Monday, February 8, 2010

A Milestone, Awards and a Giveaway

Today my blog reached a milestone - more than 1000 visits! I am amazed by the world that has been opened up to me through blogging and am grateful for every visit and every comment - they truly brighten my day! When I started this blog 6 weeks ago, I would check multiple times per day to see how many more visits had been logged since the last check - each new visit represented one more person that had listened to what I had to say (Ok - I realize some visits meant someone clicked to the site and clicked away without a single word read!) Before this begins to resemble a teary Oscar speech, on to other topics . . .


Speaking of the Oscars, I have been the grateful recipient of a few blog awards in the past week and would like to pass them on:

Carin at Caroline Bookbinder gave me The One Lovely Blog Award - yay! This one time NY-er really made my day with this recognition! She has excellent, honest reviews on her blog - check it out!

Here are the rules for the award:
Accept the award, and post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his/her blog link. Pass the award to 5 other blogs that you've newly discovered. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know that they have been chosen for this award.I am passing the award on to these 5 recently discovered blogs:

  1. Rhiana from Rhiana Reads is also a new blogger and she covers adult fiction on her blog with a few books for her young daughter thrown in.
  2. Carrie from Books and Movies - I stumbled on this blog recently and found Carrie was hosting the Ireland Reading Challenge - I love books set in Ireland - it seemed like Providence!
  3. JoAnn from Lakeside Musing - JoAnn and I recently read the same book and had a nice dialogue via the comments box about it - that's why I love book blogging!
  4. Jenners from Find Your Next Book Here - I love her profile pic on her blog - the expression is priceless- check it out!
  5. Books Anonymous is also a new blogger and she started a great discussion on book blogs ning recently about how to generate a following for her blog - drew me right in!
Double Happiness
Jennifer G from The Introverted Reader reads and reviews fiction on her blog and graced me with the Happy 101 award - thanks Jennifer - I really enjoy your blog!

Dana from Rantings of a Bookwork Couch Potato, a fellow new book blogger, granted me the same award!

The awards asks that you make a list of ten things that make you happy (why do I feel like this listing of Happy Things will come up again when I read The Happiness Project)? Here is my list:
  1. The laughs of my niece and nephew
  2. Traveling - anywhere!
  3. Listening to my Ipod on the walk to work
  4. Great friends
  5. Wine
  6. Fresh Air
  7. Newly fallen snow (those in the DC area may take issue with this one right about now)
  8. Central Park in the spring
  9. A good book on a free afternoon
  10. You guys! Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comments! (this one was lifted from Jennifer's post but I had the same sentiment and couldn't have put it better)
I am awarding this award to the following bloggers:

Mary of Sweet Bookshelf
Gaby of Starting Fresh
Sumanam of I Read . .
Lisa of Lit and Life
Becky from Page Turners
Check out their blogs and see what makes their happiness lists!

What better way to mark a milestone and awards than with a giveaway! Thanks to Anna at Hachette, I have three copies of the audiobook The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova to giveaway. This audiobook is read by, among others, Treat Williams and Anne Heche - I will be listening soon as posting a review.

To enter, just leave a comment below and include an email address so I can contact you. Contest Ends Feb 28th at midnight EST Good Luck!


  1. Thank you so much for the award - that is so sweet of you!

  2. Thanks for the award - I will try and pass it on as soon as I can! (Although I have to admit, that things are going crazy for me at work at the moment :-( )

  3. Thanks very much for the award! I'll pass it on very soon.

  4. Congratulations on reaching 1000 visitors - that IS a milestone!! The awards are well-deserved, too. Thank you so much for thinking of me.

  5. Congrats on hitting the milestone! (no need to enter me in the giveaway).

  6. Awwww... so sweet of you, I will have this posted in my blog later today..

    Many Congratulations on your awards too.. you deserve them.

  7. Congrats on all of your awards -- well deserved and your significant milestone.

  8. OOPS...please enter me in the giveaway; thanks so much

    bibliophilebythesea AT gmail DOT com; thanks

  9. Just found your blog through a series of following random links from one book blog to the next... what fun! Congrats on the milestone and the awards. I'd also love to be entered in the giveaway, kerrybu AT gmail DOT com.

    Thanks for the great posts!

  10. Congrats on your awards and reaching such an important milestone! You should feel proud of such an awesome blog!!

  11. Lots of good things happening here. Way to go!

    No need to enter me for the Kostova give. I'm dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail. I've got this posted at Win a Book.

  12. Would love to listen to the Swan Thieves.

    deborah150 at hotmail dot com

  13. I would love to hear Swan Thieves. Thanks for entering me.


  14. Congrats on your milestone! Blogging is amazingly rewarding and you'll find "friends" you never expected to find. Thanks for thinking of my blog for the award. I appreciate it! Here's to 1000s of more visits!

  15. Congrats on the award. This one sounds intriguing
    thanks for the chance
    msboatgal at

  16. Congratulations! Please enter me in the giveaway.
    theroundfile at live dot com

  17. Thanks so much for the award! I'll definitely pass it on.

  18. I've been wanting to read (in this case, listen) to this book since hearing about it. Winning would be fantastic. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

    wakeupangel at gmail dot com

  19. Yes please, I would love to listen to the Swan Thieves!

  20. Thanks for the chance at this one

    anjamie4 AT gmail dot com

  21. thanks for stopping by Novel Discussions!


  22. I would love to enter.


  23. I'm glad to hear that this one uses multiple narrators; I've thought that several books I heard would have benefitted from this approach.

  24. Thanks for the award! I've posted here:

  25. please enter me

  26. Please enter me as well. I didn't realize that there were multiple narrators ... so I'm excited to 'hear' that!

    amymelniczenko AT gmail DOT com

  27. Would love to listen to this audiobook.

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

  28. Congratulations on your award and on reaching 1000 visitors so quickly! I remember those early days of constant stat checking. No need to enter me in the giveaway.

  29. Congratulations!!!

    And thanks for the contest, wish me luck!
    teagirl1 at telus dot net

  30. I'm thinking an audio version might be the best way for me to "read" this book--I love audio books and find them a wonderful way to increase my reading time.

    Sign me up:

  31. 1,000 visits - Congrats!

  32. I loved her book, "The Historian"—please enter me to win!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

  33. 1000 visitors?! Goodness I have a long way to go :) (aka The Book Shelf Project.)

    Come across the pond and say hello sometime! x

  34. Would love to receive this audiobook.
    Taking a long trip, could listen for hours.

  35. I've just begun taking an interest in audiobooks. Please enter me.

    icewoman96 at gmail dot com

  36. I loved her first novel.
    Please enter me!

  37. congrats to you and would love to win the audio book

  38. I'd love to hear this read, what a treat for my eyes!
    I just signed as a follower, I loved your Bill Bryson review.
    gingercatranch at gmail dot com

  39. Congratulations! :0)

    I've been seeing this one around the blogs a lot. Would love the chance to listen to it. Count me in, please!

    librarygrinch at gmail dot com

  40. Congratulations.
    Would love to read this.

  41. Congratulations...quite an achievement. Please enter me.. I'd love to listen to this one.

    tbranco(at)hughes (dot)net

  42. Congrats on your milestone! Thanks for the chance to win - sounds like a great audiobook!
    mannasweeps (at) gmail DOT com

  43. I've been wanting this! Please enter me. Congrats on 1000 visits!

  44. I'd love to be entered in the drawing!

    lahlstedt (at) gmail (dot) com

  45. Congrats! I would love to listen to this book.


  46. I would love to win this. Please count me in.

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

  47. please count me in....thanks


  48. Congratulations on your milestone and the awards. I would love a chance to win this.

  49. Please count me in.

    cindyc725 at gmail dot com

  50. This sounds like a great story! cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

  51. Ahhh, I've just made in under the midnight deadline! It's 10:47 EST!!! I would so love to listen to a copy of The Swan Thieves! BTW, congrats on 1000 visits!!!! Go ahead with that Oscar speech - you deserve it!

  52. I hope I made it in time.. I just found this giveaway.. I would love to win..


  53. In fact, not long time ago I read (i.e. listened) to Swan Thieves. It is really incredible book:

  54. This books sounds so good and I love her writing. Thanks for hosting the giveaway.