Clean Sweep ARC Challenge Giveaway! Can a Book Change Your Life?

Clean Sweep ARC Challenge May 2014

Welcome to my Clean Sweep ARC Challenge Giveaway!  I’m thrilled to be in the company of so many awesome bloggers!  Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer and Angela’s Anxious Life are hosting the reading challenge.  Stop by their blogs and say “hi”! 

If you would like to enter my challenge, you must be entered in the Clean Sweep ARC Challenge, which runs for the entire month of May, so you have lots of time to participate!  If you haven’t already entered, please click HERE.  You’ll have a great time, I promise! And you will knock some of those ARCs off of your TBR pile!

I wanted to keep my mini-challenge simple, so I’m just  going to ask you a question What’s up for grabs?  I have two of Helena Hunting’s novels ready and waiting for a new home! 

Clipped Wings


Inked Armor

Here’s my question –

Name a book that changed your life.

I always use Taming Tessa  (renamed Tessa’s Touch for the digital release)  by Brenda Hiatt.  Why?  I have always been crazy about horses.  I never outgrew being a horse crazy kid, but circumstances never allowed me to realize that dream.  When we moved to a more rural location, I often told Dean how much I would love to go riding.  After I read Taming Tessa, which is about a young horse trainer, I told him again how much I wanted to take lessons.  Some day.  He bluntly told me that if I really wanted to do that, I needed to start doing it, and stop talking about it, because I wasn’t getting any younger. (Er, thanks, dude!)  Now horses are an important part of my life – I own two, I enjoy showing them, and I like to just go and breathe in their horsey smell at the barn.  They have had a positive impact on my life, giving me tons of great memories and many important friendships, so I always thank Tessa, and Dean, for getting me going on that lifelong dream.

Now it’s your turn.  Tell us about a book that changed your life!

While you are in the challenge mood, hop over and check out the fun at Gin’s Book Notes.

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15 thoughts on “Clean Sweep ARC Challenge Giveaway! Can a Book Change Your Life?

  • May 3, 2014 at 10:17 am

    The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss. It got me hooked on romances and re-kindled my love of books that has never stopped.

  • May 3, 2014 at 10:26 am

    @linda oh that’s a classic! I haven’t read it but I know it got a lot of people hooked on books. thanks for commenting!

  • May 3, 2014 at 10:38 am

    For me it’s the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer. I read it to make sure it was appropriate for my daughter and I ended up getting hooked on reading again! Since then I’ve gone through 3 Nooks and have over a 1,000 ebooks waiting for me to read. And now my blog =)

  • May 3, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Awesome challenge Julie.I know Amanda Quick’s Second Sight changed by reading and exposed me to paranormal woo-woo. (not an entry) Thanks so much for hosting!

  • May 3, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    @Kathy – That’s awesome! I know several people who are reading because of Twilight. I think it’s great that you started a blog, too, to share the love!

  • May 3, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    @Kimba – I haven’t read Amanda Quick – yet another author I need to make time for! Thanks for stopping by!

  • May 3, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Wow… great question. For me it’s got to be Catcher in the Rye. That book came into my life at a perfect time. I was transitioning for college into the real world.. and that book is definitely a coming of age book. To this day it is my favorite book ever. Thanks so much for hosting and joining us!! Hope you are having fun!!


  • May 4, 2014 at 1:56 am

    The Harry Potter books for me! Before I started reading them, I couldn’t even finish a chapter of any other book because my head would start hurting and I’d get tired from battling this small problem. I didn’t have any eyesight problems, I just think my eyes were lazy. Then I met Harry Potter when I was 8 and suddenly I could finish the Sorcerer’s Stone in one sitting. Problem solved and my love for books was born. 😉

  • May 5, 2014 at 1:57 am

    For me, its Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. It was a book my sister loved and used to read to me all the time. Then when I was 12 my sister died. The day after she died I started reading P&P for the first time by myself. It helped me get through losing her, because I felt her in its pages. I’ve read it every year on the same days as that first time in memory of her and it always makes me feel like she’s still with me.

  • May 5, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Hard Love by Ellen Wittlinger, I read it as a teen and it was wonderful – it is about unrequited love and sexual awkwardness. It really had an impact and I still think it is one of the best YA books I have ever read. (Great Challenge question!)

  • May 5, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    For me, it was Stephen King’s Dark Tower series. I was never a ‘series’ reader (outside of classics like LOTR) but this changed me totally. Being King fan I asked for some for Christmas 2012. Husband bought me the first three, and I’d finished them all by the end of January! I had to wait for mother’s day for the next 2 and I received the last 2 for Christmas 2013. I ended up reading the entire saga in 12 months-something I’d never done before!
    It totally affected by reading speed and now I’m a 100 books a year reader.

  • May 6, 2014 at 1:36 am

    Wow, that’s just amazing! Isn’t Brenda Hiatt just fabulous! As for me I don’t have quite a life changing story like yours, but discovering romance books did change my entire life. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not because everything tends to come back to romance books and reading and having no life outside of this reading world so…. I guess my life did change. LOL
    Oh, the book that got me off into this crazy world where I can’t get out of, Stephanie Laurens’ Cynster series: “What Price Love?”

  • May 8, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    I’m not sure I have a book that changed my life or maybe it did because it made me love reading. The Falcon and The Flower by Virginia Henley. The first book I read that started my madness with reading 🙂

  • May 9, 2014 at 2:07 am

    I think the biggest book that changed my life would be Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. Or, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. I can’t choose. Those two books are the ones that have changed me the most and redirected the way I think of the world and other people. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  • May 14, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    Mine was/is “The Bell Jar” by: Sylvia Plath – I know, dark right?! – I’ve always been a deep thinker so when I read some of the same thoughts I was drawn in! Also, Harry Potter is amazing – got me hooked on reading! 🙂

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