And the winner is…….!

“The time has come” the (Book Polygamist) Walrus said, “to talk of many things. Of blogiversaries– and sealing wax–of competitions–and kings. And why bookmarks are boiling hot, and whether books have wings!”

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O frabjous day! CalloohCallay! It is time my scrumptious Bookbaggers to announce the winners of my Blogiversary Competition!!!!

It’s been lovely to see the response from you regarding my first giveaway – I didn’t get a huge amount of entrants, but the ones that did enter were enthusiastic and didn’t all want the same book, so that was nice 🙂 As can be expected there were a few speed-humps (I became a bit more lax with the rules when I realised that only WordPressers could “like” the post) but we made it in the end, and with less than half of the entrants being my own friends/family! Huzzah!

I did want to choose the winners yesterday, but I was a tad suspicious of anything on the Internet as it was April Fools Day so I didn’t trust that the random generator I used would be legit.

So without further ado (and if you haven’t already skipped ahead to see if you’ve won) I give you the official entrants followed by the Grand Prize Winner, First Runner-Up and Second Runner-Up!

Entrants:

01 – Vasiliki

Book Choice: Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins

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Bookmark preference: “mmm owls? :P but if there’s nothing with owls or tea, then… anything dark, or witchy or zombies :O lol :P you pick, i like everything i mentioned :)

02 – Tammy Sparks

Book choice: American Gods by Neil Gaiman

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Bookmark preferences: “As far as bookmarks go, I’m not sure what you’re asking for exactly, but I do like anything scary:)”

03 – angelicreader

Book Choice: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collinshungergames

Bookmark Preferences: “Bookmark? Surprise me :) There is very few things I would not like!”

04 – Una

Book Choice: The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groffmonstersoftempleton

Bookmark Preference: Didn’t have one = a surprise 😛

05 – Sarah

Book Choice: American Gods by Neil GaimanAmerican Gods by Neil Gaiman

Bookmark Preference: “As for book mark….anything that isn’t a receipt or one of my pay slips, which are my most common bookmarks :P

06 – MM (via Facebook email)

Book Choice: Secrets of Eden by Chris Bohjaliansecrets-of-eden

Bookmark Preference: “um something with red”

07 – Lambrina (via email)

Book Choice: The Night Circus by Erin MorgensternThe Night Circus

Bookmark Preference: “For the theme of bookmark i love witches, fairies and vampires.”

The Grand Winner:

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Entrant number 03 – angelicreader! Congratulations Angelique! 😀

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First Runner-Up:

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Entrant number 04 – Una!

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Second Runner-Up:

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Entrant number 05 – Sarah!

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I swear this is exactly how it generated! I even had to do the runner-ups a few times because 3 and 4 kept popping up! So, an extra thanks to the random number generator for giving me such non-random results – at least it wasn’t 1, 2 and 3 😛 Plus I love how all three winners didn’t do a preference for their bookmarks so I can go a little silly 😀

angelicreader – I will be ordering your copy of The Hunger Games this afternoon, and you can also expect an email officially congratulating you, giving you a time-frame for delivery and asking for your preferred delivery address 🙂

Una – As you are in Ireland on holiday you won’t see this for a while (at least I hope you won’t be reading blogs on your holiday!) but I will have a nice surprise for you when you get back 🙂

Sarah – You can expect a random bookmark when I next see you – most likely this weekend 😛

I’m happy with the winners because Angelique is one of my newest and most loyal bookbaggers, Una went out of her comfort zone to enter the competition by commenting when she had never done so before and wasn’t entirely sure about the process, and Sarah is one of my best friends, and the first official Bookbagger in my eyes, and she deserves a proper bookmark to use rather than a receipt or payslip 😉

However I do want to say a big thank you to the other entrants, especially Billie (AKA Vasiliki) who was the first to enter, and told her friends about the competition leading to my seventh entrant – 7 made it a tad more interesting than 6 😛

I hope I did ok with my first competition and I hope I’ll be able to do more in the future – maybe I’ll make it a regular blogiversary thing!

Ta ta for now and as always:

Happy Reading!

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Happy 2nd Blogiversary to me and all my Bookbaggers! :D

Salutations one and all! Welcome to  a very special event: Book Polygamist’s 2nd Blogiversary!!

To celebrate I will be doing my first giveaway competition where one of you will get the book of their choice off my Top 10 Reads of 2012 list plus a bookmark, and two runner-ups will also get a bookmark!! YAY! Bookmarks are fun!!

According to The Wedding Anniversary site the traditional gift for a 2nd anniversary is cotton/straw and the modern one is china O.O hmmm seems like this competition would’ve been more suited to the 1st anniversary (since the traditional gift is paper) but oh well.

In case you haven’t read my Top 10 Reads of 2012 the choices are:

1. The Night Circus by Erin MorgensternThe Night Circus

2. American Gods by Neil GaimanAmerican Gods by Neil Gaiman

3. The Raven’s Heart by Jesse Blackadderravens heart

4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Leeto-kill-a-mockingbird-by-harper-lee

5. Still Life With Woodpecker by Tom Robbinsstill life with woodpecker

6. Secrets of Eden by Chris Bohjaliansecrets-of-eden

7. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collinshungergames

8. Catching Fire by Suzanne CollinsCover - Catching Fire

9. Mockingjay by Suzanne CollinsMOCKINGJAY-jacket

10. The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groffmonstersoftempleton

How to enter/how this will go down:

1. First off if you don’t already follow Book Polygamist please do so 🙂 If you’re a WordPresser then just click the “Follow” button at the top of the page. If not you can follow me on Networked Blogs (via Facebook) by clicking on the widget at the side of the page, or by email subscription (also at the side of the page). You’re also welcome (AKA encouraged; pressured; sad-pleading-puppy-dog-eyed) to Like me on my brand spanking new Facebook page, or subscribe to my RSS feed

2.  Like this post so I know exactly who has entered at a glance

3.  In the comments (or if you’d prefer email me at bookpolygamist(AT)gmail(DOT)com) tell me how you follow me (so you’re easy to find 🙂 ); the book off my Top 10 that you want; the reason you want to read/own that book; and a vague subject matter for the bookmark (i.e. I like fairies; something a bit badass; I hate those zodiac ones/I love those zodiac ones [I’m a Leo] etc. etc.). Please include your prefered email address with your comment as once I have announced the winners I will contact them via email to acquire delivery info

4.  Inspired by Natalie Dee of STUFF I PUT ON MYSELF: a make-up blog I will be assigning every entrant a number starting at 01, in the order of receiving/reading your comment or email. I’ll then put the numbers through a random number generator with the first generated number being the grand prize winner and the next two being the runner-ups. I thought this was a nice and fair system rather than just picking the ones I liked the most (pretty darn biased) or putting your names in a hat (pretty out-dated and easy to cheat). If the first winner is chosen again for one of the runner-ups I will generate a new number. Even if its random it’s not fair if one Bookbagger gets all the goods

5.  You have from the moment this post goes up until the end of the month to enter. On the 1st of April (according to the Perth, Western Australia timezone) I will not accept anymore entries. The numbers will then be crunched and I will announce the winners in a follow-up post as soon as possible

6.  The books will come from bookdepository.co.uk for a few reasons:
A. I love Book Depository
B. They’re cheap but of good quality
C. They deliver really quickly so I can receive your book and send it out to you nice and swift

7.  All books will be paperback and will have the cover shown above, except for Secrets of Eden by Chris Bohjalian because I couldn’t find that cover on book depository. The cover I chose for Secrets of Eden is this. As you all know I am finickity when it comes to covers, and I totally understand if you are too, so If you desire a different cover from the one shown let me know in the comment/email (along with a picture of your desired cover) and I will endeavour to get that one instead

8.  Once I have announced the winners I will contact them via email and ask for their best delivery address to send the prize(s) to and they will be sent out ASAP. Estimated delivery times will be discussed, but keep in mind I’ve never done a competition before so I’m just kind of flailing around during this process

So there you go!

I hope that all of that made sense and I look forward to reading your entries 😀

If you have any questions/queries/concerns/grumbles/funny animal pictures feel free to send me an email at bookpolygamist(AT)gmail(DOT)com

Happy Competition Entering!!!