My 5 year Blogiversary with a chance to win a favorite book!

I can hardly believe I’ve been blogging for 5 years!  I started slow, got involved with the community through memes, challenges and events, and then slowed down again these past few months have really slowed down due to home demands.  This slowdown will continue for the next few months, but I will still be here, reading, writing, quizzing and visiting your blogs.  Only on a more laid back schedule!

It’s really the community that makes it worth the time and effort.  There have been one or two times in the past year when I’ve considered giving it up because I only have so much time in the day and while I love all of you, you aren’t the ones giving me hugs and kisses at night.  But I would miss it so here I am 5 years in and looking forward to 5 more.

I’ll be going some Best-of-the Best posts this weeks with giveaways.  For the first one I thought I’d compare my favorite lists over the years.  The only big difference I see is that I read less romances these days.  I bolded my 5 favorites from these lists (at least my favorite 5 today :)).  My 5 faves from the last 5 years.

GIVEAWAY-Tell me what your favorite is from these lists and you’ll be entered to win a favorite pick of your choice!  Make sure you leave your email too.  I’ll draw a winner on Saturday.  Look for more giveaways this week!

When I started on January 7, 2008 these were the books I listed as favorites from the year before…

the 5 Prey novels by John Sandford (Broken, Chosen, Mortal, Naked, Hidden)

Natural Born Lover by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Harry Potter & the Deathly Hollows by JK Rowling

Sophie Metropolis by Tori Carrington

A year later and my 2008 list looked like this…

On Writing by Stephen King

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Four Seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr

The Coffin Dancer by Jeffrey Deaver

Splendor by Brenda Joyce

Fear & Trembling by Amelie Nothomb

A Patchwork Planet by Anne Tyler

Here are my 2009 favorites

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

Watchers by Dean Koontz

Joy School by Elizabeth Berg

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

The Broken Window by Jeffery Deaver

The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa

My 2010 faves may be my favorite of the lists…

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman

2011 had more great reading

Good Grief by Lolly Winston

Roots by Alex Haley

The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams

Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigani

Husband and Wife by Leah Stewart

Live Wire by Harlan Coben

The Missing Ink by Karen Olson

Buried Prey by John Sandford

A Room with a View by EM Forster

Heart Sick by Chelsea Cain

And finally last year’s  list

Beloved by Toni Morrison

The Violets of March by Sarah Jio

In the Woods by Tana French

It by Stephen King

Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe

Thank you all for being such great reading buddies these past years and always steering my to awesome books I wouldn’t have found otherwise.

44 thoughts on “My 5 year Blogiversary with a chance to win a favorite book!

  1. Anita Yancey says:

    Congrats on the 5 years. My favorite is The Coffin Dancer by Jeffery Deaver. Thanks for having this giveaway.


  2. Beth Hoffman says:

    Happy Five Year Blogiversary, Stacy! I’m so honored to be on your best list for 2010, thank you. Meeting you and Bonnie at my book event in Hudson was a highlight of my tour. My gosh, it’s hard to believe it was 3 years ago!

  3. bermudaonion(Kathy) says:

    I started blogging in June – just a few months after you and when I discovered your blog I thought you were a pro. (I still think that, by the way!) Congratulations on 5 wonderful years! It’s hard to pick a favorite from those lists but I think I’ll go with Saving CeeCee Honeycutt!

  4. Amy says:

    Congratulations on your 5-year Blogoversary! That’s fantastic! I’m relieved you have decided to stick with your blog for the long haul…if you need to take some time off your should or even if you can only post 2 or 3 times a week but there would be a definite void in this community if your blog went dark for good. You have some terrific books listed here. Choosing a favorite is difficult but I just loved Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil!
    Best wishes for a wonderful 2013 blogging year!

  5. Trish says:

    Congrats on 5 years Stacy! I’m with you–while it’s sometimes work to blog and there are so many other things (and demands), it’s hard to walk away from the great folks, huh? Glad to have you around. 😉 You’ve read some GREAT books! I loved Glass Castle and you’ve reminded me that I just downloaded Beloved on audio (narrated by Morrison!). It’s been YEARS since I read it so I’m looking forward to a revisit.

    To many more…

  6. notesoflifeuk says:

    Do you know what? I don’ think I’ve read any of those I have Rob Lowe’s autobiography, but I’ve not yet gotten around to reading it. I first read a John Sandford book this year and loved it. I can’t wait to read more of his books.

  7. Jenners says:

    Wow … 5 years!! I’ll be there this February. I think you do have to take a more relaxed approach after all that time or you’ll go nuts.

    I think blogging definitely widens your reading horizons … I know I read more diverse books than I did before book blogging.

    On your list, I think In The Woods would be one of my favorites because it was awesome and brought me to Tana French!

  8. Kay says:

    Congratulations on five years, Stacy! I always look forward to seeing what you’ve been up to or have to share with us! Thanks so much for that!

  9. Literary Feline says:

    Congratulations on five years, Stacy! Boy, time flies, doesn’t it? I am so glad to know you. I love everything about your blog, but especially the opportunity you’ve given us to know you.

    (You’ve got great taste in books! I love, love, love Pride and Prejudice. It’s one of my all time favorites.)

  10. thetruebookaddict says:

    Congrats on such a huge milestone! I’m so glad I discovered your blog last year. 🙂 Looking forward to many more years of conversation with you!

    I’m going to pick two faves from your lists. Pride and Prejudice, of course. And the writer in me screams for me to pick On Writing. Excellent book!

  11. Carol M says:

    Congratulations on five years!

    The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd is my favorite from your lists. I just started reading A Patchwork Planet by Anne Tyler. It’s good so far.

  12. Tea Time with Marce says:

    Congratulations Stacy, 5 years is great and a little wow like – I am sad that I can’t get to your blog at work but I just downloaded Google and now I can.

    There are a few I want to read on your lists but my favourite would be Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls or Heartsick by Chelsea Cain. As you say my choices today, lol


  13. Leslie says:

    Congratulations! Five years is a long time in the blog world. My favorite from your list is Ender’s Game, which I read way back when it was published. That would be a previous century! lol

  14. Teddyree says:

    Congrats 5 years is an amazing effort. My 5 year blogoversary is in Oct, so many bloggers have come and gone. Glad you’re still going strong, a more relaxed schedule sounds great to me!
    We have a few favourites in common … Saving CeeCee and The Chosen One are 2 I remember very fondly. I’d love to read The Violets of March 🙂

  15. jennygirl says:

    I know I said this before but I can’t believe we’ve been chatting for like 5 years. You and some of our other favorite blogs are turning 5 in 2013. We run in the same circles. It’s crazy!

    I have quite a few favorites: P&P, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, The Violets of March, Deathly Hollows

    However, if I win I would like Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. I never read it. I know the shame!

    Thank you sweetie! and here’s to another 5 years 🙂

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