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Blogoversary! (and giveaway)

This snuck up on me a bit this year, I almost didn’t notice it was blogoversary time. Happy blog birthday to Giraffe Days!

It is of course giveaway time. Last year I did a rather elaborate scavenger hunt for letters left on certain book reviews, on books in my header, that spelt the name of one of my literary heroes. I think those letters are still there, actually, give or take a couple, because I never got around to deleting them all.

I’m not going to do anything like that this year. It was too much work to set up and a lot of work for you, which wasn’t entirely fair. So this year I’m going to keep it simple, and in the spirit of my blog (thanks to Boof for the idea!). So here’re the details:

    1. Think of a book title that includes an animal (not an animal’s name, like Marley and Me, but a kind of animal, like giraffe)
    2. Leave a comment on this post with the book title and author’s name (if you’ve read it, tell us what you think, too!)
    3. One title per entry
    4. One entry per person
    5. No repeats (you can’t use a title someone else has already submitted)
    6. You do not need a blog to enter

I’ll pick a winner using one of those online random number generator sites that we all like so much.

The prize is CAD$30 to spend at The Book Depository!
(TBD includes free shipping so that’s thirty dollars to spend just on books!)

This giveaway will be open for a week, until Friday 13th. I’ll draw a winner on Saturday 14th, so entries on Friday will count.

27 comments to Blogoversary! (and giveaway)

  • Edi

    14 Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy is a beautiful children’s picture book that tells the story of the gift the Masai people gave to the people of the US after 9/11

    Happy Blogoversary!


  • Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer (I feel so clever right now–a “fowl” is a kind of bird!)

    I love this entire series. I have a thing for sarcastic genius boys.


  • Happy Blogoversary, Shannon!

    I’m gonna go with SONG OF THE SPARROW by Lisa Ann Sandell. I picked it up in the bookstore, read the first five pages, and immediately purchased it. It’s a beautiful revisionist version of Tennyson’s Lady of Shallott. Told in verse, and just excellently done.


  • Jen

    I loved Laura Joffe Numeroff’s “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”. I still love this book 20 years later!


  • The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary… I read it as a kid and all I really remember is it is about a mouse named Ralph who rides a motorcycle. That just has to be a funny/cute story, right?


  • Happy Blogoversary Shannon!

    Great competition!

    I have to go with Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith in honour of your blog. And yes, the book is fantastic – second in the Lady Detective series.


  • Happy blogoversary! Is it your second? I remember last year’s, it was fun to scavenge around for the letters.

    I actually thought of Tear of the Giraffe, but I saw that Boof beat me to it. So here..

    Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver. The first book I read by her – loved it!


  • The curious incident of the dog in the night-time by mark haddon. I have a review on my blog, but too hard on the iphone. Congrats on the anniversary!


  • I’m going to also say that mrs Frisbey and the rats of nimh was one of my favorites as a child but I forget the authors name. Some good copies at the book depository.


  • Nadine Nys

    The Valley of the Horses by Jean M Auel (from the Earth Children series)
    I so loved this series, although I still have to read the last one that came out last year.
    Thanks for this great giveaway and congratulations on your Blogoversary


  • Elyza

    The Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman

    I love all of his books that I’ve read but this one makes it to the top! Thank you for your lovely book reviews!!!!


  • Happy Blogoversary!!!
    The book which comes to my mind is “Wolfskin” by Juliet Marillier, my all time favourite author!


  • Happy Bloggiversary! Here’s to many more.

    Giraffe’s Can’t Dance- Giles Andreae
    It’s a beautiful children’s picture book about how everyone is different but all special, in fact we read it to the kids at work today. And I bought it for my niece at Christmas


  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery. I haven’t actually read this one yet but it’s been on my TBR list for…well, I think a couple of years now! I really love the title of this book. Makes me think of echidnas too, and they’re one of my favourite animals. Interestingly enough my spell check doesn’t recognise “echidna”.

    Happy blogiversary! Here’s to many more 🙂


    Lucybird Reply:

    @Bree, The Elegance of the Hedgehog is really good, but it’s a bit slow going at first, not really something to read when you’ve got a million other things on your mind. Tere’s a review on my blog if you want to look


  • Happy Blogoversary! For my entry I’m choosing Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn. I really enjoyed it and found it an extremely clever book.


  • Catwings by Ursula LeGuin is a middle-school novel about a litter of cats who grow wings and have adventures. It’s so cute, I kept my copy from childhood and now my daughter loves it.


  • Happy Blog Birthday!

    The first book that comes to my mind is “Murder with Peacocks” by Donna Andrews. It’s the first book in cozy mystery series and IMO it was pretty good and hilarious.


  • Of course I have to go with “Lioness Rampant” by Tamora Pierce. The fourth and final book in one of my all-time favourite series. I love Alanna 😀

    Happy Blogoversary!!!


  • Happy blogaversary! I need to say Dot and the Kangaroo, because it is one of my all-time fave books. Besides, you’re from Oz, so I know you must have a soft spot for kangaroos!


  • I am going to go with The Good Husband of Zebra Drive by Alexander McCall Smith. Love the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books!


  • I’m picking The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale – one of my favourite fairy tale retellings! Thanks for the chance to win and happy blogoversary! 🙂


  • Meredith

    Lioness Rampant by Tamora Piece, the fourth book in the Song of the Lioness series. Love this series for obvious reasons!


    Shannon Reply:

    Good choice, but Maria already submitted that one! Want to try again, Meredith?


  • Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot. Sooo much better than the musical Cats (I honestly couldn’t see any similarities other than the cat thing).

    You gotta love the Gumbie Cat:

    All day she sits upon the stair or on the steps or on the mat:
    She sits and sits and sits and sits-and that’s what makes a Gumbie Cat!


  • Dee

    The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss !
    How did that one get missed so far?

    Hope to buy that for my kid someday 🙂


  • Ashley H

    Happy Blogoversary!

    little bear by Else Holmelund Minarik

    I just loved this book growing up and I still have mine for my kids one day!


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