June 27, 2009

YA Book Carnival: Along for the Ride

The YA Book Carnival is hosted by Lauren of Shooting Stars Mag. It is a series of YA giveaways, by anyone, ending today, June 27. I should also tell people that I have another giveaway that ends tomorrow, June 28. It is for six books, including the entire Elite series by Jennifer Banash.

The winner of the Jonas Brothers giveaway is Kristi of Books and Needlepoint, who plans to give the book to her daughter.

Book Cover

Now, some of ya'll may have read my review of ALONG FOR THE RIDE by Sarah Dessen, which came out June 16th. Guess what? It debuted as #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

In celebration, there's a contest for two copies over at Sarah-Land. But here at IBWB, I've got an ARC up for grabs.

Want it? Tell me your favorite energy food. What would you eat before a long bike ride? Me, I like a BBQ baked potato with cheese, butter, and pulled pork. I get dessert afterwards.

I'm also offering a lot of chances for bonus entries. Follow me, link to this contest, tell me your favorite Sarah Dessen (and why), and/or post the ALONG FOR THE RIDE widget.

Get the along for the ride widget and many other great free widgets at Widgetbox!

Contest ends July 4.


  1. Something fresh, like peaches. I love peaches!

    And you know I follow. ; )

  2. I like granola bars and bananas before a long ride. :)

    I became a follower
    I also blogged about this - http://butterflybookreviews.blogspot.com/2009/06/book-contests.html
    I haven't read any Sarah Dessen so this would be my first one!
    Thank you!


  3. I would say Special K cereal and an apple or orange.. Its so good!Thanks! I follow. jacquecurl1@gmail.com

  4. Just forgot to put that I haven't read any of her books but this sounds like a good book!

  5. I've been wantint to read this book.

    I'd eat a bowl of rice with chicken or meat. For my carbohydrates and protein. :)

    Thanks for the contest,

  6. I'd go for Alfredo Fettuccini with shrimp and scallops and lots of parmesan cheese sprinkled on top. Ice cream for dessert. yummm.


  7. I'm tempted to say chocolate. :P But it's more brain food than body energy food. Probably fruit and cereal then.

    We follow, and linked in our sidebar at our blog.

    My favourite SD book is The Truth About Forever. Or This Lullaby. I love them both. As do I love both Dexter and Wes. XD

    Thanks for the great contest!

    - Alex

  8. Oh wait! Sorry, forgot the email...

    Alex & Lauren at aflightofminds@hotmail.com

  9. i like salad and breadsticks...its light but the bread makes me feel like ive actually eaten something

    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  10. My favorite energy food are bananas. (Don't ask me why.)

    My favorite Sarah Dessen is Lock and Key, because I thought it was really well written and I liked the storyline.

    I've subscribed to your blog in Google Reader-- does that count as following?

  11. I Love Bananna Slices With Peanut Butter....



  12. OH, Sorry!!!

    I follow You...


  13. As a hardcore college swimmer, I am now well-versed in what foods I should or shouldn't eat before a workout or race. Should eat: bananas, bagels slathered in peanut butter, Chewy bars. Shouldn't eat (from experience): dairy, eggs, jelly, mashed potatoes... eek! :)

    I follow, linked to this giveaway in my sidebar, and my favorite Sarah Dessen book (I'm assuming that's what you're asking for) is This Lullaby, because it is a straightforward love story with a slightly bitchy MC and a goofy love interest--qualities that most of her other books don't have.

    stephxsu at gmail dot com

  14. Definitely bananas and apples and egg sandwiches! YUM!

  15. I follow you.

    Blogged: http://bunnymoney9.blogspot.com/2009/06/more-links.html

    And posted the widget too

    bunnybx at gmail . com

  16. Well, bananas, I love bananas. And if it's a long ride, probably something with pasta and chicken, chicken alfredo maybe? :)

    I follow you.

    My favourite Dessen book, well that's hard, but I'll say Juat Listen.


    sosarora_11 @ hotmail.com

  17. Please do not enter me, I have already read the book. I just wanted to let you know that I have put your contest on my blog post entry of the day for giveaways. you can see it here..


    Have a great day!

  18. I'd grab a protein bar.


  19. I follow.


  20. I do looong hospital duties (think 8 hour long surgeries, or hanging at the delivery room from 7 pm to 6 pm the next day - that's almost 24 hours!) and nothing trumps full meals, which for me consists of rice and various viand, because I'm Filipino and rice is part of our glorious national heritage.

    For energy on-the-go though, I often grab a sandwich or a granola bar. And chocolates because you have to be soulless to not love them.

    - Jezzah

  21. Energy food... hmm. Probably either chocolate, or bananas. Because both basically give off a burst of energy ;)

    Already a follower
    Sidebar linked this contest.
    Favourite Sarah Dessen novel was probably Lock & Key. I really liked the story, the characterization... besides, what's not to love about Jamie and Nate? ;)

    lucidconspiracy at gmail dot com

  22. Energy food for a long bike ride, I'd revert to my old cross country running habits and carb load with big heaping pile of pastas.

    This looks like a good book, please enter me into this drawing.

    I'm also a follower of your blog.

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

  23. Best energy food ever: bagel slathered in peanut butter and topped with sliced bananas. I used to eat that before swim meets and water polo games. Sticks in your stomach, and has lots of protein and carbs, and banana helps avoid cramping.

    +1 I follow.
    +1 I'm linking this to the sidebar of my blog at: http://ceceliabedelia.blogspot.com.
    +1 Favorite Sarah Dessen book is Lock and Key, because Ruby (protagonist) really learns how to come out of herself and eventually to help others. She learns the meaning of family and relationship.

    Thanks for holding this contest!


  24. I've also blogged about this giveaway here.


  25. For energy I go for bananas and other fruit and granola bars (with a side of chocolate just because I'm an addict :-)

    I am a follower.

    I have not read any of Sarah Dessen's books yet so I don't have a favorite but I've been told they are great and I need to get going and read some soon!


  26. I agree with the chocolate comment but that wouldn't give me much energy for very long...Oranges and/or pasta are good...

    melacan at hotmail dot com

  27. And I'm a new follower.

    Forgot to mention that I've never read a Sarah Dessen book before but they look like fun!

    melacan at hotmail dot com

  28. I'd eat an apple pie. I just love them I can't help but eat them before..anything really haha :)


  29. My favorite energy food are Enjoy Life snack bars in the very berry flavor. I also like peanut butter with chocolate chips in it.

  30. I have never read her....but see her name everywhere and want to read her! Please sign me up. :)

    For me - before a bike ride I usually eat a banana. I take an apple and maybe a fiber bar with and lots of water. I am a huge bike fan and like to ride on long tours!

  31. My favorite energy food is fruit salad made with fresh summer fruits, watermelon, cantalope, strawberries, blueberries or whatever else I have in the house!

    And I'm a follower thanks!

  32. My favorite energy food is peanut butter and banana sandwich!

    +1 I'm a follower.

    +1 My favorite Sarah Dessen novel is This Lullaby because it was the first Sarah Dessen novel that I read so it's got sentimental value.


  33. Peanut butter on toast because the protein helps keep my blood sugar level.

    +1 I linked here: http://bookcontestlinks.blogspot.com/2009/06/june-25th-2009.html
    +1 I haven't read a Sarah Desson yet, but I'm really looking forward to Along For the Ride because I can really relate to the the insomnia thing. (She says at 2:22am.)


  34. Bananas are my energy food! And clif bars.

  35. My favorite energy food would be a chipotle burrito :D

    I'm following!

    My favorite Sarah Dessen book is 'This Lullaby' because I absolutely love the romance between Dexter and Remy! I love Remy's personality and I just love the plot overall.

    I also posted the widget on my blog!

    infinitemusic19 at gmail dot com

  36. This is a great contest! My fave energy food would be a variety of fruit. A banana, an apple, an orange, and maybe a mango. lol I love fruit.

    I'm following you

    Link to contest on blog sidebar here: http://thebookpixie.blogspot.com/

    My fave Sarah Dessen book is The Truth About Forever because I love her writing, it has a good plot, good ending and great characters. Her books are unforgetable!

    Posted widget to my blog here: http://thebookpixie.blogspot.com/


  37. A peanut butter and fluff sandwich is my favorite energy snack.

    I'm a follower.
    link on sidebar:

    posted the widget here:


  38. I would eat something with some complex carbs to give me energy. Ideally, some sweet fruit like peaches or plums.

    -I'm also following you.

    -I linked to this contest on my sidebar: http://tainted-poet.blogspot.com/

    -My favorite Sarah Dessen is The Truth About Forever.

    Thanks for the contest!


  39. If I may enter this one, I would very much love to :)

    and I like fruit snacks (I'm secretly 6, I dunno) or apples.

    I've never actually read a Sarah Dessen book (though it's on my list to remedy that) and I've just got Lock & Key

    oh and I already follow your blog in Google Reader, does that work?

  40. hmm...I'd have a glass of Milo before a bike ride. It's a good energy source AND it's tasty (yumm!).
    I linked to this contest on my sidebar (http://prodelektric.blogspot.com)
    I follow you.
    My favourite Sarah Dessen is Someone Like You because of its poignant plot, the deft characterization and the ability of the narrative to pull me into her life as if it were my own life.
    I posted the widget on my blog too!:D
    Grabbed all the entries i could:D


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