WOW. I cannot believe I’ve been blogging a year. The first few months I felt so painfully confused, like the new kid at a school–where do I sit? Can I talk to these people? Are these people. . . friendly?(book bloggers are, by the way!!). And then all the sudden, it was normal. Sure, I had insecurities and such(I think we all still get insecure about things, whether you’re a newbie blogger or a veteran). But I didn’t feel out of the loop. I felt welcome. And after the first two or three months, the rest of my first blogging year has passed in a BLUR.
A lot has happened in a year, in my personal AND blogging life. I mean, I graduated college within that frame, which still seems so crazy to me. But I’ve been able to do some amazing things, like interview Lauren Miller, author of Parallel, which was one of my favorite books of the year. If you told me last December I’d get to interview an author on my blog–ANY author–I would have laughed and shook my head. Or I would have never done things like gone to Austin Teen Book Festival, because I wouldn’t have known about it. I got to meet one of my favorite authors, Marissa Meyer because of blogging!(Well, I guess technically this is a very indirect way, but if I wasn’t a book blogger, I probably wouldn’t have even known about the event). And just the fact Marissa Meyer is one of my favorite authors is the result of book blogging. I can say the ONLY reason I picked Cinder up is because I heard such good things about it.
And then there’s the community. I’m sorry, I know if you’re reading that probably EVERY blogoversary post you’ve ever read is sappy and all “AWWWW I love the book blogging community!!”, but there’s a reason for that, so this part is probably going to be all sentimental too, so you’re forewarned.
Book.Blog.Bake. is not the first blog I’ve attempted, but it is the one I’ve stuck with the longest. I have quite a few different interests and passions, but none of the others stuck, because I found it SOOOOO hard to break into the communities and felt so lonely. Like I said, the book blogging community isn’t perfect, and sometimes I get so insecure, but I’ve honestly found it to be the most welcoming blogging community. And maybe I just had a great experience, but I think it says something about how awesome the community of book bloggers AND readers is that I, as internet-shy as I can be, was able to find some sort of home in this place. Thank ya’ll!
I’ve met SOOO many people throughout the year, and I was so encouraged at the beginning. So I just want to thank all the bloggers who welcomed me in my first two months of book blogging, when I was still testing the waters, like Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner and Brittany at The Book Addict’s Guide. . Again, I can’t say people are awesome enough. I’ve met SO many bloggers since then, like everyone on my blogroll page, plus others like Cee @ The Novel Hermit who talks about ampersands with me and Terri @ Starlight Book Reviews who has excellent taste in music. Basically, I love you all! And if you’re wondering who “You” is. . . everyone who’s stopped by my blog to comment or just read, who talks books on twitter, or who I’ve come to know, even a little bit. . . THANK YOU. Seriously.
If that was too mushy, here’s basically all my feelings about all you lovely people in gif form:
I know I’ve used this before. But it’s just too perfect.
Anyway, so what do we do when we have things to celebrate? Well, I don’t know about you, but I LOVE a good giveaway or two. Yup, plural. So, first, I have an INTERNATIONAL giveaway(as long as The Book Depository ships to you). I wanted to highlight some of the best books I’ve read this year, so I looked at all my five stars and picked my favorite from the favorites, my “Golden” five stars if you will, and the winner can pick any one of the following from The Book Depository.
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
- Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
- Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer
- The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
- This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
- Parallel by Lauren Miller
- Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
As always, my giveaway policy stands. Must be 13 yrs old or older to enter. Void where prohibited by law, & I am not responsible for items once TBD ships. The giveaway will end December 30th. Since the end of the year is always crazy, I’m giving the winner 72 hours to respond from whenever I send the alert email, or a new winner will be chosen.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Ah, noticed there was a #1 by that giveaway, didn’t you? Well, I have some books of my own to giveaway from a giveaway pile! Because I’ll be shipping them myself, this giveaway is US ONLY. One winner will get a surprise back of FOUR books from my shelf. I know some people don’t like surprise giveaways, so here’s what I will say: At least one book will be an ARC, and at least one book will be a 2013 release. Also, ALL books will be YA. Same rules as giveaway above, as well as final date. US only!