“I’m 3” – Blogiversary celebrations with a giveaway

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Three years ago today I started my blog, I’ve shared my love of reading, crafting, food and tea.  Along the way I’ve tried to celebrate the joys of shopping with independent businesses and reading books by indie authors.

Since 22nd May 2016 to 22nd May 2017 I have read 116 books.  I always struggle choosing which are my favourite books but I have narrowed it down to five that I particularly enjoyed during this 12 month period:

  • Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann – This classic novel celebrated it’s 50th anniversary last summer and it was my first introduction to this read.  “Just as the young stars were drawn to drink and drugs I felt myself as a reader ‘drugged’ by the words on the pages. I couldn’t get enough. I was eager to know what happened next. On the one hand Valley of the Dolls was shocking, tragic and heart breaking BUT on the other it was also glamorous, sexy and very indulgent!”
  • Valentina by S.E. Lynes – “The story takes lots of twists and turns that keep you gripped and guessing to the end.  To read a book in a genre I don’t normally read and to be gripped by the complexities of the characters and storyline is the sign of a great author.  A very promising start for a debut author’s read.  I’m so pleased I stepped out of my comfort zone.”
  • The Wedding Girls by Kate Thompson – “A fabulous story that had me gripped.  I loved how the author, Kate Thompson, incorporated in her story a pivotal moment in East End history.  Fictional books really do bring history to life.  This was a story full of solidarity.  A story that doesn’t hide the ugliness of life.  A story bringing much hope.  A story to warm your heart.  Just brilliant.”
  • The Shogun’s Queen by Lesley Downer – “This was such an epic story that sent my emotions soaring high and dramatically cascading low.  I was enchanted by the author Lesley Downer’s beautiful words describing a colourful world.  I felt instantly transported to a land far, far away to a time were legends and rituals were significant and paramount.  To a time when the unknown were feared.  A time when sacrifices had to be made  for the sake of the country’s survival.”
  • Devastation Road by Jason Hewitt – “This was a very poignant, engaging read that throws no punches and shows the raw side of people trying to survive a war that has shaken the world to it’s core.  Jason Hewitt manages to open your eyes and feel the hidden sights and sounds in a landscape torn apart.  Such a horrific time for all but humanity remained and the tender, heartrending moments felt more intense.  This is a story I won’t forget in a long time.”
  • A Warriner to Protect Her by Virginia Heath – “A gorgeous regency romance with swoon worthy male characters, all four brothers would set your heart a flutter.  A daring, dramatic, historical romance that is deliciously moreish.”

What is interesting about my five picks above is that they are by authors I haven’t read before or I have recently discovered, so go on try a new author today!

To celebrate my blogiversary I’ve purchased a few items from some independent businesses I’ve met along the way (a book buddy from Melvis Makes, a book mark from Bookbandz and some Yorkshire and Peak District inspired loose leaf tea from Birdhouse Tea Company).  To enter my giveaway please comment below and let me know which book has stood out for you this year.  (Please leave your twitter name in brackets after your comment so I can identify and contact you more easily).  I will pick a winner via randomizer Friday evening.  Unfortunately, the giveaway is UK only.

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Lastly, I’d like to thank the blogging and book community for all the support you continue to give voluntarily, keeping the love of reading alive 🙂


50 thoughts on ““I’m 3” – Blogiversary celebrations with a giveaway

  1. Oh – congratulations and happy blog birthday! I’d love to enter your giveaway but I’m struggling to select ONE book as there seem to have been so many excellent ones this year. I was stunned by The Words in my Hand by Guinevere Glasfurd and I don’t think it has had enough recognition.


  2. Wow! Three years! Happy blogging birthday!

    I can’t decide between three books so far this year, Ice Cold Alice by CP Wilson, Psycho Analysis by V.R Stone and The Other Twin by Lucy V Hay …

    They are all absolutely brilliant!!


  3. Happy Blogiversary and congratulations on three years of blogging! 🎉📖🎉

    It’s hard to pick just one but I finished The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo last week and I’m still thinking about it now.
    ( rae_reads1 )



  4. Congratulations on three years blogging 😊
    I can’t decide on one book, loved “Sealskin”, “Electric Souk” that are both already out, both special books to me. But I was really lucky & got to read a copy of “How To Stop Time” by Matt Haig & that will definitely be a top book for me this year


  5. Happy blogiversary ! 3 full years is quite something!! I wish you many more years to come! It’s very very difficult to choose one novel but I often still think fondly about The One by John Marrs so I’ll go with that one, or This Love by Dani Atkins as it’s maybe more your cup of tea (@ingstje; if I win I’ll let one of my UK friends have it ;-))

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  6. Love your blog! Congratulations!
    The most powerful book I’ve read this year is My Brilliant Friend, by Elena Ferrante – made even more of an impact on me as I saw an amazing staged version at The Rose Theatre, Kingston, with Catherine McCormack and Niamh Cusack in the lead roles. Was recommended by a close friend who also loved it and saw the play with me. It has really stayed with me and is so well written. XX (@TeawithRachael)


  7. Happy 3rd blog birthday 🙂 Two books come to mind immediately and they both left a lasting impression, I can’t choose between them – An Acre of Fools by Aden James and Sealskin by Su Bristow. (@CathyRy)

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  8. Happy 3 year birthday blog. 💟💟 I can’t do one favourite book bit my top three are

    Robin Roughley Stations of the Cross
    Roy Bright Judas Iscariot
    Block 46 Johanna Gustawsson

    Twitter is susanhampson57
    Blog books from Dusk till Dawn


  9. Congratulations!! Here’s to many more years ❤ I have to say Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land was a mindblower for me along with Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski. (@RamblingLisa)

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  10. Happy Blogiversary and here’s to many more 🥂🎉🎉🍾 I can’t usually choose one book but the book that stands out for me this year (so far) is Block 46 a crime thriller that’s so much more brilliant book x


  11. Happy Blogoversary. Here’s to many more years of happy blogging and sharing your love of books. It’s difficult to choose a book that stands out above the rest but I think the one that has kept me awake at night recently is, See You In September by Charity Norman. It was stunningly good…

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  12. Many congratulations on your three year blogiversary. Here’s wishing you many more to come. It’s so hard to choose just one book but I think my stand out book so far this year is Sealskin by Su Bristow (@karendennise) x

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  13. Congratulations on your 3 years. I’m glad you have read some amazing books and found new Authors to love. I think it is a special thing we bookbloggers have to find new Authors that we wouldn’t otherwise have come across.
    My stand out Author is Olly Jarvis, he writes crime novels based in Manchester. I wouldn’t have found these books if I hadn’t started blogging.
    Thanks for celebrating your blogerversary with us, you chose some lovely prizes.
    May there be many more fun years of books, blogging and tea to come.
    Amanda. (@chocolate_pages)

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  14. My stand out book this year, would be: A Patient Fury by Sarah Ward due out in September 2017 🙂
    Also loved, A Rising Man, Ararat, Devil’s Peak, Behind Her Eyes, Seas Of Snow, You Don’t Know Me and Inspector Chopra #1 🙂


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