My One Year Blogoversary Kick-Off + Giveaway!

~*~Happy One Year Anniversary To Me!!!~*~

Yup! That's right! Lili's Reflections is officially one year old! I started this blog off on a whim last year. I was searching for reviews of certain books. I had a fifty dollar gift card and decided I wasn't going to waste the money on books I thought sounded good that I ended up hating, like so many times I have done such a thing before. So, I was googling and googling and I found book review blogs! Of all things! And I thought, "Yes. These are my people." An hour later Lili's Reflections was up and running with an ugly blue layout and I was writing book reviews in an attempt to remember everything I could about all the books that I love.

I'm so thankful to have found this community for so many reasons. Firstly, you have solidified my love for reading. I have officially decided to go to college in New York City where I can pursue an accelerated degree to get a Masters of Science in Publishing in five years. Yes, one day, I want to be in HarperCollins or S&S or Macmillian or Penguin or anywhere, really. It's going to happen, just you wait. But the firm realization that I want to do something with books for the rest of my life is not the only reason I love blogging. In truth, I love blogging really because of the people I've met and the friends I've made in both authors and fellow nerdy book bloggers alike. Who knew that this silly little blog would actually change my life.

So, really, I want to take this moment to thank some of the best people I ever could have met. In no particular order...

Krista and Becca at Nawanda Files are possible the coolest twins I know. We're constantly talking, freaking out about random things, and daring each other to read new books. They've been so kind to me and have stood as stand-in role models in regards to the college process. I know that whenever I gift them books they're going into good hands, and I know that these girls are going to be the future celebrity authors of the world one day. Their love of superheroes and movies is adorable, and I'm very thankful to call them my friends.

Nicole at Paperback Princess needs no introduction. This girl and I randomly found each other on Twitter and discovered that we live 10 minutes apart. Suffice to say, we are now nearly inseparable and I have a big sister that mothers me to death whenever we're in a public place, but secretly I adore it. This girl is almost like family, literally the type of person that my parents believe would attend my wedding one day. The book blogging community has literally given me my best friend.

Jennifer from Novel Thoughts Blog (and ARCycling) is my partner in crime. We run ARCycling together and I've totally discovered that it's necessary to have her in my life to calm me down when things get rough. This friendship started on Twitter a mere month into my blogging career, so we'll be celebrating our one year friendship next month. It's amazing to me that I've lived my life without this girl because she seems like such a huge figment in it now.

Inky at Book Haven Extraordinaire is such an amazing girl! While she keeps her head up high when I beat her at word games, she never ceases to make me laugh. She always puts a smile on my face and I can't imagine someone being a better friend than her. She is just great, there's no other way to put it. I love our texts, our word games, our weird inside jokes, her blog hijacks, and everything. If you don't follow her already, you must follow her now.

Special notes to Helene, Jen Ryland, Montana, Eileen, and Lisa Silverlight. They're all amazing women as well. While I'm lucky to say I have many blogging friends, these are the few that have been with me the longest that I hope will remain with  me for a while.

Blogging has also given me some amazing author friends in Sarah Fine, Gina Rosati, Fiona Paul, Jessica Spotswood, Tamara Ireland Stone, Ellen Oh, and so many more. Blogging has introduced me to new authors like Jennifer L. Armentrout, Gina Damico, and Tammara Webber--all among my favorites that I never would have found if not for blogging. I never thought that I'd consider some of my favorite authors my friends, but look at where I am now because of the confidence blogging has given to me.

~*~How This Celebration Will Work~*~


Frankly, it was really hard to plan this with so many authors trying to reach deadlines and my own hectic schedule with AP exams and a recent trip out of the country. So, instead of having a huge shebang, I decided to take this opportunity to thank authors that meant the most to me. All authors who will be submitting interviews and guest posts over the next few days have all managed to affect me in some way by teaching me something new. So, really, this celebration is a thank you to them. This is my attempt to help re-introduce some amazing authors to all of you, my lovely readers. And, in the process, you may be able to take home some of their books. ;) Some giveaways will be open to Canada too!

~*~Kick-Off Giveaway~*~

So, I will be attending BEA this year! I never knew such a huge way to celebrate books existed prior to blogging, so I'm excited to be able to go and meet other people in the industry. When I first started blogging, I know how envious I was of everyone that was able to attend, so I'm going to share some of my experience with all of you...with BEA books! Yes! You can enter to win a book from BEA!

Before you scroll down below to enter the rafflecopter, I want to throw out a little disclaimer. I am not going to BEA to grab several copies of books. That's wrong and people who do that to profit off of them are sickening. I am going to BEA to grab books that interest me and to meet people. Thus, the book(s) that will be given away in this giveaway are books that I grabbed for me and have decided to let go for you to spread the love. Which books will these be? Well, I can't tell you! But BEA is just around the corner and sometime between the end of BEA and the end of this giveaway a haul will be put up. Pretty much any of the pretties displayed there are eligible for this giveaway based on my own discretion and whether or not the book is signed to me (because I'm not sending out books with my name in them). So...check out the rules below!

~*~Rules~*~

1. US only
2. Must be 13 years or older
3. No cheating or you will be disqualified from all of my giveaways
4. One entry per household
5. You will have 24 hours to respond to my e-mail with your address if you win. If not, a new winner will be picked.
6. This giveaway will end on June 22nd.

~*~Prizes and Additional Information~*~
One (1) mystery book from BEA!
If I gain 100 new GFC followers, than two (2) books will be given away, one each to two different winners!

Pretty much every 100 followers is another book to another winner.

 There is a question asking what books your most looking forward to, I'll try to take this into consideration when choosing which books I grab for myself to send out to everyone. EDIT: I took this option away because 10+ people said "all the books" and it sort of annoyed me. A lot.

This is a follower appreciation giveaway, so you must follow me to enter. If you follow my blog, that must mean you respect my bookish opinions somewhat, so since all books will be nabbed with my thoughts in mind, you should most likely enjoy your mystery book!

Enter now for your chance to win! This is my way of thanking you for sticking with me and continuing to stick with me in the future <3

22 comments:

  1. Happy, happy, happy, happy. HAPPY Blogoversary! It's beyond exciting to read the first year mark, right? I'm so jealous you are going to BEA. I hope you have the most wonderful time. :)

    Oh, and thanks for this awesome giveaway! <3

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  2. <3 <3 <3 I am so glad I met you, Lili! You've made OUR blogging experience ten times better, and I couldn't imagine not talking to you about bookish and collegey (see I made up that word!) things. I know you're going to do wonders to the publish world. They better watch out! Congrats on your one year blogoversery! I hope that you have many, many, many more :)

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  3. Happy Anniversary and many more to you! I hope you have a blast at BEA. If I ever went some where like that I could never leave. Thanks so much for the giveaway! :)

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  4. Happy anniversary!! *throws confetti* I hope I get the opportunity to meet up with you at BEA this year! It will be my first time attending and I'm super excited!!

    Thank you for the giveaway!
    xo
    jaime @ Fic Fare

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  5. Yay happy anniversary! gosh I wish I still lived in NYC I would so love to go to BEA :( but alas traveling prevents me. Hope you enjoy it!

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  6. Happy Book Blog Birthday! I'm so glad that you've found so many awesome people out there!

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  7. LILI IT'S YOUR BLOGOVERSARY! OH MY GOSH THIS IS HUGE!!!! YAAAY! *happy flail dance* I'm so excited for you!!!!! Your blog is so awesome. I love how pretty it is to match your equally rocking personality! And your reviews are so great. I'm glad I got to know you this past year! Daaw you make me blush. Gosh girl. BACK AT YOU! You are like the legitest of the LEGIT. Dang I love that word. LEGIT LILY. Oh that actually works. Hehe. ANYWAY. I'll stop spamming my spazz in your comments. Just know that you are COMPLETELY AWESOME and I'm so PSYCHED for your awesome milestone and glad we are BUDS! Tehe! You'll go far and seriously, I'm gonna get you on my team when I go big in the writing biz!! I think it's awesome you're pursuing publishing!!! Woot for Lili!!!

    <333333
    your random friend INKY.

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  8. Happy Happy blog birthday to you!

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  9. Happy blogoversary!!! :D And I hope I'll see you at BEA!

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  10. Happy Blogoversary! <3 I'll be at BEA on Friday--I would love to bump into you!!!!

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  11. Happy Blogoversary!!! Thank you!

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  12. HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY :D :D :D That's so exciting! And thanks so much for all the kind words. You seriously have made my blogging experience soooo much more fun! Here's to many more blogoversaries and many more 5 star books. May they all be epic :)

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  13. Happy Blogoversary! I hope you have fun at BEA, and take lots of photos!!! I love photo blog posts. :)

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  14. Happy Blogoversary, Lili!

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  15. Happy Blogiversary! How exciting! Thanks for all of the great posts and for the chance to win!

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  16. Happy Blogoversary! :D Keep up the awesome work!

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  17. Happy Blogoversary! And THANK YOU for the amazing giveaway!

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  18. Happy 1 Year Blogoversary Lili!! I hope the coming year is even better for you!

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  19. Happy Blogoversary! And many more happy years of blogging!!

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  20. Happy Blogoversary! :) You're amazing

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