I really and truly cannot believe that I've been blogging for a whole year already! This is incredibly crazy. I've never been the person to stick with a hobby for long so to last a whole year at this blogging thing is pretty amazing!
I started this blog on a whim a year ago. I had just finished Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo after buying it that day and I was looking for another book that would be along similar lines. I can't even remember the terms I searched but suddenly I stumbled upon this amazing community. I had been aware of book blogs before. I was a dedicated follower of The Book Smugglers' but that was pretty much it. I never realised before just how many people there were out there who were just as interested in reading as I was.
I decided to start this blog myself to have somewhere to discuss my obsession with books. I logged onto Blogger with my email and spent five minutes brainstorming a name. Once I have it in my mind to do something I don't delay!
I picked a template offered by Blogger and to make matters worse it was one of the first options that I chose. I didn't even bother to search! I can only imagine how many other blogs had the exact same design! As I got a bit more blog savvy I found a few free templates offered by blog designers and managed to find one I liked enough. In any case it was the best I could find at the time! Then the incredible, amazing Georgie at What She Reads designed the amazing blog design you see before you now.
I feel so incredibly lucky to have been introduced to everyone through this blog. I'm not even going to attempt to name all the people I've been so lucky to have met. If I had never created this blog I would never have gotten to attend BEA this year (definitely the highlight of my year!) and got to meet so many fabulous people in person!
Finally I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has taken the time to comment on the blog, tweet links to posts, enter giveaways and engaged in discussion with me. You have no idea how much each and every comment means to me! I love writing posts but to know that someone has taken the time to read it and form a thought on what I've written still blows my mind and keeps me going when I feel like quitting!
I know that I haven't been posting much lately and I am sorry for that. I just started a new job and I'm incredibly busy. I'm still trying to find a balance between all the different aspects of my life right now, but hopefully I'll be back to posting regularly soon!
One more announcement before I let you run off to enter the giveaway! As I mentioned above, I started Live to Read, Love to Read on a whim and came up with the name without much thought. I've never been truly happy with it and I've decided to do something about that! In the next few months I will hopefully be changing the name of the blog and moving to a .com web address. I already have a name for the blog thought up and I really love it. Hopefully this change will occur in the next few months, and I hope you all love it!
Now on to the giveaway!
You can enter to win one of four books! There will be four winners. I will email each of the winners at the same time and the first to reply will have first choice of the books offered.
Now what books can you win??
ARCs of these books!