“… Five years, what a surprise”

… it is always a surprise when you realise that another blogging year has come around. This time it’s a small milestone for me – Five years!


As always, I’d like to thank everyone who visits, links, downloads, feeds and especially comments on my blog. Although I started it to document my reading, I’d be misleading you if I said I didn’t strive to keep it up because of you lot! Thank you again.

What have I learned from my fifth year of blogging?

Again, it has confirmed that I am totally pretty useless at long-term challenges: This year, I planned to read the whole of Dorothy Dunnett’s Lymond Chronicles, half a book per month, but I got waylaid before I could get stuck into the second volume Queen’s Play. Likewise, despite Iain Banks being one of my favourite authors ever, I only managed to read two books here and here – but my plan to gradually (re)read all of Banks’s output remains in place as an ongoing occasional project.  I don’t like to read too many similar books together these days, and I don’t plan to change.

 Vive la variété!

* * * * * BLOGIVERSARY GIVEAWAY * * * * *

I always like to celebrate my blog’s anniversary with a giveaway, and this year is no exception. Going by the number of books I’ve given 10/10, or five out of five stars so far in 2013, I’ve chosen well for me and had an exceptional reading year to date.

So, I am offering three readers each one of my five star books. Just choose from the list below (with review and affiliate links) and say in commets why you’d like to read that book. The giveaway is open to any countries that The Book Depository cater to (or new/as new copy from Amazon if cheaper), and will close at noon on Friday, giving you five days to enter.  Here are the choices:

      • The Shipping News by Annie Proulx (re-read)  – Review Buy
      • Mrs Bridge by Evan S Connell   – Review Buy
      • The Explorer by James Smythe  – Review Buy
      • Diary of A Provincial Lady by E.M.Delafield – ReviewBuy
      • Magda by Meike Ziervogel  – Review Buy
      • Tigers in Red Weather by Lisa Klaussmann  – Review Buy
      • The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks (re-read) – Review Buy
      • The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald (re-read) – Review Buy
      • The Cleaner of Chartres by Salley Vickers  – Review Buy
      • Alex by Pierre Lemaitre  – Review Buy
      • Glaciers by Alexis M. Smith – Review Buy
      • The Humans by Matt Haig – Review Buy
      • Mr Loverman by Bernardine Evaristo – Review Buy

Good luck in the draw.  I shall leave you with the wonderful song quoted at the top of this post, (although it is a bit depressing when you examine the lyrics). From David Bowie’s landmark Ziggy album – I give you Five Years from The Old Grey Whistle Test back in 1972…


21 thoughts on ““… Five years, what a surprise”

  1. Congratulations! I can’t say I was here at the beginning, but what I’ve seen I’ve loved. And what an excellent choice of soundtrack. No need to enter me – I’m in a clearing out phase of life!

  2. Well done!
    I’m mid-cull myself so no need to enter me for the giveaway. Suffice to say you’ve just saved one of your 5-star reads from the culled …..

  3. Congratulations, as a fairly recent visitor, I have a lot of browsing to do. Love your blog, and you have converted me to Banks already! I’d love a copy of Diary of a Provincial Lady as I have seen a lot of positive reviews recently.

  4. Many congrats, Annabel! You have been an integral part of the blogosphere for so long now 🙂

    I would choose Mrs. Bridge, because I’ve got Mr. Bridge and would love to read them together!

  5. Congratulations, Annabel! I always enjoy reading your blog. No need to enter me in the draw – I’ve far too many books and like Fleur I’m trying to cull books rather than add to the piles & some of those on your giveaway list are already here 🙂

  6. Wow!! well done on your five years of blogging. I so enjoy reading your blog, experienced bloggers like you inspire me constantly – so thank you.

    I would choose Mrs Bridge from your list of five star reads – I have read a number of excellent reviews of it – and it sounds right up my street. I love books that have that kind of domestic setting.

  7. Congratulations Annabel and I so agree – definitely variety!!

    As for the draw – I don’t really *need* any books but I love the sound of either The Explorer (I like sci fi that isn’t too sci fi so a character-driven book would be good) or Mrs. Bridge because I’ve heard so much about it that sounds great!

  8. Congratulations on five years! It’s been fun getting to know you these five years.

    No need to enter me in the drawing, but since it’s fun to hear what people want to read, I’ll tell you that I would choose The Cleaner of Chartres because I enjoyed Dancing Backwards so much. (In fact, Cleaner is on the top of my library book stack right now.)

  9. What a milestone Annabel! I always look forward to your posts and, if I’m lucky, meeting you occasionally in person! You’ve had a great year with so many good reading choices. Out of your list, I’d love to read Tigers in Red Weather.

  10. Congratulations, Annabel! So much has happened in these five years and it’s always a pleasure to get your posts, which I always read, even if I don’t always comment. (red face)

    Mrs. Bridge has been on my radar for some time; I’d love to win a copy. Thanks so much for the chance!

  11. Congratulations on 5 years! No need to enter me as we seem to share our taste in reading and I’ve read almost all the books on your list (and agree about how fabulous they are!)

  12. Congratulations, what a fabulous milestone! And bonne continuation as we say here. Which leads me to suggest Alex by Pierre Lemaitre since I live in France and need to be up with what’s gaining in popularity here. And because I’m long overdue a thriller, I haven’t even read Gone Girl, but this sounds way more appropriate for me to read and share!

  13. I had good luck with a previous Bernadine Evaristo novel, so I will aim for Mr Loverman by Bernardine Evaristo.

    It is my 5th year anniversary blogging also in September.

  14. Congratulations, five years is a great landmark and it’s been fun to see your posts adapt and develop over the time. 🙂

    I’m rather ashamed to realise I missed my own anniversary at the end of August so thanks for the reminder.

  15. Here’s to the next five years! If I’m stuck for something to read, I know that I can pop over to your blog and trawl through a wonderful archive of recommendations. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Thanks to everyone for helping me to celebrate my fifth blogiversary, Don’t forget the giveaway draw on Friday – do enter if you want to be in with a chance of winning one of my 5 star books of the year.

  17. Congratulations. I think I said once before I’d like my blog to be like yours when it grows up. So not just a blog – more a role model!!

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