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The Book Addict’s Guide’s Four Year Blogoversary!

book addict's guide blogoversaryIt’s my four year blogoversary!

I can’t believe that FOUR years have already gone by since I decided to start a blog dedicated to books and book-related things! I still remember way back in the day when I decided to start a book blog. I don’t even remember why I decided to blog since I didn’t know anyone who did but I felt like I needed an outlet that was more than just Goodreads reviews. My main goal was to review books to help people find some really good reads out there and four years later, that’s still my number one priority! From reviews to recommendation posts to random bookish fun, I always love sharing thoughts and recommending my favorite reads (and a little bit of everything else bookish in between)!

I think the most interesting thing to reflect on is how much book blogging has truly impacted my life inside and outside of the book world. I’ve found some incredibly amazing books and series that have brought new perspectives on things, shocked me with their creativity, or were just plain fun to read. I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to attend book events like BEA and ALA and to attend book events throughout Chicagoland and meet so many amazing authors. I’m forever thankful for publishers, authors, friends, and blog readers alike for their constant support and opportunities to allow me to grow through my blog and be a part of things I didn’t even know would be dreams of mine when I first started my own little corner of the internet.

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The biggest impact this blog has made on my life is in my real life friendships. I never thought I would meet friends over the internet (it’s what your parents always warn you about!) but these people who started out as strangers and liked the same books I did turned into life-long friends and incredibly important parts of my life. I’m sure you see the posts and events that I co-host with my friends but our friendship extends so much further beyond blog posts and Twitter chats and I’m forever grateful that I have found these people who enrich my life so much further beyond just books. They have been a shoulder to cry on, bridesmaids in my wedding, travel companions, people I cross the country for, and advice gurus. I had no idea I would find soul friends as well as so many other close friends through this community and that’s been the best surprise of all!

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No matter how well we know each other or whether our relationship is personal or professional, I want each reader of this post to know that I couldn’t have had such success with this blog without you! I truly value each and every reader, every comment, every Tweet and Instagram like, and everything in between. I’ve come to love this blog so fiercely. Even after four  years, I’m still absolutely head over heels with it and the reason for this passion is because of this amazing community that I’m so thankful to be a part of. Thank YOU for making this blog such an important part of my life. I’m always so grateful for the constant support. I know that blogging, reading, commenting, chatting, and keeping up with my little web page takes up valuable time and I’m so thankful that you consider me and my opinions to be worth it. I’m hoping for many more years to come and I’m looking forward to so much more with all of these friends, old and new!

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I also never expected books and blogging to lead me into a career path (well, I don’t know if it’ll ever turn into a career but you know… goals!) when I got the inspiration to start Novelly Yours (my candle shop). I wanted to make candles, just as something fun to do, and ended up relating them to books, opening and Etsy shop, and turning it into something I could share with friends and fellow book-lovers! It really wasn’t about making money or finding something to turn a profit — I was just having so much fun with what I was making and wanted to share it with other book people!! I’ve been so blown away by its success and I cannot thank everyone enough for the support throughout the opening and development of this shop! I’m still so in love with what I do and I cannot wait to keep coming up with new candle ideas!

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GIVEAWAY

I’ve been hanging on to a few 2016 ARCs for my blogoversary giveaway! The winner of this giveaway will receive ALL of the 2016 ARCs in the stack pictured below. This giveaway is for US residents only (or if you are int’l and have someone in the US I can ship it to). Winner must be 13 years of age or older to win. Enter the Rafflecopter form below to enter!

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The Book Addict’s Guide’s Three Year Blogoversary!

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It’s my three year blogoversary!

Wow, three years of blogging have already gone by! In a way I feel like I just started and yet it feels weird to remember a time in the recent past that I wasn’t blogging. I say it at every major milestone but I am SO thankful that I found this hobby and such an amazing group of people to share my love of books with! I’ve met best friends, taken great trips, and fulfilled dreams that I never even knew I had! It has its ups and downs but reading and blogging has definitely enriched my life in so many ways that I can’t even begin to recap everything in one celebratory post! I just want to say thank you, thank you, thank you over and over again for welcoming me into this community and for every way that you as a community have helped me grow.

From being able to attend events like BEA, ALA, and all of the wonderful events that Anderson’s hosts to meeting my best friends through blogging, I couldn’t have asked for anything more from my blogging experience. I’ve been so fortunate to have so many amazing opportunities and they’ve just enriched this experience for me even more.

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I’ve also been able to really improve myself in many ways too. I never expected to discover a few things about marketing and publicity from the industry and from marketing my own blog through social media. I’ve always made my own graphics and I used to be very, very amateur but I’m pretty pleased with how far I’ve come so far! I’ve also discovered how to do some very minor CSS for my blog to tweak it to my specifications. It’s just been so great to have this experience and see all the ways it’s influenced my life!

Okay, since it’s my THREE year blogoversary, I’m going to share my top THREE favorites in a couple categories. It’s always so interesting to see how things have changed over the past couple of years and what posts are still popular! (And again, it would be nothing without people to read it, so thank you for sticking with me and my blog!) 

Top Three Posts (by views)

Top Three Reviews (by views)

Top Three Events

Top Three Discussions (by views)

Top Three (Info)graphics (by views)

Top Three Other Fun Features (by views)

GIVEAWAY

This year I’m doing a little bit of a different giveaway! I actually saw this idea on Jaime from Fic Fare’s Instagram so I need to thank her for allowing me to use the idea as well! I’ve had a few bookish totes here to giveaway for a while so I’ve created FOUR mystery prize packs (yes, four. I have a lot of books I’m getting rid of!) plus one Divergent-themed prize pack. Each one has a theme and not all prize packs are created equal. Based on their theme, one may have more books than another but every single mystery prize is a combination of hardcovers, paperbacks, and ARCs (some new, some old) including swag and the bag it comes in. Not bad, right?

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From left to right: Contemporary (light), contemporary (heavy — aka more serious topics), paranormal/fantasy, sci-fi-/dystopian

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Divergent Prize Pack: Two sets of (3) posters, Insurgent T-shirt, Allegiant tote bag, Hardcover copy of Allegiant (signed), Paperback copy of Divergent (movie version), various swag

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HOW TO ENTER

  • Each “prize pack” will have a different theme (adult, contemporary, etc) and when you enter the Rafflecopter, your “free” entry will be to let me know which prize pack you want to enter to win (list as many as you want to be eligible for). Choose from (1) Contemporary – light, (2) Contemporary – heavy, (3) Paranormal/fantasy, (4) Sci-fi/dystopian, (5) Divergent.
  • Sorry, but this giveaway will be US ONLY. I just can’t afford to ship so many books outside of the US and these will be some big boxes!!
  • I love having photo ops as extra entries and lately my book collections of my favorite series have been growing and growing. I want to see YOUR book collections so here’s a fun extra way to get some more entries for the giveaway!
    • Take a picture of your book collection of your favorite book/author/series! If you don’t collect series or a specific author’s books, snap me a picture of your ENTIRE book collection (aka your bookcase).
    • Share your picture on social media with the hashtag #BookAddictTurns3! Only ONE photo entry will be valid so you can take as many pictures as you want but only one will count towards the giveaway ** If you want to enter the giveaway and take your picture later, Rafflecopter WILL let you sign back in and you can add the link later with all of your previous entries already saved**  Submissions must include hashtag to be valid and must be linked up in the Rafflecopter form. I WILL be checking so please be honest! Each photo will be worth 5 extra entries into the contest! Photos can be posted anywhere that you can link me to and I can find a hashtag! Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, you name it!
    • The giveaway will be open through 4/17/15 so all photo entries must be posted & entered by midnight on April 17th to be valid!

Okay, pesky rules, I know. But that’s that and don’t worry, we’re all done.
Time to enter the giveaway and cross your fingers for some good luck! 

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The Book Addict’s Guide’s Two Year Blogoversary!

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My blog turns two years old today!

Gosh, two years. *whistles* It’s hard to believe that two years have already gone by and yet it seems like SOOOO much longer. This past year has been nothing short of amazing and I could not be more pleased with how it went.

Before I get into a recap of some of my favorite things from the past year, I wanted to first share some of my blogging expectations and how they’ve changed.

  • BLOGGING FALLACY #1: Book blogs should be almost entirely reviews. When I first started blogging, I felt like if the majority of my posts weren’t reviews then my content wouldn’t be legit. Reviews were why I started my blog and the whole reason why I was writing! Obviously I know now that this isn’t true. I DO still want my reviews to be a major part of my blogging and it still is the basis of my entire blog BUT. That’s not the only thing that my blog should be about. For me, blogging has turned into so much more than just writing reviews. It’s interacting with the blogging and reading community in whatever way that may be. I’ve written discussion posts, done surveys, started new blogger spotlight features, started new features specifically for showing off new obsessions, and participated in weekly memes. They’re all important because each one shows off a different side of my personality — both in my reading tastes and personal life. They help me connect with the people who read my blog and really, that’s what it’s all about.
  • BLOGGING FALLACY #2: Let’s go ARC crazy! Bad baby blogger Brittany found Netgalley and started to request ALL THE BOOKS. I’m still suffering from that, honestly, and now I feel terrible for all of the books that have gone unread. Sometimes it’s STILL hard not to request or download everything from Netgalley and Edelweiss that looks remotely interesting but I’m really trying and it was actually one of my “resolutions” for 2014. You know, I think it will always be exciting to get ARCs. It’s something special and it’s exciting to be able to read a book — especially one you’re super excited for — before other people… But I also learned that ARCs are not everything. I had a FANTASTIC time at BEA and got a bunch of ARCs that I was really looking forward to and put them on my “omg-cant-wait” list on Goodreads… And some of them have been published are still on that list and I still haven’t gotten to them. When you’ve got a lot of ARCs, it becomes difficult to read them in order of pub date or read them before they come out, regardless of all the OTHER books sitting on your shelf. I’m sure publishers know we won’t be able to read ALL the ARCs before they’re published, but that was another resolution of mine… And also not to neglect those “older” books on my shelves either! ARCs are glamorous, but they aren’t everything and if you try to read them all before the books are published, it may cause some reading stress! If I have any advice, it’s to cherish the ARCs but don’t make yourself go nuts over them — either requesting them or that you don’t have as many or that you have TOO many. Our hobbies should be fun and it’s great to be as organized as you can be and stay on top of things but don’t let it stress you out!
  • BLOGGING FALLACY #3: I probably won’t stray too far out of my usual genres. WRONG. Wrong. So wrong. I started blogging as a cozy mystery & adult contemporary reviewer. Then I switched to YA reading almost all dystopians and paranormal. Then I slowly started to realize that contemporary books were pretty cool too. Then I found *gasp* what!? Fantasy books that appealed to me!? Even things like historical fiction that I swore I’d never read or enjoy. I realized that I can’t put my reading tastes into a box. Sure, there may be genres I lean to or aspects of certain genres that I usually won’t like, but there are always always exceptions to the rule.
  • BLOGGING FALLACY #4: Blogging is awesome, but these people will always be strangers to me. MY WORST THOUGHT OF ALL. I could not have been more wrong. By the time I decided to get a Twitter account for my blog (a few months after I started it), I had already established a few favorites and some people I really got along with. It was nice chatting with them via comments but then talking with them on Twitter really got the ball rolling and well, you know the story. Twitter moved to texting, texting moved to marathon texting, marathon texting moved to constant contact which led to going to BEA together which meant everything got REAL. I got to meet all my blogger friends in person for the first time, meet more authors, connect with publishers, and spend a weekend with my best friends. BEA just made us closer and we became BFFs with more visits to each other and more involvement in each other’s lives! Literally best friends.

So what do you think, guys? Did you feel like any of these were true when you first started blogging? How long have you been blogging and how has your opinion of it changed?

Okay, since it’s my TWO year blogoversary, I’m going to share my top TWO favorites in a couple categories. If you  haven’t been following me since the beginning, here’s a chance to sort of “catch up”!

Top Two Posts (by views): The Best-Friend-Turned-Boyfriend Romance // Which Lunar Chronicles Character Are You?
Top Two Reviews (by views): Beauty Queens – Libba Bray // Cress – Marissa Meyer
Top Two Reviews (favorites): Cress – Marissa Meyer // Siege and Storm – Leigh Bardugo
Top Two Events (favorites): BEA 2013 // Fierce Reads Fall Tour 2013: Chicago
Top Two Discussions (by views): DNF Reviews // Spoiler Alert or Spoiler-Free?
Top Two Infographics (by views): The Book Addict’s GUIDE to contemporary // Seriously Social Survey
Top Two Other Fun Features (by views): Eleanor & Park playlist // Bloggiesta Mini Challenge: How to make Goodreads work for YOU 

GIVEAWAY

Okay, okay, I know you guys are mostly excited about the giveaway so heeere weeeee goooo!

The details: I have STACKS of books to giveaway.

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  • I have forty-five books to choose from and since it’s such a large amount, I will choose four winners. Each winner will get to choose up to ten books they want from the stack shown in the photo.
  • Since there are four pre-pub ARCs available, each winner will only get to choose one ARC and the other nine can be any available books.
  • Sorry, but this giveaway will be US ONLY. I just can’t afford to ship so many books outside of the US 🙁 Believe me, I wish I could!!
  • You can earn extra entries to the giveaway by following me in the various ways listed in the Rafflecopter form below.
  • Since I just got my fancy-schmancy new bookcase done, I thought it would be fun to do some photo-ops for extra entries! Here are the guidelines: Take a picture of either A) your bookcase/bookshelves or B) your favorite reading spot and post using the hashtag #BookAddictTurns2! Only ONE photo entry will be valid so please do not submit multiple entries. Submissions MUST include hashtag to be valid since that is how I will be keeping track. Each photo will be worth 10 extra entries into the contest! Photos can be posted anywhere that you can link me to and I can find a hashtag! Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, you name it! (And thank you to Alyssa, Stormy, Emily, and Lindsay for helping me refine this idea!)

Okay, pesky rules, I know. But that’s that and don’t worry, we’re all done.
Time to enter the giveaway and cross your fingers for some good luck! 

 

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The Book Addict’s Guide One Year Blogoversary!!!

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Confetti!!!! Balloons!!!! My blog turns one year old today!!!

Hard to believe that’s it’s only a been a year since I started blogging. With all of the amazing people I’ve met, authors I’ve been honored to work with, big steps I’ve taken, and things I’ve learned, it feels like I’ve been blogging for at least a couple years!

Along with some fun giveaways (YES, those are coming), I’ve organized some fun facts for all of you who have helped make my blog such a success!

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  • FIRST NAME: The first name for my blog was REVIEW, RELECT, RETROSPECT. I was almost a completely different name and I TOTALLY forgot about it until I was cleaning out old pictures the other day and found my original banner that I had made. Very strange.
  • FIRST FOCUS: When I first started my blog, I was obsessed with mysteries. I was going to be reviewing mysteries & chick lit… But when I started peeking around the book review blog community and saw all the YA out there, fresh after reading books like Delirium, Matched, and the Hunger Games, I was like, “Whaaaat? There are more awesome books like this out there?!” Slowly, I adapted my blog to include YA as a main focus until I gave in and (happily) let YA take over.
  • FIRST REVIEW: After an embarrassing welcome post that kicked off my blog on 4/10/12, I posted a review for A STUDY IN SCARLET by Arthur Conan Doyle. I kicked off my blog with a five star review! How about that…
  • FIRST HOST: I actually started my blog over on Blogger and quickly switched to WordPress. Nothing personal, but I just found WP much easier to work with!
  • FIRST COMMENT: The first person to comment on my blog chose to do so when they read my review for B is for Burglar by Sue Grafton on 4/26. I probably lost some comments due to the switch to WP, but then again… Maybe not haha. A big thanks to Elisa from Lost Inside the Covers for being the first person to comment who’s stuck with me through today!!! Your support of my blog is much appreciated! (Her comment was on my review for First to Die by James Patterson on 5/14/12.)

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Here are few of my favorite events that I’ve been fortunate enough to be a part of over the past year!

  • Wild Worlds: Wild Worlds was an event that I came up with for my blog to feature primarily debut authors as a week-long feature of interviews, giveaways, and guest posts. I was SO surprised how many authors were willing to participate in Wild Worlds considering my blog was only a few months old at the time!! I definitely want to do Wild Worlds again this year so I guess I need to start looking for any authors who would like to participate!
  • Events at Anderson’s Bookshop: Fierce Reads, Five Good Reasons to Read, Ally Condie, Claudia Gray, Robin LaFevers – Anderson’s bookshop in Naperville, IL hosts SO many amazing authors and I’m so glad I live so close that I can go to so many events!!
  • A Fortnight of Fright was a feature that Alyssa from Books Take You Places and I put together for a fun Halloween event. It was two weeks of everything Halloween, from books to movies/TV shows, and even recipes!
  • Series Catch-Up: I implemented the Series Catch-Up challenge in October 2012 running through the end of the year to try to catch up on all those series I had started but never finished. I wanted to have this be a recurring challenge, but I realized someone else had a challenge similar to this that started after mine and someone else created a challenge for the full year of 2013. I decided not to risk the accusations of copying and plagiarism and all that junk so Series Catch-Up was a one-time only deal!
  • The Selective Collective: The Selective Collective evolved from our Casting Call feature. Along with four other blogs (The Grown-Up YA, Teen Lit Rocks, YA Crush, Gone Pecan), we feature an author and their new or upcoming release, highlighting it in various ways. It’s been such a blast working with these ladies as well as all those amazing authors & publishers out there!

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Okay, okay, I know you guys are anxious for the giveaways — YES, giveaways PLURAL. I’ve put together TWO prize packs for two lucky people to win. These prize packs are books that I’ve collected for the giveaway in the forms of hardcovers, paperbacks, and ARCs (some are new, some have already been published) and split them into two different categories since there are just SO MANY BOOOOOKS.
You can win the CONTEMPORARY PRIZE PACK or the PARANOMAL/DYSTOPIAN PRIZE PACK. Please check them out carefully before you enter so you know exactly what format each of these books in the prize packs are! You MAY enter both but there will be two different winners for the two prizes.
THIS IS A US AND CANADA ONLY GIVEAWAY. Sorry to all international– you know I love you — but I’m sending out two big old boxes of books! It just gets too expensive 🙁

Check out the pictures and titles below and enter to win!!!

CONTEMPORARY PRIZE PACK INCLUDES (11 books):

IMG_1222Flowers in the Sky by Lynn Joseph (ARC)
The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise (ARC)
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles (Paperback)
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry (ARC)
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (ARC)
Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill (ARC)
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith (Paperback)
The Trouble With Flirting by Claire LaZebnik (ARC)
Blaze (Or Love in the Time of Supervillains) by Laurie Boyle Crompton (ARC)
Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway (Hardcover)
Starstuck by Rachel Shukert (Hardcover)

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THE PARANORMAL/DYSTOPIAN PRIZE PACK INCLUDES (11 books):

IMG_1224Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans (Hardcover)
What the Spell? By Brittany Geragotelis (Hardcover)
The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse (Hardcover)
When She Woke by Hilary Jordan (ARC)
Everbound (Everneath #2) by Brodi Ashton (ARC)
Dualed by Elsie Chapman (ARC)
The Murmurings by Carly Anne West (ARC)
The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting (ARC)
Mind Games by Kiersten White (ARC)
The Fox Inheritance (Fox Chronicles #2) by Mary E. Pearson (Hardcover)
Fox Forever (Fox Chronicles #3) by Mary E. Pearson (Hardcover)

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Good luck on the giveaway and thanks so much for making this past year incredible! I look forward to many, many more!

 

The Book Addict’s Guide: 6 months of blogging!

Hooray!!!! I’ve been blogging for 6 months now. I’m starting to feel like a real and legit blogger! And I guess that makes this my 6 month blogoversary…

Here’s a look back at what’s been going on for the past six months:

  • The Book Addict’s Guide was established 4/10/12 with a terribly boring first post welcoming you to my blog. Ah, the beginning.
  • In the past 6 months: I’ve had over 10,000 views, 180 followers, and almost 200 posts.

Posts and Views:

Traffic:

Comments:

Thanks so much to all of my readers and followers for making my blog a success!!! It’s been an amazing 6 months and I’ve loved every minute of it!

And now, for the good stuff. How about some giveaways?

First up: The “I’m cleaning off my bookshelves” prize pack
These are all of the used books I’ve had on my shelves that I’ve either read or haven’t gotten around to. It’s time to clean up those shelves so the 6 month blogoversary is the perfect time to do that! Instead of selling them to the local bookstore, I’m putting them up for a giveaway in case any blogger is interested in them! There are a lot of chick lit titles, a couple mysteries, and a whopping two YA titles (sorry they’re not more interesting or popular titles!) but if those are your thing, these are free books!

Here are the titles up for grabs:

  • Fishbowl by Sarah Mlynowski
  • Mr. Maybe by Jane Green
  • Let’s Meet on Platform Nine by Carole Matthews
  • Singletini by Amanda Trimble
  • The Man I Should Have Married by Pamela Redmon Satran
  • I Did (But I Wouldn’t Now) by Cara Lockwood
  • The Rock Star in Seat 3A by Jill Kargman
  • Chasing Harry Winston by Lauren Weisberger
  • Everyone Worth Knowing by Lauren Weisberger
  • Frostbite (Vampire Academy #2) by Richelle Mead
  • The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
  • Death in a Wine Dark Sea (6/12 ARC copy) by Lisa King
  • 1st to Die by James Patterson
  • Conspiracy In Death by J.D. Robb

Since I know not a lot of these are terribly popular, let’s do this: If you win, choose up to FIVE titles listed. I will then contact the runner-up with any titles that are left over to see if they’re interested, and if there are still a lot after that, the third person will get a shot at the giveaway with what’s left after that. Anything after that I’ll update until all the titles are gone or no one else is interested and then they go to the used book store! Sounds complicated, but don’t worry, I’ll take care of all the work.
Other rules: Must be 13 years or older to enter, US entries only please! I’m shipping a big box o’ books.

Enter to win books from my shelf here: a Rafflecopter giveaway
The second giveaway is a little swag package! This include: various bookmarks (both signed and unsigned), Skylark card/tattoo/button, Struck tattoos, book cards, Something Strange and Deadly swag. Picture below. US entries, only please. Enter to win swag package here: a Rafflecopter giveaway

Then the last giveaway is to pick from one of my favorite reads since I’ve been blogging. The choice is yours! If you’re the winner, pick from any of the books featureed below. I’ll have it shipped from The Book Depository and since they have free international shipping, yep, you guessed it – This one is an International Contest!

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A big thanks again to all of my followers, visitors, and commenters! You have no idea how much fun I’ve had with my blog the past 6 months and I’m so happy to have met so many great bloggers through this process. It’s been a great 6 months and I look forward to many more!

What’s coming up at The Book Addict’s Guide:
October 10-31: Something Strange and Deadly read along (not too late to sign up! Prizes for the participants!)
October 17-31: A Fortnight of Fright hosted by the Book Addict’s Guide and Books Take You Places
 

UPDATE 10/19: Congratuations to the three winners of the giveaway!!
Marissa (no blog listed) as the winner of the “Cleaning Off my Shelves” giveaway (I will announced a second winner to see if they want any of the books that are left over once Marissa makes her choices)
Katie from Inkk Reviews as the winner of the swag giveaway
Elizabeth from Don’t Take My Books Away as the winner of the “Favorite Reads” giveaway! She chose Where She Went as her book of choice.