Jamie Is Getting Married And Therefore Must Get Rid Of Books – Wave #1

 There once was a girl named Jamie. She was set to be married in August 2012 and was SO smitten with her Prince Charming. You know..she found her Darcy, her Peeta/Gale (depending on who you are), her Marcus Flutie…the one that makes her heart go aflutter.
Prince Charming was all perfect and shiz UNTIL he said the dreaded words, “I think you need to get rid of some books for when we move.”  
Our heroine was HORRIFIED! “Get rid of some books?! HAVE YOU LOST YOUR EFFING MIND?” was all she could utter.  BACK OFF BRO!
So she pouted

And pouted 
And pouted some more….

 Until she looked in the mirror and realized, “Jaim. Stop making the uglyfaces. Just maybe he is right. Maybe you can make this turn into happytimes. After all, you are probably going to live in a shack as newlyweds with less than adequate space for books.”

 So what was our heroine’s solution you ask? A BIG OL GIVEAWAY to find good homes for some of her precious books…ones that she will never reread, has duplicates of or will just never get to.

The Deal:

So as the story goes… unfortunately I am going to do reduce my collection for when we move because I know we are going to end up moving into a place smaller than my closet. lol. Plus,  I’m trying to simplify…sooo it kind of works out. So I figured I’d send these books off to other bloggers so I know they will have a good home. Anything that doesn’t get taken will be donated. These books are either books I’ve already read and probably won’t reread, books I got unsolicited and probably won’t get to, books I bought or books that I got duplicate copies of somehow.

There will be two winners. One winner will receive their choice of 7 books while the second winner will win 4. After the winners pick, I’ll let them know what is leftover and they can probably pick a few more depending on how much fits in a box. I want to get as many as I can off.


– US Only. Sorry, weddings are expensive so I can’t afford international anymore. Gotta cut some spending.
– You don’t have to be a follower, or follow my cousin’s daughter’s blog or write up a super awesome post about it. I’d love if you tweeted about it to get the word out. Say whatever you want. “Jamie looks insane but take these effing books off her hand.” “Jamie is doing the uglyface so do what she wants.” I don’t care. Whatever your heart desires…and if not, that’s cool. 
– YOU MUST BE A BOOK BLOGGER TO WIN ANY OF THE ARCS. If you aren’t, please feel free to still enter for the finished copies (all those not labeled ARC), but I feel very strongly about passing these on for others who will REVIEW them.
– Only one entry per person
– Giveaway ends October 8th 2011.
-Fill out this easy peasy giveaway form.

Keep an eye out for more of these giveaways. I’ll be doing them sporadically until my wedding or until I get my collection down…but let’s be honest…it’s still going to look like an episode of Hoarders.

Here are the books to choose from:


Bad Taste In Boys by Carrie Harris
Sass & Serendipity by Jennifer Ziegler
The Other Countess by Eve Edwards
Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles
Withering Tights by Louise Rennison
 Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (ARC)
You Are My Only by Beth Kephart (ARC)
Eve by Anna Carey (ARC)
The Goblin Wars by Hilari Bell (ARC)
Welcome to Bordertown: New Stories and Poems Of The Borderlands (Cassanda Clare, Neil Gaiman, Cory Doctorow and more)
Emily The Strange
Enthralled – Rachel Caine, Claudia Gray, Carrie Ryan & more (ARC)
Ingenue by Jillian Larkin
Reaching Through Time by Lurlene McDaniel
(ARC) How To Save A Life by Sara Zarr
You Don’t Know About Me by Brian Meehl
(ARC) Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
Desires Of The Dead — Kimberly Derting
My Not So Still Life — Liz Gallagher
Elixir — Hilary Duff (SIGNED COPY!)
Cryptic Cravings – Ellen Schreiber
Passion – Lauren  Kate


The House of Tomorrow by Peter Bognanni
So Much Pretty — Cara Hoffman
French Milk by Lucy Knisley
Cry The Beloved Country – Alan Paton
Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum (a tiny bit worn on one corner)
Dragonfly In Amber – Diana Gabaldon
Everything Is Going To Be Great by Rachel Shukert
Learning To Swim by Sara J. Henry
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
Ape House by Sara Gruen
A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
Talking To Girls About Duran, Duran by Rob Sheffield (it’s signed TO me but I already have a personalized sign copy when I met him and then somehow he sent me another one signed when I did a giveaway for it…so be aware it is made out to me)
My Friend Leonard by James Frey

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About Jamie

Jamie is a 32 year old married lady (with a new baby!!) who is in denial that she's actually that old to be a married lady and a mom. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, belting out Hamilton (loud and offkey) and having adventures with her husband, daughter and rescue dog.


  1. OMG I would still be pouting. Good idea, giving them to good homes though!

  2. Mary @ BookSwarm says:

    Aw, I'm so sorry that you're having to part ways with some of your books! But, just think — you'll have room for some new books. And congrats on your impending nuptials!

  3. As the Crowe Flies and Reads says:

    Good luck finding homes for them!

  4. As the Crowe Flies and Reads says:

    And, you know, congrats on your wedding and finding Mr. Darcy/Peeta!

  5. Sorry you have to get rid of some! I know the feeling of downsizing your loved books, it sucks! Good luck on planning the wedding!

  6. Sarah Reads Too Much says:

    Awesome photos, and hopefully knowing your pretty books will be going to nice homes will make it easier!

  7. We Heart YA says:

    Aww, we're sorry you have to downsize, but we appreciate the giveaway! Also, we think Prince Charming is probably worth it. 😉

  8. Bonnie Erina Wheeler says:

    Congrats with the wedding!! Your book stash will build again! (:

  9. What a funny post, glad you are able to make light of the whole downsizing process. He must be a keeper:)

    Heather R.

  10. I hate giving away my babies… but this is a really great idea! 🙂

  11. Jamie, this whole post is just adorable! I love all the pics, but the one of you in front of your bookshelves is totally awesomesauce. 😉

    I'm tempted to enter the giveaway, but darn it I'm trying to weed some books from my collection too, plus just got a bunch from the annual library sale last week. You said you'd be giving away more – *sniffle!* – so maybe I'll try to hold off this time. But good luck downsizing, congrats on upcoming nuptials, and great idea to pass on your books to good homes!

  12. Great way to down size 🙂 and very creative

  13. Jamie you are SO adorable! <3

    I def need to see with my own eyes your house of books before you get rid of em haha. Great giveaway! Fingers crossed!

  14. You are way too adorable 🙂 And YAY AND CONGRATS FOR YOU 🙂

  15. Miss Lauren says:

    I love the pics!! You are amazing. 🙂

  16. Awwwwe, congrats.. I feel the same about my hubby 🙂

  17. Congrats on getting married soon. Made a twitter post under kydirtgirl68 for you.

  18. A Backwards Story says:

    And your bookshelves are so pretty, too! I just set up my first to-ceiling bookcase this past weekend and…I have a couple smaller ones…andddddd I already have limited space again *rolls eyes*

    Giving away your babies!?

  19. I would love to be entered in this!
    I dont have a blog 🙁

  20. This made me smile!i love our humor! ^_^
    COngratulations! Best wishes for you!
    Too bad we cant join the giveaways!
    But im sure we are all happy for you!

  21. I would whine and pout too! Though I hope to find them home on my classroom library shelf!

  22. Michele//Just a Lil Lost says:

    LOL! I love the picture-story… and would love to take part in the giveaway, but I'm in Canada 🙁

    Congrats on the upcoming wedding tho!

  23. The Reading Housewives says:

    Jamie…you make the simplest posts HILARIOUS! I love that about your blog! 🙂

  24. Jamie, I'd pout too. But thanks so much for the giveaway!

  25. Aww, I would pout too! But I'm glad you're turning your sad news into something the book blogging world can benefit from (not that I'm biased…). By the way, you and your boy are cute together! I've seen posts about him but never a picture. Congratulations!

  26. Congratulations on your wedding. And I'm sure someday you'll have enough space to replace all your books. In the meanwhile I'd love to give some of them a new home. 🙂

  27. April (BooksandWine) says:

    More picture posts!

  28. Bookish in a Box says:

    Congratulations on the wedding! This post was totally filled with awesome, btw, except for the part where you have to get rid of your books, because that would make me sad. 🙁 But thanks for passing them on!

  29. Shanon (Escaping With Fiction) says:

    While it is sad that you must part with your books, your post made me chuckle! Congrats on your upcoming wedding! =)


  30. Congratulations on the wedding! The pics were really funny. 🙂

  31. I LOVE this post. I'd enter but I'm afraid I'm in a similar boat. Good luck!

  32. Cialina at Muggle-Born.net says:

    Haha! This post is so awesome. 🙂 Getting rid of books is hard but at least you have a great reason for doing so. Congrats.

  33. Ahh, I accidentally hit enter before I was done, so there are two entries from me. Sorry!
    And congrats, congrats, congrats! (I know it's not new news, but still – not sure if I've said it yet)

  34. Ryning Books says:

    So sorry you have to let go of some books D:
    but great idea on handing some bks out 😀

    If it was me I'll be holding off on giving away my books. I wouldn't be able to, I will probably need an intervention lol

    Oh and I'm from youtube (smurple94)
    sad to see you leave TotallyBooksessed
    but congrats 🙂

  35. lisa [the nerd] says:

    i'm freaking the EFF out right now at this giveaway. FOR SERIOUS.

  36. Bookworm-55 says:

    Congrats on the wedding. it's hard parting with books. I would love to enter but I am in Canada 🙁

  37. Shannon The Bookstalker says:

    Congrats to you and your future hubby on the wedding! Hope you have fun planning it and don't get to stressed out! Thanks so much for the generous giveaway, its always so hard parting with book. Also you said to leave a comment on if we came from youtube. Tweeted about the giveaway too! @StalkintheBooks

  38. wow! that is a lot of books but get ride of them! how hard is that 🙁 well look on the bright side it means prince charming is totally worth it! Woohoo.


  39. Casey (The Bookish Type) says:

    Congratulations! My best friend got married last weekend, and they were so cute and happy. I wish the same for you!

    Thanks for this ab-fab giveaway =D

  40. Congrats! Awesome giveaway and I'm sure you'll contribute back to your "hoarding" soon!

    Tweeted as well:http://twitter.com/#!/NikkiatBooksMW/status/119185555882917888

    Nikki @ Books Most Wanted

  41. Book Sp(l)ot says:

    Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!! I love this post – you're so generous 🙂

    Thanks so much for this fabulous giveaway (those are some great, great books).

  42. Congrats! I hope your books go to a great home.

  43. Book Lady says:

    This post made me lolz…Congrats on the wedding! 🙂

  44. My husband didn't make me get rid of any of my books since I didn't make him get rid of any of his video games.

  45. Ashley Holstrom says:

    Congratulations and good luck parting with your books. I can't even imagine how dreadful it is. Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  46. Congratulations on the wedding!! I can feel your pain about having to get rid of some of your books though, I'd be the same way!

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! 😀


  47. emmybear411 says:

    Congrats on getting married:)!!! THANK YOU so much for this I LOVE reading so much and ALL of my books are in new condition even the ones I bought over 10 years ago:)
    THANK YOU:D!!!

  48. KindleObsessed says:

    That made me smile & simultaneously laugh as my husband read over my shoulder and said "Why can't you be like that…You would threaten me with a spork if I even suggested you get rid of your books!!!" *sigh*

    Congrats on the wedding!

  49. Congrats on the wedding!! I would LOVE to give some of your ARC's and books a great home 🙂 Super cute post!!

  50. bibliojunkies says:

    It's a good thing he is cute… Congratulations!

  51. Congratulation! Sad story about the books though 🙁 Best of luck with both the wedding and putting your books up for adoption. If you need some help taking them off your hands, Vermont is a great place for books to go! 🙂