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Birthday Contest Winner

The winner of the birthday contest is:

Melanie said Something, Maybe was a great summer read (she's so right!) And she won on her birthday, so happy birthday Melanie!

Since I asked what everyone's favorite summer reads were, I thought I'd share the answers. Some people like light fluffy romance, where others lean more towards issue books,mysteries and action. Sarah Dessen got the most mentions but Sarah Ockler's debut book Twenty Boy Summer wasn't far behind, so way to go Sarah O! (And yes, I love that two of the top authors share my name!:) The other most popular summer reads author was Meg Cabot.

-Sarah Dessen-6 votes, with Truth About Forever, Just Listen, and This Lullaby getting mentioned. Also Along for the Ride was wish listed!
-Meg Cabot-5 votes, with Being Nikki and All American Girl getting mentions
-Twenty Boy Summer-5 votes
-Harry Potter Series-3 votes
-Elizabeth Scott-3 votes with Something, Maybe and Love You Hate You Miss You getting mentions
-Sunday at Tiffany’s by James Patterson-2 votes
-Blue Moon by Alyson Noel-2 votes
-Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins-2 votes
-Twilight by Stephenie Meyer-2 votes
-Beach Trip by Cathy Holton
-I Am The Messenger by Marcus Zusak
-Lovestruck Summer by Melissa Walker
-13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
-My Most Excellent year by Steve Klugar
-Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
-Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson
-Willow by Julia Hoban
-The Secret Circle by L.J. Smith
-Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
-Matlida by Roal Dahl
-Teatime for the Tradtionally Built by Alexander McCall Smith
-She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb
-Sookie Stackhouse by Charlainne Harris
-Take Me There by Susan Colasanti
-Beach Blondes by Katherine Applegate
-Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
-Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty by Jody Gehrman
-Carribean Cruising by Rachel Hawthorne
-Wings by Aprilynne Pike
-The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
-Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson
-Jane in Bloom by Deborah Lytton
-Last Days of Summer by Steve Klugar
-Ouran High School Host Club
-Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan
-Finger Lickin Fifteen by Janet Evanovich
-The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
-The Brothers Kamarazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
-Evermore by Alyson Noel
-Simon Romantic Comedies like Cupidity and 30 Guys in 30 Days
-Anything by Darren Shan
-Anything by Jennifer Weiner books for adult
-Anything by Rachel Cohn books for YA
-Camp Books like Slept Away and Sleepaway Girls
-Sandra Brown’s romantic suspense
-Anything by Jane Austen


  1. Thanks for posting that list! Gives me some good titles to read THIS summer.


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