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giveaway: back when you were easier to love

Happy Tuesday! I’ve responded to all the comments in the last two posts–many thanks for all your feedback. And that Logan event last week was crazy (over 1,000 people came!). I’m so grateful to all who came and to my fellow authors for including me in such an awesome event.

And…remember this book? This clever, fun, bittersweet, thoughtful novel that I posted about earlier this month?

Here is how you can win Back When You Were Easier to Love, written by the wonderful and lovely Emily Wing Smith:

You leave a comment with your favorite road trip song of all time (there is a fantastic road trip in Emily’s book and I won’t say any more for fear of being too spoilery). Also, please leave a way for me to contact you.

I will pick the winner at midnight, MST, on Emily’s release date (April 28th). That means you have less than two days to enter! (Since it’s kind of Wednesday night/Thursday morning…you know what I mean.)

Can’t wait to get all of your song suggestions, and CONGRATULATIONS again to Emily!!

+ comments (74)
  • Lisa Marie
    April 26, 2011

    One Republic- Good Life!!
    I absolutly loooove this song.
    I currently live in the US but I am
    taking a 2 month trip to Europe. This songs
    gets me excited!

  • Katie
    April 26, 2011

    I would agree with LIsa, because that song is beautiful and contagious and makes me want to jump on an airplane or a train.

    I’d also have to say the Beatles. Something about them just screams road trip.

    For a road trip BOOK, I’d suggest Through Painted Deserts, by Donald Miller.

    I was on an airplane last summer, on my way to Jordan, and I pulled out Blue Like Jazz, also by Donald Miller. The beautiful, hipster girl with the laptop covered with stickers, big clunky camera, and a long hippy braid glanced over and saw what I was reading. Her face lit up in a smile and she leaned over the sleeping man in the middle seat to talk to me. She told me that Blue Like Jazz was one of her favorite books, that she loved Donald Miller’s writing, and that as soon as I got a chance I needed to buy Through Painted Deserts.

    And now? It’s my travel book.

  • Rhiannon Thomas
    April 26, 2011

    Bryan Adams – Summer of 69

    A great song to rock out to! Especially if you pretend that it *is* that summer the song is about, and you’re going to have an amazing time. πŸ™‚

  • Emily C.
    April 26, 2011

    It’s funny because we returned from a road trip this week and two of our top songs, Tequila by the Champs (in the Sandlot) and Zanzibar by Billy Joel, aren’t songs I’d usually think of as favorites but on the road they really got our two little boys dancing in their seats like mad. It was a funny diversion from the hours of driving.

    Thanks for the giveaway–it looks great!

  • Gabrielle
    April 26, 2011

    Any song my mom doesn’t know so she won’t sing along πŸ™‚ The first song that came to mind for me was “Life is a Highway”, but I don’t know who it’s by.

  • Lauren Morrill
    April 26, 2011

    Pretty much ANYTHING by the Beatles makes my roadtrip mix, particularly early stuff. I love rolling the windows down and singing “Help!”

  • Darlyn
    April 26, 2011

    I think at this moment I love the song Eh, Eh by Lady Gaga and Don’t Stop the Music by Rihanna.. It’s not my all time fav but I found them totally cool when I’m on trip.

  • Jessi
    April 26, 2011

    I’m not sure why but I love to listen to Gaelic Storm’s album, What’s the Rumpus?, when I take a road trip. I especially enjoy their song “Death Ride to Durango.” It’s just really fun music–upbeat and fun to play loud while driving with the windows down.

  • Jessica
    April 26, 2011

    Mine is actually a song about road trips πŸ™‚ It’s Eve 6- Open Road Song. Just thinking about it makes me want to run out to my car and leave this town…
    in case anyone’s in the mood to rock out to it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjta4AKnHP0&feature=fvwrel

  • Natalie Whipple
    April 26, 2011

    Want this book!

    I can’t help going old school music for road trips. My dad always listened to James Taylor in the car, so I’ll have to say Walking Man.

  • Maria
    April 26, 2011

    The Great Escape, by Boys Like Girls! This was my going-back-to-college song, and my graduating-from-college song, and my hopping-on-a-plane-to-travel-the-world song. There’s something so freeing about the lyrics; I can’t listen to it in public because I keep wanting to jump around! Plus, there’s nothing like a song that has the lyrics “and we’ll feel so alive.”

  • Libby
    April 26, 2011

    The first thing that popped into my head was the soundtrack “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat”. My whole family loves singing along to that album. It is just plain fun! And it is long…so it kills a lot of time!

  • Emily M.
    April 26, 2011

    For me the iconic road trip is a family vacation: five kids and two parents in the car heading to Lake Powell, and the Bert and Ernie Sesame Street Singalong. My mom gave us all a copy so we can play it with our family. There’s “On Top of Spaghetti” and “John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt.” When everyone fell asleep my dad would also play Paul Simon, Graceland, but Sesame Street always got plenty of airtime. And even after all that repetition I got a copy to play for my kids on our road trips, too.

  • Alysa
    April 26, 2011

    Don’t enter me in the contest because I already have the book. Just wanted to say it is ADORABLE! Good luck to all you hopefuls!

  • Shari
    April 26, 2011

    I want to read this book sooo bad! We just got back from a road trip, but we don’t listen to music, we listen to whatever movie the kids are watching. I do love Muse and Plaint White T’s.

  • Jennifer Hitchcock
    April 26, 2011

    My sister and I always listened to Ace of Base on roadtrips when we were growing up and our favorite song was “The Sign.” That whole album is really upbeat and fun.

  • Miss Bookiverse
    April 26, 2011

    Last Summer by Lostrophets πŸ™‚


  • Dana Bailey
    April 26, 2011

    Send Me on My Way by Rusted Root
    My college roommate and I used to love to drive around for a break after long study hours. We drive an hour or so either down the highway or through the small towns near our college. This was our favorite song to listen to while we drove.

  • Connie Onnie
    April 26, 2011

    My favorite song right now about road trips is
    Let’s Get Out of This Country by Camera Obscura
    “Let’s hit the road, dear friend of mine
    Wave goodbye to our thankless jobs
    We’ll drive for miles, maybe never turn off
    We’ll find a cathedral city
    You can be handsome, I’ll be pretty”
    Some other good songs about road trips are…
    Holiday by Vampire Weekend
    Road Trippin by Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Two of Us by The Beatles
    Car by Built To Spill

  • Yasmin Trindade
    April 26, 2011

    Well, I have 4 favorite road trip songs, they are:
    Hey There Delilah – Plain White T’s
    Here Comes The Sun – The Beatles
    Por Onde Andei – Nando Reis
    Canção Pra Te Mostrar – Scracho
    *The last ones are Brazilian songs! You should totally hear! They’re amazing!*


  • jpetroroy
    April 26, 2011

    I love Wide Open Spaces by the Dixie Chicks

  • Jill Swensen
    April 26, 2011

    Probably anything I listened to in high school. Alanis Morrisette, Green Day, Sheryl Crow.

  • kathy
    April 26, 2011

    We like to listen to audiobooks on road trips, but if I had to pick a song I’d go with Life Is a Highway from the Cars soundtrack. Actually, any of the songs on there would work. πŸ™‚

  • melissa @ 1lbr
    April 26, 2011

    I really love the song “Driving in My Car” though I honestly don’t know who wrote it (googling tells me it is Tah Geggy. huh). It is a fun song, though. Looking forward to this book!


  • FloeticFlo
    April 26, 2011

    TweetyB99 at aol dot com

  • LuAnn Staheli
    April 26, 2011

    Sheena Easton: My Baby Takes the Morning Train. I once listened to this song all the way from Indiana to Utah.

  • TezzaValeros
    April 26, 2011

    opps i forgot to add my email: TValeros18 [at] Gmail [dot] com

  • Chelsey G.
    April 26, 2011

    Beatiful Day by U2. Or any song by U2, really. πŸ™‚ I would love to win this book!

  • Vivien
    April 26, 2011

    Definitely “Road Trippin” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  • Stephanie
    April 26, 2011

    Wow..that is a tough question!! We have a stack of cds we bring on road trips. But my favorite songs are the upbeat dance tracks that get my husband dancing in his seat….some of our best road trips moments have been when we’ve acted silly and made it fun!! Yes, he can do the Sprinkler while driving!! Probably the best songs are something like Ice Ice Baby or You Can’t Touch This!

    haefner919 at yahoo.com

  • Donna
    April 26, 2011

    My family always switch up our road trip songs since I have two daughters and one son. My daughter’s favorite song to play is “Anywhere USA” by PYT (it was featured in the original Bring it On Movie). My son’s favorite song is Do you Remember by Jason Derulo.

  • Prasert
    April 26, 2011

    I am a huge oldies fan so anything by the BeeGee’s or Beatles is great. “Down the Road” is a great song.

  • Julie
    April 26, 2011

    I really love upbeat and high energy songs like “Good Golly Miss Molly” or even slower songs like “Here Comes The Sun,” a wonderful song by the Beatles.

  • Linda
    April 26, 2011

    I love the old Britney Spears songs like “I Love Rock and Roll.”

  • Jules
    April 26, 2011

    My favorite roadtrip song of all time would have to be Crusin by Smokey Robinson.

  • Michael
    April 26, 2011

    Beautiful Day by U2 is such an amazing song. It’s upbeat and makes for a great car ride!

  • Christina G
    April 26, 2011

    “I got me a Chrysler, it seats about 20 so c’mon & bring your jukebox money!”

    Loveshack by the B 52s πŸ™‚


  • Erin Summerill
    April 26, 2011

    Fingers Crossed I win! You know you want to give me this book, right? OK, favorite road trip song of all time is:
    U2 – Where the streets have no name.
    Best. Song. Ever.
    Then, second choice:
    Rascal Flatts – I’m Moving On.


  • Emily Shrope
    April 26, 2011

    Okay, mine is going to sound lame. I really had to think about this. All of my Road Trips in the last 8 years have involved a car full of kids. As I think back to when we are all singing and laughing together, the car favorite is International Harvester by Craig Morgan. The kids know all the lyrics and I could listen to them sign that over and over again. Its brings a smile to my face just thinking about it.

  • Mariam
    April 26, 2011

    We like most anything to get us dancing or singing:
    High school musical soundtracks
    Penelope soundtrack
    Rio Soundtrack
    Dream Big by Ryan Shupe
    I guess we like soundtracks;)

  • Breanna
    April 26, 2011

    Troublemaker by: weezer. hey ally i’m Hope’s friend btw. i was wondering if you could look at something ive been writing. email me at breannaperkins75@yahoo.com. thanks πŸ™‚

  • destinylovesbook
    April 26, 2011

    Leaving on a Jet Plane is fun as are any of the Glee soundtracks given how eclectic they are.

  • Kylie
    April 26, 2011

    ONE? Only ONE? I’m going to just go ahead and give you three. πŸ˜‰

    1. “Let’s Groove” – Earth, Wind, and Fire
    2. “Sweet Disposition” – The Temper Trap
    3. “Passenger Seat” – SheDaisy

    I could tell stories about all of these songs, too. πŸ™‚ Aw, road trips are the best!

  • Cindy C.
    April 26, 2011

    Hotel California by the Eagles. For some reason this song has turned out to be a multi-generational favorite on the road.

  • BrittLit
    April 26, 2011

    I personally love listening to My Terrible Friend and Pomplamoose. The Sea, The Sea by Peggy Sue and the Pirates is quite fantastic too. Also Rammenstein if you like to drive fast πŸ˜‰ Not as good to sing along to though!

  • Jeigh
    April 26, 2011

    I always have Rascal Flatts and Taylor Swift in the car, but road trips can’t go wrong with the soundtrack to “Goofy Movie.” Especially “On the Open Road.”

    I would love to win this book!

  • Katie Purdie
    April 26, 2011

    “Where the Streets Have No Name” by U2. I remember driving through the desert in Southern Utah, feeling a little disillusioned by the parched scenery outside my window, and then this song came on the radio. Next thing I knew I was dancing while driving, the whole car bouncing as I moved to the beat. The world opened up to me and I saw the beauty unfold beyond the glass of my windshield: the way the sunlight played on the gentle curves of desert floor, the subtle difference of brown and sage green colors painting the landscape. I heard the words of the song, “I want to tear down the walls that hold me inside.” The world now seemed full of endless treasures waiting for me to discover. Everything was possible and within my reach. Since then this song has been a favorite of mine, an anthem for life, and a MUST for every road trip!

  • Dot Hutchison
    April 26, 2011

    “Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home”, recorded by Audra MacDonald- went on a road trip during the winter break of freshman year of college with my roommate and one of our friends, and the CD player in the car got stuck on that song for a few hours. So, us being us, we belted along with it the entire time.. The song still makes me smile. πŸ˜€

  • BeccaC.
    April 26, 2011

    My favourite road trip songs are “Take Me Home, Country Roads” and “Rocky Mountain High” by John Denver. They bring back so many memories of being a little kid in the back seat on many road trips from BC to Alberta, through the Rockies!

  • Ems
    April 26, 2011

    I think my very most favorite road trip song is “My Immortal” by Evanescence. I don’t know why, but it is!


  • Madeline Lessing
    April 26, 2011

    Me and Julio Down By the School Yard

    • maite
      September 11, 2011

      im late but i hope i can participate

  • Blue
    April 26, 2011

    I love Roadtrips! Travel is my favorite thing.

    Here are some of my road-trip songs. I purposely haven’t read the other comments so as not to cheat.

    As for which is my FAVORITE?! Oh, cruel task master. There are so many great songs. That’s like picking a favorite CHILD! Or BOOK! Horrors. There are so many favorites and I love them.

    I guess I’m out of the running because I can’t possibly say that I have a TOP SONG. But here are 25 songs that are great for driving in my car, in no particular order.

    1. Life Is a Highway – Rascal Flatts
    2. On the Road Again – Willie Nelson
    3. I Get Around – The Beach Boys
    4. I’ve Been Everywhere – Johnny Cash
    5. (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66 – Nat King Cole
    6. Take the Long Way Home – Supertramp
    7. Free Bird – Lynyrd Skynyrd
    8. Country Roads, Take Me Home-John Denver
    9. Every Day is a Winding Road – Sheryl Crow
    10. Roam – The B-52β€²s
    11. Start Me Up – The Rolling Stones
    12. Here I Go Again – Whitesnake
    13. Already Gone – Eagles
    14. Drive My Car – Beatles
    15. Whole Wide World-Mindy Gledhill
    16. Road Trippin’ – Red Hot Chili Peppers
    17. Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car – Billy Ocean
    18. Walking On Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves
    19. Electric Avenue – Eddy Grant
    20. Take It Easy – Eagles
    21. Cruisin’ – Smokey Robinson
    22. Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me?- Keith Urban
    23. I Get Around- The Beach Boys
    24. Little Red Corvette – Prince
    25. Running on Empty-Jackson Browne

  • Romi I. E. Foster.
    April 26, 2011

    Um… favourite roadtrip… never been on one really, other than the 3 hour car trips to out beach house… maybe I should experience one!

  • LisaMcGeen
    April 26, 2011

    Life is a Highway is a great raveling song


  • Becky Wallace
    April 26, 2011

    Yellowstone! My lovely little family piled into our 1991 Aerostar and drove from SLC to the park. It was the best family vacation we ever had. Great, great, memories.

    Email: becky_vallett@hotmail.com

  • Llehn
    April 26, 2011

    My fav roadtrip song is A Thousand Miles by Vanessa Carlton.


  • Karen Krueger
    April 26, 2011

    I just read the ARC of this and love, love, loved it. πŸ™‚
    My favorite travelling song is probably Defying Gravity from Wicked. Because I can sing at the top of my lungs.

  • Penelope
    April 26, 2011

    Well, my answer would have been different just a year ago, but ever since GLEE came into my life, my road trip playlist has changed. My all-time favorite song would have to be:

    Don’t Stop Believing, the GLEE version! πŸ™‚

    penelopelolohea {@} gmail dot com

  • Cindi
    April 26, 2011

    My brothers, sisters and I use to sing a long to Chicago on all our road trips. It was the only music that my parents could stand.

  • Irvin
    April 26, 2011

    My favorite is this random country song I heard on a cruise – “Heads Carolina, Tails California.” It just does a great job of capturing the spontaneity and excitement of a road trip!

  • Elise Dunaway
    April 26, 2011

    I have a few favorite road trip songs

    Haven’t Met You Yet- Michael Buble
    Just The Way You Are- Bruno Mars
    Grenade- Bruno Mars
    Livin’ on a Prayer- Bon Jovi
    Life is a Highway- Rascall Flatts
    Forget You- Cee Lo Green

  • Devan
    April 27, 2011

    Favorite road trip song would definitely be I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) by The Proclaimers.

  • Julia :)
    April 27, 2011

    Hmmm favorite road trip. Real one or fictional? Well fictional would have to be The Last Little Blue Envelope. Real was a few years back when my family road tripped up the west coast to Oregon. πŸ™‚

  • Julia :)
    April 27, 2011

    Ohhh wait road trip song? Fail on my part. Ignore the previous comment…… Haha. Gosh. I don’t know. My favorite rock out in the car song is Teenage Dream by Katy Perry. But road trip song? Probably Life is a Highway. πŸ™‚

  • Rachel+Co
    April 27, 2011

    hello darling! i always make a new road trip playlist each time i drive back to see the fam in az, so it’s hard to pick only one favorite, but i can narrow it down to two current favorites:

    sleepyhead by passion pit
    think of me by rosie golan

  • Sara C.
    April 27, 2011

    My family took multiple road trips when I was little and my mom constantly listened to Pat Benatar. So whenever I think of road trips, I think of “Hit Me With Your Best Shot.” Classic.


  • Lindsey Wilson
    April 27, 2011

    MySpace Girl by the Afters. Or Ours by Taylor Swift. =)

  • Heather Macbeth
    April 28, 2011

    Ever since I was tiny I rocked out to Earth Wind and Fire. I don’t know what got me into Motown when I was so young but it stuck! It’s fabulous for roadtrips!

  • Christi
    April 28, 2011

    Oh, so hard to pick just one song! The *original* “Life is a Highway,” for sure (nothing against Rascal Flatts). And I’m a huge Bon Jovi fan, so most of their stuff works…I’m particularly fond of “Lost Highway” from a few years back.

  • Rebecca
    April 28, 2011

    Coldplay Viva La Vida, the whole album!

  • Julia
    April 30, 2011

    Songs from “Nevershoutnever!” It’s really nice to hear them while traveling πŸ™‚

  • Cody
    May 7, 2011

    Happy Mothers Day to all of the moms on the Earth! Tomorrow is Mothering Sunday and I know that eventhough it is celebrated on a different date depending on where you are located, I wanted to greet our mothers on this special day!

  • Catie
    May 23, 2011

    My favorite road trip song of all time is Don’t Stop Beleiving by Journey!!!!!! I LOVE THAT SONG! It is perfect for the road because it is full of energy that just build up and up just like your excitement for going someplace other than your home!

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