Monday, April 11, 2011

Awaiting Summer

OMG! This summer can't come soon enough. Sure I'm hoping for warmer weather and fun, little dresses but it's more than that.

It's Divergent by Veronica Roth, So Much Closer by Susane Colasanti, What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen, Between Here and Forever by Elizabeth Scott, Possession by Elana Johnson, Supernaturally by Kiersten White, and Original Sin by Lisa Desrochers. (Keep reading as there's a start to summer giveaway!)

And it's not just books I'm jonesing for. It's movies too! We have Bridesmaids which I featured here. Then there's The Hangover 2:

We, of course, have Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, Part 2. Horray!

There's Tranformers 3: The Dark Side of the Moon, which I remember them filming here in downtown Washington, DC.

And now Crazy, Stupid, Love--a movie I hadn't even heard of it until yesterday but am now anxiously awaiting it's release. Added bonus is that I adore just about every actor/actress in the film. (Oh, and Ryan Gosling takes his shirt off *fangirl squee!*) Enjoy!

To celebrate the oncoming warm weather, I'm hosting a giveaway. As I can't really give away movie tickets, the contest will focus exclusively on the great summer reads I list above. Since the first release date is May 3, that will be the close date to enter.

How it works: The contest winner (there will only be one) will be able to select one book from those listed above. If it releases on May 3 then it will be ordered and shipped immediately; if it doesn't release until later in the summer it will be pre-ordered for you and shipped on the release date. Contest is international. Good luck!


1. Must be a follower
2. Extra entries if you Tweet (@SCookRay is hosting a "Start to Summer" #bookgiveaway), Facebook, blog post, blog ad, or otherwise. *Be sure to include the link to the contest*
3. Two extra entries if you refer a friend.
4. Extra entry if you leave a comment about what book(s) or movie(s) you're most looking forward to this summer and why.
5. Contest open now until May 3 at 11:59 EST. (Winner will be announced on May 4.)
6. To enter, email me at, subject "Start to Summer book giveaway"


  1. There are so many good books coming out that there are too many to list! I am excited for Harry Potter, Transformers 3, Hangover 2, and Bridesmaids. They all look awesome! I want to see Bridesmaids because I am going to be one this summer and it looks hilarious. And I want to see the others because I loved the previous movies and want to see more.

  2. Book I can't even begin to describe all the books I want. But movies I'm really excited for The hangover 2 and Transformers 3!! And on DVD of course Harry Potter, can't wait to watch the movie again, I think is one of the best so far.

  3. There are other movies this summer besides Harry Potter? And clearly, I will be rereading all the books to ensure I'm in the appopriate squee-fan mindset for said movie. (Check and mate.)

  4. Books - most excited for the release of Divergent, Passion by Lauren Kate, and Wildefire by Karsten Knight!

    Movies - Harry Potter, of course! I'm going to beg my older brother to take me to a midnight showing.

  5. I'm really excited for Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer, the sequel to Nightshade! And of course I'm excited for DH2!

    Thanks for hosting a great contest!

  6. I second the commentor who said "there are other movies than Harry Potter?"
    And, as far as books Sarah Dessen takes the cake, but Elana Johnson is in a close second! Love Elanas blog!

  7. Ohh I think all those books I'm looking forward to I read and Loved Divergent great great book I'm a big Sarah Dessen fan and Supernaturally are my two biggest books I'm looking forward too

  8. so much to look forward to this summer!!!

    books: divergent, wolfsbane, illusions, forever, passion...the list goes on!

    movies: priest and harry potter

    thx for the epic contest!!! 8D

  9. I am looking forward for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2 this summer coz personally I am following the movies and read the books, and this movie would conclude the Harry Potter series in the movies, I wanted to see if they were able to give justice.
    For the book am looking forward for the book of Jennifer Weiner..Then Came You.. this author really writes in a way that in some way it would strike a chord on you and you'll be touched definitely. I will be on the lookout for this one for sure. ;)

  10. I cannot wait for the final Harry Potter movie! I grew up with the books and movies and I really want to see how they end this awesome series cinetmatically.I also can't wait to read Bargains and Betrayals by Shannon Delany and Everlasting by Alyson Noel.

  11. I think its a theme but the final Harry Potter movie.

    For books I have quite an extensive list- Hard Bitten, Illusions, Everlasting, Wolfsbane, Forever, Passion are only a few.

  12. I'm psyched for Divergent and Bitter End.
    Movies: Harry Potter!

  13. My 2 must see summer movies are Fast Five, Something Borrowed and Cars 2 (though only one of those actually releases in the summer!)

    I am a follower and I tweeted!!

  14. I can't wait to see Something Borrowed and The Hangover 2. They are both going to be great!

    As for books, the list is endless. However, I am really, really looking forward to Illusions and Between Here and Forever!

  15. I can't wait for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 movie!

  16. Looking forward to watching The Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Here is the trailer :)

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