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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Blogoversary Day #1 & GIVEAWAY!


Yayyyy as of today I have been blogging for 1 YEAR! WHAT?! NO WAY? I know, it's so surreal!! I just wanted to take a bit of time to let you know why I started blogging and how much fun I've had all year :)

I've always been a big reader, choosing to spend more time with my books at home than out with friends, and I've never had a lot of bookish friends with whom I can sit around and chat about great reads. So when I found Goodreads back in 2010 I was so thrilled! An entire community of bookish people who WANT to sit around and chat about books! I spent a lot of time on the site, chatting with fellow readers and participating in the discussion posts about different books, but when I discovered there was actually a blogging community I got really excited! I started following a few bloggers and realized that these awesome people were interacting with their readers and sharing their opinions about some really great books! Finally, I gathered up the energy to start my own :)

So, March 11, 2011 I opened up a Blogger account and added my first review! Albeit, my first few reviews were just copied from Goodreads. Eventually I found my groove and started interacting with other bloggers and participating in memes and other fun bookish things. I opened a Twitter account for my blog and started chatting with people on a daily basis. I have to say, starting my blog has been one of the best things I've done. I still don't have many friends who are as into reading and the general book community as I am, and being able to express my thoughts about books and squeeling over exciting new releases and events has been an amazing experience. I really hope I'll be able to keep up blogging for a long time, I have so much fun chatting about books with my lovely blogger friends and I'm so glad that I've met so many amazing people :)

Now, I've been setting up some AWESOME giveaways for you guys, so every day this week I'll have a new blogoversary post along with a fun giveaway so you'll have plenty of chances to win WAY COOL STUFF!

For today, Maggie from Not Your Mother's Book Club sent me a bunch of cool books to giveaway so there will be THREE winners who will each get FOUR books (all ARCs)!

Giveaway Deets:
- There will be THREE winners who will each get FOUR books
- US ONLY
- Must be 13 or older to enter
- I am not responsible for lost or stolen items
- Fill out the Rafflecopter form to enter!
- Check out my policies page for more information or email me with further questions!


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63 comments:

  1. Yay!! Happy Blogoversary!!*throws confetti* I absolutely love your blog and I couldn't be happier about coming across it and getting to know you. I think you are totally made of awesome!! I wish you many more years of bloggy happiness!! *kisses*

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    1. Awh, thank you love!! I'm happy I've gotten know you as well, you've been such an awesome friend!!! <3

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  2. YAY ANNA!!!!! :DD Congrats hon! I can't wait to see what else you have in store :)

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    1. Thanks lady!! I have so much in store, STAY TUNED :)

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  3. Anna!!! I can taste your excitement! Fine wine indeed. Happy day isn't it?! Congrats!
    Lol, Goodreads change my life too. Thanks for sharing your story. <333

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    1. Goodreads is seriously an awesome community and I think it's spawned a lot of people's passions for blogging and books :) FINE WINE :)

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  4. Happy Blogoversary to you, Happy Blogoversary to YOU!! Hehe...it's amazing how fast the time flies :0)

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    1. It's so amazing!!! I'm amazed to have been doing this for so long! IT IS RIDICULOUS! :)

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  5. Happy Blogoversary! I don't see anything wrong with using reviews you wrote on Goodreads, its a great site!

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    1. HAHA! I don't do it anymore, but it was definitely how I started :) I think it was just me trying to get something up rather than having empty pages for a long time... either way, I still write my reviews on Goodreads first and then put them up on the blog :)

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  6. Happy Blogoversary! I loved hearing your story and it must feel so good to make it to one year. I love your enthusiasm for books, and you always are tweeting with the book community :) I can't wait to see what the next year has in store for you and your blog!

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    1. Yes!!! I absolutely love this community and I love talking with everyone about the awesome books, and just life in general :)

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  7. Yay, indeed! Happy Happy Blogoversary, Anna!!!! By any chance, do you have a cake laying around? No? Ok. It was worth a try. Hehe.

    Lovely new layout, by the way! It has a simple but elegant feel to it. Now, Imma grab your very cool button and put it in my blog. The exploration has come to life, like, literary! Hehe. Have a great Sunday!^_^

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    1. HAHA! I am enjoying this new layout :) I'm glad you like it too!! And I wish I had some cake... that would be nice :)

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  8. Happy blogoversary!! That's awesome and I know exactly how you feel. I don't have ANY friends who like to read, and so when I found goodreads and all of these wonderful blogs I was thrilled! I knew there had to be other people out there with the same love as books as me!! :D

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    1. It's so liberating finding people who are as passionate about reading as we are isn't it?!! I LOVE IT :)

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  9. Yay!
    *throws confetti*
    Happppppppy Blogoversary tooooo yoooooouuuuu!!!

    I'm quite the eccentric singer. ;]
    I sure know I am happy I have came across your site, and I check it everyday. Can't wait to see what you have in store for us in the future!

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    1. Awh I'm so happy to hear you come visit regularly!! It's definitely people like you that make blogging so rewarding for me :) I hope I don't disappoint!!

      Also, your singing was FABULOUS<3

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  10. Happy Blogoversary!
    Yay congrats on 1 year!!! I love your blog and it is definitely one of my favorites! Thanks for being so awesome and one of the nicest bloggers out there! :)

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    1. Yayyyy I'm happy we got the chance to meet through blogging because we are SUCH GOOD FRIENDS NOW<3 Hopefully one day we will meet in person :)

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  11. Congrats on the year, Anna. I remember what a moment it was for me. *throws confetti* :))

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  12. Congrats!!! Happy Blogoversary!!!!! WOOOOO!

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  13. Happy Blogoversary!! I can't believe it's been a year already! I love getting your email's everyday :D

    Congratulations!!

    Gena Robertson
    robertsongena@hotmail.com

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  14. HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY, ANNA! I didn't realize until the other day how close our anniversaries were - mine is March 15th. :D I love your blog and you know I adore you so cheers to MUCH more blogging!

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    1. HAHA WE ARE AWESOME!!! Way to go us for lasting this long!!! <3

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  15. How exciting, happy blogoversary to you! I enjoy your reviews and IMMs so much! Here's to many more years and fun stuffs :)

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    1. So glad we got the chance to meet through this community :) I love chatting with you on le Twitter!

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  16. Congrats Anna that is such an amazing milestone! You blog has truly come a long way C: Love you girl!

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  17. Congratulations! ::gives cookies::
    I'm approaching 2 years of blogging, and am still amazed at the blogging community :O) It's a wonderful world!
    Kudos for a successful year, and here's to more!

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    1. That is awesome!!! I hope to still be blogging a year from now, it will be so exciting :)

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  18. Congrats! *holds juice box b/c I can't drink champagne* To one year of blogging and to many more to come! *drinks*

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    1. HAHAHAH *Hands sparkling cider* TO BLOGGING!

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    2. *snatches sparkling cider and gulps it down* TO BLOGGING! :D Oh, um *hands you the bottle* Sorry :P

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  19. Long time follower here, and a huge congrats on your lovely blog milestone!!! I agree with Rebecca above, I've been blogging 2.5 years and have met some of the sweetest folks ever through my love of books & blogs :D

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    1. So glad to hear you've been around for awhile!! I think the support of the community is really what's kept me going when times get tough :)

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  20. Congrats Anna! Even though I'm still kind of new I've loved checking out your blog. You always have great advice to us newbies and are so sweet! I won't forget our fiasco with your prize from my blog's first giveaway and how patient you were. You're the best Anna!

    Kristan @ Lost Amongst the Shelves

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  21. Happy blogoversary, Anna! I love how you said that other people inspired you to get going on yours. You saw other blogs and thought it might be a good idea for yourself. Besides getting to read so many amazing books, the biggest perk of doing what we do are the friendships. I don't have many friends who like to read offline, so it's nice coming to a group of people who understand what you're going through. :D

    CONGRATS.

    Asher

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  22. Well, Happy Anniversary to you! I can't join the contest but I just thought I'd drop a quick Congrats ;)

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  23. Happy Anniversary!! I know exactly how you feel. I don't have a lot of friends who I can discuss books with either. It's great to find an online community so enthusiastic about reading!
    May your blogging career continues for a long long time!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Ning @ Reading by Kindle Fire

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  24. Congrats! And thanks for hosting this giveaway, I love that the books will be a surprise!

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  25. Happy Blogoversary! Thanks for hosting an awesome giveaway :)

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  26. WHAT? HOW DID I NOT KNOW THIS!? Happy Blogoversary ANNA!! MUAH!!

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  27. Happy Blogoversary!!! *throws confetti and offers oodles of celebratory cupcakes*

    Thanks for the giveaway and here's to another year of your awesome bloggyness!

    :) Aeicha

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  28. Congratulations, Anna!

    This is ginormous, dude! A looooot of time goes into a blog. Think of all the seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, and months that went into every single blog post. :) Pat yourself on the back and take a break - you deserve it!

    And of course, thank you so much for the giveaway!
    ♥ Momo

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  29. happy blogoversary!!! my blog turned 1 on March 4 :) I'm also having giveaways. stop by if you would like to enter :)
    http://ariannecruz07.blogspot.com

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  30. Happy 1 Year Blogoversary!!!! Congratulations! You and your blog are both amazing! :)

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  31. Happy blogoversary! Thank you so much for the giveaway.

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  32. Happy Blogoversary! Wishing you more blogging years to come! :)

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  33. I can't enter the giveaway since I live in Europe but I wanted to stop by and say congratulations!!!!! :D <3 Here's to many more blogoversaries. *hugs* x

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  34. *bakes a cake - adds on trick candles * muahahaha happy blogoversary! I know what its like not to have many bookish friends. I was in that same boat until I hit up twitter! ( I mean I have bookish friends - but they are hours away and dont like to sit and chat on computer lol ) and of those new bookish friends.. you are one of the coolest!!!! :)

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  35. Wow!! Happy blogoversary! Sorry I'm so late! I'm glad I found your blog. =) I'm a new follower. I don't have very many bookish friends either, so blogging has been great! Thank you so much for this awesome giveaway.

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  36. Congraaaaats!!!! :D and I also started as a Goodreads addict! Here's to more years to come! can't wait 'till we're celebrating 2 years ;)

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  37. Happy Blogoversary and congratulations as well. Best of luck for the future of your blog. :)

    Pam

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  38. Congrats...Happy Blogoversary!! Thx for letting us share in the celebration in such a GENEROUS way! :)

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