give a book I hated another chance.

Jessica

jessrlove at hotmail

September 30, 2009 11:06 PM  
Blogger luckygirl1112 said...

I had to read Great Expections too. I hated it, I thought it was never going to end. Then the teacher told me I didn't even have to read it, even though she told me I had to.

jfgirl@hughes.net

September 30, 2009 11:39 PM  
Blogger Liviania said...

I hated Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Hardy. Didn't take a class that otherwise looked interesting this semester because I'd have to read it again.

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October 01, 2009 12:12 AM  
Blogger Tiffany Cunha said...

I hated Great Expectations too. Never understood it. It kind of went through one ear, and out the other.
Another book I hated reading was 1984. It was SO confusing and couldn't keep my attention what so ever. I think that's why I did so horrible on the tests for that book. Haha :)
I didn't like Count Of Monte Cristo either. Oh god! Let's not even go there.

October 01, 2009 1:22 AM  
Blogger So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I hated Great Expectations as well. It was long. And Borig. |And tedious. And we had to read it THREE times for the exam. It very nearly made me cry!

The comments about Heart of Darkness scare me, I've got to read that later this year! :(

angels3@blueyonder.co.uk

October 01, 2009 6:44 AM  
Blogger elnice said...

I had to read of Mice and Men. It was depressing, at least it stuck in my brain.

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October 01, 2009 8:59 AM  
Blogger Ashley said...

I'd have to say "Lord of the Flies"

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October 01, 2009 10:34 AM  
Blogger austenfan said...

I couldn't stand reading To Kill A Mockingbird. I didn't even finish the book! I know, I know, I'm one of the few who didn't like it but what can I do? It just wasn't for me. :)

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October 01, 2009 10:35 AM  
Blogger Jessy said...

I hated having to read the Pearl by John Steinbeck. I am looking so forward to read Beautiful Creatures can't wait for December.

findjessyhere at gmail dot com

October 01, 2009 11:22 AM  
Blogger Jacqueline C. said...

Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer - We had to read it in my British Lit class in high school. I don't think I've read a more tedious or boring book in my life, and that includes Great Expectations!

October 01, 2009 1:26 PM  
Blogger Just.Blinded.Blog.Makeovers said...

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was the one book that I've read that has made me want to kill myself! I've never been that excited finishing a book before. It was so boring and it dragged on and on.

October 01, 2009 4:54 PM  
Blogger throuthehaze said...

We had to read the play Cyrano de Bergerac.......I hatehatehate it. It took me forever to read because I just couldn't get into it.
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

October 01, 2009 11:01 PM  
Blogger Lena said...

Intruder In The Dust! HAAATED it! I would think to myself "ok, after this sentence, I'm going to bed." YEAH, that's not the case. The sentence wouldn't end for like 8 pages and I still had no idea what was going on. BOO!

October 02, 2009 12:09 AM  
Blogger DeNiSe MaDnEsS said...

oTwo words for you

Huckleberry Finn

That all Im saying !!!


Denise

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October 02, 2009 12:09 AM  
Blogger DebraLSchubert said...

Elizabeth, Thought I'd stop by and let you know PERFECT YOU was selected as a Top 10 YA Must Read on my blog today. Feel free to pop on over. http://debralschubert.blogspot.com/

October 02, 2009 8:25 AM  
Blogger Jennifer Tran said...

I hated The Scarlet Letter. It just went on and on and the first chapter was most definitely the hardest to get through. The ideas/premise were good, it was the language that killed me.

-Jennifer
jtran248@gmail.com

October 02, 2009 10:54 AM  
Blogger Hillary said...

What is one book that you had to read for school that you absolutely hated?

GREAT EXPECTATIONS! It's the only book I didn't finish. I used spark notes for the last 100 pages because I hated it so much.

(But my favorite was definitely The Scarlet Letter)

October 02, 2009 10:56 AM  
Blogger barbrafl said...

Oh, I just had to read THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN and HATED it. His voice/writing style was horrible. "I gun walk down der street and meeted with de man" SO BAD. I hate it still, and we're discussing it currently in class for the next week. AHHHHHHH.

I need something good to read, so please count me in on the giveaway!
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October 02, 2009 5:38 PM  
Blogger Paradox said...

I haven't read many books that I've absolutely hated, and most of those that I did hate were books I read outside of school. But I can say that reading Tess of the D'Urbervilles and the Old Testament of the Bible was torture! Beowulf came close, but at least it didn't drag on forever!

paradoxrevealed (at) aim (dot) com

October 02, 2009 8:43 PM  
Blogger Brittani said...

The Scarlet Letter. OMG. The whole topic and like, story kinda was okay. But the language was too poetic and boring. I just couldn't read it for some reason. It was awful!

- Brittani
poeticxheart@gmail.com

October 02, 2009 10:03 PM  
Blogger Nancye said...

Beowulf (sp?) and Leaves of Grass BORING!!! I am SO glad to be long gone from school and can read what I want!!

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

October 02, 2009 10:59 PM  
Blogger Chloe said...

Hmm.. I think I'm going to have to go with The Pearl. It was so POINTLESS in the end, haha. And I didn't really like the story anyways.

On the other hand, Beautiful Creatures sounds absolutely AMAZING :D

Chloe
lookaftermyheart1901(at)gmail(dot)com

October 02, 2009 11:52 PM  
Blogger natalierenae said...

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. Possibly the worst book I've ever read! Thanks for the contest!

n_monzyk_27@yahoo.com

October 03, 2009 5:20 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

Definately Animal Farm - it was probably the worst book I eveer read and was just pointless.

October 03, 2009 8:32 PM  
Blogger Book Sp(l)ot said...

Oh, well I was out of town-and internet-less- until just last night but I still want to answer...and my answer would be Catcher in the Rye, I couldn't stand that book for some reason...I loved most of the other 'classics' though

-Lucile

October 04, 2009 4:04 PM  
Blogger Haley said...

Ugh. I hate hate hated A Tale of Two Cities. Dickens sucks. Period.

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October 04, 2009 7:50 PM  

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