Monday, July 15, 2013

It's My Two-Year Blogoversary! + GIVEAWAY

Okay, so technically yesterday was my official blogoversary date, but Sunday is a day where not many people are checking out blogs, so I thought Monday might be a better idea. But I'm SO EXCITED to tell you guys that it's my two-year blogoversary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is going to be a decently long post, so be prepared. But it's worth it!

I still can't believe it's been two years since I started this blog. I can't believe how old I'm getting either. It's a strange world. But I have a lot of people to thank for helping me get through everything with the book and blogging world. Here's the IT list:

Lisseth @ Read-A-HolicZ

Lisseth has been absolutely amazing this last year. Not only did she create the design for my blog, but she's also been supportive and commenting on my posts. She's super sweet as well! I'm so glad I found out that she did free designs because I couldn't afford to pay for one but I still wanted it to look pretty. She's the best!

Crystal and I share a great love for Rae Carson and her Fire and Thorns series. I know I can talk about any books with her. We first met at ALA (I think), and although we didn't really hang out there, we talk about it all the time. She is definitely one of my best book friends and a wonderful friend outside of the book world as well.

Kimberly @ The Windy Pages

Kimberly is like a second mother to me in the book/blogging world. She's always asking me how I am and bought me a boba drink at the LA Times Festival of Books because I had no cash on me. I know she'll always be there for me. Also, I constantly think about pinching her cheeks because she's just so cute.

Thuy is one of the first people I met at one of the many book signings we've both been to over the years. We support each other over our blogs and I always look forward to her comments. They make my day! I was glad to finally know someone at the signings, and Thuy helped me not feel so alone.

Ava is another person that I've really counted on at the book events that I've gone to. Also, I wouldn't have survived ALA without her and her mom. Ava is one of the sweetest people I know; she's always thinking of other people. I wish we got to see each other more.

I don't know what I'd do without any of these lovely ladies. They've made blogging and signing events so much more fun, and I can never thank them enough. I don't know where I'd be without you all!

There were also a couple things I learned this year in blogging. I learned...
  • Not to sign up for blog tours during finals. It's just a bad idea because you already have enough to worry about and blogging is supposed to be for fun.
  • To stay out of drama. While it might have been a terrible thing that happened, I realized that I didn't want the integrity of my own blog to be compromised by someone else that didn't care about it like I do. 
  • That, while the blogging world is a really tight-knit but loving and nurturing community, some newcomers or desperate bloggers will do anything to make their blog more appealing to the publishers that they want free books from. Even if that means stealing content or images.
  • To make friends at book events. Also, to make connections with publishers at conventions like ALA. Both of these may benefit you in the long run.
  • That blogging can be fun, but there are times when it gets to be too much and other things can get in the way. But you just have to remember that you're blogging because you want to. No one is making you blog about books, and if they are then you shouldn't even be blogging.
  • That it's okay to not finish a book. Every reader has done it at some point or another. I've had to learn not to feel too guilty about it, especially since I had my first DNF this year.
  • That it's okay to hate a book that everyone loves. Don't right a fake positive review just because you want to fit in. People follow your blog for your honest opinion, even if that doesn't fit with everyone else's. Or maybe especially because it's so different.
  • That features are really fun with other people, but it's also fun to create your own. Find one that no one's thought of to entertain your readers and makes them want to come back.
  • To stray from the norm and be unique!

I'd really like to thank all of the publishers and tour-hosting blogs for noticing and thinking of my blog. I put a lot of work into it, and it's nice to be noticed. I'd also like to thank Netgalley and Edelweiss. You make it possible for books to get out there on a more massive scale so that more amazing books can be read and reviewed by people that the publishers themselves trust.

Well, guys, here's to another year gone by and hoping for many more!

Okay, so I'm doing this giveaway a little differently than usual. I'm actually going to put the separate prize packs that I have into separate Rafflecoptor forms.

So, what's up for grabs? Well, there are three (3) prize packs and they're all pictured and listed below. Sadly, these are all US ONLY! I wish I could afford to do something international, but there's just no way I can as I'm waiting to hear back from a job right now and am therefore completely broke.

NOTE: Though they're not pictured, each prize pack comes with a winner's choice from a mystery stash of giveaway books I have. The winner of prize pack #1 will get the first choice, the winner of prize pack #2 the second choice, and the winner of prize pack #3 a choice from whatever's left. There are at least twenty books in this stash, so there are a lot to choose from!

Oh, and here's the celebration button! It'll help you get extra points in the giveaway!




Good luck! And thanks for stopping by :)


  1. A big congrats on your blogversary! I'm so glad I found your blog!

  2. awwww you're so sweet, nicole. i am so glad that we met and that there's another person to talk books and other stuff with. congrats on 2 years. i don't know how you do it blogging and going to school full time. seriously you amaze me. happy anniversary and hope there are many more! :)

  3. Out of the 140+ books I've read so far this year I have 10 favorites. The most recent: Pivot Point, Parallel and If He Had Been With Me.

  4. I like the Harry Potter Wednesday. I am a big time Potterhead so that always makes me smile when I get the email about your posts. :) Happy Blogoversary!

  5. My favorite book I've read this year is either Divergent or Insurgent...I loved them both! :) Also, I love Harry Potter Wednesday. Your blog is the only book blog I follow that has something like this and I'm a huge Potter fan. Congrats on 2 years of blogging!

  6. Oh gosh, I think that's one of the nicest things anyone's ever said about me! Thank you so much, Nicole! You're one of my favorite people--seriously. I've been reading your blog MONTHS before I introduced myself to you February 2012, and I'm so excited to continue reading The Reader's Antidote in the future. I love your blog. And please let's figure out a time to hang out this summer! The fries'll be on me this time. ;)

    Again, thank you so, SO much, Nicole, for saying those sweet, lovely things about me. It means more than you know. I consider you a true friend. <3!
    Congratulations on two years of blogging! Here's to many more!

  7. A big congrats on your blogversary and here's to many more! I love the giveaways of books it leads me to new finds all the time. Thanks for all you do.

  8. Happy Blogversary Nicole! I thought I commented on this post already so sorry I'm so late!
    Anyway, I am really proud of you!
    And I'm so happy I bothered you that one time at the signing at Mysterious Galaxy.
    Now you can't get rid of me! :)
    Thank you for the kind words.


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