First I found a whole community of people who also had book blogs. I started following a few blogs, commenting on a few blogs, testing the water. I found some great memes that helped me connect with the community. Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish and Feature and Follow Friday hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee really helped me feel like part of this community. And then I decided to put my blog on Twitter. I was already a fan of Twitter but the opportunity to interact with so many of you as well as authors and publishers has been an amazing experience. I still freak out when someone responds to one of my tweets!
Book YAbber, Octavia and Shelley from Read Sleep Repeat, and Nikki from There Were Books Involved. I can't wait to go back next year. It feels like going back to summer camp. Getting to see old friends, do things that you loved, and meet new people. I hope I get to meet more of you, especially those I was too embarrassed to say hi to last year! Oh and did I mention the authors? So many amazing an super sweet authors. Check out my recap.
But the second thing that happened was that I found my voice. I've never been very confident in my writing. I'm a voracious reader but I've never been a great writer. But forcing myself to do five posts a week, including at least two reviews has caused me to become much more confident with my writing. But it's more than that. I've come up with a system, a plan. When I decided to come back to blogging it was October so naturally I decided to read spooky Halloween books. But then the next month I realized my books also had a theme to them. And, my themed months were born. But my voice goes even further. A year ago I never would have responded to an author's tweet, asked them a question on a chat or book signing, requested an advance copy of a book I was excited about, or put myself out there in the way that I have. I did try the YouTube thing and as much as I liked it, I just don't think it's for me. I'm going to continue this blog thing. It's been so amazing coming up with creative content on the site.
So to say thank you I have planned a special giveaway. Because it's one year that is actually five I've decided to give away five books in one package/theme. But I'm feeling generous, and like I have too many books, so I have two separate packages with books from my two favorite genres. To win all you have to do is follow the rafflecopter down below. I will pick one winner for each prize pack so please let me know which one you want. You must be subscribed to My Thoughts Literally to be eligible and I'm sorry but it's US only, it's too much to ship internationally!
Historical Fiction Prize Pack
1.) The Nest by Esther Ehrlich (MG)
2.) Signed Copy of Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (YA)
3.) ARC Copy of Salt & Storm by Kendal Hulper (YA)
4.) ARC Copy of Neverhome by Laird Hunt (Adult)
5.) ARC Copy of Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth (Adult and my favorite book of the year)
Bonus: Harlequin Tote Bag
Fantasy/Supernatural Prize Pack
1.) Gabriel Finley and the Raven's Riddle by George Hagan (MG)
Thank you to everyone who has made this past year so much fun to be book blogging. And of course HAPPY READING!