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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Celebrating my bloggy birthday: a shortish and fumbling speech and a giveaway of My Cousin Rachel

It is one year to the day that I sat down at my computer in France and posted on my blog for the first time. I had been umming and arring and generally procrastinating about it for ages but finally did it and pressed “post” on my review of George Eliot’s novella The Lifted Veil. How glad I am that I did. Since then, we have travelled about a bit and moved back to London. I have written half a book and gone back to work. I have read and posted reviews of 52 books together with ramblings about my travels and images that take my fancy. I have found other blogs which I love and read everyday. The thoughts of other bloggers and of people who read my blog have come into my life and become a rich part of it. I have even had the great pleasure to meet other bloggers. In short this blog, other blogs and their authors and readers have become a constant in my life and a source of inspiration and joy. So, basically, thank you.

Now for the celebration bit: I have a brand spanking new copy of Daphne Du Maurier’s My Cousin Rachel (read and reviewed by moi back in November) to give away to a lucky reader in celebration of a year of happy blogging. If you would like a chance to win just leave a comment and I will find a hat and draw a name from it. This is a blog without borders and this contest is open to all.

29 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday Hannah! I love your blog and I'm glad I found it. You don't need to include me in the contest as I already have a copy of My Cousin Rachel and love it! I hope to read more from you in the future and am very curious about this half a book that you've written....how exciting!

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  2. Happy birthday Hannah. Dont count me in as I have this book but thank you for offering it.

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  3. congrats on your one year Blog anniversary-our read along of Parade's End was one of my 2010 reading highlights!-I have the book but the offer is nice for others

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  4. Happy Bloggy birthday! :) I'm so glad you clicked "post"!!!

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  5. Congrats on your first year of blogging! I would love a copy of My Cousin Rachel. I've only ever read Rebecca and I need to read more du Maurier!

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  6. Congratulations on your first anniverary of blogging ... and may there be many more, as I so often follow up and read the books that you review, and look forward to your posts.

    Great, too, that you have half a book written!! It should prove an exciting year for you.

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  7. Happy Blogiversary! Here's to many more posts!

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  8. Happy bloggy birthday--I am so glad you started blogging because I really love to read your posts. Well done!

    I have a ratty old copy of My Cousin Rachel, so sign me up for the giveaway (jagreensmith-at-yahoo.com). Love blogs without borders myself :)

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  9. Happy blog-birthday, Hannah! I really enjoy your blog and am so glad you decided to join the book blogging community. I'd love to be entered in the giveaway!

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  10. Hi Hannah,

    I have enjoyed reading your blog and hope it continues for many years to come. I would love to be considered for the giveaway!

    - Aimee

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  11. Happy blogoversary! :D I hope your second year is even better than the first was!

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  12. Hello Hannah
    Happy anniversary to your blog, I'd love to win 'My Cousin Rachel' I have never read any Daphne Du Maurier. Ceri

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  13. Congratulations on a wonderful first year of blogging, and all good wishes for a second.

    No need to enter me in the giveaway - I live in Du Maurier country!

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  14. I'm so glad you did decide to hit publish on that entry! Happy blog birthday. Here's to many more. :)

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  15. Happy blog birthday! I enjoy your blog & have found some great reading suggestions over the past year. Please don't enter me for the draw as I already have MCR.

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  16. Happy Blogiversary Hannah. We're all so glad you hit Post on that original post too. (I don't need to enter the draw either- although it's lovely to see a blog without borders for those of us in far flung corners of the globe- too much on the TBR already)

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  17. That is a good picture of cake :) Congratulations on a wonderful year - I do enjoy reading your blog! I have a copy of My Cousin, so don't enter me but I did want to say well done!

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  18. Happy blogging birthday: I'm so glad you got over the first blog-post jitters!

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  19. Here's to many more blog posts over the coming year - and maybe even a second half of the book! I really enjoy reading your posts - your reviews are honest and interesting.

    I've only just read Rebecca and loved it - can't believe I hadn't read it sooner! It's definitely time to read more du Maurier

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  20. I don't need the book, but I do want to say how very much I enjoy your words!

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  21. Happy blogging birthday... and best wishes for many more!

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  22. Congratulations, Hannah! I so enjoy your blog and am very glad you decided to press 'post' a year ago! It's funny how quickly blogging becomes such an important and treasured part of your life, isn't it?

    Don't worry about entering me for the book - I already have a copy at home - but I hope whoever gets it thoroughly enjoys it, as it's a brilliant book!

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  23. Happy blog birthday Hannah! Yours is one of my favourites and I have had some good times reading you. I am entering the contest, DDM is one of my favourite authors and I have been wanting to read the book for a long time. Good luck to me :)

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  24. Happy Blogday! Sounds like you have had a wonderful year.

    I am reading My Cousin Rachel right now. Rachel just gave Phillip a kiss on the cheek and said if he didn't like it he could think of it from that "other" woman.

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  25. We're very glad you started blogging, too! Congratulations.

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  26. Happy blogaversary. I am so glad that you decided to start blogging!

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  27. A belated happy bloggiversary. Just wanted to say how much I enjoy your blog. I also already have a copy of My Cousin Rachel so no need to enter me (although I'm sure I'm already very late).

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  28. Happy blogaversary. I am a new GFC follower. Visit my daughter and I at our blog, Says Me Says Mom (http://saysmesaysmom.blogspot.com) where we are having our first book giveaway.

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