Saturday, August 24, 2013

IT'S MY BLOGOVERSARY! I come bearing gifts!

One year!  ONE YEAR, PEEPS!  You've been reading my crazy banter for a whole 365 days.

Today is my first blogoversary, and I shall begin the celebration with some Tony Toni Tone:
(My husband serenades that amazingness to me every year on our wedding anniversary (mainly just the chorus, in a beautifully off-key rendition, but still, IT'S THE THOUGHT), and I feel it's only fair that you be given the same appreciation.)

Well, what a year it has been.  I won't do a long post going over all my stats, but in that time I've managed to review 98 books.  DANG!  If I knew I was that close, I would have let the lead out the last week or two and gotten it up to 100.  Ah, well, maybe next year.  (Maybe not, with two kids.  Okay, whatever.)

I've had lots of highlights, namely connecting with several authors (Honest Toddler being a potential fave) and of course, with fellow bloggers and readers.  I know my life is going to be busy in the upcoming 12 months, but I can't wait to keep growing the blog and getting to know more of you!

So what is an anniversary celebration without GIFTS??

As a token of appreciation for all of you, my loyal and probably a little off-kilter followers, I am offering up an INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY!  Up to $20 for you to spend on Amazon.  Boo-yah.  I wish it could be more, but you know, moving expenses and BLAH BLAH BLAH.  Anyway, if you're anything like me, you already know how to maximize a dollar on book spending at Amazon.

Since this is in celebration of my followers...obviously, you have to follow me.  (New followers welcome!)  But there are other optional entries as well.  Just use the Rafflecopter below (giveaway ends 8/31).

KEEP READING, MAH BABIES!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

67 comments:

  1. Happy Blogoversary! New follower here and love the layout of you blog. Going to have a look around now.

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  2. Yay, congratulations Kelly! We have very close blogoversaries, mine is the 28th =)

    There's lots of things I love about your blog: the variety of books that you read, the layout, all your different features, and it doesn't hurt that you're a lovely person too =)

    I think I've been following your blog for almost its entire duration then, as I think you were one of the first bloggers I found.

    Hope the move is going smoothly - here's to another year of blogging (and lots more after that!) =D

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    1. Congrats on your upcoming blogoversary!! I can't believe it's been a year for us already. :) Thanks for the compliments, as you know I loooove your blog as well!

  3. Congratulations on your year! I always look forward to stopping by because I know that you'll have something that will make me laugh (much like the gif at the beginning of this post did!).

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    1. YES! Laughs are good! Glad I can provide :)

  4. Woohoo - 1 down, many more to go :-) I love your unique voice.

    Tanya Patrice
    Girlxoxo.com

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    1. Thanks Tanya! And yes, I hope for many more years, it's been fun.

  5. Yay, happy blogversary! 98 reviews is amazing! I probably did less than half that in my first year.

    I love reading your reviews and your sense of humor!

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    1. In all fairness, I didn't read all 98 of those books this year...it includes reviews of books I read pre-blogging...but still! :) Thanks!

  6. Happy blogoversary! Such an awesome achievement :)

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  7. Happy First Blogiversary!!!! I'm only a recent follower, but I look forward to another year!! :)

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    1. Thanks Tif! I hope you enjoy year 2 and beyond :)

  8. Happy blogoversary to one of my favorite bloggers!!! :D

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    1. And PS - I always love Small Fry Saturday! :)

    2. Aw thanks Monika! The SFS posts are always so much fun to write.

  9. Happy Blogiversary! Reviewing 98 books is amazing!

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  10. happy blogiversary! I enjoy your reviews

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    1. Thank you! I do work the hardest on those, so I'm glad it shows.

  11. I think I was late finding you, because I don't think it's been a whole year, but I love your enthusiasm, reviews, and your whole bloggy spirit. Congratulations!

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    1. Thanks Laurie! I hope you enjoy year 2 and beyond! :)

  12. You get serenaded on your anniversary? Do you know how lucky you are?

    Both my husband and I always forget our anniversary. I think it's because we've been married twice--to each other. Really. We forgot the first one because we didn't want to remember it. Then the second one wasn't such a big event, so we forget that one, too.

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    1. Yes, I do indeed feel like a lucky lady.

      Re: forgetting your anniversary...ah, well, I hope the other 365 days of the year are good enough for you two to not need 1 day to celebrate! :)

  13. I love that your reviews seem to be honest. That's important to me.

    This comment area keeps defaulting to my google name, techeditor. Yet the rafflecopter keeps defaulting to my facebook name, Beth.

    SO PLEASE REALIZE THAT TECHEDITOR AND BETH ARE THE SAME PERSON.

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  14. I like to read your book reviews!

    Happy Blogoversary!

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  15. Hey hey! A whole year!! CONGRATULATIONS! I lurve your blog because you have fab taste in books, you consistently make me giggle and you write super reviews.

    Congrats again girl, here's to many many more!

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    1. Thank you, my dear! Your praise is held in high regard, as always! :)

  16. Happy blogoversary! I really like your design :)

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  17. You have reviewed a lot of books that are new to me. Thank you for the contest and congrats on one year!!

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    1. Glad I could provide some new suggestions. Thanks!

  18. Happy Blogiversary. Wonderful reviews. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. Happy Blogoversary!!! I like to secretly read your reviews. ;) And thanks for the giveaway! <3
    -Cali W.

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    1. Oooh a secret reader, I like it! Thanks for coming by!

  20. Love your gift gif. Lol. Ok it's late so I think that was a funny little play on words. Anywho...love that I found your blog. Happy blogversary. Keep up the posts. Great bloggers motivate me to keep working on my own blog. (IvoryOwlReviews.blogspot.com) My blogversary is coming up next month!

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    1. Congrats on the upcoming blogoversary! Thanks :)

  21. CONGRATULATIONS!!

    I always enjoy reading through your posts.

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  22. Congratulations! What a year! For your second anniversary, I DEMAND a video of your husband serenading you :)

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    1. Hmmmm I will have to see if he is OK with that demand...HAHA.

  23. Congrats! I love that you always sound so enthusiastic and personable in your posts :)

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    1. Thanks Katie!! I do try to let myself leak through the words. :)

  24. Awww! I'm so excited for you! And excited that our blogs share a birthday month. You are super fantastic and I'm all kinds of glad we stalk each other :).

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    1. Awww right back atcha, chickie! Happy blog bday month!

  25. How exciting!!!! So many of us were "born" close together (Love at First Book was "born" last July). Happy blogiversary and yay for the giveaway!!!

    -Rebecca @ Love at First Book

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    1. Yes, I've definitely noticed that. Apparently last summer was a good time for book bloggers (we all seem to be doing well!). Thanks!

  26. Congratulations! If it were my blogiversary, I would bake a cake. And then I'd eat it. With ice cream, of course. And then I'd celebrate by buying a new book. :)

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    1. OK, you win for best blogoversary celebration idea. I might need to go make this happen...

  27. Happy blogiversary! Not only is 98 amazing, but in one year that's simply incredible!

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  28. Happy blogoversary! How nice that you are offering a giveaway in celebration. I enjoy your blog very much, mainly because I can't read everything, so with our similar reading tastes, I enjoy finding goodies through your reviews.
    I love the birthday gif. So cute.
    -Dilettantish Reader

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    1. I do love that about blogs with similar book taste. They give me tidbits of everything, even if I can't get a chance to read it myself!

  29. i am a brand new follower, but i like your giveaway! congratulations!!

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  30. My first visit to your blog,but it's not gonna be my last :)

    Love your design!! And congrats!

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  31. I'm a new follower of the blog and I love it already! I'll come back to visit often! Happy Blogoversary to you!

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  32. Happy blogoversary! I'm a new follower, so far I'm loving the simple but gorgeous layout! Thanks for the giveaway! :D

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    1. Thank you! I hope you continue to visit! :)

 
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