How it all started: My very first posts were reviews of The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells and Broken Soup by Jenny Valentine. Two reviews in one day. Wow, I was ambitious. I quickly learned that I couldn't keep up with that pace and now I post between 3 to 4 reviews a month (with some months with no reviews at all). For me, book blogging has been more than just reviewing, but sharing books that I love whether that was "spotlighting" them or hosting giveaways. And I love hosting giveaways!
Connecting with others: Over the past 2 years, I've been to several book launches and signings and had the chance to connect with authors whose books I've loved and meet some awesome bloggers face-to-face. Blogging has allowed me to make some new in-real-life friends like Heather from Buried in Books. We spent a day at her local Barnes and Noble and I just might have convinced her that you are NEVER TOO OLD to spend the afternoon in the Teen Books section.
I've discovered some new music thanks to Ginger at GReads! and found out that there is more to listened to that Maroon 5. Her love for music and the band SafetySuit is contagious. I went to one of their concerts back in April and I can honestly say that it was one of the best times I ever had at a concert. I had so much fun that I plan to see them again during their upcoming headlining tour. I don't think I would have found out about them if it was for blogging, twitter, and of course, Ginger!
Blogging accomplishments: I started a feature called Love My Indie where readers, bloggers, and authors share their favorite independent bookstores. When I first started my blog, it was important to me that I help promote independent bookstores. So I put a call out to bloggers with this post, and it took off from there. Love My Indie received more attention than I ever imagined when it was featured on Shelf Awareness. This was HUGE! From hosting bloggers and authors, I discovered some new blogs, new authors, and of course some new bookstores. I even took a road trip with some friends to one of the bookstores, Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, NC. Lauren Oliver was signing there, so that MAY have had something to do with it too.
Blog Posts: 443
Books Read (since blogging): 186
So now what?! Well, it's time to celebrate!! I'm giveaway $25.00 worth of books to one winner. As always, following is not required. Extra entries can be earned.
Earn extra entries
Read and Comment on a Review (Review List) +2
Read and Comment on a Love My Indie post (LMI list) +2
Follow me on Twitter @ActinUpwb
Open to U.S. and International (wherever Books Depository ships)
Must be at least 16 years old to enter
One winner will be selected using random.org
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