Waiting on: 25 Days of Jubilation…and more!

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Waiting on: 25 Days of Jubilation...and more!

Today I give you a special Waiting on Wednesday post.

I’m participating in the 25 Days of Jubilation, hosted by Cyndi at Dog-Eared & Bookmarked, Jacinda at The Reading Housewives, and Yani at The Secret Life of an Avid Reader, where for 25 days, a different blog will post something holiday related along with a giveaway! It is a great way to find new bloggers and just have fun!

All year we wait for the holiday season. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s…it’s a wonderful build-up. Well, I wait for that too….AND MORE!

I’ve waited for this particular Wednesday all year. What would make me wait all year for this Wednesday specifically, you ask? Oh, no particular reason really, other than the fun fact that today is MY BIRTHDAY!

*dances around to Last Christmas by Wham! because it’s one of my favorite Christmas song, and like me, it was born in the 80s*

And how do I plan to make it a special Waiting on Wednesday? By showcasing some of the books I’ve featured for this meme throughout the year that I’ve read and loved!


Beautiful Days by Anna Godbersen Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart by Sarah MacLean The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler Graveminder by Melissa Marr Head Over Heels by Jill Shalvis Last Breath by Rachel Caine Lover Unleashed by J.R. Ward Paradise by Jill S. Alexander Succubus Revealed by Richelle Mead The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have) by Sarah Mlynowski What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen


Oh, and also by giving away some books. :)

So to celebrate these two fantastic events, I will be giving away ANY 2 books you’ve waited on to a lucky winner!

Why specifically 2 books, you ask? Well, let’s just say that having your birthday 11 days before Christmas is not always ideal. Sometimes you end up with one present for both occasions. Now, don’t you go feeling bad for me! That hasn’t really happened since I was a kid (which is probably worse, lol). I have people in my life who have become my family and they always make my birthday special. So one book to celebrate my birthday and one to celebrate the holidays!

The Fine Print: The books just have to be ones you’ve pined for that you don’t yet have, they don’t have to be from your past WoW posts or anything like that. And since I want to include my INTERNATIONAL friends, as long as The Book Depository ships to you, you may enter too!! Also, because I’m on a budget, they can’t add up to more than $25 for both.

Giveaway Closed


Jess @ Gone with the Words

107 Responses to “Waiting on: 25 Days of Jubilation…and more!”

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    Lovely post! Head Over Heels sounds very good. I can’t wait to read What Happened To Goodbye! Great picks!! Thank you for sharing!

    Books For All Seasons

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    Cyndi @ Dog-Eared & Bookmarked

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Thank you for participating and for wanting to share this event on your special day. You’re made of awesome ;-)

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    Sophia Rose

    Happy Birthday!  We have four December birthdays in our family so we have fun with the ‘getting presents and get togethers twice’ stuff too.  Thanks for including everyone in your ‘party’.  i see a few in that line up of yours that I have on my wish list.

    Sophia Rose

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    Kim Chung

    Oh I know how you feel! My birthday’s on the 20th Dec and I always only get one present at this time of the year instead of two haha. But anyway, great post — I’ve been looking forward to reading The Future of Us for a while now :)

    Kim @ The Paper Planes

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    Ginger @ GReads!

    Happy Happy Birthday Jess!!! I hope you have a fantastic day :)  So THIS is why you had a special date during the 25 Days of J event, hahaha ;-) sneaky!  You’re awesome though. Love ya!

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    Asheley (@BookwormAsheley)

    Wow, Happy Birthday!! How cool to combine these events. You’re super smart and thoughtful.  :)  

    I hope today is super special and spectacular and there is lots of reading and cake and things that you love!!!

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      THANK YOU, ASHELEY!! I’m hoping to get all those things today :)

      (About your email…I forgot this new widget gets your email when you sign in to the contest, therefore you don’t have to reenter your email. So I checked, and I have your email on the form, therefore I took it off this comment just in case. :))

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    Courtney @ Fuzzy.Coffee.Books

    Happy Birthday, Jess!!! And thanks for the awesome giveaway! I have no WoW today because my giveaway went live today too! But I hope you have a great birthday! :)

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    Jessica BS

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MUSIC & NAME TWIN! Here’s a little birthday song for you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cw5pkeAkLqY

    I hope you have a wonderful day celebrating your awesomeness :)

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    I always feel bad for December birthdays (My sister, Uncle and Cousin are the 28th, my Father in law is the 29th) because of Christmas. But this is one cool way to share it with everyone ;)

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    Daisy de Bruin

    Happy birthday!!! :D It probably sucked as a kid to have your birthday this close to Christmas (like you mention with the gifts…), but at least now you’re older it’s ok :) And I LOVE Last Christmas! I know a lot of people think it’s corny, but I love hearing it around this time of year.
    Thank you so much for the awesome giveaway!

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    Bonnie @ A Backwards Story


    I like the idea behind this giveaway and choosing two highly anticipated titles.  Thanks for the opportunity.  I hope you get some of the books you really want!

    And it truly IS hard to have a birthday so close to Christmas.  Mine isn’t, but  my sister’s is the 21st!!  She came home from the hospital Christmas Eve!!

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    SaraO @ TheLibrarianReads

    So I’ve read half of your favorite WoW’s and I’m still pining for the other half! Very cute that you have so much going on today!!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! (you need a post sharing how you’re celebrating! Hopefully with friends, family, and a good glass of wine, lol)

    Oh and Merry Christmas too ;)

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    Tristan Bruce

    Hey Jess, Graveminder was soooo good, and I really need to read Paradise I remeber your review and it made me want to read it so bad, but somehoe when I buy books I laways forget about it lol.  This is definitely the best WOW I’ve ever visited, Thanks for the giveaway ;)
     My WOW

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    kristina shields

    Happy birthday!! thx for the chance to get two books that i have been dying to read! hope you have a fun BD!

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    Lady Vampire

    You know, I can understand you 100 percent about the birthday thing. My own birthday is coming up, a little closer to Christmas and I cannot tell you how often that event is overlooked and lumped in with Christmas. But I sure hope you have an awesome Birthday. That you have lots of fun, laughter, smiles and get everythign you were wishing for and more. Happy Birthday to you. And thanks for letting me celebrate with you. :)
    LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

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    Giselle San Miguel

    Chain Reaction looks amazing! And I read the Future of Us..I thought it was okay. I thought it would be better to be honest. Happy Birthday!!! Have a great day!

    Giselle @ booknerd.ca
    Waiting on Wednesday

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    Lena Beana


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    Jess! It’s my birthday too! :) Haha, happy birthday <3 Thanks so much for the giveaway!


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    Nicki J Markus

    Happy Birthday and thanks for the giveaway. I feel your pain as my birthday is 13 days before Xmas. It’s horrible getting all presents within two weeks and then nothing for the rest of the year!

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    Sarah Williams

    Happy Birthday!  Last Christmas is one of my favorite Christmas songs too

    I’ve been working my way through the Wicked Lovely series, but haven’t gotten to Darkest Mercy yet

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    Debbie W.

    Happy Birthday!! You’re so lucky to have a birthday during such a great season. Thanks for participating in this giveaway!

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    Ashley @ Book Labyrinth

    Aww, I always thought it would be a bummer to have a December birthday, especially one close to Christmas. I know someone who’s birthday is actually on Christmas day, and my Papa’s is on the 21st. Glad you’ve had some awesome birthday celebrations, though!

    Thanks for the giveaway. =)

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    Diana Giote

    Happy Happy Birthday !!! Last Christams is my favorite Christmas song too. Thank you for the great giveaway and Happy Holidays!

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    Jennifer Baker

    Happy Birthday! What’s on the agenda? I have a bunch of friends who have December b-days and it’s always fun to make them feel special for the day and not feel like their day happens to coincide with a holiday. Live it up! Looking forward to update posts on festivities.

    Sweet giveaway also! 

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    Yay for birthdays! And how nice of you to offer a giveaway on your day, too. Thanks so much & I hope you had a wonderful birthday! :)

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    Megan Conway

    Happy (belated) Birthday!
    I wouldn’t know what 2 books to choose if I won. There are just so many that I want to read!
    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity,
    – Megan

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    Aeicha @ word Spelunking

    Happy Belated Birthday! i hope you had a great one :)
    thanks for the super awesome giveaway

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    Happy belated Birthday. Hope you had a great day. :)

    Thanks for the giveaway. I have so many books I would.

    Happy Holidays!

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    Jennifer Messerschmidt

    Hope you had a wonderful birthday! I would most want to read book one from the Perfect Chemistry series or The Body Finder series! I haven’t had a chance to try those series yet and they look fantastic. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Thanks for the giveaway and for opening it to worldwide entries.

    Very kind of you.

    Have a very happy and relaxing Christmas season

    Carol T

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    Teri C

    Happy days to you. I have been waiting to read The Dark and Hallow Places and Darker Still. 

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    reading mind

    Happy birthday! And thanks because you’re so generous to give us books for your birthday! And even more thanks for making it international!

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    Thank you so much for this amazing giveaway! There are so many great books being released that I’m dying to read.

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    For me, Dark Road to Darjeeling by Deanna Raybourn and Bring on the Night by Jeri Smith-Ready are ones I’ve been waiting for- though they have been out for awhile!

    I’m glad that your birthday is celebrated decently now!

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    Kind of late on this, but Happy B-day!! I also have a December birthday, but it’s further from Christmas. It’s on December 5th and apparently it’s close enough for me to get only one thing for Christmas and my B-day. There’s still two different parties though…….Lol, awesome giveaway:) 

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    Cheyenne Teska

    Wahhh, Chain Reaction AND The Future of Us?  You’re too great.  Thanks so much!  :)

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    Thanks for the awesome giveaway :)
    There’s so many books I’m dying to read:
    . Head Over Heels
    . What Happened to Goodbye

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    My birthday is also close to the holidays. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten one present for both occasions… and they still do it.

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