Saturday, October 6, 2012

Leafing Through Life is 5!

 
Once upon a time, in a land far, far away or maybe just five years ago right here, the blog you see before you now was born with an abysmal post that was filled with too many ellipses and seemed doubtful that I'd continue at this for five months, much less five years.  Now I count people I've never laid eyes upon in person to be my friends.  I've read and reviewed countless books.  I've been to BEA not once but twice and put some faces to some friends and made some new ones.  My TBR pile is out of control and filled with books I would never have picked up without some helpful nudging.  My e-mail box runneth over in a way that I could never even have imagined with messages from people who, for some reason, want me to review their books.

I have been challenged, I've read-along, and I've been totally overwhelmed by my Google Reader.  I've got a bookish wish list that could reach about to the moon and back.  I've stayed up late into the night reading and cheerleading for Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon (and will again soon!).  I've seen bloggers come and go (and stay and stay!) and the book blogosphere go from a place where, even if you didn't follow everyone, you at least knew most people's names to a community where I couldn't even dream of even being passingly familiar with half the members.   I've been exhilarated and exhausted by it all.  Such is the life of a book blogger, and it's been my pleasure to be one for five years.  Thanks so much to everybody who's stuck with me and my blog even when I haven't been uber-dependable, and thanks all for inspiring me with your own blogs, for your great tastes in books, for commenting here and generally making book blogging the best hobby a person could have
 
Enough with all the sentimental windbagging, though.  Honestly, usually I forget my blogiversary.  I think of it a few weeks too late and let it pass without fanfare.  Who wants to hear me wax poetic about book bloggerdom anyway?  But five years, though, that's major, right?  So, I figure it's time for a giveaway of a few of my favorite books.  What better way to celebrate all the great books blogging has brought my way and my fellow bloggers and friends who have helped keep me at it all this time?  A few weeks back, I wrote a Top Ten Tuesday featuring the best ten books I've read since I started book blogging.  I'd love to send 3 different winners a new copy of one of those books, so check out the post, which has links to my reviews of the ten chosen ones.  Pick one out and fill out the form (Look, I learned how to make a form!  Who says an old dog blogger can't learn new tricks?) below if you want to win. It's open internationally, as long as The Book Depository ships to your country, until 8 am EST on October 21st, when I'll announce the winners.  There are no special requirements to enter, but if you wanted to spread the word, I'd sure appreciate it.  I'd like to, you know, actually have 3 winners.  ;-)
 
 
 

20 comments:

  1. "Who wants to hear me wax poetic about book bloggerdom anyway?"

    Well, I do :P This was a great post. 5 years is a huge landmark . Happy bloggiversary and here's to many more :D

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    1. Well, that makes one. LOL!

      Thanks, Ana!

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  2. 5 years? Wow I'm impressed. I've been blogging just over a year and I'm still finding my way. Posts are slowly getting better, but I still have a lot to learn! I get a little scared of blogs like yours, as I already have far too many books to get through and discovering more can be fun but expensive!!! I'm glad you liked After You'd Gone by Maggie O'Farrell. I just read that and loved it :)

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    1. Don't be scared (muah!), I try not to read too many books each year so it won't be *too* expensive for my readers. LOL! ;-)

      Glad to find another After You'd Gone fan. I can usually track down a few Maggie O'Farrell fans, but when I mention that title they're all like, nope haven't read that one so it's good to share the joy with someone! =D

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  3. Congrats, five years is such an awesome accomplishment! I love all of the things you've mentioned about book blogging :)

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    1. Thanks! 5 years does feel pretty major. Can't believe it's been so long!

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  4. Happy blogiversary, Megan! I just got back from a blogging sabbatical and good to see so many familiar blogs still around.

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    1. Thanks! It's good to see *you* back around! =D

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  5. Happy 5th blogiversary! It's such a big milestone in the blogisphere. Wishing you many more years of blogging.

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  6. ::clap clap clap clap clap:: That's so awesome! Keep writing!!

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  7. Happy blogoversary from one Megan to another! :)

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  8. Happy bloggiversary Megan!! I enjoyed your windbagging ;) especially as I share many of the same experiences you do. It's been a fun fun fun five years--even if it is exhausting at times. Hope there will be many more!

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  9. HAPPY FIVE, MEGAN!!!!!! Oh my gosh, Megan, I cannot even imagine book blogging without you! You never ever fail to make me smile, and often laugh right out loud. You have this sweet positive charm that just can't be stifled! Here's to the next 50!!!

    And ditto what Ana said. I've been feeling mighty nostalgic lately. And I loved reading this. :)

    Btw, I *still* use too many ellipses! And I don't even use them properly. :P

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  10. Congrats on your blogoversary! Five years IS a major milestone. I'm so glad you stuck it out because your posts have been keeping me entertained for years. Here's to many, many more years of book blogging!

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  11. Happy blogiversary! Five years is awesome. :D

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