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….
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.
Prodigy (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?
The 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
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