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5,000 Subscriber Celebration!

Thanks to You!  

THANK YOU on speech bubble price labels

5,000 Subscribers! 

This Giveaway Has Ended. Congrats to the Winners!

WOW!  Roof Beam Reader has officially hit and surpassed the 5,000 subscriber mark!  I can’t believe it.  Thanks so much to everyone who has signed-up to join me on this literary journey.  The past 3+ years have been such an adventure, and I’m glad you’ve all been willing enough, and interested enough, to come along for the ride.

Those who follow me on Twitter and Facebook will know that I have been planning a big giveaway, in the event that this ever happened.  I don’t know why “5,000” has been the magic number in my head, but it has been – for quite some time.

So, as a “Thank You” for sticking with me and encouraging me – here’s a little something for you!


1. A $50 Gift Card to Amazon.com OR $50 (USD) worth of books from The Book Depository.

2. A $30 Gift Card to Amazon.com OR $30 worth of books from The Book Depository.

3. A $20 Gift Card to Amazon.com OR $20 worth of books from The Book Depository.

4. Any one book from my personal favorites list, to be shipped from The Book Depository.

Yes, you read this right! There are FOUR winners.

Enter by Completing: This Form. Giveaway Has Ended

+1 Entry for Following @RoofBeamReader on Twitter.

+1 for “Liking” RBR on Facebook.

+1 for Leaving a Comment on this Post with your favorite book of 2013 (so far!).

+2 for Tweeting: “WOW! A 5,000 Subscriber Giveaway hosted by @RoofBeamReader! Win 1 of 4 Incredible Prizes!: http://wp.me/p1n6kW-1gt


–Must be an e-mail or WordPress subscriber.

–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 Sunday, June 30th. (Giveaway Closed)


157 thoughts on “5,000 Subscriber Celebration!

  1. jessysbookends says:

    Congrats on achieving those numbers. Keep the good work. What 2013 title has been your favorite so far? I’m reading The Eternity Cure and enjoying it so far.


  2. Christina Kit. in the form

    Congrats!! Your blog rocks, so I’m not surprised all us followers are huge fans of yours!!

    Favorite book so far this year: If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

    My favorite books are: anything by John Green, Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins, The Unearthly Series by Cynthia Hand and The ARchived by Victoria Schwab:)

    Thank you:))


  3. Congratulations, Adam. This is awesome. And thanks for having such a generous giveaway.

    This year I have been very lucky to read some very good books. But my favorite so far must be One Hundred Years of Solitude that I read as part of the Classics Club. The most wonderful, magical read so far this year.


  4. kaggsysbookishramblings says:

    What a lovely giveaway – very generous of you! But wow – favourite book of the year so far? That’s difficult – at the moment “The Gambler” by Dostoevsky, “Travels of a Capitalist Lackey” by Fred Basnett, “A History of Capitalism According to the Jubilee Line” by John O’Farrell and “Anna Karenina” come to mind. But then there’s all the Bulgakov and Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky I’ve been reading…. Almost impossible to pick one!


  5. Awesome giveaway! Congrats on reaching 5K subscribers! 🙂

    My favorite read so far.. it’s a toss up between January Black and Sunbolt. 🙂


  6. Jennifer @ The Relentless Reader says:

    This is so exciting! 5,000 is AMAZING! I hope you’re proud as punch because you should be 🙂 Hoooooray and congrats Adam! I’m a follower of yours all over the place. (Stalker? Maybe.)

    One of my fave books of the year so far is A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra. Whew. Super good.

    Off to tweet about your celebration! Congrats again and keep up the good work!


  7. Wow, Adam! 5,000subscribers!–well deserved. You do an awesome job here. Congratulations! My favorite book? I don’t think I can answer that. It depends what mood I’m in and what day it is. But–for today–I’ll go with Austen’s Persuasion.


  8. Katherine says:

    So far my favorite book for 2013 is Maugham’s The Painted Veil. I also really loved Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables but that was a re-read. 😉


  9. Wow, this is such a generous giveaway Adam! (And a momentous milestone – congratulations!)
    I haven’t actually read much so far this year – it’s been a slow one for some reason – but I think my favourite of the bunch has to be ‘The Locked Ward: Memoirs of a Psychiatric Orderly’ by Dennis O’Donnell. Some memorable moments, lots of larger-than-life characters, and a kind of honest yet soothing reassurance that should I (or anyone I know) ever need to spend time in a ward like this we’d be in good hands!


  10. Pogue says:

    Wow Adam Congrats on the 5,000 you are doing something right. My favorite book that I have read so far this year is The Poisoner’s Handbook by Deborah Blum. I passed that book on but told the person I gave it to that I want it back to go on my “keep forever” shelves.


  11. Congrats, congrats, congrats!!! That’s a lot of followers~ And how nice of you to be doing a giveaway too. 😀
    I have so many favorites but I recently just finished At The Duke’s Wedding by four fabulous lady writers that that must be my all time fave for this year.


  12. My favorite book this year is Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch. Urban fantasy blended with police procedural. Although it is a hard choice. Congratulations for 5000 followers.


  13. testeban333 says:

    Thanks for the giveaway and congrats on the 5000 subscriptions!! I’m finding quite tough to pick my favourite book so far this year. There have been many… I can’t decide between Atwood’s “The Blind Assassin”, De Bernières “The War of Don Emmanuel’s Nether Parts” (usually I’m not very fond of magical realism but this novel… it’s brilliant!) and “All Souls” by Javier Marías (because he has a quite special and beautiful style).

    Btw, my twitter account is private, would you mind if I sent you the link to the screencap?


    • So much talk about The Blind Assassin this year! I loved The Handmaid’s Tale, but that’s the only Atwood book that I’ve read, so far. Her new one (MaddAdam) sounds really good, too.

      And don’t worry about the screencap – I know ya. 🙂


      • testeban333 says:

        I read The Handmaid’s Tale about a year ago and loved it! And I must say I even enjoyed The Blind Assassin more! About MaddAdam I read the first volume this summer and it blew me away, in more or less the same way The Handmaid’s Tale does. I mean it has nothing to do with it – I actually find it more ‘scary’ – but it is also an invention of a near future which (unfortunately) isn’t that unlikely.


  14. Adam! Congratulations!

    So far I like ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette: A Novel’ by Maria Semple (though it was no doubt published in 2012, I only got a chance to read it this March)


  15. Congratulations on your 5000 followers! Looking back through the books that I’ve read so far this year, none really stand out so I guess I will say my favorite read so far this year has been the first three books of The Song of Ice and Fire series.


  16. Congrats on reaching so many followers and thank you for the int giveaway!
    my favourite book of 2013… i haven’t read a lot of recent release so it’s a little difficult but i was moved by down by contact by jami davenport


  17. Congratulations Adam !! And thank you for awesome giveaway, hopefully this time Mr. Random will be kind enough to me (^_^) … and my 2013 favorite book, that’s rather difficult to pick, I must say between Edgar Allan Poe’s Collections and Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. But I fall-in-love for the first time with Dickens too this year
    And this week I just read ‘The Age of Miracles’ by Karen Thompson Walker, this book makes me speechless.
    What can I say, i just love stories and books, any kind of them (^_^).


  18. My favorite, so far, has definitely been Rainbow Rowell’s ELEANOR & PARK. It’s been a while since I’ve read it, but I think about it each day, it seems.


  19. Tiffany Drew says:

    Yay, congrats!!! That is such a huge amount of subscribers, great job!

    My favorite book of 2013 so far has been Requiem by Lauren Oliver, it was such a great ending to a fantastic series. Thank you!


  20. carol L says:

    Wow, congrats on reaching 5,000. That’s quite n achievement. Here’s to 5,000 more. 🙂
    One of my favorite reads so far this year is Jack Absolute by C.C. Humphries.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com


  21. Veronika says:

    I’ve read so many great books already this year, it’s really hard to choose one! Beauty from Pain by Georgia Cates was amazing!


  22. Woow…5000 subscribers? Big congrats to you (and you really deserve it!) 🙂
    My most favorite this year so far is probably La Bete Humaine from Zola–not surprising though… 😉 !, and the other one is The Great Gatsby, which was my second reading.


  23. Congratulations! Now, you have to write more to keep us all entertained. I kid. 🙂

    Regarding the question, my favorite book of 2013, so far, is Raymond Carver’s Cathedral. I nearly typed Infinite Jest, but I’m only 14% through it, haha. Cheers!


  24. Katie B says:

    My favourite book so far is The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce. Wonderful, quiet book full of emotion


    • WordPress subscriber is like GFC subscriber for Blogger users. Essentially, if you have a WordPress blog/account, you can easily subscribe to other WordPress blogs/accounts by clicking a follow button.


  25. Congrats! That is totally awesome for you Adam! I haven’t been reading a ton this year, but my favorite has, far and away been Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. That book made me ugly cry.


  26. Congratulations, Adam! What a wonderful accomplishment in the blogging world. I’ve always enjoyed reading your posts even if I’m horrible at leaving regular comments.
    My favorite read so far this year is Tender Is the Night by Fitzgerald. I loved The Great Gatsby, but Tender Is the Night really made me fall in love with Fitzgerald.
    Thanks for this giveaway! As always, it’s very generous.


  27. Congratulations on 5K followers, Adam! That’s wonderful. I’ve always enjoyed reading your posts despite my lack of regular comments.
    Tender Is the Night by Fitzgerald is my favorite read so far this year. I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read of his (so far), but this book really got me to fall in love with Fitzgerald.
    Thanks for the giveaway! It’s very generous.


  28. Wow, 5000 subscribers! (I had no idea you had so many subscribers based on who I see in the comments I would have thought it was in the hundreds, but I guess I’m pretty bad at reading without commenting a lot as well.)

    My favorite book I’ve read so far this year is At Swim, Two Boys.


  29. Kat says:

    I agree with all the other posters, this *is* an incredibly generous giveaway! Thanks so much for hosting it, even if it is on the arbitrary “5,000” number. 🙂

    The best book I’ve read so far this year has probably been The Fault in Our Stars. I didn’t love it in such a heartfelt way as I’ve been hearing from others, but it was very riveting, and I haven’t read much else that has stacked up well this year. I need to be finding better books, I think!


  30. Ellisa says:

    Wow, 5000 subscribers, what a number! Congratulations!

    My favorite book so far is Natsume Soseki’s Kusamakura. It’s a classic, but I read this in 2013. Do you like Asian literature btw? Have you read any work of Soseki before? Soseki’s Kusamakura is pretty much monologue, but I personally adore this story, sooo much. My own copy is a well-loved one (full of highlights, dogears, crumples…). People say that it is a haiku book, and Soseki himself mentioned that he wanted to give an impression of beauty to those who read this book – so no plot lines, or significant character development…

    Perhaps it is not for everyone, but anyway, if you have time, you should check his work.

    Again, thank you for the fantastic giveaway!


  31. FIRSTLY- Congrats on reaching 5000 subscribers, that is RIDICULOUS (in the awesome way!)

    NEXTLY- my favourite book I’ve read this year is proooobably Ready Player One because it’s just too awesome for words. Having said that, I have re-read alllll of Harry Potter this year, so that’s clearly the best. But Ready Player One is the best new book.


  32. What a lovely number. Congratulations, Adam! 😀

    I, personally, haven’t read much this year…but I think I’ve liked Mary Barton the best, so far. 🙂


  33. Congratulations on hitting that awesome milestone!

    I haven’t gotten the opportunity to rad a diverse amount of books yet this year, but I loved Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo and Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff a lot in the past few months.


  34. Rose's Book Corner says:

    Congrats on reaching such an amazing milestone!!! That’s is so awesome!!
    My favorite read this year has to be Demanding Ransom by Megan Squires! Such an incredible story!!
    Thanks so much for the chance!! 😀


  35. Yay and congrats on an amazing milestone. My favorite books so far has been Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh. My friend and I were texting as six in the morning about it.
    Also, I did the form twice because I accidentally sent it the first time incomplete…LOL
    Michelle Bledose


  36. Congratulations on reaching 5,000 subscribers! Wow! Thanks for the great giveaways, and for your TBR challenge. It really inspires me to finish books that have been sitting on my own shelves way tool long. This year I’m trying to read 50% books off my own shelves and I’ve already read about 25, so I’m making progress!

    My favorite books so far this year have been Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie; and The American Senator by Anthony Trollope — both of which were library books! But a lot of my own books have been great too. Thanks again!


  37. Anita Yancey says:

    My favorite book so far has been Evidence Of Life by Barbara Taylor Sissel. Congrats on your number of subscribers. Thanks for having this giveaway.


  38. Congratulations on reaching 5000 subscibers, that’s pretty spectacular and should be celebrated! My favourite books so far this year are Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth and Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick, both of them are still in my head weeks/months later!


  39. Hooray CONGRATS, Adam! How exciting! I follow on WordPress, Twitter, and Facebook. My favorites of what I read this year (so far) are probably Lizz Free or Die by Lizz Winstead and Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.


  40. Felicia S says:

    Congratulations! Love your blog!

    My favorite read so far this year? It’s a tie between The Glassblower of Murano by Marina Fiorato and The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley.


  41. Suz Reads says:

    I loved Every Day by David Levithan! Congrats on your huge milestone! Thanks for this amazing giveaway – I would love to win!


  42. Its hard to choose a favorite that i’ve read so far this year but i guess Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2), Bringer Of Fire, Or The Indigo Spell would be the top 3 of my favorites so far this year.


  43. Congrats on hitting 5K. Don’t know if it’s my favorite but I’ve read it twice so far this year and listened to it once on CD, so I day Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris.



  44. I am so glad that you said “a favorite” instead of “your favorite”! Thank you! That second one is just flippin impossible. So, a favorite is Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan. Too good and too funny. Loved every word on every page!
    Most importantly, CONGRATS on 5.000! That is HUGE and I hope that you are proud of yourself. I love Roof Beam Reader, and I am proud to be a follower! Thank you so much for the amazing chances to win!


  45. Congrats on reaching 5,000 subscribers! That’s a huge milestone! I would have to say that one of my new all-time favorites is Splintered by A.G. Howard. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! 🙂


  46. Many congratulations, Adam! I don’t know how you do it, but 5,000 is amazing. I wonder if they’ll all enter for the giveaway. A good thing you have 4 prizes (very generous btw).


  47. My favorite book so far this year is Redshirts by John Scalzi, which I just finished. It took me by surprise with how much it was going to explore from the comic concept of “the guy with the red shirt always dies.”


  48. Kristia says:

    Congrats for your 5050 subscribers 🙂
    My favorite book so far was Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers. Thank you for the giveaway.


  49. Filia Oktarina says:

    Congrats on reaching 5000+ subscribers!!
    My favorite books was Guild Hunter and Psy-Changeling Seires by NAlini singh, Dark Hunter Series by Sherrilyn Kenyon, In Death series by JD Robb, and many more!!
    Thank you for this amazing giveaway 🙂


  50. Congratulations! You must be very proud of this accomplishment. You have such a great presence in the community. I always enjoy reading your posts and tweets. I’m sure there will be many more followers and subscribers to come. My favourite book from this year is Jane Eyre. I finished reading it a few months ago, but it has stayed with me. I always think about Jane’s story and how the book was a catalyst for things to come.


  51. Dovile says:

    nonfiction – At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson, and from fiction – The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin.


  52. Congrats. That is so exciting for you. Thanks for sharing this celebration with all of us! Oh yeah, one of my favorite books (and movies) is the Princess Bride by William Goldman.


  53. Congrats!
    Well, a favourite book is always a tough question, but I’d say for me it is A Streetcar Named Desire which I read in January. Nothing could beat it so far!


  54. 5000 subscribers is almost unimaginably big number, congratulations again!

    My favourite book this year (is half of the year really over?? Seems it is!) is still “Life After Life” by K. Atkinson. I read it in (checking) April.


  55. kristi says:

    Wow, Adam. That’s fantastic. I’d say my favorite book so far this year has been Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. So good.


  56. 5,000 is amazing – you must be ecstatic!! Favourite book of 2013 is a tricky one because I’ve had a pretty amazing first half of the year. I think I’ve got to go with The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood though just because it was so moving and cleverly written and…well, I loved it 😉


  57. Roxana Z. says:

    Congratulations for your 5,000 subscribers! 😀
    My favorite read of this year is Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon.
    Thank you for the giveaway!


  58. I’ve been reading comics and fluffy YA most of this year, but my favorite is a toss up between Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard and Scarlet by Marissa Meyer.


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