Pull up some sweet tea and your reading glasses

By Mir
March 29, 2010
Category Contests

It’s been a little while since we had a good book giveaway, and I can think of nothing I like better as the weather warms and the trees begin to bloom than some southern fiction. (I swear that was true even before I moved to Georgia.)

Katie Crouch’s debut novel, Girls in Trucks, was termed “wise, wry and heartbreaking” when it came out last year. This year she’s returned with Men and Dogs, termed dark and funny by the critics. Methinks the pair of novels are just what the doctor ordered on a sunny day with a tall glass of sweet tea.

So! Who wants to win a pair of Katie Crouch novels? I’m giving away five sets of her books, because our friends at Hachette are extremely generous. If this sounds up your alley, first go review the contest rules and regulations, then come on back here and leave a comment on this post by 11:59 p.m. Eastern (that’s 8:59 p.m. Pacific) on Wednesday, March 31st, 2010 to be entered. Winners to be determined by random number generation and about to say “y’all” without sounding stupid.

Ready? Go!


  1. Me please! Y’all take care now, ya hear?

  2. Y’all fixin’ to send me some books??

  3. I love books!!

  4. Love southern fiction. Even if I’ve never lived in the south.

  5. oooh, sounds good to me!

  6. oh me me me i love books

  7. I could use a few new reads!

  8. New books! Always fun…

  9. Heard about Joshilyn Jackson from you and her books are great. I’ll try these too!!

  10. Thanks for the giveaway- I need some summer reading.

  11. i love sassy southern fiction. pick me.

  12. I like to read books! I like to read NEW books!

  13. Oooooh! Pick me, pick me, pretty please!!

  14. Books!!!

  15. Pretty please!?

  16. Me! Pick me!

  17. Yay, books!

  18. Y’all giving away books? Well bless your heart!

  19. I am laid up after knee surgery, and some new books to look forward to would be fantastic!

  20. love books!

  21. I do love books. Especially free books.

  22. The books AND the sweet tea sound great… ; )

  23. Yes ma’am.

  24. Free books, rock.

  25. Woo! Free books! πŸ™‚

  26. This Louisiana southern girl LOVES free books!

  27. Please pick me.

  28. sounds great!

  29. Would love some beach reading material!

  30. I would love some new books! And some sweet tea!

  31. yay books!

  32. Books! My favorite.

  33. Reading is your brain’s best friend!

  34. I love to read, these books sound great!

  35. Can never turn down a chance for free books πŸ™‚

  36. A day does not pass that I do not say y’all. Free books are awesome.

  37. These sound like perfect vacation books! My friends think it’s really funny that I hoard books (don’t read them right away) so I can take them with me when I go on vacation.

  38. I’m in!

  39. I’d love some new books! But I might stick to good ol’ Northern unsweet tea. Don’t hold it against me! πŸ™‚

  40. Someone once told me y’all is singular and you have to say “all y’all” to a group.

  41. Sounds perfect!

  42. Being from northern MN I’m not sure I can even get my mouth to say y’all, but I’d love the books!

  43. here in pittsburgh we say yinz instead of y’all – but i’d still love to read the books.

  44. Great giveaway, thanks!

  45. oh, pretty please, pick me!

  46. Bless your heart, Mir. πŸ˜‰

  47. Mmmmmmm, tea. Now I’m going to have to make some tonight. I’d love the books to go along with it.

  48. I’m a born-and-bred northern plains girl, but I’ve been saying “y’all” since junior high. It’s amazing what having an Air Force base in town can do to broaden your linguistic horizons πŸ™‚

  49. Me please!

  50. Y’all’s is much better! And that fake possesive cannot possibly be said without sounding stupid unless you are my gramdmother.

  51. I need some new books!

  52. Pick me, please! I need some books to read on my trip to Hawaii!

  53. Yes please. I’m in desperate need for some new books!

  54. Those books belong down here with me in Louisiana!

  55. sure would love some free books

  56. I would love to read these over my upcoming maternity leave! Yeah, I know, wishful thinking to have time to read with a newborn and a 2-year-old running around, but I can dream!

  57. I cannot say “ya’ll” without sounding somewhat counterfeit. Occasionally, I try out a “you all,” which sometimes works, but mostly not. I guess I need to read more Southern Lit.

  58. Love them both, new books and sweet tea!

  59. I’m in need of some new reading material.

  60. Need books to stay sane….

  61. Pick me!

  62. I can always use some new reads.

  63. Books, y’all!

  64. Virginia born and bred girl here – would love some fine Southern literature to read while sipping my lemonade! suzyqpon@yahoo.com

  65. Yes please, y’all!

  66. Oh man do I need a break from reality! Thanks Mir!

  67. I love me some books, y’all.

    (Nope. Couldn’t do it. I sound stupid.)

  68. I’d love a pair of new books- thanks!

  69. I’d love to win!

  70. I’d love to win some free books to read! Pick me!

  71. That’s one of the thing I’m looking forward to this summer. Reading books outside!

  72. Fun!

  73. Random generator, please pick me!

  74. Pick me, y’all!

  75. Yes, please!

  76. Ya’ll think I could give up the chance to win free books?

  77. Oh, with two books, y’all can come over, sit on the porch swing, sip some right nice sweet tea, and read with me!

  78. always looking for a good book!!!

  79. Reading material? Good books? I’m in!

  80. Yay books!

  81. I totally need some new reads — y’all know what I mean?

  82. winning is better than not winning!

  83. Me! I want books!

  84. Love to read

  85. Well, bless your heart! Y’all know I love “dark and funny”.

  86. pick me

  87. Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit y’all! πŸ™‚

  88. Count me in!

  89. Ya’ll drive a hard bargain. Sound great thanks!

  90. Yay books!

  91. woo hoo! More books!

  92. Do they come with a babysitter so I have time to sit and read them, too?

  93. I’d love some new books!

  94. Thank you!!

  95. I need books! I need books! The library is so poorly stocked here and I can’t remember the last time I bought a new book. Please, please, please, take pity on me random-number-generator! :o)

  96. Oh, honey, I can “y’all” with the best of ’em.

  97. Love me some books…

  98. the key to not sounding like an idiot is just in saying it quickly…one syllable, no pause at all between “ya” and “all.” and THANK YOU for putting the apostrophe in the right place! it makes me CRAZY when people put it in the middle! ok, rant over. i’m in, y’all! (it CAN TOO be singular.)

  99. I hope I can say it without sounding silly, since I’ve been saying it my entire life. (And I agree with Amelia and the placement of the apostrophe. I can’t stand it when people spell it “ya’ll.” That is not the same as “y’all,’ y’know? πŸ˜‰ )

  100. I’d love to get some more books for summers lounging at the pool!

  101. Yeah for books!

  102. y’all need to send me these books πŸ˜€

  103. books!

  104. Love it, thanks!

  105. Really ought to be making a list of all these great books somewhere…someday. Thanks!

  106. Y’all know I’d love these books!

  107. Funny, I just reserved Men and Dogs from the library an hour ago.

  108. Love love books. Thanks Mir

  109. Ooh, ooh! Books, books, books!

  110. mommie reading please

  111. Fiddle-dee-dee, please pick me!!

  112. This avid reader would love to win some great books!

  113. I love books!

  114. Thanks for the generous giveawayÒ€”please enter me to win, y’all!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

  115. I SO need a good read right now!

  116. I LOVE books!! Especially good books! Enter me in!

  117. Reading is fundamental! Love to read to sleep every night : )

  118. I would love some new books to read!

  119. “Thanks for the chance to win, y’all!” says the short and squat Mexican-American with her SoCal accent. “Was that, like, okay? Damn, I totally sound stupid!”

  120. I lived in Texas for awhile. I can even say all y’all

  121. All’s y’all ain’t gonna win..I am…because it’s my birthday this week – pick me please!

  122. ooh books!! yay!! we are army and movign soon… books for the road would be perfect!!! PICK MMMEEEE!!!!

  123. Me! Y’all is singular. All y’all is plural. All y’all’s is plural possessive

  124. Here in central Kentucky, it’s you all instead of y’all, the tea is sweet, but not nearly as sweet as it is in the deep South, and the warm weather keeps making an appearance and then leaving again. New books to read while Mother Nature makes up her mind would be wonderful!

  125. I want those books!
    And please remember y’all is plural. NEVER, EVER say it in the singular. please

  126. I could really use a new book or two. I keep thinking I’ll pick up something at the library, but I never seem to have the time after the girls get their stuff…

  127. I’d love to slip back into the south (after moving north).

  128. Me thinks a pair of books will be great since basketball season is just about over. The porch is calling my name !!!

    Thank’s Mir.

  129. me me me : )

  130. I’d love something fresh and new to read. I’m a Southern Girl, Born and Bred!

  131. Two free books would make my day!

  132. Sounds great!!

  133. I love finding new books to read.

  134. Ohhhhhhhhhh books! Yes!

  135. Always looking for a good book!

  136. I’m always looking for new books!

  137. Oooohhhhhhh!

  138. I love to read!!

  139. I can always use new books by new (to me) authors, and who doesn’t love anything free! Thanks!!

  140. meeeeeeee please! i bow to the rng!

  141. Y’all know I always need some new books to read!

  142. Reading is awesome, free is amazing, together they = fantastic.

  143. My northern friend, Mary, always chuckles when I say “ya’ll”!

  144. Sounds like perfection.

  145. Ah, how you’ve made me long to sit on a warm porch with some sweet tea and a book. Maybe in another 20 years or so!

  146. Sounds great!

  147. It’s my day to win!

  148. Love some books, especially when they are free!! :).

  149. Love books! Thank you!

  150. I’ve been looking for something good to read. Thanks for the chance!

  151. I need some new books!!!

  152. Thanks!

  153. Oh, yes please!

  154. Would love to win her books!

  155. Books for summer!

  156. Pick me! πŸ™‚

  157. How could you not like a book called “Girls in Trucks” — fingers crossed!

  158. LOVE Southern fiction!

  159. Sounds Great.

  160. Well bless your heart! I would just love to win this contest. Thank ya’ll so much!!!

  161. New books! Squee!!! Yes, please.

  162. Bring on the books please.

  163. Pick me, please!

  164. I would LOVE some new books! Love new authors!

  165. Y’all are so danged pretty! Thanks for the chance to win!

  166. Love to read!! Thanks!

  167. Please!

  168. I am, as always, in desperate need of reading material.

  169. Teenagers will be working at a far away camp again all summer. I NEED BOOKS to fill all those quiet hours.

  170. i will devour these books! I love a good read!

  171. Free books! I love them…

  172. I need a good book. πŸ˜‰

  173. To the folks at Hachette: Y’all are awesome.

  174. I love books! Thanks!

  175. Heavenly!

  176. Free books are the best kind, y’all!

  177. Love the first one.

  178. I love books!

  179. I’ve been meaning to pick up Girls In Trucks. Love the cover.

  180. New books rock

  181. Weeeehoooo. Nothin’ better on a hot day than books and sweet tea.

  182. Sounds good!

  183. Yay books!

  184. I might could come up with a y’all, so’s long as it is spelled correctly y’all…(ya all) not ya’ll (ya WILL). But in all seriousness…how “y’all” can NOT creep into your language in the south after even a few weeks…

  185. I’ve succumbed to the y’all after living with my Georgian husband for over 10 years. It’s a handy little word, I must admit.

  186. Oh! Please pick lucky number 184, ya’ll. πŸ™‚

  187. Yeah another new author. I’d love to win.

  188. I’d love me some more books, y’all!!

  189. Those books sounds delightful! Alas, I refuse to admit I’m not in Massachusetts anymore and I told my girls that “y’all” wasn’t allowed at home. (I’m not hating on you, Southerners, I’m just trying to make me a safeplace!)

  190. Bless your heart for giving away these books.

  191. After living in the south for seven years, I still can’t say y’all. But my yankee husband gets mistaken for a local. But I read y’all quite well.

  192. Cool!

  193. I want the books to read under the beach set in your other post!

  194. Y’all! How much do I want to win these books!!!

  195. Kate from Texas needs so new reads!!
    Take care, Y’all!

  196. Yes, please.

  197. I need a couple good books to read.

  198. I’ve been getting a bunch of big dull duds at the library lately, so I would love some good new books.

  199. Books!

  200. Huzzah – Books!

  201. Sounds great to me!! Thanks!

  202. I love having new books to read while watching my girls’ summer sports practices!

  203. I’ll have to check these books out!

  204. I miss hearing “y’all” out here in Oregon. I’d love to read some southern lit.

  205. Love books!

  206. We live 3 miles from the beach and I plan on doing a lot of reading there this summer. Bring on the novels!

  207. I love to read wry!

  208. i’m defending my dissertation in a month and my list of things to do after that includes the following “read books not related to dissertation.”

    so, please pick me!

  209. I need something new to read.

  210. Got a few trips coming up and I really NEED some new reading material for the plane. Pick me, dahlin’.

  211. Love a good book. Thank you!

  212. Awesome contest! Count me in.

  213. nothing better than sitting in the hammock with a good book (usually results in a nice nap!) now just to get some nice sunny weather instead of snow!

  214. could use some new reading material.

  215. sounds good.

  216. I love books!

  217. I would love to win these please!

  218. I have the tea made – now if I just had a good book…. :o)

  219. hope i’m not too late to get in on this opportunity!

  220. I’d love this!

  221. Yay for books! Pick me!

  222. I love me some books!

  223. Love new books!

  224. Always looking for a good read! Pick me, please!

  225. Always looking for something new to read! Thanks!

  226. Me likey reading.

  227. I’ll toss my hat in. I never win though!

  228. I could use some reading material! Yey!

  229. I’d love it, thank you!

  230. Need more books…

  231. I hope y’all are not staying up late just to see me win this contest!

    Seriously, thank you for doing this. It’s always fun to enter & I’ve heard great reviews of these books.

  232. Need a good summer read for poolside!

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