Showers of Books Giveaway Hop!

Posted April 19, 2012 in Giveaway / 272 Comments

“They say April showers bring May flowers…
This April will find you showered in books during the 
Showers of Books Giveaway Hop!” ~ Inspired Kathy
This most awesome hop is hosted by One A Day YA 

I was racking my brain trying to come up with a prize that was related to the theme of the hop but for some reason I kept picturing the Jimmy Fallon CapitalOne commercial where he makes it rain money.  So, because I lack any creativity of my own, I’m just going with the…

“I’m going to make it rain books up in here!”
$25 Gift Card to Amazon
$25 worth of books from Book Depository, your choice.  

But, that begs the question: Do prefer books or gift cards as giveaway prizes?  Let me know what you think in the comment section ~ I’m really curious!!

Update 4/26/12: Thank you, everyone, for entering the giveaway!!!  You guys gave me some awesome book ideas for my son and I to share (off to the library we go!).  Our winner, Kate, has been emailed and she has 48 hours to respond.  

Thanks, again, everyone!!!  

a Rafflecopter giveaway 

 Now for more chances at awesome goodies, make sure you visit these awesome blogs participating (seriously! Do you SEE how many there are?!?!):


About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.



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272 responses to “Showers of Books Giveaway Hop!

  1. I prefer books, but giftcards are nice too so you can pick what you are really looking for. 🙂

    Thanks for the chance at the great giveaway.

  2. I like a healthy dose of both! Giftcards are great, especially for your international followers like me, because shipping books can be exxy. Books are great as well, because usually the blogger giving the books away are giving away books they loved and are wanting to share them with the world – but the downside to books is that most are country specific (ie USA/Canada).

  3. Christina K.

    I love giftcards or anything that lets you choose your own book.

    Thanks so much!

  4. I prefer books, myself. I love receiving them as packages by courier or in the mail. It’s like a little present that makes my day!

    Thanks for a wonderful and generous giveaway!

  5. If someone wants to give me something, I’ll take whatever they are offering! lol Thanks for the opportunity to win!!

  6. I like giftcards as the giveaway is then usually international and I can enter. Often when particular books are offered it is only open to US/Canada due to postage costs.

  7. Gift cards are good because they’re international and sometimes book giveaways are not unless they’re shipped from the book depository. Because I don’t live in the US/Canada continent I can’t enter quite a few giveaways, but I’d rather have the $25 worth of books from the book depository rather than than gift card for amazon.

  8. Well, if TBD had giftcards I’d say that, but because they don’t I’d say actual books. Amazon GCs don’t work so well for International folk, while TBD is cheap and delivers for free.

  9. I prefer credit to the Book Depository, everyone does not like te same books, altough I have found many great new books when they were offered as a prize through a giveaway hop.

  10. Bex

    Tbh I just grateful for the giveaway. I like books as often it’ll be choice that’s on my tbr list that I never get around to buying, or maybe it’s book I’ve never heard of which is always cool.
    On the flip sign a giftcard means that I can try to chip away at the mountain of books on my tbr list! 🙂

  11. Both. I like gift cards because I can buy with them those books which are top priority on my TBR list. And I like to find out about new interesting books (which is possible when there are actual books being given away).
    Thank you for the giveaway!

  12. nat

    Either but I think a Gift Card can be better because you get to choose your self. Thanks so much for the chance.

  13. Tania

    I prefer actual books because they are the evidence of winning:) And I love to read!!!!

  14. I prefer to get the opportunity to choose books from bookdepository ( like you did) under a said amount. I like gift card to be it’s not as interesting for international like me because of the shipping fee ( ex for amazon i get 8dollars shipping fee per book so if i get a 10dollars card i have to get several to have a real book)

    Now i don’t mind winning my choice of book in a selection either

    all the best and thanks you for this great giveaway ( so many book i would like with these 25dollars^^;;)

  15. Books! I just think it’s more fun to see the books people choose for their giveaways, to be able to choose from a selection of books the blogger loved, and it’s ALWAYS exciting when you get a new book in the mail!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. I like a healthy dose of both! Giftcards or same credit on TBD are great, especially for international followers like me, but both options are great ^^

  17. I like both – giftcards let me save up for expensive stuff, but books let me read things that I might not have picked out completely on my own. So a mix is good. 🙂

  18. I like both, but a giftcard/TBD credit is always welcome, whereas not all book prizes are. So I’m going with giftcard/TBD credit!

  19. Mailis

    I love everything related to books, so giftcards allowing to buy books are as goood as books! Thanks for the giveaway!

  20. Oddly, I actually prefer books. But when the gift card is $25 that makes a big difference. All giveaways are very generous in my opinion but sometimes I don’t enter for gift cards.

  21. I prefer a book from the book depository. I am in the UK so amazon charge a minimum of 8 dollars p&p which takes a huge chunk out of a gift card.
    Irene Jackson

  22. I think gift card giveaways are probably the best as it gives people more choice. However, if someone were to provide a list of books to choose from, be it 3 or 13, I’d definitely enter.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  23. Yto

    i love both options ^^ though with books as prizes i always get to know new ones and what you like to read

  24. Giftcards are nice, because I can put them towards more expensive books (like textbooks for graduate school!). But I also love book giveaways, because I often get to discover great new books!

  25. Woohoo! Blog Hopping!
    What a great way to discover new blogs and visit with old friends. Everybody wins this way!
    I prefer gift cards because that way you can get what you want. LOL
    Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win! < ^_^>

  26. Anonymous

    Gift cards are good, since I like different genres (sports, etc) than most…


  27. Honestly I love both! Books means I get to try out books that I might not choice on my own (and usually discover that I love them) GC’s means I get to buy books off my wishlist!

  28. Thanks for the giveaway! And its kinda though to choose I like both but giftcards can make things easier when comes to problems with shipping as people can interact with customer service if any thing is damaged in transit.

  29. I prefer a giftcard because of the choosing what you want, but since it’s a giveaway if I was offered something I would be more than happy to take that too. I’m thankful for anything I can get.

  30. i actually dont mind either 😀 book are pretty good for me!!
    thanks for the opportunity of winning this awesome giveaway 😀

  31. I don’t think you can go wrong with either. I really love when there is a selection of books to choose from because I have the chance to be exposed to new books that I may not have chosen, but know that someone else likes, yet I still have some choice. I’m not sure that sentence made sense, but I hope you get what I’m going for.

  32. For me, actual books are good… But gift cards are better because you can choose what book you will buy… Thanks for this!!!

  33. I like being able to choose books from The Book Depository as I never use Amazon because the shipping is almost as much as any books I buy from there therefore it’s never worth me getting giftcards.

  34. I think it just depends, sometimes I prefer gift cards because that way I’m able to pick the book(s) that I would like to have and other times I don’t mind if there’s like a choice between 6 to 8 really great books and there’s about three or four in the mix that I know I’d definitely want to win. Either one, is really fine with me. 🙂

    Thank you, for this amazingly generous giveaway. I was looking around your blog and it’s super cute and I really love the content. So, I’m definitely a new follower.

    Suz @ A Soul Unsung
    Glass Houses by Rachel Caine Giveaway!

  35. I like both! I like Book Depo because they are usually cheaper than amazon (at least in Canada) AND you don’t have to spend a certain amount for free shipping.

  36. Noely Jeleen

    I prefer both actual books and GCs. But when it comes to actual books, it depends on the title.

    Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  37. Shy

    I’d definitely choose a giftcards. I simply enjoy that I can choose which ever books that I want to buy!

    Thanks for this giveaway 🙂

  38. When a book is the giveaway, it really depends on if it is a book that I want. Unless it is a “choose the book you want”, which is pretty similar to a GC. But a GC I can pick what I want anytime. So I can get something right away, or wait until I REALLY want something – which is pretty much all of the time. 🙂 That didn’t really answer your question, did it. I enjoy them both, but a GC has a slight advantage over a book. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  39. Gift cards, because a) it’s easier to be international 🙂
    and b) you have more choice
    c) you can maybe get more books

    But maybe some suggestions would be nice, I just love gift cards, because then if you win multiples, you can mix and match to get the most books out of it 🙂 Yep 🙂

  40. I like the freedom of choice and not having a time constraint you get with a gift card, but I’m fine with both because a prize is a prize. I’m happy to win anything because just seeing that I won makes me super excited.

  41. I like both. Sometimes someone will offer a book I’ve never heard of and then I’ll end up loving it. Other times I have a ton of books I want to get and giftcards always help.
    Thanks for the chance to win:)

  42. Both are great! But Gift Cards are fantastic ’cause I can pick the books I want!

    Thanks for another amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  43. I like both. Alot of times the book being offered is a book I didn’t know about, that I would love to read. Other times I’m not interested in the book being offered or I have already read it. So it goes both ways.
    Thank you

  44. Christine

    I like both – GC are always useful, but a specific book gets people only interested in the book, so usually more chances to win. Plus, I get to see new books I might not have thought to read featured. Whatever you want to giveaway is fine with me! Thanks for the chance to win.

  45. I would say that it completely depends. I like gift cards because I can choose books that I want, but generally if it is a book giveaway, there is at least one book that I would love to have. So, honestly, either is great. They are both blessings if you win!

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  46. I love them both as long as they are from the Book Depository(free shipping rules!). I have a lot books on my to-read list and most of the books everyone offers, I haven’t read and I want them 😀
    Thanks for making it international!

  47. I generally prefer gift card giveaways because they’re more likely to be open internationally and because I can always find something I want to read (with books, especially during these hops, a lot of blogs are giving away the same ones and sometimes those are books I’ve already read). That said, I love learning about new books so a book giveaway can be great if it’s a lesser-known one.

  48. Gift cards… Sometimes I end up with so many books piled up from giveaway wins that I am in no danger of lacking reading material for months to come. That said, book giveaways have opened me up to reading books I never in my life would have considered reading had they not shown up in my mailbox. Books I ended up loving. So, I do think books are great too.

    I think sponsoring something like “reading comforts” would be a fun idea for a hop theme too. Things like clip on book lights, comfy pillows, tea cup/tea, etc.

    Tracy Juliano

  49. I love Barnes and Noble gift cards because I prefer reading books on my nook. I also really appreciate actual books too though 🙂

  50. I prefer actual books, but I don’t mind getting gift cards either. Just means I know what I’ll be buying myself… 😉

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!!


  51. I love gift cards! I also love books, but I only enter giveaways for books that I REALLY want, otherwise I may never get to reading the book.

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway 😀

  52. Thanks for the giveaway!
    Personally I do not have a preference, I love both! I only enter book giveaways, if I really want to get the book.


  53. Very hard to say. I think I like actual books because then I get to read something that someone else thinks so highly of that they’re giving away. When it’s a giftcard it’s awesome cause then I can buy something that’s on my to-read list but it’s just not the same.

    But you know… I’m one of those people who HATE buying gift cards for people as gifts. I feel there’s more meaning when you buy them an actual gift.

  54. That’s a really hard choice! I guess I prefer gift cards since if it is actually a book, I will not enter the giveaway if I do not like the book.

  55. I prefer actual books, actually. Gift cards take me forever to make a decision. I like them too, of course, but there’s something more personal about receiving a book!

  56. JessS

    It depends. I quite like getting a selection of books to choose from, or a gift card that’s $15, just because the $10 ones limit you a lot on what you can get. And only if there’s a Book Depository option because Amazon has ridiculous shipping for those of us who are international.

  57. It depends on what books are up to be chosen, and the amount on the gc. I think a gift card should be between $12 & $15 just due to shipping charges. I like to be able to pick from a selection of books. But really I’m just happy for the giveaway at all.

  58. I like gift cards or choose your own books best because not everyone enjoys the same books, or is reading the same authors/series.

  59. Thank you for the giveaway! I prefer actual books, I think I forgot to write my follower name – Linky as Diana Giote.


  60. I like both. GCs help me get things off my wishlist, but sometimes the book is one that is new to me and I want it when I see it.

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

  61. As much as I love gift cards, I do like to win books because it gives me the chance to read some that I may not have bought, for whatever reason, on my own.
    Thank you for the amazing giveaway!


  62. Bianca

    I like both, since through gift cards you could buy any book from your wish list that it can afford, and through books, it’s fun to have new books that haven’t heard of before or might have heard of also. 🙂

    Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  63. I prefer either. It depends on the books being given away. But I also like Gift Cards because I have a Kindle and can order them through there and read them instantly.
    Thank you for the very generous giveaway!

  64. aloveforbooks

    I usually prefer gift cards but if the books offered are in my wish list then why not! 🙂

  65. I tend to go for actual books only because if i get a gift card I normally spend more than the gift card is worth which makes for a very unhappy husband lol

  66. I like both! Sometimes you get a book you would never have read otherwise and a giftcard lets you get some books you’ve been wanting

  67. I prefer gift cards because I can get a lot more books for my Kindle than I can physical books. I love books too though, because sometimes I can’t decide which book I want.

  68. I prefer gift cards or a wide variety choice of books. The only thing that actually bothers me about giveaways though is “$10 e-book ONLY” because for $10 I could have a paperback of that book! Otherwise, I’m mostly fine with anything free! :))

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  69. Ileana A.

    I prefer books but BD doesn’t ship to my country, only! 🙁 so a Gift Card works for me! Thanks for the giveaway!

  70. Lucia P

    I love both, but a gift card is nice every once in a while if you have a particular book in mind.

  71. I like either except when it takes forever to get the books – usually an issue of the blogger having to pass the information on to the publisher or whomever to then get it out.

  72. I prefer gift cards. I only read books on kindle anymore so the gift card or ebook giveaways are the only ones I enter anymore.

    Great giveaway!

    Emily G.-D.

  73. I’m not particular, I do like both. GC’s are nice because I can pick exactly what I want, and I’m able to stretch it, so I can make the most of it. And I get to wittle down my ever growing TBR list. But, I also like getting books because I often discover a really great book I would not have otherwise picked up, or even heard about. And it’s just fun and exciting waiting for and receiving my book package. At least I think it is. (Nikki Marie on rafflecopter)

  74. I like them both, really. I have so many books. Sometimes a GC is good because I can use it for something else, like I want to get my DIL a memory card for her camera.

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