I got myself a job interview today, which made me very happy. I mean, I have no idea if I stand a chance at actually getting the job, but an interview's a step up, so, yay!
And... today I hit a hundred blog followers! Yes, that's right, 100. (As I write this, I'm hoping one doesn't just vanish unexpectedly and destroy my day.) Now I know that many of you have far more than a hundred followers, but you must remember how excited you were when you hit your first hundred, right? Honestly, I never expected I would, so I am so happy and so grateful to all of you!
So grateful, in fact, that I'm going to have a giveaway. I promised myself I'd do something if I ever hit that first hundred, so here it is. And, surprisingly enough, I'm going to give away a book!
Well, two, actually. I'll pick a name/entry out of a hat (or box, as I don't actually own a hat) and that lucky winner will get two books!
Here's a list of books, which cover a number of different genres-
Me and Mr Darcy by Alexandra Potter
The Tin Princess by Philip Pullman
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley
To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Beastly by Alex Flinn
The Dream Mistress by Jenny Diski
The House of Sleep by Jonathan Coe
If you haven't heard of any of these, do look them up and see if it's something you'd like to read! If absolutely none of them sound appealing to you, or if you've - gasp - read them all, then, if you smile just right and give me cakes, I might be able to add on a couple books that aren't already on the list.
Basically, as I'm sure you've figured out by now, the winner gets to pick two of the books in this list and I'll send them along to him/her.
(Yes, you can enter no matter where in the world you live. You just need a postal address and I think we'll both have to cross our fingers and hope various postal services don't flake out on us!)
So, to be eligible to enter-
1. You have to follow the blog
2. You have to leave a comment on this post, letting me know you want to enter
1. You get +1 entry for following the blog and leaving a comment
2. +3 entries if you post/tweet/talk about the giveaway somewhere else and post the link here in the comments. And this accumulates, so if, say, you tweet about it and post it to your blog and let me know about both, then you get +6 entries.
3. +3 entries if you stick an announcement of some kind linking back to this post in your blog sidebar.
(Sorry I haven't got a nice pretty picture-and-link for you to use, but I'm not very good with HTML. You could always do what I did and just add in the picture I've got, using the blogger Picture gadget to link back to the post.)
All comments/entries have to come in by Saturday, August 28th to be eligible. And for all the smarty pants out there (that means you, Steve), yes, of 2010. I'll announce the winner on Monday the 30th.
Apart from involving free books, this could also be a fun way for us to find new blogs and new followers!