Calling All Bookworms: Enter to Win $1,500 and a Year’s Worth of Books 

By Jamie Cattanach

As a Penny Hoarder, very little motivates me as much as free money.
But as an English major and bonafide, unabashed nerd, free books are a very close second.
That’s why I was stoked to hear about this sweepstakes from Penguin Random House: It offers the chance to win both of those things.

And as tempted as I was to keep the secret to myself (and increase my chance of winning!), I just had to share it with you.
After all, what’s a good story without a few friends to tell it to?
Win $1,500 — and Free Books! — From Penguin Random House

Penguin Random House is giving away a bunch of free money and a 25-book “library” of its 2016 releases to one lucky winner.

The books will be in the genre(s) of the winner’s choosing, and will definitely keep their weekend reading supply stocked through the end of the year.

Even if reading isn’t your thing, it’s hard to argue with free cash… and if you win this sweepstakes, you’ll get lots of it.
Specifically, you’ll win a $500 shopping spree at ShopStyle, a fashion site that’ll keep you wrapped up in seasonal scarves and sweaters while you dive into your new books.

You’ll also get a $1,000 Visa gift card to use however you see fit. (With the holidays coming up, I’m sure you’ll find no shortage of places to put that extra money!)

Entering couldn’t be simpler: Just click here and provide your email address and genres of choice.

Penguin Random House publishes a huge range of material, and 2016 was a great year for books (if nothing else). You could win Alton Brown’s “Everyday Cook,” the newest Dean Koontz and John Grisham books, and work by Elizabeth Gilbert — who, yes, has continued to write after “Eat, Pray, Love.”

You’ll also be prompted to sign up for the publisher’s newsletter, which will get you 20% off your next order.

It’s totally free to enter, so what do you have to lose… other than the five minutes it’ll take to unsubscribe from the sponsors’ email newsletters?

The drawing closes at 11 p.m. ET on Nov. 18, so don’t put it off. And if you win, don’t worry, you can keep all the money for yourself.
But is it cool if I borrow a few of your books?

Your Turn: What’s your favorite book?

Jamie Cattanach is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder and total bookworm. Her writing has also been featured at The Write Life, Word Riot, Nashville Review and elsewhere. Find @JamieCattanach on Twitter to wave hello.


The 20 Most Extreme Cases Of ‘The Book Was Better Than The Movie’


“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2” rolls into theaters this weekend, and if there’s one thing I’m not looking forward to it’s the inevitable “I liked the movie, but it wasn’t as good as the b…

Source: The 20 Most Extreme Cases Of ‘The Book Was Better Than The Movie’


  I had the personal joy last Friday night of watching the new Goosebumps movie with my third grader and his friend. Now people, I have a stark confession I must admit, I have never read a goosebumps book before. Mostly because I was half way through High School when the first book was released and partly because I had already found Stephen King. Anyhow, I thought to myself, perhaps some of you have not either and would like a little 101 on R.L. Stine and his popular series.

Goosebumps is a series of children’s horror fiction novellas by American author R. L. Stine, published by Scholastic Publishing. The stories follow child characters, who find themselves in scary situations. From 1992 to 1997, 62 books were published under the Goosebumps umbrella title. Various spin-off series were written by Stine: Goosebumps Series 2000, Give Yourself Goosebumps, Tales to Give You Goosebumps, Goosebumps Triple Header, Goosebumps HorrorLand, and Goosebumps Most Wanted. Another series, Goosebumps Gold, was never released. Goosebumps has spawned a television series and merchandise, as well as a feature film, starring Jack Black as R. L. Stine.
Since the release of its first novel, Welcome to Dead House, in July 1992, the series has sold over 350 million books worldwide in 32 languages. Individual books in the series have been listed in several bestseller lists, including the New York Times Best Seller list for children.

How about this movie?

  Plot: After moving into a small town of Greenland, Maryland, a teenage boy named Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) meets Hannah (Odeya Rush), his new neighbor. Hannah’s father, R.L. Stine (Jack Black), who writes the Goosebumps stories, keeps all the ghosts and monsters in the series locked up in his books. When Zach unintentionally releases the ghouls and the monsters from the storybooks, Zach, Hannah, and Stine team up in order to put the monsters back where they came from, before it’s too late.

Harry Potter fans are leaving secret messages in books around the world

  In 1997, J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” was published. The rest, as you probably know, is wizarding history. 
Now, fans of Rowling’s beloved book series are leaving notes in books in libraries and book stores for future readers to find, using the hashtag #PotterItForward. People have begun sharing pictures of the #PotterItForward notes on Twitter and Tumblr.
Take a closer look. 
   The campaign, Mashable also reports, was started by fans on Muggle Net, a popular Potter fan-site. 
Here’s another example of a #PotterItForward note. 
“Enjoy the magic,” this Twitter user wrote in her note. 
These notes might be written by muggles, but their messages are nothing short of magical. 
“I met my best friends because of Harry Potter,” this person wrote in their #PotterItForward note. 

We can only wonder what J.K. Rowling thinks about the #PotterItForward initiative, though if her past Twitter performance is any indication, we should be hearing from the author anytime now.