It was my first year of high school. I noticed all the students around me had talents and motivations and hobbies, while the only hobby I had was reading (not that there's anything wrong with that). I wanted to do something that would set me apart from my peers, something that would make me unique. After stalking a few blogs, (that I had discovered on Goodreads) I set about creating a blog during my Winter break, knowing little to nothing on reviewing and on blogging in general.
My first year of blogging was nothing compared to this year; while in my first year I was a bit shy and clueless, over time I became more confident in my reviewing abilities and in forging relationships with other bloggers.
This year, I wasn't afraid of publishers, and took the plunge into requesting ARCs. I'm not saying I was entirely successful on the first try, maybe not on the second or third, but eventually, I did get accepted for the books I requested, and I even got on the mailing list of Bloomsbury. Thank you to the pubs for these reviewing opportunities!
The past year, I've also been on a diversity panel for KidLitCon 2014 in Sacramento, California. It was amazing to meet fellow kidlit bloggers in real life, and especially rewarding to present on a panel with the wonderful ladies: Hannah from mclicious, Faythe from YALSA, and Kelly from STACKED. And everyone else who I had the pleasure of talking to and meeting: thanks for making the con such a great experience!
Andandand, this year I submitted to be a Cybils judge and got accepted! It's basically a book award run by bloggers that "recognizes the children’s and young adult authors and illustrators whose books combine the highest literary merit and popular appeal" (from their page). I also did a guest post for YALSA for Teen Read Week. :)
For everyone who I've ever talked to/fangirled with/has left a comment on my blog: I want to THANK YOU so much for motivating me to keep blogging and to keep reading critically. And a shout-out to my GR buddies these past two years who got me through my reading slumps and through the ups and downs of life. More recently I
Last but not least, thanks to my old co-blogger, Tierra (who now goes by Lara, and blogs at The Paperback Palace) who made blogging infinitely more fun, because hey, two is always better than one.
CORNY SENTENCE FTW. ^.^
And now a giveaway to express my thanks. It's international, as long as The Book Depository ships to your country.
- You must be at least 13 years old to enter.
- The book you choose must be under $15, and before entering make sure TBD ships to your country.
- No cheating, please, I'm planning on going through every entry to make sure you did what you entered. If not, I'll eliminate all your entries. (Sorry if I sound harsh. >.>)