11 years a-bloggin’ & a giveaway

My blog began (in its original guise) on September 15th 2008, so today is it eleven years old. I went looking for information on the number eleven and amongst all the gobbledegook of ‘Angel numbers’ and the like, one thing stands out:

11 is the first double-digit PRIME number

So I’d like to think that today, my blog is really reaching its prime!

Thank you…

To everyone who visits and comments, who reads my posts whether here, or there by engaging via Facebook, Twitter etc.

I love you all! xx

To celebrate this ‘prime’ milestone, a GIVEAWAY!

One lucky reader will win their choice of the six novels shortlisted for this year’s Booker Prize. They are:

  • Margaret Atwood (Canada), The Testaments (Vintage, Chatto & Windus)
  • Lucy Ellmann (USA/UK), Ducks, Newburyport (Galley Beggar Press
  • Bernardine Evaristo (UK), Girl, Woman, Other (Hamish Hamilton)
  • Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria), An Orchestra of Minorities (Little Brown)
  • Salman Rushdie (UK/India), Quichotte (Jonathan Cape)
  • Elif Shafak (UK/Turkey), 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World (Viking)

Just leave a comment with your choice of book and why you picked it.

The Smallprint:

This giveaway is only open to those countries included in the Book Depository’s free P&P.  It closes at midnight GMT on Sept 21st.  (I reserve the right to source the book from the cheapest source, and may select an ‘as new’ copy if available/cheaper).


29 thoughts on “11 years a-bloggin’ & a giveaway

  1. diana mcdougall says:

    Yes indeed! Congratulations! I would love to have The Testaments! I can recall reading The handmaid’s tale when it was first published ( yes I am not a spring chicken!) and I look forward greatly to reading the sequel.

  2. Leslie Lambert says:

    Congrats on 11 years, Annabel, and thanks for all the lovely recommendations! I’ve been looking forward to reading the new Atwood.

  3. David Nolan (David73277) says:

    I don’t wish to enter the give away, but I would like to say two things, first Happy Book-blog-iversary; second, that the Shafak book is one of the best novels I have read this year (counting all novels not just 2019 releases).

  4. Elle says:

    Oooh! Happy Blogiversary! I would pick The Testaments: I’ve already read Girl Woman Other and 10 Minutes 38 Seconds…, have copies of Ducks Newburyport and Quichotte; and I think I’d rather read the Atwood and know what all the fuss is about than struggle through Obioma’s longer tome, bad though that probably is.

  5. Catherine Clapperton says:

    Congratulations on 11 years! 😃 I’d pick Ducks, Newburyport if I’m your lucky winner as it’s not one I’ve heard much about and it intregies me 😀📚🦆

  6. Calmgrove says:

    Many happy returns, Annabookbel! Any milestone achieved is one to celebrate, in my book.

    Reading through the synopses Girl, Woman, Other is the one that most appeals to me as one I’d be most likely to read. However, many of them deal with trauma or are inordinately long (400+ pages?) and, as I get older, I long for for shorter and more uplifting novels. Maybe because current affairs not only tell a bleak story but also seem to be never-ending I’m looking for something less so to read?

  7. Dark Puss says:

    Congratulations, yours is one of the very few book related weblogs that I read regularly. If my name came up I’d like the Shafak as I have read two of her previous books and found them fantastic in all senses. As well as being a double digit prime 11 is a Super-Catalan number, Lucas number and the maximum number of regions that four lines can divide a plane. 🙂

  8. Debbie Rodgers @Exurbanis says:

    Congratulations, Anabel! You’re one of my go-to bloggers so I hope you continue on for a long time.

    I would like to read Girl, Woman, Other. Because it’s not (1) one sentence, (2) told by a spirit or (3) a dead person, (4) Rushdie or (5) Atwood. AND it’s sounds quite intriguing in its own right. Thanks for the chance to win!

  9. Chiara says:

    Congratulations, Annabel!
    I have been following your blog for a while and I love your style.
    I would choose The testaments, by Margaret Atwood, because she’s one my favs but I haven’t read this one yet.

  10. JacquiWine says:

    Congratulations, Annabel. Eleven years of blogging is quite the achievement!

    No need to enter me in the giveaway as my TBR is too big already…I just wanted to drop by to give you my best wishes. Jacqui

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