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Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year (Almost) & Giveaway!


Well it's really more like Happy New Year's Eve, but I thought I'd celebrate this lovely Monday with a look back at 2012 and a nice giveaway to help ring in the new year!

I have to say, this year has not only been more challenging for me, but also more rewarding. In my personal life, I quit my job of five years at a local ice cream shop in order to follow my passion for reading and start working at Barnes and Noble. Not only did I meet tons of amazing new people at this job, but I discovered a lot about myself and how much I truly love working in the book industry. Six months later the sad news came that my store was closing and I was forced to find my second new job of the year. Thanks to my wonderful relationship with Maggie from Not Your Mother's Book Club I was able to get a job at my local (and favorite) bookstore, Books Inc. where I'm able to learn more about the bookseller industry and develop more skills that will help me later on in life. I'm loving where I'm at now and I'm really hoping to move forward in the company throughout the years.

I also made a huge life decision that is leading me on a completely different path than what I've been working towards in the past few years. I've decided I no longer wish to go to grad school and get my teaching credential, but I'm going to stick with the marketing and selling industry of books, hoping to eventually find my niche within the literary world. I'm also approaching my last semester of college and I am so looking forward to graduating and enjoying my future, whatever that may hold.

I have to give my thanks to all of you, the amazing book bloggers and followers and publishers and authors and everyone in between who have made my last year in blogging so much fun and so rewarding. You've all been a constant stream of support throughout the good times and bad and I'm so excited to share 2013 with you!

As for the giveaway, I managed to grab an extra copy of VALKYRIE RISING at Ingrid's signing a few months ago so I'm going to be giving that away to one lucky winner!
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- Must be 13 or older to enter
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- I am not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged material



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28 comments:

  1. Happy New Years to you Anna! So glad you discovered the literary world is a place meant for you in your career. :)

    My favorite bookish moment was starting my blog and meeting so many other fellow bloggers and readers who love the books I love too.

    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  2. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! Happy New Year.
    Hhmmmm, best bookish moment...I'd have to say when I was watching Ismae and Duval from Grave Mercy fall in love *sighs romantically* so sweet ;P

    ~Emily@Emily's Crammed Bookshelf

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  3. Reading Dead Of Winter by Brian Moreland
    earthdancedaph@yahoo.com

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  4. My favorite bookish moment was discovering so many great book blogs on the internet :)

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  5. I think my favorite was discovering so many new authors. Of the books I read, I loved most of them. It makes me happy when that happens!

    Happy New Year!

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  6. My favorite bookish moment was definitely the end of The Golden Lily. Thanks for the awesome giveaway :)

    Jesse @ Pretty In Fiction

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  7. I was able to go to my first ever book signing with Emmy Laybourne! It was amazing! <3

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  8. I was reading a book and my favorite character dies at the very end - oh I was so upset LOL I then turned the page and there was an afterward - there is more to come and death is not permanent that was a truly squee moment for me :) For obvious reasons I have not named this book, but will recommend it at another date ;=D

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  9. Happy New Year!! My favorite bookish moment...wow that's a hard one. It would probably have to be when Alex and Aiden finally hooked up in Deity. It was a very well written scene. I love that series :) Thanks for the chance to win!
    Brittany S

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  10. Getting on the list for ARCS for a bunch of publishers!

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  11. I think when JR Ward announced Qhuinn and Blay's book Lover at Last.

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  12. Mine was probably reading TIME BETWEEN US, or SHADOW AND BONE because ALL THE FEELINGS.

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  13. Discovering some awesome new authors like Colleen Hoover and Nyrae Dawn!

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  14. Finishing 6 books in 6 days over a vacation. :D

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  15. Thanks for the awesome giveaway Anna! & Happy new years to you too!!
    Hmm.. my favorite bookish moment was probably when we hosted the Summer Book Talk event! was so much fun!!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

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  16. My fave bookish moment was the release of HUnger Games movie!

    Happy New Year!

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  17. Happy New Year!

    My favorite bookish moment of 2013 was participating in the YA Sisterhood's Summer Crush Tournament as an advocate and having the topic trend on Twitter =) I made so many new blogging friends through that event it was pretty awesome =D

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  18. Oh, gosh. My favorite bookish moment of 2012? Umm, I'd say it was meeting Maggie Stiefvater. :) That was a good day...

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  19. The releases of Showalter and Ione's books! ^.^ Happy New Year Anna! :D

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  20. Happy new year, Anna! :) Hey, I'm an ex-B&N employee, I didn't realize that was the bookstore where you are working--yay!

    I already have a copy of this so no need to enter me, but I'll tell you my favorite book moment anyway. I enjoyed attending ALA for the first time, but honestly, my favorite thing has been doing a couple of interviews/features with authors that I love, especially my two-part Cynthia Hand one. It was just cool that she was so patient and generous in answering questions, and I'm just the biggest Unearthly fan all around, hah.

    To many more great books in 2013! xo

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  21. Having Kiera Cass come to speak to my high school book club the week after The Selection came out. She was so nice to everyone! Meeting Tiffany Trent was also exceptional!

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  22. That's a hard question - I really loved the end of The False Prince!

    Thanks,
    Leanne

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  23. YallFest was so amazing! It was definitely my favorite bookish moment. I met so many authors and readers as well as saw some exclusive sneak peaks of the City of Bones and Beautiful Creatures movies. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  24. Probably finding out about the genre Dystopian! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  25. Probably starting my blog. :P Thanks for the awesome giveaway! :)

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  26. Reading over 100 books! Thanks!

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  27. Bookish moment...that'd have to be finishing "Days of Blood and Starlight." It left my heart racing!

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