Reading Reality’s 10th Anniversary Blogo-Birthday Celebration + Giveaway

OMG, where on Earth do I begin?

Technically, I already did. That’s kind of the point. On April 4, 2011, Reading Reality’s (then called “Escape Reality, Read Fiction” first post was posted, with the title “It’s Always About the Story” which is still true. For me, it’s still always about the story, whether I’m telling it or especially when I’m writing about it. That’s why most of my reviews get into what I believe the book was about, or at least what the book was about for me. Which may, of course, turn out to be wildly different from what the author intended. Just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so is readability in the eyes – or the mind – of the reader.

It’s hard to believe that first post was ten years ago. This blog is now, officially, the longest “job” I’ve ever had. And I do my best to treat it with the responsibility that I would a job. Showing up every day, making my deadlines and fulfilling my commitments, doing my best work. If you’ve been with me for a while, I sincerely hope that you are enjoying the results!

Today, April 5, is my birthday, which is how the whole “Blogo-Birthday” thing got started. I like to celebrate this double event as a Hobbit Birthday, meaning that I give stuff away. I give stuff away ALL WEEK LONG!

So, for this opening day of this extra-special anniversary Blogo-Birthday celebration, I have not just one but two giveaways. One is for a $25 Amazon Gift Card and one is for $25 in books from either the Book Depository or, for those in the U.S. $25 in books delivered from the book store of your choice. If you have a local bookstore that’s doing mail order, I’ll have the books or a gift certificate sent to you from them. If you don’t have a local of your own, then you can choose from one of the big regional bookstores like Tattered Cover or Powell’s, national indie or get your books from the Book Depository. But books you will get!

One final note before I let you get to the Rafflecopter. For my birthday, I have a Birthday Fundraiser going on Facebook for Planned PEThood of Duluth GA. If you have enjoyed the cat pictures I post as part of my Sunday Post, Planned PEThood was part of both Lucifer’s and George’s journeys. Lucifer was checked out by their vets before his original rescuer brought him to us and the TNR cage used to trap George and his siblings was provided to our neighbor by them. So we’re paying that forward a bit and I hope you’ll consider joining us.

Thank you to each and every one of you who has been part of my journey and Reading Reality’s journey. Please stick around for future adventures!

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102 thoughts on “Reading Reality’s 10th Anniversary Blogo-Birthday Celebration + Giveaway

  1. Thanks for all the hard work you put into this blog. I initially found you thru the Book Lovers International blog. I enjoyed your book selections there–a mix of familiar and new, and the insights you brought to them–and am glad I followed you to your home here. I’ve discovered so many books/authors, but I’ve also found a renewed appreciation for old favorites (In Death, Maisie). And I want to also give a shout out to your more challenging and thought-provoking non-fiction selections. As much as I love escapist reads, it’s sometimes necessary to give some attention to the real world (past or present) around us.

    Happy Blogoversary and Happy Birthday. Best wishes for many more of both.

    (OK, OK. I also keep coming back for cat pictures. 🙂 )

  2. I really enjoy all the great reviews of books – I am always on the hunt for something new to read so the detailed reviews help me know if these are something Id like to add to my TBR list!

  3. I love all the book reviews! I have found so many books I wouldn’t have known about.
    Happy Birthday and Happy Blogoversary!

  4. Congratulations! I return to your blog to find out about books and authors that are new to me. I read to relax and escape reality for awhile.

  5. Congratulations on your blog anniversary and your birthday! Your blog has been extremely informative, enjoyable and special. It provides me with an abundant of treasures. Books and authors whom I will continue to read and many places to explore and learn from. Just a delight.

  6. My favorite way of escaping is watching movies. I love being able to live vicariously through characters in films.

  7. What keeps me coming back to Reading Reality is the chance to find great new books and authors. There are so many out there and I’m determined to find them all.

  8. My usual plan to escape reality includes: a quiet place, a cup of hot coffee, and a book. Thanks.

  9. What keeps me coming back is discovering new books to add to add to my to be read list. Love your reviews!

  10. Besides reading my favorite way to escape is to go watch my grandsons play baseball.

  11. I would like to give your books a read. I have been reading a lot more since 2020

  12. It’s the books that keep bringing me back.
    I am an avid reader and enjoy learning about new books.

  13. Happy Blogoversary!! I always come for the book reviews. 😉 Also great fundraiser choice on Facebook. Thanks for the giveaways and keep on blogging. 🙂

  14. I like the book reviews and updates as well as all of the contests. You do a great job promoting authors books.

  15. Happy, happy, happy blogoversary and happiest of birthdays!!

    My favorite way to escape reality has always been through books and movies. That was really put to use in the year that was 2020.

    Thank you for a generous giveaway(s)!

  16. Happy birthday and happy blog-o-versary!
    I will admit I am new here… I hope I can say congrats for the years to come!


  17. Happy Anniversary! I follow to keep up on any news about books that I might be interested in reading!

  18. My favorite way to escape reality for a bit is to get into a good movie or television series.

  19. I like to take a shower and then dry off in the buff while relaxing. Air Dry.

  20. Other than reading I watch tv or do puzzles. My 6 yr old granddaughter got me into Happy Color recently too.

  21. I enjoy the book reviews. I am always looking for new (to me) books to read.

  22. I keep coming back to Reading Reality because of the reviews and the giveaways and I always love seeing the little purple bear. So cute !

  23. What’s your favorite way to escape reality for a bit?

    Books and video games


  24. I like the synposis on the reading and I just enjoy learning about new authors.

    I think you do an incredible job at introducing me to new ideas and ways to enjoy reading.

  25. I like taking a walk and sometimes it’s nice to cuddle up under a tree on a blanket with a pillow reading a book.

  26. Congratulations on your 10th Anniversary. I always like learning about new books and upcoming authors. I enjoy hearing their stories about their authors’ journey.

  27. What keeps me coming back to a blog are easy to enter giveaways and good content. I also like ones with low entries. I really like your set up don’t change a thing. thank you

  28. My favorite way to escape reality for a bit is to watch a really good movie. I also love to get in to reading a good book.

  29. What keeps you coming back to a blog like Reading Reality?

    to read your blog

  30. What keeps me coming back is the great reviews and book commentary.

  31. Books and binging shows and movies are good escapes for me. I come for the reviews and giveaways are great too.

    I keep coming back because I LOVE hearing your thoughts on books 🙂
    My favourite way to escape reality is to tuck into bed with a good book!

  33. I like your reviews. I like knowing a bit about a book before I start reading it.

  34. Happy Blogiversary!!!
    I like the reviews and finding new books and authors and the giveaways you participate in.

  35. “What’s your favorite way to escape reality for a bit?” Reading horror manga and listening to exciting sci-fi adventure books on CDs!

  36. I like just browing for good things to read, I also like to kick back and watch a movie – its all about being in an other world rather than reality sometimes

  37. I keep coming back to this blog due to the design and types of books that are featured on the site. It’s fun and always a good read.

  38. My favorite way to escape reality for a bit is to crack open a new book and start turning pages. Entering a new work with new people and experiences.

  39. I keep coming back because of all the authors that I wouldn’t have otherwise discovered.

  40. My favorite way to escape reality is a nice long bath with a good book and a glass of wine.

  41. I come back to learn about new awesome books. I have a TBR a mile long but that doesn’t stop me from looking for more LOL.

  42. I like to escape reality with a Thriller because it captivates me , also by taking a bubble bath.

  43. I keep coming back to blogs like Reading Reality because I’m always looking for something new to read.

  44. New book reviews- they are really helpful as I don’t have time to weed through what to read

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