Friday, June 25, 2010

GIVEAWAY TIME ~ (2) Years Blogging on June 28th

I'm having a Giveaway on July 4th to celebrate my 2nd anniversary as a book blogger ~ 

About the past (2)years

 My first year (2008-2009)
  • 306 posts
  • approximately 1,100 comments (but just 69 comments in the 1st - 6 months of blogging!.....starting out is tough! 
  • 1,000 profile views
  • 90+ subscribers, and 50(+) followers.
(2) Year Stats
  • 900+ posts (2008-2010)
  • Just short of 5,000 comments
  • 5,100+ profile views
  • 517 subscribers, and 371 followers
I have all of you to thank for bringing so much more book joy to each and every day. Sometimes I feel like a "slacker" for not visiting you enough or not commenting enough, but the truth is I have so much less time free time now. Many of you know I went back to work full-time, but I still try hard to respond in the comment section whenever someone asks me a question. I also try very hard to visit the blogs of all my faithful followers, in addition to many other blogs I just enjoy.

I have met so many wonderful book lovers through blogging. All of your reviews and your posts about books have added to my ever expanding wish list. I'd like to thank all of the publicists who have contacted me and sent me books for review this year ~~ much appreciated.  My book stacks have grown from roughly 550 books (last year at this time) to about 740 books right now. The funny thing is, I tend to give the books I've read to friends or donate them to the library book sale, so 95% of the books in my possession are unread! I call them "my retirement stash". I have promised myself to "clean house" once again should the number hit 751 (getting very very close).

So to all of you, new friends and old, I'd like to give something back to say thanks for ALL your support; your comments are appreciated.  Here's what I'm giving away:

The Prizes
  • 1st Prize - I've been doing a little bragging off and on about my daughters new book, so first prize will be a Signed copy of New England Knits (to be released July 2010).  If you are not a knitter, this book would make a great gift for anyone who loves knitting. Seriously, even if you don't knit, I assure you that you will love browsing and find several items to fall in love with ( I got a sneak peek). All of the patterns were designed and knit by the talented Melissa and Cecily.
  • 2nd Prize - Brand new Hardcover copy of the 2010 Sandra Dallas novel Whiter Than Snow. It is a great story; I listened to the audio book, and liked it a lot.

I don't want to make you jump through too many hoops (just a few). So if you'd like a chance at the giveaways, here is all you have to do.
  • Just one entry per person please
  • Giveaway open to US and International followers
  • If you are not a FOLLOWER, become one, to be eligible for giveaway and leave a comment with a way to contact you in case you win.
  • OLD followers/subscribers, just leave a comment and a way to contact you.
  • Winners will be drawn at on 4th of July using . All winners will be notified. (You will have (3) days to respond with mailing info, or alternates may be selected).
Thanks for your support and Good Luck to everyone. 
It's been 2 great years!


  1. Happy blogiversary! I've been drooling over all the new knitting books coming out (including this one). I'd love to win. :) WordLily AT gmail DOT com [I'm a current subscriber]

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  3. Congratulations on two years!

    - Kathleen P.

  4. Happy Blogiversary! Please don't enter me - I don't knit and I own the other two books.

  5. Diane, a very happy 2-year blogversary to you! I'm so glad that you take the time to share your reading life with us. It's a treat to see what you have to say. I enjoy it more than I can say. No need to enter me in the drawings. My TBR piles are toppling over. Just know that you are appreciated!

  6. Very impressive - congrats! Please count me in. I'm an old follower.

    stephaniet117 at yahoo dot com

  7. Congratulations!


    jhsmail at comcast dot net

  8. No need to enter me, Diane, but congratulations on your blogiversary! You clearly have been super-successful in your time here :-)

  9. Congrats on an amazing 2 years!!

  10. Happy blogiversary! Those are some impressive stats!

    Melissa's book is gorgeous! I can't knit yet, but it makes me more eager to learn. I'd love a chance to win any of the books you're offering. Thanks! (I'm a follower.)

  11. Huge congrats on reaching 2 years! Such a milestone and I enjoying seeing your growth stats! Your prizes look fantastic :)

    I am a current subscriber and would love to enter.

  12. Congratulations on your second blogiversary! I don't know how you manage to keep up such a great blog with a full time job :-)

    I remember being here for your 1st blogiversary and I look forward to following you for another year - you always seem to be reading fantastic books!

    Don't worry about entering me for the giveaway - I have enough books already ;-)

  13. Ooh open to overseas readers! Thank you ever so much. I follow you on GFC and congratulations to your daughter on publishing this book. Its a huge achievement.


  14. Thanks for considering the internationals too ;p

    i'm a blog follower

    darlyn225 at gmail dot com

  15. Hello! Congratulations on the two years.

    I'd like to enter - alackofcolor703 AT yahoo DOT com

  16. Congratulations on all your hard work and super-reading & blogging - my goodness that's a lot of posts!

    My blogiversary is coming up too, and you are one of the bloggers that have made this endeavor worthwhile!

  17. Congratulations, Diane! I'm so glad I found your great blog :)

  18. Wordlily...there certainly are a lot of great new fiber books coming out all the time.

    Kathleen, Kath, Step, Aarti, Lise, Darlyn, Jenna,Melissa, Mystica and JHS...thanks for the congrats.

    Kay, Stephanie D and Jackie, thank you so very much...your comments were extra touching and I am especially glad that I've had the pleasure of running into you and your blogs via the web.

    To all of you, your continued interest in my blog and my life makes all the difference in the world...thanks again

  19. Happy blogiversary! I would love to win the knitting book for my mother in law.
    amandarwest at gmaildotcom

  20. Congratulations on your blogoversary! I never celebrated these events until my first blog had its two-year event.

    I don't knit and I own one of the books, so I don't know if I should enter.

    But I would like to extend my good wishes.

  21. Congratulations on two years. Please include me in your giveaway.

  22. Congrats, Diane! I don't follow or subscribe to any blogs - the ones I love are on my sidebar. You don't need to enter me for any of the prizes; I'm just happy to come here and read your posts! I'm amazed at all the books you get read!! That is so, so great about your girl's book!

  23. Congratulations!! I just celebrated my second year as well. I do love your blog and am a follower. And, a knitter!!

  24. Congrats on the Anniversary! I'm coming up on my one year (although for some reason it feels like so much longer!). Anyway, please enter me in your fabulous giveaway. I'm a follower and love your blog. Keep up the great work!

    You can contact me via e-mail:

  25. Happy blogoversary!

    I'm a happy follower!


  26. I didn't realize that your daughter was the author of that hope I win it...I would love it...

    I love your blog cause I get to know about a lot of books - and I've read a lot of your suggestions.

  27. Happy Anniversary-wow that is your daughter's book-congrats-I love knitting.

  28. Don't enter me for a book, I just want to say how much I've enjoyed meeting you. I began my blog in 2006, so think how long it took for me to connect here! Goodness, sometimes my little hole must be very cozy. Anyway, here's to many more years of chattering away about the books we love. XOXO

  29. No need to enter me in the giveaway, but congratulations on your upcoming anniversary!

  30. congrats on your blogiversary and thanks for the generous giveaway minsthins at optonline dot net

  31. Congrats on your blogiversary!
    Thanks for sharing the excitement with us--and that's very cool about your daughter's book! I'd love to win any of them! I'm an old follower.

  32. Happy Bloggiversary! All your reviews and bookish posts have added many books to *my* wish list, too! =)

    I'm an old follower, and I'd love to enter. Thanks! toadacious1 at yahoo dot com.

  33. Diane Happy Blogiversary!!!! I love your blog! Please include me in the giveaway! I love knitting and it would be wonderful to win your daughters knitting book. Congrats to her on being published! I am a follower of your blog. Thanks so much for having this giveaway!

  34. congratulations on your blogiversary, Diane!

    I've had NEW ENGLAND KNITS in my hands at BEA, I know what gorgeous book it is :) would love to be part of your 2-year celebration.

    dawn [at] sheistoofondofbooks [dot] com

  35. Congratulations on our 2nd anniversary and on your daughter's book! You must be very proud.

    No need to enter me as I have one of the books and don't know any knitters at the moment!

  36. Happy Blogiversary!! Isn't it fun to the see the amazing stats of how your blog has grown!! I'm so impressed.

    And I would love to have a chance at the Waldman book. I'm a long-time subscriber!! ; )

    jfligster (at) gmail (dot) com

  37. Happy blogiversary, Diane! You know that I love reading your reviews. Congratulations :) I'm an old follower. (That makes me sound ancient!)


  38. Happy Blogiversary! Congratulations on such amazing stats and impressive growth.

  39. Happy Blogiversary! How fast time passes! Beautiful blog, and so happy for you!

    As for the giveaway, well I've managed to knit a few scarves, but my goals are higher than that, so would love to get a peak at that knitting book! :-) and of course I am an old follower! (not that "old" though!)

    Enjoy celebrating!

  40. Congratulations Diane! I'm sorry to say this is my first time hearing about your daughter's book - congratulations to her too.

  41. Congratulations on 2 years blogging! :)

  42. I follow on gfc! :)


  43. Happy blogiversary!

  44. Congrats and Happy Blogiversary, Diane! :)

  45. Happy Bloggiversary, Diane! Our blogs are sharing birthdays. Here's to many more years of blogging goodness :)

    No need to enter me in the drawing but just wanted to say congrats!

  46. Happy Blogiversary! Please enter me. I am an old follower.
    laura at laurafabiani dot com

  47. Congratulations on 2 fantastic blogging years. I just became a follower but you have been on my blogroll for awhile. I love to knit and your daughter's book looks lovely! Impressive to have a published knitter in the family! Reach me at mcmholt at gmail dot com.

  48. Congratulations. I'm impressed. All those followers and subscribers in such a short time. Okay, I'm a little jealous, too, but in a good way.

  49. No need to enter me, but I did want to stop by to say "Congrats!!" Getting to know you has been a real pleasure. I can't wait to see what the next year brings.

  50. Happy blogiversary! I am so glad that I found your blog and am able to come over and check out all your wonderful thoughts on books, and I am so glad that I have gotten to know you!! I hope there are many more years of blogging in your future!!

  51. Happy blog anniversary! Wish you many more years of blogging fun.

  52. Happy 2nd Anniversary! I'm an old follower.


  53. Congratulations on your blogiversary! I just signed up to follow you. Your daughter's book looks like it has some great patterns in it.

  54. Congratulations on your 2nd Blogiversary! Your giveaway books are terrific, especially your daughter's knitting book, wow, is she talented!

    Thank you for posting the interesting stats info pertaining to your blog. It's nice for me to see being a new blogger who had to take several months off from blogging before hitting my six months mark.

  55. Congrats!

    I follow you on GFC as wendy wallach

    madamerkf at aol dot com

  56. Happy anniversary! I always enjoy seeing what you think of books I'm interested in--we almost always agree!

  57. Happy 2nd blogiversary!
    Thanks for the fun giveaway. I'm a knitter, and the two other books also look good.
    mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

  58. Happy Blogiversary, Diane!

    Do you suppose if I entered and won the knitting book then gave it to my friend, I could convince her to knit me the sweater on the front cover? Gorgeous!


  59. Congratulations on your blogiversary! No need to enter me in the giveaway, I have so many books already I won't have room to put any more!

  60. Congratulations! I love your blog. I'm a new knitter so of course the knitting book looks awesome but I really want to read Whiter than Snow since I was born in the Colorado mountains. Again, congrats on the blogiversary!

    nycbookgirl at gmail dot com

  61. Congrats on two years! Wow! that's great! Count me in on the giveaway and thank you for all that you do!

    Already a follower!

    dcf_beth at verizon dot net

  62. Thank you for the chance and happy bloggy-versary! lol
    I'm a new follower on google friend connect. mannasweeps (at) gmail DOT com

  63. A little Belated Congrats! Sorry I missed it, been a little preoccupied. I love reading your posts and look forward to many more!


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