So, about 2 months ago, my lovely blog turned 3! I still can't believe how long I've been at it. I know I haven't been around much recently, but that will change soon, as I said in my last post.
What I promise you, my precious readers:
- More reviews! I have A LOT of books to review. And I do mean a lot. I have probably about ten books from before I even went on my Europe trip. The problem with this is that I don't always remember what happened all that time ago [I don't take notes. The reason I don't do this is because, 1) I'm admittedly a bit lazy and want to read just to read, and 2) if something sticks with me, I'll remember it; if not, it obviously wasn't that memorable]. So I'll do my best to give you the best opinion I can of the books I read all those months ago.
- More conversation! I really want to put up more discussion posts and ask your guys' opinions. If you have any suggestions for discussion posts, please let me know!
- I can't promise more giveaways (I'll explain why farther down in this post). That's not what this blog is about. I'm going to have a giveaway for my blogoversaries (like this one), but, unless it's sanctioned through a blog tour, I won't be doing any impromptu giveaways.
- Simply more consistent posting. It's not just while I was traveling that I was slacking on posting. I was in my senior year of college and it didn't seem as important as hanging out with my friends and having a good time. It was the right decision! But now that I'm graduated, I plan on posting more per week.
What I've learned about both blogging and reading in three years:
- There is a way to lose interest in blogging, and it sucks. I still love reading, obviously, but blogging became a bit of a burden when I was in school. Now that I don't have the burden of both classes and homework, it will be easier to get back into it. Not that I don't have an exciting life, but I won't be nearly as bogged down.
- Writing reviews is NOT easy. I thought I could just pump out review after review on here. And while that works on Goodreads, it doesn't work on a blog. There are so many extra things I have to remember to put into the post besides just the review. But even the review itself, no matter what the rating, isn't easy.
- Readers are the best! It's so great being able to connect with you all and talk about something that we often can't get with people we see every day.
- Real-life reader friends are the best! While I love blogging and connecting to fellow YA readers over vast land and sea, it's great to have a core group of reader friends that I can connect with at events every once and a while.
- Books are getting better with each passing year. Books I loved a few years ago can't even compare to what's being pumped out these days. Is this a good thing? Yes and no. Yes because it means we're all (authors and readers) growing intellectually and setting higher standards with a genre in its prime, giving us wonderful reading material. No because it means that authors have a much higher standard to live up to, and our life's work might mean nothing if it's not up to current standards, and it means that readers get let down pretty easy by what was once one of their favorite authors.
What I've learned about authors and their readers in three years:
- Basically, YA authors are the best! YA authors know that, in order to really connect with their readers, that they need to be on social media, whether they're a new author or they're a veteran. I love that they'll answer questions on Twitter, have full-on Facebook debates and polls. They include their readers in a way that makes us feel like we matter to them beyond their writing.
- In person, they're even more fantastic. You can have a great Twitter convo, but when it comes down to it, these authors are great in person. I think it's because they write books about teenagers, and so they are still kind of one on the inside. This not only makes them relatable, but totally awesome! They make you realize that you don't have to grow up completely in order to be an adult.
- Getting to know all these authors make me desperately want to be one!
But I also have a confession to make: I haven't been very good at picking winners for my giveaways. And, yes, I do mean those giveaways from, like, a year ago. I'm so sorry for not taking the time to simply pick a winner and contact them. I really have no excuse. But like I said, I'm not going to have very many giveaways. That's not what I want this blog to be about; I love all of my followers, but the thing is that I don't know most of you, and I want followers because people are genuinely interested in my blog, not just to win some books. On that note, though, I WILL be having a giveaway for turning 3. I will be diligent in picking a winner soon after the contest ends, and then getting the books out to the winners. So happy 3rd birthday to The Reader's Antidote!
Here's what you can win:
WINNER #1: winner will chose one of the two signed books (pictured below) and two of the other books pictured.
WINNER #2: winner will receive the other signed book not picked by winner #1 as well as one of the unsigned books left.
WINNER #3: winner will receive the final unclaimed book and the swag pack pictured below, including an iPad case, signed bookmarks, earrings etc.
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