Thursday, July 11, 2013

Reading Road Trip: Alabama! + Giveaway!!!

Welcome to my stop on the 2013 Reading Road Trip, Alabama! Your tour guides throughout this trip are the amazing Britta at I Like These Books and Hafsah at IceyBooks!

So when I had the opportunity to represent a state in the 2013 Reading Road Trip, you know I had to go for it. In addition to my home state of Oregon I opted to represent two of my favorite southern states, Alabama and Georgia. In the end, as you can tell I received Alabama. While I don't know too much personally about this state, I did look up a few fun facts to share with you guys. All these facts come from 50States.com

  • Alabama introduced the Mardi Gras to the western world. The celebration is held on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Lent begins.
  • Alabama workers built the first rocket to put humans on the moon.
  • Alabama is the only state with all major natural resources needed to make iron and steel. It is also the largest supplier of cast-iron and steel pipe products.
  • In 1902 Dr. Luther Leonidas Hill performed the first open heart surgery in the Western Hemisphere by suturing a stab wound in a young boy's heart. The surgery occurred in Montgomery.
  • Hematite is Alabama's official state mineral and is known as oxide of iron (Fe2O3).


Now on to the good part, the giveaway! When I was asked to give away a book that either took place in Alabama, or is by an author from there I instantly thought of Looking for Alaska by John Green. This is one of my favorite books and while I have yet to write a review on it I'm looking forward to reading it again for that same reason. I'm sorry to say to those international readers that this giveaway is U.S.only.

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  1. I've only read Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars so far, and TFiOS wins between the two. I really enjoyed Looking for Alaska, but TFiOS is one of those books that you never forget. Can't wait to read his other books, and thanks for the chance to win! I borrowed it from the library, and would love to have my own copy :)

  2. My favorite John Green book would have to be Looking for Alaska. It was just so amazing and I loved all of the characters so much. :)

  3. I've only gotten the chance to read The Fault in Our Stars, but I loved it.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. I don't know if I can really choose which one is my favorite. They're all amazing, but in completely different ways. Definitely a tie between Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars!

  5. I haven't read any of John Green's books, so it would be nice to win this. I've heard his books are amazing.

    Nice to see someone representing us (Alabama) on here, since I haven't seen anyone represent MS, yet. ROLL TIDE!!!!!!

  6. My favorite as well as the only one I've read from John Green is The Fault in Our Stars. Such a great book. Thanks for the chance to win!

  7. I haven't read any John Green novels, but Looking for Alaska has been on my list for like EVER! So thank you for this opportunity! (: