My blog is 4 years old | blogiversary giveaways



Well, at the end of August my blog turned 4.  It’s still a toddler compared to many but when I published my very first post back in August 2013, I really had no idea that I would still be doing this 4 years later and more so, I really never thought that anyone would read my posts apart from me!  During this time my blog has moved from Blogspot to WordPress and one of my biggest moments was buying my own domain name in 2016.  There have been ups and downs – I’ve suffered from the dreaded ‘blogger burnout’ on occasions and at times my reading mojo has gone AWOL but the positives outweigh all the negatives and I still love my blog as much as ever.  The biggest thrill of all, however, is receiving a message from someone who has bought a book after reading my review.

One of the many positives to blogging is the wonderfully supportive book blogging community;  they are generous with their advice, share your posts and generally give you a virtual ((hug)) when you think everything is poop.  And not forgetting of course the authors and publishers who give their support by sending books to review and invites to some fabulous book launches and events. To everyone  – and especially to the readers of this blog – THANK YOU!

I have two giveaways to celebrate my 4th birthday.

I hope you are going to like this. In conjunction with Jules at @bookbuddle the winner of this giveaway can choose a buddle of their own fabric choice (subject to availability).  There are two sizes  – this giveaway is for the smallest, which will house a normal sized paperback.

These are just a few of the gorgeous designs that may be available.  There are more designs and sizing information is available on Jules’ Etsy shop (click here for the link)

I love these and have two buddles of my own. Just to give an idea of the sizing here are mine (and no these are not in the giveaway!! 🙂 ). The one on the left is suitable for a paperback and the larger one on the right can house a hardback/large paperback.

Sorry but for postage costs the bookbuddle giveaway is open to UK entrants only however I do have another giveaway which will be open internationally.

The second giveaway is for an Amazon gift card to the value of £15 (British Pounds).  This will be open internationally so the currency amount may differ depending on location.

Both giveaways are available to enter via Rafflecopter below.


The small print.  Please read before entering the giveaways

  • For the bookbuddle giveaway, I will pass the winner’s name and email address on to Jules at Bookbuddle and you can liaise with each over over fabric design and postal addresses.  The buddle and UK postage will be prepaid so all you have to do is choose your design and wait for it to drop through the door!
  • For the Amazon Gift Card, the winner must hold an Amazon account and provide me with the email address associated to that account.
  • For both giveaways, the winners will have 72 hours to provide me with contact information after being notified.  After this time I reserve the right to pick another winner instead.
  • Please feel free to enter both giveaways however to keep it fair you can only win one.

If you got this far – thank you and if you are entering the giveaways GOOD LUCK.




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a Rafflecopter giveaway



  1. 7th September 2017 / 11:08 am

    Congratulations. That is real book love and dedication. Lovely blog

    • Karen
      7th September 2017 / 11:54 am

      Thanks so much Susan x

  2. 7th September 2017 / 11:10 am

    Hey hey! I’d LOVE to win a book buddle! Definitely would be an owl print one! 😉

    • Karen
      7th September 2017 / 11:53 am

      I like the owl print too. Good luck Lisa!

    • Karen
      7th September 2017 / 11:54 am

      Thank you Sheila x

  3. 7th September 2017 / 12:10 pm

    Congratulations Karen and here’s to many more years of books and blogging to come. Hopefully catch up with you soon x

    • Karen
      7th September 2017 / 12:18 pm

      Thanks so much Sharon – looking forward to seeing you again x

  4. Vicki
    7th September 2017 / 12:24 pm

    Fab competition!! And congratulations Karen.

    • Karen
      7th September 2017 / 8:28 pm

      Thanks so much Vicki x

  5. 7th September 2017 / 12:56 pm

    Congratulations! What a fabulous blog it is!

    • Karen
      7th September 2017 / 8:27 pm

      Thanks so much Abby, I really appreciate that x

  6. Heather
    7th September 2017 / 1:13 pm

    The book buddle look really interesting, not seen them before 😊

    • Karen
      7th September 2017 / 8:27 pm

      These ones are really well made and such good quality. They’re great for protecting a book in transit!

  7. Emma
    7th September 2017 / 1:24 pm

    Congratulations and happy blog birthday!!!! 😙 I love Book Buddles – what a superb giveaway!

    • Karen
      7th September 2017 / 8:26 pm

      Thanks Emma. The buddles are lovely aren’t they. I use mine all the time for carrying books around

  8. 7th September 2017 / 2:01 pm

    Happy blogiversary! Congratulations on reaching such a milestone! And here’s to many more years x

    • Karen
      7th September 2017 / 8:25 pm

      Thanks so much Barbara. I have enough books here!! xx

  9. 7th September 2017 / 2:25 pm

    Congratulations on your four years, Karen. Here’s to the next four. I think your blog is fabulous!

    • Karen
      7th September 2017 / 8:25 pm

      Thanks so much Nicola. That’s very kind of you, I always enjoy reading your blog posts

  10. 7th September 2017 / 2:27 pm

    Happy Blog Birthday, thanks for the giveaways .. I love the Book Buddles but have no idea which design I would choose they are all gorgeous! x

    • Karen
      7th September 2017 / 8:24 pm

      Thanks Ali, and good luck. I have my eye on another one!

  11. 7th September 2017 / 3:06 pm

    Happy Blogoversary. Here’s to many more happy years of blogging xx

    • Karen
      7th September 2017 / 8:23 pm

      Thanks very much Josie xx

  12. Lisa Brown
    7th September 2017 / 3:28 pm

    Happy Blogiversary! Thank for the chance 🙂

    • Karen
      7th September 2017 / 8:22 pm

      Thank you Lisa and good luck 🙂

  13. jo
    7th September 2017 / 3:35 pm

    congrats,I used to have a blog is so hard to keep it updated ,such a nice work

    • Karen
      7th September 2017 / 8:22 pm

      Thanks Jo, it is hard work isn’t it but very worthwhile

  14. Janel
    7th September 2017 / 3:52 pm

    Wow, turning 4 – that’s quite an achievement! Congratulations 🎉

    • Karen
      7th September 2017 / 8:21 pm

      Thanks very much Janel x

  15. 7th September 2017 / 4:08 pm

    Congratulations, and best wishes for the next four years.

    • Karen
      7th September 2017 / 8:21 pm

      Thanks very much Rosie, I have enough books here to last me for the next 40 years!! 🙂

    • Karen
      7th September 2017 / 8:20 pm

      Thanks so much Lainy, I’ve had a lovely day xx

  16. 7th September 2017 / 5:07 pm

    4 years! That is an amazing accomplishment. Happy Blogiversary!

    • Karen
      7th September 2017 / 8:19 pm

      Thanks very much Tina, the 4 years have flown by

  17. 7th September 2017 / 5:59 pm

    Happy Blogiversary Karen and loving the prizes 🎉🎉🎉😘

    • Karen
      7th September 2017 / 8:19 pm

      Thanks Lorraine, and good luck if you’re entering x

  18. 7th September 2017 / 6:58 pm

    Happy Blogiversary Karen

    • Karen
      7th September 2017 / 8:18 pm

      Thank you Adele

  19. Anthony Harrington
    7th September 2017 / 9:15 pm

    congrats on the 4 years!

  20. Laura Nice
    7th September 2017 / 10:11 pm

    Happy Blogiversary!

  21. Solange
    8th September 2017 / 3:37 am

    Happy Blogiversary. Hope you have many more years of blogging to come.

  22. 8th September 2017 / 8:18 am

    How brilliant Karen. Congratulations on four years and here’s to many more x

  23. 8th September 2017 / 10:51 am

    Congratulations and happy blogiversary! Hopefully many more happy years of reading and blogging to come 🙂 x

  24. 8th September 2017 / 11:58 am

    Happy Blog Birthday Karen 🙂 AND happy belated birthday wishes!

    Thank you for the advice on self hosting and putting up with my questions … the best thing I ever did related to blogging!

    Here’s to many more years.

  25. Wendy Janes
    8th September 2017 / 4:16 pm

    Many congratulations, Karen. Here’s to the next four years…

  26. Amelia Kennedy
    8th September 2017 / 6:56 pm

    Congratulations and thanks for the giveaways! Fingers crossed x

  27. Jean Cassell
    8th September 2017 / 7:08 pm

    Happy blogivetsary. Good luck all.

  28. christine ann wilson
    8th September 2017 / 7:09 pm

    Happy Blogoversary. Heres to many more years of blogging

  29. Tracy K Nixon
    8th September 2017 / 7:19 pm

    Happy 4th Blogiversary! Two lovely giveaways thank you x

  30. lorraine kirk
    8th September 2017 / 7:29 pm

    Happy blog birthday. Love the Bookbuddle, what a great idea for going on hols or slinging in your bag without damaging your book.

  31. Emma Potter
    8th September 2017 / 7:50 pm

    Congrats hun! Happy birthday. : ) XXO

  32. rebecca
    8th September 2017 / 9:13 pm

    Congrats & fab competition! Fingers Crossed!

  33. Adrienne McGroder
    8th September 2017 / 9:37 pm

    Happy 4th blog birthday! Would love a prize – hoping to be the lucky winner. The Bookbuddles are lovely! Thanks for the chance x

  34. Helen Tovell
    8th September 2017 / 9:39 pm

    Lovely giveaway thank you

  35. Sidrah Ahmed
    8th September 2017 / 10:48 pm

    Excellent giveaway and well done on your 4 years blog

  36. Felicity Williams
    8th September 2017 / 11:07 pm

    Happy 4th Blogiversary Karen xx

  37. Kat
    9th September 2017 / 1:00 am

    Hi, That’s a fantastic achievement well done, and thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  38. Sidrah Ahmed
    9th September 2017 / 3:16 am

    Congratulation on your 4 year blog and lovely giveaway

  39. Sanam Ali
    9th September 2017 / 3:18 am

    Many congratulation on your 4 year blog and brilliant prizes

  40. stuart hargreaves
    9th September 2017 / 7:22 am

    congrats 4 years seems like yesterday

  41. Laura Jeffs
    9th September 2017 / 9:45 am

    Happy Blogiversary! And thank you so much for the chance to win an Amazon voucher xx

  42. Terri Kelly
    9th September 2017 / 11:21 am

    Congrats on your anniversary and thank you for the competitions 🙂

  43. rebecca h
    9th September 2017 / 1:58 pm

    Happy birthday!! I absolutely love reading and books, I kind of like collecting books too ridiculous to think I have different editions of the same book!

  44. Claire glace
    9th September 2017 / 2:32 pm

    Congragulations and many thanks..

  45. Louise A
    9th September 2017 / 3:45 pm

    Heres to many more…thanks for the giveaway…fingers crossed

    9th September 2017 / 4:25 pm

    Love the book buddies , ideal for book storing .

  47. 9th September 2017 / 5:19 pm

    Congratulations!!! 4 years feels so so long!!!

  48. Angi Holden
    9th September 2017 / 5:26 pm

    Buddles are great. What a generous giveaway. I’ve shared the info and everyone is really taken with the ideam Seems I’m not the only one fed up with battered books!

  49. Soph H
    9th September 2017 / 5:43 pm

    Great giveaway, thank you so much!

  50. Ali Thorpe
    9th September 2017 / 6:31 pm

    Thanks for the giveaways and congrats on your blogiversary

  51. Jo Carroll
    9th September 2017 / 8:50 pm

    Congrats on your 4th Blogiversary! x Two lovely giveaways to celebrate…thanks so much. x

  52. Andrea Upton
    9th September 2017 / 9:49 pm

    Congratulations and well done

  53. Neil Bradley
    10th September 2017 / 5:25 pm

    fingers crossed for the giveaway. happy anniversary for the page

    10th September 2017 / 10:36 pm

    Happy birthday and thank you for the great giveaways

  55. Marc H
    11th September 2017 / 12:00 pm

    Hey, happy 4th Blogiversary and thank you for the giveaways!

  56. Rich Tyler
    11th September 2017 / 1:29 pm

    Would love to win either of these!!!

  57. sarah m
    11th September 2017 / 2:10 pm

    Happy 4th blogiversary! Here’s to many more! *cheers*

  58. Leila Benhamida
    11th September 2017 / 6:47 pm

    Happy Blogiversary and many more to come. Wonderful prizes

  59. Sarah Parker
    12th September 2017 / 6:41 am

    great competition 🙂

  60. Lisa Wilkinson
    12th September 2017 / 9:33 am

    Thanks for the giveaway and Happy Blogiversary

  61. Allison Sherwood
    12th September 2017 / 10:09 am

    Happy birthday, this would be lovely treat x

  62. Sarah Wilson
    12th September 2017 / 12:51 pm

    Congratulations on your Blogiversary!!

  63. Sarah Mcknight
    12th September 2017 / 1:29 pm

    Congratulations on your anniversary!

  64. Caroline J Robinson
    12th September 2017 / 1:45 pm

    The designs are gorgeous, really eye catching

  65. Nina C
    12th September 2017 / 3:11 pm

    Happy Blogiversary 🙂

  66. Emma Gibson
    12th September 2017 / 4:35 pm

    Nice prize!

  67. Cathryn Crawshaw
    12th September 2017 / 8:31 pm

    Happy Blogiversary! xx

  68. Ellen Stafford
    12th September 2017 / 9:07 pm

    Congratulations on 4 years of blogging! Thanks for the chance x

  69. Diana
    12th September 2017 / 10:30 pm

    Congratulations ! 🙂 x

  70. Antonia Richardson
    13th September 2017 / 8:16 am

    Congratulations so cool

  71. Derek Wilson
    13th September 2017 / 11:44 am

    Happy 4th Anniversary. Wishing you many more to come!

  72. Suzanne Jackson
    13th September 2017 / 3:41 pm

    Thank-you for the chance

    • Karen
      13th September 2017 / 7:12 pm

      Thank you xx

  73. Natalie Crossan
    13th September 2017 / 10:51 pm

    Keeping my fingers crossed!!

  74. Georgina
    10th October 2017 / 8:28 pm

    I love your blog and well done on having it for this long! I just created a blog and would love it if you could check it out 🙂

    • Karen
      11th October 2017 / 7:37 pm

      Hi Georgina, thanks for stopping by and commenting. I’ve given you a follow for your blog, it looks great. 🙂

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