Gaaah! My blogiversary snuck up on me so fast.
It’s incredible to think that just this time last year WordPress was a complete and utter mystery to me, and that I was blindly and haphazardly messing with things to try to get them to do what I wanted. Only a few months out I still felt unsure in so many blogging things.
While I still learn new things here and there, it’s an amazing feeling to finally feel in my element on my blog. Having my own little corner in the blogosphere where I feel completely at home and able to express myself is invaluable to me, and even then it’s only the half of it.
When I was taking my first steps into starting my blog — buying my domain name, choosing a hosting service, writing my first post (a review of a not-so stellar book, don’t ask me why I didn’t start with some sort of intro post!) — I couldn’t help but feel kind of alone. No one around me at home knew anything about blogging, and I knew no one in the blogosphere, either. I couldn’t have imagined all the ways in which other bloggers in the book blogging community have made such a difference in my blogging experience. I get so inspired reading other bloggers’ posts, I absolutely light up every time I read a comment on my blog, and I get the warm fuzzies inside whenever I get help/advice from bloggers on Twitter. A giant hug goes out to all of you who make the book blogging community such a special place! <3
Book blogging is one of the things I feel most genuinely and truly passionate about in my life; when everything else feels like it’s going wrong, or I feel like I’m pointlessly drowning in schoolwork, it only takes a little reading and/or blogging to turn my day around and get a sort of buzz from doing what I love so much. It’s as if sometimes my thoughts and emotions are all over the place like the needle of a broken compass, constantly spinning around, and all it takes is reading for pleasure/blogging to stop the spinning and focus my thoughts and just kind of find a sort of happy place that feels meaningful to me. There’s nothing like the bookish energy that keeps me racing through the pages of a novel late at night, or fangirling over characters, or getting my creative juices flowing to write a blog post. Book blogging has allowed my love of reading to flourish and now I couldn’t imagine my life without it. 🙂
Whew. Now that I have bared my (bookish) heart and soul, I want to introduce the fun part of this post — my GIVEAWAY!
To celebrate my first blogiversary, I’m giving away two prizes that have to do with my blog theme.
The first is a hardcover copy of The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. Why exactly? Though it’s an Adult novel (written by a YA author), it weaves an unforgettable and deeply touching tale, complete with enough literary references, bookstores, and bookish philosophy for any bibliophile to love. And if you haven’t read my About This Blog page before, it also inspired my blog title. 🙂 Check it out!
The second prize is a mug from Bookworm Boutique’s Society6 shop (that also has other really awesome stuff!) that reads “The World Belongs to Those Who Read.” I thought it fit pretty well with my theme, and who doesn’t want a nice bookish mug for a cup of tea (or anything else!) while they read?
There will be 2 winners, and each winner will receive 1 prize; the 1st winner will receive the book, and the 2nd the mug. It is an INTERNATIONAL giveaway, I want the chance for any of my lovely followers to win 🙂 The giveaway will run for 3 weeks. Winners will be contacted after the contest is finished, and will have 48 hours to respond with their address. If there is no response, a new winner will be chosen. May the odds be ever in your favor!