1ST BLOGIVERSARY + GIVEAWAY!!!


I can't believe I have been doing this for a whole year now!! WOO HOO!!

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Things I've learned:
Don't request ALL THE BOOKS!! 
I learnt this one pretty quickly! After discovering Netgalley and got a little excited, whoops! But now I only request review books by authors I love or books that I'm almost certain I will enjoy. And I'm proud to say I have my Netgalley percentage up to 90%!!

Don't stress the numbers!
I remember at first I was checking all my stats and excited as my followers number was growing. And while of course it's lovely to have new followers I'm more excited by the new friendships I'm making now! I love to chat with people on twitter and fangirl over book boyfriend etc!

Things I'd Like To Achieve Over The Next Year:
Comment more! 
I've already starting commenting a lot more this year, and it's been great getting to know bloggers and what types of books they like etc! After all that's the whole reason why I started my blog, to get to know other book lovers and share my passion with them! If you'd like me to check out your blog, just post your link in the comments :) 

Silver Eye Designs coming soon…
I plan on launching my freelance graphic design business online. I've already been freelancing for a number of years, but it's only been locally. I'm hoping to launch my book cover and swag design page by June! I'm extremely excited about this (and a little nervous) as this has been my dream for a long long time!

Best Things to Happen From Blogging:

 
Meeting my favourite author Jessica Shirvington 
My first book launch & signing - such an exciting moment for me!!

Discovering Indie Authors
I used to just shop in the major book sellers, so without blogging I never would have discovered so many amazingly talented authors! I love spreading the word when I've found an awesome new indie book that deserves major fangirling!

And of course making so many new bookish friends from all over the world! 
Since none of my friends read, being able to fangirl over books with all of you has been of of the best things to come from blogging. So thank you!!!

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And because I love you all so much I'm having a giveaway to celebrate!!! 
And it's INTERNATIONAL!!

GIVEAWAY:


WINNER receives their choice of ONE (1) of the listed books
(open to anyone who can receive books through Book Depository)

55 comments:

  1. Aw, congrats on your bloggy birthday!! This is probably my first time commenting here (new follower, but I've been friends with you on Goodreads for a while...*waves shyly*)

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    1. Aww thanks so much Cait! *waves back* Always lovely to have new bloggy friends :)

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  2. Congrats on your blog birthday!!! :)

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  3. congratulations I have just celebrated my 1st year too, such great times.
    Jodie @ Aussie Bookworm

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    1. Congrats to you too Jodie! Time flies in the blogasphere!

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  4. Congratulations Amy! I have the learned the same things as you as well over the months. Good luck with the future and lets hope for many more years to come!

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    1. Thanks so much Laura! I'm sure I have many more things still to learn :)

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  5. Happy Blogoversqry!! I don't have a blog myself but this is a great post for the newbie bloggers! And I totally agree about having bookish friends from all over the world.
    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

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    1. That's the most amazing part of it all, making so many awesome people that I never would have without my blog!

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  6. Congrats on your blogiversary! It looks like you had a fantastic year, and I learnt many of the same things as you in my first year - don't request everything, ignore the numbers. It really takes the pressure off and makes blogging much more enjoyable. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. It really does, and these past few months I have really been enjoying blogging so much more, now that I have relaxed a little more! Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Happy Blogoversary to you! I'm a new follower of your blog and it looks amazing! I'm going to subscribe so I don't forget to visit every day. :) Keep up the great work!

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    1. Thanks so much Veronika! Look forward to chatting all things bookish with you :)

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  8. I know exactly what you mean about all the things that you've had to learn this year. I am a relatively new blogger at Of Spectacles and Books, and at times it has been a struggle -but one that is well worth it! So happy birthday, and I'm glad I found your blog! :)

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    1. Thanks Amanda! It can be a little overwhelming at first, but your right if has all been worth it!! :)

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  9. That is so awesome! I just celebrated my first Blogoversary in August. I love the giveaway and hope I'll win one of the books!

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    1. Congrats to you too! Good luck :)

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  10. Congratulations! I'm glad that I've found your blog! I've been blogging for over two years myself, I know how special this is! :) <3

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    1. Aw thanks Amanda! It is pretty exciting & I can't believe how quickly the year has gone :)

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  11. Happy blogiversary!! I've only been blogging since July and I've learned the hard way about over requesting on Netgalley. I'm working now on all those ARCs. Congratulations and thank you for this giveaway!!

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    1. Thanks Kathy! Good luck with your ARC TBR list!!

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  12. Happy blogiversary! Great list of books for the giveaway! ;)

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  13. happy Blogversary! Congratulations!
    I'm so glad and jealous you'd met your favorite author. i wish I can also meet mine....
    oh, and I can be your bookish friend :)

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    1. Aw thanks Dianne, I would love to be bookish friends with you! <3 Hopefully you'll get a chance to meet some of your favourite authors one day too!

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  14. HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY!!! And thank you so much for including A Tale of Two Centuries in the prize pool :) You are such a sweetheart and a fabulous cheerleader. Wishing you many many many more years of success


    xoxo

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    1. Awww thanks so much Rachel!!! I couldn't have a giveaway without one of your awesome books! Friendships with readers and authors like yourself are the reason I LOVE blogging *hugs* <3

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  15. Happy Blogoversary! I celebrated my one year in September and I was crazy-excited, now it's ticking closer to TWO years of my blog and I can't believe it! Time flies, because reading is fun! ;)

    Hope you're loving your blogoversary - be proud!

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    1. Thanks Myra! Your so right, times sure does fly while reading!! I can't believe I have been blogging for an entire year! :)

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  16. Happy bloggy Birthday!
    Wow, a year is an incredible milestone! I thought it had been a lot longer, you've achieved so much in such a short amount of time!

    I was exactly the same when I begun, and went bonkers requesting on Netgalley. It's too easy and far too addictive. To get your read ratio up to 90% is phenomenal.

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    1. Thanks Kelly!!! Netgalley is most certainly addictive, when I see people mentioning new books up for request I have to control my clicky fingers!! It took a lot of self control to get the ratio up to 90%, but I know it will drop as soon as I request more books (which, let's face it I know I will). :)

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  17. Happy Blogoversary Amy!!! I celebrated mine in January! I'm so glad I met you :) It feels good to have reached a year, and you must be filling very proud, and a sense of accomplishment! You've done such a great job with your blog!!!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

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    1. I'm so happy to have met you too Lindy!!! It's so exciting to have reached a year and to have met bloggers like you along the way has made the whole thing so amazing!! <3

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  18. Happy Blogoversary! Thank you for this wonderful giveaway!

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  19. Congrats on your blogoversary, I wish you many more ! :) Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  20. Happy blogoversary! Thank you for the giveaway :)

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  21. Happy blogiversary to youu! i'm so excited for the giveaway.
    I wish you the best Thanks amy :)

    Kisses :* Greetings from Mexico

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  22. Happy Blogabirthday!! I wish you all the best this coming year :)
    Eeek! This giveaway is awesome, thanks for hosting it!!
    Hope x

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  23. Congrats on the blogoversary! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  24. Congrats on your anniversary. Keep up the spirit! Greetings from Finland.

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  25. Happy 1st Blogoversary to you! I've been blogging for over 6 months already but I sometimes feel like I just started last month. LOL Time goes by really fast! More power to you! Thanks for the opportunity. :)

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    1. Thanks Camille! Time sure does fly...before you know it you'll be celebrating your own 1st Bloggy Birthday!! :)

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  26. Congratulation on your first blogeversary!!! More books and years of blogging to come!!!!

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  27. If more birthdays mean more free awesome books for us... we're wishing you more years of blogging and reading! :) Happy anniversary!

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  28. Congrats on the blogoversary! I too have met some wonderful people through book blogging. I hope you'll find more who share your passion!

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  29. Happy Blogoversary Amy :) I agree, the new bookish friends I've met is the best part about blogging. You're doing really well with a 90% ratio on Netgalley. I've finally managed to get mine up over 80, and I'm trying to not request too many any more either.

    Happy reading!!

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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