blog anniversary giveaway

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 |
On April 12th, I’ll have been blogging for one year. That’s a year’s worth of silly stories, books and reviews, baking and (even and/or especially) zombies. I started the blog as a challenge to myself to add something ‘good’ to my life after the Lenten season. So my blog was born on Easter Sunday, and I wrote about coffee. I think I meant to make this blog more coffee-centered way back when, but I’ve drifted strongly into book territory. And on that note, I’d like to announce…

My first blog anniversary giveaway!

Two lucky winners will walk away with either a $30 Amazon giftcard or $30 to spend at Book Depository.

[awesome coffee cup artwork found here]


To enter:

Leave a comment on this post telling me a topic you’d like to see me write about on the blog in the next year. One extra entry granted if your suggestion makes me smile or laugh.

Please include your email address or another method of contact. Giveaway is open internationally. Comments will close on April 12 at 11:59pm EST, and I will notify the randomly selected winners via email.

Good luck!


Juju at Tales of said...

Happy anniversary :)

Cool contest!

A topic? about more recipes and a link to all your recipes?

suitejuju(at)gmail(dot)com :)

Kath said...

Happy Anniversary, that is very exciting! As for topics, something that has been on my mind lately is the "nice-guy" vs "bad-boy"'d be fun to read a post comparing the two.

Kath (

The Prickly Pinecone said...

Happy Bloggerversary!
This is random but I would love to see silly little quizzes. I am rather childlike and they amuse me!


Ryan G said...

Fantastic contest! Congrats on the anniversary!

I would love to read more posts on a topic that has been dear to my heart lately. I would love to see posts about what visiting an fictional location would be like. Would the yellow brick road be as hard to walk on as it sounds like? Would you trip over all the unleveld bricks? Would you be able to swim in the footprints left by the residents of Dinotopia? Those are the type of questions I would love a blogger to answer. You have a wonderful imagination so I think you would be great at it.

donnas said...

Happy Anniversary.

Crazy animal stories are always fun!

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Just Your Typical Book Blog said...

Happy Anniversary!

As for a've might already done this before but I'd like to know what type of story do you want to read. What's a subject you haven't heard enough about? Or just something totally crazy and off the wall?


Lexie said...

ha! your blog-o-versary is the day before my birthday. obviously this means I should automatically win...::whistles::


Fashion disasters on book covers? That's a topic I'd love to talk about. XD


Mandy said...

Congrats! (:
Weird patterns present in most YA. (i.e. missing parents, bad boy crush, geeky guy best friend, total like of actual school, ect. ect.)

Kristen M. said...

Happy blogiversary!

I just want you to post more cookie recipes and pictures! Other sweet treats will also be acceptable.

webereading AT gmailDOTcom

Cherry said...

Happy Blogoversary!!!!

I would like to see you talk about your favourite books in your blog... I like to read what other people like reading :)

Re-posted your contest at:

mischivusfairy-warrior [at] yahoo [dot] com

A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

Congratulations on one year!

As for a topic, here's something I was recently thinking about for myself: Think of an author or genre that's really out of the box as far as your usual reading fare. Do a pre-reading post about the book/author/genre predictions and then post afterwards about if you enjoyed the read or not and how your pre-conceived notions held up (or didn't).

YA Vampire Books said...

I love to read about people's favorites, so maybe posts about your favorite books, authors, fictional crushes, etc. :)

Great contest btw!


cdziuba said...

Happy Anniversary.

How about crockpot recipes? How about successful yard and garage sale trips, where you post your finds?

Stacy (Wicked Walker) said...

Happy Blogoversary! I love it when blogs share a little about themselves..with pictures etc. Kinda gives you a peek inside their exciting lives ;) ha ha.

nothing wrong with blogging about books and coffee, two of my favorite things!


Jenny said...

Happy blogiversary! I propose you write about completely unsuccessful cooking/baking endeavours because, well, you know, that would make me feel better about myself. :P

bastet57 (at) gmail (dot) com

Tynga said...

Happy bloganniversary!
I haven't been following your blog for long, so maybe you talked about it before I don't know. But i'd like to know the story behind this Rakoon hat your wear on your profile picture =P

Thanks for the giveaway!

skkorman said...

Since you like to laugh, and who doesn't, how about a topic concerning the type of humor that is most likely to make people laugh.

skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

Care said...

Write about lobsters! or pie. Any books you've read that have lobsters (or pie)? Happy blogiversary!
bkclubcare at gmail

Christa Holland said...

Neat. : ) Let's see... a topic? I do like the suggestion already given to write about pie. Or maybe write about your favorite comic strip? Like Calvin & Hobbes or Get Fuzzy or Zits or Peanuts... you get the idea. : )

Happy Blog Anniversary!

ambience.of.rain {at}

jennem said...

Write about the first random object you lay your eyes on when you open your closet.
Jennifer, jennem22 at yahoo dot com

She said...

Happy Anniversary!

Hmm, coffee huh? How about the craziest coffees. . . ever. Like the poop coffee. . . you know? I'm not making that up. I hope you've heard of it too because otherwise I'd feel like a creepy, disgusting 5 year old boy. Crap. Oh, oh, oh, you could do a taste test of all the craziest coffee you can find, and, I don't know, compare them in exceptionally eloquent ways. Yeah, that's my idea.

ecaramil at gmail dot com

Bethany said...

Happy Blogaversary!

How about random childhood memories, like something you did to get in trouble, an embarrassing moment, etc.

I'll give you a funny childhood story of mine in an attempt to make you giggle for a sec.

When I was 6 or so, my mom and sister teased me about my hairy arms (evil wenches...). So one night as I was in the bath, I decided to shave 'em bald.

Well, being 6 and not knowing how to use the razor, I cut the )(#*$)#(*@! out of my arms. In no time they were bleeding from elbow to wrist, and I began to bawl.

Hearing my sobbing, my mom ran into the bathroom, and found me, naked-armed and bleeding. Wide-eyed, she asked me what had happened. Between sobs, I lied, "The razor FELLLLLLLLLLL! It FELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!" lol

logan 4301 at yahoo dot com

Rabid Fox said...

A year blogging--congrats!

I think a topic you could tackle is books you couldn't bring yourself to finish, or books you didn't like that deserve a second chance.

e-mail: rabidfox(at)

Shooting Stars Mag said...

congrats on one year!! That's very exciting.

A topic I like...songs that you feel fit various books and WHY. I love when people add these things.

lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

MissAttitude said...

Ooo I vote for Ryan G's topic! Or why coffe is so great. What goes best with it? Food, a book, conversation. I'm thinking there should be a Great Debate of Tea vs. Coffee. After all, clearly tea must be better since it's an effictive means of protest ;)

And of course I love your reviews :)

willbprez ataoldotcom

Ginny said...

your goof ups... seriously.

everyone loves to know that they aren't the only ones in the world to mess up, and since i know you're allergic to embarrassment, i know this topic would be perfect for you.

congrats on the one year mark! hooray :D

Mia J. said...

Happy Blogoversary!

Wow topics hmmmm! How about the number of kids you have versus the parents sanity...somehow I think I know the answer already but would like to hear your input. Now off to my rubber room for a nap.

Robby said...

Happy blogoversary! Mine is approaching as well.
Llamas. I think everyone needs to blog about llamas.
And cornbread.
Enough said.

robertfrancisauld @ gmail . com

Jill of The O.W.L. said...

Congrats! and thanks for the contest :)

I'd like to hear you thoughts on books for teen boys. I teach 7th grade and I worry about what my boys will read once they hit high school!

foltzsfantasticbooks at

Booklover1335 said...

Happy Anniversary!

I started my blog a year ago this month too :)

I think it would be hilarious to take some of your fav YA heroes or heroines and kind of do a yearbook kind of post where you give them titles like "Most likely to Succeed"... and then maybe do a "20 yrs later" update where you what think they might ended up like. Could be lots of fun!

boolover1335 AT gmail dot com

cstironkat said...

Happy Anniversary and congratulations.

I would love to see some reader's pet stories, especially if they have unusual pets.

Melody said...

I would like to read about your life in D.C. What do you love/hate? What do you miss/glad to leave behind from your old city.


jemscout425 said...

I would love to see more stories of woman vs wild. like how you battle to get to the sales rack against rabid, sweaty shoppers, hungry for a deal.

Llehn said...

Happy Anniversary, C!

I would love to see a write up where you have two or more well loved fictional characters duke it out for some sort of title e.g. Katniss and Katsa vying for the most aggressive female lead title!


susitravl said...

Love your blog - I like to read about all kinds of topics - food, drink, books, flea market finds.

Heather Y said...

Thanks for the great giveaway! I'd love to hear something like... reader confessions! Those always hook me in magazines... thanks!

heather y

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Well, Congrats on the anniversary!!! Great to see you are still enjoying yourself.

As for topics...
Do you see anything happening or actions of people that remind you of characters in books? Or anyone you see doing something that makes you laugh because it reminds you of a book you read?

Congrats again!

tattwo said...

Thanks for the giveaway. How about what your plans are for the summer?

vvb32 reads said...

how about a post on zombies stumbling into a fairy tale tale.

here's for the smile...
you've just been awarded

Laura Hartness said...

Hmmm....topic? Well, as a semi-new blogger and new follower of yours, I'd love to hear about some of the lessons you've learned this past year as a blogger. Maybe give us new kids some tips!

Or maybe you could just offer a caption to this photo:

Thanks for the chance to enter!

Laura Hartness
The Calico Critic
CalicoCritic at gmail dot com

theduckthief said...

Congrats! This is a great milestone to celebrate!

Brodie said...

Happy blogoversary for April 12th!!!

Something else besides the amazingess you already post?

Hmm... the zombie apocalypse is upon you. You can choose one book and one recipe (or blend of coffee) that are so great - a combination made of such awesomeness that the zombies will spare your life and eat another person's brain rather than yours.

Awesome contest, thanks!!

throuthehaze said...

maybe do face-offs of book characters like: who could be who in a fight, who is the biggest dork, who is more evil, etc.

throuthehaze at gmail dot com

ninefly said...

blog about casting characters in a movie? or do listings of "most annoying characters ever" or "character with the lamest name"...or something more positive if you like XD;


Kim said...

Happy Bloggiversary! How fun! You have some GREAT suggestions here. I give a vote to Tynga--Rabid fox--and Booklover 1335.

How about "a day in the life" (or adventures/unlucky events) of Cecelia Bedelia--describe your "perfect day". Maybe how the perfect things didn't turn out perfect like you thought they would. Since there would be no constraints whatsoever, even time, you could squeeze as much as you want in the 24 hours. (Queen Bee)

Thanks for the offer ... kimbaldwin74 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Mystica said...

What about writing on how blogging has changed you as a person. How it has affected the way you think or react or behave.

Anonymous said...

How about a topic that is near and dear to the hearts of many of us, especially YA readers. Blood Sucking, sparkling, vegetarian vampires. Ok, any vampires. Maybe write about why women, especially young girls, love these vamps so much. What is the attraction? Do they wish THEY could be turned into a vampire or just admire them from afar?

sRy_ said...

Happy Anniversary!!!!
As for topics, how the relationship between hand size and penis size in men :)

Anonymous said...

Don't enter me. I just wanted to say Congrats on the one year anniversary.

Sheere said...

Happy Anniversary!!
I'd love to read something about how popular characters have influenced authors to create their own, I mean Are nowadays more male characters with glasses? Scars are now cool? Vampires vs werelwolves, how said anything about demons vs angels?

And I would love to know how bloggers are able to meet authors. Emails, stalking them so they accept to be interviwed? some tips or something!

I Heart Book Gossip said...

Happy Anniversary!

You can write about shirtless hotties from True Blood? LOL.

Or you can write about movies you saw or something happening during the week?

cindyc725 at gmail dot com

GABY said...

Definitely more easy recipes, hehe. I love to cook but sometimes recipes are soo complicated!

magabygc AT gmail DOT com

Happy Blog-Anniversary!

Kristen said...

Happy anniversary!!!! :) Hmmm how about... favorite bad boy characters? :-D

dragonzgoil at gmail dot com

Emmagan said...

i like Kristen suggestion, and you can talk about what you imagine they look like.


Anonymous said...

hey, please enter me. I would love for you to talk about CLASSIC ROCK!!!


ashley said...

How about... your ideal library? Or you could post pictures of your shelves.

allisonrocks said...

Please enter me. I think you should do more polls or recipes. :D YUmmy

Raspberry said...

Movie Reviews! Think about it. You can post pictures of hot guys and then rate the movie - particularly awesome if they're based on a book.

Ruth said...

OK, I haven't read what everyone else has written (although I read a couple, and I think recipes, polls and movie reviews are great ideas - esp movie reviews of movies based on books), but it's hard to just suggest one topic for someone.

I mean, what are your other interests? One blog I read is by an author who usually posts about her writing process, but she also loves antique clothes and really eclectic music, so occasionally she'll post about that. Not stuff I'd normally be interested in - esp the music - but it's interesting reading her posts, because SHE'S passionate about them.

So do you have any weird or eclectic hobbies? Do you design baby bobble caps? Give your cat whisker-extensions? Paint your own pottery? Even something mundane like going to the gym can be interesting if told with passion and if you give a different personal perspective on it. :)

Ruth said...

OK, I haven't read what everyone else has written (although I read a couple, and I think recipes, polls and movie reviews are great ideas - esp movie reviews of movies based on books), but it's hard to just suggest one topic for someone.

I mean, what are your other interests? One blog I read is by an author who usually posts about her writing process, but she also loves antique clothes and really eclectic music, so occasionally she'll post about that. Not stuff I'd normally be interested in - esp the music - but it's interesting reading her posts, because SHE'S passionate about them.

So do you have any weird or eclectic hobbies? Do you design baby bobble caps? Give your cat whisker-extensions? Paint your own pottery? Even something mundane like going to the gym can be interesting if told with passion and if you give a different personal perspective on it. :)

Ruth said...

Whoops, sorry about the double post! My computer was stuffing up. :( Also realised I didn't leave contact details... you can reach me by leaving a comment at :)

Heather M said...

Definitely more recipes! I love recipes!

hmahan_0529 @yahoo dot com

deltay said...

Hmm, it'd be cool to combine coffee & baking... perhaps reviews on the best coffee cake recipes?


~The Book Pixie said...

I would love to hear stories about cooking experiments gone wrong and other kitchen related disasters you've experienced.

Ex: Accidently flambe-ing your hair.

Discovering that grape jelly and pina colada mix don't make a good smoothie. (Don't even ask how I know that.)

Forgetting that can of soda you put in the freezer to get cold. (Let's face it, we've all done it.)

Realizing that getting up in the middle of the night to cook bacon in your undies, though it seemed like it at the time, wasn't such a smart idea.

Thanks for this terrific contest and congrats on your blogoversary!


Spav said...

How about easy recipes? I just started learning to cook, and easy recipes would be very welcome.


Lindsay's Photographys said...

You should write more about movies.
I would lOVE to win this1
Thanks! :D:D:D


BookMac said...

Ooo Contest! Yay!

You should write about failed cooking attemps! Perhaps you could do video's of cooking or recipies...that would be cool!

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