Blogo-Birthday Celebration + Giveaway

It’s that time again – time for my annual Hobbit Birthday!

Today is the OMG EIGHTH anniversary of the very first post on Reading Reality, back when it was called “Escape Reality, Read Fiction!” I found that saying on a t-shirt, and the other day I found the t-shirt again. I’m not sure whether the shirt still fits, but the sentiment certainly does.

Tomorrow is my own birthday. I call these Hobbit birthdays because hobbits give presents on their birthdays instead of receiving them. That’s what I’m doing this week, giving presents away.

Monday and Tuesday were both blog hops. As part of yesterday’s review I’m giving away a copy of any book in one of my favorite long-running series. I’m calling it one series, although it mostly isn’t, but sort of is. The Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series of historical mysteries literally (and literarily) gave birth to the Daniel Pitt series, as Daniel is their son. Both series are still ongoing, and both are marvelous if you love historical mysteries.

Tomorrow’s review and giveaway will be for another much-loved and long-running series, the Leaphorn, Chee and Manuelito series begun by the late Tony Hillerman and continued marvelously by his daughter Anne Hillerman. Just like yesterday, the giveaway will be for any book in the entire run of the series.

I chose both of those series this year because they both have books coming out right around my birthday – it’s my party week and I’ll read what I want to! These are books I wanted to read because I love both series. AND, something I didn’t realize until after I set the calendar, both authors are named “Anne” with an “e”. My middle name is “Anne” with an “e”, so it seemed a bit like fate.

Or at least good reading karma!

But today is the celebration of the start of Reading Reality, eight years, four cities and eight residences ago. (We moved a LOT, but we think we’ve finally stopped for a while).

I always like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you, my readers and followers, for making this blog so much fun to do. If I wasn’t having a good time, I’d stop – and I don’t see that happening anytime soon. I hope that all of you are having a good time, and hopefully an informative one, reading the posts and reviews. Whenever someone comments that they picked up a book because I raved about it – or avoided one like the plague because I ranted – it absolutely makes my day.

As today is the actual anniversary, today’s giveaway is special. I’m giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card AND a book (or books!) up to $25 in value, shipped anywhere that the Book Depository ships. There are separate rafflecopters for each giveaway, so enter one or both!

It’s my way of saying thanks to all of you. I’m looking forward to spending many more years together, talking about even more books!

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64 thoughts on “Blogo-Birthday Celebration + Giveaway

  1. The content and blogger being consistent. I’ve been to several blogs where the last post was 3 months prior. If a blogger has great info reviews and giveaways I’m going to stay with it. Interesting and informative posts are a good thing.

  2. I enjoyed your posts on the late, lamented BLI so followed you here. I like your selections–both old favorites and new things to challenge me. Happy birthday and blog anniversary. I hope you have many more!

  3. I keep coming back for the reviews and hops/giveaways you participate in. I like your Sci-Fi reviews. I’ve added a lot of them to my TBR. As for turning away – nothing on the blog has. I also like the lay out and set up as well. Keep up the great blogging. Happy birthday and blogger celebration!
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  4. Why I keep coming back to a blog is to experience a friendly, informative discussion/review of books and to find new ones. What turns me away from a blog is negativity and swearing in the discussions/reviews.

  5. What keeps me coming back is the content. If it’s boring then I most likely won’t be back but if I find it interesting then I will. Also, the frequency of updates. If the blog’s updated regularly then I’ll be back because it’s harder to forget it exists but if the updates are far apart then I’ll end up forgetting about it.

  6. Happy Birthday tomorrow and Happy 8th Blogiversary.

    I come back for reviews and info on new books as well as giveaways.

    Boring posts drive me away.

  7. What turns me away from a blog is if they go months at a time without posting. I also don’t mind if I disagree sometimes with their opinion on a book, but if we consistently disagree then I’m not going to find the content all that helpful because mostly I’m looking for book recommendations, and if their taste is so frequently different from my own, it probably isn’t going to work for me.

  8. Happy Blogoversary and thanks for the giveaway! I like reading reviews on books that I am interested in reading on blogs and what turns me away from blogs is when they put political or inappropriate opinions on their blog.

  9. I’m all about learning new things, authors, recipes..etc..what keeps me coming back is the content. I prefer a blogger that is humorous, knows what they’re even talking about, and most importantly..say it’s putting on make-up or learning a recipe..an actual step by step to get you to be able to do it correctly.

  10. Happy celebrations, I like the easy to enter giveaways now and then, also the lovely tours and reviews. Nice and cool blog. I dislike the overly long giveaway hops.. but that’s not necessarily at your fault.

  11. Seeing topics that interest me and giveaways keeps me coming back to blogs. I hate posts that obviously advertise products that the blogger is getting paid to review.

  12. Happy blogoversary and wishing you many more amazing to come!!
    Consistent and interesting topics, reviews that help me choose what to read next are just some of the reasons for coming back to a blog.
    As what turns me away in general – irregular updates, weird layout, boring content..
    Thank you for a generous giveaway!!

  13. I love reading all the reviews and finding new authors! I have found some of my favorites that I might now have found otherwise 🙂 Thank you!!!

  14. What turns me away from a blog, is when the content does interest me. I love when many different genres are reviewed…helps me find ones that I might now find otherwise, and can still skip over the genres that I do not read.

  15. Consistent posting about topics that interest me is what keeps me coming back. If there are gaps of a week or more I start to forget to check even if I have a page bookmarked and usually it just falls by the wayside then.

  16. I’m instantly turned off when there is so much advertising that the page doesn’t load fast or when you can’t see the content because of all the ads

  17. I get turned off by blogs that take up too much CPU and slow down my computer. I like a clean, not cluttered, blog (like yours).

  18. I will turn away from a blog if there content does not grab me, or if they do not post enough updates to keep me coming back.

  19. What keeps me coming back to a blog are great giveaways and book reviews. I find out about new authors and books to add them to my TBR list. What turns me away are blogs HEAVY with ads and pop ups. They take forever to load on my kindle. I have dropped a few giveaway blogs for that very reason. Another turnoff is a giveaway form that doesn’t have clickable links. It is difficult having to cut and paste the link or having to hunt through the blog to look for the social media links.

  20. Hhhmmm, I think it would be when the reviews are more summaries than actual thoughts on the books. When you follow someone, it’s often to get news and/or to read reactions to books so you can see if it’s for you, or to help you gather your own thoughts on the novel, etc… but when the post is just or mostly a recap of what happens, I lose interest.

  21. It’s hard for me to say for sure what turns me away but a lot of times I think it’s just that I lost interest over time because the content isn’t something I’m interested in or the bloggers aren’t posting as much.

  22. Happy 8th year anniversary and happy belated birthday! 8 years is quite an accomplishment in the blogging world. You should be proud ☺

  23. The contest keeps me coming along with the great layout there is nothing worse then one of those blogs that looks like a 5 yr old made it.

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