The one year anniversary of my blog is coming this weekend!! (Eeek!) I can’t believe it has already been that long! I have sooo enjoyed writing here and I have sooo much more to learn. I’m having a blast.
I began this blog so I could have a “home” for working on a reading challenge I started three years ago. You can read about the challenge here. I was reading a lot and writing some reviews on the notes section of my facebook but that format just couldn’t offer me the freedom and organization that a blog space could. I thought about it for a long time but I just wasn’t sure I had it in me to do it well. I still don’t know about the doing it well part, but I certainly have the desire to do what I can with it as long as it continues to be enjoyable.
I have met some pretty awesome people in the blogosphere. The community is tremendous and they are a lot of fun! Some have been a great source of encouragement, entertainment and “intellectual stimulation”. (That’s a Marcia Brady reference).
Here are a few bloggers that I would like to especially thank for helping me along the way.
***Katie at Words for Worms. Katie writes an awesome book blog full of humor and whimsy. She enjoys Alice in Wonderland, Zombies, Time-Travel, Classics and she has an over the top affection for Penguins. I still have not won any of her giveaways but once I messaged her and said..”Hey, if I get your facebook page to 200 likes, will you send me a prize? Pretty please??” And she said “Um, sure!” She called it the “Moxie Prize” and now I am the proud owner of socks with a penguin dressed in an Easter Bunny outfit. And she also gave me a hand-made bookmark, Now she has over 500 fans on her page. Sooo, I like to think I had a lot to do with that…. And it was in an email that she encouraged me to get the blog going, so, thank you Katie!
***Lori Harris Lori is a friend of mine who blogs over at And This is Grace. She writes such beautiful, honest pieces about her life and her faith. She is a master at painting pictures with words. She adds photography and every posts feels like a work of art or poetry or something else that makes the blogosphere more beautiful. I called her up one day and asked if she could meet me for an hour at a coffee shop and show me how to start a blog. She took time out of her busy schedule to help me and most of what you see in my format here is because of her.
I also have gotten a great deal of enjoyment and encouragement from Adam at Roof Beam Reader, Monika at A Lovely Bookshelf, James at Coyote Mercury and April at The Steadfast Reader. You guys are awesome and you make me want to keep reading more and more.
So, enough sap and on with the giveaway!
In celebration of my first blogoversary, I am giving away a special bookish prize. The winner will receive:
*** One $20 gift card to Books a Million (for in store or online use).
***One “In My Book” bookmark/note card. (see more at inmybook.com).
***One full sized bag of Smarties. Cause you know, readers are smart.
Here’s how you enter:
It’s all very scientific. Grab the nearest book to you. Turn to page 25. Find the 10th sentence and post it here in the comments. You can mention the title if you like, or not. I like a mystery. Bonus entries for you if you “Like” Lost in Literature on Facebook or share this post. Just let me know that in the comments and your chances to win will increase.
We’re pulling out a celebratory champagne glass to hold all entries. My husband will be drawing the name so ya’ll get to it. You have until Friday at midnight. I will announce the winner on Saturday, the big day!
“It has seemed real, the dream.” I also liked your FB page – I thought I had already done that but apparently not. So now I get an extra chance to WIN!!!!
“On top of a hill was the large monument dedicated to the Wright Brothers’ feat.” – I also liked the page and shared 🙂
“Except for me; I am not in order, I am in constant disarray.” – Liked and shared!
“He had studied in a British school in Peshawar, and perhaps because his own father was illiterate he was passionate about schools and built many, as well as hospitals and roads” I already liked your page, and I shared.
Similarly there are desires within us that work against the life of the Spirit with us-desires rooted in selfish ambition, pride, lust, fear, self-protection, and many other unexamined motives.- Sacred Rhythms- Ruth Haley Barton
(and thank you for all your kind words. I loved helping you!)
“Do, I gonna vote for Mr. Hawkson.”
Flannery O’Connor, The Complete Stories
+1 for liking
+1 for sharing
Love this idea for a giveaway! Can I steal it sometime? (:
“So how messed up is this man, Lou?”
Liked your FB page and shared it on My Life in Books FB page.
And congrats on one year! Awesome accomplishment, hope to be reading here much more!
I only have my kindle with me, I shall be USELESS for page numbers! Congratulations, dear, I’m glad to have provided what little help I could on your journey!
“Briefly I wondered if I’d ever see the sun again.”
Liked & shared!
“Marianne hardly knew what to say.” Somehow I didn’t realize you had a Facebook page for your blog! I swiftly found it and liked it. 🙂
“Joe Starrett,” said Mother, “aren’t you at least going to tell me if you like me in this hat?’
From Shane by Jack Schaefer, Pop is finally getting around to reading it.
“I jest ain’t going to put up with no folks treating the Unity States that way.”
“He said that there were no traces upon the ground round the body.”