June 26, 2011

We have a whole lotta winners ...

First of all let me just say, I never had two big giveaways running basically at the same time. You might remember my comment about adding a third winner to the 200 Followers Giveaway in case I should make it to 300 followers by the end of the week. And what do ya know - I already hit the 300 mark in the evening of June 21st. But that's not where the story ends, because my GFC widget greeted me with a total of 403 followers this morning. I doubled my followers in only a few days! Adding so many new followers in roughly a week is pretty amazing. I didn't really expect to gain that many, in fact, I thought that with a bit of luck I might just make it to 300, and now look at that!!! Granted, now I will probably have to eat cooked potatoes for the next two weeks with so many winners of both giveaways (just joking - I do have a budget for my giveaways after all), but to get into bikini-shape that's actually not such a bad idea after all. Bottom line *ahem* is that it certainly warms my heart to see my readership grow.

So I'd like to welcome you all to The Book Garden and hope to see you again here often. Of course I am at the same time aware that the number of followers might eventually drop a little too ... after all we are all guilty of sometimes following and unfollowing just because of giveaways, right?

*distant sound of crickets*

Anyway, I hope that many of you will like, maybe even love, my blog and are here to stay for good. But maybe I should just stop babbling, because you will all want to know whether your name made it on the winner's list. On second thought, there are probably only one or two people actually reading these lines. So whoever is reading this, please know that I really do appreciate how you're not just jumping right down to the names of the lucky ones. Then again, maybe you already did and are only reading the rest of this post now. Hmmm ...

And I'm still not cutting this short. Ha. I just wanted to say that I enjoyed reading all your answers to the mandatory questions, especially those of the blog hop. While I am impartial when it comes to paperbacks and hardcovers (love the look of the latter, but prefer the cost of the former), I was pretty speechless to read that some people's TBR piles only consist of books in the single digits (hard to believe, actually) while a selected few have literally thousands of books waiting to be read (not naming names, you know who you are). My own TBR pile, and it's only fair I should mention this, is around 350 books, both physical books and eBooks. I doubt I'll ever manage to get down to just, say, 15 books. Breaking the 1.000 barrier seems a lot more likely to me!

And now, without further ado ... I present to you the winners!

Let's start with the 200 Followers Giveaway which, thanks to lots and lots of new followers, has been magically transformed into a 400 Followers Giveaway and while I initially wanted to add a third winner if I reach 300, I now added yet one more winner which means that there are four lucky winners of Amazon Giftcards!

Lindsey Hutchinson @ United by Books
Miss Lauren @ Ravishing Reads
Jennie @ My Cute Bookshelf
BookMarc Blogpants @ BookMarc Blogpants

BTW it's nice to see a guy among the winners. And the fact that they're all fellow book bloggers? Let's just say there would have been a non book blogging winner too, but I had to redraw as that person did not follow my blog as required. Bummer.

Then we have yet three more winners from the Midsummer's Eve Giveaway Hop who will be able to choose a book from The Book Depository!

And once again a whole lot of book bloggers who win. One of these days I need to do a giveaway for "normal" folks only. What do you think?

E-mails are on the way and please get back to me within the next 48 hours!

Did not win? Don't fret!
The next giveaway will be the BlogFest 2011 in July, so see ya then!


  1. I read everything BEFORE I looked at the winners! Your post was actually really entertaining to read. Congrats on 400 followers! That's awesome!

    And congrats to the winners! :D

  2. Congrats on the 400 followers! :)
    And thank you so much! I replied to your mail.
    Happy Reading!

  3. Congratulations to everyone!

    Talking of winners... Congratulations! You're the winner of the giveaway on my blog. I've send you and email and look forward to hearing from you soon (so I can get the book to you ASAP). :)

  4. If only one person actually reads the whole blog post, it was worth writing it, so thank you TheReadingOwl :-) !

    And yay me - just saw your e-mail, Nikki-Ann!!

  5. Congratulations to the winners!

    By the way, this post is amazing ahah
    Actually I laughed hard reading *distant sound of crickets* ahahahaha

  6. First of all, congratulations on 400 followers!! I read your entire post. Hahaha I love reading all the blogs that I follow. :D Anyway, congratulations to all the winners! And yay, I'm one! ;)


  7. And people do read the whole blog post after all *throwing kisses and confetti*!!

  8. I read the entire blog post too! I found your blog through the giveaway hoppyness, but have been checking back frequently. :) I'm not a great commenter though (sorry!). Congratulations to the winners!