This is probably the first time that I have acknowledged my blog's anniversary. March 16th, 2015 marks the 9 year mark for me and book blogging. In digital years, that probably makes me a great-grandmother. But at least I am in good company (Andi, I'm looking at you!).
I am not sure what made me want to mark this year vs all the others that came before it. One could say that I am less engaged in the broader blogging community than I have ever been. I know none of the drama, none of the new sites, none of the most popular books. I rarely review new books, and I now get more and more of my books from the library rather than publishers or the bookstore. And, more and more, I struggle to visit other people's blogs and comment and engage in conversation in a timely manner. I am usually at least a week late and a dollar short on all forms of blogger communication.
But I still believe in the power of books and authors to make a difference in people's lives, and I want so desperately to know that I have used my time here to make a positive impact on someone.
So for my blogiversary, I would like to buy three of you a book. It can be any book that I have reviewed in the entirety of my blog experience (well, any that is under $20, please). And preferably it's not just one that everyone has reviewed and is on a best-seller list and very easy to find or buy if you wanted to. Instead, I hope it's one that is a little lesser-known and difficult to find but you really, really want to try it. But hey, I am not going to set rules here. If you really want to read The Martian and I'm the only way you're going to get to it, then please let me know. I have been on the receiving end of wonderful, thoughtful book karma before, and I'm happy to pass it along to others.
So - what book have you seen reviewed here that you would like to have a copy of all for yourself? And why that book particularly?
Let me know in the comments, and I'll pick three people at random by the end of the week (Saturday) and send you either the book or a gift certificate to your store of choice to purchase the book. Hard copy or e-book copy both work for me. Please keep your choice under $20; if the book happens to cost more than that, I'll give you $20 towards your purchase :-)
Thank you for reading books and thank you for reading this blog. Here's to many more wonderful reads ahead for us all.