You have to love the blogiverse - I'm having the anniversary, but the gifts are for you! (It's kind of like hobbits and birthdays.)
I hope you'll join me in celebrating two years of blogging with a little giveaway. I have three slightly-used ARCs (Advance Reader's Copies, for you non-book-blogging folks) that need new homes, but if none of them appeals to you, perhaps you'd like a $20 Amazon.com e-gift certificate? You don't have to use that on books unless you really want to.
All of the ARCs were reviewed here during the past couple of months - the links will take you to the original review post.
Buffalo Gal, by Laura Pedersen (3.75/5)
...Pedersen is a fine observer, and her account of growing up as the only child of two loving, yet detached, parents in the suburbs of Buffalo is enjoyable from start to finish. She is inventive and resourceful, resilient and self-aware, and uses her well-developed sense of humor very effectively in telling her own story. That story is influenced by her parents, of course - and their long, drawn-out divorce during her teens - but also by her friends, including the girl next door and the gay theater teacher at her high school, and by her city itself...True Colors, by Kristin Hannah (3.5/5)
...I enjoy stories about family relationships, and those among the Grey sisters are pretty complicated. Losing their mother when they were young both bonded them together and pulled them apart, and their father, a rancher and descendant of the founders of their town, never really bonds with anyone. But what really made things messy between them were the men; the one who chose one sister over the other, and especially the other one who came between the first man and the chosen sister...Honeymoon in Tehran: Two Years of Love and Danger in Iran, by Azadeh Moaveni (4/5)
...Some of the memoirs by journalists that I've read have felt more like a reporter's work than someone's own story - there's almost too much detachment. Honeymoon in Tehran does not suffer from that sense of distance. While I thought that Moaveni documented the political and social climate in post-September 11 Iran well, it felt - appropriately - like context for her own experience; she strikes an excellent balance between the personal and the political here...This one will be easy - to enter, just leave a comment and tell me which book you'd like, or if you'd prefer the gift certificate. Please be sure to include your e-mail address, and note that you may choose only one giveaway item. There are no "extra" entries this time, although if you'd like to post about the giveaway I certainly won't mind! Entries will be open until Sunday, March 29 (my birthday!) - winners will be chosen using Random.org, and will be contacted by e-mail and announced here.
Thanks again for two fun-filled years, and I'm looking forward to more - I hope you are, too!
EDITED TO ADD: Thanks to Win A Book for posting this giveaway - and if that's how you found your way here, welcome!
A BLOGIVERSARY BONUS:
"How My Blog Got Its Name," inspired by the My Blog's Name Carnival hosted by Rebecca at Ramblings by Reba
As the tagline notes, it's not just a title, it's a mission statement. It's also a play on the original "three R's" of education - "reading, 'riting, and 'rithmetic." Since I started writing this blog to keep a record of the books I read, the first two parts of the name were pretty obvious. The "randomness" came from the need for a third R, but knowing myself, I figured it was a good bet that I wasn't going to stick to a limited range of topics here - things would probably get pretty darn random at times. That's how I like it - and I hope that you do too.