Wednesday, July 31, 2013

I've been blogging for ONE YEAR!

Today is my ONE YEAR Blogoversary!


One year ago today, I wrote my very first blog post. Then I secretly released it to the world.
I can't believe all of the friends I've made, events I've attended, posts I've written and books I've read since then. 

I NEVER expected blogging to be as AMAZING as it is. 

I still can't believe I found a community of people who love books as much as I do.

Who read more than I do! 

Who are willing to analyze books with me over endless emails and at all hours of the day and night. 

Who have welcomed me with open arms.

I have YOU all to thank for that.

 Thank you

To anyone who has ever read, or heard of my blog. 

For your comments, discussions, tweets and encouragement.

For talking me off the ledge when a book I'm reading causes emotional turmoil.

And overall for understanding me like no other. 

A few of the people out there who have made my year spectacular: 
Asheley, Heather, Jen, Heidi, Carrie, Keertana, Jess, Jenny, Sara, Mandee, Jen, Wendy, Amanda, Siri, Aman, April, Sunny, Maja, Mary, Jamie

I feel very blessed indeed to be a part you all.
(I also apologize if I forgot anyone!)

If you're interested in learning a bit about how/why I started blogging, check my interview with Sunny @ Blue Sky Bookshelf, HERE.

To celebrate, I'm giving away some books! 
The first giveaway is for US only, the second is for everyone.


1) Choose ONE book from this stack of books (US only)
I will pick 2 winners. 
P.S. The ARC of Unravel Me is signed!

2) ONE BOOK of your choice from The Book Depository worth $15 or less. (INT)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You must be at least 13 years old to enter
See my policies HERE


  1. Ah, pumpkin!!!! That's amazing:) I'm so happy for you:) I remember when I started following your gorgeous blog, there were about 30 of us and now look at you! You've done awesome, hon! I hope you keep blogging for a long, long time. If not, then I'm going to keep pushing you whenever you want to give up because I love your reviews and discussion posts! It does't hurt that you're all wonderful as well:) Happy blogoversary! *huge hugs*

    Oh oh oh, and a book I'm dying to read? Heheheee :D I think we can both agree that Allegient and The Retribution of Mara Dyer are at the top of our tbr list. I can't wait for The Dream Thieves either--dat endinggg!! There are LOTS of books I'm waiting for, but these are the first three that come to mind and I know I'll read them asap. Which is/are yours? :)

  2. Happy Blogoversary! Congrats on reaching the 1 year mark!
    If there is a book that I am dying to read this fall it has to be 'The Moon and More' by Sarah Dessen. I love her books and this latest one I have yet to get my hands on !!

  3. CONGRATS girly! That's so great that you've made it a whole year! I know so many bloggers who get bored and quit blogging, congrats!

    Recently, I read Time Between Us (NO LOVE TRIANGLES, promise!) and I absolutely loved it!

  4. Also, I'm dying to get my hands on Opal!

  5. Happy Blogoversary! I'm so glad I got to meet you at BEA :) Your blog is excellent - here's to many more years of reading and chatting!!

  6. congrats on your blogoversary and having your own little piece of the blogosphere. ~daphne

  7. Happy blogiversary! So glad you started blogging Lauren. You have definitely added something extra to the community and thanks for being a good friend! *hugs*

  8. Oh, yay!! Happy blogoversary!! A year's like 10 years in blogging...So, cheers!! :)

  9. Hooray for you!

    Absolutely dying for 'Across a Star-Swept Sea' by Peterfreund. However I'm already dead because I don't have 'Cress' by Marissa Meyer, so....

  10. Happy Blogoversary Lauren!!! WOO HOO! I found your blog or you found mine only recently but I so enjoy visiting everyday, and I can't thank you enough for always making my day a little brighter with the thoughtful comments you leave on my blog. I hope you have plans to stay around for years to come (and maybe next year I'll actually get to meet you at BEA. Woot!) *hugs*

  11. Yay!!! Congratulations on your blogoversary, L! *throws confetti* *toots a kazoo*

    If I were up in MA right now I'd give you a giant HUG:) I'm so thankful I met you last year on Ash's blog because discussing/ fangirling over books with you has not only enhanced my own reading experience tenfold, I feel like I've made an incredible friend along the way:) This blogging thing is so rewarding, but a lot of work too, and I'm SO happy that you went for it one year ago today because this community is better for it. You're generous and funny and smart--you always make me think and look at what I have read in a more critical light. Your insight, paired with your ability to get those thoughts across to others through your writing, is perhaps what I love most about your blog. And I'm so incredibly happy that more and more readers are discovering this about you too:)

    Ok, enough with the mushy! Congrats again (I'm toasting you with my cup of coffee) here's to many more years! xoxo

    **When we meet one day will upgrade that toast to adult beverages ;)

  12. Happy Blogoversary! I really love your blog and I enjoy reading your posts :)
    Thanks for the giveaway, I'm excited to read Crown of Midnight by Sarah Maas since I loved Throne of Glass.

  13. Congrats and happy blogoversary!!!!

  14. Has it been a year already!!? WOW. I just love that you started this blog. I think I almost love it more than mine or at least definitely AS much. You've taught me how to read in a much different way and I think it all started with your review of The Immortal Rules. I was like WHAT PEOPLE ACTUALLY THINK CRITICALLY WHEN THEY READ HMMM THAT'S SO INTERESTING WOWWW and now I even do that on occasion. :)

    Anyway, yay for your space on the internet. I hate that the summer has kept me from hanging out on it as much as I normally would but I love it here and I adore you and YAY for reading buddies. Can't wait til we have a big group party one day and sit around by the beach and talk about books for days. In my perfect near future, that actually happens.

    xoxo Congratulations and here's to more!

  15. Happy 1 Year Blogoversary! That's such a big milestone!! I hope the coming year(s) is even better for you! There are SO many awesome titles coming out this fall - I don't even know where to begin! I'm really looking forward to The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater and Doctor Sleep by Stephen King.

    Thanks for the awesome giveaways!

    Stephanie @ A Dream Within A Dream

  16. Happy Blogoversary!! That's amazing! :D I'm looking forward to many more wonderful years with this blog!!

    There's so many good books coming out in the fall, I don't even know how to choose one. Gah. One would definitely be Fire with Fire because I LOVED Burn for Burn. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Congrats again!! Yaaaay!!

    Angela @ The Raven Readers

  17. The final book in the Divergent Trilogy, Allegiant!! I'm so excited that it comes out 5 days before my Birthday!!

  18. I'm dying to read Find Me by Romily Bernard!

  19. Happy birthday to you! Here's to next year being just as much fun. Cheers

  20. Congratulations, good for you! As a fairly new blogger myself I can understand where you're coming from. Here's to many more!

    New follower.

  21. Congrats on one year!! I hope this next one is even better. I love your blog!


    1. Also, I am DYING to get my hands on Thornhill. It promises me that it's going to be just as good as Hemlock!

  22. Congratulations! I started following your blog a few weeks ago, and from what I've seen, you've given so much heart and dedication into your posts. You should definitely celebrate what you do! I'll come around more often! :)

    Oh, you know what? I'm dying for All Our Yesterdays! And once I read The Raven Boys, I know I'll be dying for The Dream Thieves too! I've loved everything I've read by Stiefvater so far. :)

  23. First off, this is extra special because your blogoversary is on the same day that Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling were born! YAY! :D

    Anyway, HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY LAUREN! I'm so glad you started blogging and I feel as if I've really gotten to know you this past year. I trust your reviews explicitly and can always count on your opinion to steer me the right way. I love reading your reviews and you always manage to stun me both with the depth of your analysis and with the creative writing styles you pick. I can't wait to read even more from you this upcoming year and have even more wonderful discussions from you. I'm so, so, so glad to know you, Lauren!<33333

  24. OMG Happy Blogoversary, Lauren!!! Here's to another great year to come!

  25. Congrats, Happy Blogoversary :)
    I'm dying to read Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon.

  26. Happy Blogoversary!!!!!!!!!! Wishing you many more years :)

  27. Congrats to a great first year, Lauren! I absolutely adore your beautiful, thought-provoking reviews, and I can't wait to read more of them. Here's to another great year of books and the wonderful discussions they incite! Happy 1st blogoversary!

  28. Congrats!

    I love Sarah J, Maas' assassin series. Can't wait to read the sequel!

  29. Congrats on the blogsoversary! Is that how you spell it? >< I really want to read Allegiant! :D

  30. Congrats on the anniversary! :) And I would love to read The Fiery Heart By, Richelle Mead this fall. :)

  31. Happy Blogoversary!!! I can't wait to read Allegiant by Veronica Roth!

  32. Congratulations on your blogoversary, Lauren! I'm so glad that you decided to start a book blog and that we've started to get to know one another. :) I hope you find just as much enjoyment in blogging in the upcoming years as you did in the first one.

  33. Congratulations on your blogoversary! I am looking forward to reading Crown of Midnight.

  34. Happy Blogoversary :) I'm dying yo read Deception and Crown of Midnight.

  35. Happy Blogversary! :D hope its been fun for you :) thanks for the lovely giveaway. Im DYING to read ready player one by ernest cline, unwind by neal shusterman (a lot of his other books too like unwind, everlost and buffer) and the knife of never letting go :)

  36. Happy Blogoversary!!!

    This fall I cannot wait to read How to love, Those Broken Stars, Frozen, The Burning Sky and Antigoddess. I think there's more but that's all I can think of right now =)

  37. I'm late to this post, but Happy Blogoversary! I can't believe you've only been doing this for a year - you're definitely a blogging pro :) Have loved finding your blog and getting to know you a little better :) From thoughtful reviews to the fun challenges, there's something for everyone here and I'm so happy that Asheley first introduced me to it in one of our email discussions haha!


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