Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Book Chase Is Three

I suddenly realized this afternoon that today marks three full years of existence for Book Chase. I made a mental note a couple of weeks ago to prepare something for the occasion but mental notes don't seem to work very well for me anymore.

I do, though, want to express my appreciation to everyone who stops by here on a regular basis to see what might be happening. I thoroughly enjoy your comments and books suggestions - pretty much everything but what the spammers try to sneak in, in fact. That interaction and instant feedback is what blogging is all about.

My reading habits have changed greatly in the last three years and that is largely due to all the great lit blogs I've discovered since I started one of my own. Before Book Chase, I never imagined the existence of such a huge online community of book lovers and lit bloggers. In fact, the sheer number of lit blogs still staggers me.

So, three years are in the books (excuse the pun), resulting in almost 1200 separate posts, a few thousand comments and over 400 book reviews. It has been quite a ride and, frankly, I never expected it to last this long. It has become such a big part of my regular routine now, however, that I can't imagine closing shop.

As part of my own tiny celebration, I am giving away an unread Advance Reader Copy of John Irving's latest novel, Last Night in Twisted River. All you have to do to enter the giveaway is to leave a comment under this post in which you pick a number from 1 to 25. I will use my random number generator to pick a winner from the entries, but this way you get to choose your own "random number." Just be sure to check comments earlier than yours so that you don't choose an already-taken number.

Good luck.


  1. Congratulations on 3 years!

    I'll pick number 21.


  2. Congratulations on making it through the terrible two's. Seriously, three years of posting regular content of such a high quality is a great achievement.

    I've already read it so I'm not picking a number.

  3. I don't want to enter the give away, but congratulations on three years of blogging and here's to many more!

  4. Happy Blogiversary Sam! What a great 3 years, I hope there are many more. I live a long way away so I won't enter your giveaway but good luck to those who do.

  5. I usually just read and lurk but John Irving is very tempting! Congratulations on a great blog. I will pick the number 3.

  6. Congratulations on your big number 3, Sam.
    Love your blog!

    Good luck to whoever wins, I'm staying out of this one.

  7. Hi Sam. It has been a long time since I have commented but I have been stopping by. I follow you on twitter too. I use to comment on almost every post but since last July when we found out that we were moving cross country, I have fallen behind. I still stop by and see what you are recommending but I don't leave comments often. Congrats on 3 years. That is wonderful and I enjoy all of your reviews. I started my own blog in October before the move and 3 years sounds like a long way off! You've done a great job. I will pick 5 for the month my son was born. Thanks and congrats again.

  8. Congrats on 3 great years! Here's to 3 more! =)

    I'll try my luck with #24, thanks!

  9. Happy Birthday/Congratulations on 3 great years. Wishing you (and us!) many more years of Book Chase!

  10. Thanks for all your reviews. I have read a lot of really good books thanks to you.

  11. I think I've been reading you almost all of the three years! Whoo! Twang, twang.

  12. Congrats on 3 years!

    I'll pick # 6.


  13. Please put me down for number 15—thanks!


  14. Totally missed this - congratulations on 3 years, Sam! It's been great reading your thoughts and opinions on books and reading. And I'm glad we've been able to stay in touch, too.

    Here's to 3 more!