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2nd November
written by Steph
[Note: This is a sticky post, so be sure to scroll down for new content!] One year ago today, Tony and I embarked on this crazy blogging project we titled Steph & Tony Investigate!  We started it as an opportunity to create something together, and to give ourselves the opportunity to be creative, practice our writing, and speak to the things in our lives that got us thinking.  In the past year, tons has happened, and it's quite nice to have a record of that in terms of words we've written and pictures we've taken.  So much has taken place, including getting engaged and married!  I can't say that we had any firm goals or expectations going into this little blog, and I don't think we've even yet fully crystallized what exactly this blog is or what we'd like it to be, but I do know that one of the wonderful things neither of us really anticipated is the wonderful group of people we would encounter through the blog, all of the wonderful discussions we would have, and the way in which we'd come to be part of a great online community.  To be recognized by so many people during the 2009 Book Blogger Appreciation Week was truly lovely and unexpected, and was really just the icing on a fantastic first year of blogging. To say thank you to all of you who stop by and read the site and who appreciate what we do, we've decided we'd like to first thank you in words (check!), and then thank you in gifts, because really, what says "you rock!" better than a gift?  We mulled over the best way to do this, from the very complicated, to the very simple, and we decided this: to celebrate the one-year mark of the site, we've decided to give away one book for each week in November.  We're big fans of celebrating, and I've always been of the opinion that it's a shame birthdays are but a single day of the year rather than entire week or better yet, an entire month, so voila!  A whole month of celebrating!  Rather than picking the books, we thought it might be nice to let you do the picking - after all, our favorite books might not be your favorite books, and our hope is that throughout the past year we've covered at least one book on Steph & Tony Investigate! that piqued your interest.  So, any book that we've reviewed on the site (including reviews I linked to for books I reviewed for BookPage) is up for grabs! To be entered in the first of our four giveaways, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post (I'll make it sticky for the duration of this giveaway), with the following information:
  1. Which book you'd like us to send you
  2. Why you picked the book you did
As I said, you can pick any book we've covered and rated on the site (provided we can purchase it through Amazon or some similar online bookseller... and unfortunately we can't guarantee that you'll receive the same edition we read if it's no longer readily available), so peruse those archives and find the gem that's been missing from your collection!  One entry per person each week, but if you blog about this giveaway on your own site (and then leave a comment with a link to your post, provided this post doesn't automatically do that whole "pingback" thing on its own, so that we can give you credit for doing so) then we'll give you an extra entry. And we know that we have readers from all over the globe, so we don't care where you live, you're all eligible to enter. After all, our love wasn't thwarted by nationality, and we'd never discriminate against others on that basis either! 😉 This giveaway closes Sunday, November 8, 2009 at 11:59 pm and the winner will be randomly selected from the comments, so that gives you nearly an entire week to figure out which book you'd like. Need some suggestions?  Here are some of our favorite reads in 2009 thus far: Have fun splashing about in the archives, and once again, thanks so much for all the fun and all the support!  Here's to one fabulous year of blogging, but hopefully many more to come!


  1. 11/02/2009

    Happy blogiversary, Steph and Tony!! (And belated happy birthday to Tony!)

    Steph, I still remember your review of Saramago’s All the Names. I’m choosing that title because, first, you loved it. And second, because I loved Saramago’s The History of the Siege of Lisbon so much that I want to read everything written by him! And because I remember you recommending it to me when I checked it out of the library and decided to return it because I wanted my own copy!

    Also, the Vintage Classics cover is gorgeous haha. 😀

  2. Eva

    Happy blogiversary! 😀 I’d love to win The Master and Margarita (translated by Pevear & Volokhonsky)…I read it years ago and loved it, but your review made me want to reread it!

  3. 11/02/2009

    Happy blogging anniversary, Steph and Tony! I’m trying to cut back on book acquisitions and so I won’t enter the giveaway, but this is very generous of you. Here’s to many more years 🙂

  4. Congratulations! You have a wonderful blog and I look forward to sharing many more years of blogging together. I am envious of the fact you are able to blog as a couple and think your partnership works really well. Keep up the good work!

    When I saw your giveaway I immeadiately thought of Porgy, but have just looked it up and discovered it is out of print, so if I am lucky enough to win and you can’t get hold of it I’ll try to think of another book. Thank you for such a generous giveaway!

  5. 11/02/2009

    Happy Blogoversary! I too don’t need any more books, but I just wanted to take the opportunity to say how glad I am I got to review blogs for Best Writing, because you so richly deserved to be and there I found you!

    May you have many more happy blogoversaries!!!

  6. 11/02/2009

    p.s. re my previous comment – hey, talk about “good writing” – ha ha. Sorry, working on a small netbook and can’t see very well! As I meant to say, there I found you and there you deserved to be!!! :–)

  7. Happy Blogiversary! What a busy year!

    Lovely way to celebrate (for us) and if I were to win I choose The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster after Steph’s recent review (it’s been on my wishlist for some time and your thoughts intensified by desire to read it).

  8. 11/02/2009

    Hm…do you have a list of books reviewed anywhere? I’m new to your site, only got here a couple weeks ago, and I’m not sure where to look…

  9. 11/02/2009

    @ Amanda: We’ve been working on getting a books reviewed list up, but that’s been something we haven’t executed yet (anyone have tips on that? I’ve been manually trying to code such a page, and as you can imagine, it’s a PAIN!). Alas, the best way to find our previous reviews is to just click on the “Books” link in the top menu bar, and that will bring up all of our book-related posts (not all of them reviews, but most of them are!). Sorry it’s so archaic – it’s definitely a feature we will be implementing soon!

  10. Lu

    Have I told you guys lately how awesome you are? Because you are. This is absolutely wonderful! I’ll have to enter. I would pick We Need to Talk About Kevin because it has been on my list for so long and I even started reading it at the bookstore but didn’t buy it and I’ve been regretting it ever since!

    Thanks so much for offering this giveaway, you and Tony are amazing!

  11. Happy Blogiversary! I really like the description in the “about” box on your sidebar 🙂

  12. 11/02/2009

    Sorry, no, I don’t have any tips. I just created my list at the beginning of the year and linked to it each time I wrote out a review. Doing it from scratch sounds very time consuming. I hope you find an easy way to do it.

    I didn’t have to go too far to find which book I wanted, though. If I win, I’d like to get Something Rotten. It’s the only one of the Thursday Next books I don’t own.

    Happy blogoversary, and I’m glad I was led to you guys!

  13. 11/02/2009

    Happy Blogiversary! I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog since discovering it some months ago. My TBR pile is looking a bit like the Tower of Pisa at the moment so I will skip entering the drawing! Congrats!!

  14. 11/02/2009

    Yay! Congratulations on the anniversary! I have said it before, but it really bears repeating, I love your blog and feel that you guys write some of the best reviews on the web. Also, your contest? Awesome!! I would really love to be entered, and would love to win a copy of Porgy. I remember reading the review and thinking that it looked like an awesome book. Plus, I pretty much went out and bought all of the others that you considered favorites, so there’s that. Happy blogging birthday to you guys, and thanks for writing the posts I love.

  15. 11/02/2009

    Congrats on your anniversary! I would have to say Disgrace. Your double-take on that was quite convincing that that is a book I should read!

  16. 11/02/2009

    ps if you are in wordpress self-hosted, you can create a “archive page” and then you could cut and paste all the book posts into another page….send me an email if you want.

  17. 11/02/2009

    Happy blogiversary! I’m trying slow slow the inflow of new books for a while, so I’m staying out of the giveaway, but I do want to say I’m so happy to have gotten to know you through your blog and through your lively comments on my blog this year. I always look forward to your reviews!

  18. 11/03/2009

    A very happy blogversary to you both and hopefully we will have very many many more. I would like to enter for Disgrace as I think your recommendation is good enough for me!

    Please continue the wonderful work you do and thank you for opening this contest to overseas readers.

  19. 11/03/2009

    Congrats! Happy blogiversary!! Your site rocks and I’m so glad to have found your site – you offer some of the best reviews of books, movies and tv. Love it! And what a generous way to celebrate your blogiversary – a giveaway! I would love to enter my name in the hat for the Atwood book, The Year of the Flood.

  20. 11/03/2009

    Happy Blogiversary! 🙂

  21. 11/03/2009

    Congratulations on your big event!!! (1) year and all the great books and such you’ve blogged about. I would love to win/read: We Have Always Lived in a Castle; Jackson

    bibliophilebythesea AT gmail DOT com

    thanks so much

  22. 11/03/2009

    That you love celebrations is evident in the way you celebrate books and culture and food and friends every day here. Many happy returns for your blogiversary, and thank you for bringing all that joy and enthusiasm to us all! The Master and Margarita would be my choice. Never read it. How did that happen? 🙂

  23. Amy

    Congratulations on your one year! I really enjoy your site, your reviews are always great. I haven’t commented much and I promise to remedy that. I’m still getting used to blogging, having a blog and all that good stuff! Mercy is my choice. I’ve been meaning to read it.

    ~ Amy

  24. 11/07/2009

    Congratulations! One year! It’s amazing — I have a young blog, and I’d been stalking your site long before I started mine. Hugs to both of you — thank you for sharing the joy with this fantabulous giveaway! 🙂

    [I would love to read/HAVE “The Master and Margarita” by Mikhail Bulgakov. :)]

    I tweeted about this giveaway, just to spread the love. 🙂

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  26. 11/07/2009

    Congratulations on going strong for one year!

    I’d love to get a copy of In the Woods by Tana French. I like mysteries, and Steph’s review made it sound like a great read. 🙂

  27. Thanks for leaving this link — I would have hated to miss your blogiversary. Congrats, one year is a big milestone!

    I think I’d like to be entered for Disgrace by J.M Coetzee, since I’ve been meaning to read more of him too.

  28. 11/07/2009

    Congratulations, Steph & Tony! Your little blog is growing up!

    I’d love to be considered for Graham Greene’s The Power and the Glory — I’ve just read an amazing novel of his, and now I think I need to read everything else he’s ever written.

  29. 11/08/2009

    Congratulations on your blogoversary. And thank you for the so-generous giveaway.

    There are so many great books on your list. But, if I had to choose, I would pick “The Little Prince”. I read this book as a child, and I never read any deeper mening to it.

    I would love to reread it again in the context of your excellent review of it.


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