Blogiversary, part 2: Giving it away!

You have to love the blogiverse – I’m having the anniversary, but the gifts are for you! (It’s kind of like hobbits and birthdays.)

I hope you’ll join me in celebrating two years of blogging with a little giveaway. I have three slightly-used ARCs (Advance Reader’s Copies, for you non-book-blogging folks) that need new homes, but if none of them appeals to you, perhaps you’d like a $20 Amazon.com e-gift certificate? You don’t have to use that on books unless you really want to.

All of the ARCs were reviewed here during the past couple of months – the links will take you to the original review post.

Buffalo Gal, by Laura Pedersen (3.75/5)

…Pedersen is a fine observer, and her account of growing up as the only child of two loving, yet detached, parents in the suburbs of Buffalo is enjoyable from start to finish. She is inventive and resourceful, resilient and self-aware, and uses her well-developed sense of humor very effectively in telling her own story. That story is influenced by her parents, of course – and their long, drawn-out divorce during her teens – but also by her friends, including the girl next door and the gay theater teacher at her high school, and by her city itself…

True Colors, by Kristin Hannah (3.5/5)

…I enjoy stories about family relationships, and those among the Grey sisters are pretty complicated. Losing their mother when they were young both bonded them together and pulled them apart, and their father, a rancher and descendant of the founders of their town, never really bonds with anyone. But what really made things messy between them were the men; the one who chose one sister over the other, and especially the other one who came between the first man and the chosen sister…

Honeymoon in Tehran: Two Years of Love and Danger in Iran, by Azadeh Moaveni (4/5)

…Some of the memoirs by journalists that I’ve read have felt more like a reporter’s work than someone’s own story – there’s almost too much detachment. Honeymoon in Tehran does not suffer from that sense of distance. While I thought that Moaveni documented the political and social climate in post-September 11 Iran well, it felt – appropriately – like context for her own experience; she strikes an excellent balance between the personal and the political here…

This one will be easy – to enter, just leave a comment and tell me which book you’d like, or if you’d prefer the gift certificate. Please be sure to include your e-mail address, and note that you may choose only one giveaway item. There are no “extra” entries this time, although if you’d like to post about the giveaway I certainly won’t mind!  Entries will be open until Sunday, March 29 (my birthday!) – winners will be chosen using Random.org, and will be contacted by e-mail and announced here.

Thanks again for two fun-filled years, and I’m looking forward to more – I hope you are, too!

EDITED TO ADD: Thanks to Win A Book for posting this giveaway – and if that’s how you found your way here, welcome!

A BLOGIVERSARY BONUS:
“How My Blog Got Its Name,” inspired by the My Blog’s Name Carnival hosted by Rebecca at Ramblings by Reba

As the tagline notes, it’s not just a title, it’s a mission statement. It’s also a play on the original “three R’s” of education – “reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmetic.” Since I started writing this blog to keep a record of the books I read, the first two parts of the name were pretty obvious. The “randomness” came from the need for a third R, but knowing myself, I figured it was a good bet that I wasn’t going to stick to a limited range of topics here – things would probably get pretty darn random at times. That’s how I like it – and I hope that you do too.

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  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/09943676359089716088 Ramya

    Hey! Happy blogiversary!!:) and advanced birthday wishes as well! I read Azadeg Moaveni’s first book and would love to read “honeymoon in Tehran” as well. Please enter me in the drawing for that book!

    ramyasbookshelf(at)gmail(dot)com

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/04745809545249574387 Serena

    I’m with Ramya, I want to wish you a happy 2-year anniversary! We love you! I’m also with Ramya in waiting to read Honeymoon in Tehran!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/14228292413339353925 softdrink

    Happy Blogiversary! I’ve been lusting after Honeymoon in Tehran for awhile, so that’s my choice, too.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/04745809545249574387 Serena

    p.s. I posted this giveaway in my sidebar…i know no extra entries, but I figured I would spread the love.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/03435479623560871881 Blodeuedd

    Hm I do like the sound of Honeymoon ๐Ÿ˜€

    Happy anniversary! ๐Ÿ˜€

    blodeuedd1 (at) gmail (dot) com

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/09789402061034734894 Florinda

    Great choice :-) – you’re all entered for Honeymoon in Tehran. And thanks for the sidebar mention, Serena – I really appreciate it!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/12051174636017409935 April

    I’m trying to cut down on the number of books I actually own, so I’ll go for the Amazon GC.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/00793618692608823102 Becky

    Happy blogiversary! I love your blog :) I’d love to be entered for the Amazon GC. Thanks.

    Becky

  • http://barefootinhighheels.wordpress.com/ barefootinhighheels

    I’d love any of the three!! If I have to pick one, I would choose Honeymoon in Tehran. Thanks, and keep up the good work!!

    hawkins_lori (at) hotmail (dot) com

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/17493192483241067404 Bridget

    I’ve posted this great contest on Win a Book. No need to enter me, though. Congrats on your 2 year blogiversary!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/15468804026216474775 donnas

    Happy blogiversary!! Everything sounds good but if I had to pick only one I would take the Amazon GC.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/00211696859124273031 allisonmariecat

    Congrats on two years! That’s fantastic. My wish list has gotten unwieldy, so I’d go with the gift certificate. Thanks for the entry!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/02926501219758538615 Suey

    Looks like we had the same idea to celebrate two years! I went through my ARCs too, but none seemed good enough to give away, so just went with the Amazon idea.

    Put me down for that… the GC! Wouldn’t that be funny if I won yours and you won mine? :) Except you’d be getting the much shorter end of the deal!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/04013633281843747712 Callista

    I’d love to be entered to win the amazon giftcard! Happy Blogiversary again!

    callista83 AT cogeco DOT ca

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08687620527201679249 Ti

    I would love to win the gift card! Happy Blogiversary!

    thereedfamily[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/10919057159829023714 Alyce

    Happy Blogiversary! I would love to win a gift card (but I also wouldn’t mind being entered for Honeymoon in Tehran – I’ve really been wanting to read that).

    akreese (at) hotmail (dot) com

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/14736577929933963582 Valorie

    Happy Blogiversary! I’ve never held one such event, though my blog has been around for years. Maybe I need to.

    Oh! And I would love to win the Amazon GC. There’s a book I have been staring at with longing for a while now.

    Valorie
    morbidromantic@gmail.com

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/12373232612908606243 Bunny B

    Happy Blogiversary!!! I would love to win the Amazon GC, please!! There’s so many books I wanna buy! :) Thanks!

    bunnybx at gmail . com

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/09789402061034734894 Florinda

    Suey – I need your e-mail, please!

    Thanks for the entries, folks – tell your friends to stop by :-)!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/01581859830585809291 ChefDruck

    Would love the certificate, True Colors, or Honeymoon in Tehran.

    Happy blogiversary!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/18006589284938683965 Kate Coveny Hood

    Happy blogiversary! I just won a couple of prizes – so don’t include me in the drawing. Just wanted to send my good wishes.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/04192356825699543613 gautami tripathy

    Happy Blogiversary! Hope you have many more!

    And count me in for Honeymoon in Tehran!

    gautami.tripathy[at]gmail.com

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/07226691769768760275 Betty and Boo’s Mommy

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  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/10268527069548216054 S. Krishna

    I’d love Honeymoon in Tehran – thanks!

  • http://olympianlady.livejournal.com/ olympianlady

    I’m starting to feel really sorry for those other poor books that nobody has gone for. So, even though it isn’t my top choice, please put me down for ‘Buffalo Gal’. Thanks!

    tiffanyak1986(at)hotmail(dot)com

  • http://olympianlady.livejournal.com/ olympianlady

    Oh, I almost forgot. Happy Blogiversary!

  • http://everydayiwritethebook.typepad.com Gayle

    Hi Florinda! Congratulations on your anniversary! How exciting!

    I’d love to win True Colors.

    gweiswasser at gmail dot com

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/09294856404741431282 Marie

    I would love the Amazon GC so I could buy some books for my kids — I’m trying to buy fewer books for me and more for them — that way I still get the thrill of buying books but don’t add even more to my already topping TBR pile :-)

    vmlay@artsci.wustl.edu

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/01307627314923598305 darbyscloset

    I’ll put my name on the gift card!!! My husband would probably kill me if I chose a book over the card yet you know what the card will be used for one of the books in my cart on amazon…I thank you, amazon thanks you and my poor husband thanks you!
    Happy Blogviserary!!! BTW, I love the randomness!!!
    Thanks
    Darby
    darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/09789402061034734894 Florinda

    Thanks to Suey for sending me her e-mail :-).

    Betty & Boo's Mommy – I left a comment on your blog re: info I need to enter you in the giveaway.

    OlympianLady – Thanks for taking pity on Buffalo Gal :-)!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/02773651679644201462 MJ

    I’d love True Colors!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/09210581758005534759 Debs Desk

    Please include me in your giveaway. I would love to read Honeymoon in Tehran.
    Thanks
    Debbie
    debdesk9@verizon.net

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/03070426155040395096 bridget3420

    i would prefer the gift certificate but I’d be happy with anything. Thanks!

    bridget3420(at)yahoo(dot)com

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/16480608605862889638 Cheryl F. (The Lucky Ladybug)

    I’d prefer the gift certificate :) Congratulations on your blogiversary, Happy Birthday, and *thanks* for the giveaway!
    blog[at]theluckyladybug[dot]org

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/16234033570150645504 Wrighty

    This is a great contest! I found you on West of Mars too and really like your blog. Happy anniversary and happy birthday!

    Please include me for True Colors. I love Kristen Hannah! Thanks so much!

    5wrights1[at]verizon[dot]net

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/13351832793019965161 Anita Yancey

    Congrats on your Blogiversary! Please enter me for True Colors. Thanks for having this giveaway.

    ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/02671938934520490590 Sena

    Happy Blogiversary! Please enter me for the Amazon GC! Thank you.
    sena.sagani[at]gmail[dot]com

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/09685801693683588805 Stimey

    I have a full cart waiting for met to push “Purchase” at Amazon, so I would love to be entered for the gift certificate. Thanks! stimeyland at gmail dot com

  • http://www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com ShootingStarsMag

    Oh, I have so many books to read as well. I’d love to be entered for the GC though!!

    Awesome giveaway. And congrats on two years! That’s awesome.

    -Lauren
    lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/07018603523305326782 Carol

    Happy Blogviserary and Happy Birthday! I would love to have the Amazon GC. Thank you for the giveaway!
    Carol M
    mittens0831 AT aol.com

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/06188187169744914178 nhertel85

    I would love an amazon gift card!! Great contest.

    nhertel85ATyahooDOTcom

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/17096531998434643320 katayoun

    happy birthday!! i’m also march :)
    and while the tehran book is so very tempting still i would love to be entered for the amazon gift certificate (there is this mckillip book that is very, very, very tempting :))

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/07226691769768760275 Betty and Boo’s Mommy

    So embarrassed … but obviously so excited about the giveway that I forgot to add what I would prefer. The Amazon GC would be lovely.

    Hey, at least my faux pas allows me to double the congrats to you on your two years!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/03933476347364370857 graywolf2037

    I’d like the Amazon GC.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/09875986724208338886 Dawn M.

    Happy Blogiversary! :0)

    I came over from West of Mars and I really like your blog. I’ve subscribed by email. And I’d love to be entered for the GC.

    Thanks!
    librarygrinch at gmail dot com

  • http://wordlily.wordpress.com/ wordlily

    Happy blogiversary! I’d love to win an Amazon gift certificate.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/02098132633162000868 Estela

    Happy anniversary! I’d love to win any of these prizes, but if I must choose, I’d pick the Amazon GC. (Clearance books are my BFFs!)

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/12254896327174187893 Mystery Robin

    Hello!

    I found you via HistoricalTapestry. I’d love to be entered for Honeymoon in Tehran or the gift card. I love, love, love reading about Asia and the Middle East.

    Thank you! Robin

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/10065579219096568419 Karen in TN

    Please enter me in the giveaway. I’d choose the gift certificate (so I could spend it on books for my Kindle).

    kolists at gmail dot com

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/16908859022102034063 melanie

    happy birthday! i would probably enjoy the gift card the most. i’m not familiar with the other books/authors…but maybe i should give them a try…

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/09789402061034734894 Florinda

    Melanie – Please come back and leave your e-mail address! If you win the e-card, I’ll need that info to order it from Amazon.com. Thanks!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08573044770477359935 Sheri S.

    Happy Blogiversary!!! I’d love to win the Amazon GC :)

    bookopolis at live dot com

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/03306180985189176946 Gwendolyn B.

    Congratulations on your Blogiversary. Happy Upcoming Birthday. And thanks for the chance at this giveaway! I’d love to read HONEYMOON IN TEHRAN, if I’m lucky enough!
    geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/02487492372903818220 Carolsue

    Would you believe I have read all three of these books??? Wow. So I’d love the Amazon g.c. That would be great!
    digicat{AT}sbcglobal{DOT}net

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/09789402061034734894 Florinda

    Carolsue – I’m impressed. I hardly know anyone besides me who’s read Buffalo Gal.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/14693555381755241996 silverhartgirl

    happy early birthday! i would pick the amazon gift card

  • http://www.sheistoofondofbooks.com Dawn – She is Too Fond of Books

    Happy blogiversary, Happy birthday!

    Hmm, great books (I have Honeymoon in Tehran and Kristin Hannah’s Firefly Lane on my TBR) … if my name is picked I’d choose the Amazon certificate :) Maybe I’d even get something for my kids with it.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/13135626740021266451 Brimful Curiosities

    It is my first time here…lots to read. Two years! I’m impressed. I have two small children and spend most of my time reading kids books so we’d get the most use out of the Amazon e-gift. Thanks so much.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/16908859022102034063 melanie

    i am not sure i gave you my email (melanie(dot)myatt(at)gmail(dot)com

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/06838832109510581167 Red lady-Bonnie

    Happy Blogiversary! Wishing you a Happy Birthday tomorrow!! I’d prefer the Amazon gift card. Thanks for an awesome giveaway and what a wonderful way to celebrate your blog!!

    redladysreadingroomATgmailDOTcome