Sunday, December 9, 2012

Guest Post and Giveaway: What’s on Your Literary Wish List?


With the holidays upon us, I thought this would be a great time to invite some of my talented friends to guest post. Today Christina Mandelski is telling us what's on her literary wish list!



Hello Readers – I’m thrilled to take over blog tending duties today – Cari’s love of books never ceases to amaze me. She’s such a champion for books, readers and writers. Also inspiring is her passion for swoon-worthy footwear. Does anyone besides me think the entire corporate structure of Kate Spade would collapse if Cari were to ever start wearing (gasp) sensible shoes?

I like shoes too. A lot. So its okay, Santa, if you want to bring me a nicely loaded DSW gift card. But a good portion of my wish list also revolves around reading and writing. In that light, and since this is a book blog (and not a cute shoe blog), I thought I’d share a few items on my Please-Santa-I’ve-Been-a-Very-Good-Writer- This-Year wish list:

I want to go on a literary tour of London. Can you imagine? The Globe Theater, the British Library (original Jane Austen manuscripts!), the Dickens Museum? Many, many pubs? Sign me up!

I want to be on the New York Times best-seller list. For a week. A day. Ten minutes … I’m not picky.

I want my own writing shack. And by shack I mean this…


I would also like for it to come staffed with a private chef and someone to do the laundry.

I want to finish the book I’m revising and sell it! It follows the adventures of a boy band which means that (for research sake) I have spent way too many hours watching One Direction prance about on YouTube. Lovely chaps, but yikes, I need a break. And yes, they prance.

I want to find a page-turner under the tree. Some of my favorite Christmas memories are when I received an amazing book and embarked on a Christmas Day reading spree. You know the kind of marathon where you glance up bleary-eyed around three p.m. and wonder where all the members of your family have gone? But then you don’t care enough to find out and just keep reading?

The last time this happened to me was the year Catching Fire was released, and I’m so ready for another. Of course, my family knows if this happens there’s a good chance we’ll be eating slightly overcooked turkey for dinner.

If there’s dinner at all.

Maybe I should transfer that private chef to this wish too?

So there you have it – my top 5 literary holiday wishes. Now share yours and Cari will draw from the comments for a signed copy of my young adult novel The Sweetest Thing. Yay!

And whether its shoes you desire (ahem, Cari), or great books, or just a wonderful time with loved ones – I hope you get it all! Happy Holidays!

One lucky person will win a signed copy of The Sweetest Thing by Christina Mandelski!
Giveaway Details:




US and Canada Only
Leave a comment telling us about something on your wishlist!
Make sure to leave an email or twitter account so we can contact you if you win.
Giveaway ends December 16th, 2012.
Winner will have 48 hours to reply with a mailing address.


I want to thank Christina for guest posting and providing the giveaway! I have to run, because I'm on my way to pick up Christina so we can go shoe shopping! I hope she likes the car I got her:


To learn more about Christina Mandelski and The Sweetest Thing visit: http://www.christinamandelski.com/

27 comments:

  1. Haha...love that last one. I wish for that, too. :) But I also wish that I could stop time, catch up on all the books on my shelf, get a little bit ahead with all of my reviews & blogging, and then restart time. According to my family, I've become a bit of a hermit because of all my reading. :( There are just not enough hours in the day!

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    1. Yes I need to stop time! Great idea!

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  2. Christina, if you get your wish for a literary tour of London, could I go with you, and expand the tour to include Bath (Jane Austen), the Lake District (Beatrix Potter), and the Hundred Acre Wood? And maybe Sherwood Forest, Hogwarts, Prydian, King Arthur's grave...I guess we'll have to make it a long trip. You are welcome to join me in my writer's shack - it's only a 7' X 8' woodshed, but it does have a view of the water.
    Fingers crossed for you on the best-seller list!

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    1. Carole: I would love to visit your writing shack!

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  3. Oh this was so fun! A literary tour of London would be AWESOME! Heck, while we're making wishes I think I would go with all of Europe!
    Love the limo. ;)

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    1. yes take me with you when you visit Italy!

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  4. Any European adventure is fine with me. Delightful post.I would love to travel and have the best of health.

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    1. I agree I will take any European vacation!

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  5. That is a beautiful writing shack. I would want something like that for rest and relaxation. I would like to visit the old world libraries in Europe, especially England.
    Cambonified(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I agree I love the writing shack and that it's right on the beach!

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  6. Are you really going shoe shopping?
    AWESOME!

    I love this list.
    Especially the writers shack. DREAMY!

    My list:
    I want a month long trip around Europe, a condo, and a cabin.

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    1. Juju: We should borrow Christina's writing shack for a blogger party!

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  7. LOL, I'm WAITING CARI!!! Where ARE you??

    Thanks, everyone -- maybe I need to organize that tour, eh? And yes, Carole, to all of the other suggested stops!

    Thanks for letting me commandeer the blog for the day,
    Chris <3

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  8. LOVE LOVE LOVE this post. Cari, that limo cracked me up! You guys are the coolest and my wish for the coming year is that I get to Houston to give you both hugs in person!!

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    1. Hey that's one of my wishes! HUGS!

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  9. Hmm one thing on my wish list is to uhhhhh have a better health year! My health has been really bad this year and I can't wait for a better one!!
    The books lovs amazing!
    Keepingitrealwithlucy@gmail.com
    @KRWLucy

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    1. Wishing you all the best for 2013!

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  10. My next destination should be Italy. I can't quite believe I've never been. Soon.

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  11. Oh right, email address: carlscott(at)prodigy(dot)net(dot)mx
    Thanks!

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  12. Count me in on the tour . . . and I also loved starryeyedjen's wish to freeze time (about three months should do it for me . . . .). And as long as we're tinkering with the fabric of space and time, I'd also love to go back and spend a day watching Victor Hugo or Charles Dickens or J.R.R. Tolkien write -- haven't you ever wondered how they churned out such lovely, massive stories with only pen and ink and stacks and stacks of paper? Absolute genius.

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    1. Great idea! I would like to drop by and visit Poe!

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  13. that big pink car has room in it for all of us, just saying.

    I'd love to see my book in the Sunday Book Review section of the NY Times. But only if they liked it! :)

    Happy holidays, all. <3

    (not an entry. I owned a beloved read & signed copy :))

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    1. We can make it a US shoe buying trip! We can pick up Amy Dominy and then head to pick you up Gae!

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  14. Oh a trip to Europe would be amazing but if I can't have that I'll settle for some books..maybe a couple that take in Europe?

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Abgafford@gmail.com

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    1. Ashley you are the winner! I'll send you an email soon.

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