Sep 19, 2014

Three Year Blogiversary Celebration



Today we are celebrating us blogging for THREE years. It's crazy to think we've been doing this for three years. It feels like just yesterday when Sana and I were talking about doing this. We loved books, had for some time and we wanted to do something to help people out choosing books so we decided on opening a review blog. We originally opened over at wordpress and under a different name on September 19, 2011 but in May of 2012 we switched our name and move to blogspot. We're much happier since having done that.

We got Ashley on board with us and we were all set. We all read different types of books so we really don't have to worry about arguing over books often and it just works with us. I am happy I have these two working with me and I truly wouldn't have it any other way. We also recently got our other friend, who moved back to England last year, on board to do some part-time reviewing. The four of us are just perfection together and I wouldn't want to continue this journey with anyone else.

This year has probably been my most exciting year blogging, personally. I've been able to work most closely with some really amazing publishers, which has been an absolute blessing and I truly appreciate them all. Huge shout out to Macmillan, Bloomsbury, Harlequin Teen and Harper Teen for being so awesome. Those are probably the publishers we've been known to work with the most but I also appreciate Scholastic and Disney for having worked with us and hopefully continue to do so in the future.

I have met some truly amazing friends in the past year, too and most of which are fellow bloggers. I'm lucky to live in an area where there's such an amazing group for fans of books out there. I'm sure you've heard of YADC but if not, we're a group of authors, librarians, booksellers, bloggers and readers in the DC metro area. We make sure together at signings and hanging out as much as possible. It has been one of the greatest things that's happened because these are certainly the best group of gals ever. So huge shout out to Hannah from The Irish Banana Review, Jen from Jenuine Cupcakes, Andye from Reading Teen, Stephanie from No BS Book Review, Steph from Cuddlebuggery, Malissa from Reads All The Books, Liza from Reading With ABC, Jennifer from Book Shelfery & so many others!

But most of all, the people we want to thank and appreciate most of all are those who keep coming back, commenting on reviews, talking to us on twitter, entering our giveaways or, if you're shy like me, just looking at our reviews but hesitant to comment. Please, feel free to comment on anything, we love to talk books and we encourage it. But we want to spread our gratitude and thanks to you and while it's impossible to give each of you something, we're giving three of you the chance to take home a $30 gift card to either Barnes & Noble or Amazon (or another bookseller of your choice IF we're able to do online gift cards). This giveaway IS international so we encourage y'all to enter.


Giveaway is international and ends at 11:59 PM EST on October 2, 2014. Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor! We love and appreciate you all! <3

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67 comments:

  1. I'd pre-order "The Heir" by: Kiera Cass.. Along with "Royal Wedding" by: Meg Cabot!!

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  2. Happy Blogoversary ladies! I've loved your blog for a few years now, and it's been great watching it as it developed. Congrats on making the big 3 year mark! Cheers ;)
    I'd probably buy a few new releases, like Blood of Olympus on pre-order and I'd pre-order dead of winter by Kresley Cole too ;)
    -Dee @ Dee's Reads

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  3. I'd buy the Retribution of Mara Dyer or The Mortal Gods by Kendare Blake if I win a gift card.


    Happy 3rd Blogoversary and thank you!

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  4. Amanda P. @ Of Specs and BooksSeptember 19, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    Hmmmm... So many choices. Depending on what's most imperative to own at the time I might receive the gift card. It might be the fourth book in the Outlander series or The Vault of Dreamers or Storm Siren or Retribution of Mara Dyer. So many choices.... It's like I can't own enough books. My bank account screams at me sometimes lol.


    Happy 3rd blogoversary! You seriously run one of my favorite blogs. I follow a lot of book blogs, but you guys are one of my top faves! I hope you guys have a fabulous week! Oh, and thanks so much for the awesome giveaway! :)

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  5. There is supposed to be a boxed set of the Splintered books by A.G. Howard when the last book comes out in January. This would probably almost pay for the whole set!! Happy anniversary!! I am celebrating one year blogging this month, and I hope I will still be happily blogging in two more years. Congratulations, and thanks for the fab giveaway. :)

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  6. Umm probably Patrick Rothfuss' The Slow Regard of Silent Things!
    Congratulations on your blogiversary!! I've only been blogging for four months so three YEARS seem nearly impossible! Well done! :)

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  7. Happy three year blogiversary!! I'd definitely be getting Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers and Compulsion by Martina Boone! I'm very excited for these two books to come out :D

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  8. The Retribution of Mara Dyer is at the top of my list. Happy Blogiversary, woohoo!!

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  9. i would love to get one by ash krafton! thanks and Happy 3rd blogoversary!

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  10. +JMJ+

    Congratulations for hanging in there for three years! =D The most interesting part of your story, at least for me, is that you moved from Wordpress to Blogger and are very happy that you did. It's the opposite that's usually the case, aye? I hope it's okay to be a bit nosy now and ask what needs of yours Wordpress didn't meet that Blogger does? =)

    When I win a gift card from a book blog, I like to spend a bit of it on what the blogger is promoting. So I'll probably buy something by one of your spotlighted authors. Thanks for this chance! =)

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  11. Happy Blogoversary!

    I would probably get myself the Shadow and Bone series.

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  12. Hmmm probably Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios or Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes!

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  13. Happy Blogoversary!



    I'd probably buy Lola and the Boy Next Door, Isla and the Happily Ever After, and preorder Fairest.

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  14. Congrats on your 3 years. That's fantastical. I would buy the Shadows and Haze by Paula Weston :-)

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  15. Happy Blogoversary!

    If i win I'll buy some books from Akashic Books Noir Series. These are books of short stories from around the world.

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  16. Congrats on the blogoversary!!! Here's wishing you many, many more!!! Ummm.... I think that I would get Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios or I might be fickle and randomly pick something out of my wishlist ;) thanks so much for the awesome giveaway!

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  17. Congratulations!!

    I hope you have many more years!

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  18. Keep up the great work! I've already read them put I would love to have the Shatter Me series on my Kindle.

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  19. I would save it for I am intending to buy the manga box set of Fullmetal Alchemist manga (yeah, manga are books too hehe), but since it costs and arma and a leg ... and a little brother I don't have, I hope I can win some GCs from giveaways and from friends for my B-day next month so that finally I can enjoy this journey in print, since I only watched FMAB anime so far... *fingers crossed*

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  20. Christina R. in the rafflecopter


    Congrats!! You've done an awesome job, and have an awesome blog! And thank you for doing all this work for us readers :)


    I'd get books by Patty Blount and some self-published ones..


    You're awesome! thank you :)

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  21. The Caffeinated BooknerdSeptember 19, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    Congratulations on 3 years!!! I would Pre-order Red Queen and get a couple of other paperbacks on my TBR.

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  22. Talon, Snow like Ashes!!

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  23. Congratulations! I would probably pre-order Blue Lily and This Shattered World :)

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  24. Happy Blogoversary! That is really incredible. I hope you have many more years of blogging ahead. I would buy books, books and more books. Stock up on all the ones I've been dying to own. Thank you so much.

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  25. Happy blogoversary! I think I'd buy Every Time I Think of You. Thanks for celebrating with us!

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  26. hmm...I have a lot on my wish list! Maybe Jessica Merchant's new cookbook "Delish" or some cheap used paperbacks of some books I haven't gotten to yet like One Plus One by Jojo Moyes, Dark Places by Gillian Flynn, Where She Went by Gayle Foreman (I have If I Stay but waiting until I get the sequel to read it!!)

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  27. CONGRATS ON YOUR 3RD YEAR BLOGOVERSARY!

    I am quite a few on my wish list, but the ones I'm dying to read that I haven't bought or pre-ordered are The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, Legend by Marie Lu, & The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken! I am DYING to read those!

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  28. Oh so many books!


    Happy Blogoversary!

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  29. I would probably pick Since You've Been Gone and To All of the Boys That I've Loved Before!
    Congratulations on your blogoversary!

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  30. I have lots of Haruki Murakami's books on my wishlist, so I'll get them.
    Happy Blogoversary!

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  31. Congratulations! Here's to many more years!

    I would definitely have to get copies of Paula Weston's Rephaim series and The Falconer!

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  32. Congrats on finding the review team that works for you!

    If I won I'd buy Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas.

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  33. I think I would pre order Echoes Of Us!

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  34. Happy Blogversary
    I would get The October list

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  35. Happy 3rd blogoversary! I'm not sure what I would buy, but Gail Carriger announced that signed copies of Waistcoats & Weaponry were up on Barnes & Noble, so I might get that. :)

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  36. Happy Blogoversary! Wow, three years! That's amazing :D
    Not sure what I'd buy...maybe Blue Lily, Lily Blue, or The Perilous Sea :)

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  37. Me, My Shelf and I BlogSeptember 22, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    I would for sure get UNMADE by Sarah Rees Brennan, and the pre-ordr Holly Black's new one! And then I think I would also get something for my rabid 10 year old reader!

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  38. ufff!!! i will buy the Love with lies series by Tarryn Fisher !!! i LOOOOve those book and i can't buy it in book depository ( i buy in this page 'cause i live in Chile) sooo i would buy that series.

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  39. Not sure but congrats on the blogoversary.

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  40. Oh, it comes down to should I buy books I have already read and need to add to my collection or buy new books. I would probably go with both, Not in the Script (which I've already read and it comes out the 7th of October) and The Fine Art of Pretending which I haven't read that comes out soon.

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  41. The books I would buy... that changes every day! At the moment, I would buy the rest of the Lunar Chronicles series, Scarlet and Cress. Thanks for the giveaway!!! :)

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  42. Happy blogoversary!! I'd love to get Kinslayer by Jay Kristoff and Heir of Fire!!!

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  43. Happy Blogoversary! I would buy some new releases! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  44. I would buy Battle Royale & Battle Royale: Angel's Border

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  45. I think I would get Mary: The Summoning, The Fall and I'll Give You the Sun! Thanks for this amazing giveaway!

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  46. I would buy some of the upcoming October new releases!

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  47. I've had some books on the wish list for a while, so I think I'll get Of Metal & Wishes, Jackaby, I'll Give You The Sun, Made For You...

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  48. I would buy the last books of Juliet Marillier´s Shadowfell saga and pre order the last book of Rick Riordan´s Heroes of the Olympic

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  49. I'd buy 'Rosemary's Baby' by Ira Levin and the second book of the trilogy 'Kushiel's Dart' by Jaqueline Carey~~~~

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  50. I would get the new Lena Dunham book Not That Kind of Girl

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  51. Not sure yet, but I'm thinking a couple of Laurell Hamilton's

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  52. I'm not sure! It takes me hours to shop for books XD If I won, my mom is going to have a field day taking me shopping

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  53. I'd buy Robert Galbraith's two books.

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  54. I would buy some books from the Mary Quinn series by Y.S. Lee

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  55. I'm not sure what I would buy. I think spending ages browsing and choosing will be as much fun as actually reading whatever book I finally choose!

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  56. nicholas sparks's book

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  57. Colleen Hoover Books. I'll get all her books in this amount at a local book store :)

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  58. Happy Blogoversary!
    Books from my wish list :)


    Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  59. Ken Follett!!! :)
    samantha.tedesco@gmail.com

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  60. How to Kill a Rock Star or The Sky is Everywhere!!! :)

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  61. Amy-Louize KuelahwayOctober 1, 2014 at 4:34 AM

    I would love to add more books to my Jane Austen collection if I won! I LOVE Pride & Prejudice and recently bought Mansfield Park and Sense & Sensibility (which I am yet to read) :)

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  62. Happy blogoversary! I would pick probably Chaos of Stars and Poison.. Thank you for the giveaway :)

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  63. I am reallllly wanting to read Winterspell and Rites of Passage so those would be the first two I'd buy!

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  64. If I won, I'd really like to buy The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer! Thank you for this amazing giveaway and happy 3 year blogoversary! :)

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  65. Happy Blogoversary! I'd buy Gail Carriger's latest release, Unmarked and Thief. Thanks for the giveaway!

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