Later this week (September 26th to be exact), my blog turns 5 years old. I can still remember the day I sat down and wrote my first book review to be published here (it was Linger by Maggie Stiefvater -- and omg, look at that review! The image of the book is somehow gone & I almost replaced it before linking to it, but I thought.. nah! leave it! look what a newb I was! haha). I still remember my very first commenters (looking at you Capillya, Carla, & Anna!). And I still remember registering my very first twitter account because I thought, hmm I guess I need to use some social media with this thing.
Oh what a different world of book blogging it was back then. I had no idea what an ARC was (and I didn't receive my first one until months later -- Fall for Anything by Courtney Summers). There was no NetGalley or Edelweiss, but later the next year S&S would send out monthly galley grabs (who remembers those??!). I purchased my books from the bookstore, or checked them out from the library -- that is how I acquired the books I read to review. With time, as my blog grew, so did my relationship with publishers, and authors -- which opened up so many doors that I will forever be grateful for. I've met some amazing people (in person, too!) through this industry. Saying thank you for your friendship, your readership, and your generosity will never be enough.
Over the years there has been a lot of change with the way book blogs are perceived, to the people behind the scenes creating these personal, yet so informative sites. I've seen so many friends say goodbye on their blogs, but I've also seen so many new faces emerge. This corner of the internet is forever evolving. But isn't that why change is so important? Without it we'd forever stay in one place, and how boring would that be?! As much as I miss the way it used to be, I'm still keeping an open mind about where this book blog may lead me to next.
This creation of mine is something that I am very proud of. What began as just a hobby, has turned into a creative outlet that's opened endless possibilities. Reading and talking about what I read will never grow old. Whether I am typing the words here for the internet to see, or chatting up a student at work -- I will never stop sharing my love for the written word. Stories are powerful, meaningful, entertaining, little creatures. They fill me up, only to leave me starving for more! If you're just starting out, my advice to you: have fun. Try not to let the politics of blogging get you down, or the overwhelming need to climb that invisible ladder. You have your own unique voice, and I promise there is someone out there who wants to read your thoughts.
Now what would this celebration be if there weren't any party favors?! I'm a firm believer in paying it forward, offering kindness whenever possible. That is why I am offering a Fall/Winter 2015-2016 book of choice to a lucky winner. You may choose any book, just as long as it publishes between now (September 2015) and early next year (February 2016). Thank you for being a reader of my words, and for inspiring me to continue on with this journey.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
+ Open internationally, just make sure Book Depository ships to you!
+ Giveaway ends on 10/1/15 @ 12a.m.
+ Please see my policies page for further contest rules.