Post 1000 – Celebration! – Giveaways!

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This is my 1000th published post. I would have reached this earlier but I deleted a few posts a year ago that were sign ups for book challenges I never even read a single book for. I also have some drafts that aren’t ready to be published yet, they don’t count.

I can’t believe it! 1000 posts! I started this blog June 2007 but I started writing book reviews in 2001. I started off writing reviews on my webpage (not blog but free geocities webpage) and then added them to so that others could see what I thought. I wanted my review to be seen. I was sick of looking at reviews for a book and finding short sentences that weren’t helpful at all like:

“The book was awesome, I really enjoyed it.” OR
“I didn’t like this book at all.”

Where were the WHYs. Knowing you liked or didn’t like a book just isn’t enough. I especially had trouble finding good reviews for nonfiction books. My early reviews weren’t much better but I’ve since improved.

When I discovered book blogs in 2007 (starting with The Hidden Side of a Leaf [Dewey has since passed], PussReboots and Thoughts of Joy) I realized that putting my reviews in blog format would be a better fit. Then I could get real comments and design the site to be me. Just my reviews and no one else’s!

I quickly found book challenges. The first one I joined was the 2nds Challenge hosted at Thoughts of Joy. (My second challenge was Beach Blanket Bonanza hosted at PussReboots!)

I also found book memes. I found Booking Through Thursday first and the first one I participated in was about being desperate to read when nothing much is around. Check out my first BTT post. The first book meme I found that wasn’t BTT (and wasn’t a weekly thing but a one time thing) is this Book Quiz. Check it out to learn more about me.

It took me longer to figure out something book related that wasn’t a review, meme, challenge or a post about a giveaway or website to write about. My first OTHER post was The Obligatory Harry Potter Post which explains my thoughts on HP but also why you didn’t see reviews of the books or speculation about book 7 when most other book blogs at that time were.

As for my reviews, most of my early review were for books on Paganism. My very first review from 2001 was for Celebrate the Earth by Laurie Cabot with Jean Mills. My second review, and first non-Pagan book was Let Me Hear Your Voice: A Family’s Triumph over Autism by Catherine Maurice. This book sparked my interest in Autism. I researched and made a report FOR FUN about it and continued to read many more books on Autism and other Special Needs. Other than the ones listed, I have one more already reviewed but not published yet and another one yet to be read.

And now for the part you’ve all been waiting for, GIVEAWAYS!

I really do hope you read the rest of the post though. I’m so proud of myself!

I’ve got four giveaways for you. I’m sorry I couldn’t do more.

Here’s what’s up for grabs: [links for #1 are to my reviews, links for rest is to publishers book page)

Chicken, Pig, Cow and Chicken, Pig, Cow On the Move by Ruth Ohi (picture books) and some cute bookmarks to a Canadian Winner (Courtesy of Annick Press)

CPC: Pig, Chicken and Cow love the warm and cozy barn Girl made for them out of Popsicle® sticks. Even though Girl forgot to make a door, the three toy animals think their home is perfect. The only thing that isn’t perfect is Dog. He lives outside, but his drool makes it feel as if it’s raining in the barn.
CPC On the Move: Chicken, Pig and Cow are looking for a change. The popsicle-stick barn Girl built for them is great, but sometimes it gets just a little too crowded.

ROSES by Leila Meacham to a Canada/US Winner (NO P.O. Boxes) (Courtesy of Hachette Book Group)
624 Pages – another big read!

Spanning the 20th century, the story of Roses takes place in a small East Texas town against the backdrop of the powerful timber and cotton industries, industries controlled by the scions of the town’s founding families. Cotton tycoon Mary Toliver and timber magnate Percy Warwick should have married but unwisely did not, and now must deal with the deceit, secrets, and tragedies of their choice and the loss of what might have been–not just for themselves but for their children, and children’s children.

THE CRUSADES by Thomas Asbridge to a UK Winner (Courtesy of Simon & Schuster UK)
At 784 pages this is a big read!

In the eleventh century, a vast Christian army, summoned to holy war by the pope, rampaged through the Muslim world of the eastern Mediterranean, seizing possession of Jerusalem, a city revered by both faiths. Over the two hundred years that followed this First Crusade, Islam and the West fought for dominion of the Holy Land, clashing in a succession of chillingly brutal wars, both firm in the belief that they were at God’s work.
For the first time, this book tells the story of this epic struggle from the perspective of both Christians and Muslims, reconstructing the experiences and attitudes of those on either side of the conflict. Mixing pulsing narrative and piercing insight, it exposes the full horror, passion and barbaric grandeur of the crusading era.


About Kathleen

I've been a nonfiction lover for as long as I can remember. I love children's nonfiction as well and love to share my knowledge and the books I gained them from, with the world. I wish more people would give nonfiction a chance.