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Six Year [Belated] Blogoversary + Giveaway

It’s a few months past my actual six year blogoversary, but as I posted at that time, it didn’t feel like a time for celebrating. And while things haven’t improved all that much since then, I didn’t want to wait any longer to thank everyone who has been a part of my blog’s six year history, who has connected with me on social media, and who has shared their love of reading.

For the love of reading…

The reason I started my blog six plus years ago was because of my love of books. I wanted to share my thoughts online about the books I read. I wanted to connect with like-minded readers. I wanted to “meet” the authors of the books that made an impact on my life.

And over the past six years I have “met” some amazing bloggers and readers. I have “met” some incredible authors. And I have read a ton of phenomenal books.

While things haven’t always been easy – and keeping up the blog has sometimes been more than challenging – I have never been able to walk away completely. And I have never fallen out of love with reading – even if life has gotten in the way at times.

I don’t – and haven’t ever – blogged to get free books. I don’t blog for money – I’ve never earned one cent being a book blogger. I blog because I love discovering new books and authors. I love meeting new characters. And going on new adventures. I love visiting new worlds. And I even love getting my heart broken time and again.

I do this for the love of reading, even if I don’t always have as much time as I used to.

Times have changed…

But the blogosphere has changed. There are new ways to promote that are not quite my forte – YouTube, Instagram. There are thousands of new blogs I haven’t had the chance to visit and bloggers I haven’t had the chance to meet. There are so many new authors whose books I haven’t been introduced to.

I am overwhelmed by the magnitude.

I am also so happy to be a teeny, tiny part of things.

Ask the Eight Ball…

I don’t know what the future holds for me and my little blog. But I hope to be around to celebrate my 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th Blogoversaries. I hope to master the art of taking a really great picture so that I can become a somewhat interesting Instagrammer. And I hope to find a LOT more time to find and read new books and re-discover some of my old favorites.

I also hope to have more time to promote some of those upcoming releases I am so excited about like I used to do way back when.

For right now, though, I’m just taking things a day, week, month at a time, devouring as many books as I can.

And I wanted to say…

THANK YOU!

From the top, middle, and bottom of my heart I want to thank you all for being a part of my blog’s existence, for loving books as much as (or even more than) I do, and for making me feel that I am not alone in my love of the characters I meet.

Without you my blog would be just a compilation of words and images on the internet. It wouldn’t give me the joy it does. It would be absolutely meaningless.

And I certainly wouldn’t be celebrating…

So, as my thank you to YOU, I am offering up a bookish prize…


The Giveaway

What’s up for grabs…

  • Books of Your Choice (up to $75 USD) to ONE (1) winner – International

The deets

  • Must be 13 or older to enter
  • Giveaway is open to anywhere the Book Depository ships
  • Books will be ordered from Amazon or Books of Wonder (US) or The Book Depository (Int’l)
  • Giveaway ends on March 7th at 12:00 AM Pacific
  • Winner will be announced in the Rafflecopter and notified by email
  • Winner has 72 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen

There are no requirements to like or follow. Extra entries are available for leaving a comment and spreading the word on Twitter.

Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

a Rafflecopter giveaway

46 Responses to “Six Year [Belated] Blogoversary + Giveaway”

  1. Cali W. says:

    Happy Belated Blogoversary!!! Thanks for the giveaway. My top five favorite blogs are yours (fiktshun of course), feed your fiction addiction, stuck in books, flylef book blog, and wishful endings. I love so many more blogs too of course. 🙂

  2. Annie Marie says:

    stuck in books,hannah plus books,awkwardly emma,Breaking the Spine and Words Like Silver

  3. Deann says:

    Yours is the only blog I really visit. I have a couple of Facebook pages I frequent though, Bookies and Positively Book Crazy (which has changed its name from Paranormal Book Club).

  4. Tammy V. says:

    Other than this one – Book Briefs, Stuck In Books, Lisa Loves Literature, and It Starts At Midnight

  5. tiffnanny says:

    I go through periods of long absence as well but I also can never fully leave my blog nor do I want to. Glad to have you back!
    1. The Water of Books 2. Super Space Chick 3. Quite the Novel Idea 4. Pure Imagination 5. Bookables

  6. Katherine says:

    Happy blogoversary! Thanks for doing what you do 🙂
    My top 5 book blogs are hard to pick but definitely you, Dark Faery Tales, The Cover Contessa, Reading Books Like A Boss and my own blog Smada’s Book Smack (only because it has taught me so much about blogging and gave me the opportunity to participate in book events!)
    Thanks!

  7. Freda Mans says:

    Happy 6th blogoversary!!!!!!

  8. Amy Hart says:

    Fiktshun, Seeing Double in Neverland, Two Chicks on Books, Night Owl Reviews, Brittany’s Book Rambles, The Eater of Books are my top favs

  9. Maryam says:

    Happy Blogoversary 😀
    I love to visit The Eater of Books, Two Chicks on Books,Dark Faery Tale, Stuck In Books and yours of course ;D

  10. calmyourpits says:

    I love getting your posts!!

  11. Besides Fiktshun, the blogs I visit most are Books à la Mode, Chick Lit Central, Stuck in Books, It Starts at Midnight and A Literary Vacation.

  12. Chickens Gal says:

    Thank you so much for the great giveaway! My fave blogs are Yours, It Starts at Midnight Feed Your Fiction Addiction, Fiction Fare and Swoony Boys Podcast. <3
    Rafflecopter name: Megan S.

  13. Susan T. says:

    My favorites are Fiktshun :), Candid Cover, Luxury Reading, padfootslibrary and Book Nerd Addict!

  14. Congrats Rachel! I’ve been reading your blog for years (my 6th anniversary woud be in May for Reading with ABC, before I merged blogs with a few co-bloggers).

    I’ve always loved your reviews, discussion posts, end of year top ten and the help and support you have given so many authors over the years.

  15. Mary Preston says:

    Happy 6th blogoversary!!!!!!

    A BOOKISH ESCAPE
    SASSY BOOK LOVERS
    TEATIME AND BOOKS
    THE AVID READER
    ROOM WITH BOOKS

  16. Happy Belated Blogoversary.

    Lost in literature
    Between the pages
    Latte nights reviews
    Writing my own fairy tale
    It starts at midnight

  17. Christina says:

    I like Pure Imagination, With Love for Books, The Book Nut, Ex Libris Kate, and Olivia’s Catastrophe. 🙂

  18. Happy blogoversary Rachel!! My 6 years is tmrw 🙂

    Some of my favorite blogs (other than yours of course!) are lost in lit, pure imagination, ex libris kate, lacey loves books

  19. Ashley H says:

    Happy anniversary!
    Some of my favorite blogs are stuckinbooks, the book bratz, and Readers live 1000 lives.
    BTW I really like your blog name lol

  20. Penny Olson says:

    Happy Blogoversary! I love your blog. I also like Two Chicks on Books, Dark Faerie Tales, Mundie Moms, With Love for Books, and Books Bones and Buffy.

  21. Happy blogversary! Great comment question! My top 5 book blogs are: It Starts at Midnight, Paperfury, Candid Cover, With Love for Books and Broke and Bookish

  22. Valentina B. says:

    Happy blogoversary! Besides your blog, I usually visit: With Love for Books, It Starts at Midnight, Ex Libris Kate, Olivia’s Catastrophe.

  23. LauraJJ says:

    Oh Happy belated blogoversary!!!! So exciting! My top 5 are With Love For Books, Sassy Book Lovers, Hip 2 Save, Wishful Endings, and of course 🙂 Fiktshun!!!!!

  24. Summer says:

    Happy Blogoversary! My top five blogs to visit are yours, Alexa Loves Books, the Book Rat, Paper Fury, and It Starts At Midnight.

  25. Lea Krnjeta says:

    Happy blogoversary! Besides Fiktshun, I adore to visit Parajunkee, It starts at midnight,Candid Cover,Two Chicks on Books, Dark Faerie Tales and Icey Books.

  26. Samantha D says:

    Fiktshun, Bookbriefs, Gopaintbrush, Fictionfare and Stuckinbooks!

  27. Book Riot, Brain Pickings, The Write Life,
    NewInBooks, She Reads

  28. Kel says:

    Top five book blogs to visit are: The Eater of Books, On Starships and Dragonwings, It Starts at Midnight, Of Dragons and Hearts, and The Broke and the Bookish. Thanks for hosting such a wonderful giveaway!

  29. danielle hammelef says:

    I always check out Novel Novice, Here’s to Happy Endings, Writing my Own Fairy Tale, and Tales of a Ravenous Reader. Congrats on your Blogiversary!

  30. Amanda says:

    Besides your blog, I enjoy Sarcasm and Lemons, With love for books, A thousand words a millions books, the YA book traveler, and a perfection called books.

    Happy blogaversary!!

  31. John Smith says:

    My top 5 book blogs to visit–probably some of the big book companies’ sites because they’re so beautifully designed and because they have amazing contests that probably have too many entrants for me to have a chance to win. (Yes, I would like to win at least a dozen witty, intelligent graphic novels! T-shirts? Blankets? Sure!) And I’m getting to really enjoying some of the channels at YouTube because some of the people posting there are so charming and delightful!

  32. I visit your blog, ThePaige-Turner, Biscottosbooks, MorrisaReads, YA Romantics and Fiction Fare =)

  33. Carina Olsen says:

    Eee, happy belated 6 years of blogging sweetie 😀 THAT IS AWESOME. <3 I hope you won't stop blogging any time soon 🙂 Hugs. You are awesome. And oh gosh, thank you so much for this amazing giveaway. <3 Crossing all my fingers. Ahh. I love so many blogs.. but, especially:

    Alyssa – The Eater of Books.
    Kristen – My Friends Are Fiction.
    Becky – Stories & Sweeties.
    Katie – Mundie Moms.
    Andye – Reading Teen.

    <3

  34. my favorites blogs are: Stuck in Books, Bookbriefs, Gopaintbrush, Sassy Book Lovers, and Fiktshun 🙂

  35. Congrats!!!

    My favorites:

    Read Diverse Books
    Bones, Books, Buffy,
    The Aus. Library
    Oh, Chrys!
    Pure Imagination

  36. Congratulations on your 6 year Blogiversary!!!

    My top 5 blogs to visit~

    Finishing, Stuck in Books, It Starts at Midnight, RT Book Reviews, Readers Live a Thousand Lives.

    Thanks for the chance!

  37. heavenisaplacewithbooks says:

    Better late than never, right? Happy belated blogiversary!! With a six-year old blog, I’m pretty sure you must have seen lots of changes in this community. You just keep doing what you do, as long as you absolutely love it, and change the way you want to. We’ll be there to support you ^^ My best wishes for you and the blog, Rachel!

    PS: I almost forgot to answer your question! My top five favorite book blogs to visit includes Stay Bookish, NovelKnight, A Night’s Dream of Books, So Obsessed With and Hannah Plus Books 🙂 I speak in Spanish, and I started reading book blogs in English a few months ago, so it’s like finding a new amazing blog every single day! 😀

  38. Six years is such a long time. Congrats! My fave blogs are yours and A Thousand Words a Million Books. 🙂
    Rafflecopter name: Febie

  39. Joy F says:

    Yours, Bookhounds, The Starry-Eyed Revue, A GREAT Read, Shelf Addiction. Happy Blogoversary!!

  40. An says:

    I love reading It Starts at Midnight, Stuck in Books, Pure Imagination, Stories & Sweeties and Serendipity (=
    Congratulations on six years!!!!!!! That’s a lot of time blogging!! Here’s to many more!!!

  41. Congrats on six years so long!
    1. Book Briefs
    2. Adventures of a Book Junkie
    3. Team Interrobang
    4. whatsarahread
    5.Pop! Goes The Reader

  42. Ann S says:

    Happy Blogoversary!
    Fiktshun, YA Romantics, Harlequin Junkie, Stuck in Books, Book Briefs

  43. Agustina Z says:

    Yay! Happy Blogoversary! My favorite blogs are Fiktshun, Stuck in Books, The Eater of Books, Two Chicks on Books and With Love for Books. And of course, my BFF blog Devoradora de Letras but that one is in Spanish 😉

  44. I’ve been swamped in job applications and interviews so I haven’t been around and I totally missed this post! Happy blogoversary, Rachel! I’ve followed you for 5 of these years? I’ve been in the blogging community since late 2011 (though not as a blogger, at first), and you were one of the first bloggers I followed. You and Jaime (Two Chicks on Books) and Hafsah and Nereyda and Erica (The Book Cellar)… so many others, some who have stopped blogging, some who are still going strong. Gaaahhh, now I feel nostalgic. Huge congrats to you, Rachel! *hugs*

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  45. Grace F. says:

    Some of my favorites are Two Chicks on Books, YA Romantics, Hannah Plus Books, The Eater of Books and Book Briefs 😀 😀 😀 But there are so many great book blogs out there!!!
    A big congratulations on six years of blogging!!!! And thank you for this incredibly generous giveaway!

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