Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Oh My God I Can't Believe I Ate the Whole Thing

Happy Blogiversary to me, happy blogiversary to me, happy blogiversary to meeeeeeee- happy blogiversary to me!

I mean, I can't believe I've been blogging for five years. Where did the time go? Five years ago I was wondering what to read next and now I've got more books, and more ideas about what to read, than I know what to do with. I also have an awesome job at a fab indie bookstore, loads of bookish friends and a whole lot of great experiences to boot.

In the past year, the funnest things were working on the Europa Challenge, getting to speak at an area literary festival (hi, Salem!) and starting working as a bookseller. 

Over the next year I'd like to see how I can contribute to the literary world as a bookseller and continue to use my blog to promote the books I love and share with like-minded readers.

Thank you to each and every person who ever clicked, commented or lurked. Let's see if I can make it to year six.

So here's my present to one of you- a personalized recommendation along with a copy of the book.  Here's the rules:
  1. You must have a U.S. shipping address. I'm sorry, folks, I just can't afford to ship abroad.
  2. You must leave a comment on this post with your email address. Entries without an email address will be discarded, no exceptions. Don't make it hard for me to figure out how to contact you when I'm trying to send you a gift.
  3. You have until August 21 at midnight EST to enter.
  4. I'll pick a winner around the 22nd, contact that person and then you can tell me what you like to read. Alternatively, you could just pick something from the books I've reviewed this year. Either way works for me.
  5. You have 48 hours from when I contact you to reply, or I choose another winner.
  6. I'll buy your book from an independent book store (most likely the one I work at) and mail it to you Media Mail.
Sound good?


Blodeuedd said...

Happy Blogaversary!!!! :D

Book Dragon said...

Five years is Amazing. Here's to many more!


(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Congratulations on 5 Years Marie. Hope you are posting for many more. No need to enter me in giveaway, thanks anyways.

bermudaonion said...

5 years of blogging is a major accomplishment! Happy blogiversary!

Jenna said...

Good for you! You have a great blog, you should be proud.

Brandy said...

Happy blogiversary!

bdanner@gmail.com; you should pick me so that we have an excuse to get together, which we never do even though you work 2 miles from my house!

Zibilee said...

Happy blogiversary Marie! I am glad you are here, and hope that you and your blog are thriving for many, many more years to come!

Audra said...

Congrats, congrats! No need to enter me in your lovely giveaway (brills!) but wanted to gush with the rest. Love your presence here -- yours is one of the first blogs I read regularly and I was quite impressed/intimidated -- you're so smart and fun! Looking forward to more smart and fun from you! :)

Pam said...

What fun! pamhastings1@gmail.com would love to enter your drawing and have a surprise!

Anonymous said...

5 years! congratulations! and thanks for the generous giveaway.
Emma @ Words And Peace
ehc16e at yahoo dot com

rhapsodyinbooks said...

Seems like longer than five years! But I remember your blogiversary cake! LOL

Happy Blogiversary and many more!

nbmars AT yahoo DOT com

Peter D. Shapiro said...

You're providing an important service and also having fun, for which I congratulate you. If my name surfaces in your drawing, I hereby request a substitute award, that you read & review a book of my choice that is carried in your fab indie bookstore...


pdshapiro AT yahoo DOT com

Booksnyc said...

Happy Blogiversary! You are a seasoned blogger and it can been seen in the quality of your posts - thanks for all you have done and keep up the good work!

Marie Cloutier said...

Peter, the prize is as stated. Nice try though.

JoAnn said...

Hard to believe there was ever a time when we didn't know what to read next! Congratulations on 5 years of blogging - that's quite an accomplishment.

Sebastian Clouth said...


I'm the editor for the Books section on Before It's News,‭ ‬and I came across your website. 

It’s fantastic! We'd love to republish your RSS feed on our site, accompanied by a description of your blog and link back to your website. You'd benefit from having some of our millions of readers see your posts and go through to your blog.

Let me know if this sounds like something you're interested in‭!

Best regards,
Sebastian Clouth

Space Station Mir said...

This is so sweet! I'm interested in most of the books you read, and this blog has really broadened my horizons, so glad you're here!

Miriam at bookgirl89@aol.com

Anna said...

Happy blogiversary! Wishing you many more years of book/blogging fun. Thanks for the giveaway. I love the idea of a personalized recommendation from a blogger with good taste in books. :)

diaryofaneccentric at hotmail dot com

Aarti said...

Wow, what a wonderful blogiversary gift to us all. I LOVE that you would do a personalized recommendation :-)

booklustblogger AT gmail DOT com

Lynn said...

Continued success with the blog. It's one of the best I've seen on the internet and most importantly I see that you love what you do Marie and love sharing with others. I've enjoyed reading the recommendations and seeing that there are many readaholics like myself. I mostly like to read literary fiction, especially historical fiction, though not exclusively. Right now I'm reading "The Light Between Oceans" by M. L. Stedman and enjoying it tremendously. I'm more of a "lurker" than a poster, even on my own site, so maybe my resolution this year will be to overcome shyness and post more often.

All the best.

Anonymous said...

Wow, 5 years is amazing, congrats! Love your blog, and I may actually stop by the store to say hi sometime soon :) I recently moved to Boston and am slowly making my way through the many amazing bookstores.

Michelle at booksandboston@gmail.com

Alexia561 said...

Happy Blogiversary! Five years is amazing! *throws confetti* I may not comment very often, but I love your blog and am a huge fan! :D

alexia561@yahoo dot com

Ted said...

Happy blogaversary to you , indeed, and many more!



Sarah P. Miller said...
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Sarah P. Miller said...

Happy blogiversary! Thanks for many, many fantastic reviews.

Alyce said...

Congratulations on five years! I love the idea of a personalized recommendation for a giveaway - so creative!
akreese at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Happy blogiversary! Congrats on 5 years! :) wordlily at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I'm a little late to the party and am disappointed that there's no cake left! Congratulations on 5 years well done! I'd love to win a book chosen just for me by a skilled bookseller :)
stacybooks at yahoo

Mark Matthews said...

Glad I read this. My email is xmarkm@yahoo.com

I'd love to see what book you would pick. Or you can just send me a copy of The Twelve. Either way, thanks for doing this and good luck to me.