TWELFTH Annual Blogo-Birthday Celebration and Giveaway!

Today is the 12th anniversary of the very first post on Reading Reality, then called “Escape Reality, Read Fiction”. Which explains why all the review ratings are “Escape Ratings” unless the book is nonfiction and then they are “Reality Ratings”.

Two years ago was the big milestone blogoversary at ten years, and last year represented a milestone birthday. So the numbers aren’t so much of a big deal – although the idea that I’m still doing this every day twelve years later is a bit of a shock.

Twelve years for us means three different cities – and one of those cities twice – eight different residences, and an entirely different clowder of cats as the members of the original bunch went to the Rainbow Bridge over the intervening decade plus. Although the spirit of Erasmus still seems to be stealing my pens. As he did.

This annual Blogo-Birthday Celebration Week, like the ones before it, will be a “Hobbit Birthday” as I give away presents instead of getting them. Mostly. Galen has already given me my birthday present, a lovely Coach bag to replace the purse that George recently chewed through the strap of. As he does.

I give away presents this week because I want to thank each and every one of you who take the time to read my reviews and features, post comments and enter the giveaways. Creating Reading Reality was my salvation when I was laid off during the “Great Recession” and has continued to be so in all the years since.

TWELVE years and still counting.

So, in thanks and appreciation to all of you, on this second day of the Blogo-Birthday Celebration Week I have a giveaway, just as I did yesterday and will every day this week. Today’s giveaway is for a $25 Amazon Gift Card or a Gift Card to a bookstore of your choice if you have a local that sells gift cards over the interwebs. (I’ll be giving away books again tomorrow for my actual birthday.)

From the bottom of my bookish and cat-loving heart, my heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you who has been part of this journey. There’s still more to come!

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35 thoughts on “TWELFTH Annual Blogo-Birthday Celebration and Giveaway!

  1. Happy Birthday Blog! I enjoy your site greatly. The wonderful books that are featured, the reviews, the giveaways and the adorable and sweet cats and their activities.

  2. I have been with you a long time. I keep coming back for the reviews and the giveaways.

  3. Happy blogoversary and wishing you many more amazing to come!!

    Keep coming back for great book recommendations and reviews.

  4. Happy Blogoversary! I keep coming back to see the book/authors you feature and the giveaways. Also, I love cats :).

  5. What keeps me coming back are the fab reviews – please keep writing them 🙂

  6. Happy Blogo-Birthday!! I’m always up for your giveaways and reviews and generally love all the content. Thanks!!

  7. What keeps me coming back here are the generous giveaways and also the reviews, I like the variety of books, you talk about some of the hyped title but there are also plenty you feature that I wouldn’t have otherwise seen elsewhere which I really appreciate.

  8. The book reviews & the giveaway hops! Congratulations on such an awesome milestone! Love your blog! 🙂 xo

  9. Happy 12th blog birthday!! 🙂 I enjoy the book reviews – finding new books to read!

  10. Happy Blogo-Birthday! I love that you share your reviews with us readers and that you frequently participate in blog hops. To make it even better, you don’t require your readers to do an inordinate amount of things to enter! Thanks so much and I hope that Reading Reality will be around for many years to come!

  11. Happy Blog birthday. I can’t even remember how long I have been coming here. I come to see the reviews and also to enter the contests. I read a lot so am always looking for books to read. I like to read the reviews to see if it is something I might enjoy reading.

  12. What keeps me coming back is the reviews… I am always looking for recommendations of new things to read and I’m a constant reader!

  13. Happy 12th Blogo-Birthday! I get an email newsletter, I click on it and read the post. I love your blog.

  14. I have been a follower for several years now. I initially found you because of your wonderful reviews and book recommendations. I have found a pile that I love because of your site!

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