Thursday, August 4, 2011

Sayonara, amigos!


Things are wrapping up here in the Criddle household as we get ready to relocate to Japan! My scanner and my tablet are both gone with the movers and the computer is set to jump on a cargo ship in a day or two. So no more drawgs (for a while), but that doesn't stop me from blogging with other things! (Just no blogging with my phone. Baby ate both the "a" and the "w" buttons. It would be a bit hard to read.)

So as a thank you for sticking with me for so long, I thought I'd do a little giveaway! What better way to say "sayonara, America" than with one of my favorite books:


(Get it? Origami? Because...uh...Japan? Okay, let's move on.) And for your own origami needs and whims:

EASY ORIGAMI by John Montroll!

And how can you do origami without:


And once you make some Yodas, sit down with sushi and some:


And if that's not enough, you can remember yours truly by reading about some really surly unicorns with another one of my favorite books:

RAMPANT by Diana Peterfreund!

I know it's been out for a while, but it's a KILLER book, people. Unicorns! Killer unicorns! Hot boys! Italy! You WANT this book. You want it like a surly unicorn wants rainbow chip cupcakes.

So how to win this awesome and HUGE prize? Just leave a comment! Tell me what fabulous summer read I should take with me on the plane. Any favorites you've read in the past few months? Any oldies but goodies you just have to recommend? I'll take 'em all!

And if you want to increase your chances of winning, here's a bit of extra credit:

+1 entry for following the blog (new or old)
+2 for tweeting about the giveaway
+3 for blogging about the giveaway
+4 for proving the existence of unicorns

Add them up and make sure to leave your email/twitter handle in your comment so I can get a hold of you...and that's it! I'll pick a lucky winner in ONE WEEK (August 11th) so get those sacrifices to the random number gods a-burning! (Oh, and it IS open internationally! Australia, you know you want somma this.)

Thank you everyone who's stopped by, read, commented or lurked in the past few years. You all make it a complete joy to be in this online writing/reading/fun-loving community.

Good luck!


Janet said...

Existence of unicorns in a word: narwals. As for good reads? Just finished A Book of a Thousand Days someone really smart recommended I read. Love the romance that built up slowly.

Adam Heine said...

Two books I liked recently (from two VERY different genres, to give you options): Count of Monte Cristo and Perdido Street Station.

Also Ender's Game. Because who doesn't like Ender's Game?

+3 (follower and RTed your tweet).

Kristan said...

Pegasus by Robin McKinley!

Also, your baby ate your phone keys? You sound remarkably nonchalant about that...

Yay Japan! Can't wait to read more about the adventure. :)

Peggy Eddleman said...

Aw, Marie! My heart hurts a little knowing you'll be across an ocean instead of just a couple of states over! But I'm way excited for blog posts from Japan.

+1 for following (twice!)
I'd tweet about it, but with the exception of one, my followers came from you, :) and I already converted the other-- my sister-- to your blog many moons ago like it was a cult religion.)
+3 for blogging (it goes live in the morning).

ChristyJan said...

A favorite book that I just recently read and would recommend: The Homecoming of Samuel Lake by Jenny Wingfield

+1 new follower

YA Book Lover said...

I am a lover of all things Sarah Dessen so I definitely recommend all of her books, but especially The Truth About Forever. I reread this book every chance I =get and it never, ever disappoints.
+1 new follower.

Free Ice Cream said...

I took you to see a Unicorn. Well a sable antelope is close enough a certain angle? I also tweeted for the first time! I tweeted. I'm a tweeter. Seeing how you are my only follower does that count? I also stalk your blogs every day.

RJR said...

Is it true the advantage of simplifying origami is "two fold"

Sorry couldn't resist ! This is my first time here, I followed a link from Peggy Eddelman's blog. She was right you have an infectious/catchy writing style. I'm now your newest follower :)

RJR Daydreamer

Kristine said...

I follow! Good luck in Japan!!

Kay Qy said...

I recently discovered the Candle Man series by Glenn Dakin. First two books are out, and brilliant. It's a rare YA that can pull off using "antediluvian" outside a spelling bee. :D

Sayonara, and uh, Hajimemashite, since this is my first time here! ^.^

Big Game said...

I would go for that Yoda book. A good series of books are the Diary of a Wimpy kid books. Love you Kristi. My mom says unicorns are real, she goes nuts about them.

Rachel Bateman said...

I'm not here to win, I just happen to be reading RAMPANT right now - I'm about 3/4 of the way through - and I have to say:

If you don't win this book, go buy it because holy commas it is AWESOME!

linda said...

Best of luck with your move! Like Kristan, I can't wait to hear about your adventures in Japan. :)

Jayne said...

Hello, I came here via Peggy's blog and am absolutely loving your illustrations. You have a fantastic style - am looking forward to reading more. :)

Best of luck with the move to Japan - how exciting! And scary! And exciting again!

So what book would I recommend? I am just reading Kate Atkinson's One Good Turn, which was recommended to me by a fellow blogger. It is so good - great characters, great setting and very unexpected plot.

No worries about entering me in the draw, but good luck with your move!

Cheryl said...

Hey there and nice to meet you. I'm following but not for the giveaway. I came over from Peggt Eddleman's blog as I'm fascinated about you moving to Japan. I worked alot in Japan in the 1990s so am fascinated to see how you find it. Safe trip and enjoy and always remember, it's only yen!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I'm always recommending Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert. So great.

+1 I follow via GFC

lauren51990 at aol dot com

Juliemybird said...

A funny thing has been happening in my inbox recently, and I think you'll appreciate it.

+1 follower
+2 twitterer
+3 blogger

(I really like origami. It brought me out of lurking, even. Love your blog.)

Juliemybird said...

Oh, poo... I'm a day late, aren't I? Oh well, the love is still there. :)