Sunday, October 9, 2011


It's hard to believe this day has come. It's even harder to believe I remembered that it came and am writing a post about it seeing as I usually am off looking at shiny things or other such distractions for the attention span impaired while my blogiversary skates by with little fanfair. I'm not forgetting this year, though. That's right - this week Leafing Through Life is four. Four years old. It was four years ago today that I wrote my first book review for my own little corner of the interwebs. Little did I know the journey that I was beginning and that I'd still be at it four year later.

You see, I, as a person, am not blessed with a great deal of stick-to-it-iveness when it comes to things that life doesn't require me to do. With a flightiness I've more than likely inherited from my mother, I have the tendency to bounce from obsession to obsession. I'm all in for a little while, but once the thrill is gone, I'm on to the new thing. Not so with book blogging. I've finally found a hobby that stuck to me. It's had its highs and lows, and I've neglected it for other pursuits along the way, but I've never abandoned it completely, and with good reason - it is, by far, the most rewarding hobby I've ever put my hand to.

As I start my fourth year of blogging, I just want to thank all of you have taken the time to read some of my ramblings here, to befriend me, to encourage me whenever things haven't been going well, to send me a book, to make me feel like what I do actually matters and generally make this whole blogging thing the most worthwile of pursuits. Thanks, also, for making the book blogosphere the great place to be that it is, so that even when I think I might ponder giving it up, the connections, the recommendations, the friends keep me coming back.

To show my gratitude (and also because I just haven't done it in a while), I've got a few books to give away, because hey, what's a good celebration without presents?

I've got two gently used ARCs of a couple of my favorite reads from this year that I'd love to share with some other readers...

Sparrow Road by Shelia O'Connor (Read my review)
Joy for Beginners by Erica Bauermeister (Read my review)

and also a pair of (never used) duplicate ARCs...

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick Dewitt
The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta

The giveaway is open internationally. You can enter for all 4, but you can only win one. Just leave me a comment letting me know which ones you're entering for as well as some way to get in contact with you should you win. I'll take entries through midnight (EST) on Monday October 17th and will announce winner shortly thereafter.


  1. Wow, 4 years of blogging is a lifetime of anything else! Congratulations! I'd love to be entered for The Sisters Brothers. Thanks! kathy(at)

  2. Happy blogversary Megan! I'm glad we've gotten to know each other over the years. :)

    (no need to enter me - I've too many books to begin with!)

  3. Thank YOU, Megan, for doing what you do! And here's to many more years.

    (No need to enter me either!)

  4. Happy Blogoversary! :) Congratulations!

    I would love to enter for Joy for Beginners, The Sisters Brothers and The Leftovers. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  5. Congrats on your 4 years! Your blog is great!

  6. Happy blogiversary! 4 years is amazing!
    I'd like to be entered for the Leftovers please.


  7. Congrats on hitting four years! That's a serious milestone.

    (no need to enter me)

  8. Happy Four!!! Wish I could take you to a bakery to celebrate! :--)

    Please enter me for The Leftovers

    nbmars AT yahoo DOT com

  9. CONGRATULATIONS! Four years is really impressive. I know what you mean about not always having the stick-to-itiveness to maintain a hobby. I think blogging is a little different because you know people are out there waiting to see what your going to do or say next. And then there are those personal connections - you're right -- it's very rewarding! Keep up the great work!

    oh, and btw, I would love to read THE LEFTOVERS or THE SISTERS BROTHERS. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Impressive Megan; Congrats.

    I'd love to win Leftovers.

    bibliophilebythesea AT gmail dot com

  11. Congrats!! Four years is quite an accomplishment, with anything. I'd like to be entered for The Sisters Brothers, and you can e-mail me at sophisticated . dorkiness at gmail . com :)

  12. My four year blogiversary is this month/year too! Congratulations, I love your blog!

    I'd want to read The Leftovers or Joy for Beginners.

    Way to go with sticking with something! I feel the same way with mine :) Here's to always having fun with your blog.

    libraryofmyown at gmail dot com

  13. it is so nice to see a young lady who has such a zest and love for books, obviously you have a wonderful mind for reading/writing, I hope that you will be working in the area of reading/writing/library sciences/editing/publishing. You are lovely and keep up the greatness..

  14. Wow Congrats on four years!New follower!

  15. Happy Fourth! 2007 was an excellent year for a blog to be born. Oh, and what Jill said about the cupcake :-D.

    I'd love to have a chance at winning that ARC of The Leftovers!

    3.rsblog AT Gmail DOT com

  16. No need to enter me. Just wanted to wish you a happy blogiversary!!

  17. No need to enter me (I am trying to tame my TBR shelves) but HAPPY blogiversary - 4 years is definitely something to be proud of! Keep up the great work!