Thursday, January 31, 2008

two years later and a contest

Two years ago today I started this blog and what a fun couple of years it's been. Who would've thought blogging would become such an addiction and blogland turn out to be such a nice place to hang out and meet lots of great people! In some nice serendipitous timing, I received two more Make My Day nods this week from Iliana and Wendy. Plus the one I got from Janet earlier this month. Thanks you guys!! And to everyone who stops by regularly or even occasionally. I never thought anyone would even visit my blog when I started so you all truly make my day!

On to the contest..
To celebrate my 2nd blogiversary, I'm going to give one lucky person a US$20 gift certificate (or equivalent at the Amazon site of your choice- UK, Canada, Japan, etc). But I'm going to make you work for it.

Everyone who can correctly identify the title and author of the book in the picture below will be entered to win. Click on the picture to enlarge it.

Please leave your answers in the comments section and I'll start a list on this post of everyone who has answered correctly, and therefore eligible for the draw. Since comments are moderated, I will only allow the 'wrong' answers to post until the drawing. So if your comment shows up before then, feel free to try again. You can guess as many times as you like. Each person who answers correctly will get one entry in the draw.

Then next Friday, Feb. 8th, I'll announce the winner.

I do think there are enough clues in the text to guess even if you haven't read it but then it is a favourite of mine. Good luck! :)

Entered into the drawing:
Puss Reboots
Happy Reader
Literary Feline
A Reader from India
Maw Books

The contest is now closed. Thanks everyone for playing!


  1. I'll take a stab at it:

    The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

    Hope I'm right :)

  2. OMG HUGE hints! I didn't know it, but blingo'd it and it was what I thought it was...but I'll disqualify myself as I really didn't know :-)

  3. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

  4. "The English Patient" by Michael Ondaatje

  5. Happy bloggiversay, Tanabata!

    As for the contest, I'm guessing The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje.

  6. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje? I read it last year, but I'm too lazy to get it out and see if I can find this page.

  7. Happy blog anniversary! I so enjoy checking your blog each day to enjoy your reviews and your photos!

    The book, I think, is The English Patient, by Michael Ondaatje, a book I loved!

  8. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje.

    What a fun contest :) !
    Thank you !

  9. That would be one of my FAVORITE books! The English Patient, by Michael Ondaatje!

  10. And a very happy blogaversary to you! I haven't given out my awards yet, but your writing certainly always makes my day.

  11. Janet- LOL! I should've said no cheating! :)

    Andi- Aw, thanks! But you still only get one entry. :P

    Nymeth and Robin- Thank you for the anniversary wishes. :)

  12. It's the English Patient by Michael Ondaatje.

    Happy anniversary for your blogging. :)

  13. Congrats. Always a pleasure discovering new things about a new culture.

  14. You were very nice and turned to a page that made it easy for all particpants. I thought I was right when I saw "Hana" then read a little more and confirmed. Good book and good movie.

  15. Well happy anniversary Tanabata! :D
    Two years that is fab, I certainly hope I can still be around in two years!

    As for the book, I think the book is Michael Ondaatje's-- the english patient?

  16. Is it "The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje"?

  17. Answer: The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

    Two years? Wow! Congrats on this milestone. And this is such a cool way to celebrate it. What a novel contest (haha! pun intended!)! MUST read Perfume then watch the movie. I promise you won't be disappointed. ;-))

  18. Nat, A Very Happy Blogversary to you!! Its been such a wonderful experience to read your blog!
    On to the contest now, I think the book you are talking about is 'English Patient'.
    Oh,God...Plllz let me be the winner!! :)

  19. I think it's the English Patient.

    I love how you are doing this. My 3 year anniversary is the 10th, I think I may do the same thing.

    You are just too cool ;)

  20. Congrats on your anniversary!
    And that bit of text would be The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje. As soon as I saw Hana's name I thought it was it. How fun.

  21. Happy 2nd anniversary! And what a great contest. I'm not sure I should play. It doesn't sound familiar, but I'll take a guess anyway. A nurse named Hana and there's mention of an Englishman with a rifle, so maybe The English Patient? It's one of my favorite movies. I'm probably completely wrong though! Haha

  22. Has it really been two years?! I guess my anniversary is quickly approaching. Congrats! I've so enjoyed visiting your blog, checking in almost every single day.

    And now on to the contest...

    The English Patient

    Happy Blog Anniversary, Nat!

  23. Happy Blogaversary to you. The author of the book in the photo is Michael Ondaatje and title is 'The English Patient'. I've had this book on the bookshelf for about a year now. I did start it to read it after I'd seen the film - I really must get on with reading it all the way through. I can't think why I put it down - there are always too many books I want to read.

  24. Congrats on your blogiversary :-)

    Is it 'The English Patient' by Michael Ondaatje?

  25. Is it The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje?

    Happy Blogiversary! And I know you hear it all the time, but your pictures are always a joy to look at. :)

  26. I would have to guess the English Patient by Ondaatje.

  27. The English Patient! I love this idea for a giveaway! I might have to steal it for my one year in July! :-)

  28. Just discovered your blog and am enjoying it! Happy Anniversary.
    I'd love to be entered in your drawing. Answer: The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje. If I'm wrong I'm going to feel so dumb. :(

  29. Is that The English Patient? I loved that book! You just reminded me that I need to get a copy of Divisadero. I probably spelled that wrong, but you know, the latest Ondaatje book. I haven't bought my February book, yet (unless all those library sale books count . . . but they're only 25 cents an inch, so I'm loathe to count them as "real" purchases).

    Happy belated bloggiversary! And, just FYI, I just got a copy of The Makioka Sisters (from PBS, so of course it doesn't count) on your recommendation. I probably won't get to it for a while, because I have a backlog of ARCs, but it looks nice and meaty. :)

  30. Thanks to everyone for playing! And thanks for all the anniversary wishes and kind words!

    indigo- I've been meaning to read Perfume for ages. Must try to this year.

    Heather- LOL! Congrats on your 3 years!

    Literary Feline- Good guess! It's one of my favourite movies too! :)

    Les- Thanks. Time sure does fly by.

    BooksPlease- There are always too many books vying for attention. I think I'm due to watch the film again, it's been a while.

    Camille- Thanks. I have such fun taking pictures, it's always nice to hear that others enjoy them.

    Maw Books- No need to feel dumb! Glad you found your way here. :)

    Nancy- Thanks. I think you did spell it correctly but yes I know which one you mean. Is it out in paperback yet?
    I hope you enjoy The Makioka Sisters when you get around to reading it.

  31. Happy Blogiversary, Tanabata. I wish I had been a better blogger this last several months and visited more often. Sometimes life gets to us, doesn't it?

    I started blogging 2 years ago this month, too.

  32. Thanks booklogged. I've been having a hard time getting around to visit other blogs lately too. Life does get in the way sometimes. Happy two years to you too! :)


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