Today my blog turns TWO and I wanted to celebrate with you. Some of you might know that my birthday was yesterday and I haven’t been a big fan of birthdays because something always goes crazy. Two years ago I was having an especially bad birthday and the next day I decided I would do something my friends @PhotogAlice and Karm had been suggesting for a long time. Start a book blog! If you look back my blog started with two followers (PhotogAlice and Karm) then it slowly built with my Twilight friends to what you see today.
I ask myself how did your blog grow or change this year? What have you accomplished?
Have you made a difference?
So I want to quickly talk about some of the things that have happened in a year.
I worked with the Class of 2k11! They are such lovely people and have such dedication to the YA Genre and passion for what they do. Debut authors have to work 1000 times harder to get in the door and if I can do anything for them at any time they have my support!
You Rock: Carole Estby Dagg, Amy Fellner Dominy, Trinity Faegen, Alissa Grosso, Kiki Hamilton, Carrie Harris, Geoff Herbach, Tess Hilmo, Amy Holder, Tara Hudson, Julia Karr, Christina Mandelski, Sheila O’Connor, Gae Polisner, Bettina Restrepo, and Angie Smibert
My Blog was featured on Blogs of Note! Blogs of Note is an award provided by Blogger.com they feature a new blog every day and out of the billions they picked me. This still shocks me every single day!
I attended so many wonderful events! From the Texas Book Festival, Texas Library Convention, ALA, Dark Days Tour in Austin, to so many great events around Houston at Blue Willow Bookshop and Murder by the Book! I saw everyone from Sophie Jordan, Melissa Marr, Heather Brewer, Stephanie Perkins, David Levithan, Linda McMann, Justin Cronin, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Ally Condie, Melissa de la Cruz, Ellen Hopkins, Veronia Roth, Lauren Oliver and so many more! I also met Tara Hudson, Kiki Hamilton, Christina Mandelski, and Bettina Restrepo from the Class of 2k11! I get to meet Amy Fellner Dominy this weekend!
I got a job! The lovely staff at Blue Willow Bookshop gave me a home! While I have a day job GirlBoss asked me to become part of the Blue Willow Family! Don’t tell her this but I would have done it for free! See they have the best staff! Val (GirlBoss) works really hard to give us a great place for book lovers! Cathy is the angel who loves YA and gets all the cool author visits! Martha, Nancy, Jordan, and the rest of the staff keep the place running! If you are ever in Houston trust me this is the place to go! I spend so much time there and will always support them.
Friends I have met so many wonderful people both online and in real life this year! My Blogger Sister Michelle, for one, is someone I had known online but had yet to meet in person and I can tell you she has a big personality but a bigger heart! If you are ever in Fort Worth look her up! I have also met so many wonderful people from Literary Lonestars like the creators Jen from I Read Banned Books and Stephanie Pellegrin a writer who I know I will feature her book when she finally lets the world see it. Lili from WordVom and Stacy from Girls in the Stacks both Dallas girls I had a blast with this year! Christen from Portrait of a Book who always attends events around Houston with me and I can always talk into going book shopping!
To my dear friends PhotogAlice and Suzi thank you for listening every time I have a new book to gush about! PhotogAlice you always have my back when it comes to editing my post and pointing out that something made sense in my head and not so much on paper. You are the best friends a girl can have!
I have found that some people are meant to stay in your life while others you have to let walk away. I have learned that we make mistakes and while we can’t always go back and change things we can learn from them and maybe use it as inspiration to fix other things in our lives.
I try and remind myself that life is about living and when I make mistakes I must acknowledge them and grow from them. Try to not make the same mistakes twice and reflect on who you are and where your life is going. To all my blogger friends, readers, and supporters I thank you! You have given me so much and have changed my life in ways I never would have imagined. I only hope that I continue to entertain you and bring you back because you share the same crazy love of books! Did someone mention books? What is a Blog Birthday without Presents right? So let’s get to it!
Thank you all,
3 Prize Packages:
|International: Any YA Book under 15.00 USD|
How to Enter:
You must leave a comment.
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You must be at least 13 years of age and have a parent's permission.
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What prize pack (US/Canada/International) you qualify for
Winner will be drawn on 9/8/11
Winners will have 48 hours to reply or a new winner will be picked.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me!