5 Year BLOGIVERSARY + Giveaway!

Hi everyone! Guess what’s special about today? πŸ˜‰ (Okay, okay, the title may have given that away. *cough*)

It’s my 5 Year Blogiversary! πŸ˜€

Yes, you heard that correctly.

On this day, half a decade ago, I posted my very first post on this blog!

It’s been a long, exciting journey, and I just started another shiny website too (as well as having a book blog I’ve been enjoying for a few years) — but this is where it all began, and it’s still the heart of my online presence as a writer, and… well… a human. πŸ˜‰

So I’m celebrating with a giveaway (Hobbit-birthdays and all that sort of thing, so read on for that) and general merriment and partying.

*passes out virtual cupcakes and tosses confetti on everyone*

The Stats

  • 5 years
  • 293 posts (as of this one!)
  • 590 followers (plus social media = 1,091 followers, hence the number on the side. ;))
  • 16,298 visitors

Top Commenters

Commenters are my favorite — this means you! Also, special shoutout to my top commenters of late. You guys are amazing! THANK YOU! (Everyone, check out their amazing blogs! ^_^)

My top 10 most popular posts this year

Thank You

I just want to say thank you.

Thanks to all my lovely readers, followers, and commenters! You make this blogging thing worthwhile. πŸ™‚ It’s been such a joy taking this road with you all. Thank you for joining me in the journey. ❀


Blogiversary Giveaway

Okay, here’s the part you’re REALLY here for! πŸ˜‰

There are 5 (ish) prizes — because 5 years — and they are (surprise, surprise!) books!

I love sharing books with people, and I also frequent library sales and collect beloved books. So I’ve decided to share a few of my favorites with y’all! ^_^

But just a second, because I’m going to tell you all about one of the awesome prizes. πŸ˜€

Stellar September

I’m extremely excited to be showcasing The Electrical Menagerie by Mollie E. Reeder today!

I won an ebook ARC copy of this book, and loved it so much that I raved about it in a review, got a paperback copy when I got to meet the author at Realm Makers (!!!), and just ordered a second paperback copy just so I could give it away on my blogiversary post today. πŸ™‚

Mollie was also awesome and donated two sets of gorgeous character cards, of the delightful characters from The Electrical Menagerie, for me to share with y’all! (Visit the artist on Instagram.) One set I’m giving away with the paperback (US), and one set I’m offering as an International prize, because I love you peeps too! ❀

But wait, there’s even more delightful news! πŸ˜€

The Electrical Menagerie got a starred review on Publisher’s Weekly yesterday! :O I’m SO excited for Mollie, and so proud of her and this splendiferous book (and its characters. ;))! I just love it so much, and I hope more people will discover it. ^_^

If you’re curious to read it, now is a fantastic time to try it out, becauseΒ the ebook is only 99 cents on Amazon right now, for a promotion Mollie is calling Stellar September. And is it ever stellar! πŸ˜€ So go get yourself a copy! ❀

And, of course, enter to win a paperback copy of this (and other books) below. πŸ˜‰

You can learn more about The Electrical Menagerie, Mollie, and the characters, and sign up for Mollie’s newsletter for a free novelette about Huxley (it’s hilarious, FYI!), at thecelestialisles.com or writeratops.com!

The Giveaway Prizes

  1. The Electrical Menagerie by Mollie E. Reeder (paperback) — Steampunk (ish). The rest of these books I got at library sales, but this one I ordered. It’s a recent release, which I may have flailed about a lot. πŸ˜‰ And since I’m writing steampunk right now, and love humor and dynamic characters, it seemed to fit the theme of my giveaway. πŸ™‚ Let me just tell you that if you love The Greatest Showman, or steampunk, or dynamic duo friendships, or humor/snark, or magical worlds (floating islands with sky-trains run by stardust!), you simply have to try this book out! ❀ Included with this book is a set of the 4 lovely character cards!
  2. Magician’s Ward by Patricia C. Wrede (paperback) — Regency Fantasy. You can read my full review here, but this is a fascinating and fun story set in an alternate Regency London, about the fabulous magician (and eligible bachelor) Mairelon the Magician, and his ward, Kit, who is a street-thief-turned-Regency-lady. And yes, this is as fabulous as it sounds. XD It’s technically the second book in a duology, but I read it as a standalone and understood it just fine. (I’ve since read the first book, and enjoyed it, but not as much as I loved this one.) This is an ex-library paperback and is slightly worn — apologies! — but the story inside is lovely. πŸ˜‰
  3. Conrad’s Fate (Chrestomanci Series) by Diana Wynne Jones (hardcover) — Fantasy. You know this had to be on here, because of COURSE I have to give away a DWJ book. πŸ˜‰ Even if you haven’t read any of the Chrestomanci books before, you can start with this one (as it’s sort of a prequel). It’s a lot of fun, and features a teenage Chrestomanci/Christopher Chant, which was AWESOME. It’s also a buddy story, from the point of view of the “servants” at an older, fancy, British-like house, with magical shenanigans and humor. I love it. πŸ˜€
  4. The End of the Third Age by J.R.R. Tolkien (paperback) — This is the tail-end of a series of books featuring some of Tolkien’s older drafts of The Lord of the Rings (edited by his son Christopher Tolkien). But the reason I’m giving away this one is that it has the UNPUBLISHED epilogue of The Lord of the Rings, which never made it into the final version, but which I strongly believed SHOULD HAVE. It’s about Sam and his kids after the end, and makes the end of LOTR not sad, say I — it ends on a better note. There are two versions of the epilogue, both collected in this volume, and even if you don’t read the rest of the book, you HAVE to read them. And I want to make it possible for some LOTR fan to read it, so I’m giving away a copy. πŸ™‚ (Plus, what with the Silmaril Awards going on right now — don’t forget to vote for your favorite characters this week!! — this feels like an appropriate thing to give away. ;))
  5. If You Want To Write: A Book About Art, Independence, and Spirit by Brenda Ueland (paperback) — Nonfiction. This is one of my favorite books on writing. I wrote a whole post about it once, which you can check out to see if it’s the sort of book you would like. And since this is “The Road of a Writer” and I know many of you are writers, it seemed fitting. πŸ™‚
  6. Another set of Electrical Menagerie character cards (INTERNATIONAL) — Because, as I mentioned, Mollie kindly sent along two sets, and I wanted something for any of my lovely non-American readers who would like to enter a giveaway. (Huxley makes a great bookmark. I’m just sayin’. ;))

Giveaway details

  • You must be subscribed to my newsletter, or if you haven’t, your email address will be added to my newsletter, from which you can unsubscribe any time. (But I like to think that the sort of people who enjoy the sorts of books I’m giving away above, will be the sort to enjoy my newsletter. ;))
  • This giveaway is open from September 11 – 15, 2018
  • The books are US entries only (sorry! Because shipping) but the second set of character cards are just for international entries! πŸ™‚
  • There will be 6 winners
  • Winners will be chosen by random draw. The winners be contacted by email, and posted here on or after September 17

You can subscribe to my newsletter here. πŸ™‚

Enter the giveaway in the form below, or, if it’s not working for you, click here!

Giveaway Form

That’s it!

P.S. If you want to follow me on Instagram, I’m hoping to post a different fun picture there each day this week during the giveaway to showcase each of the books, so… there’s that. πŸ˜‰

Whew! I think that’s all the fun I have for you guys today. πŸ™‚ (Special thanks to Mollie for providing the character trading cards for the giveaway!)

Do you want to read The Electrical Menagerie? And which of these books would you most love to win? πŸ˜€ Thanks for joining me in my blogoversary as I celebrate 5 years of blogging! You’re all awesome! ❀


32 thoughts on “5 Year BLOGIVERSARY + Giveaway!

  1. Yay for five years of blogging. (I think next year will be ten for me … need to plan something big for that…)

    I will state that I already have an (actually) sparkly copy of TEM, but I neeeeeeed a set of the cards. Because cards are awesome.

    And my parents’ copy of The Return of the King actually has the original ending in it. My own omnibus does not, but I *have* read that original version.

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    • Thanks! Ooh, yes, you should! πŸ˜€

      Okay, duly noted about the cards! πŸ˜‰

      That’s cool! I didn’t know there was a version of RotK with the epilogue. This book has two versions though, so I wonder which one that had…


  2. HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY TO ONE OF MY MOST FAVORITEST BLOG AND BLOGGERS IN THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *THROWS CONFETTI AND BRINGS OUT A GIANT CAKE AND LOTS OF ICE CREAM AND SHOOTS FIREWORKS* It’s been such a blessing reading your blog for 5 whole years now. EEP. I JUST LOVE IT SO MUCH!!!! You’ve worked so hard on your online presence and I am simply in awe at all you do. YOU ARE AMAZING!!!

    I’m honored to be one of your top commenters. Hehe.

    You’re giving away such amazing thiiiings! I already have The Electrical Menagerie of course (and a set of those beautimous cards) as well as Conrad’s Fate, but the other books look sooo delightful. I’m not sure I knew there was an epilogue to LotR about Sam and his kids. :O NEED TO READ YES PRECIOUSSSS. That is so epic!

    This is such a fantastic giveaway. You’re the best!

    Happy blogoversary again!!!!! I can’t wait for many more years of frabjously epic Celti posts! <33333

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  3. CONGRATULATIONS! HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY! *tosses confetti and hands out cupcakes* I’m immensely happy for you, and also happy about you, because you make the whole internet so much brighter and more lovely. ❀

    I grinned when I saw I was in the list of top commenters. I'm not at all surprised. πŸ˜€

    Also, YAY GIVEAWAY! I love all these books, though I think I'm most interested in the Electrical Menagerie. (I need to remember to get the eBook before it goes off the $0.99 sale . . .)

    Anyway. Once again, happy blogoversary, and may you have many more to come!

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    • Aaaahh thank you so much, Sarah!! *noms cupcakes* D’aaww thank you! That makes me so happy! ^_^

      I’m not either. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for being such a lovely reader/commenter/friend! You improve my life. πŸ˜€

      So glad! I think the sale might run the rest of the month… but yes, it’s EXCELLENT!

      Thank you ever so much! ❀


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  5. Congratulations on FIVE YEARS of blogging!
    I am in awe–I have trouble thinking of anything to say for even one blog post. Heh. If not for book reviews, I’d be toast.
    I always enjoy reading your bookish thoughts! πŸ™‚

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  6. Happy, happy, happy blogiversary, my dear Deb! I love your blog (and you!) even though I’ve been bad at commenting lately. πŸ˜› You’re always encouraging and genuine and post the BEST reviews and gifs and bookish thoughts. <333 Here’s to many more years down this Road of a Writer!

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  8. Happy blogiversary!!! Five years!!! That’s fantastic πŸ™‚

    Awww, I’m a top commenter!?!?! That’s exciting. I do love reading your posts, and they do a good job of making me think/wanting to comment, so kudos to you! Often I read blogs and can’t think of a thing to say… except maybe… “yup” and that seems like such a pitiful thing to comment, so I don’t. I probably should. I know I like getting comments, even if they’re only one word long….

    Anyway, sorry I didn’t get over here to toss confetti and cupcakes during the actual party, September is eating me alive! (I’m being eaten by a September-constrictor….) LOL

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    • Thank you so much, Jenelle!

      Haha, yes, sometimes it’s hard to think of things to say. XD But comments are awesome, so. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for being such a loyal fan/friend! ^_^

      GAH, I know exactly how you feel. September-constrictor is eating me too. πŸ˜›


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