Happy anniversary to me!


How is it even possible? I’ve been prattling on about books here for eight years…and that seems like a cause for celebration. So, in honour of my eight years here, please comment below (be sure you leave a way for me to get in touch) and name your eight favourite
books (or eight things you love about The Ludic Reader) and eight days from now, I will randomly choose a winner to receive a fabulous bookish prize from me!

18 thoughts on “Happy anniversary to me!

  1. debbierodgers @Exurbanis September 14, 2016 / 11:55 pm

    Eight things I love about The Ludic Reader:

    1) your book graveyard – super idea!
    2) Canadian Content!!!!
    3) your header picture
    4) the honesty of your reviews
    5) the length of your reviews
    6) that you read for pleasure & include genre fiction
    7) that I can subscribe by email, and
    8) did I mention Canadian content?

    Happy anniversary!! Sadly, I found you only in the last few months but I intend to hang in now as long as you do. 🙂

    • Christie September 15, 2016 / 6:58 pm

      It is absolutely wonderful to know that people are reading! Yay! Thanks.

  2. bitebymichelle September 15, 2016 / 12:02 am

    I love your prattling ! Happy Anniversary xoxo

    • Christie September 15, 2016 / 7:00 pm

      If I could make a heart, I would.

  3. John Howe September 15, 2016 / 3:42 am

    The 8 things I love about the Ludic Reader:
    1. The joy I feel when reading your reviews.
    2. Your readable and intelligent writing style.
    3. The way you draw your readers in by your engaging, and often times humorous, style.
    4. Your concise book synopsis, letting me know what the story is about without giving everything away.
    5. You write about various genres.
    6. Your absolute belief in the value of reading, especially print books, for sheer pleasure, but also to inform and help us to better understand and value our lives.
    7. You are not afraid to speak your truth when it comes to recommending a book, or in many cases, not recommending it.
    8. How you make me want to read more.

    • Christie September 15, 2016 / 6:59 pm

      LOVE! We need to do that talking thing. Sunday?

  4. marilyncharpentier September 15, 2016 / 2:01 pm

    8 things I love about Ludic Reader

    1. Variety of books reviewed
    2. You love books
    3. Honest reviews
    4. Interesting reviews
    5. Book graveyard is a great idea
    6. You encourage kids to read
    7. I love “My Reader’s Table”, I have read some of them
    8. I look forward to what you have to say.

    Happy Anniversary!

    • Christie September 15, 2016 / 6:54 pm

      What a fabulous list! Thank you.

  5. Julie Wood September 21, 2016 / 3:50 pm


    So my top eight books (in no particular order) are:

    Little Princes by Conorr Grennan

    The Blue Castle by Lucy Maud Montgomery

    I Want to Go Home by Gordon Korman

    Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels

    Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

    Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson (the audio book is amazing)

    The Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha

    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer

    And Eight things I love about your blog (again in no particular order)

    1 Your honest reviews. You give valid reasons for not liking a book, and for likening it.
    2. The variety of books you read although you tent toward teen sometimes which I appreciate because that is what I read a lot of.
    3. That you take book recommendations from your students.
    4. The length of your reviews. They are long but not too long.
    5. I love your year end list and look forward to reading it each year.
    6. The book graveyard. I have starting doing this as well. Life is too short to try and slog your way through a book that you are not enjoying.
    7. I enjoyed the guest spot your son did. It was interesting to see a different type of review but he still had your tone. Does that make sense?
    8. Your passion for reading definitely shows through in your writing and I love that you share that with others.

    • Christie September 22, 2016 / 7:45 pm

      How lovely! Thanks so much for taking the time to participate!

  6. Kelley Walters September 22, 2016 / 9:17 pm

    Since I’m a total newbie to the site (how, how am I just getting here?!), I’ll go with the 8 books. No order, of course:

    The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand
    Possession – AS Byatt
    The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
    Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
    Enduring Grace – Carol Lee Flinders
    King’s Oak – Anne Rivers Siddon
    Animal Speak – Ted Andrews
    The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey

    And of course, I could list 108 more — those were just the first ones that popped into my head. Looking forward to poking around and reading 8 years’ worth of reviews! Love you, girl!

    • Christie September 23, 2016 / 12:05 am

      ::smooch:: I loved Possession, too. I was so proud of myself after I’d finished reading it.

  7. Gabrielle September 22, 2016 / 11:31 pm

    My 8 favourite books? Only 8? I don’t think that’s possible! But I’ll try!
    My top 8 books (as of right now)
    8. How to Love- Katie Cotugno
    7. The Geography of you and me -Jennifer E. Smith
    6. Story of a girl -Sara Zarr
    5. Lovely, Dark, and Deep -Amy McNamara
    4. Peter Pan -J.M. Barry
    3. It’s called a breakup because it’s broken -Greg Behrendt & Amiira Ruotola- Behrendt
    2. Just one day -Gayle Forman
    1. All I know now -Carrie Hope Fletcher

    • Christie September 23, 2016 / 12:06 am

      Some excellent choices, Gabrielle! Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Gina Chiarella September 23, 2016 / 12:50 am

    Our eight top things we love about The Ludic Reader are:

    1. Your writing style. Love the way you contrast highfalutin vocabulary with WTF vernacular.
    2. Your graveyard. I almost like reading that more than the actual reviews…you know why. It resonates with me. lol
    3. The length of your reviews is just right.
    4. You calls it like you sees it. Love the no BS approach.
    5. Love the fact that you gave Con, your son, the opportunity to potentially be your biggest competitor.
    6. Your passion. Your passion. Your passion.
    7. The way you encourage youth, especially, to read. Did I mention your passion?
    8. The very fact that you have continued this for so many years is so freakin’ impressive by any measure.

    Don’t ask me for my favorite 8 books, I haven’t read 8 books! ha ha ha No, I have. But I forget what they were. Except for that one with finger or something in the name, what was that book again? lol

    Wonderful, keep it up. You’re the BEST.

    • Christie September 23, 2016 / 4:51 pm

      Ahhhh. Thanks for taking the time to participate in this celebration. Fingersmith is the name of that book, btw! xo

  9. marianne beckwith (@mariannebeckwit) September 23, 2016 / 6:56 pm

    hmmmm i love this site because:
    1.I love you
    2. Your site is better than amazon reviews
    3. I KNOW you don’t try to curry favour–haha
    4. You have a very diverse selection of books to choose from
    5. You invited me to be in your book club–Haaa!
    6.You don’t go on too long and bore me with your commentary
    7.I can imagine your face when I read the comments—
    8. You love my husband—hahahaha

    • Christie September 24, 2016 / 12:44 pm

      Book club wouldn’t be nearly as much fun without you, dahling! I am glad I don’t bore you… I still remember (clear as a bell) all those years ago when you guys arrived at that party together. Yours is a relationship worth aspiring to. I love you BOTH.

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