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Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Celebrating One Year of bookshy ... and Yes, there's a Giveaway

Today marks exactly one year I got the courage to start blogging about my love for reading and African literature. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing when I first started and I was extremely nervous about even starting bookshy, after putting it off for nearly a year. Thankfully, with (A LOT) of encouragement I finally got the courage to set up the blog, and post my first review. Writing this post today, I can't believe it's been a year - it's gone by so quickly. I've learnt a lot about African literature, blogging, and even myself. Honestly, so many great things have also happened as a result. 

I just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone that follows, or subscribes to, the blog, who has liked my facebook page and who follows me on Twitter and tumblr. Thank you for stopping by everytime you do and reading these words, as well as commenting and sharing. Thank you also to the publishers and authors who have gotten in touch, and asked me to review their books, as well as to the fellow booklovers and bloggers I have met this past year. And I can't say enough thank you's to the authors out there for fuelling my love for African literature, and making this whole experience even better. 

I thought long and hard about what I would do to celebrate, and in the end I decided the best way to celebrate (and say thank you) was through a book giveaway. After deciding to do a giveaway, I thought long and hard again about what books I would give away and what rules and criteria I would use to choose these books. In the end, the first rule was they all had to be books that I had personally bought and the second rule was that they had to have been reviewed on the blog. After that the criteria was: 

1. A debut novel/collection: The Spider King's Daughter OR Tropical Fish 




2. A book that I absolutely loved (so one that I gave 5 out of 5 stars) -  What the Day Owes the Night OR Night Dancer  




3. A book that I realised after reviewing is not available outside of Nigeria- The Phoenix OR Every Day is for The Thief



To celebrate one year of bookshy, I'm giving away one pre-loved book from each category to three people somewhere out there.  I've listed two books in each category (as I couldn't decide which book to add) so whoever wins in each category gets to decide which one of the two they'd like. I really hope that makes sense, but if you are one of the lucky three to win, in helping you decide, links to the reviews of each book are provided above. There are no rules to this giveaway. If you already subscribe to the blog or like my facebook page, you are automatically entered. If you don't, you can either subscribe, like my facebook page, or just leave a comment here and you'll be added to the giveaway. 


I can't say enough how much I have truly enjoyed this year and how I truly appreciate the support I get. So thank you again for reading, commenting, sharing, and more. Regarding the giveaway, I've enjoyed reading all of them, and absolutely loved quite a few of them, so I do hope whoever out there gets them enjoys reading each book as much as I did. 

I can't wait to kick off the next year and hope I can continue to share my honest opinion on African literature and the books I love, books I've read, and books that I'm dying to read.

18 comments:

  1. Happy Anniversary! I think some of us should rather be thanking you for sharing your love of African literature with us! I, for one, really look forward to your blogs. So as we say here, "more grease to your elbows"!

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    1. Thank you so much for your very, very kind words. I am really glad you enjoy the blog.

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  2. Happy Anniversary! Keep up the good work. Thanks to you for the hard work, dedication and sharing it with us all.

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    1. Hi Mary, thank you as well. I know it's going to sound extremely cliched, but I enjoy doing it so much I don't see it as work. Glad you also enjoy the blog.

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  3. I just found this blog and since I'm currently working on a PhD in African literature, I love your recommendations and will add them to my "to read" list! Thanks for getting the word out about this rich literature.

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    1. Hi Lindsey, you are very welcome and glad you found the blog and love the recommendations. I'm currently doing my PhD as well (although not in African literature). This really is my escape from my research, but all the best with your PhD.

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  4. i agree with accrabooks! we should be thanking YOU. and sending you gifts (let me know if you want anything from california!) i get so excited when i get an e mail saying you have a new blog post! i am enjoying my book-travels with you! and i have learned so much.

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    1. Aaaw! Thank you Amy. I am truly touched :). I've learned a lot as well, so glad we get to learn together. And I just might take you up on the offer of if I want anything from California :).

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  5. Congrats on the one year mark! You've had a busy year looking at all the books you've reviewed. I hope your next year is just as enjoyable.

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    1. Thank you bibliglobal :). I do hope it is as well, and I'm able to at least read the same amount next year.

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  6. Congrats on your anniversary. 2012 has been the first year that I really got into African lit and it's been because of bloggers like you, ImageNations, Amy Reads, and Kinna Reads; so THANK YOU!

    Related story: I read so many good things about Every Day is for the Thief that I actually emailed Teju Cole to see if there was any way I could get that book in the US. I thought seeming somewhat desperate might convince him. No luck lol

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    1. Thank you NinaG and to be put in the same category as Amy, Kinna and ImageNations is huge for me. Amy and Kinna were very encouraging towards me when I first started (actually they were the first two bloggers I interacted with).

      Re: Every Day is for the Thief. I know right! It's pretty hard (dare I say impossible) to get it outside of Nigeria, which is why I thought I should share it.

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  7. ahhh I've made it!! I've just finished reading every single post on this site since you've posted (took a few weeks and yes I have this obsession when I fall in love with a blog). Do you know how hard!!... it is to not comment along the way and chip in my views and all sorts (another obligation i have when starting from beginning to present).

    Congratulations on your yr anniversary - you definitely have come a long way and because of youuuuu I've had to rearrange my bookmarks. Splitting sections up: African kindle books, other continents, non African kindle, African history, publishers.. the sub headings are extensive!!

    You've helped reignite my passion for books and for that I am truly truly grateful!!. I hope to head off to that London review bookshop/cafe place soon to get my hands on ALL those African books you saw. lol!

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    1. Hi Elizabeth, and wow! thanks for reading it all from start to finish, and I am so glad I've helped reignite your passion for books. Haha! I thought I was the only one with extensive bookmarks (nice to find a kindred extensive bookmarker out there). And enjoy when you do end up going to the London Review Bookshop. I've actually found a few more bookstores in London that have a pretty decent African lit section (I really should do a follow-up post).

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  8. Thank you all for such beautiful words. Really put the biggest smile on my face.

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  9. Happy Anniversary! I can imagine your excitement as you celebrate! Just discovered your blog and am loving it! I studied English Language and specialise in Literature. I have always loved African Literature and thanks for the recommendation. Hope to write my own book soon. Wish you great sucess.

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  10. Congratulations and well done Bookshy! I love your commitment and dedication to promoting African literature, and I hope you continue to write this blog for a long, long time! It's such an encouragement to many of us.

    (A giveaway! Count me in! I'm eyeing "The Spider King's Daughter" - fingers crossed!)

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  11. Congratulations! You're doing a fantastic job. Keep it up!

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