Blogo-Birthday Celebration and Giveaway Day 1


Welcome to day one of Reading Reality’s Second Annual Blogo-Birthday Celebration!

“What’s a Blogo-Birthday?” I can hear you asking from here.

April 4 is the blogiversary, or is that blogoversary, of Reading Reality. On April 4, 2011, this blog was born. Woohoo!

April 5 is my own birthday. My mom told me that it was a Friday, but I’m not going to say which Friday. Some things must remain mysterious.

But to commemorate these occasions, I’m giving away some bookish prizes. (Think of them as a kind of Hobbit birthday. I have a party and give away presents!) Since it’s my party, I’m giving away things that I like. And I like books.

About Last Night by Ruthie KnoxOne of my favorite books last year was Ruthie Knox’s About Last Night. I loved it so much it ended up on my Best of 2012 list and on my Best Ebook Romances list at Library Journal. I wasn’t alone in thinking it was marvelous, it’s just been nominated for a RITA Award for Best Contemporary Single Title of 2012, and it’s not Ruthie’s only RITA nom this year either.

Ruthie has very graciouslyBig Boy by Ruthie Knox given me a copy of About Last Night to give to one lucky reader in celebration of my Blogo-Birthday. And, and, and, she’s also letting me give away a copy of her hot new story, Big Boy, part of the Strangers on a Train series. (I finished it this weekend, it’s hot and it packs a big storytelling punch).

I also want to share my joy of reading, so there will be also be an Amazon gift card giveaway today. That’s right, three great prizes to win!

Come back and party with me again tomorrow! I’ll be giving away more books and another gift card!

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31 thoughts on “Blogo-Birthday Celebration and Giveaway Day 1

  1. Hi Galen!

    Happy Blogo-Birthday! If I could get just one book for my birthday it would be a hard decision since I love so many different genres and authors!

    If I had to choose just one I’d say it would be an original copy of Don Quixote by Cervantes. Have you ever wondered what books and especially historical romance books would be like today if he hadn’t written that story?

    But then I think that we all have thought at least once in our life “if only the impossible would come true”!

    1. Hi Jeanne,

      Oopsie! I’m Marlene’s +1, and had prepped the blogo-birthday post for but forgot to set the post author field. It’s her blogo-birthday!

      Don Quixote is a really interesting choice — and you’re right, it’s hard to overstate the influence of that novel.
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  2. My birthday book would be the graphic novel version of NEW MOON. I’m 43 for heaven’s sake. It feels weird buying “comic books” for myself! But what can I say–I like what I like!

  3. Happy Blogoversary!!! man this is a hard question as I just had about 10 books delivered by Amazon earlier this week ๐Ÿ™‚ But… just randomly picking something off my wishlist… I’d have to say Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

  4. Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill

    Happy Blogo-Birthday! That name totally makes me giggle ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. I have been looking forward to reading more Connie Willis, so I will pick Doomsday Book.

  6. Happy Blogoversary!! Happy Early Birthday, Marlene! I hope you have a wonderful weekend! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I don’t know really which book I would choose if I could only choose 1. If I had one, I am most anticipating Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon! It has been many years.
    Thank you for sharing your birthday! Also, thank you for the giveaway.

  7. Hi, Marlene!

    Happy birthday and Happy anniversary to your blog!

    One book I’d love to get for my birthday is the newly-released Bridgerton epilogues, The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After by Julia Quinn. Loved that family and would love to revisit them. ^_^

    (An impossible wish would be the Lisa Kleypas long out-of-print books: Where Passion Leads, Forever My Love, and Give Me Tonight.)

    @Marlene, which book would you want for your birthday? ^_^

  8. If my birthday was tomorrow Walking Disaster. But as my birthday is in August, I feel that what I want will change multiple times by then lol

  9. I’m sorry but I couldn’t pick just 1. I was never good at choosing and making decisions, so I guess I’d leave it up to the person buying me the book ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hope you got the book you were hoping for! ๐Ÿ˜€

  10. If I could really get ANY book, it’d be a signed copy of either a Jane Austen or Charles Dickinson book, or Les Mis ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. I’d get The Twilight Saga: The Complete Film Archive about the making of the movies. It’s currently at the top of my wanted list, but it’s quite expensive for me to afford right now.

  12. If I could get any book it would be Sever by Lauren DeStefano. I am dying to know how the series ends. And I love the cover.

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