Sunday, July 22, 2012

Reading Road-Trip: Welcome to New Mexico!

So you have arrived, fellow patrons of travel. How has the trip been treating you thus far? As the host of the New Mexico stop I am happy to be a part of the first ever Reading Road-Trip hosted by I Like These Books and Icey Books. Moreover, I am glad that you have decided to drop in on the Land of Enchantment. 

While you're here, how about I give you a tour?

The Rio Grande, New Mexico's longest river, running through the entire length of the state.

Public education was almost non-existent in New Mexico until the end of the 19th century. As late as 1888 there was not a single public college or high school in the entire territory.

In New Mexico, it is against the law to dance around a Sombrero.
Las Vegas was the largest city in New Mexico at the turn of the 20th century. It was established long before its Nevada counterpart. And it was also the first territorial capital (for one day).

Since New Mexico's climate is so dry 3/4 of the roads are left unpaved. The roads don't wash away.

White Sands National Monument is a desert, not of sand, but of gleaming white gypsum crystals.

In Las Cruces, it is against the law to carry a lunch box down Main Street.

  New Mexico has far more sheep and cattle than people. There are only about 12 people per square mile.

Santa Fe is the oldest state capitol in the nation.

The first and only surviving Carnegie Library in New Mexico is located in Las Vegas.

New Mexico State officials ordered 400 words of "sexually explicit material" to be cut from Romeo and Juliet.

 As for Young Adult books and authors in relation to New Mexico, my findings resulted in slim pickings but I'm sure we'll make the best of it.
Books set in New Mexico:

Fated by Alyson Noel
Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
Shifting by Bethany Wiggins
Roswell High series by Melinda Metz
Crank by Ellen Hopkins
Prism by Faye and Aliza kellerman
Split by Swati Avasthi
The Brothers Torres by Coert Voorhees
Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood by Ben Alire Saenz

Authors that are from and/or live New Mexico:

Lauren Bjorkman, author of My Life Invented
Carolee Dean, author of Forget Me Not, Take Me There, and Comfort 
Lois Duncan, author of I Know What You Did Last Summer

Now on to the part you've been waiting for. Up for grabs is . . .


From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Immortals, Alyson Noël, comes Fated—a breathtaking new saga brimming with magic, mystery, and an intoxicating love story that will steal your heart away. Meet The Soul Seekers.

Strange things are happening to Daire Santos. Crows mock her, glowing people stalk her, time stops without warning, and a beautiful boy with unearthly blue eyes haunts all her dreams. Fearing for her daughter’s sanity, Daire’s mother sends her to live with the grandmother she’s never met. A woman who recognizes the visions for what they truly are—the call to her destiny as a Soul Seeker—one who can navigate the worlds between the living and dead.

There on the dusty plains of Enchantment, New Mexico, Daire sets out to harness her mystical powers. But it’s when she meets Dace, the boy from her dreams, that her whole world is shaken to its core. Now Daire is forced to discover if Dace is the one guy she's meant to be with...or if he’s allied with the enemy she's destined to destroy.

-via Barnes & Noble

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Happy Reading!


Swati said...

Hey, great coverage on NM! I grew up in Albuquerque and I love seeing the pix you've put up. Thanks for including SPLIT in your YA books!

Gaby said...

Would love to win :D


laceyblossom said...

LOL I didn't know that it's illegal to dance around a sombrero in NM! :) Thanks for the giveaway!

Randi M said...

I'm loving this Road Trip. :) I love the photos! I'd really like to visit New Mexico some day, especially White Sands National Monument - it looks gorgeous! Thank you for the giveaway!


Violette said...

Thanks for the giveaway!


Tammy said...

Awwwww. Now I really want to visit New Mexico! Thanks for the giveaway and enlighting me on this awesome state!
Tammy Dahle

Unknown said...

Nikki C.

Thanks for the giveaway! ^_^

Anonymous said...

All the books sound great! Thanks for the giveaway :)

Aman Panesar

Markella said...
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Angie said...

More sheep than people?! Wow!


Gi-Gi said...

Thanks for the giveaway! :D


Savanna Loren said...


Unknown said...

great post and great giveaway!
thanks for the chance to win!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the giveaway!!

deasuluna said...

Thanks for the chance at this great giveaway!


Diana said...

Dude, New Mexico looks bad ass! I never thought about visiting, but i'll be honest and say that your pics and facts make me think otherwise ;) thanks for the giveaway, count me in!


Danielle B! said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I've been wanting to read Fated, and I plan on picking up more of Alyson Noel's books.


Holly Letson said...

Holly Letson
bookaholicholly @ gmail . com

iLuvReadingTooMuch said...

Thanks for the amazing giveaway! I liked the Immortals series, so can't wait to read Fated :)

Rabiah (name on rafflecopter)
iliveforreading AT hotmail DOT com

Crystal said...

Crystal Adams cjadams723 (at)

I love NM, was able to visit once and would love to go back again sometime.

Unknown said...

Thank you for the giveaway and the information about New Mexico!
saltsnmore at yahoo dot com

All the Ups and Downs said...

Heather Cranmer

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Lisa Marie said...

Thank you for the giveaway!


lisalueddecke at yahoo dot com.

_Sandra_ said...

Thank you for an awesome giveaway, would love to read this one. :)
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