Friday, September 2, 2011

It's my Blog Birthday!

Dear Readers,

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 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.

You must be a google connect friend follower.  Meaning see that follower button the left hand side click that.

You must be at least 13 years of age and have a parent's permission.

You must leave a way to contact you (email or twitter)

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!


  1. Happy birthday! Thank you so much for the awesome giveaway! I am U.S. :)


  2. Happy Birthday! Thank you for this oppurtunity to win. Anyway I'm an International GFC Follower via name of Bookadicea.




  3. Dear Cari, your two years of book blogging sounds like a real journey. =) Congratulations. Happy belated birthday by the way..

  4. Congrats on your blog's birthday! And Happy Belated Birthday to you! :D :D Woo hoo! :D

    I'm a GFC follower (.Ambur.)
    Email: ambiepie_6(at)hotmail(dot)com

    And I'm in Canada. :)

    Thanks for this awesome giveaway, and once again, Happy Birthday (to you & your blog!) :D

  5. What an awesome contest.
    Sounds like you had an amazing year and got a job at somewhere super cool.
    *high five*
    Congrats, happy birthday, and thanks for spreading the love.
    You rock!
    Let's toast to many more.
    (not an entry)

  6. Happy Birthday to you and your blog! Congrats! Thanks for the giveaway :)

    I am an old follower via GFC (Misha Mathew).

    I would like to enter for the International prize.

    Thanks! And congrats once again!


  7. Happy Birthday to your blog! That's so great ... I can't wait for my blogoversary :)
    Thanks so much for the giveaway! I'd like to enter for international.
    GFC- Mia

  8. Happy 2nd Blog Birthday!!! You are wonderful at what you do and thanks for all the help and advice :-)

    Hope you have a great weekend celebrating both birthdays :)

    GFC as SJune

  9. Happy 2nd blogoversary!!! That is so awesome! I hope you have a fantastic day!

    I guess I would be eligible for the US Prize pack :)


  10. I don't want to enter, I just wanted to say Congratulations! I love your blog, which I found through Lili. You definitely keep my "to read" list going! :)

  11. wow. happy 2nd blogoversary! congratulations!! :)

    count me in for US prize pack. :) GFC follower.


  12. :)


  13. Wooo! Happy Blogoversary! (And belated birthday too!)

    I wish ya many more to come and hopefully we can meet soon at a TX event! :)

  14. Happy Birthday (again) and Happy Blog Birthday, Maria! You are SO totally AWESOME! and deserve all the wonderful awards and good things coming your way. xo

  15. Happy blog birthday! You rock, too!

  16. GREAT post, friend! I love everything you said..... Happy Blogiversary and we heart you!



  17. Great post and Happy Blogoversary!
    @twimom101 :)))

  18. Happy Birthday (real and blog)!

  19. Happy Birthday!

    Canada =3


  20. Happy Birthday Cari! This was an awesome post and I'm so glad we're friends!


    love you!!

  21. Happy blog birthday!!!

    I love this line. "I have found that some people are meant to stay in your life while others you have to let walk away."

    I'm just discovering that myself, but you lady, are here to stay.

    You know where to contact me, but I suppose I need to follow the rules meganbostic(at)ymail (dot)com, and if I win I will take the US pack I guess.

    Now, to find that google button.

  22. Oh sheesh, I'm already a follower, what a dummy I am.

  23. What a wonderful way to celebrate your birthday! Thank you for all of the support you have give me and the class of 2k11. Truely, you are a gifted and kind person. Love ya sweets! (and I don't say this because you loved my book, I say it bc it's true.... and you love my book)

    You are the queen of awesome!

  24. Happy birthday & happy blogoversary!!! Awesome post...sounds like you've had a great two years!

    Please enter me for the US prize pack. GFC follower: starryeyedjen.

    Thanks for the giveaway, and again, CONGRATS!!!


  25. Happy blog birthday! How exciting! I am so happy to hear your blog has developed into such cool a thing in your life and opened so many doors for you. Thanks for the giveaway too!(not an entry)

    Hugs, Brenda

  26. Happy Blogoversary!!! Your blog ROCK and you are AMAZING :)

  27. Happy blogoversary!!
    Thanks for the giveaway!!

    GFC: Ivy


  28. Yay! Happy Blog Birthday!!! Here's to many more years. :) (I'm not entering in the contest, just wanted to comment.)

  29. Happy Blog birthday to you, Happy blog birthday to you, happy blog birthday dear carrrriiii's book blogs. Happy birthday to you!

    -The wonderful Magan V.

  30. happy birthday!
    GFC: Arianne Cruz
    I qualify for U.S. prize pack :)
    thank u!

  31. Congratulations girl! That's so awesome. I hope you will be blogging for many more years!
    And thank you for this awesome giveaway!

    International. ;)

  32. YAY!!! Happy blog Birthday!!! I'm US...

    GFC: Bookish Brunette

  33. Happy Blogoversary! Thanks for hosting such an awesome giveaway! (:



    GFC: Andy Yanira

  34. Happy 2nd blogoversary, Cari! I've enjoyed reading your blog, chatting with you on Twitter and know that our love for Ally Carter bond can NEVER BE BROKEN.

  35. Happy Blogoversary! I love this blog. The contet is as amazing as the blog design and layout. Thanks for this amazing giveaway.

    I'm from th US. My GFC name is jennapomme.


  36. congrats on all your success! what a year for you!

    New follower. Hey, Amy Dominy is one of my favourite authors too!

    I'm entering the contest as a Canadian.
    terry (at) terrylynnjohnson (dot) com

  37. yay! Congrats on your 2nd blogoversary and happy birthday! I'm an international follower. More power to you and your blog.

    sauvadeavelle @

  38. Happy Birthday! Sounds like you've had a great year! I'm entering as a Canadian follower!

    clderwee at gmail dot com

  39. Happy Blog Birthday to one of my fav blogs and bloggers. Soooooooo happy that I've had the opportunity to connect with you over books,blogging, sharpies, movies etc etc. I think you're fabulous even if you did take my book boyfriend (HA!) Wishing you many more blog birthdays my friend!! J

  40. Congrats on two years! Thanks for the giveaway.
    GFC name: Erinberry
    I'm entering for the US prize pack.

    erinberry12 at charter dot net

  41. Happy Blog Birthday, Cari. Thanks for the chance to win some awesome reads.
    GFC @ Jennifer
    US prize pack

  42. Happy Birthday!!
    GFC as Vivien

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  43. Congrats on your blog turning two!

    GFC name: T.B.

    ftbotbblog (AT) gmail (DOT) com

  44. Congrats!! Happy blogoversary.

    GFC: Alexis Villery

  45. Happy Blogoversary! :D You've sure achieved a lot - I'm pretty jealous. Thanks for the giveaway!!

    Old follower.

    cc932005 at hotmail dot com

  46. Happy blogoversary from me too! :)
    Please enter me for the international prize pack. Thanks!

    GFC - FreakChiq


  47. Congrats on your blog birthday!! I haven't been following for a whole year but since I have you have introduced me to so many great new authors and series! I owe you MANY thanks!!

    I'm in Canada so I'd qualify for that prize pack.

  48. Ah! Happy Blog birthday! I follow you via GFC (Joely) and I live in the US so I qualify for that prize pack :)


  49. HAPPY BLOG BIRTHDAY!!! That is so awesome!! I'm still waiting for mine and it's still ways away =) I would love to enter your contest please!!

    GFC Follower: SpadesHighReads
    TValeros18 AT gmail DOT com

    I qualify for the US Prize pack.
    Thank you for hosting this giveaway!!
    Have a safe and great weekend and Happy Labor Day!! ;)

  50. Woo Hoo! Happy Blog Birthday! This blog rocks in every way! :] Also, what a great way to celebrate. Thanks so much for this giveaway/contest. Those prize packs are so great! Please enter me into the giveaway too!

    I'm a GFC follower: Jessirae
    Email: xjessirae[at]hotmail[dot]com
    or Twitter username: xjessirae (I follow you on twitter too, which rocks!)

    I also qualify for the U.S. prize pack!

    Thanks again and happy birthday! May this awesome blog have many many more birthdays to come with lots of celebrations! :D

  51. Happy Blog Birthday! I'm jealous of your job because I've always wanted to work for an indie bookstore!

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway. I qualify for the U.S. prize pack.

    escapingthroughbooks (at) gmail (dot) com

  52. Happy blog Birthday!! I'm Intl..

    Thank-you for the wonderful giveaway :)

    GFC: scondous

    Email: scondous(at)tpg(dot)com(dot)au

  53. Thanks for this !:)

    U.S prize pack

  54. Congrats!! Thanks for the giveaway.



  55. Happy blog birthday!

    I'm International


  56. Happy 2nd blogoversary!!!Many more......
    Thanks for the giveaway.I'm a new GFC follower as Diana.

    artgiote at gmail dot com

  57. Happy birthday and congrats on 2 years!!!
    US Resident :D

  58. Two years! A very big congrats to you on two wonderful years of blogging. =)

    GFC= Orchid

    The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia

  59. Happy Blogoversary!!!!!!

    I follow as Angie via GFC

    ajeihuang1997 (at) gmail (dot) com

    Thanks so much!

  60. Happy Blog Birthday!!

    I am a follower

    US prize pack

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  61. Happy BloggyBirthday!!! You have come a long way since the days when we started out on twitter gushing about books we loved reading. Love you girl and wish you lots more success on this endeavor and in life in general.

    US Prize Pack

  62. This isn't an entry, but I do promise I'll let the world see my book one day. When the world is ready for it. :p Love you!

  63. Oh my Lord. How did I miss this?? Happy Birthday Cari Book blog!1 Wow has it already been 2 years?? Wow... I'm just stunned at this. Well!! Whoo hoo! you are such a great book blogger and a friend! Here is to another 2 more years (:

  64. We are super happy to have met you too, you're awesome and can't wait till Oct. 1 - ATBF is gonna rock this year!!

    Happy 2 year anniversary!