Monday, April 30, 2012

Spring Fling!!!


I've been wrackin' my brain all day trying to think up something SPRINGY and FUN for this giveaway... something witty, maybe, or just.... SOMETHING. But I am well and truly sick, folks. My brain feels like it's stuffed with fluff and my throat is roaring while I periodically try to cough out my lungs for some fresh air. Delightful.

This is a part of Spring, tho, isn't it?  Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow dared to mention allergies recently and I could've throttled her (except she's so darn NICE!) for bringing up such a sore subject. I mean, SPRING is beautiful & amazing, right?  So what's up with new batches of germs and over-excited pollen?!

What I would really, REALLY like for this giveaway is something beautiful. I'd love to see pictures that mean spring or poems or something incredibly CUTE that will take my mind off this dumb... whatever-it-is that's fogging up my bring this week.

(Btw, I'm reading Immortal Rules when I can open my eyes, and it's very distracting. Sometimes I feel like the pain in my throat is hunger, or something. Takes some imagination, but that I got.)

To win... well, you'll have to tell me what book you want to win. Just keep it under $12 shipable from The Book Depository. My giveaway rules are listed under About Me - just make sure you're old enough and whatever.

Cheer me up with something Spring-y!!

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  1. I hope you're feeling better soon!

    Here's a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson called Spring Carol. It's one of my favourites.

    When loud by landside streamlets gush,
    And clear in the greenwood quires the thrush,
    With sun on the meadows
    And songs in the shadows
    Comes again to me
    The gift of the tongues of the lea,
    The gift of the tongues of meadows.

    Straightway my olden heart returns
    And dances with the dancing burns;
    It sings with the sparrows;
    To the rain and the (grimy) barrows
    Sings my heart aloud—
    To the silver-bellied cloud,
    To the silver rainy arrows.

    It bears the song of the skylark down,
    And it hears the singing of the town;
    And youth on the highways
    And lovers in byways
    Follows and sees:
    And hearkens the song of the leas
    And sings the songs of the highways.

    So when the earth is alive with gods,
    And the lusty ploughman breaks the sod,
    And the grass sings in the meadows,
    And the flowers smile in the shadows,
    Sits my heart at ease,
    Hearing the song of the leas,
    Singing the songs of the meadows.

  2. Just wanted to say thank you so much for this giveaway! I hope it's bright, warm, and sunny wherever you are, and that you're able to go outside and enjoy the fresh air. I love spring, especially when the weather isn't too warm or too cold, and I love taking walks and just enjoying the atmosphere. I hope you're able to do the same!

  3. My lilies of the valley are starting to grow! They've gone from wee green shoots to a luscious green carpet in a day...gorgeous!

    Happy Spring!

  4. My favorite thing in the spring is all the beautiful flowers and how everything goes from brown to green. It is such a beautiful time of the year and I hope that you start feeling better so you can start to enjoy it as well!!!!

  5. Exam season is upon us but the rewards reaped by all the hard work is worth it...that and the promise of Summer and vacations and time to read!

  6. Thanks so much for the giveaway! Here's a couple line from "Ode to Spring" by Mary Darby Robinson that I really liked:
    'Life-glowing season ! odour-breathing Spring !
    Deck'd in cerulean splendours !–vivid,–warm,
    Shedding soft lustre on the rosy hours,
    And calling forth their beauties ! balmy Spring !'

    Megan S.

  7. If you could see my Bleeding Heart plant, it would cheer you up. It is simply gorgeous. I hope you get feeling better soon! It's no fun being sick.

  8. Thanks for the giveaway.

    Ive always like Spring for the spring cleaning part. A chance to rediscover and recapture what you always aim to be. :D

  9. Cheer you up with something springy? This is the first thing that popped into my mind:

    The wonderful thing about Tiggers
    Is Tiggers are wonderful things.
    Their tops are made of rubbers
    The bottoms are made of springs.
    Fun, fun, fun, fun, FUN!!!

    The wonderful thing about Tiggers
    Is I'm the only one

    I'm the only one !

  10. They say a image says more than a million words, but the Cemment section of blogger is way too fancy to suport the '< img >' tag, so, FOLLOW THE YELLOW PATH!!

    Or, well, the link...

    In other news, I was kinda allergic in the past weeks, too. So my mom came... & took me to the doctor. Whitout telling me TILL I was locked in her car. So, we fought about it ALL the way. I HATE going to the doctor, but, I must say, I felt better with the pils they gave me.
    Still HATE doctor...

  11. I just moved from Phoenix, Arizona. I never experienced a Spring there, because the only weather you experience there is hot, hotter, even hotter and hottest. No seasons to speak of. Now I live in Bellevue, Nebraska. It's so GREEN here. Every where I look there's something growing, something smelling sweet. I just love to go outside now a days, now that I don't have to worry about frying to death. Smell the sweet air and hear the birds chirping. The beauty of nature is just so awe inspiring. I hope you feel better soon.

  12. Spring is full of flowers, butterflies, and rainbows! :)

  13. I'm thinking little cute bunnies and lambs. Oh, and daffodils! They just about scream spring where I come from!

  14. Baby animals are being born! The warm sun, the cool breeze that makes the weather mild! Rainbows! Sunshine! Baby ducks!

  15. Thanks for this giveaway :)

    Have a nice spring and remember to enjoy all the sunny days :)

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  17. Birthday Cake Oreos!! They are AMAZING!

  18. Happy season of colours *giddy all over*

  19. Think of little baby duckies all swimming in a pond :D

  20. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Here's a link to a great spring picture:

  21. Check this blog out - so cute - it's about some goats - today shows the newest baby:

  22. Think of all the amazing book releases that are in the Spring!!

  23. Think of butterflies floating around rosebushes or go to this link

    The baby beaver is gorgeous, so is the baby dolphin and baby chick:)

  24. I do enjoy the weather (except for the pollen!); but otherwise, it's fun and light and great for outdoor eating.

    Thanks for the mention!

  25. Tulips in the morning
    Armadilloes at Night
    Spring is finally here
    Fight, fight, fight!

    Ok, I got nothing...:)


  26. Spring is finally here!!! Imagine the warmth and flowers blooming~

  27. We have a big wisteria bush in our backyard, and there is a family of cottontail rabbits who live there. I just love it when Spring comes around because then I start seeing all the little tiny baby bunnies hopping around the yard. So cute!!

  28. I love the extra energy and gumption to get a few Spring Cleaning projects done. I also love to see all my flowers.

    Thanks for participating in the hop and for the giveaway opportunity.

  29. Well, we are moving (not so fun a thing to do) but if you put yourself in our little kids eyes.... they are having a ball jumping on the unmade beds as they are being disassembled!! LOL!

  30. My garden is blooming into a beautiful rainbow. :D

  31. Everything is blooming and looking beautiful.

  32. What's awesome about spring? I suppose the bloom is beautiful and smells so heavenly, but I love the weather too. It's between a mild pre-summer and a temperate winter sort.

  33. I'm going to a hiking expedition this weekend, me and my book lovers buddies. Yay!!!

  34. Classes are over and now it is warming up and I have time to enjoy it!

  35. HAPPY SPRING! I hope it is filled with rain and sun and freshly mown grass and, of course, reading!

  36. Happy Spring! When the pretty flowers bloom everything is alive. Go, go reading powers!

  37. I love the rain and thunder storms....I love taking a walk after they are over....everything just seems calm and peaceful

  38. This is what I take for allergies, a cold, or the flu, and it always makes me feel better. I don't even buy Robitussin and the like anymore. (I'd recommend you use about the same amount as what you'd take of the over-the-counter stuff. I mean, unless you're looking to get sloshy.)

    Get to feeling better!

  39. Lying on the beach taking in the rays during a sunny spring day. Or going to the park.

  40. Yea! It's time to send the kids outdoors to play and lay in the hammock and read a great book:)

  41. Yep!Flowers..lots and lots of them with vivid colors and amazing smells....warm weather :)

    Thanks for the international giveaway!!

    Rafflecopter name - Rosemarie D

  42. One of my favourite poems fits your requirements perfectly. The imagery is so vivid it never ceases to transport me to a faraway location. The poem is by William Wordsworth and is called I wondered lonely as a cloud.

    I wandered lonely as a cloud
    That floats on high o'er vales and hills
    When all at once I saw a crowd,
    A host, of golden daffodils;
    Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
    Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

    Continuous as the stars that shine
    And twinkle on the milky way,
    They stretched in never-ending line
    Along the margin of a bay:
    Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
    Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

    The waves besides them danced; but they
    Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
    A poet could not but be gay,
    In such a jocund company:
    I gazed-and gazed-but little thought
    What wealth the show to me had brought:

    For oft, when on my couch I lie
    In vacant or in pensive mood,
    They flash upon that inward eye
    Which is the bliss of solitude;
    And then my heart with pleasure fills,
    And dances with the daffodils.

  43. in my country there's no spring but I was also pleased with the spring come :D

    Thank's for giveaway

  44. It's not necessarily Springy but my sisters dog had puppies which just happen to be incredibly cute:) I'll be getting a really cute pup I just have to come up with a cute name to match his cuteness!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  45. Enjoy the flowers in bloom. Happy Spring!

  46. All the flowers blooming and the grass getting green always cheers me up. :)

  47. I hope you feel better soon! Looking at flowers cheers me up - so many look like they have happy faces! Here are 2 links to beautiful spring flowers...enjoy!



  48. Aww, feel better! The seeds I planted are starting to sprout and my kids are so excited about it. The birds sit right outside my window and sing to each other.

  49. Spring is full of flowers, butterflies, and rainbows!
    Happy Spring Seasons

  50. My fun spring thing to do is my flowers. They cheer my up to watch the colors bloom at different times, and my roses keep me going all thru the summer. Hope you feel better real soon.

  51. Listen to The Lazy song by Bruno Mars. A perfect song for a nice spring day:)

  52. Enjoy the super nice weather and the blooming flowers :)


  53. The smell of spring flowers and freshly cut grass, the feel of sunshine on your arms and the sound of the birds in the trees and a gentle breeze.

    The best season of all..... :)

  54. Woohoo! Blog Hopping!
    What a great way to discover new blogs and visit with old friends. Everybody wins this way!

    Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win! <^_^>

  55. Thanks for the contest!


  56. Your a generous person for giving away books. I hope it comes back to you ten-fold.

  57. Check this out right here:

  58. I have a couple of Robins who built a next in my cherry tree, it's awesome to watch!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  59. raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens.... oh wait.. that is already a song :)
    Wishing you a bright sunny (no brain foggy) spring filled with lack of allergies, fresh breezes and winning lottery tickets :)

  60. i never enjoy spring time, but i really like when sakura is blossom.. it so pretty

    thanks for the giveaway ^^


  61. Spring... flowers bloom :) And summer is near! LOL

  62. Well, this afternoon I was out in my backyard and I saw the cutest little brown bunny with a little white tail sitting in the grass next to the wooded area behind my house. It was so adorable and would sit up and look around.....glad my dogs could not get to it to chase, LOL.

  63. Wishing you a warm, flower-filled spring!

  64. it rains quite frequently so, i think you could sleep soundly? LOL

  65. Spring tells us that Winter is finally gone & Summer will soon be here. It's all good.

  66. Spring rainy weather makes for a good curling up with a book.

  67. thanks for giveaway and loving the spring-iness right now!

  68. Roses are red, violets are blue, your blog rocks and so do you! :D

  69. It is so nice outside and all my flowers are starting to get their leaves and my roses are blooming.

  70. Picture waves crashing on the beach...warm sand under your feet - & come visit FL!

  71. Happy spring,and a beautiful blog you have..:D

  72. One of my favorite things about spring is seeing all the baby geese crossing the roads around town. So cute as they follow their mother.

  73. Rain showers and rainbows are my favorite things in spring.
    Also, we just planted the vegetable garden and the kids were so happy to be able to play in so much dirt!
    Thanks for the giveaway. And I hope you're feeling better.

  74. I went to the park yesterday and saw all of the Mommy Duckies herding the little babies into the water. When I came home I walked next to the budding flowers that smelled so fresh and Spring like. It was a wonderful Spring day that was so beautiful. These are the days that I am so very happy to be alive. To top that off it was my 10th Wedding Anniversary. Isn't life wonderful. ;-)

  75. My birthday's in the spring haha

    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  76. The schools are almost over, so it's all flowers and rainbows now :) I ove spring!

  77. we dont have a spring in Indonesia, congrats to you ;)

  78. I love spring and I love seeing my apple tree and cherry tree blooming. Makes for some great pics with my kids :)

  79. Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!" - Robin Williams :)

  80. Happy Spring! Here's a poem by e. e. cummings :

    Spring is like a perhaps hand
    (which comes carefully
    out of Nowhere)arranging
    a window,into which people look(while
    people stare
    arranging and changing placing
    carefully there a strange
    thing and a known thing here)and

    changing everything carefully

    spring is like a perhaps
    Hand in a window
    (carefully to
    and fro moving New and
    Old things,while
    people stare carefully
    moving a perhaps
    fraction of flower here placing
    an inch of air there)and

    without breaking anything.

  81. I hope you feel better!! I'd post a lovely picture of what spring looks like here in New England, but honestly I wouldn't want to drag you down. It's been raining all week, boo! Anyway, something cute? Spring-ish? How about baby polar bears sniffing pretty flowers? I know that doesn't make sense since there aren't many (uh, any) flowers way up there with the bears but hey, I love polar bears and I love flowers. A girl can dream!

  82. Something springy - well I think daffodils will make you smile and I would love to read River Marked by Patricia Briggs and I just bet that would make you smile also ;)

  83. I love spring, although it is autumn here at the moment. What I love most about spring is the flowers and sun. I Love the sun.

  84. Spring is warmth, sunshine, color, freshness, and newness!! It is not a time to be sick! (Although I just had the flu last week...) Get feeling better!

  85. Spring is such a great time to sit out on the grass, front porch, deck and feel the nice cool breeze with a wonderful book. The flowers always smell so nice in the spring. Just adds to the ambiance.

  86. Thanks for the giveaway! Here's a bouquet of flowers.

  87. Thank you for the giveaway!
    Think about the nice weather outside!

  88. We skipped Spring and are into Summer!!
    Thanks for the great giveaway :)

    kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

  89. You can see flower bloomed everywhere and weather was warm :)
    thanks for giveaway!!

  90. Something springy that will cheer you up? How about this pic:
    So cute, right?

    I'd love to win Undead by Kirsty McKay.

    Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  91. I hope you love dogs, because I do, A LOT.
    Here's to cheer you up:

  92. Thank you for the giveaway :)
    My baby kitten would cheer you up.

  93. Not exactly Spring-y but LOOK:

    Isn't it the cutest thing ever? :D

  94. I love Spring storms. I know most people think the are a pain but I just love them and oh my gosh the smell afterwards is heavenly.

  95. Thanks so much for the giveaway! :)
    Love your blog

  96. It's a warm beautiful day, the grass is green and newly mowed and the flowers are blooming. Thank you for the giveaway and I hope you are feeling better.

  97. Spring - the time of year that I can take the grandkids out to play without having to put a hundred pounds of clothes on them, so they can then in turn tell me they have to go potty!! Oh how I love spring!!!

  98. Springtime allergies are no fun... but all of the flowers, and color, and new life that come with it? Totally a fair trade! :)
    Tracy Awalt Juliano

  99. Hope you're enjoying spring. The weather is getting gorgeous and a wonderful time to enjoy the scenery! Just today I went to Kariya Park to see the cherry blossom trees. :D

  100. I hope your days are full of green grass and good smelling flowers! ;)

  101. "Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush."
    - Doug Larson

  102. I hope you are feeling better! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway! I am not sure the pricing at the Book Depository, so I would have to get back to you on which book I would get if I won.
    Here is something Spring-y for you...

  103. I hope you're feeling better! Spring is a pretty time of year -- just picture beautiful tulips, roses and daffodils in bloom. I love spring flowers!


  104. The smell of hyacinths is just amazing. Sadly I can't send it through the internet. But here's a pretty picture I stumbled on:

  105. I hope the weather wherever you are is as gorgeous as it has been here! I've been reading my books outside so I can watch the squirrels chase each other around


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