Happy Blog Birthday to Me!

This post is sticky until Sunday 17th February – scroll down for new posts.

This time last year Mr FH was away with work and I never sleep well when he’s gone, so I took the opportunity to bring to life this blog which I’d been thinking about and slowly tinkering with for some time.  I just had one of those moments when I said to myself  “ok, it really is now or never” and then pressed the publish button.  That was a year ago today, when I shared what was on my bedside table.

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Over the past 12 months I’ve learnt a lot about blogging and I’ve had a lot of fun doing it, but I still have a long way to go.  The main thing I’ve really enjoyed has been meeting, albeit mostly virtually, lots of lovely readers and other bloggers who are really supportive and positive, but also willing to share tips and offer advice.  I’ve come across some amazingly generous writers who are more than happy to chat about their books and answer my questions, despite having probably answered the same ones a million times.  Before I started this blog I would never have dared or presumed to approach an author directly, but, who knew? They are humans just like me and you and willing to gush about their work as much as I can about my children!

A Fiction Habit has changed and developed over the year and I’m sure there will be further changes to come.  In the last couple of months I’ve felt more comfortable with my writing tone and have enjoyed putting a bit more of me into the posts – might be a bit more boring for you though, sorry about that!

So, this is a lovely milestone to reach and I want to share and spread the love a little bit to say a big THANKS to all my lovely followers who have been a great support during this first year.  I know there are lots of you who regularly read the posts, but don’t comment.  I hope you might feel induced to do so today because I feel like giving some stuff away!

To celebrate my birthday I want to give away a copy of one of the books I’ve reviewed over the year.  Let me know in the comments section below which of the books you are interested in and why.  This time next week I will choose a winner at random.  If the winner is in the UK, I will buy the book from my local shop and send it in the post.  If you are overseas I will use The Book Depository (as long as they deliver to your area).  I might have a couple of other books knocking around at home, all second hand but in good condition, which I might be persuaded to give away too if I think any of the non-winning comments deserve a prize!!!

So, if you’ve read one of my reviews and fancy giving the book a go, here’s your chance.  If you’ve never commented before, I understand you might be shy, but I’d love to get to know you better, so give it a go!

You’ve got until Sunday 17th Feb.  GO, GO, GO!!!

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30 thoughts on “Happy Blog Birthday to Me!”

  1. Hi Im new to your blog, and having just read through some of your posts I have to say the post about Pride and Prejudice got me very curious!I like you have avoided P&P like the pest thinking it is way too old fashion or me to read ( addicted to my scandinavian crime writers, or Irish feel good readers or anything else that doesnt have Old English Female Writers in the title), but I have taken the big step and have downloaded P&P to my e-reader and will give it a go! So thank you for the very inspiring blog about The Mighty Jane!

  2. A very Happy Blog Birthday! Without your posts I would have next to no contact with modern fiction. So, no mean feat to keep me interested in what’s new. You’ve already been very generous towards me so no requests from me. But what a wonderful idea!

  3. A year that has gone by so fast and yet crammed so much in! Congratulations on reaching the first milestone. 🙂

    I had to quickly check the author name but I remember being very curious about Next World Novella by Matthias Politycki when you reviewed it, I’d love to snaffle a copy if I won. Free book possibilities are just icing on the cake though, here’s to the next year…

    1. Thanks Alex! Book bloggers, like you, make blogging much easier, it’s lovely to meet such friendly people. Good luck with the draw (I’ve entered your blog hop in the hope of snaffling one of your great titles!).

  4. Happy birthday, I spotted your blog via Bluebasil Brownies and I’m a writer, you did some great reading last year! I I’ve never read any Jack Kerouac so would love to try On The Road : )
    Thank you x

  5. Yay! Happy Blog Birthday! So many great posts in one year! (this blog always makes me feel bad for slacking…)

    I was intrigued by your review of Strangers by Taichi Yamada so would choose to win that one!

  6. Congratulations and a Happy Blog Birthday to you! I’m a subscriber and I love getting your blog posts through in my email inbox. Thank you for all your hard work!

  7. Congratulations on your first blog birthday and best wishes for the future of your blog. I haven’t read any of Cynthia Ozick’s books and as I enjoy discovering new (to me) authors I am interested in reading Foreign Bodies.

  8. Haaaaapy Blog Birthday! Was it only a year ago that you started? Time does fly by! I’m very glad that you’ve stuck around! 🙂
    What a great way to celebrate, by sharing a book. Thanks for the opportunity to be in for winning one. I would loooooove to win a copy of The Song of Achilles. I have been wanting to read more Greek myths and am still too scared to attempt a big and difficult translation. I’ve heard so much about Miller’s book though, and think this will be a perfect stepping stone.
    Have a lovely day!

  9. Happy birthday! I have just started my book blog this year (and reading others’ blogs), and curious to see where I will be in eleven months’ time 🙂

    I read your review on “The Tenant of Wildfell Hall” and if you really want to pass this one on, I wouldn’t mind one bit taking a look myself. I have read other Brontes, but not Anne, and am very very curious about her.

    1. Hi Riv, thanks for your comment and good luck with your own blog, I’m sure it will be a success! “Tenant” is a fab book (I prefer it to Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights if I’m honest!).

  10. Happy birthday to you!! You truly are my fav blogger and I really look forward to your reviews and have enjoyed many of your books. So far out of the ones I haven’t read I think Life Death Prizes sounds the best, I fancy a well written books that’s easy to read, and if it made you laugh I prob find it funny too.

  11. I have read several books following your reviews and enjoyed them all. Pure, The Song of Achilles and Why be Happy When You Could Be Normal. The next one I plan on reading is The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers. I think that’s a nice plan of yours to pass on some books you have read. Although I love seeing books on my shelves I also like to pass mine on as I hope others will get as much pleasure from them as I do. I donate a lot of mine to the school library where I am currently living.If I am fortunate enough to win a book in a draw that’s where it goes after I’ve read it. Shame I don’t live in the UK as that would make a welcome home for one or two of yours.

  12. Happy blog-birthday (and many more!). Good to see you’re finding your blogging feet 🙂

    If I won, I’d love a copy of Elfriede Jelinek’s ‘The Piano Teacher’ – but in German, of course 😉

  13. Congratulations! It is amazing the positive changes that bloging brings about. I hope you continue for a long time to come. Thanks for the generous give away, but I’ll let someone else have the chance of winning – I’m trying to get rid of the books I have.

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