Can you believe it’s only been two years?
I sure can’t!
May is a busy month for me – apparently it’s when I start new blogs or big projects on my blog. This year I started a new blog just to record all my gardening adventures since the girls are old enough to be getting into nature projects and really contributing to the garden, ok well Emily still has a little while before she is completely helpful but she has plenty of having to contribute and she keeps a watchful eye on the work being done. Its amazing to watch her figure things out! She watched the cable guy installing our cable boxes and shortly after he left, at a ripe seven months old, she was hunched over the box, starting intently at the cords and pulling them out and attempting to put them back all by herself. One day I’m sure I will return home one day and catch her disassembling the toaster!
At any rate, we are pretty busy here having just moved in this past April so we are still getting into our groove and establishing our routine, so my blogging has waned a bit but no more! I’m making an effort to get back up to at least three posts a month. But enough about all that, what am I doing to celebrate my second anniversary of blogging?? Well, I will tell you!
This year, I made a promise to myself that I would read one book per month, so twelve books total and I decided on this goal in early April, so I already owe myself a few books! I dont know what things are like for you, but some great books come out each year and I jot the titles down and put them on my Amazon wishlist so I can buy them or (hopefully) receive them for Christmas or birthday gifts throughout the year and a few find their way into our home each year and straight to a shelf, “to-read-later” but usually, later never arrives.
It’s LATER!! I’ve found this great website called Goodreads and it will help you decide on a goal for the number of books you want to read each year and you can put up what books you are reading so your friends, families, and readers (that’s you) can see what I’m reading and what anyone else you know (and like) are reading too! I’ve found that this is keeping me accountable for my goal and it’s just neat to see what everyone is reading too! Although I have to say, I’ve also noticed that my Amazon wishlist has grown a bit as a result. You can even join a book group to discuss whatever book you are reading and rate books you’ve read to get more recommendations and add them to your bookshelf. That is one of my projects. Adding the books I own to my virtual bookshelf so I can more easily recommend them to others or even just remember what I’ve read and liked so I can find similar books.
So what does this have to do with my blog? I know it’s not cooking or food related, but I thought I would give away one of my favorite books a month until next May in hopes of inspiring others to read. You can keep it for yourself or give it to someone else that may not have read it and share the joy of reading a great book with others. Who knows, maybe you will join me on Goodreads in a discussion or suggesting books back and forth. Anything is possible!
Because the forth installment of Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon series, “Inferno,” came out, I’m giving away all four books in the series, but one book at a time, so we will start from the beginning with “Angels & Demons.” In July, I will be giving away “The Da Vinci Code;” in August, “The Lost Symbol;” and in September, “The Inferno.”
This truly is a fantastic series and each book, regardless of whether I’ve seen the corresponding movies or not, has kept me up late at night on pins and needles turning page after page until I have finished it. Each book is well-thought out, surprising and very well researched. Certainly a book worth cracking!
In the spirit of this series and because the fascination people have in the heady combination of cryptography and religious writing is no better illustrated than in the success of Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon series, I will offer a bonus giveaway! To the first person that correctly solves the following cipher, I will give the honorary cytologist ALL FOUR BOOKS (“Angels & Demons.” “The Da Vinci Code,” “The Lost Symbol,” and “Inferno”) in the series! And I will leave the cipher as a bonus entry for each book in the series that I give away over the next four months until someone correctly solves it. What are the rules? Read on dear reader, read on!
To Enter the Giveaway:
Simply tell me something about reading or books! It could be your favorite childhood book, a book you read recently and would like to reccommend, the last time you read something you liked, somwhere you like to read, what you have to have in order to settle into a good book, did you (or do you) like summer reading assignments you got in school?, would you rather buy or borrow a booK and why?, Do you have a library card (or more than one?), or anything else you can think of!
1. Follow A Mama, Baby & Shar-Pei in the Kitchen on Facebook and leave a comment saying you did so.
2. Subscribe to A Mama, Baby & Shar-Pei in the Kitchen’s email updates by clicking on the email subscription button located on the sidebar and leave a comment saying you did so.
3. Add me as a friend on Goodreads! Leave a comment below, saying you did so.
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6. Pin this giveaway on Pinterest and leave a comment saying you did so.
7. Leave a link to this post on your own Facebook page or your blog’s Facebook page and leave a comment with a link to the post.
8. Leave a comment on my Facebook page! It can be anything you like! A quick hello, the title of your favorite magazine, your favorite joke of the week, … literally anything! Just be sure to leave me a comment here saying you did so!
9. You can get another bonus entry by posting a link to this blog on your twitter page, and letting me know with a comment on this post.
CIPHER BONUS ENTRY:
Solve the following cipher then correctly answer the cipher to win a copy of all four Dan Brown novels!
INFL EKO LNO YRQO SGLNOK TEAJOT
PLEASE REMEMBER: Leave a separate comment for EACH of your entries AND bonus entries, or only one entry will be counted.
**If you already follow A Mama, Baby & Shar-pei in the Kitchen and/or What a Little Sunshine Will Do on Facebook and/or already subscribe to either blog leave a comment for each since these count as additional entries.**
The giveaway starts on 6/1/2013 and will run until 6/15/2013 at 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time (PST).
Official Rules: Giveaway is open to U.S., UK, Portugal, Japan & Greece as well as any APO/FPO addresses. To enter leave a comment. One winner with a valid entry will be selected at random using random.org. I will email the winner and they will have up to 3 days to claim their prize or another winner will be selected. One winner will be selected at random to receive all the item(s) listed above. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.