I’ve got your perfect summer read right here

By Mir
May 9, 2011
Category Contests

We are coming to the end of the school year, and with it comes the final push of homework and concerts and doctors’ appointments and ceremonies and everything else, and I find myself counting down the days: Only eight more days in which I may have to fish an unidentified object out of the bottom of a lunch box. Only seven more day where we have to get up at o’dark thirty. Etc. I dream of the slower pace of summer, and dusky evenings on the porch, reading a good book.

Now, I already read Backseat Saints right when it came out in hardcover, because 1) Joshilyn Jackson is a dear friend of mine and 2) she writes a mean novel. But for the beach or whatever, paperbacks are better, and guess what! Saints just came out in paperback.

Here’s what Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help, said about it:

Backseat Saints will pull you in and won’t let you out until the last page. Raw, tangy and funny, it is an enthralling peek into the secret sorority of mistreated women. Follow the journey of one courageous, witty woman who decides, I’m not going to take this anymore. I love reading about smart, flawed and ultimately wise women, like Rose Mae.

And the AJC reviewer called it “a sizzling hunk of Southern Gothic.” In other words: this is a can’t-put-it-down read, perfect for your next escape, be it literal or just figurative.

I have five copies of Backseat Saints to give away! Want to win one? Of course you do!

First go review the contest rules and regulations, then come on back here and leave a comment on this post by 8:00 a.m. Eastern (that’s 5:00 a.m. Pacific) on Thursday, May 12th, 2011 for a chance to win. I’ll select five winners via random number generation, though you will have to supply your own sweet tea.

Ready? Go!


  1. i heart reading!

  2. I need a good summer read. 🙂

  3. Kids will be away and I’ll have lots of time to read!!

  4. Oh! Pick me, please!!!

  5. Is sweet tea southern? Why do all the southern women I know drink unsweet tea? Is that weird? Maybe that’s a new thing. HMMMMMMMM.

  6. I PINK PUFFY HEART LOVE to read, so I really hope I win!!!!

  7. Well, I haven’t won over at Joss’s yet, so maybe I can here!!!

  8. Me, Me, Me!

  9. I’ll go ahead and admit I bought it in hardback when it came out, but I would love to give this to a friend. I absolutely loved this book. I secretly love reading the same event from different people’s points of view, so reading the “rolled in kudzu” scene (I don’t want to give anything away, so that’s what I’m calling it) two different ways was a wish granted unknowingly by Joss. I’m trying to convince everyone I know to read her books!

  10. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVEEEEEEE Joshilyn Jackson! Between, Georgia was AMAZING! Please, oh PLEASE pick me! ( know your random number generator doesn’t read these, but it’s worth a shot!)

  11. Pick me!

  12. I heart books.

  13. Thank you!

  14. I loaned out gods in Alabama and never got it back, so I bought a hardback copy online. I was VERY sad to see that it didn’t include all the cool little extras in the back (reading club questions, which I just read for the heck of it, and other things like that). I have hardback copies of all her other books because I bought them as soon as they came out. All of this to say… I’d love a paperback copy of Backseat Saints!

  15. Thanks Mir! You are so pretty. 🙂

  16. Yay! I love me some Joshilyn, and this book is superfantastic. I listened to the (awesome) audiobook, which I borrowed from the library, so I’d love to have a paperback copy to add to the JJ shelf of my bookcase.

  17. I would love to have a copy of this book.

  18. I LOVED this! I have a signed hard copy so I feel guilty entering but I would like to pass it on and I’m not wanting to give up my copy. So… can I enter?

  19. Perfect for a girls’ wknd getaway read by the pool book.

    Thanks for the giveaway Mir!

  20. Me! I’ve read her earlier books on your recommendation, and would love to own one!

  21. I’d love to read it!

  22. I ordered this in hardback then got sick and have since lost it 🙁 So count me in!!!

  23. I would love a new summer read!!! I have the perfect set of sunglasses and flip flops for some “Southern Gothic”!!!
    pick me pick me!!!

  24. I entered at Joshilyn’s website too, but if I don’t win there, maybe I’ll win here!

  25. I’ve never read a JJ book, but have always meant to. Would love to win one.

  26. love books!

  27. Would love a copy! Thanks for the opportunity!

  28. OH WOWIE WOW WOW. I first heard about Joshilyn Jackson right here and got a copy of Between, Georgia because of it. Then I read Gods in Alabama and The Girl Who Stopped Swimming immediately afterwards. And then I told all my sisters, coworkers, and friends about her. I’ll get this one whether I win or not, but I am really excited to hear she’s got another one out in paperback. SQUEEEE! 🙂

  29. Love this book!

  30. I’m always looking for another summer read.

  31. I could go for a good book.

  32. Looking for a summer read as we speak (or type!) 🙂

  33. I would love to read this! Me please!

  34. I read less when the kids are out of school and underfoot, um.. I mean engaged in wholesome family fun, but sure, why not?

  35. I’m always up for books!

  36. Sounds awesome! Would love to read it!! Will add it to my library list in case I don’t win, but my fingers are crossed!

  37. I love Joshilyn’s books, and haven’t read this one yet.

  38. Ooohhhh Pick me!!! 😉

  39. sounds fun!

  40. I would love to win this. Big pink puffy heart Joshilyn’s books.

  41. The weather may not be cooperating, but it will feel like summer with a good book.

  42. Just made a batch of sweet tea yesterday….I am ready for a good book to go with it.

  43. I’m in need of some stress relief, so a new book would be perfect!

  44. I just finished the spring semester so I can read something for fun! This looks like a great read!

  45. Oh! I hope I get picked. I love books, but the budget hasn’t allowed for any purchases lately. A free book would make me all warm and tingly inside. 🙂

  46. Was just commenting to a friend this morning that I need to work on my summer reading list, to keep the focus on relaxing, that is! Thanks Mir! you pretty gal!

  47. I just love books–I’d really like this one, I’m sure.

  48. Sounds great! Count me in.

  49. I’m looking for new reading material! Thank you!

  50. My mother needs a new book! And then I need to borrow it from her. She is also a huge Joshylin fan.

  51. Me please!

  52. I read this already and loved it, but I’d still like to win a copy. I can’t decide if I’d keep it or gift it. Hard decisions…

  53. Pick me!!

  54. I’ve had the hardcover version on my Amazon wishlist since this first came out! (I rarely get a chance to read lately, so have been putting off getting it.) Would LOVE to win it!

  55. This would be great!

  56. Sounds awesome!

  57. I can’t wait to read this book – I love Joshilyn and everything she has written. Thanks for this opportunity ~

  58. I would love a great summer book!

  59. I would LOVE a new Joshilyn book!!

  60. wohoo!

  61. I make really great sweet tea. Pick me.

  62. oh i love books!!!!!

  63. Yea! Summer Reading!

  64. I’m SO ready for a great new book!

  65. Ooooh! Sounds great! Pick me!

  66. Awesome. I have a short window in the summer of no school, no class reading where I can actually enjoy something for ME!

  67. I’m always looking for a new author to try. And you’re so SHINY! And PRETTY! I’ll try anything you recommend!

  68. pick me please…I really need a good book!!!

  69. Hooray for books! Hooray for Mir! I would love something new to read — thanks for hosting another great giveaway!

  70. Oh! Book club pick all up in here!

  71. I would love to read this book!!

  72. It has to be good, there’s a dog on the cover. Pick this dog lover, please.

  73. I need a new book to read since I haven’t read one in a few months.

  74. Pick me!!

  75. I was just lookng for a new read today. This one would be great!

  76. Is it wrong that I read it on my Kindle and would like for other people I know to read it? So if I win, I’m giving it away. 🙂

  77. Sounds like a great book!!!!

  78. Sounds great, I’d love it!!

  79. Ooooh, I love Joshilyn’s work!

  80. ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME! Hey, my kids seems to think it’ll work one day so I figured it was worth a shot. 🙂

  81. I haven’t read this one yet. And I’ll finally have a little time once the school year ends!

  82. I’d love to win! I’ve read several of her books and really enjoyed them. In fact, I’m guessing my book group will be reading this one sometime soon, now that it’s out in paperback.

  83. Yes, please.

  84. Would love a new summer read!

  85. I’d love a chance to win this!

  86. I would love to win a new book!!

  87. I’m always looking for a good book!

  88. Would love a great read for the lake!!! Pick me!!! Thanks random generator….

  89. Oh, I LOVE a good book!

  90. Oh, me please I need a new read.

  91. I’m in the middle of one of hers right now, so I’d love to win another.

  92. This looks great!!

  93. A book! An actual book! Pick me, please.

  94. This would be perfect!! And I pinky promise to pass it on to some to enjoy once I’m done!!

  95. oooooooooooh… Pick me, pretty please!

  96. New book club forming. Must have title that everyone can get on board with. Even if I don’t win, I appreciate the suggestion.

  97. Yes Please!

  98. I read her last book that you mentioned and enjoyed it. I’d love to win this and if not, I’ll look it up! Thanks, Mir!

  99. I really enjoyed the last of Joshilyn’s books that I read – I really hope that I win! (Also, I am very jealous at how soon you get out of school – we go until June 21st)

  100. pick me!!

  101. I do need my own copy, because I had to return Kira’s (autographed!) copy so her dad could read it. So pick me!!

  102. I love books and am always looking for new authors to read.

  103. Read it. Loved it. Would love to gift it. Please and Thank you.

  104. Books! Summer! My favorites.

  105. LOVE the giveaway idea. How nice. Got here from Julianna’s note on FB.

  106. I can read. And I trust you.

  107. If I can’t get to the beach, at least I’d have beach reading.

  108. Summer vacation is coming. A good book would be great!

  109. books = good

  110. summer beach read…perfect !!!

  111. Sounds great. I loved The Help, so I consider it highly recommended!

  112. Sounds wonderful! I am out for the summer and need good books to read!

  113. I need to start building my stack of summer reading material – free additions are always nice!!

  114. I have not gotten to read a good book since my son was born 17 months ago. I would love a new book to have the chance to sit down and enjoy. I love to read new authors too. Thank you so much for all you do!

  115. Can always use a new book and this one looks good!

  116. How wonderful for Joshilyn! Sounds like a great read

  117. sounds fun!

  118. This will look great next to Gods in Alabama on my book shelf. How cool that you know Joshilyn!

  119. I love Joshilyn’s books & I’m sure I’ll love this one too!

  120. Free books are a delight!

  121. Sounds like my kind of book!

  122. Sounds like a good read and I promise to share!

  123. books are good!

  124. I love a good book!

  125. Perfect! I love Joshilyn Jackson’s writing.

  126. I’ve read it and it was so good I gave my copy to a friend. Here’s hoping I win another!

  127. Who can say no to a good summer read? Bring it random number generator!

  128. Stocking up on summer reading as we speak, would love to add this one to my growing pile of paperbacks!!

  129. I am looking forward to reading this book!

  130. Would love a good summer book. Please?

  131. Haven’t read a book for leisure since last summer:) I’m in!

  132. The perfect way to celebrate the end of a looooooong school year!
    Pick me!

  133. sounds like a great read! Thanks

  134. Always love me a good read!

  135. Made some sweet tea today… so I’m ready!

  136. I am so ready for a good summer read!

  137. Is there anything better than a highly recommended FREE book?!?!

  138. I am looking for a good book to enjoy by the pool. This one sounds great!

  139. Southern books and sweet tea!

  140. me, pick me! I need a reprieve from life right now. Please Please Please!

  141. Looks like a fun read!

  142. Oh, please, pick me.

  143. Sounds great!

  144. Would love to win!

  145. I, too, love Joshilyn Jackson!!

  146. Sounds like a good read!

  147. I love me a good book, this sounds great! Thanks!

  148. Love this author! It’s been on my wish list for a long time. Thanks!

  149. I’ve never read a JJ book, this would be a good opportunity to try one.

  150. Yes, please!

  151. Sounds like the perfect thing to take to swim team practices!

  152. Love to read!

  153. I’m lucky enough to have some airplane and beach reading to do in the coming weeks and I have loved Joshilyn’s other books. Winning this could make that reading much more enjoyable!

  154. I love Joss’s books. Pick me!

  155. I would love to read this book!

  156. I love Joshilyn’s books and would love to have this to get me out of my reading slump.

  157. Looking for a new book to curl up and read! This sounds interesting!

  158. I need a good book and a great beach!

  159. I would love to read it and then give it to my mom to read too.

  160. There’s nothing better than a good book and some sunshine! 🙂

  161. I would love to read this book.

  162. Sounds like a great story.

  163. I have Milo’s sweet tea for that!

  164. Yep, I need some summer readin.

  165. I have read some of her other books and they are great! Couldn’t put them down.

  166. I want to read it!

  167. I’m in!

  168. Yes! Heading to the beach in 18 days and counting. Would love a great book to take with me.

  169. Thanks!!!

  170. Yes please!!

  171. I need a good book for the lake!

  172. This book sounds great!

  173. Bring on the summer reading! Gods in Alabama and Between Georgia on my Ipod motivated me to hike the mountain behind my house every morning last summer. However, I would be perfectly happy to sacrifice my fitness and LIE DOWN to read this one!

  174. My friends and I love to find new books and pass them around!

  175. Always looking for a good book! Especially with summer travel approaching!

  176. I would love to read this!

  177. I haven’t read this one! Her others, yes, this one no.

  178. Sounds like a good read!

  179. Who doesn’t need a book????

  180. Sounds delicious!

  181. I could use a good summer book!

  182. I am re-doing my deck this spring, and I would love to read this new book on my new furniture on my new deck!

  183. would love to read a new author!

  184. Reading rules!

  185. Sounds like a great book.

  186. I too love a good read.

  187. I love to read! I just wish I had more time. Thanks for this opportunity. 🙂

  188. I loved *Gods in Alabama.* I can’t wait to read this one!

  189. I want one! I luvved Gods in Alabama.

  190. Perfect for the summer beach!

  191. I am in 2 summer college courses-with assigned readings…Please pick me so I can read something “Just because”…..

  192. Sounds like an awesome book – and I love the cover! Thanks!

  193. please, please???

  194. Pick me! Pick me!

  195. Me, me, me!!!!

  196. That looks like a perfect vacation read!

  197. Cool deal!

  198. so want to read this

  199. Yes, please!

  200. I love a good summer read!

  201. Ooo, ooo, me, me, me, me!! Please, random number generator.

  202. love 2 read

  203. Keeping my fingers crossed!

  204. I just graduated and can’t wait to spend the summer reading – for fun finally!!!

  205. Love to read and share!!

  206. Love me some good reading!

  207. sounds great for book club

  208. Me, me, choose me. Just finished “the Girl who Stopped Swimming – love Ms. Jackson!

  209. I hope I win…!

  210. I am always up for a good read – count me in!

  211. Not that I have too much reading time with a new adopted baby daughter, but I’d sure love a copy of Joshilyn’s book for the few minutes of reading time I can snatch here and there!

  212. Smart and flawed here. Time will decide if I’m ultimately wise. 🙂 I’m always game for a juicy new read.

  213. I can finally read books again! Would love to put this one in my “queue”!!!

  214. Pick me!

  215. I love to read!!!!

  216. oooo I hope I win – I love this book and I’d love to give a copy to a friend!

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