Four years ago, Jenny posted the first post here at Shelf Love. Three months later, I came on board, and we’ve had a great four years sharing our reading lives with all of you. Blogging has enriched our lives in more ways than we could have imagined in those early days, and we are grateful to our readers, both those who stop by regularly and comment and those who are more inclined to lurk or just pop in occasionally. It’s been a wonderful journey, and we look forward to many more years of sharing it with you.
In honor of our four years, we’ve done a bit of reupholstering, so if you’re on a feed reader, you might want to click through and check out our new look. And while you’re here, why not put your name in for our blogiversary giveaway? We’re giving away four books—one for each year we’ve been blogging. These are all books we both love and would like to see more people read. I almost always write my reviews within a day or two of finishing a book, before my brain has moved on to a new space. [This giveaway is now closed. Winners are listed below.]
- Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson. Atkinson is best known for her wonderful Jackson Brodie mysteries, but we think her other books are every bit as good. This, her debut novel, traces the history of four generations of women from the Lennox family, all filtered through the irresistible voice of the youngest Lennox daughter, Ruby. (See reviews by Jenny and Teresa.) Debbie Rodgers @ExUrbanis is the winner.
- The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett. Dunnett is one of our favorite historical fiction authors, and although we both love King Hereafter best of all her books, we think that The Game of Kings, the first of the Lymond Chronicles, is the best entry point into her books. The series tells the story of the delightfully roguish 16th-century Scottish nobleman Francis Crawford of Lymond. Threegoodrats is the winner.
- He Knew He Was Right by Anthony Trollope. We both love Trollope and thought this stand-alone novel examining the state of marriage in the 19th century was brilliant. (See our review.) Katie is the winner.
- Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott. We’re both huge fans of Lamott’s funny and frank nonfiction about life and faith, parenting, and life in general. If you’ve never read Lamott, you can read some of her essays at Salon.com. Lindsey Sparks is the winner.
To enter, leave a comment by Friday, April 13, letting us know which of these books you’d like and asking us a question you’d like one or both of us to answer. As long as the question isn’t too impertinent ;), we’ll answer in the comments and/or in a later blog post. (Hat tip to Florinda for the question idea.) This Saturday or shortly thereafter, we’ll use random.org to select one winner for each book. The giveaway is open internationally, and we’ll notify all winners by e-mail, so make sure we have your address.
Thanks to all for a wonderful four years!