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Happy Blogiversary to Me! (plus a giveaway)

June 12, 2009
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I started this blog a year ago today with Vance’s encouragement.  I really wasn’t sure what direction it would take, but I knew I would have plenty of posts about books since I love to read.  Then I discovered the book blogging community and I was hooked.  In the past year I have:

  • had over 450 posts
  • gotten over 78,00o hits
  • gotten over 10,00o comments
  • deleted over 3,000 spam
  • made countless friends

My most popular posts have been:

To celebrate my blogiversary, I’ve worked with the marvelous Miriam of Hachette Books to come up with a unique giveaway.  Each book in this giveaway has something to do with me in a vague sort of way.  One winner will receive each of these books:

Our Dumb World by The Onion

Our Dumb World“OUR DUMB WORLD is the world’s most comprehensive fake atlas: a repository of all known information about the planet Earth (except where covered by clouds).

In late 2007 the hardcover edition became one of the hottest books of the holiday season, entertaining and offending hundreds of thousands of readers around the globe. This new, easy-to-carry paperback edition is perfect for the intrepid traveler to any of the world’s exotic locales–from Afghanistan, “Allah’s Cat Box,” to Ukraine, “the Bridebasket of Europe,” to the USA’s own Nevada, “Where Everyone’s a Loser.”

Packed with beautiful full-color maps and framed with inaccurate essays about all the world’s peoples and places, OUR DUMB WORLD is a gut-busting send-up in which no nation escapes unscathed.”

As Always, Jack by Emma Sweeney

From Publishers Weekly

As Always, Jack“At the end of WWII, a 26-year-old navy pilot meets and falls in love with a beautiful California girl named Beebe. They have about two weeks together before he is shipped off to the South Pacific for six months. When he returns they marry, have four sons and 10 good years together before he, still in the military, is killed in a plane crash off Bermuda in 1956. At the time of his death, his wife was pregnant with a daughter. The daughter spends her life longing for information about the father she never knew. Years later, after her mother’s death, the daughter finds a bundle of letters that her father wrote to her mother in the six months before their marriage. Those letters are presented along with a foreword and afterword by the daughter, Sweeney, now a New York literary agent and gardening book author. The letters portray a decent, kindhearted young man with a quirky sense of humor who is obviously in love. Aside from a few colloquialisms of the 1940s, they could have been written by any lovesick military man in history. They are often corny, sometimes boring (as they only partially open doors into the psyches driving this old-fashioned romantic correspondence) and never erotic (not even suggestive unless “Greetings, my scandalous Scandinavian” counts). While these letters are obviously very precious to the woman who discovered them, they don’t offer much character development or anything unique. (Apr. 10)Forecast: While war correspondence is a crowded subgenre, this attractively packaged little book (5″ 7″) has a blurb from War Letters editor Andrew Carroll and a planned tour that includes a stop at Annapolis. With more than 1.5 million members of the U.S. Armed Forces, it has a ready audience alert to the perils of separation, along with many more sympathetic to that predicament.”

Girls in Trucks by Katie Crouch

Girls in Trucks“Sarah Walters, the narrator of GIRLS IN TRUCKS, is a reluctant Camellia Society debutante. She has always felt ill-fitted to the rococo ways of Southern womanhood and family, and is anxious to shake the bonds of her youth. Still, she follows the traditional path laid out for her. This is Charleston, and in this beautiful, dark, segregated town, established rules and manners mean everything.

But as Sarah grows older, she finds that her Camellia lessons fail her, particularly as she goes to college, moves North, and navigates love and life in New York. There, Sarah and her group of displaced deb sisters try to define themselves within the realities of modern life. Heartbreak, addiction, disappointing jobs and death fail to live up to the hazy, happy future promised to them by their Camellia mothers and sisters.

When some unexpected bumps in the road–an unplanned birth, a family death–lead Sarah back home, she’s forced to take another long look at the fading empire of her youth. It takes a strange turn of events to finally ground Sarah enough to make some serious choices. And only then does she realize that as much as she tried to deny it, where she comes from will always affect where she ends up. The motto of her girlhood cotillion society, “Once a Camellia, always a Camellia,” may turn out to have more wisdom and pull to it than she ever could have guessed.”

Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson

Gods in Alabama“For 10 years Arlene has kept her promises, and God has kept His end of the bargain. Until now.
When an old schoolmate from Possett turns up at Arlene’s door in Chicago asking questions about Jim Beverly, former quarterback and god of Possett High, Arlene’s break with her former hometown is forced to an end. At the same time, Burr, her long-time boyfriend, has raised an ultimatum: introduce him to her family or consider him gone. Arlene loves him dearly but knows her lily white (not to mention deeply racist)Southern Baptist family will not understand her relationship with an African American boyfriend. Reluctantly, Arlene bows to the pressure, and she and Burr embark on the long-avoided road trip back home.
As Arlene digs through guilt and deception, her patched-together alibi begins to unravel, and she discovers how far she will go for love and a chance at redemption.”

Trail of Crumbs by Kim Sunee

Trail of Crumbs“When Kim Sunée was three years old, her mother took her to a marketplace, deposited her on a bench with a fistful of food, and promised she’d be right back. Three days later a policeman took the little girl, clutching what was now only a fistful of crumbs, to a police station and told her that she’d been abandoned by her mother.

Fast-forward almost 20 years and Kim’s life is unrecognizable. Adopted by a young New Orleans couple, she spends her youth as one of only two Asian children in her entire community. At the age of 21, she becomes involved with a famous French businessman and suddenly finds herself living in France, mistress over his houses in Provence and Paris, and stepmother to his eight year-old daughter.

Kim takes readers on a lyrical journey from Korea to New Orleans to Paris and Provence, along the way serving forth her favorite recipes. A love story at heart, this memoir is about the search for identity and a book that will appeal to anyone who is passionate about love, food, travel, and the ultimate search for self.”

To enter this giveaway,  simply leave a comment on this post.  Contest is open to US and Canadian residents only (no PO Boxes, please).  I will use to determine the winner.  Contest ends at midnight EST, Monday, June 22, 2009.  Winner will be announced on Tuesday, June 23, 2009.

157 Comments leave one →
  1. June 12, 2009 6:35 am

    Congratulations! I can’t enter the competition, as I’m in the UK, but I thought I’d just let you know what a wonderful blog you have here.

    I’m impressed by your spam ratio – I have about 3x more spam than proper comments, so you are doing well to have that little.

    Good luck for your second year!

  2. June 12, 2009 6:50 am

    Happy Blogiversary! I don’t always comment, but I read your blog daily.

    Great giveaway!

  3. June 12, 2009 7:21 am

    Happy Blogiversary! What a fantastic giveaway and I love that each book symbolizes something in your life. Don’t enter me because I’ve already read a few of the books!

  4. June 12, 2009 7:34 am

    Congratulations! What a great lot of comments and posts you’ve had!

    No need to enter me for the giveaway. I’m just happy you’re a part of the book blogging world. Congrats!

  5. June 12, 2009 7:51 am

    Congrats on your successful year!

  6. June 12, 2009 7:56 am

    No need to enter me, but Happy Blogiversary!!! Those are a lot of accomplishments for one year! Congratulations!!


  7. June 12, 2009 8:13 am


    Those are such impressive statistics in only one year. We are all so grateful that Vance pushed you to start your blog.

    No need to enter me in the contest. I just wanted to say Happy Blogoversary and send you best wishes for many more years of blogging fun.

  8. katiepea permalink
    June 12, 2009 8:37 am

    Congrats on your Blogaversary! Your blog entertains me daily.

    I would like to be entered into the contest I would like to know how these books became a part of what makes you tick.

  9. June 12, 2009 8:51 am

    Happy blogiversary. Our blogging community would be lost without you so thank your son from us, please. 3,000 spam hits~ Sheeesh! Anyway, you can enter me in the contest. I’d love to win. I’m reading a Joshilyn Jackson book now and I am so hooked!
    Have a great week.

  10. June 12, 2009 8:55 am

    Happy happy blogiversary!!! =) I know I don’t comment often–I hardly have enough time for my own blog, lol! BUT I do read yours, & I appreciate the time & effort you put into it. Congratulations on celebrating 1 year!

  11. June 12, 2009 8:58 am

    happy blogiversary kathy!!! I don’t tell you this too often, but I REALLY appreciate the time and effort you put into comments on my blog, as well as the tons of other blogs you comment on. You’re one of the sweetest, friendliest bloggers around and I really, truly appreciate you. Congrats on one year!

    And also, go ahead and throw my name in for the giveaway. 🙂 Thanks!

  12. June 12, 2009 9:02 am

    Wow those books look great! And very happy Blogoversary! My blog is several months younger but I already have more than twice that much in my *spam* count (with a name like “rhapsody,” you know how it is!) so you have done well there! I’m surprised your recipes didn’t make it to the Most Popular Posts. I’m always wondering each week if we will get lucky and see one so I can get ideas! I would love to be entered in your contest. Thanks!

    nbmars AT yahoo DOT com

  13. Melanie permalink
    June 12, 2009 9:05 am

    Congrats to you! I have been following you for a while and I enjoy all your reviews. Here’s to another years:)

  14. June 12, 2009 9:06 am

    Congrats on your one year anniversary. Love your blog, keep up the great work!

  15. June 12, 2009 9:11 am

    Happy Blogiversary! It’s hard to believe you’ve only been at this for one year – you do such a great job! Thanks for all your hard work (and for inspiring the rest of us!).

    geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

  16. June 12, 2009 9:14 am

    Congrats Kathy & Happy Blogiversary!! What a great contest!

  17. June 12, 2009 9:16 am

    Happy Blogiversary, Kathy!

    Don’t enter me in the giveaway, I just wanted to say “Congratulations!”

  18. June 12, 2009 9:24 am

    Congrats on turning 1 year! I am interested to know how each of these books connect to you!

    Please sign me up for the giveaway

    kherbrand at comcast dot net

  19. June 12, 2009 9:28 am

    Happy Blogiversary! Just posted this happy event on Win A Book.

  20. June 12, 2009 9:34 am

    Your blog has been a wildfire success. Congrats!!

  21. June 12, 2009 9:38 am

    Happy Anniversary; Trail of Crumbs looks good. I enjoy your blog!

  22. June 12, 2009 9:54 am

    *Today its your birthday….Happy Birthday to you…..(sung….loudly and with lots of spirit, just not much in the line of pitch or tone…)

    Awesome book choices…I need another book, like I need another nose implanted firmly on my forehead. But wait, that might come in handy if I were to catch a cold and my nose was stuffed up. I’d have a “back-up”! So, based on that logic…Count me In!!

  23. June 12, 2009 10:10 am

    Congratulations on your year of great accomplishment. I enjoy reading your blog and I enjoy reading your comments on my blog and others’.

    I got all of the connections between you and the books except God in Alabama. I figured out the Onion, Bermuda, the South, and France. Give us a clue on the Alabama one. Was that where you were born?

  24. June 12, 2009 10:13 am

    Happy Blogiversary! Your blog always has me reading something new, so here is hoping you have many more great years to follow. 🙂

    ~ Popin

  25. Julie permalink
    June 12, 2009 10:21 am

    Congratulations! Although I’m new to reading your blog I very much enjoy it and look forward to reading more of it in the future.

    Please don’t enter me in your giveaway as I already have two of the books.


  26. Jane permalink
    June 12, 2009 10:24 am

    Congrats on the Blogiversary! I would love to be entered in the contest.

  27. June 12, 2009 10:27 am

    Congratulations on your one year blogiversary!!!
    Not only are your reviews great, I have noticed that you comment on other blogs, congratulate winners, and I cannot imagine when you have time to sleep!!

    Count me in!

  28. Julie permalink
    June 12, 2009 10:41 am

    Congrats on your first year!

    Please count me in to win! I haven’t read any of these, although a couple have been on my TBR list for awhile.

    Julie H.

  29. June 12, 2009 10:44 am

    Happy Anniversary, Kathy!

  30. June 12, 2009 10:57 am

    Congratulations on your successful blog.

  31. June 12, 2009 11:01 am

    Congratulations on your blogiversary! Mine’s coming up in just a few weeks, and I can’t believe it’s been a year for both of us.

    This is a really creative giveaway!

  32. June 12, 2009 11:06 am

    Happy first Blogiversary Kathy! Your blog is wonderful and so are you! Here’s to many more!!

  33. June 12, 2009 11:11 am

    Congrats on your blogiversary Kathy!! You’ve accomplished a lot in the past year with your blog and in the blogging community. You have a wonderful blog and I appreciate your comments to mine. I’m coming up on my blogiversary next month and will have to give some thought to celebrating!

  34. June 12, 2009 11:12 am

    Happy Blogoversary! I cannot believe you’ve only been here for a year. Time flies. Please enter me in the giveaway. I’ll love a shot at these great books!

  35. June 12, 2009 11:12 am

    Just saying congrats on your blogiversary!

    I’ve already read some of the giveaways so please share them with others that haven’t.

  36. Amber G permalink
    June 12, 2009 11:13 am

    Congratulations on your 1 year anniversary and thank you so much for the very generous contest!

  37. ann marie permalink
    June 12, 2009 11:32 am

    Happy Blogiversary,
    I’m glad I found your blog this year and thanks for all the new books/authors from you. Have a great weekend. 🙂

  38. June 12, 2009 11:40 am

    Happy Blogoversary! You’ve had quite the year. I, for one, am glad I found you!!

  39. June 12, 2009 11:40 am

    Wow, what a great list of books. Now I’m pondering what each of these books have to do with you!

    Happy blogiversary and what a great idea to celebrate!

    I wasn’t going to enter any more giveaways, but I would love to read: As Always, Jack by Emma Sweeney!

    We’re almost a year apart in blogiversary dates.

  40. June 12, 2009 11:57 am

    Happy Happy Day. I love your blog. I love many blogs… I am trying to say this diplomatically. Well anyway I will just spit it out. If I had a limited amount of blogs that I could visit per day, yours would be battling for the top spot. Congrats on such a successful blog.

  41. June 12, 2009 11:58 am

    Don’t enter me in the giveaway. Just wanted to say Happy Blogiversary!!

  42. June 12, 2009 12:00 pm

    Happy Blogiversary! I can’t believe you’ve only been doing this one year – you are a natural! Or, perhaps more accurately, a super natural!

  43. Beth permalink
    June 12, 2009 12:01 pm

    Happy Blogiversary to you. You have a great giveaway to celebrate this.

  44. June 12, 2009 12:13 pm

    Congratulations on your blogiversary.

    This looks like a great prize pack, please enter me into this drawing.

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

  45. June 12, 2009 12:25 pm

    Congrats!!!!! I can’t believe you started only 3 months before me!

    Please don’t enter me because I’ve read (or own) the ones I want to on your list.

    Gods in Alabama was a great book, BTW. I really loved it (pre-blogging days). Hummm. Maybe I should do a mini-review.

  46. June 12, 2009 12:58 pm

    Happy, happy day for you!! You’ve had an awesome year and I’m so glad that during it, I happened on your blog and met such a wonderful person! Miriam has helped you put together a great giveaway. Please enter me. Here’s to another great year!

    shelcows AT gmail DOT com

  47. Teresa W permalink
    June 12, 2009 1:14 pm

    Happy Anniversary, count me in!

  48. June 12, 2009 1:19 pm

    Don’t enter me Kathy. I just wanted to say Happy Blogiversary!!!

  49. June 12, 2009 1:30 pm

    Happy Blogiversary, Kathy!

    Don’t enter me — I’ve won more than my fair share, lately. I loved As Always, Jack.

  50. June 12, 2009 1:32 pm

    Congratulations! It takes a lot of hard work to keep up a blog for a year! I really enjoy your blog and hope to follow in your footsteps eventually.

  51. stacybuckeye permalink
    June 12, 2009 1:38 pm

    Congratulations, Kathy! I think I’ve been here since the beginning 🙂

  52. scottsgal permalink
    June 12, 2009 1:39 pm

    Congrats- you have a wonderful blog with great reviews! I’ enjoy reading it. Thanks for the great giveaway – these books look wonderful!

  53. June 12, 2009 1:47 pm

    Congrats on your anniversary, and thanks for the great giveaway!

  54. nfmgirl permalink
    June 12, 2009 1:53 pm

    Congratulations! Your blog was one of the first book blogs that I discovered just a few short months ago. Thanks so much for being out there!

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

  55. June 12, 2009 2:06 pm

    Congratulations! What great stats for your first year. I just love your blog, and I wish you many more blogiversaries down the road. And thanks to you and Miriam for a great giveaway!


  56. June 12, 2009 2:07 pm

    I know I’m too late for the giveaway, but I wanted to wish you a happy blogiversary! You’ve almost done more in one year than I did in 3!

  57. mindy permalink
    June 12, 2009 2:17 pm

    sounds wonderful and happy number 1

  58. Carol permalink
    June 12, 2009 2:29 pm

    Congratulations! And the giveaway books look great.

  59. June 12, 2009 2:36 pm

    No need to enter me in the giveaway – I’m just here to wish you a very happy Blogiversary! You help make the book-blog community a great place – thanks :-)!

  60. June 12, 2009 2:37 pm


    Thank you!

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

  61. June 12, 2009 2:45 pm

    Happy Anniversary! Mine is a ways off, but I hope to have as much success as you.

    Please enter me for the giveaway. mybookviews[at]gmail[dot]com

  62. June 12, 2009 2:48 pm

    Congratulations on your anniversary! I’ve only just really discovered the blogging universe and I’m really enjoying yours!

  63. June 12, 2009 2:54 pm

    Happy, happy blogiversary! Your site was one of the first ones I started visiting when I began blogging almost a year ago. You have always been so friendly, informative and fun. You set a great example and I can’t believe you haven’t been doing this longer. Vance knew what he was talking about! I hope you keep it up for many years to come. Congrats!


  64. June 12, 2009 3:30 pm

    Don’t enter me, I just wanted to join in on the fanfare! Happy Anniversary. It’s great having you around. You add so much to the community.

  65. June 12, 2009 3:36 pm

    Happy, Happy Blogiversary! I didn’t realize it has only been 1 year for you – you became a seasoned blogger over night! 🙂 Congratulations!

  66. June 12, 2009 4:03 pm

    Happy Blogiversary!

  67. June 12, 2009 4:13 pm

    Happy blogaversary!

  68. June 12, 2009 4:23 pm

    Congratulations on your 1-year anniversary! Awesome!

  69. June 12, 2009 5:07 pm

    Happy Blogiversary! no need to enter me in the giveaway.

  70. Jessica permalink
    June 12, 2009 5:28 pm

    I love giveaways and this is such a great one. Congrats on one year. I hope to continue blogging my self. I really need to keep it up. Thanks.

  71. June 12, 2009 5:58 pm

    Happy Blogiversary!! I’ll be on vacation the week you do your drawing– can I enter anyway? ;-). Here’s to many more great blog posts from you!!

  72. June 12, 2009 6:24 pm

    Hi! Just wanted to wish you a happy blogiversary! 🙂

  73. bridget3420 permalink
    June 12, 2009 6:35 pm


  74. June 12, 2009 6:43 pm

    Congratulations, Kathy! I am so glad you are a part of the book blogging community. May you have many more wonderful years of blogging!

    Love Always, Jack is a wonderful book, by the way. It’s one of my favorite nonfiction books.

  75. Marie permalink
    June 12, 2009 7:37 pm

    Happly Blogiversary! That’s quite an accomplishment! I hope you have many more 🙂

  76. June 12, 2009 7:41 pm

    Congratulations, Kathy! It’s been such a pleasure getting to know you over the past year. I can’t believe our blogs are now a year old! (Well, mine’s 363 days old at the moment…)

  77. miriamparker permalink
    June 12, 2009 7:46 pm

    Hope you had a great blogiversary, Kathy!!! I love this contest. 🙂

  78. June 12, 2009 7:51 pm

    Gracious, you have had quite a year! I think your stats are amazing! And…I want to win!

  79. jacque permalink
    June 12, 2009 8:08 pm

    Congrads on your blog!! What a fantastic giveaway! Would love to win these books! Thanks!

  80. June 12, 2009 8:53 pm

    Too late for the quickie, but Happy Blogaversary!

  81. Pam permalink
    June 12, 2009 9:42 pm

    Congratulations! Happy Blogoversary to you! I should write you a song but you really wouldn’t want to hear me sing it anyways.

    This is a hugely generous and awesome giveaway! I’d love to read all these books! Thanks so much!

  82. June 12, 2009 11:25 pm

    Tell Vance thanks! We appreciate him egging you on!! And happy blogiversary…I can’t believe you’re such a blogging baby!

  83. June 12, 2009 11:26 pm

    And I meant baby in terms of age, not maturity. 😀

  84. Renee G permalink
    June 12, 2009 11:55 pm

    Congratulations & please enter me to win these books.

  85. June 13, 2009 12:09 am

    Hello. Well I was a bit dismayed when I read how much spam you received. That’s daunting.
    Congrats on the anniversary. Good work. Make sure to give yourself a pat on the back.
    polo-puppy-fluffy AT hotmail Dot com

  86. June 13, 2009 4:19 am

    Hello, entering the contest! Congrats on the Blogiversary =)

  87. rubymoon permalink
    June 13, 2009 7:23 am

    Happy bloggy birthday! I’d love a chance to win all these awesome books!

  88. June 13, 2009 7:57 am

    Nope, no need to enter me (unless you want to send Girls in Trucks my way…).

    I couldn’t NOT stop in and congratulate you on such a successful year. I’m proud to be part of your community, lady.

  89. June 13, 2009 9:43 am

    Happy blogaversary to you. I am sure there is many more to come. I love what you write about.
    I love to check out your blog since we live in the same state. Your post mostly of course about books. But occasionally you post about interesting things too. Your travels to Charleston, the Bea recently and other posts.
    Keep on, keep on…Congratulations….

    I have been trying to figure out what I want to do with my blog for the blogaversary. Mine June 22nd. Like you I am most likely going to do a giveaway. I meant to post earlier, but I have been working crazy hours. Check out my blog by Monday. By then I will think of something.

  90. June 13, 2009 11:02 am

    Congratulations on your one year!

    And what a thoughtful giveaway, books ❤

  91. Sara M permalink
    June 13, 2009 12:06 pm

    Congratulations! Here’s to another year of wonderful blogging. Great contest.

  92. June 13, 2009 12:13 pm

    Happy blogiversary! I think I mentioned that on the other post, but I thought I should say it again 🙂

  93. June 13, 2009 2:14 pm

    happy Blogiversary! I don’t know what we’d do without you!

  94. Ken permalink
    June 13, 2009 3:26 pm


  95. June 13, 2009 3:53 pm

    Oh Wow!
    What a great package. I’d love to have these.


  96. Nicole permalink
    June 13, 2009 4:47 pm

    congrats on making it to one year and being so successful!!!

  97. June 13, 2009 4:47 pm

    Congrats! I love reading your posts, so I hope you’ll be around for years and years. I love it that you know how much spam you’ve gotten (I’ve only gotten a mere fraction of that).

  98. Karina Worlton permalink
    June 13, 2009 5:24 pm

    Happy Blogiversary, and may you have many many more. Thanks for the giveaway–I’d love to read these books!

  99. June 13, 2009 6:29 pm

    No need to enter me in the giveaway (looks like you’ve got your hands full), but I did want to say happy blogiversary! Hope the next year is just as exciting for you.

  100. June 13, 2009 6:56 pm

    No need to enter me, I just wanted to wish you congratulations on your Blogiversary! Your blog is a regular stop for me and I appreciate all the support you have shown me too!

  101. June 13, 2009 9:18 pm

    Argh… I just wrote a big comment and it disappeared!! So I’ll try again…

    First, Happy Blogiversary! Your stats are amazing! But you forgot — 1,000,000 comments left on other blogs!

    And I would love to be entered in your giveaway. I think the people of The Onion are geniuses, and I loved Joshilyn Jackson’s The Girl Who Stopped Swimming so I wanted to read her other books.

    Here’s to more years of book blogging!

  102. June 14, 2009 12:55 am

    Congratulations on 1 year! No need to enter me, I posted it on my Giveaways Galore.

  103. June 14, 2009 2:47 am

    Congratulations on your blogiversary and many more in the future!

    The book ‘Our Dumb World’ sounds like a hoot. Would love to win them all.

  104. June 14, 2009 8:13 am

    Woohoo! Happy belated Blogiversary 🙂
    Here’s to many more blogiversaries in the future!

  105. Sharon Walling permalink
    June 14, 2009 9:04 am

    Congrats & Happy Blogiversary. What a variety of books also.

  106. June 14, 2009 9:19 am

    Congratulations Kathy! Isn’t our blogging community the best!!?? I still don’t know how you manage to be first commenter on so many blogs! LOL I don’t think you sleep! Anyway, your blog is one of my favorites and I always look forward to visiting it. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  107. June 14, 2009 9:21 am

    I guess with being sick I missed your anniversary.
    I’m so sorry. Here is my late Congratulations!!!

    Have another great year.


  108. June 14, 2009 9:24 am

    That’s a great achievement. Congratulations and Happy Blogiversary! Hosting a giveaway is a great way to celebrate.

  109. June 14, 2009 10:59 am

    I’d love to enter and Conrats. on your anniversary.

  110. Carlene permalink
    June 14, 2009 11:13 am

    Way to Go.

  111. dag888888 permalink
    June 14, 2009 1:38 pm

    Congrats, thanks for this giveaway, more power!

  112. June 14, 2009 2:06 pm

    Happy Blogiversary!! You have some amazing stats for the year and it’s no surprise considering what a terrific blogger you are 🙂

    Congrats on your first year and best wishes for your second!

  113. Katrina permalink
    June 14, 2009 2:55 pm

    congrats on the blog! I would love to win

    ykatrina at hotmail dot com

  114. Carol M permalink
    June 14, 2009 3:12 pm

    Happy Blogiversary to You!

    These are great books! Thank you for the chance to win them!

    mittens0831 AT

  115. kdet62 permalink
    June 14, 2009 3:44 pm

    Happy Blogiversary! What a terrific idea to have this kind of giveaway. I’d love to read all of the books you have listed. Thanks for the opportunity to win:)

  116. Belinda McNabb permalink
    June 14, 2009 9:14 pm

    Please include me in your giveaway

    “Canadian Contests, Freebies, Coupons, Deals, Games and Fun:”


  117. June 14, 2009 9:25 pm

    Happy Blogiversary!

  118. June 15, 2009 2:09 am


    Please enter me. Thanks!


  119. June 15, 2009 6:51 am

    Happy Blogiversary Kathy!!! May you celebrate many more…

    I thought you have been blogging for a long long time 🙂

    P.S: Not entering the contest.

  120. Cindy V permalink
    June 15, 2009 7:26 am

    Happy Blogging for one year! Woo hoo. Your Blog was one of the first one’s I discovered when I started following blogs. Love your Blog! What a great giveaway.
    Please enter me in the giveaway.


  121. Cindy V permalink
    June 15, 2009 7:27 am

    Forgot to put out my e-mail.

    Dutchlvr1 (at) aol (dot) com

  122. June 15, 2009 9:11 am

    Happy Blogversary! Thanks for the giveaway!

  123. June 15, 2009 9:45 am

    You seem to have everything going on at this blog that it’s hard to believe you have only been doing this for a year! Congrats Kathy–I would love to be entered in your giveaway!

  124. Krystal permalink
    June 15, 2009 10:08 am

    I would absolutely LOOOOOVE to be entered. Thanks!

  125. June 15, 2009 1:12 pm

    Happy blogiversary, Kathy! 🙂 And many happy years to come! I didn’t realize we started blogging within a week of each other… I figured you’d been around much, much longer than I have! 🙂

    I’d love to be entered in your giveaway 🙂 Thanks!

  126. Rebecca Cox permalink
    June 15, 2009 2:11 pm

    What a great collection of books. Would love to read them all!!

  127. Lauren permalink
    June 15, 2009 2:20 pm

    I would love to be entered! Thanks for the giveaway!

  128. June 15, 2009 2:40 pm

    No need to enter me in the giveaway, I just wanted to say happy (belated) blogiversary!

  129. Mary D permalink
    June 16, 2009 1:25 pm

    Please enter me in the giveaway (Our Dumb World sounds like fun!) and also –
    HAPPY, HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY 🙂 Wishing plenty more in the future!

  130. June 16, 2009 10:26 pm

    Congratulations! I really enjoy visiting your blog.

    please count me in

    gaby317nyc AT gmail DOT com

  131. Allison permalink
    June 16, 2009 11:48 pm

    Please enter me, these are a great selection of books. I’m especially interesting in As Always, Jack because I love WW2 fiction and girls in trucks!


  132. eetirv permalink
    June 17, 2009 1:51 am

    I’d like to be included, thank you!

  133. June 17, 2009 10:31 am

    See, this is what happens when I get ridiculously behind on my Google Reader. I can’t believe I missed your blogiversary! Congratulations!!

  134. June 17, 2009 11:58 am

    You don’t have to enter me.
    Just wanted to say happy blogaversary and congrats on all your successes!
    Here’s to many more 🙂

  135. stilettostorytime permalink
    June 17, 2009 12:33 pm

    Congrats and thanks for the giveaway!


  136. etirv permalink
    June 17, 2009 6:29 pm

    Thanks, please include me!

  137. Bobbie Crawford-McCoy permalink
    June 17, 2009 7:45 pm

    *~*~* CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! *~*~*

    YIPEEE for you, Kathy!! 🙂 🙂

    Happy Blogiversary!!
    I hope you have many, many more.

    ((((((Big HUGS))))))


  138. Anita Yancey permalink
    June 17, 2009 8:29 pm

    Congratulations on your Blogiversary!!! All of these books sound really great, and I would love to read them. Please enter me. Thanks for having this wonderful giveaway.

  139. June 18, 2009 9:01 am

    Wow! Look at the number of comments. Good for you:) And happy blogiversary. I’m looking forward to the next year with you.

  140. Michelle E. permalink
    June 18, 2009 9:23 am

    Happy blogging birthday! Thanks for the giveaway.

  141. Glenn permalink
    June 18, 2009 12:51 pm

    Looks like a great giveaway! I’d like to drop my name in the virtual hat. Thanks. Congrats on the one year anniversary too.

  142. Lucy permalink
    June 18, 2009 8:35 pm

    I just stumbled upon your blog from a Twitter friend. I’ve bookmarked it so I remember to check it out every day! Happy anniversary.

  143. June 19, 2009 1:08 pm

    Oh my gosh! look at all of the entries.. 🙂 I to read Girls in Trucks SO bad! The other books sound great as well!!….

  144. Amy permalink
    June 19, 2009 9:20 pm

    Congratulations on your anniversary! I’m a new follower & thrilled to have found your blog! It’s fantastic. I’m amazed that you’ve only been blogging for one year!
    Thi is a brilliant giveaway. Thank you so much. I sure hope to win :o)

  145. Patti permalink
    June 19, 2009 11:23 pm

    Happy blogiversary. Please enter me in the drawing.


  146. June 20, 2009 12:13 am

    Congrats! I enjoy reading your blog and trust your reviews. Please sign me up! I look forward to reading you for years……………….:)

  147. Rachel permalink
    June 20, 2009 9:17 am

    Congrats on you 1-year anniversary! Great blog.

  148. CherylS22 permalink
    June 20, 2009 11:49 am

    Happy Blogiversary! You have a great blog & I really enjoy visiting it to read your reviews.

    Wishing you continued success!

  149. June 20, 2009 11:18 pm

    You have a fantastic book blog and I love dropping in to see what you’ve been reading. Happy Blogiversary, and thanks so much for hosting this great giveaway!

  150. Alexa permalink
    June 21, 2009 12:03 pm

    Happy blogiversary! Thank you for this great giveaway!

  151. June 21, 2009 1:26 pm

    Happy Bloggiversary! And what a great giveaway – please throw my name into the virtual hat. 🙂

  152. June 21, 2009 9:50 pm

    Congrats on your one year anniversary.

  153. June 22, 2009 4:08 pm

    Happy Blogiversary!

    Thanks for such a great giveaway!!

  154. Keri Hegre permalink
    June 22, 2009 4:09 pm

    Happy anniversary! Thanks for sharing with all your readers

  155. Emma permalink
    June 22, 2009 6:29 pm

    Congrats on your one year anniversary.Thanks for a great giveaway. Please enter me in the drawing.Thank you.

  156. denise permalink
    June 22, 2009 6:50 pm



  157. July 1, 2009 1:28 pm

    Wow – I can’t believe it was only your first blogiversary! Congrats and keep up the great posts!

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