Friday, August 5, 2011

Two Year Blogoversary Celebration!

I'm two today....or should I say the blog is!!! It has been a wonderful two years of discovering great books and meeting a group of awesome fellow bloggers.  I hope to continue this journey for many more years and I couldn't do it without the wonderful people who take the time to visit and read my loyal followers/subscribers.  I'm actually on vacation right now so I don't have a lot of time for this post (I was going to schedule it before I left, but alas...), but I wanted to share an exciting giveaway with you.  Also, I have something cooking in my mind that I'm hoping to bring to fruition soon.  Details will be coming up in the near future.

For the giveaway, I will be giving away a $10 BetterWorldBooks gift certificate.  They have free shipping worldwide so this will be an INTERNATIONAL giveaway! (One winner)

I also have for you today a giveaway that was donated by Nicole at Tribute Books.  I want to thank Nicole for her generous donation.  What is being given away are the following five eBooks.  This giveaway is also INTERNATIONAL and there will be five winners.

Industrial Pioneers by Patrick Brown

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Patrick Brown was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He graduated Magna cum Laude from Georgetown University, where he won the Morris Medal for best senior history honors thesis. He currently teaches high school social studies in the Mississippi Delta through Teach for America. 

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Pegasus at the Plow by Patrick Walker

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Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania on April 9, 1958, Patrick Joseph Walker has always been a seeker of truth in all things. His earliest perceptions of life were colored by familial devotion to Irish clan and the Catholic Church. An early scholar, he attended Scranton Preparatory School and was later accepted into the Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Program at the University of Scranton. During a hiatus from formal education, he worked as a staff writer for the Legislature in Saipan. When he returned to the United States, he was awarded a Philosophy Fellowship at Fordham University. Today, he "works" as an editor and proofreader of educational materials for a local correspondence college. His "real" work, however, involves studying the works of Blaise Pascal and Friedrich Hayek. He lives in Factoryville, Pennsylvania, with his artist POSSLQ, Ginger Cody, her daughter Anna, and the family's two dogs, Lilly and Rosie.

Visit Patrick:  Blog | Facebook

The Evolution of an Identity by Diya Das

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Diya Das was born in India on 24th September,1991. She is currently a senior at Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School at Kingston in northeast Pennsylvania. She lives in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania with her parents.

A National AP Scholar and a member of Johns Hopkins University's Study of Exceptional Talent program since 2004, Diya attended the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Sciences in the summer of 2007. She is currently the co-editor-in-chief of her school newspaper, The Opinator, and a member of her school's chorale and orchestra. In her free time, Diya figure skates and plays piano and violin.

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Call Me Kate by Molly Roe

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Molly Roe is the pen name of Mary Garrity Slaby, a veteran language arts & reading teacher at Lake-Lehman Junior Senior High School. Mary holds a Ph.D. in education from Temple University, and Pennsylvania teaching certification in six areas. She has pursued the hobby of genealogy for the past decade. Mary was born in Philadelphia, raised in Schuylkill County, and currently lives in Dallas, Pennsylvania with her husband, John. They are parents of two grown children, Melissa and John Garrett, cover illustrator of Call Me Kate. Digging into the past has given Mary newfound respect for her ancestors and a better understanding of history. Call Me Kate is the first in the author’s trilogy of historical novels loosely based on the lives of the strong women who preceded her.

Visit Molly:  Blog | Facebook

Thumbing through Thoreau by Kenny Luck, Jay Luke, and Ren Adams

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Price: $24.95
ISBN: 9780982256541
Pages: 320

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Kenny Luck's  Bio:Kenny Luck is a graduate student at Marywood University in Scranton, Pa., and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Political Science from the same institution. He writes for The Weekender – an arts and entertainment weekly – and The Independent. He is currently working on his second book. He enjoys recording music, book browsing and travel. 

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Jay Luke's Bio:
Jay Luke is a musician and artist from Throop, Pa. A graduate from Marywood University, Jay is very active in all things art, whether it be through painting, performing with his band, or through his day job as a graphic designer. As a project engineer of the Olyphant Coal Miner Memorial Association, he has delved deeply into the origins of the area and the forgotten histories of the towns around him.

Passionate about not letting future generations forget their local origins, he took on this project to reconnect readers to the past. As writer and poet Wendell Berry once said, “The past is our definition. We may strive, with good reason, to escape it, or to escape what is bad in it, but we will escape it only by adding something better to it.”

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Ren Adams Bio:
Ren Adams is a professional artist and writer currently living in Albuquerque, N.M. The bulk of her work is done with traditional Chinese brush painting techniques, a centuries-old practice of using ground charcoal and water to create delicate worlds on paper. An ideal brush painting captures the spirit, or “Qi,” of the subject, not just what it looks like. Ren also teaches art & Eastern philosophy courses through the University of New Mexico Continuing Education department. She has been painting and sketching for over 20 years and is a southern California native. 

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Giveaway Guidelines:

  • For this giveaway, I am trying out Rafflecopter for the first time.  If you've never filled out a Rafflecopter form before, you can check out this quick tutorial:  If the form happens to not be working, please let me know in the comments and complete your entries there.
  • You do not have to be a follower, but if you do follow you get five extra entries.  You must complete the first part of the form (leave a blog comment) in order for the other entries to work. 
  • If the form will not let you add your daily tweet, please fill out the main entry again with “DO NOT COUNT”  in the Extra Info box. It will then let you complete the daily tweet.
  • This giveaway will have six winners.  The first place winner will receive the gift certificate.  The subsequent winners will have their choice of one of the five eBooks.
  • Giveaway ends on August 31, 2011


Thank you for visiting and taking the time to comment. It means so much.

I apologize for word verification, but as soon as I changed the settings from only users with Google accounts, I started receiving a ton of spam comments...within one hour of changing the settings. The bots are on high alert apparently.

  1. Congratulations on making it to two years, Michelle! I wish you many more posts and books and reviews!

  2. Happy Blogiversary. I think mine was the other day. I want to say August 2 but I'm not sure.

  3. Congrats and thanks for the giveaway!
    amandarwest atgmaildotcom

  4. Congrats kiddo! I'm so glad you decided to start blogging and I look forward to many more years to come.

    I would love to enter for the gift certificate, though I will pass on the ebooks. As you know, I suck at reading them and would rather someone who would actually read them win.

    Hope you are having a great vacation!

    By the way, I couldn't see a form to fill out.

  5. Happy blogiversary Michelle!

  6. Happy 2nd Blogoversary!
    Thanks so much for the giveaway :)
    Please enter me for the gift certificate only. I prefer paper to digital books.

  7. Congratulations. Happy Anniversary. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me in contest.

  8. Woooo! Happy Anniversary, Michelle! I hope you're having a nice time on your vacation.

  9. Wow congrats I am so proud of you!

  10. Congrats on the anniversary! Love your blog!

  11. Happy Blogoversary! Thanks for the giveaway.

  12. Congratulations on your 2nd Blogoversary!!



    Here is to many, many more!!!


    Here is to many, many more!!!

  15. congrats!!!.. thanks for Giveaway

  16. Happy Two-Year Blogoversary! And have fun on vacation....

  17. Congratulations on your two-year blogaversary, Michelle! I enjoy taking part in the stuff you come up with (am looking forward to what you have in mind).:D...It's always to pop in here and see what's new.

    P.S. - please count me out of the giveaway. Thank you!:)

  18. Happy Blog Anniversary, and many more to go I hope. I have enjoyed reading you!!

  19. Thanks to all who have stopped by and commented so far. I really appreciate it. =O)

  20. Congratulations. My blogaversary was on august 6th, I didn't even realize. 2 years for me as well. Time sure flies.

  21. Congrats Michelle. I really enjoy your blog!!

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