Happy 3rd Blogiversary To Me And My Tenacious Bookbaggers! :D

Greetings my steadfast, spectacular Bookbaggers!

I came on today to try to finish off and post, at least one of my 2013 Awards, and was reminded by the WordPress fairies that it’s Book Polygamist’s 3rd Anniversary!

My intention was to do a Blogiversary competition again since last year’s was so fun, but with a new job situation I just haven’t had the time to organise it unfortunately 😦

If you’re a regular visitor to the site you probably noticed that I changed my theme to Sorbet which was the only theme that got a vote in the recent poll, so I haven’t disappeared for good and hope to get back to some kind of regular schedule – perhaps when I finally bite the bullet and get a new laptop to replace the one my grandparents gave me on my 21st (as I’m approaching 28 this year it is definitely on its last legs and has been dubbed the Zombie ‘puter for all the times it’s died and inexplicably risen from the dead).

I didn’t want an anniversary to go by without any acknowledgement, so in lieu of a blogiversary comp here’s a few fun things:

A list of 18 obscure books recommended by John Green, author of the best-selling book The Fault in Our Stars (as well as many other books which I keep meaning to read, especially because I love him on the Mental Floss YouTube channel)

Talking about Mental Floss here’s another great one with John talking about weird word origins:

And lastly a couple of nice GIFs:

From Buffy the Vampire Slayer. One of my favorite Giles quotes comes right after this scene – “Xander, don’t speak latin in front of the books” 😛

And lastly one from the highly exciting Doctor Who Christmas special The Time of the Doctor where *spoiler alert* the doctor regenerated

And lastly one from the highly exciting Doctor Who Christmas special The Time of the Doctor where *spoiler alert* the doctor regenerated

I also wanted to thank you all for sticking with me even when there’s nothing but tumbleweeds and crickets on the blog. I now have 132 followers, which isn’t heaps compared to many blogs, but more than I ever expected, and 47 on the Facebook page and I hope that you all have gotten something out of my strange ramblings which only sometimes follow the “rules” of book-blogging.

I hope that Book Polygamist can live to see its 4th blogiversary and I will do everything I can to keep it at least partly afloat 🙂

Hopefully more things will be up soon, but until then I’m gonna get old-school on you are sign-off with:

Happy Reading!
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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!

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!!!

Book Polygamist conquers the Book of Faces and fancies up some features

Hello Bookbaggers one and all!

This is just a quick update to let you all know about a few exciting developments 😀

  1. Book Polygamist is finally on Facebook! All new posts will be automatically shared to the page, but I will also be posting/sharing unique stuff like links, pictures and the like, and via my likes you can find other blogs I follow, my fave authors and books, online comics and websites I love etc. So if you have a Book of Faces account get on there – I made it as a special hub for Bookbaggers besides Book Polygamist itself 🙂Book Polygamist on Facebook
  2. I have created some banners for the following features: The Micro Reviews From Planet Procrastination; Adventures in Etymology; and Collective Nounitude. I’ve already updated the first Adventures in Etymology and Collective Nounitude posts to include the banners, and the Micro Reviews one is on the first rebooted post which went up today 🙂
  3. I have also created two new pages: one for Regular Features, and one for Awards, both the ones I’ve received and ones I have given out (the Annual Book Polygamist Awards and Top 10 Reads of the year)
  4. I can now be contacted via the official Book Polygamist email address: bookpolygamist(AT)gmail(DOT)com
  5. The blogiversary/competition post has been written and scheduled to go up at midnight on the 5th of March 😀

That’s it for now, so as always I wish you:

Happy Reading! xo