Wednesday, May 16, 2012

1 yr Blogoversary Giveaway

WOW!  I can't believe it's been a year since I made my first blog post.  Of course it wasn't a very good post, but my first review (which wasn't for a couple weeks later) was a little better.  I have met a lot of wonderful people and made new friends since starting this blog.  Of course, I can't think of my first year without giving a HUGE THANKS to Maria over at Cari's Blog for answering all my random blog questions and for hooking me up with my original layout.  I like change (well, sometimes I like change) and so in September or October I found my current layout over at Parajunkee Designs and couldn't resist.  

This past year has been  fun and challenging on many levels, but one thing I appreciate more than anything is the openness and acceptance within the blogging community.  Even though I haven't been around all that long, so many people offered words of support and comfort when my mom starting getting really sick at the end of September through her passing in February.  I am thankful that I got to share my blog with my mom as she was the one who encouraged us to read growing up and always took us to the library during the summer to participate in their summer reading programs.  I still remember how excited I was when I got my first library card and can picture the layout of the library to this day. 
Yes I've always been a nerd and I'm cool with that.  

I've also had the chance to meet and get to know some amazing authors and am thrilled to continue to work with them in the future.  Of course, as a teacher, I'm also excited about all the AWESOME books I've picked up over this past year that I've been able to share with my students.  
I love that my students come to their MATH teacher for book recommendations.  
I figure even if they don't like math, maybe I'll get them to still like to learn through books. 

I've enjoyed all the author interviews from my first year.  Though, I am still working on not being so shy when it comes to emailing authors for interviews.  There are too many people that I've met this year to thank everyone for making my first year great, because I'd feel totally guilty if I realized later that I forgot someone.

Now for the Giveaway! 
 I have 2 prize packs of books and swag but will add a third if I get to 500 followers before the end of the giveaway.
(I will be adding a list of books to choose from for a third book in each prize pack.  The list will be up soon) 

Prize Pack 1:
 ARC of The Wicked and the Just by J. Anderson Coats
ARC of Glory Be by Agusta Scattergood
various swag, some signed

Prize Pack 2:

ARC of Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg (signed)
ARC of Perfect Escape by Jennifer Brown 
various swag

Since it's my 1st blogoversary and it comes so close to the end of the school year, it will run until June 8th.  It's easy to enter, just fill out the form below!

Good Luck and Thanks for making my first year so wonderful!

Okay, with just a few days left to enter.  Each winner will also pick a third book to
 add to the the prize pack of their choice. 
 Here are the ARCs you can pick from:
Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi
The Peculiars by Maureen Doyle McQuerry
Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf
I Hunt Killers by Berry Lyga
In Darkness by Nick Lake
Pilgrims Don't Wear Pink by Stephanie Kate Strohm
Glimmer by Phoebe Kitanidis (SIGNED)
Beneath a meth moon by Jacqueline Woodson
Arcadia Awakens by Kai Meyer
Undead by Kirsty Mckay

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Congratulations on your Blogoversary! It's a huge accomplishment (mine's coming up in July!).

    1. Thanks! July is a good month for me, my wedding anniversary is on the 1st!

  2. Congrats on the first year >.< I'm celebrating my first one too!! Hope you continue on with the awesomeness >.<

    Not entering the giveaway, I'm international but you're welcome to check out mine :D and enter if you'd like :D

  3. Happy blogoversary! I love the mention about your students and how they come to their math teacher for book recommendations :) That's sweet and awesome!

  4. I'm sorry about your mom (I relly mean it) but it's great that you got to share it with her.

    Congratulations and cheers to many more!

    1. Thank you for your sweet comment! And for stopping by.

  5. happy blogoversary, and thanks for the giveaway!

  6. Hi you know I'm totally going to cry over here! I'm so lucky to have met you and call you my friend. I'm so proud of you!!!

  7. Congratulations on hitting the one year mark! I'm fairly new at blogging myself, and like you, I'm rather shy about asking authors for anything. I've been dying to ask one particular author to do a guest post about something that I'm not entirely sure that she'd want to talk about, but it's something that I think would be very interesting.

    I am sorry to hear about your mother's passing.

    I'm new here though. I saw one of your posts on Twitter, so I had to come check out your blog. :)

    Again, congratulations! I hope the next year is even more spectacular for you. Oh ... thank you for the giveaway opportunity as well. :)


    1. Pam, Thanks for stopping by and all the tweets! I'm shy when it comes to asking authors for interviews, but I've found that they are super nice and I've had great luck with the ones I have been brave enough to contact. Good Luck.

    2. Sarah,
      After having mentioned that I'd wanted to write a particular author about doing a guest post, I went and sent an email. Figured that if she says no, it's no different than if I hadn't asked at all.
      I haven't heard back yet, but maybe I will eventually. I do know she's really busy.

      Thank you! It was my pleasure to help spread the word. :)


  8. Happy happy blogoversary!
    Thanks so much for the giveaway! Cheers!