Saturday, August 5, 2017

Happy Nine Years, True Book Addict! #Blogiversary

Can you believe it? Nine years! Where has the time gone?

I found my tribe nine years ago and it has changed my life. A girl who already loved reading blew that love up into the stratosphere when she discovered book blogging and this wonderful bookish community. This blog started it all for me. I not only blog here, and at my sister (horror) blog, Castle Macabre, but I also host two book clubs on Goodreads, host six readathons yearly at Seasons of Reading, and I have a community reading site, Gather Together and Read, from which I host all of my reading challenges (and read-alongs of books from those challenges).

I know my blogging/reviews have slacked off a bit, but I'm still around and I'm trying to get back into more regular review writing. In the meantime, I'm participating in Roof Beam Reader's Austin in August, and I still host Cat Thursday every week.

I'd like to thank everyone who follows me and takes the time to read what I post. As many of you know, blogging is a labor of love. We don't get paid. A person must have a real passion for it to keep at it year after year. I have no intention of stopping. I love it. I love all the friends I've made, all the great authors I've met, and all of the wonderful books I've discovered.

So, in recognition of nine wondrous years, and to thank you for your friendship and loyalty, I'm hosting a little giveaway. I'm giving away a $10 gift certificate (egift) from Better World Books to one lucky winner. All you have to do is leave me a comment telling me a book you've read recently that you would recommend. Don't forget to leave your email address so I can contact the winner. (Anyone who does not leave an email address will not be entered. If you're afraid of a bot stealing it, enter it like so: truebookaddict AT gmail DOT com) This giveaway will end on September 1st at 12 midnight central time.

Good luck...and thanks again for being here!


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  1. Happy blogiversary! I recently read Version Control by Dexter Palmer and thought it was a great time travel story. Jeanne dot Griggs at gmail dot com.

  2. Congratulations! I don't ever plan on giving up blogging either.

    I recently loved a book called The One That Got Away by Leigh Himes.

    Stephaniet117 at yahoo

  3. Conga line forms behind me (as in "conga-rats")

    A book I've recently read and surprisingly loved is The Highlander Next Door by Janet Chapman, a long time TBR win. Also, Steve LeBel's Universe Builders- three YA books every ethical person should read.


  4. Happy 9th Blogoversary, Michelle! You started a couple years before I did. I started in 2010. It truly is a labour of love, and I'm happy that you still haven't lost your passion for it after all these years. I absolutely LOVE your read-a-thons and your read-a-longs, and I've been following you for all the years that I've been blogging. I love that we have similar tastes in books!

    I'm going to give you two recommendations. First, a horror one: The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone. I read that one earlier this year and it gave me the heebie jeebies! If you dislike spiders, then you'll feel them crawling on you as you read this one. Second, a Christmas one: I just listened to Debbie Macomber's Twelve Days of Christmas and absolutely loved it! That was my pick for your Christmas In July read-a-thon. It's the perfect holiday read, and you should listen to the audiobook if you can. Highly recommended!

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    darlenesbooknook AT gmail DOT com

    1. I almost picked up The Hatchingood, but didnt. I think there is a sequel out there too.

  5. The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff is memorable and captivating. Thanks for your great giveaway.

  6. I would recommend The Echo of Twilight by Judith Kinghorn, a historical which I enjoyed greatly. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  7. Congrats on NINE years! I started blogging nine years ago in April, but my blog journey has been a bit convoluted...LOL. I started on Blogger, created a handful of blogs there, moved to Word Press and merged some sites. Long story short: my first blog is now a part of one of my WP sites (An Interior Journey). And I now have six blogs, all on WP.

    Enjoy your continued adventures!

  8. I am sorry I did not include my e-mail address. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  9. Happyy 9th blogoversary!!!!!!!!!

  10. Congratulations Michelle - so glad we're a part of each other's tribe! :-)
    I just finished reading a new devotional called Awaken by Priscilla Shirer that I really loved - you can read about it at our August Book Nook at Create With Joy!

  11. Happy blogiversary! I don't know how you keep all of the blogging duties you have all balanced with life. You really are a big part of the blogging community. A book I've read lately that I would recommend would be News of the World by Paulette Jiles; loved it!

  12. Happy Blogiversary, Michelle! Mine will be coming up in a few months, and it's good for us bloggers to keep at it, even without a fat paycheck!

  13. Congratulations, that's awesome! I would recommend Gather The Daughters by Jennie Melamed, it is so good! ��

  14. Happy Boogiversary!!

    I know you would love Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz!

  15. Congrats--nine years is a great milestone, and I have loved being part of your TuesBookTalk Read-along group. We've read some great books together over the years and had some wonderful discussions. You do so much in the blogosphere, and I truly appreciate it.

    I just finished The Women in the Castle, by Jessica Shattuck, and I would definitely recommend it.

    You can reach me at janegs at gmail dot com.

  16. Congratulations on your blogiversary! I'm so glad I found this blog :). Right now, I'm reading Ireland by Frank Delaney and I'm just loving it. I recently went on a trip to Ireland and drove around the whole country. I was also able to meet family while I was there, and the way this book is written reminds me of all the beautiful people I met and places I visited while I was there. I highly recommend it!

    marykate DOT sullivan711 AT gmail DOT com

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