My Decennium (aka my 10th blogiversary) + Giveaway

I spent a long time online looking up words relating to ten because aside from decahedron and decade I couldn’t think of anything fancy. A decade sounds like a lot but I do like the idea of celebrating a decennium. Rolls off the tongue better than tenth anniversary. If only I’d thought of it earlier I could have cooler sounding titles for each anniversary.

The “official” tenth anniversary present is tin. Not very exciting. But branching out the anniversary colour is silver and the anniversary flower is the daffodil. So that’s nice. I might gift myself something encompassing all three and see what I find. Very much like the Peter, Paul and Mary song about the thing that went zip when it moved and bop when it stopped. No one will know what it is but it will be The Most Suitable Present of the occasion.

I bring you all these facts because once again I am astounded, astounded by the passing of lineal time and each year January arrives and I’m left to face the fact another year has passed. I had a skim through previous blogiversary posts and there’s been a few years where I’ve been caught unaware of time. My fifth anniversary was mind boggling, I started to have a crisis for my seventh and eighth about this one and it wasn’t even time yet.

This might be the longest thing I’ve ever done, especially online. The time, effort, commitment, the fact I am still happily doing it is baffling to say the least. I can’t explain it but I’ve chosen not to look at it too closely. It was even a fluke that it happened in January, I’d been thinking about it on and off for months and I finally bit the bullet and it happened to be the start of a new year. So little of everything this past decade has been planned.

I’d like to say a lot has changed in the past ten years, and it has of course, generally speaking. The internet has stayed relatively the same in my little corner though. No major developments or losses on the blogging front after the first move back in the early days. No new social media, no losses of social media. Goodreads stuck around through all of it (though I have made the move to The Storygraph and giving that a whirl). No, looking back its all changes in my writing, my reading a little bit, but I’m fascinated by the sameness. It’s reliable. Having said that who knows what things I’ve put in motion writing that down and next year I’ll be eating my words.

I am going big for this decennium occasion. I am going to have more giveaways through the year, I am mixing up my blogiversary one, partly to share some of my all-time favourite reads and partly because my Top Five is a hard one to work with this time around, and I feel like this needs to be An Event. I want to thank people who have been following my blog from day one as well as those who have only joined the club recently. I have all year to think of new fun things to do and even if they aren’t huge things, a little gift here and there is always fun.

I was initially going to pick one from each year but of course trying to pick one from every past Top Five was hard enough and too much choice is a bad thing. Instead I’ve chosen some books that really spoke to me over the years. That have stayed with me and I still think about. There is a mix of YA, adult and a bit of everything for everyone across genres.

You know the rules but I’m adding generosity this year. I am giving away THREE books to THREE lucky people. I am opening it internationally on the basis of The Book Depository shipping to your country, and there will be multiple ways to enter as per usual.

The Selection

Boys R’ Us by Scott Monk

The Library of Shadows by Mikkel Birkegaard

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

Once and Future (#1) by A. R Capetta

Loveless by Alice Oseman

Looking For Alaska by John Green

The Martian by Andy Weir

Northern Lights (#1) by Phillip Pullman

There were so many I wanted to add but I couldn’t find a place where they could be bought which is a shame. So many of the self-published or small publisher books I’ve loved over the years have disappeared. Thankfully I snagged a copy when I could because it’s incredibly depressing they’re now impossible to track down. having said that this is by no means my reject list. But I really wanted to highlight some amazing books and having to choose between amazing books and fantastic books was incredibly hard. I had to pick books that are my go to faves when I think about. That live in my mind and I think about often. But please have a look through past Top Fives and blogiversary posts and even random posts to find some gems and see if you can track them down. It will be worth it.


To enter: For a chance to win one of the listed books simply enter here and complete the Rafflecopter form.

Please note: This giveaway is international on the basis the Book Depository ships to your country. To see if you are eligible you can check their website.

Thank you for helping me celebrate and if you entered the draw I wish you the best of luck!

Giveaway runs until midnight AEDT on Friday 24th February 2023

And the Winners Are…

It’s time to announce the winner of my 9th blogiversary giveaway!

Thank you to everyone who entered, I wasn’t expecting many given my long break but you proved me wrong again so thank you for your ongoing support.

The winners were drawn via Rafflecopter and I’m very pleased to announce that the winners are


Nancy P

The winners have been notified by email.


And the Winners Are…

It’s time to announce the winner of my 8th blogiversary giveaway!

Thank you to everyone who entered, there were so many entries it was wonderful to see. I am so glad I’m giving it to more people this year because everyone who visits is amazing!

The winners were drawn via Rafflecopter and I’m very pleased to announce that the winners are

Megan S

Cassandra Darens

Melissa Greco

The winners have been notified by email.


Giveaway Winner!

It’s time to announce the winner of my grand return to blogging giveaway!

Thank you to everyone who entered, it meant a lot. Seeing all the entries come in after being away for so long was very touching and I’m glad I am able to give back to all the readers and visitors to my blog.

The winner was drawn via Rafflecopter and I’m very pleased to announce that the winner is


The winner has been notified by email.


I’m Back! (with goodies to share)

First of all, I am well aware it has been An Age since I last posted on my blog. Even my well intentions around June for Pride fell flat because of Reasons but I finally find myself in the right state of mind that I am not only excited but actually capable of posting things again (whoo!). Before you all panic, I will not be backlogging the last three months with posts, but I will be posting a lot of my posts that were meant to come out during that time i.e my AWW update, my book bingo update etc. So I will combine those into one post and the last couple updates can be done in one go and I can get back on track.

I am not coming back with nothing. I have a huge amount of reviews to share because while I have not been posting I have still been reading. One thing I am eternally grateful for is audiobooks, for which the last five months have been keeping me sane. For all those times I haven’t even been able concentrate on reading a physical book I have had my headphones in my ears with a book playing. I have kept up my Goodreads reading challenge by reading book after book and being able to do that when I have had such an intense 2020 has been an absolute life saver.

Of course, writing many of these reviews still need to happen but I will get there because I have been taking notes and once I get back into the swing of things I will be able to post with my usual schedule. I will be posting less than before but if I can I will post more, so don’t panic if I post something and then you don’t hear from me for a week. I don’t want to post everything I have and in a few weeks be back with nothing to share.

And it’s not just my prattling that you get to enjoy again, since I am back I can celebrate and reward everyone for sticking with me and not abandoning me on the socials and for still visiting my dormant blog – you’re all wonderful! I know I promised this months ago for the Facebook group but I am going to combine and join forces with the blog. I will be running two giveaways to thank you all – one here and one on Facebook. Full details will be below and you are more than welcome to enter both!

I will leave you with my gratitude again, and my apologies because while I know a lot of us have had a hell of a 2020 due to the pandemic and a whole bunch of other things, and so many people have been affected in one way or another, I’m glad I can come back here to this community, to my little corner of the internet and find some sense of normalcy in a year that has been far from normal.


Now for the fun part! I am giving you a chance to win one of the books off my Top 5 from 2019 list. The full list is below or you can visit the original post page for extra details and links to my reviews. To enter into the giveaway I will be running them slightly differently: Head over to Facebook to check out my pinned post and learn how you can enter that one, if you’d like to enter the blog one head over to Rafflecopter and get your entries in to win. The prize is the same but you can enter both.

The giveaway will run until 11:59pm AEDT 21st October 2020 and is open internationally

Good luck and thank you!

Titles Up For Grabs

The Dead Queens Club by Hannah Capin

How to Fight A Dragon’s Fury by Cressida Cowell

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson

The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited by Clint McElroy

Giraffe Problems by Jory John

Llama Destroys the World by Jonathan Stutzman

Little Puggle’s Song by Vicki Conley

The Rough Patch by Brian Lies

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

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