Thursday, October 16, 2014

Blogoversary Bash: Day 4

Today is the fourth day of my Blogoversary Week!

Three years ago, on October 16th, 2011, I started this little blog and never ever expected that I would still love blogging three years later as much as do now. The book blogging community is amazing and I treasure every interaction I have with you guys and I am extremely grateful to have found so many really good friends via blogging. There are a handful of bloggers I talk to (almost) daily and adore. 
Thank you so much for being such an awesome bunch and thank you to each and every one of my readers for sticking with me for three years now and making me feel like I belong. 

Today I want to share with you my
Top Three Favorite Authors

Sir Terry Pratchett
I am a huge fan of Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels and own all 40 of them - some even two times. I also own Discworld maps, a Discworld planner, Nanny Ogg's Cookbook and much more. Terry Pratchett is a really talented writer with so much imagination and I think he's a genius. His books are filled with fabulous stories that are entertaining, incredibly well written and when you put them down and think about them for a while they all have a connection to our world and he often writes about really important themes likes the economy, death, religion, ...
His stories evolved over the years and after a lot of world building in the first two to three books, the stories and the characters moved into focus and from this moment on the books became my absolute favorites. 
I will forever be glad that I was introduced to them by a colleague of my dad's and I cannot decide which book is my favorite. Weird Sisters was my first and will therefor always have a special place in my heart but I also adore the Moist van Lipwick series or the book set in Death's Domain. 
If you like fanatsy novels with some really quirky and lovely characters, I encourage you to try one of Terry's novels. My recommendations would be to either start with Weird Sisters, Mort or Going Postal. 

Janet Evanovich
I enjoy reading mystery novels and am drawn to stories with quirky, strong characters who can see their own flaws but fight for what they believe in. Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series is one of my all-time favorites because the storylines are so wonderfully bizarre and the characters are the best. Stephanie, who's longest relationship is with her hamster Rex, the unorganized bounty hunter (who usually leaves her gun in her cookie jar at home) with a tendency to wreck cars by burning them down or because someone installed a bomb in them, is probably my favorite. 
I rave about this series on the blog quite a lot and whenever I need a pick-me-up or can't decide which book I want to read next I will pick up the next book in this series. 
Janet Evanovich recently started writing a new series with Lee Goldberg called the Fox and O'Hare series about an FBI agent Kate O'Hare who is trying to catch con-man Nick Fox but is forced to work with him to solve some really difficult cases. 
Janet's main female characters are strong willed and fight for what they believe in and I admire that. The stories are entertaining and well-thought through and filled to the brim with loveable characters that you want to have in your life. 
If you never read any mystery novels and want to start, please pick up One for the Money and enjoy your trip into Stephanie Plum's world and be prepared to laugh out loud. 

Gail Carriger
Gail Carriger writes steampunk-y, paranormal novels that are the best Steampunk novels I ever read. Her writing style is gripping and unique, her characters are flawed but strong willed and in both her series the main character is a strong willed woman who doesn't take "No" for an answer and does whatever she thinks is the right thing to do. Alexia, from her Parasole Protectorate series, and Sophronia, from the Finishing School series, tend to get into trouble but manage to get themselves out of it too. Keeping in mind that these books are set during Victorian times, this is admirable. I've read quite a lot of Steampunk novels but Gail Carriger's are the best I've come across. 
If you want to get a glimpse into Steampunk paranormal novels, give her books a try. Soulless is the first in her adult series while Ettiquette & Espionage is the first book in her Young Adult series. 

You can also find reviews for (most) the books mentioned in my List of Reviews.

To celebrate three years of blogging I decided to host a giveaway

VII - very important information: 

  • to enter please follow the instructions in the rafflecopter form.
  • you must be at least 13 years old or have your parents permission to enter.
  • this giveaway is open internationally as long as Book Depo ships to you.
  • the winner will be announced on the blog after the giveaway ends.
  • to protect your privacy please do not leave your e-mail adress in the comment section. 
  • the giveaway will be open fromThursday, the 16th till Thursday, the 30th of October.
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  1. Great list! And thank you for introducing me to Terry Pratchett.

  2. *hides* I haven't read anything from these three but after your recommendation, I might need to add them to my TBR list.

    And thank you so much for the giveaway! I have so many books on my wish list I'm not sure which one I'd pick if I won - maybe the 4th Harry Potter book. (The new paperback edition)

  3. Happy 3rd blogoversary, lady! Thank you so much for letting me celebrate with you! <3

  4. I'm commenting from my phone & the formatting is weird. Sorry about the multiple comments :)

    What a sweet way to celebrate-- with a giveaway! If I won, I might choose the UK edition of How to Love by Katie Cotugno. It's one of my favorite books of 2013, so if love to own a special edition of it :)

  5. Happy blogoversay, Karin! I was so happy to be a part of it! I'm not sure if A Mad Wicked Folly qualifies, but I'd love to get that one! I'm not in a place to check on the book depository, so I don't know. It's too hard to choose! Maybe I'd pick a Christmas book. :D Thanks for such a nice giveaway!

  6. Happy Blogoversary!! Oh man, there are too many books to choose from. "thinks hard" I would choose Shadows by Paula Weston!

    Thank you for the generous giveaway :)

  7. Thanks for the giveaway and happy blogversary! I would choose Murder Most Unladylike.

    And Gail Carriger is an amazing author! I can't wait for Waistcoats & Weaponry.

  8. Happy blogoversary! I only have four books on my TBD wishlist: Sway by Kat Spears (the foreign edition is SO pretty), both of Morgan Matson's foreign editions, and the foreign edition of Not in the Script! So one of those, excluding Sway because it's out of the price range.

  9. I'd like to win Lailah by Nikki Kelly!

  10. Happy blogoversary! I'd love to get a copy of Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan. :)

  11. Happy blogoversary!!!
    I really need to get my hands on Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas!

  12. Hmm... If I won, I think I'd go for The Runaway Princess by Hester Browne. I've recently read two of her other books and really loved them, so it would be great to have another!

    Thank you for running the giveaway and Happy Blog Birthday!

  13. Happy 3rd blogoversary and thanks for the giveaway! If I win I probably choose any romantic book :)