Two Year Blogiversary: Looking Back and Giveaway

Two years ago, on Tuesday November 17th, I published my first post. It was a Top Ten Tuesday topic I really wanted to take part in, which is the only reason I can remember the day without needing to look it up. I’m not that pedantic.

Six hundred and five (this being the six hundred and fifth) posts later here I am. Today marks two years of me blogging at Reading Every Night, and I can’t believe I actually managed it. I am aware of my tendency to procrastinate more often than not, and of my habit to give up way too easily, and neither of those are things that would lead to me being a dedicated blogger but I guess I proved myself wrong there.

Two Year Blogiversary

Last year I did a Q&A, and earlier this year I wrote about what I’d learnt over the one-and-a-half years I’d been blogging for, so to celebrate my two year blogiversary today I’m going to look back at the past two years.

There will also be a giveaway, but more about that at the end of this post.


Looking Back

Over the Past Two Years…

…my blog has received 62,199 views and 26,812 visitors, which are completely insane numbers for me to comprehend. How are that many people interested in what I’m posting on here?

…my most popular post was a Top Ten Tuesday topic. Since being published my Top Ten Favourite YA Book Covers; UK Edition Vs. US Edition post has had 493 views.

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…my favourite post to write was a tie between The Character Dating Profile Tag, which gave me a chance to showcase a little of my writing style before taking part in NaNoWriMo, and The Book Aesthetic Tag, which allowed me to combine an old love (books) with a new love (aesthetics).

…I’ve read 245 books, and probably added hundreds more onto my to-read list.

…the longest book I’ve read was Winter by Marissa Meyer, at 823 pages

Two Year Blogiversary - Winter

…my favourite book to read was—

Sorry, I still can’t pick just one favourite book. Honestly I don’t think I could even pick the top five.


Over the Past Two Years, Thanks to Blogging, I…

…discovered that YALC, a YA book convention in London, exists. For the past two Julys I’ve spent one hectic and insane but unforgettable weekend surrounded by fellow bookworms and some of my favourite authors.

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…started writing again thanks to some of the amazing posts on their WIPs I saw published by May, Marie and Esther. I am actually currently taking part in NaNo for the first time in two years and now I’m writing again I don’t know why I ever stopped.

…met some of my favourite authors, both inside of and outside of my weekends at YALC, and next week I am going to be seeing Sarah J. Maas when she comes to London.

Two Year Blogiversary - Sarah J Maas

…got promoted at work. While this isn’t strictly blogging-related I would have never had the confidence to apply for a new job if it hadn’t been for the confidence I developed while posting on Reading Every Night over the past two years.

…fell in love with the magical realism genre, and rediscovered the contemporary genre.

Two Year Blogiversary - Magical Realism

…branched out and started posting discussions. I even recently launched my own feature; Reading Around the World. Both of these I was incredibly nervous about publishing but the response from the community has been amazing. Just one more reason I love you all on here.

…received my first physical ARC from a publisher for review. It was for The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon which was one of my most anticipated releases from this year so just another reason why that first ARC was a very special one for me to receive.

Two Year Blogiversary - The Song Rising

…made some incredible and amazing friends through WordPress. The community is one of the best parts of blogging, and I know I’ve said this before and it could really be considered cliché, but it’s true. Overall I’m just thankful that I started blogging because it gave me the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people.


Looking Forwards

So what does the future hold for my blog? Honestly, who knows.

Next week I will be talking a little about NaNoWriMo, and I may even be convinced to share some snippets from my current WIP.

Next month I will be taking a leap and joining Twitter, because really it’s about time.

And then next year my plans aren’t set in stone, but I’ve been playing around with an idea for a new feature that’s been stuck in my brain for a good few months now and I’m even thinking about re-designing my blog one day as well.


Giveaway

There are some incredible books being released next year, so to celebrate my two year blogiversary one person will be able to win a hardcover copy of one of their most anticipated January 2018 releases and a surprise gift.

Giveaway Books

The gift is surprise both because what it is will depend on the person who wins and because there needs to be some element of surprise for the winner when it comes to this giveaway. There are no rules or restrictions and you can pick any book you like as long as it’s a January 2018 release, you just have to be OK with giving me your address if you win.

To enter is simple, because even a year on from my first giveaway I still don’t know how to do the Rafflecopter thing, just comment on this post and let me know; looking back at your own blogging journey, the experiences you’ve had since you first started posting, what advice would you give to a newbie blogger.

The giveaway will be open until I post my November recap on November 30th. I’ll be emailing the winner the following day and will announce it on my blog within the next week.

Good luck everyone.

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Hocus Pocus Book Tag

Granted Halloween has been and gone, so I’m a little late posting this, but I couldn’t take part in the Hocus Pocus book tag without having seen Hocus Pocus. It was my Halloween movie pick for this year, and now I’ve seen it I feel I can actually publish this tag. I was tagged by Lilly at Lair of Books. Thanks so much for the tag Lilly, I had a lot of fun with this one so I hope you enjoy reading my answers just as much.

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Rules:

  • There are no rules. It’s your blog. But it would be nice if you linked back to Never Not Reading (the tag creator), and maybe the person who tagged you too. Share the love folks.
  • Feel free to use the GIFs used by Never Not Reading, the graphics made by Flavia the Bibliophile if you would like, both, or make and use your own visuals!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books on my Fall TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is Top Ten Books on my Fall TBR List.

There are plenty of books on my Fall TBR list; at the end of July I made a mid-year resolution to try and get through all the books I owned but still hadn’t read. There are a lot and I know I’m not going to read them all, especially considering there are so many incredible books still to be released. This list is mainly the books that have been/are being released between July and the end of this year that I want to read, as well two that just sounded so good I couldn’t pass them by.


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The New York Times “By the Book” Tag

I may not be a fan, or a reader, of the New York Times but I love the city of New York so that’s close enough right? I ask this having no clue what the New York Times is, other than a newspaper I’m guessing. I was tagged by Jessica at Pore Over the Pages. Thanks so much for the tag Jessica, I had a lot of fun with this one so I hope you enjoy reading my answers just as much.

The New York Times by the Book Tag

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This is My Genre, Tell Me Yours Book Tag

I can never talk too much about my favourite genre, and now there’s a whole tag dedicated to it. I reckon by now most of you know what genre I will be featuring for this tag, after all it’s my favourite for a reason. I was tagged by Meggy at Chocolate ‘N’ Waffles and Lashaan and Trang at Bookidote. Thanks so much for the tag everyone, I had a lot of fun with this one so I hope you enjoy reading my answers just as much.

This is My Genre, Tell Me Yours Book Tag

Rules:

  • Credit the bad bad Drew at The Tattooed Book Geek as the creator of the tag. Either use the created tag name graphic or create your own and link back to his blog.
  • Answer the questions.
  • Tag as many people as you want.

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Discussion Time: Is the Romance in YA Books Realistic?

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not reading for the realism, and considering I mainly pick up sci-fi and fantasy books this is probably already obvious to most people. However for the same reason I think diverse representation is important in YA books, so is realistic romantic representation.

Not everyone meets the love of their lives as a young teenager while in high school, and while I’m not saying some people don’t settle down with their high school sweetheart I think it’s rare. There are plenty of books out there where the boy and girl meet as teenagers/in high school and fall in love, and that’s the be all and end all.

Is the Romance in YA Books Realistic

Is the Romance in YA Books Realistic?

Spoiler warning: This post will contain spoilers for books by A.G. Howard, Sarah J. Maas and Marie Lu.

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The Narnia Book Tag

I loved The Narnia Chronicles when I was younger, after the Harry Potter books it was the second series I fell in love with as a child and the second series that got me hooked on reading, so a Narnia tag is just perfect beyond words for me. I was tagged by Diana at Diana Prince Reviews and Sammie at Bookshelves & Biros. Thanks so much both of you for the tag, I had a lot of fun with this one so I hope you enjoy reading my answers just as much.

The Narnia Book Tag

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Rainbow Book Tag

Pretty book covers are always going to be a weakness of mine, which I feel most people are well aware of now. The phase ‘never judge a book by its cover’ has never really applied to me and I’ve only discovered a few favourite books of mine after seeing how pretty the cover was. I was tagged by Jacquie at Rattle the Stars. Thanks so much for the tag Jacquie, I had a lot of fun with this one so I hope you enjoy reading my answers just as much.

Rainbow Book Tag

Rules:

  • It must be the dominant colour of the cover not the spine!
  • If you do not own a book of a certain colour, just choose one that has the colour on it somewhere.
  • It has to be a book you own and/or has to be the exact edition you read (e.g. there are two different covers for Me Before You, you would choose the one you read).
  • Tag some people to do it! Whether they be Bloggers, Bookstagrammers or BookTubers.

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The Goodreads Book Tag

Now I finally have a Goodreads account for my blog I can take part in this tag without feeling like a fraud. Also, now I finally have a Goodreads account for my blog, I’m not sure why it took me so long to get around to creating one. I was tagged by Kirstie at Upside-Down Books. Thanks so much for the tag Kirstie, I had a lot of fun with this one so I hope you enjoy reading my answers just as much.

The Goodreads Book Tag

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten of the Best Books I’ve Read So Far in 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is Top Ten of the Best Books I’ve Read So Far in 2017.

This week’s topic was hard, really really hard. There have been so many amazing books released this year that I loved that originally I had twenty books on this list. I managed to narrow it down to ten but I had to make some hard cuts, and one of those was deciding not to include re-reads. These are the best books I’ve read so far this year, but there are a lot more I’ve read that I loved, and a lot more still to be released and read this year that I will likely love just as much.


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