How is this possible? I feel like I just wrote my first blogoversary post like, a few weeks ago. I kind of refuse to believe it! This is going to be a two part post, on account of me turning two. The first part, today, will be looking back at the past two years. And tomorrow, we shall look ahead at (hopefully!) more to come!
The full story about my little journey into blogging is here, if you’re so inclined. But if you want the TL;DR version, here it is:
Girl is bored. Girl starts blog to
force her thoughts uponshare bookish ideas with others. Girl posts a welcome post on October 8. On October 9, girl has small human surgically removed. Blog gets shoved to back burner. Girl is too scared to comment. Girl finally comments, meets bloggers, and falls in love.
Anyway, we can look back on some of the junk that’s happened, shall we. You know, books were read. And reviewed. And things were posted. Friends were made, BEA was attended… let’s look at the numbers, shall we?
- 538 Posts
- 14,643 Comments (holy crap, you guys! Thank you!!)
- 158 Reviews (that’s not even including the “mini” reviews!)
- 1 Challenge Hosted (The Discussion Challenge, which is all Nicole’s brainchild!)
- 1 Giveaway Hop Hosted (Thanks to Suze @ Librarian Lavender for asking me to co-host!)
- 1 Epic Mental Health Event (see below!)
- 1 BEA Success!
- 2 fabulous Secret Sisters
And since we love pictures… two years, in pictures!
I don’t even know where I would be without YOU– you lovely people who are the driving force behind every post, whose comments I giddily look forward to, who I love to fangirl with on Twitter. You make it all so damn fun. I have met the most amazing people along the way, people who I genuinely consider to be wonderful friends. I’d be remiss without giving shoutouts to some people who make every day easier. Whether it’s bouncing ideas off them, or just some random chatting to cheer up a bad day, without Holly, Amber, and Val, I don’t know where I’d be. I have had the pleasure to meet and have the most amazing week with Val and Holly, and I can’t wait to see Amber in Chicago! Holly, thanks for being the puppetmaster who brought us all together 🙂 And I must give Holly the specialist of shoutouts, because I can say with absolute certainty that without Holly, I’d have lost my mind much more than I already have. And guys, she puts up with my panic attacks, so she probably deserves sainthood 😉 And a special thanks to Kayla and Inge, who helped me trudge through the fears and the panic, who made the #ShatteringStigmas event not only possible, but an epic success.
But there are so many important people! I couldn’t possibly list them all, BUT I will tell you that you can find a lot of them here. These are the bloggers that I adore and have adored for quite some time. I consider them friends, but I also consider them to be fabulous bloggers. Each of them brings something to the community that is special and worth reading. And I have recently seemed to have met a whole new group of lovely bloggers, so if you’re not on that page, don’t fret! I know and love you all, that I promise! Also, some of my favorite bloggers do not have buttons. I am glaring at you right now, but I also still love you. If you want me to make you a crappy button, hit me up 😉
Thank you to the authors who I have gotten to know (and even the ones I admire from afar!) for writing these gorgeous books, and then putting your babies out there for the whole world to critique. Your books have made my life so much fuller, and without you all, this blog would literally have no purpose. And to the publishers and authors who have trusted me with their books, from the bottom of my heart, I thank you. While I can’t love every book, I do love every opportunity to read, and I hope I have done your work justice.
Now, sappiness aside, time for some Shannon Superlatives.
Favorite Positive Review, Fun: Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
Favorite Negative Review: Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt
Favorite Multi-Book Review: Truest by Jackie Lea Sommers and Has to Be Love by Jolene Perry
Favorite Feature: Snark From the Ark (Back in January, woo hoo!)