I didn’t read much as a teen. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t the Cliffs Notes kind of girl, but I never really read for fun. I read for an end goal, and that was usually the hopes of a good letter grade on an assignment. That’s why I get all giddy when I see a young adult at the coffee shop, nose buried in a book. I think of all the stories untold, all the worlds left unvisited because I didn’t read much in my younger years. Now that I’m a writer and not as young adult as I may pretend to still be, I wish so badly that I had a larger repertoire of novels in my own brain to encourage me to create. Reading as a passion, rather than an obligation, is something that is newer to me than I’d like to admit.

So that’s why I love the idea of teen read week. As mentioned on their website, “Although teens realize the importance of reading, they have a huge menu of activities to choose from when deciding how to spend their free time, and reading gets lost in the shuffle.” And when I hear of a teenager taking time to read Traced, my heart swells because I know reading is a commitment, one that’s intentionally made.

So I wanted to be intentional about giving back and celebrating this week of young adult readership. And what better way to begin the week of giveaways than with something that’s become so integral to many reading experiences. That’s right, I’ll be giving away a brand new Kindle to one lucky winner this week!

“How do I win?” you ask. Well, it’s simple. Just  click on the “enter here” tab and follow the steps to obtain multiple entries! One reader will be selected using Rafflecopter.com next Saturday, October 22nd at 10:00pm PST and will be announced on my Facebook page first, so be sure to head over there and like it right now to stay up to date on all prizes and winners.

I’ll be hosting a giveaway-a-day all week long leading up to the Kindle announcement at the end of the week, so don’t miss out on the fun and prizes! Be sure to spread the word!

Oh, and when you’re done with all of that, pick up a book.
That’s what this week is all about, after all.