Saturday, July 14, 2012

Blogoversary Part I: The Reader's Antidote is a Year Old Today! + GIVEAWAY

Can you believe it guys? It's been a whole year since I decided to start this blog! AAAAHHHHH!!!!Thank you to all my old and new followers. You all mean so much to me. When I first started following blogs through blogger, I didn't realize the work it takes to start a blog and then actually keep it. I kept following blog after blog, and then I finally realized that I wanted to have my own blog. So I started it, and I remember the first thing I did was think of a catchy title (which was, of course, The Reader's Antidote), searched it to make sure it wasn't taken, and started it up! I originally just had the blog title (I used the Rock Salt font) and a transparent background with mountains in the back. Since then I've gone through a few custom headers and used photoshop to create meme buttons. I may pay for a designer to design me something some day, but honestly I love what I've done with it.

Here are some of the blog headers I've gone through:

My first review: Nevermore (Nevermore #1) by Kelly Creagh

 My first event recap: Dark Days tour in Lansing, MI

My first IMM: In My Mailbox (1)

My first award: Liebster blog award

My first author interview: Gretchen McNeil, author of Possess

My first Building My Bookshelf: Building My Bookshelf (1)

My first blog tour: Airel~Arson~Pyxis Blog Tour

My own meme's:

Building My Bookshelf

This is a meme I've created here at The Reader's Antidote, which was inspired by the meme Dusty Reads from Giselle at .Xpresso Reads and the meme Books to Pine For from Kristi at The Story Siren. Here's what to do:

~ Feature two books I have on my shelf but haven't read yet. These are likely books that I would want to read if I had more free time.

~Feature two books that are on my wish list, one that is already released and another that will be released within the next year.

Forbidden Friday

Here's the deal with this "new meme": I wanted to make an easy title for when I do IMM and my own meme My Poison Pile. So I came up with the name of Forbidden Friday, and of course I made up a button! I am not saying the In My Mailbox meme is my own, as it belongs to Kristi of The Story Siren. I have simply put hers and mine together in one post and gave it a general name.

My Poison Pile

This is a meme created here at The Reader's Antidote, which features the next four books that I'm going to read next and a little about why I'm reading them.

Drop of Poison

This is just a fancy name for mini reviews, but it's what I call them here on my blog.

Tempt Me Thursday

This is sort of like Teaser Tuesday on steroids and has more to do with sexy YA quotes, and then a synopsis of my current read.

That's it for today's post. Oh, except of course, for the GIVEAWAY! It's taken me some some time to figure out what exactly I should give away here, but I finally decided.

The books:

The Lost Code (The Atlanteans #1) by Kevin Emerson
Delirium (Delirium #1) by Lauren Oliver *SIGNED*


Choice of three of the above books.


Choice of two of the remaining above books.


Whatever book is left, plus mystery swag.


US ONLY! I'll be mailing these out myself, so I can't afford international.

Must be 13 years of age or older.

Check out my giveaway/review policy tab for more information.

Fill out the Rafflecoptor below and good luck!

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  1. I appreciate another book lover's blog! I love reading reviews and sharing thoughts on books. :)

  2. I love this blog, I am always excited to see I have a new email from here when I get one in my inbox. Your reviews are really great. Thanks!!

  3. have u thought of getting a new blog design to celebrate?

    I would also be incredibly happy if captcha is disabled in your blog :)

  4. LOVE the blog! Happy Blogoversary!!!


  5. Love your blog! The Reader's Antidote is quite an awesome name and your reviews are amazing! :)

  6. I love this blog. I always come back to see what your reviewing. Congrats on the year anniversary!

  7. Yours is one of my favorite blogs to visit!
    Love the theme and your banners are beautiful!
    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  8. I absolutely adore your blog! Your reviews are great and helpful

  9. Happy blogoversary! I'm a pretty new blogger and your blog is one of the very first I ever read and followed! :)

  10. Love the blog. Thanks for the chance!!

  11. Happy Blogversary! I like all the great giveaways on your blog. I also like the layout in general ^^

  12. Happy blogoversary & thanks for the giveaway! I really like your rating system - the poisoned apples are so cute!

  13. I love your blog! Thanks for the great giveaway & Happy Blogoversary!!

  14. I love your blog! And it's so funny how many headers you've gone through :p

    ~Emily@Emily's Crammed Bookshelf

  15. I would have followed anyway regardless of the giveaway entries! You have a very fascinating blog!

  16. Thanks for the ahhh-mazing giveaway! I *love* your blog! ♥

  17. I love the blog so very much!! hehe!

  18. I love this blog! You have such great content and you have amazing buttons!

    xo stephanie

  19. I like this blog...I prefer two column blogs and it is easy to find things

  20. Oh my gosh why would I NOT love your blog? Haha thanks so, so much for such an amazing giveaway, sweetie!! You ROCK! And congrats on the one-year blogging anniversary! I hope you have many more awesome and fun-filled years of blogging to come. xxx

  21. Happy Blogoversary!!! I like your colorful blog. Your blog looks neat and uncluttered.


  22. I think your blog is so pretty, and organized!

  23. Your blog is fantastic! It original and creative! It reminds me of Once Upon a Time kind of. Your giveaway books are great!

  24. I love your blog and its layout. Beautiful!

  25. Happy Blogoversary! I love the Snow White theme its gorgeous, I don't think it should be changed!

  26. Happy Blogoversary! I love the poison apples!

  27. Happy Blogiversary! I just found your blog but love the look and after browsing some reviews, think they are very helpful!

  28. I love your blog, and I like the books you read :D

  29. Happy blogoversary! Love your blog :)

  30. My name is Nichole, too!! Awesome! I am a new follower and I love your blog; I'm a HUGE fan of Snow White. Happy Blogoversary though! Thanks for the giveaway, too!!

  31. Happy Blogoversary!

    I'm new here, and I like what I've seen so far. I'll be back for sure!


I always appreciate comments and cherish every one of them. THIS IS AN AWARD-FREE ZONE. I don't have the time to fulfill the requirements for the awards, but thank you so much for thinking of me. I just ask for no vulgarity, and if you have any issues with my reviews or writing style, please e-mail me instead of commenting. Now, vent to your heart's content!

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