The Book Hooligan Goes 2
I didn’t realize until the yesterday that it’s the time of the year when the little corner of the internet that I claimed for myself as a venue for my frenzied ramblings is turning 2 years old. Well, technically it turned two years old yesterday because it’s August 1 already in the Philippines where I created The Book Hooligan but it is still July 31 here so let’s not be nitpickers and just join me in celebrating this momentous occasion.
I say momentous because I never thought that I’d keep this up for two years without signs of stopping. Yes, I have been quite neglectful with regards to blogging, only maintaining two features alive in this blog (Essential Reading and BOOKLOVE). However, there is much cause to celebrate. For one, the most viewed post in this blog is my review of Noli Me Tangere and you might find that perplexing at first. Yes, dear reader, there are still a lot of people who go to my blog to read a review I have written almost two years ago. Why you may ask? Well, the answer may lie with the fact that the top search engine terms that led to my blog are variations of “Noli Me Tangere Book Review”. I take pleasure in the fact that my review may be an instrument of high school students writing an essay about this book that plagues our secondary curriculum.
Anyway, to celebrate this small milestone, I have decided to do two things. First, I replaced my header with an image that features some of my favorite writers. Perhaps some of you will notice that I replaced some authors that were featured in my previous banner. Such is the case of the reader’s life because a reader will have changing tastes and favorites as time goes by and as he reads more books. I have no doubt that, one year from now, if I would be so inclined to change my banner once again that some if not all of the faces featured above will be replaced.
The second thing that I will do to celebrate is that I’m going to be hosting my very first giveaway. Yes, did I catch your attention now? Anyway, the rules for joining are simple. All you have to do is write in the comment section the title and the writer of a book that you think is underrated, a book that you think is little known and should be read by more people. Along with the title and the author of the book, you should also write a short sentence as to why you feel that such a book should be read by more people.
For practicality and personal reasons, I will only honor the entries of people living in the Philippines. Two winners will be chosen at random at midnight on August 7, Philippine time. Best of luck to you guys!