The Book Musings turns 1! {Give-away}

pink afternoon
Here, have some champagne and macaroons and let’s drink to me

It’s The Book Musings’ first blog anniversary! I can’t believe that it’s been a year already.  Reading is one of my favourite hobbies and I’m so happy that I could have shared it with you for the past year. Thank you for reading my blog, posting comments and engaging in book-ish talk with me via the blog, facebook and twitter, but most importantly, thank you for trusting my opinion on books. It makes my heart happy when someone tweets or texts me to say that they loved a book I’ve recommended. Having this blog I’ve made great friendships and invaluable connections.

At first I was a bit unsure when exactly my blog anniversary is, because I registered the blog on the 19th, opened it for public viewing on the 26th, but only posted my first review on the 28th, so basically this blog anniversary thing… well let’s just stick to today, shall we?

Enough of the chitter chatter… To celebrate my first year of book blogging, I’m running a give-away.  Instead of forcing you to read one of the books I’ve reviewed before, I’ll give away a gift card instead.  If you are international you don’t get to choose, but if you’re local you can 🙂


The most viewed post on my blog has been Why Men Marry Bitches (guess people REALLY want to know that answer, because it’s the most searched item too!) and the most commented post on my blog is my embarrassing reveal of my first DNF in I gots news y’all

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  • Isi

    Happy birthday, Mel!
    You know, you say it’s only one year, but for me it’s as if I know you from more time ago 😀

    • Thank you, Isi!
      I know what you mean, it feels like I’ve known you much longer 🙂 Thanks for entering and spreading the word x

  • Happy blogoversary. Is your blog just a year old? Doesn’t feel like it 🙂

    • Thanks Nish! Yes, only a year 🙂

  • Ali

    Congratulations! Here’s to another year of literary musings. And now I know I need to read that Bitch book. There may be some lessons in it for me.


    • Thanks, Ali. Lol, yes you must read it 🙂
      Wow, that’s a nice name, should have called my blog Literary Musings 🙂

  • I was surprised to see your blog is only a year old- you must have ‘the touch’. I look forward to reading what you have to say in the years to come! Happy 1st year!

    • Thank you for your kind word, Naomi!

  • Congratulations Melinda. Here’s to many happy blogging years 🙂

    • Thank you, Celestine 🙂

  • Congratulations! As it happens, my first blog-o-versary was yesterday. I counted from the publication of my very first post: Grah-ti-tood. Yes, gratitude is what I feel for the great friendships and invaluable connections I have made over the past year. I guess we’ll be toddlers in the blog world soon–ha!

    • Lol @ “Toddlers in the blog world” 😀
      Thanks Marian. Happy blog anniversary to you too. Here’s to many more years of blogging.

  • Congrats!!! Such a great milestone. If I win, I’d like the amazon card sent to worldsbeforethedoor(at)yahoo(dot)com

  • Happy Blogoversary!!!! You already know I’d have to gift card it and you know my email 😀

    On to the better stuff. . . you’re 1!!!! WOO HOO!!!! Super duper exciting!!! And to think we “met” before this blog even existed, when you were blogging about perfume and nail polish and Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Oh wait, you STILL blog about CRZ! 😛

    YAY!! And thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

    • Thanks, Rebecca! My love for CRZ won’t die any time soon 😀

  • Happy Anniversary! I can only echo the other comments… I can’t believe your blog is only a year old. It looks and feels great, and I love that our taste in books is so similar. Here’s to many more years to come!

    • Thank you and thanks for the compliment! 🙂

  • Happy blogoversary! May you have many more blogoversaries to come 🙂 I enjoy reading your reviews, and o/ that you love CRZ’s books, hehe. May many more awesome books come your way 🙂

    Thank you also for hosting such a wonderful giveaway 🙂

    • Thanks Lianne. I love that we have that in common 😉

  • Congratulations! That’s so exciting. 🙂 I really enjoy reading your reviews.

    (and as to the giveaway: amazon please:

  • Congratulations! Here’s to many more 🙂 I think the 26th is a good choice, if everyone could see it on that date then choosing it makes sense 🙂

    • I knew my logic made sense… Thanks 😉

  • Happy Blogaversary!!!!!

    Does the I do not get to choose mean I can’t enter, or I can just choose the amazon one? Cos if I can be in then yes, I am in and booksforlife01 at gmail dot com

    • Haha! It means you can only win the amazon one, because the kalahari one is for local. It’s like our version of amazon 🙂 Goodluck!

  • Congratulations!! I love reading your blog- keep up the great work!

  • Happy blogversary, Melinda!

  • Congratulations on your Blogiversary! Here’s to many more! (Amazon is my jam.

    • To many more! Thanks 🙂

  • Happy blogiversary!!

  • Happy Anniversary 🙂 I prefer Amazon. courtlawrence11 at gmail dot com

    • Thanks! Oh you can’t have the other one 😉

  • Congratulations on your first anniversary (blogiversary?)!!
    I would love to win an Amazon GC; thank you for the giveaway 🙂

  • Congratulations on one year of blogging! I always enjoy reading your posts 🙂

    • That’s lovely to hear! Thanks

  • Congratulations on a year of blogging! Can’t wait to see all the great things you still have to come 🙂

    • I hope there’s many more for TBM! Thanks Shannon

  • Congratulations! It’s been a great year of posts!

    • Thanks Ricki and thanks for reading.

  • Congrats! Here’s to a fantastic second year of fabulous books!

    • I can only hope for those fabulous reads. Thanks Mary.

  • Happy anniversary! Very exciting! Amazon gift cards are must haves 🙂 and you know where to find me!

  • momssmallvictories

    Yay! Happy blog anniversary! I gotta agree with you, its so nice to hear when someone enjoys a book I recommended. And how fun about your most popular post, sounds like that book should be a best seller if so many people are looking for the answer. I would like the Amaxon gift card if I won. Email at tanya(at) momssmallvictories(dot) com.

    I hope you will share your good news and giveaway on my Small Victories Sunday linky that’s open now. Link up to 3 posts.

    • Thanks Tanya! I sure will link up. Thanks for reading

  • Happy Blog-O-versary!!! 😀

  • Congrats!!!!! Proud of you 😀

    • Thanks Jennifer, that means a lot 🙂

  • Congratulations! I also turned 1 earlier this year. It’s been so much fun! What has been the highlight for you so far?

    • So exciting. Congrats on yours. The highlight has definitely been the people I’ve met through blogging!

  • Congrats on passing the one year mark! You’ve had such a successful year – I’m thoroughly impressed. Good luck and best wishes in the next year!

  • Happy Blogiversary! If I win, I’d love the Amazon card! westmetromommy(at)gmail(dot)com.

  • litandlife

    Happy blogiversary!

  • Happy Bday Book Musings – I have officially entered the competition whoop whoop

  • Happy blog birthday!

  • Happy Blog-O-Versary! Lovely site. If I win, I’d love the Amazon gc. Thanks! debramp at gmail dot com

    • Thank you for liking my site. Good luck!

  • VeronikaDream

    Happy Blogoversary to you! I wish you many many years of blogging!
    I would like to win the Amazon GC. Thank you!
    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

    • Thank you. I hope for many years too 🙂

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  • Congrats on your first blog birthday! I’d choose the Amazon card if I won. Thanks!

  • I would choose the Amazon gift card and treat myself to a new release 🙂 Happy blogiversary! bucklingbookshelves (at) gmail (dot) com

  • HapPy blogoversary ! well done =)
    book gc for me please and many many thanks for the opps to win – tweeting & liking as much as I can 😉
    {we’ve linked together at Tanya’s small victories} HapPy partying !
    [thx for champagne] !!

    • Thanks, and good luck 🙂

  • rima1166

    Happy Blogoversary! I’ve only just discovered your blog, but it’s very cool and sophisticated. I’d like to win the Amazon GC, thanks for the chance! oceanangel_92(at)hotmail(dot)com

    • Thank you for the compliment. Good luck!

  • Ashfa

    Happy Blogoversary!! I’d love the Amazon GC if I win.
    blackcapballistics AT gmail DOT com

  • Happy Blogoversary!!! To many more reviews and sharing your invaluable thoughts, opinions and insights on the different books you read!!! Lotsa love xxx