Well, well. Look who made it through an entire year of blogging! Truly, I never in my wildest dreams imagined that I would have such a wonderful experience. And I owe it all to you– the lovely readers and fellow bloggers who inspire me to keep on reading and blogging every day.
Not only did blogging give me a platform to share my bookish thoughts, but it helped me to discover so many amazing blogs and bloggers, without whom my days would be far more boring! I am so scared of even mentioning anyone, because I really don’t want to forget anyone, so I forgot you please, please know that I only forgot for this one moment, not in general, and I will smack myself later! But, I do want to take this opportunity to give a shout out to some of my favorite blogs and their respective bloggers that I love commenting back and forth with, tweeting, commenting on Goodreads, etc, and of course spotlighting their amazing blogs so that you all can read them and enjoy them as much as I do. In no particular order:
How did this blog come to be, one year ago? Okay, story time! So, I had found out that book blogging was a “thing” only recently. I saw some links in some Goodreads profiles, and then of course, became addicted to reading blogs. And then one day, I thought it only made sense to have my own, because there was so much I wanted to say that I had no other outlet for. I had been blogging for about two years on my personal blog, which is here, but I don’t update it regularly anymore. So I started a book blog! It was actually called “Shannon Hearts Books” (yeah, original, right?) and this was my first post. I changed the look of the blog a lot during those first few months, so who knows what it even looked like. I think it was kind of grey for awhile, and it had this ridiculous looking header:
You can read about his dramatic entrance here, if you are curious. But, suffice it to say that after an unexpected birthday, and NICU stay, my new little book blog took a backseat. Eventually, I decided to get things started again, but I was so nervous. Truthfully, I don’t even think another human knew this blog existed until maybe March, when I first posted a Top Ten Tuesday, and actually linked it up! I had finally gotten around to changing the name, and the look. The name, of course, is a Catching Fire reference, with a double meaning, since I pretty much do not start reading until at least midnight, after the kids have gone to bed. Oh, and the blog looked like this:
I actually liked the look, but I hated how narrow the display was, and after I exhausted any and all html options, I gave in and bought this lovely creation you see today. (Incidentally, Kelsey was great to work with, and you can find her link at the bottom of every page!)
Part two coming up! But for now, how about I give you a book? Which one? Any one. Pretty much any one that has ever been on this blog. Ever. And, if you search, and it hasn’t been on the blog, just comment about it somewhere and remedy it 😉 Oh and, it’s INTERNATIONAL as long as TBD ships to you! Oh, and I should note: I am not usually a fan of mandatory entries, but because this is 100% to show how grateful I am for all my followers, I am making following in some way mandatory, because I feel like it wouldn’t be fair otherwise 🙂 Also, I have updated my policies (BIG thanks to Kaitlin!), so be sure to take a look, and as always, please read the Terms and Conditions!