Monday, January 8, 2018

8th Blogoversary and an International Giveaway!

I can't believe I am typing this, but then again, I am not surprised. It's been 8 years since I wrote my first post. Books have always been a constant in my life, so I'm not surprised that they still are a priority.  With two little kids running around, it's been a bit more challenging to make time to read, but if it's important to you, you'll do it, right? 

Plus, I think it's important, more than ever, to carve out time for what sets our souls on fire...for what really gets us excited. And for me that has always been books.

These past 8 years have been so fantastic. Here are some highlights:

Meeting Sarah Dessen (one of my favorite authors)

  • Met many great authors including one of my favorites, Sarah Dessen!!!
  • Worked with various publishers, 
  • Had my reviews published in a magazine

Interviewing Jenny Han (squee!)

  • Interviewed MY FAVORITE AUTHOR (JENNY HAN!) in front of a live audience (still pinching myself!)
  • Celebrated over 1 million hits
  • Partnered with various podcasts, companies, and websites like zulily

My display for Independent Bookstore Day
  • Was a featured blogger at Independent Bookstore Day
  • Went to cocktail hour at Highclere Castle and met Lady Fiona Carnarvon, author of Downton Abbey books 
  • Received so many ARCs which I am very, very grateful for. 
  • Made some great bookish friends and found a wonderful community
It all started as a professional development activity when I was teaching and has really grown from there. It's become part of who I am.

I am so thankful for all the comments and support. It means the world to me! To thank all my loyal readers, I am hosting an international giveaway for $20 worth of books of your choice from the Book Depository. Please make sure the Book Depository ships to your location and please refer to my giveaway rules.

a Rafflecopter giveaway 

Again, thank you for 8 great years. It's been an incredible adventure.


  1. Congrats! I enjoy your blog and have discovered some great books and authors here. Thanks!

    1. Thank you and thank you for the kind thoughts....much appreciated!

  2. Wow, 8 years!! That's amazing, congratulations!

    1. Thanks so much, Angela, and thank you for being a frequent visitor. I appreciate it!

  3. Replies
    1. Thanks so much, Vivien. Thanks for visiting through the years!

  4. Wow, it looks like you’ve had an amazing 8 years! Happy blogiversary!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. Thanks, AJ, and thanks for being a frequent visitor. Much appreciated. :)

  5. Congrats, Christina, on 8 wonderful years of blogging!!

  6. Wow,amazing!
    Happy Blogiversary,best wishes for many more great blogging years ahead :)

  7. Happy 8th blogoversary! I really enjoy reading your reviews and posts. Here's to another great year of reading and blogging :)


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