One Year Blogiversary and a Giveaway (ARC of Prodigy by Marie Lu, ARC of The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken)

October 19, 2012 Blogiversary 48



I can’t believe that it’s been one year since I’ve started my blog!!! It’s been a fun ride that’s for sure.

In the last year….

I’ve bought way too many books more books than I probably should have. Blogging opened up a whole new (wonderful) world of books.

I’ve met lots of awesome people (some in real life!) that love books just as much as I do. And this is my favorite part of blogging. People who love books are awesome!

I’ve reviewed 85 books. Which seems crazy to me.

My review with the most hits is Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake.

I’ve seriously improved my review writing skills, by a lot! You can read my first review if you want to… but it’s not pretty.

My favorite thing that happened in this past year (other than meeting other bloggers, of course!) was meeting Myra McEntire at BEA and actually having a coherent conversation about Timepiece. I really enjoyed all the authors I met at BEA, but this one was extra special because I don’t believe I embarrassed myself.

I’ve learned that blogging takes a lot of work, time and effort! I had no idea that there was this much work involved! When you get started everything looks so simple and easy and quick, and that’s all a lie.

In the future…

I need to buy a little less and read a little more. I’ve been saying this for months now so… take that for what you will.

I want to attend more bookish events. I’ve only attended 2 author events other than BEA (both of which included the same author), and I would like to attend some more. Unfortunately I don’t live in a thriving metropolis so I don’t get a ton of events (as in hardly any) and a couple of events that have happened I haven’t been able to attend.

I hope to continue to have fun. I don’t ever want my blog to become a chore.

I want to stay ahead. The last few months have gone really well and I’ve been able to have at least 5-10 scheduled posts (reviews and memes) for the most part, which makes this whole thing a lot easier for me.

I also want to work on taking a more relaxed approach. I know that no one is going to freak out if I don’t do a Top Ten Tuesday or post two reviews one week or have a Friday post. But I like to be consistent and have a schedule, and it bothers me if I don’t do these things. In the beginning part of 2013 that might not be possible so I have to learn to be ok with that and not let it stress me out.

When I started my blog I jumped into YA pretty fast and I’ve been reading a ton of it, but I miss my chick lit and mysteries so I want to read more of those. Though it’s hard because I know I can read so much more if I read YA. I just need to find a happy balance between the two!

Now for the giveaway! In order to celebrate my one year blogiversary I am giving away an ARC copy of Prodigy by Marie Lu and an ARC copy of The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. I will be selecting 2 winners, the first winner will have a choice of which book they would like, the second winner will get the remaining choice. Giveaway runs from October 19 to November 1.

Marie Lu ProdigyProdigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu is set to be released January

June and Day arrive in Vegas just as the unthinkable happens: the Elector Primo dies, and his son Anden takes his place. With the Republic edging closer to chaos, the two join a group of Patriot rebels eager to help Day rescue his brother and offer passage to the Colonies. They have only one request—June and Day must assassinate the new Elector.

It’s their chance to change the nation, to give voice to a people silenced for too long.

But as June realizes this Elector is nothing like his father, she’s haunted by the choice ahead. What if Anden is a new beginning? What if revolution must be more than loss and vengence, anger and blood—what if the Patriots are wrong?

Alexandra Bracken The Darkest MindsThe Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken is set to be released December 18, 2012

When Ruby wakes up on her tenth birthday, something about her has changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.
Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her–East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

Giveaway rules: You must be a US or CAN resident (sorry, I cannot afford international shipping). You must be 13 or older. Winner will have 48 hours to respond. Read the rest of my giveaway rules for further details. a Rafflecopter giveaway


48 Responses to “One Year Blogiversary and a Giveaway (ARC of Prodigy by Marie Lu, ARC of The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken)”

  1. Tanya Patrice

    I haven’t even looked at 2013 releases yet – but I’m pretty excited for Prodigy since I really liked Legend. And congrats on the 1 year anniversary – October is 1 year for me too.

  2. Jenny

    Happy Blogoversary! I like the way you highlighted stuff and talked about thing you want to change. I might have to steal that idea…and the way you review books. ;)

  3. Alexia561

    Happy Blogoversary! Meeting other people who love books is a great side effect of blogging. Hope the coming year is even better for you and you’re able to achieve all of your goals!

  4. Alicia

    I’m not sure, maybe Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs or The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead.

    Thanks for having the giveaway and Happy Blogoversary!

  5. Dani @ Refracted Light

    Oh good grief. I have no idea. WAY too many releases to name… lol

    Nope… really can’t pick just one. :P

    But thank you so much for the giveaway. Dying to read Prodigy, and congratulations on this amazing blogging milestone! :)

  6. Christina

    Congrats on one year of blogging!

    I so wish I could stay 5-10 posts ahead, but I never seem to manage more than one or two. Sigh. I fail at being a blogger sometimes. Though, in my defense, I have a crazy number of posts.

  7. Alyssa Susanna

    There are SO many! lol here are a few:

    Shades of Earth by Beth Revis
    Gates of Paradise by Melissa de la Cruz
    Altered by Jennifer Rush
    Prophecy by Ellen Oh
    The Collector by Victoria Scott
    Spirit by Brigid Kemmerer
    The Cadet of Tildor by Alex Lidell
    Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire
    Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers
    If I Should Die by Amy PLum
    Dare You To by Katie McGarry
    Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger
    Star-Swept by Diana Peterfreund
    Taken by Erin Bowman
    Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
    Untitled Divergent Book 3 by Veronica Roth
    Origin by Jennifer Armentrout

    … there are more. Hehehe :D

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  8. Kate Midnight Book Girl

    This is what happens when I neglect Google Reader, I miss things like this! Happy one year of blogging, Kim! You’ve accomplished so much in just a year (and seriously going to BEA for the first time after you’d only been blogging about 6 months is pretty awesome- plus I never would have gone without you making it happen!). May the second year of blogging be even better!

  9. Danielle Nguyen

    Tough choice, but I think I’d have to go with Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta.

    Happy blogiversary & thanks for the giveaway!

  10. SarahO

    Hmm… I’m looking forward to the new Sarah Dessen for contemporary, but also Clockwork Princess for sure and the last book in the Divergent trilogy.

  11. Lili

    Amazing achievements!

    I’m really looking forward to Clockwork Princess, Splintered, and Taken! <3 I had the fortune of reading Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes and it really let me down. My friend lent me Altered and I LOVED it!