Sunday, December 29, 2013

One-Year Blogoversary Celebration and Giveaway!

IT'S MY ONE-YEAR BLOGOVERSARY!










YAY! Can you believe it!? One year ago, I decided to switch from Webs to Blogger, and start blogging and reviewing for real. I've survived college applications, AP exams, moving out, starting a new life and school, FINALS WEEK... all while never missing a single day of blogging. All while so so so SO many people were supporting me, and my blog.





Before I do my Grammys/Oscars/Academy Awards Thank You Speech, let me share with you some blogging milestones/achievements that I have hit over this year of blogging:

- 600+ published posts
- 150,000 pageviews
- Nearly 3000 total blog followeres
- Almost 200 reviews published
- Harper, Harlequin, Harlequin TEEN auto-approval on Edelweiss
- Macmillan auto-approval on NetGalley
- My first requested ARCs from Disney, Amazon (Skyscape), Harlequin TEEN, Harper, Simon and Schuster, Scholastic, Penguin Teen, Macmillan (mailing list for Macmillan)
- Have not missed a day of posting... at all. Ever. 


Squee!


And, as with everything, there are some people that went the extra mile for me, that helped and supported me in so many ways, that gave my blog some love even when they were too busy with their own life, or that just rock.



Bloggers:

- Jess of Lovin Los Libros: it's funny, because we met because she started blogging and I gave some advice about blogging. Jess started blogging a few months after me, and even though I had only been blogging for a few months, she took my advice. She's a fabulous blogger now (though in no way can I take credit for that). She lets me borrow books, and she even went to a C.J. Redwine event, and bought and shipped to me a signed hardcover copy of Deception! WHO DOES THAT FOR RANDOM STRANGERS ON THE INTERNET?! Jess did. And I will never, ever forget it.

- Nereyda of Mostly YA Obsessed: if you all haven't heard of Nereyda or her blog, then you are MISSING OUT. Nereyda is flat-out talented. Her Book Looks posts are genius! And Nereyda is a blogger that is super dedicated. She let me borrow (and have) ARCs of hers! HUGGLES!

- The Team at The YA Bookcase: I've never met such a nice team of young adults who are wild about books! Most of the teens are younger than me, which is awesome because I love following their college admissions :D Shout out to Rachel and all the other seniors - you got this! And everyone, follow them on Twitter, because they like to give away pre-pub ARCs. Very, VERY pre-pub ARCs.

- Jessica of Step Into Fiction: I've never met this Maryland blogger, but she ROCKS! She's always commenting on my blog, or replying to my tweets on Twitter! And she sees and follows my Goodreads updates! SHE IS THE ONLY ONE THAT I KNOW THAT DOES THAT! :D

- Meredith of Pandora's Books: for letting me give her advice, whenever she asked questions. Meredith is about half my "blogging age", but she is already a terrific blogger. She's also a wonderful person. You need some nice in your day? Hit her up on Twitter :D

- Christina of Ensconced in Lit: this lady is a very successful blogger, and she is a fellow math/science nerd YAY! There are like, ZERO math/science bloggers out there, so when I find one, I get excited. Most of you all are teachers and English majors and whatnot. NOT that there is anything wrong with that. Anyway! Christina is fabulous, and she is writing a novel! She helped me with my first Twitter party, which was a huge success. I hope we can do that again sometime! :)

- Jessica of Read My Breath Away: my lovely Canadian friend! This girl is awesome. She's a fellow college student, so I feel extra bonded to her because she knows all about blogging and college and THE STRUGGLE OF STUDENT LOANS. Also, we both love historical fiction. *fist bumps*

- Alexis of Alexis Adores Books: another college blogger who is simply fantastic! I'm not sure when she started following me on Twitter, but she did, and she would always reply to my tweets. Shame on me for not following her sooner. The persistence pays off, Alexis! Thank you :)

- Rachel of Paper Cuts: a third college blogger! This girl is awesomesauce! I love commenting on her blog, because I know that she will always reply with a sassy and terrific and unique comment. Also, she is one of the few people that followed MY college admission process, and was excited with me when I got into JHU, and when I was moving in, and when finals week came around, and so on. Rock on, girl!

- Nikki of Fiction Freak: there's only one way to describe this girl: A GIANT BALL OF ENERGY :D Seriously though, Nikki is one of the most energetic and excitable bloggers I know. She and I both have an eye for detail and organization - something that I don't find often. I love knowing someone younger than me, even if she has over a year of blogging and experience on me. More power to her!

- Eileen of Singing and Reading in the Rain: this girl was one of two bloggers that answered the like, two questions I had when I started my blog. The other was Annabelle of Sparkles and Lightning. I was shy and didn't ask much, but both ladies did not hesitate to answer my questions and help me. *squishes*

- Hannah of The Irish Banana: HANNAH BANANA IS SO NICE! I *finally* met her (and Jen) at the Baltimore Book Festival this year. Hannah gave me books! And hugs! She's an incredible person and a wonderful blogger - check out her ARC Essentials posts sometime!

- Jen of Jenuine Cupcakes: CUPCAKES. That is all you need to know ;D But in all seriousness, Jen is one of the kindest bloggers I know. All that time and money and effort she spends making cupcakes is much appreciated! And somehow, she STILL has time to blog, do YABC editor things, and have a family. Rock on, lady!


Authors:

- Paula Stokes/Fiona Paul: this lady is probably one of my favorite authors out there, and it has very little to do with me loving her books. Granted, I DO love her books. But I didn't love Venom, Fiona's debut. In my review, I kind of ripped apart the book. BUT. Fiona read my review, and contacted me personally to tell me that she saw some of the things I pointed out, and thanked me for reading and reviewing. She sent me the first ARC of Starling, and I believe I was the first blogger reviewer. You bet I felt special. Anyway, my point is, Fiona/Paula didn't just get mad about my review and shun me. She thanked me for the review AND enlisted my help with the third book. That's incredible, people. I don't know many (if any at all) authors that would do that.

- Livia Blackburne: my favorite debut author of 2014! No offense to the authors. I've been squeeing over Midnight Thief for many, many long months (way early this year). I've also being squeeing over Livia herself, because she is like, my role model. She went to Harvard and MIT, she studied neuroscience, and she writes fantasy novels. I'm going to Johns Hopkins, I'm studying environmental engineering, and I would love to write fantasy books. Score! Plus, she sent me her novella, Poison Dance, and I believe I was the first blogger reviewer to read and review it. Special feels!

- Kathleen Peacock: she's putting my name in the acknowledgements of Hemlock book three. Because I recommended Radioactive (Imagine Dragons). WOW! That's so nice, right?! Also, I believe I won the first ARC of Thornhill, from Kathleen. I was NOT the first blogger reviewer, but hey, I read and reviewed the book eventually! :D

- Amy Butler Greenfield: AMY IS SO SUPER SWEET! I feel like I bug her a lot about Chantress and things, but she takes it all in stride. *thumbs up*

- Patty Blount: one of the nicest authors I know! Her books are definitely under appreciated - meaning, I think more people should read her books. Tough issues, real characters, beautiful writing. She let me beta-read TMI last year around this time! I was supposed to beta-read Some Boys around this time as well... I can't even come up with a good excuse for not reading it. Finals, maybe? Mushy brain? Shoot. ***EDIT: she sent me the final version and I read it and OMG NOBODY MISS THIS BOOK IT IS AMAZING!!!***

- Ellen Oh: she is a Maryland author! WOOHOO! Also, Ellen crossed all of her fingers and toes and joints for me on Regular Decision Day (March 28th). When I told her I didn't get into UPenn, she was like, there is still your Hopkins decision! And then I got into Hopkins, and she was so proud of me. LOVE YOU, LADY!

- Sara Walsh: another Maryland blogger, and a lovely person! When The Dark Light was released, I believe I won a signed copy from her. I was totally going for a poster, but a signed book is great too! But I had been entering so many poster contests, and I didn't win any, and Sara saw this. She saw just how much I wanted one, and you know what she did? She contacted me personally, and sent me not only a giant poster, but a mini-sized poster as well. *dies* SO NICE! I'll never forget that kindness done to me - it made me tear up. And Sara has worked with me here on the blog before, and she is a joy to work with. Seriously, there is no one cooler than Sara!

- J.R. Johansson: one of my favorite debut authors of 2013! She's a Friday the Thirteener (my favorite thirteen debut authors of 2013), and she is fantastic! I won a prize package that included her book, and I read and LOVED Insomnia. Apparently, I gushed over it so much, Jen remembered this, and enlisted me to help reveal the cover of Paranoia (which was revealed on only a select few blogs)! I was touched, because try as I might, I never get to do exclusive (or semi-exclusive) cover reveals! Just group ones. So, thank you, Jen!

- Maurissa Guibord: this lady is sweet and oh-so talented! I LOVED her 2011 release, Warped, and when I found out that she had another book coming out in 2013 (Revel), I was all over the promotion for that book. I contacted Maurissa, and she worked with me on a post and giveaway on my blog. She is so giving and inspiring - I really appreciate her :)


And finally... all of you. Every single person clicked on a link to my blog, or read a review on my blog or Goodreads or Amazon or Barnes & Noble, or commented on my blog, or entered a giveaway, or tweeted at me, or retweeted my promotional tweets, or did SOMETHING for me... thank you. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you, and hope that one day, your kind deeds will be repaid. Blogging is NEVER easy when you don't have an audience. And I may not be the most popular blogger out there, but I love all of you who read and support my blog. *huggles*


The Giveaway:

You've survived my Thank You speech! Not too bad, right?! ;D

Anyway, the giveaway prize is a giant box of finished copies of books, or a giant box of ARCs. The finished copies box has about 20-30 books in it, and the ARCs box has around 20 books in it. Most of the ARCs are recent.

Two winners, INT welcome! Read the GIVEAWAYS page and/or the Terms and Conditions in the Rafflecopter. Good luck! And THANK YOU!

154 comments:

  1. Woot! Congratulations! One year is an amazing milestone. Congratulations on so many amazing acheivements. :D It's so nice that you've had great supporters along the way. If you plan to blog every day for a long time, definitely move to Wordpress! Even though it's confusing as hell at first, I'm happy to know that my blog is really mine now. There's a lot more freedom! Good luck and cheers to many more years to come!

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  2. MINIONS!!! Congrats on all you have done in one year. How nice of you to credit everyone who has helped you and been a mentor to you. Not enough people do that!

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  3. Congrats! What a great way to give back to your readers. It was also very sweet of you to mention who you are grateful for :) Gratefulness all the way. I would love to see more minion GIFS, because they are adorable! Also, more reviews and giveaways are nice too ;)

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  4. Congrats *throws confetti*!!! I think your blog is awesome the way it is.

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  5. Congrats! :) I really like how your blog is right now so carry on!

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  6. Happy Blogoversary! You've listed several impressive milestones there that happened this year. Wishing you another wonderful year.

    As to improvements, I honestly can't think of a thing. Keep doing what you're doing.

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  7. Happy Blogoversary! I honestly just like your reviews! I love finding reviews on the books I'm on the fence about! I like your blog and it's one of the ones that I come back to!

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  8. GO GO GO GOO the big 1 :D :D Congratzzzzzzzz :)

    Before I discovered blogs and everything I never really found books that I thought would suite me, but with your reviews that changed completely :) so thank you for that :) I love discovering new authors that otherwise disappear next to the big ones :) as for changing anything: I cant really think of anything right now...Do what you love and do what you think is best ;D

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  9. Honestly? I like your blog. Don't change a thing. I like your reviewing style. I like the giveaways. Oh and gifts. Lots of gifs.

    Happy Blogoversary!

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  10. Congrats!
    Can't think of anything for you to change! :)

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  11. Congrats, girl!! Happy first Blogoverary and I hope many more to come! Love checking out your reviews. ;)

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  12. Minioooons!!! I'm gonna be looking at all the adorable GIFs in this post whenever I need a lil pick me up! So adorable!

    Congratulations not only on the Blogoversary but also on all the amazing milestones achieved!!

    I love how personal your reviewing style is, and how you give what you liked and what you didn't for each and every book.

    The one thing I'm not too keen on is the background you have in your blog, it feels too grey for me, a bit too drab. But that's just my personal taste and it doesn't really stop me for having you as one of those bloggers whose reviews I check to see if I'd like a book!

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  13. Happy blogoversary. Don't change a thing, love your blog

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  14. YAYYY happy blogoversary, Alyssa! I can't believe you haven't missed a single day, that is so amazing!! Especially with uni and everything. I hope I'll be able to manage as well when I head off to college next year :)
    Also - can't think of anything to change, I love your blog and your reviews <3

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  15. Congratulations!! Yay for 1 year! I honestly don't know what to change. I have a hard time asking that myself of blogging! I think you're doing an incredible job at the moment. Love reading your reviews! Keep it up! ;)

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  16. Wow! Congratulations! Your lists of influences is great! I hate to tell people what they should and should not do better on their blogs. They do what they do and what works for them! Yay for one year! Keep it up!

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  18. Congrats! A hole year! Thats amazing :D
    I can't really think of something you should change ;)

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  19. WAHOO! CONGRATULATIONS! A whole year is amazing, you should be very proud of yourself! You have achieved so many fantastic things and I hope your next year will continue to be brilliant. I think you are doing an amazing job, I love to read all your reviews, your blog is perfect as it is! :0)

    Thank you for this AMAZING giveaway (and for making it international), additionally I love all the minion gifs :0)

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  20. Hi! Congratulations on your blogging success :) Thank you for this awesome giveaway! Love the Gifs *hehe* and I like that you post what you like about the book, but also let us know what you did not like (e.g. how many pages, POV etc…) It helps me decide if I want to read it.

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  21. Hey, congratulations! Happy Blogoversary! ^^

    First of all, I LOVE your blog! I love everything about it, specially your reviews :) I don't think I would change anything... maybe I would add even more INT giveaways?? xD I don't know... I love it just the way it is <3

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  22. Congratulations! I think you shouldn't change anything! I'm not joking I love everything including the color purple! My favorite! :)

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  23. CONGRATS GIRLIE :D *wipes tears away* Happy blogoversary!! Your blog is pretty much my inspiration..it's pretty perfect!
    Happy reading
    Jackie

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  24. Congratulations! I love you blog just the way it is! :)

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  25. I personally like your blog the way it is, It is clear, easy to read, has interesting reviews in it and neat and easy to navigate and easy on my old eyes

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  26. Happy Blogoversary! I love your blog and it's perfect as it is!

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  27. Happy Blogoversary and Congrats!!!!! I dont see anything wrong or needs to be fixing with your blog- i like it the way it is!!!!

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  28. Congratulations! It is always nice to hit that first 1 year. I hope you have many to come as the year go on. I love to hear your reviews and it has helped me decide on a few books that I was not sure of. I have not had as much money this year to by books and would love to get lucky and win one of the book lots you are giving away. Wish me lock and good luck to everyone else. Happy early New Year to all.

    Judy P

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  29. Congratulations & happy blogoversary. Honestly, I love your blog as is- it's one of my favorites. Thank you for sharing the celebration with us, and I hope the next year is just as successful!

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  30. Congrats Alyssa! :) I'm really happy for you and for your blog. As a blogger I know how hard is to accomplish everything you mentioned on this post and I wish that I have such amazing things to say in my first blogoversary.
    I really like your blog and just wanted to say that you keep doing such a wonderful job.
    Enjoy the holidays and have a wonderful 2014! And again, Happy Blogoversary! ;)

    Patri @ TUABFC

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  31. Happy Blogoversary!

    You're so cool, you know that? And I love the minion gifs. I started following your blog by email to read your posts. I don't know what to change about your blog, it's so cool!

    For suggestions, maybe you could start branching out to original things (like aside from reviews and STS!) I add music in my blog because it's another side of me. You should done some sciency stuff! Idk about everyone else, but I would love o read that!

    Hehe,

    - Nova

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  32. Congrats for a wonderful year of blogging!!! I love your blog, and you write awesome reviews, and accomplished so much!!! YEAH!!!
    *makes a virtual cake in your honor*

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  33. Happy Blogoversary! That is so awesome. I know it takes a lot of time and energy to keep up with a blog, and reading all the wonderful books out there. Just know it is much appreciated. I hope you are here for many years to come. I wouldn't change anything about your blog. I love everything. The reviews, the people, the comments, the giveaways. Change nothing. Thank you so much and Happy New Year!

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  34. Awww the minions are so cuuute!

    HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY MY DEAR ALYSSA! So sweet of you to mention me in your post, thank you! I'm so glad to have found a wonderful blogging buddy in you! Commiserating over student loans is sure to bring people closer together ;)

    You've done so much amazingness it's hard to believe you've only been blogging a year! Keep up the wonderful work and keep loving it the way you do. You're fantastic <3

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  35. Congrats! Your blog looks great

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  36. YAY HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY GIRLIE, wow those are some big accomplishments :) I'm really proud of you and your blog. Keep being awesome, and your blog is perfect just the way it is!

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  37. I'll break my usual no comment policy here to say a huge CONGRATULATIONS and thank you, Alyssa. I'm surprised to find out that you've only been blogging for a year, since you have such a lively blog! Keep up the great work (yay for science book nerds!). I'm sure you have lots of awesome things ahead of you. (And yes, you were indeed the first to receive and review POISON DANCE. Thank you so much for your support!)

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  38. Congrats!
    I love your blog and I love it just how it is!
    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

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  39. Hi, Alyssa!

    HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY!!!!

    Huge congratulations on reaching your first blogoversary! *streamers* And thank you so much for mentioning me in your post, and for all the support you've given to me over the past year! *hugs* You are a star.

    Looking forward to keeping up with all your news and reviews over the next year. You've worked so hard on creating such a wonderful blog and deserve every success!

    Sara W

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  40. Happy day! Congratulations, way to balance it all. Keep up the stacking the shelves posts and keep me informed of great new up & coming books I should have on my radar.

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  41. I loved reading this ;-) CONGRATULATIONS!

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  42. Congratulations and Happy Blogoversary!! It's no easy feat in keeping up a blog and never missing a blog day. That is what I'm most impressed about. Again congrats! :) I would say the only thing I think I would suggest in changing is maybe your blog background. I would like it to more express you.

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  43. Happy Blogoversary!! I can't believe it's been one year already... I look forward to more! :D And there's nothing you need to change, I don't think. <3

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  44. Happy blogoversary! I´d love to see more posts about to be released books of the next months :P And lists of books, for example "Top 5 books when you are feeling lonely " etc :D
    Jenna

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  45. Happy Blogoversary lovely! I am SO SO proud of you for all those awesome accomplishments! (And not just blog wise, but school wise, too!) That is incredible that you have not missed a day of posting! Mad props to you girl. As for anything to change- I think you're doing a great job girlie- you have a great blend of posts (reviews, memes, giveaways) Here's to another year of blogging! I am so thankful to have met you this year and I cannot thank you enough for all the help you gave me! <3 MUAH!

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  46. Holy crap, congratulations lady! I cannot believe you haven't missed a day of blogging. Seriously awesome! You really don't need to change a thing. I love your blog layout by the way. It's SO easy to read.

    <3

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  47. Congrats on your blogoversary! One year is a huge milestone. :) It's so exciting! Can't wait to see what the next year looks like.

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  48. Happy blogaversary!! One year is such a big milestone and you sure have accomplished a lot during that time! Such an inspiration! <3 and I don't think you need to change any, sorry that doesn't really help :)

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  49. Congrats! I like it the way it is.

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  50. HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY!!!! I would not change a thing your blog is awesome as is !!

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  51. Happy Blogoversary! :)
    I say don't change anything,see you're a great, cheerful person, stay the way you are,and you and your blog :)

    Happy Holidays to you!
    All the best! :)

    Thanks for this amazing opportunity :)

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  52. Love it the way it is! Maybe you can add a favorites listing of by genre or something like that:) Happy Blogoversary!

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  53. HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY!!

    Somehow I read your giveaway as a giant box of chocolates and immediately started flailing to enter :) But I have all those awesome YA Vals ARCs to read, so sadly more books would be wasted on me. But, your kind words made me think about Dirty Dancing quotes for some reason.

    So:
    1. "When I'm wrong, I say I'm wrong." You had several really valid points in that review of Venom and I'm grateful you were my Starling delta (or is it gamma??) reader.

    2. Nobody puts Alyssa Susanna in the corner ;) *cue cheesy music*

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  54. Happy Blogoversary! Thank you for your awesome speech. I enjoyed every word! I love your blog, and I am quite happy with it just the way it is, thank you very much! So you don't have to change a thing, in my opinion. And one last thing..... Happy New Year!

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  55. Maybe make the page a bit more fun in design. Thanks for the great giveaway and Happy Blogversary!! <3

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  56. Congrats! I like your blog just the way it is. You have introduced me to a lot of new books and I thank you for that.

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  57. Wowzers! Where to start? First of all, congrats on the anniversary and all the milestones! I can't believe you've never missed a blogging day. That is so WOW! LOVE the minions! Thanks for being such a huge supporter of my Book Looks. I always think of you when I do them :)

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  58. I <3 you. AND YOU'RE A TOTALLY AMAZING BLOGGER AND OMG THOSE ACHIEVMENTS AND WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU HAVEN'T MISSED A DAY OF BLOGGING HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE WHEN YOU'RE IN COLLEGE. DUDE. HOW.

    Also I totally love you. <3

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  59. Congrats! And nothing really. Blog's fine. :D

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  60. Congrats on the anniversary. I really love when you post little graphics with your reviews and other blog posts. :)

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  61. Happy, happy, happy blogoversary and wishing you many more awesome to come! :) As for the changes, I honestly wouldn't change a thing, I really love it how it is. Just keep doing such a wonderful job! :)
    Thanks for an amazing giveaway! :)

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  62. Congrats on your blogoversary! I think your blog is fantastic as-is and I wouldn't change a thing! :)

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  63. Happy Blogoversary :D I love your blog an of course, all the cute and hilarious GIFs you use (so no, I wouldn't change anything!) :) Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

    Rabiah

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  64. Congratulations on your Blogoversary. Your blog is wonderful. I loved learning about your progression over the year - I wish I'd done the same work as you as I set up my blog. Thank you for all the links to the other blogs. I love learning about other bloggers. I'm trying to improve my own blog. I wish you many more years of continued success!

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  65. COngrats on your blogoversary! You're obviously doing something right, so don't change a thing!

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  66. Congratulations on one year! That's so awesome that you haven't missed a day of blogging! I love that your blog is mixed of both YA and romance, which I love both, so definitely keep that up ;) haha.

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  67. Aw, YAY! Congrats on 1 year of blogging :D That is awesome. <3 and thank you so so much for this amazing post and giveaway :) I wouldn't want you to change anything about your blog. <3

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  68. ALYSSA! Thank you <3 I know we haven't met (YET) but we will! I found you through Hannah (I believe) and I'm so thankful! You are so much fun to talk to and you're a fantastic blogger! I think I was the ONLY Maryland blogger not to attend the Baltimore Book Festival *sniffs* It was quite depressing knowing y'all were having fun!

    A huge congratulations on your one year. We also moved our blog (and changed our name). We originally started out over at wordpress and changed over to blogger. I'm much happier here. (I kept our start date from our old blog cause we moved all our content, too) Celebrating blogoversaries are so much fun and I'm so so so happy to see you celebrating yours! <3

    Also, I wanted to point out that you know a lot of Jessica's ;) LOL

    Here's to another fabulous year, a fabulous 2014 and hopefully we'll meet sometime in there ;-) <3 <3 <3

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  69. Congrats. Everything is perfecto. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  70. I wouldn't change anything about your blog because it's AWESOME!!

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  71. I wouldn't change anything. Your blog is your domain. As a blog owner of my very own, I know how much a blog can sometimes become like your baby. If you're happy with it, that is all that matters. Not to mention, you have everything any follower would want, what's there to change? :)

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  72. Congratulations!!!!!! You've hit some HUGE milestones!!! So, so excited and happy for you!!!!!!! You're an amazing blogger and I look up to you for all that you do! Thank you so much for the shout-out! And thank you for answering my million questions! I appreciate it so much! I don't know where I'd be without your advice :) <3333 Keep up the amazing work! <3333

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    1. (Oh, and as for the giveaway question... I don't think anything needs to change! I love your blog and I love what you do with it!)

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  73. Happy blogversary! :) I'd love to see more comparisons between books in terms of their cover maybe, plot, etc. :)

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  74. Wow, all that in one year!? Impressive!!

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  75. I love your blog! Keep on doing what you are doing.

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  76. Clap! Clap! Clap! You are one very dedicated book blogger! :D And congratulations on the blogoversary!!! I'm haven't really visited your blog a lot so in terms of the posts, not much to comment about. Maybe the blog design needs a little lifting. :)

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  77. Happy blogoversary!! I can't really say what to change, I think it's great as it is, as long as you love what you're doing it'll be fine :)

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  78. Congrats on your blogoversary!!! I honestly can't think of a thing to change about your blog. I always enjoy coming here to read the reviews.

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  79. Congratulations on one year! Oh I love your blog as it is so I'd not change anything =) Have a happy new year!!!!

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  80. I have to admit I was surprised when I saw this was only your first blogoversary! I feel like I have been reading your blog for years!! Your reviews are great, I wouldn't change them at all. Thanks for all your hard work!! Keep it up!!!

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  81. Congrats on ONE YEAR! I love the minions and your blog. Don't change a thing. I enjoy your reviews! =D

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  82. Congrats!!
    I'm quite happy with the way you've got things now

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  83. Congratulations and Happy Blogoversary!!
    I enjoy post on your blog :)

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  84. Happy blogversary!!!

    I can't really say any improvements I want to see since I think you're doing a great job at running your blog, so just keep it up! :)

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  85. Happy One Year Blogoversary!! Wow your stars are so impressive! I love your blog and can't really think of something I'd like more of..maybe some more colors and graphics, I'm a sucker for those! Hahaha here's to another amazing year! Cheers!

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  86. CONGRADULATIONS ALYSSA ON YOUR ONE-YEAR BLOGOVERSARY! You have had so much amazing success in just one year and I can't wait to keep reading your blog! I swear to still help you reach your goal of 200,000 page views which we spoke about on Twitter once! I haven't done it either but it would be cool to see you switch to WordPress, I think all us Blogger bloggers should make the move! HAPPY BLOGGING! :) <3

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  87. Congratulations and Happy Blogoversary!!! You have a done terrific job with your blog and I would say it is very successful! I don't think you need any improvements because of that. I hope you continue to prosper and just have fun with life everyday!

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  88. Congrats!! I looove you GIFs! Your blog is great! I especially like seeing your Stacking the Shelf posts! :)

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  89. Congrats on your one year blogoversary!! That's so exciting!! I like pretty much everything about your site and can't think of anything I'd want changed : )

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  90. Congratulations, I'm a really new blogger, but I know that a year will be such a milestone. It's astounding that with all of yoru otehr obligations that you were able to write every post

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  91. Happy Blogoversary!! Your blog doesn't need changes, it's perfect and unique, I love it :D. Oh, thank you for doing such an amazing giveaway and Happy New Year!

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  92. congrats on the milestone! Can't wait to see what you have in store for this year :D

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  93. I would like to see author interviews. I like to know more anout my favorite writers!

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  94. Congrats on your blogversary! From what I can see your blog doesn't need any improvements!

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  95. Congrats! :D I'd love more discussion posts; I really enjoy getting to know more about book bloggers/fellow readers. :)

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  96. Congrats on your blogaversary!!! Wishing you many more!

    I love your blog the way it is and can't thing of a thing to change.

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  97. Happy Blogoversary! You're awesome. You know that, right? You've accomplished so much in the past year, and you're definitely one of the bloggers I look up to the most. :) I hope your second year blogging is even better than the first one.

    As for any changes . . . I can't think of any right now. (I'm really bad at coming up with suggestions, but if I think of any, I'll let you know.)

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  98. Congrats!!
    In my opinion,there is no need to change anything on your blog.

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  99. Congratulations and happy anniversary! I'm so late but I'm just now catching up on all of my blog feeds. I really enjoy your blog the way it is and I don't think there is any need for you to change anything.

    It's really awesome that you listed so many people that you're grateful for. :)

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  100. Congrats on your blogoversary hun! You did really great, and siriously? Never missed a day of posting? There hasn't been a week in which I don't miss at least one post! As for your blog, it is amazing as it is! :)

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  101. Congratulations! I have been book blogging for about 7 months now, and I can attest to the fact that you have accomplished SO MUCH in just a year!

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  102. Congratulations on your Blogoversary! I always like coming to your blog. I enjoy reading the reviews above the giveaways. And, when you interact with your readers in the comments section, I enjoy reading that as well.

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  103. Congratulations!Keep reviewing books and doing what you love :)

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  104. Congratulations on 1 year! I love the minions...so cute! :) I like your blog the way it is now. I don't think you need to change anything. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  105. Congrats on your Blogoversary! I don't think there's anything you need to change, but you can never go wrong with more awesomely-fun posts! :D

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  106. Congratulations! I can't think of anything I would change. I am very impressed with all your stats and feel you must be doing something right. ^_^ Thanks for the giveaway.

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  107. Congratulations!! I don't think you should change anything!!

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  108. Happy Blogoversary! I can't think of anything I would suggest you change--- just do whatever makes you happy thats what i do and it works =D

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  109. Congratulations!! I like your blog the way it is and can't think of anything that needs to be changed.

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  110. Happy Blogoversary! :) I love to see more posts with gifs. I love gifs!! I don't think there is anything i would like to change about your blog because it is already great!

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  111. (This is DARITH L. )

    I'd love to see fun Q&A's with YA authors. :D

    Congrats on your blogoversary!!! CHEERS!

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  112. Congratulations! I think everything is great as it is! :)

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  113. Happy Blogoversary! You've done a great job so far! Maybe more posts featuring what books are going to be released in the upcoming weeks?

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  114. Congratulations!

    Hmm.... Maybe a pretty header? I don't know :)

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  115. The background! make it colorful :) thanks for the giveaway!!!

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  116. Congratulations on one year! That is really grand! :)

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  117. Conrats on a year! I would like the background to be more interesting maybe. Otherwise, carry on!

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  118. more interview with indie authors

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  119. I think your blog is fun. I love te animations.

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  120. Congrats on one heck of an accomplishment! Keep it going!

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  121. Honestly, I'm new to your blog, but I'm liking it so far. But, if I have to pick something...maybe getting yourself a logo to identify your blog with? I know, it's a rather unreasonable suggestion if you don't know anyone who can make you one or don't want to pay for one - haha. Sorry. It's the first thing I could think of! :)

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  122. Congrats! I like how the blog is so far.

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  123. Congrats on your anniversary! It would be cool to have readers post guest reviews on your blog

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  124. This is my first time visiting your blog, so I don't have anything helpful to offer. But wanted to say congratulations on the blogoversary!! I like your blog title :)
    Dede

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  125. A new follower here so I really don't have any suggestions. Congrats though! :)

    Denise @ Dandelionn Wine Book Blog

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  126. Congratulations! :) I think your blog is awesome! I especially like the book trading part of it!!

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  127. First off, congratulations on your anniversary! May you have many more!

    Second of all, this is my first time on your blog. I read a few of your reviews, left comments when I had something I wanted to say and overall I really like your blog. It's rare for me to see a blog that isn't all one genre of books only.

    Last but not least, thank you so much for hosting this giveaway!

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  128. Maybe more of the Young Adult Romance genre <3 :)))
    Congratulations on your One-Year Blogoversary! More powers to you and your blog :) and thanks for this awesome giveaway! :D

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  129. Congrats!! As for suggestions, I think you're doing really well and honestly don't know what you should add/change. Thanks for your amazing giveaway!

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  130. Congratulations on your blogoversary! I'm a new follower, just joined, and I really like your blog. :)

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  131. Congrats! I like it just the way it is!

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  132. Congrats! Love those who take the time to blog about amazing authors and books!

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  133. Congrats on your Blogoversary! I don't think you should change anything about your blog as long as you're comfortable with it.
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  134. Happy Anniversary! I just found your awesome blog, so I'm fairly new to everything, but I really like your reviews, so don't change those! :)

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  135. More posts! just kidding. not trying to kill ya ;)
    Congrats on your milestone!

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  136. Oh my gosh CONGRATS!! I'm new to your blog but so far I'm totally loving it! Don't change a thing.=)

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  137. Congratulations! Here's to many more anniversaries! I can think of more minions! The blog will look more cheerful :)

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  138. Congratulations!!! I personally like how the blog is run now! :)

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  139. I wouldn't change a thing!

    Happy Blogoversary!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

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  140. Your blog is fine the way it is! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  141. Looking through this blog, everything seems perfect :) Purple is my fave colour <3

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  142. Happy Blogoversar dear!

    Loved your blog! Just keep it as before, everything looks perfect. Though, it'll be nicer if you made an attractive header, so it wouldn't be just the title? Just my opinion thoug :) other than that it looks amazing! Thanks for the giveaway :D

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  143. Happy blogoversary! I like your blog a lot, and I think it's a major feat that you've managed to post every day!

    My only ask is if you could review more contemps...but only because I'm a major contemp fan. =)

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  144. Happy blogoversary! I like your blog a lot, and I think it's a major feat that you've managed to post every day!

    My only ask is if you could review more contemps...but only because I'm a major contemp fan. =)

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  145. Seriously, keep being yourself - I love your blog just the way it is! You have SO much great content - reviews, interviews, giveaways, event recaps, etc. so yours is one of my favorite blogs to follow when I am short on time. Congrats on such a successful first year! :)

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  146. Your blog is awesome! I would really love to see a cuter blog button though.Otherwise, love it.

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  147. Um, I just stumbled upon this blog for the first time through Twitter, but I always love more giveaways. ;) (And I love the minion gifs!)

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