Thursday, December 29, 2016

Four-Year Blogoversary Celebration and Giveaway!

Check it out, friends! I've reached my four-year blogoversary today! Whaaaaaaaat!

(I'm a Star Wars mood today. Unapologetic about it.)

Book blogging has changed my life. I started while I was halfway through my senior year of high school, and here I am, halfway through my senior year of undergrad/university. My final semester in college is coming up, and I'm scared, excited, and hopeful.

Blogging has been such a wonderful outlet for me, over the years. College is hard, but reading has always been something "there" for me. I could say the same about blogging. I've not missed a single day of posting on my blog in the last four years, and that is a privilege as much as it is hard work.

I'm so grateful to everyone who has had a hand in my blogging journey. There have been so many, some who have come and gone, some who have been there from the start, some who I've just met. I'm thankful for all of you. And I'm listing as many people as I can remember because I adore you all. You've inspired me, cheered me on, put up with me; know that I appreciate everything!

Pili, Carina, LizaErin, Sophia, JessicaNereyda, Nick, Cyra, Meredith, Katiria, Jessica, JessicaJana, Cookie, Grace, Eileen, Kel, Jess, Shannon, Anna, Rachel, Rachel, JaspritHeatherAila, Aneeqah, Jaime, JaimeLily, BrookeLauren, Cyn, Zareena, Angela, Theresa, Keionda, Becky, Di, Lis, Steph, Teresa, Renee, Kristyn, Rachel, Zeee, JessLisa, Amy, Danya, Carole, Genni, JulieGenesis, Tammy, Lauren -- thank you for being there for me, in some capacity, during this year. I appreciate it more than you'll ever know. <3

Publishers and publicists - there are so many of you that I had a chance to work with this year, and I am so grateful to all of you. Team Berkley, Sourcebooks Casa, Macmillan, Fierce Reads, Epic Reads, Penguin Teen, Griffin Teen, S&S, HarperTeen, Avon, Disney-Hyperion, Entangled, Tor, Random House, Forever Romance, SMP Romance, Loveswept, Kensington, Bloomsbury, Big Honcho Media, Barclay,  Inkslinger... I could go on and on. THANK YOU!

Authors - all fifty million of you - you are rockstars. Believe me, I'd be here for days if I started listing all of you. Thank you. Good luck with everything!

Traders - Raquel, Jennzah, Erin, Michelle, Leah, Ashley, Carrie, Maryssa, Danielle, Samantha, Fallon, Pam, Crys, Flo, Michelle, Jen, Ashley, Elle, Sondra, Alice, Tatiana, Casey, Carlotta, Leslie, Zulfa, Ariel, Liz, AngelRachel, Becky, and Tracy. Thank you for the successful trades throughout the year! And thanks to Rachel, for making my life by sending a certain book. HUGS!

Jamie, and Kaitlyn - thank you for organizing #TBTBSanta (Jamie), and being an amazing Santa (Kaitlyn). Kaitlyn, I loved everything, and appreciate all of the gifts!

Jaime, Rachel, Hannah, and Jamie (again) - thank you for all of your time with blog tours (and in Jamie's case, #TBTBSanta). Your hard work is much appreciated! I'm a grateful host, always.

Waterwitch Babes - Lou, Katrina, Charlene, Carine, Steph, Cat, Kim, Olivia, Maddie, Ale, and Shanna. Always a pleasure to work with you ladies! I'm really excited to have met Shanna in person this year. Maddie, thank you for the sweet holiday gift. 

Nick and Charlene - thank you for being wonderful, as always, but especially for making graphics for me at some point during the year. I have zero graphic arts skills, so your help is so appreciated!

And to everyone I forgot, because I'm human, as well as to all the people who are reading this, thank you. To everyone who has interacted with at some point, blog-related or not, thank you. Thank you thank you thank you.


As usual, be sure to check out my year-end blog stats post in two days. For now, I will move on to my giveaway!


Giveaway #1:


Win the six diverse/diversely written books above! Two are hardcovers, four are ARCs. All are 2016 publications with the exception of Allegedly, which publishes very soon, in January. Open internationally. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway #2:

Because I'm lazy - win a book of your choice! $17 USD maximum, open to any country to which The Book Depository ships. Check the Rafflecopter for terms/conditions. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

98 comments:

  1. Taking the book pledge to hoard less and to read more.
    Happy New Year and Happy Blogoversary, woohoo!!

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  2. Four years! Congrats on the awesome accomplishment. It's crazy how time flies and how much blogging becomes a part of your life. Here's to another awesome four years!

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  3. Happy Bloganniversary! Maybe I could read more and write more of my own! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  4. *throws confetti* WOW four years! Happy blogoversary Alyssa!! Congrats on everything you've accomplished :) And thanks for having such a wonderful blog that I always love to visit!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  5. Happy Blogoversary
    As for 2017 i can only hope to have a better year than 2016 which was desastrous and hopefully manage to read a littel more
    thank you for the giveaway

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  6. I just hope 2017 is a better year for the world than 2016 was :)

    - Ana M

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  7. Happy Blogoversary! Amazing that you've kept up with your blog all the way through the college years when you are so busy. But yes, books do help get one through.
    Ahhhh, thanks for the acknowledgement. Know that I feel the same way about you and my on-line book buddies, too.

    I'm still working on a balance of reading the older books on my shelf and finishing up my review commitments on time.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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  8. Happy blogoversary! :D

    I'm hoping 2016 will suck less in general. It's been one tough year. =/ And other than that I hope to reach my reading goal of 117 books next year.

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  9. Good health for my family this 2017

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  10. Resolution is always: move forward. I have to stop letting the past dictate my future (this is harder than it sounds, by the way.) Happy Blogoversary and here's to another great year!

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  11. I feel like my New Years resolution in regards to blogging is to blog more. I've noticed my total post count has been going down over the years. I need more randomness posts I think. Or the ability to read a heck of a lot faster! LOL! Happy Blogoversary!! Hope you have many more happy blogging years to come!! I've enjoyed reading your reviews over the years! Hopefully one day we can meet in person!

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  12. Oh My Goodness, Happy anniversary! I think my New Year's resolution is to plan my blogging more so I can get the time to write more different sorts of posts. Or just write more in general for myself.

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  13. Oops. Forgot to answer the question: Just more of the same. I'm happy with that. :-)

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  14. Happy Blogoversary! Every day for 4 years is amazing. I am looking forward to next year and hope to not stress as much about things.

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  15. Resolutions? Read more, exercise more, craft more and eat less sweets and salty snacks.

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  16. 4 years! I feel like you've been doing this even longer! You're one of my faves and I'm so glad to have you as a friend. :)
    Congrats, Alyssa!

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  17. No resolutions :)Thanks for the chance <3

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  18. Happy Blog Birthday and it's always a pleasure to talk and work with you :-) Hope to see you one day IRL in Europe or in the US. Have a nice day.

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  19. An my first resolution will be Don't buy a book if you haven't read at least 2 of my TBR.... That will be a hard one.

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  20. I don't have any resolutions. BUT I will try to read genres I tend to stay away from (broaden my reading horizon). THANK YOU!

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  21. Just going to sit around and watch tv and relax. Congrats on your 4 years=you are so young!

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  22. Congrats, Alyssa! Actually I'm mostly impressed that you have posted every day. That is something to be proud of! I always enjoy your enthusiasm about books and your in depth reviews. Hope you have a wonderful 2017!

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  23. Damn, girl! Four years of blogging is impressive as is, but the fact that you've never missed a day of posting blows my mind. Congratulations!

    I'm so glad I found your blog this year! I like that you acknowledge horrible things that're happening in the world (Trump...ugh) and your Science in Fiction posts are so original. Plus you know I take your word as law when it comes to anything romance related! ;)

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  24. Happy blogoversary! And aww, thanks for saying I've been there for you in some way. I can't believe it is only your 4th year, because I feel like I've been following you as long as I've been around! I love your blog, and I wish you at least four more years! I guess my resolution would be to do more writing this year. Finish two of my NaNoWriMo stories that need to be finished.

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  25. Yay!!!!! Happy 4 years! I'm very thankful for finding your blog this year. You are the bestest! Seroiusly, I don't know don't know how you manage to study and read so many awesome books and blog every day. I want to be you!
    Wishing you many more years to come!

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  26. Congratulations on 4 years!! That is absolutely amazing! Good for you! I feel so honored that you included me in your list. <3 Happy to have met you, and really excited to read more from you! My blog related resolutions are to read more of a variety in 2017, since I only read romances. And also to read more from my ever-growing TBR list.

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  27. Happy Blogoversary Alyssa!!!!!!! Four years wow, you're amazing! Thank you for including me! I am so flattered seeing my name there :D *tackle hugs*

    I didn't read as much as I wanted to this year so next year I hope to read more! Got my fingers and toes crossed ;)

    Hope you're enjoying your break!!

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  28. YAAAY! May the 4th be with you (and happy blogoversary!)! I always love seeing what's happening on your blog <3
    That's so exciting, almost being done college. I know it's a scary feeling going into the "real world", but you'll be awesome at whatever you do! Best of luck!

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  29. Happy, Happy, Happy Blogoversary!!!!!!! To four years already, and many more to come! <3

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  30. ALYSSAAAAA OH MY GOSH! HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY!!!! I'm so happy for you and wish you a WONDERFUL day!! (and thank you so much for that shoutout because I totally got emotional over it, haha.)

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  31. I plan on making more time for self care in 2017 :)

    mia2009(at)comcast(dot)net

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  32. Eater of Books is hands down one of my favorite blogs ever! Congratulations on hitting four years!! That's so fantastic.

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  33. Wow 4 years!! Congrats on a huge milestone. I love your blog so thanks for being on the blogosphere! ❤😀

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  34. Happy 4 years!! Blogging is such a wonderful journey and it's amazing how fast it goes- and how awesome the community is. I think it's amazing you've posted daily all along. And good luck with your last semester!!!

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  35. My resolution for 2017 is to decrease the clutter and find places for the kids and husband to put their stuff instead of scattering it throughout the house and dumping things on any horizontal surface.

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  36. I don't have any concrete goals for myself. I just want to improve in general. If I make progress in any area I'll be happy :)

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  37. Happy blogiversary!!!! I have no plans for a new year's resolution but I do hope that it will be better than 2016!

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  38. Congrats on an amazing four years, Alyssa! For the new year, I'm hoping to pass another semester of law school and maybe get some new legal experiences over the summer. Oh, and eat some good southern food while I'm in Georgia for Alternate Spring Break! :D

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  39. Resolutions and expectations for the year: weight loss and good things.

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  40. Thanks for the giveaway and Happy Blogoversary!! I just hope they new year will be better than the last. :)

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  41. Congratulations on your milestone. It's not easy being a book blogger and keeping your blog updated and active. And thanks for the giveaway.

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  42. This last year was awful for me, personally, so my only New Year's resolution is to have a great year this year. :)

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  43. Happy Blogiversary!! Congratulations on being in your senior year of school!! I agree reading and blogging is a great outlet for relaxing! Thank you for the mention! Have a great 2017!!

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  44. oh Congrats on your blogiversary!!! Its crazy how fast time flies when your blogging right? And I feel so honored that I was mentioned, so thank you. It has been so wonderful discussing books with you and you always leave me with a smile on my face. I do love Avon and Sourcebooks Casa. I have loved Avon for so many years. But Sourcebooks is becoming a new fave of mine.

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  45. My resolution is to become a little more organized!

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  46. Congrats on four years of blogging! It's crazy to look back and see how far you've come, isn't?

    -Lauren

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  47. Congratulations on your blogoversary! My resolution is to pass my final exams and graduate college!

    ~ KateS

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  48. Happy Blogoversary! I've been reading The Eater of Books since almost the beginning... so, 4 years, that's a long time!!! This is definitely one of my favorite blogs of all time :)

    My New Years Resolution is to make something creative in 2017: write a book, film a special video, choreograph a dance, maybe paint something... I'm not sure yet but I love working on projects :)

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  49. My new years resolution is to become a more positive person :)

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  50. No Resolutions... I rarely keep them.

    Congrats btw! :)

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  51. no big Resolution, just work less and enjoy my grandkids

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

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  52. My New Years Eve plans are celebrating our youngest daughter's 21st birthday here at home. On New Years Day, we will have a small party with family. :)

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  53. Congratulations, sweetie!!!!!! 4 years is HUGE!!! Especially during college!!! I can't even imagine finding the time to fit it in!!! Oh, and I have no resolutions... yet ;) I'm sure I'll come up some Sat night, though!!!

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  54. Happy blogoversary!! My four-year is coming up very soon too (in January), so it looks like we're about the same age. :-)

    I don't make resolutions because I'm really good at breaking them, but I do want to finish some series next year (I signed up for a challenge that will hopefully help).

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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  55. Thanks so much for the giveaway! I have no plans and no resolutions for next year, except to treat my friends and family well and be happy! <3
    Raffelcopter name: Megan S.

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  56. Congrats on the blogoversary, woohoo!!
    My big resolution this year is to go to the beach more when summer comes along. The sun freaks me out a bit, I get so scared I'll get a sunburn or a skin disease!! but this year I actually went to the beach for a few days and enjoyed it a lot and i want to repeat that in 2017. :)

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  57. Congratulations! What an accomplishment! And thanks for the giveaway!

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  58. So happy for you, with the blogoversary and with the upcoming graduation of college. I enjoy visiting your blog and finding out about new books.

    No resolutions here. I'm just grateful for a chance to celebrate another year of life.
    Dianna

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  59. Congrats Alyssa! You deserve all your success, and as I keep telling you, I'm not sure how you do it all. You are an amazing blogger and and even more amazing person. *Hugs*

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  60. Congrats on your four year blogoversary, Alyssa! I love checking out what's new on your blog and hope 2017 brings you many new great reads and friendships :)

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  61. The usual....lose some weight, exercise more and eat healthier.
    Happy Holidays, Happy Blogoversary & thank you for the amazing giveaway!

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  62. No resolutions as I always break them, but plans to visit family overseas.

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  63. Congrats! Four years, wow, that is amazing. For 2017 I don´t have big things in mind. Just living healthier and do a bit more for my fitness :-)

    Best wishes
    Vi @ Gone With The Books

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  64. Celebrate!! I plan on organizing and decluttering the house when the youngest moves out this summer.

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  65. Happy Blogoversary! I have a few goals for 2017, including to read 50 books (this year I read 52 and my goal was 35), to go sky diving, and to improve my half marathon time to under 3 hours.

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  66. I have a lot of classics I want to finish or start in the new year :)

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  67. I hope I would find a new, better job and a new home for us :)

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  68. I haven't made resolutions since I was a kid. I plan to try to declutter, at least somewhat!

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  69. AWWWWW!!!! I'm on the list <3 You're one of my fave blogs (I know I've been a bad follower this month. I blame it on the holidays)! I'm so happy to have found you. You've given me so many recs that I'll go broke. I also love that we have similar tastes in some books so that's always very exciting :)
    I don't really have resolutions, except to keep going with Blogilates.
    CONGRATS ON THE ANNIVERSARY!!!!
    Genesis @ Latte Nights Reviews

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  70. Happy Blogoversary to you! Congrats on another year with this awesome blog! I always look forward to seeing what you have in store for the day... I don't really have resolutions, just goals for life. One of them being get back in the gym.

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  71. I am most likely to read Best Adult Romance Novels of 2016 :) Elizabeth Hoyt <3

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  72. Resolutions are exercise and read more. Happy Blogoversary!

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  73. I want to start going back to yoga and try to read every day.

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  74. Happy, happy, happy blogoversary and wishing you many more amazing to come! :)
    Like every year my plan is to find more time for reading and for family and friends. But basically, just enjoy and do everything that makes me happy.
    Thanks for a generous giveaway! :)

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  75. no real plans other than to try to be more true to myself and to continue learning!

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  76. Happy Blogoversary! Congrats on four years!
    I'm hoping to work on my tendency to procrastinate.
    Thanks for the giveaway
    Ann S

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  77. Happy Blogoversary!!
    One of my goals is to read more!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  78. I need an eReader so I can more easily meet my goal of reading more!

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  79. Take life less seriously, thank you for the chance.
    Happy blogoversary and Happy New Year!!!!!!

    Raffle name: Artemis Giote

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  80. Not really, maybe find another job.

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  81. Same as every year -- lose weight! :)
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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  82. I intend to read more this year. Other than that, I have no resolution for the new year.

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  83. Happy Blogoversary! And Happy New Year!
    My new year's resolution would be to stop procrastinating so much.

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  84. I am reading more of my tbr before adding more to the stack!

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  85. In 2017 I'd like to devote more time to being creative.

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  86. I'm so glad your year was awesome! I'm really looking forward to 2017; hopefully I'll be able to post more on my blog and I'll find my Shatter Me unicorn! :)

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  87. This year I'm planning on drinking more water and less pop. I've got a tapering schedule where I can only buy so much pop. Hopefully I stick to it!

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  88. Happy Bloganniversary! This year I'm planning to pass all my exams and read more. (Valentina B. - on the raffle)

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  89. Happy Blogoversary
    My resolution are to read more books, hopefully about 100, exercise more and work a bit more harder.

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  90. I want to see my relationship evolve into more than a long-distance romance!

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  91. CONGRATULATIONS, my dear!! Four years is quite the accomplishment! And I am so happy that you have had such a lovely experience, too! Also- you have posted EVERY DAY for FOUR YEARS!? Um.. you may actually be my hero? No, you are DEFINITELY my hero, no question. HOW EVEN!? And thank you for the mention, you are seriously the BEST!! ♥♥♥ Hoping for MANY more years of blogging happiness and success for you!

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  92. One of my goals is to journal more this year.

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  93. I know, I know. I'm FOREVER behind on this. Ahhh! BUT CONGRATS SWEET GIRL :D YAAAAAY for having been blogging for 4 years :D That is just amazing. <3 Hugs. You are the best blogger. And the most amazing friend. I love that I have gotten to know you so, so much. <3 You are the sweetest :) All the hugs.

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