Friday, July 6, 2012

Summer Reads Giveaway Hop! July 6-11

*****The WINNER of last week's Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop at Peppermint Ph.D. is Marlene Breakfield over at Book Lover and Procrastinator!
Congrats Marlene! I've sent you an email, so please respond within 48 hours.


When I added my name to the Linky for my 2nd giveaway in 3 years and my first giveaway hop, the Freedom to Read Giveaway, I honestly had no idea what to expect.
Oh. My. Goodness.
I had a blast!!!!
The only negative of the entire experience was that I didn't get much reading done because I was so busy reading and conversing with my new friends!!! :)
So, of course, here I am again, ready to rock'n roll! :):)

In the previous giveaway, I asked for advice on giving used books as prizes and I was pleasantly overwhelmed with the thoughtful advice I received.  You guys rock!! 
So, for the Summer Reads Giveaway Hop, I want to ask another question. 
 I've been getting a lot of reading/blogging time this summer, mostly due to my work schedule as a community college writing professor.  I'm only teaching one online class this summer by choice which gives me more time for my own reading and writing activities.  Other bloggers are so busy during the summer that the blogosphere is a pretty quiet place many days.  Some days I've even felt like maybe I am the only one online..."Tap, Tap, is this thing on??"
Here's the question: What time of year do you get the most reading/blogging done? and Why?

For my mandatory entry, I'd be much obliged if you'd like my new Facebook page for Peppermint Ph.D.  I'm just getting it started, so there are only a few people to talk to so far 

If you don't "do" Facebook, then just give me a follow on GFC or Networked blogs.

If you're already a GFC or Networked blogs follower and a Facebook Liker, and/or don't have Facebook, you can follow me on Pinterest and that will count to.

If you're already a GFC or Networked blogs follower, Facebook liker and/or don't have a Facebook, don't do Pinterest and/or already follow me on Pinterest, just tell me in the comments section cause, good gravy, you deserve some kind of credit for hanging in there this far in the post! 

I'm offering another prize from Amazon, up to $20 for a book/books of your choice.  
Amazon and I are buddies, and I like to do business there.  Later on in the summer, I'll introduce you to my two favorite Mississippi indies, Square Books in Oxford and Lemuria in Jackson.
For now though, you can browse Amazon and let me know what you've selected after you win! :)

Please include your email and blog address in the comments section so I'll be able to contact you.  Nothing worse than winning a prize and never knowing about it :(
The winner will be announced on the afternoon of July 12 and will have 48 hours to respond to my email.  After that time, I'll have to choose another winner.  
My girls and I will choose the winner via names in a hat...we're sorta old fashioned that way :)

And, now for the not so fine print:
Summer Reads Giveaway Hop 
Hosted by
Co-hosted by 
Rex Robot Reviews
July 6th to 11th
HOP RULES:
You must host a giveaway on your site, you are responsible for obtaining a prize for giveaway and taking care of the shipping charges.
You must giveaway something a reader, author or blogger would enjoy.
Your giveaway post must include the hop image & linky (or links to the hosts' sites if you can't get the linky to work).
Please only 1 mandatory entry - Up to 4 optional entries. No more than 5 entries total.
Your post must be live by 12:01 EST on July 6th. (That is 9 pm July 5th if you live in California)
The giveaway must be specifically for this hop.
Your site must be family friendly - no erotica or 18+ sites. Your site & giveaway must be free of steamy images and book covers. If it would embarrass me to have my teenagers see it, it can't be on your site.
It is your responsibility to check the linky on July 6th to be sure you are still on the linky and that your link is accurate.
If you are using Rafflecopter set it to begin on JULY 5th and to end on JULY 12th. The top right corner can only say 5 possible entries so do not use the point values +4, +5, +10 + 25, etc.

GO HOPPIN' YA'LL!!

106 comments:

  1. I get most of my blogging done in the Winter, less outside distractions, and my kids are at school!

    Shondra
    loseittoday@yahoo(dot)com
    www.givemetoday.blogspot.com

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    1. When my kids are in school, so am I...I guess that's one downfall of being a teacher with somewhat of the same on/off schedule. I love it though.
      Thanks!

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  2. I "liked" your FB page, I think that gets me another entry?!

    Shondra
    loseittoday@yahoo(dot)com
    www.givemetoday.blogspot.com

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    1. The FB like is the only mandatory entry this time with other options for those who don't "do" Facebook. I'm happy to give extra entries to folks who follow in other ways as well :)

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  3. Liked your FB. follow on Networked, Pinterest, and GFC all as teressa oliver

    I read the same all year long. I am usually reading the most right before bed because it takes my better half sooo long to get ready for bed, lol
    teressaoliver at gmail dot com

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    1. You're so lucky, Teressa...I get bogged down in reading my students' work at various points in the semesters and pretty much am exhausted by the time I fall into bed :( I'm a better teacher bc I take the much needed brain time off during summer. I have a few essays waiting for me right now...but not so many that it's overwhelming.
      Thanks!

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  4. Thanks for the giveaway! I think I get more reading done in the winter because of the weather here.
    I 'liked' your FB page, follow you via GFC & Networked Blogs, followed you on Pinterest. :)

    stephward84(at)hotmail(dot)com
    http://adreamwithindream.blogspot.com

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    1. Once it gets cold in MS, usually not until January, we stay inside as well. But, only for a couple of months. We don't have a lot of cold weather. But we do have cloudy, gloomy weather in the Winter. We're weenies too when it comes to cold simply bc we're not used to it.
      Thanks!

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  5. I blog year round, but don't get as much done during the summer because my kids are home. I have to be aware of what they are doing, and can't totally zone out when they are here, like I can in the fall. I would have to say that fall is my most productive time of the year.

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    1. Heather, Fall is probably my most "unproductive" time...it's the busiest semester as far as activities, football season, band performances, Fall Festivals, Halloween, the county fair, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc. My two oldest are old enough that I don't have to keep an eye on them at all times...and besides that, they have part-time jobs :):) The youngest is my shadow but doesn't need to be entertained all that much. She also goes to work with my husband a few days a week and answers the phones at the front desk (things are pretty slow right now). That gives me some much needed Mommy time :)

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  6. I blog all year round but I am busier in the Fall and Winter. For the exception of this year, I had crappy internet so I wasn't online for months. So now I'm playing catch up.

    vampiremistress2010(at)gmail(dot)com
    http://booklovershideaway.blogspot.com/

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  7. We just about go into shock around my house when the internet is out.
    Thanks for entering! :)

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  8. I 'liked' you on FB :-) Thanks for the chance to win - and letting me discover your blog.

    There's not really much difference according to season for my reading & blogging, except for a spurt in January & February when I've just joined reading challenges and am determined to JUST DO IT!

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    1. Oh, wow, Debbie! You jump right on it, don't you! I sort of meander along through the year and hope I'll cover the majority :)
      Thanks for entering!

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  9. I get more done in the winter cause its less active and hectic then in the warmer weather. I try and play catch up as much as I can when its finally quiet here.
    GFC follower - amhengst
    Pinterest - amhengst
    Like on FB- amhengst
    amhengst at verizon dot net

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    1. Summer is active around here as well but so blooming hot that it's impossible to stay outside for long :( Time indoors is perfect for reading :)
      Thanks!

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  10. I get more reading done in the winter after Christmas, and in the summer before July!

    eai(at)stanfordalumni(dot)org

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    1. I get a lot of reading done after Christmas as well during the holidays. It's usually pretty quiet before we all go back to school/work :)
      Your post is showing as anonymous so please let me know who you are and how you entered so that I can put your name in the hat :)

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  11. I stalk...um I mean I follow you every way I can. I read more in the winter time because I really hate going out in the cold, of course with the heat wave that Michigan is having right now I only leave the house when I have to.

    proudarmymom32(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. LOL! I can imagine how cold it is there during the winter! The heat, though, is something I'm much more used to. July and August especially are miserable down here. We stay inside as much as possible and even wait until after 3-4 p.m. to swim.
      Thanks, Sue!

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  12. I get more done in the Fall & Spring when I'm in the usual 16 week courses. Summer tends to suck for me because I take four 6 week courses and they tend to be super demanding.

    FB: Emily Rencich
    GFC: Doodle
    Pinterest: Emily Rencich

    doodlesbookblog @ gmail .com
    http://doodlesbookblog.blogspot.com

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    1. I completely understand that! We offer two 4 1/2 week courses in the summer and I don't really enjoy teaching them. You can imagine how much work we have to do every class and homework to boot!
      Thanks!

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  13. I read all year long...but judging from my goodreads page ( I finally have something to record and keep track of everything lol) it would seem that summer is my season of reading. Days are longer and even if I burn the whole night reading, that sunshine gives me enough energy for the workday. I just started blogging so I don't have an answer yet. Interesting question...

    I am following you on GFC but I do not have FB or Pinterest
    e-mail: candylovestoread@gmail.com
    Blog: http://www.candylovestoread-eating-sour-skittles.blogspot.com

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    1. I love having the record of what I've read too! Wait until you've been blogging for a while and you go back and look at the past years...very cool indeed! :)

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  14. I'm reading more on holidays , normally because at the moment i've been sick and i haven't recovered so i'm more slow or in no shape at all to read ç_ç

    i'm a gfc follower: miki
    i don't have facebook or pinterest

    isabelle(dot)frisch(at)gmail(dot)com

    http://lectureaventure.blogspot.be/

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    1. I hope you feel better soon, Miki :( I get a lot read during the week or two after the holidays before we go back to school :)

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  15. I don't blog but I do read alot. I do my reading at night so I read about the same year round

    Like on FB Susan Smith
    follow via GFC susan1215

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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    1. I fall asleep when I read in bed :/ I think that means I'm old ;)

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  16. In the summer I have more time to read books and write reviews. During, this time I'm not in school so I have more free time and I don't have to worry about homework.I don't have a blog, but I write my reviews on Goodreads and Barnes @ Noble. Thank you for the giveaway.

    Follow GFC: kassandralopez32
    kassandralopez32@yahoo.com

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    1. Yep, that's me too, Kassandra. Once school starts and essays start pouring in, I feel like I'm drowning :(

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  17. I don't think that I get more reading done at a specific time of the year... I do read a lot when I'm traveling or on holiday :)

    liked on fb as Andrea Brigneti
    thanks for the giveaway!
    cheesybread(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. It depends on the holiday for me...if it's a busy one, sight-seeing, visiting, trying to do as much as we can during the day and passing out at night, I don't get any reading done at all. But, if it's a laid back holiday (usually a week or more), I get to read a lot more :)

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  18. My reading amounts don't change based on the time of the year. I read alot all the time! My husband really regretd getting me my kindle sometimes.

    GFC- Maria pronounced Mariah
    FB &NB- Maria Smith

    Thanks so much!
    Mmafsmith at gmail dot com

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    1. My husband got me my Kindle as well :) Good fellas!!

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  19. I read a lot all the time especially right now since I'm currently unemployed but back when I worked I probably actually read more during the winter because I was working the garden after work during the summer.

    Thanks for participating in the giveaway and giving me a chance to find your blog. I followed you through GFC (Melissa) and Twitter (melrailey).

    Melissa (melissa(at)gmail.com)

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    1. Makes sense to me, Melissa. When I'm working, I feel like I am racing from one class to another, one meeting to another, one task to another...and I barely get to cram in pleasure reading at all after everything else is taken care of. I'm glad to have this time off right now.

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  20. I probably get the most blogging done in the summer because I'm a university student. So I have no school work ;) I do have a summer job but it's part time. So for the most part, I can read as much as I want!

    I liked you on Facebook under Ashley Evans. :)

    E-Mail: cazzyae(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Me too, Ashley. I'm teaching an online class only this summer so the workload is definitely bearable. Leaves plenty of time for fun reading!

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  21. I haven't really been getting any blogging done for awhile but I guess the last time I was most active was in the Fall. It is just something about that time of year that makes me want to read.

    Like on FB: Rae Pavey

    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

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    1. Fall is the time of year I generally turn to classics for some reason...it may be that things turn a little more bleak once the leaves fall especially and after the time changes and it gets dark so early.

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  22. Since I'm a student I read a lot more during the vacation time such as summer holidays because I've got a lot of free time. As for blogging I think I blog the same throughout the year though it's only been about a month since I started book blogging. I've neglected my personal blog due to book blogging. xD Thanks for the giveaway! :D

    Following via GFC: Isa and Facebook: Vashael

    visabellad(at)gmail.com

    Isa @ Chasing Quills

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    1. I'm thankful to have a schedule similar to my children. 2 are in college and 1 is elementary age but we're still all 3 off at the same time.

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  23. I read a lot in the summer because it's too hot to go outside and do anything else!
    GFC follower: JenniferH
    FB follower: Maria Haile
    Linky: Jennifer Haile
    Networked Blogs: Maria Haile
    Pinterest: princessperidot

    volta2173 at sbcglobal dot net

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    1. AMEN, Jennifer! I'm right there with you!

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  24. I get the most reading done during the holidays when I have nothing else to do :)
    GFC-Janhvi Jagtap

    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

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    1. The week or so after the holidays and before we go back to school is almost a reading marathon for me :) Love it!

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  25. I get the most reading done during the holidays like janhvi because I don't have to go to work! I liked you on FB as Suz Reads! Thanks for this amazing giveaway - I would love to win!

    susanw28 (at) mindspring (dot) com

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    1. me too!! I'm envious of all the Reading marathon weekends that take place all through the year. The only one I am ever able to participate in is the one that takes place over the weekend after Thanksgiving, but I love it!

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  26. I follow on gfc-magic5905
    I get the most reading done during summer. It is too hot to do much else, plus there are not a lot of tv shows on at night.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

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    1. I agree totally, Joy...most of the good shows are on hiatus in the summer. And I live in MS, so you can imagine the heat here :(

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  27. I liked you on Facebook - sweepingtheusa

    I follow you on GFC - sweepingtheusa

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  28. I follow via GFC as Danielle B! Thanks for the giveaway! :]

    laughs4life14(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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  29. I get most done in winter.

    Like on FB Donna S
    gfc follower

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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    1. Winter's a good time for me to read those older books set in castles or other dark/cold places :)

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  30. I follow GFC- Mary ann and like on FB-mary ann gacayan

    I get to read more books on holidays or when its cold.:))

    maryanngacayan at yahoo dot com

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    1. That's the season for spooky stuff or classics to me!

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  31. In the summer I listen to more audiobooks because I'm more active and in the winter I read more in print but the blogging part is pretty consistent year round.

    I created a facebook page last year but find I use it mostly for links to blog posts and announcing giveaways. I get some comments but it hasn't gotten conversational yet.

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    1. I've been listening to my audios more when I walk my dogs...it's an incentive to walk and to walk longer. I like that :)

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  32. I never realized that I finish a lot more books when my kids are in school. During the summer I am busy doing things with them and don't get as much of a break.

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Dani
    GFC - Dani Chapman
    ellepaulette@gmail.com

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    1. I guess I'm just the opposite...my schedule is very similar to my kids' schedules so we're busier during the school year. In the summer we try to take some down time :)

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  33. Since I'm retired, my time is my own to do with as I please. I follow blogs like yours, I enter contests (love to win) and read.

    I follow you on GFC: Karen H in NC
    I like you on Facebook: Karen Haas

    After all of that social media, how did you miss Goodreads?

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

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    1. Karen, I can't wait for my day to come so I can be you! :) I like LibraryThing better than Goodreads. The faculty at my school has a Goodreads site and I'm a member but I don't participate much.

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  34. Thank you for the entry!
    I also follow you thru GFC :D
    I get most of my reading done in the summer when its way too hot to be out there and in the winter when my eyelashes will literally fall off outside because of the cold lol

    Email: contestwpggirl@mymts.net

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    1. LOL! It doesn't get that cold here in Mississippi but bc of the heat and mild cool temps, if it ever does get really cold, possibly in Jan. and Feb. I'm such a wimp and just about freeze to death :/

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  35. Thanks!
    GFC Cricket
    Latoya Hudson on FB
    lilcrickit at gmail dot com
    I get a lot of reading done during the summer, well actually I think it's fairly even year round.

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    1. Summer's my best time too since I'm off work mostly :)

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  36. GFC: Debbie W.

    I usually get a lot of reading done in the summer and in the spring where there is a lot of natural light. In the winter, I do do some reading, though I'll have to rely on electrical lighting instead, so there's less.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    xsweeteternityx(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. I like natural light better too, Debbie. It's easier on my eyes :)

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  37. I'm a teacher (like you!), so yes, I definitely get MORE reading done during the summer, and/or the winter break! :)

    Thank you for being part of the "Summer Reads Giveaway Hop" - for your generosity, may your days be warm & bright all year round. Thank you for the wonderful opportunity! :D

    GFC: ~Enamored Soul~
    Facebook Fan: Hira Hasnain
    Networked Blogs: Hira Hasnain
    Pinterest: Hira Hasnain


    Name: Hira Hasnain
    Email: Enamoredsoul(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I love the time to read things I want to read...I love teaching but after a while, I'm ready to read something else besides student essays :)

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  38. Especially in summer, because i'm dutty free.
    GFC: paula
    FB fan: Botezatu Paula
    NB: Botezatu
    Name: Botezatu Paula
    email: botezatu_paula@yahoo.com

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  39. FB follower as Nikki O!

    Erm...I read whenever I can really. Not during a particular time but especially during the holidays!

    Abby
    reviewsbyabby at gmail dot com
    http://by-abby.blogspot.com

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    1. Even during the school year, I always keep a book in some form in my purse for wait times, boring meetings, etc. In the car I also have audiobooks to listen to on my short commute. But, the holidays are a good time for me too. :)

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  40. I read all the time...but I get a lot done during extreme weather (hot or cold, rain, etc) because I don't want to leave the house!

    old FB "Liker" (Michele Manning)
    GFC - isabelli3619

    isabelli3619 (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. I'm that way too, Christine...I'd rather stay home when the temps are out of control. I can "hunker down" in a heartbeat :)

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  41. I read a good amount year round, but of course I get most reading done in the summer time when school's out. =) Thanks for the giveaway!

    GFC- Shelby
    FB- Shelby Lauren

    bookworm12595(at)yahoo(dot)com
    http://gobsandgobsofbooks.blogspot.com/

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  42. more in winter as to cold to do anything else
    milind.uppal@gmail.com

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    1. We're not used to extreme winter temps/conditions in Mississippi so on the off chance we experience it, I stay put as well :)

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  43. I follow you on GFC as Stacy T (sorry, don't do FB).

    I read year-round, although since I currently work in retail, I just don't read a lot around the holidays (between Thanksgiving and Christmas). I make up for it in January though!

    the imagine tree at aol dot com

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    1. I bet you don't, Stacy...I worked retail while I was in college and the holidays are NUTS! I always say everybody ought to have to work retail at least once in their lives. Then, they wouldn't act like such jerks when they're customers.

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  44. I seem to read more in the fall/winter. The cold weather keeps me indoors and I need something to pass the time.
    Following via gfc (angelacisco79)angelacisco79(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. me too, Angela. Give me a blanket and a nice warm fire with my book and cup of mint tea and I'm good for hours :)

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  45. Longtime follower in GFC!
    Mostly in the colder months!
    Thanks for a fantabulous giveaway!
    MonjaBlue(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I don't like to get out in the cold either, but the weekends are the only time I really get in the winter...and then those neverending essays to grade :/

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  46. Liked your FB page!
    Thanks for a fantabulous giveaway!
    MonjaBlue(at)gmail(dot)com

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  47. Liked your FB page! And usually during the summer ;)

    fourheadjen at gmail dot com

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  48. Thanks so much! I usually get a lot of reading done during Christmas holidays or when I feel really down...reading helps!

    GFC reading mind

    aliasgirl at libero dot it

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    1. Right after Christmas and the weekend after Thanksgiving are really good times for me as well...all the work of the holidays is done and school hasn't started back yet. Bliss :)

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  49. i read all the time..
    iam new follower :
    1. gfc, pinterest : dian aesha
    2. FB : annisa belikov casillas

    thanks for the chance

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  50. I read year round, it is great for stress relief!
    I am following:
    Facebook - Kim Reid
    GFC - Kim Reid
    Pinterest - yarnaddicted3

    Thanks:)
    kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

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    1. One of the best stress relievers ever!! Thanks!

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  51. I love reading anytime of the year since it's how i relax at the end of the day or on a weekend however i find i read more during the school year and during the cooler months. This winter i'll get to cozy up with a fireplace though. ;) WOO!!

    GFC & FB Terri matlock
    oklahomamommy0306@gmail.com
    Pinterest Terri Matlock (okmommy0306?)

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  52. I read more during the summer (less holidays) and I tend to read alot on car rides and beach trips!
    GFC - Kaci Verdun
    Like on FB - Kaci McClellan Verdun
    kacidesigns@yahoo.com

    Great giveaway! Thanks!

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  53. I read all year long, but I get the most done in the summer. It's my summer break from school, so I have more time to read. Thanks for the great giveaway!
    GFC and FB: Kaitlin Snider

    ksnider1019@gmail.com

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  54. Thank you very much for the great giveaway! I read all the time love to read late at night mostly and do get some more time in during the summer!
    GFC-latishajean
    Facebook-latisha D
    tishajean@ charter.net

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  55. I am maxed out in my facebook likes, so please accept my gfc following (I follow you on pinterest, too).

    I like to read any time.
    Thanks!
    ruthaw_1974@yahoo.com

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  56. The time of year doesn't affect my reading as much as the time of day. I'm a mom of 10, who is active in the schools and with the PTA... because of this, I only get to read at night and at nap time.
    I follow you on Facebook: Lisa Francis Hackney
    yankssssrule08 at yahoo dot com

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  57. I already like you on
    Facebook - Sherry Strode
    follow on Pinterest - Sherry Strode
    GFC - Sherry S.
    email subscriber
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

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