Well, I have just completed my first semester in the Ph.D. in English program. It was . . . exhausting, time-consuming, and hard work. But it was also interesting and rewarding. I know that my blog updates over the past few months have been lacking (I’m behind by about 8 or 9 reviews!), but I hope to get caught up over the winter break.
All that being said, I did receive a lot of kind words from people on Facebook, Twitter, and here on the blog – encouraging me to hang in there and to stay calm, and letting me know that they would stick with the blog! You guy ares are awesome! And, as an added surprise this morning, I see that my blog now has almost 100,000 unique hits! That’s nearly 50,000 hits since April of this year! I’m so grateful, and I still can’t believe how much love and attention Roof Beam Reader has enjoyed.
Anyway, to celebrate the end of my first semester and this near-100,000 mark, I’m throwing together a little giveaway. This is to say “thanks” to all of you who have stuck with me during a difficult readjustment period (returning to school after almost 5 years) and also to treat myself, in a way, for finishing the first semester and doing quite well, if I do say so myself!
The Giveaway: Any book of your choice, up to $20 USD from The Book Depository.
Enter by Completing:
+1 Entry for Following on Twitter (@RoofBeamReader).
+1 for “Liking” Roof Beam Reader on Facebook.
+2 for Tweeting: Check out the Winter Break Celebration Giveaway hosted by @RoofBeamReader & Win a book of your choice! http://wp.me/p1n6kW-12J
–Must be a follower.
–Must be 13+ with parental permission if under 18.
–Winners must respond to e-mail within 48-hours or new winner selected.
–Winners chosen randomly through Random.org
-Giveaway ends at 10pm Central Time (USA) on Friday, December 14th.
Here are my favorite reads of 2012, so far. By all means, feel free to choose something else – just thought I’d share some that I’ve enjoyed! What books have you loved in 2012?
That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo (review to come)
Play it as it Lays by Joan Didion (review to come)
White Noise by Don DeLillo (review to come)
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