Saturday, April 26, 2014

My 1 year Blog-o-versary is finally here!

Well I made it!

Last year on this very day I decided to start book blogging. I had no idea what to expect or if I would make any friends (making friends as an adult is HARD) but I had always loved books and I had always loved blogging, so I took the bull by the horns and started blogging about books. I learned a lot as I went along. I made mistakes, but I'd like to think that I changed over the past year.

Twelve months ago I didn't know anything about ARC's or E-ARC's or NetGalley or Edelweiss. I had never heard of BEA or ALA. Now I can rattle off those terms in a matter of seconds and know what they mean. Sometimes, I still feel intimidated by certain things but not always, and not nearly as much as I was at the beginning of this.

This year also brought me in contact with some of the kindest individuals I've ever had the pleasure of dealing with. Meredith, Pixie, Kara, Steph, Bekka, Kat and Andi to name a few. Thank you ladies. At times I wanted to quit. I was sad and frustrated by some things, but you seven helped me more than you will ever know. Of course there are so many other ladies (and yes even a few guys) who have been there supporting me, that there's no way I could name them all. Thank you all so very much. You don't know how much I appreciate you.

There are so many moments that stick out to me as important in the past year, I doubt I could name them all.

  • Getting my first review book in the mail.
  • Getting my first pieces of swag in the mail.
  • Getting auto-approved for HarperTeen's titles through Edelweiss.
  • Winning my first book through GoodReads.
  • Filming and positing my first vlog on YouTube.
  • Getting my first print ARC from Scholastic.
Those are only some of the moments that have stuck with me since I began this journey.

Let's not forget the writers. The beautiful, amazing and talented writers that have been amazing to work with. There's no way I could name them all and you know what? I'm not even going to try.These writers have been supportive and kind all across the board and I am grateful to be able to collaborate with them as I, along with so many other bloggers, work to show the world how talented and underrated these writers are.

The publishers, they have all been awesome. Harper Collins, St. Martin's Press and Scholastic, to name a few. I look forward to working with all of you more in the future.

Thank you, to each and every one of you who has been a part of my journey so far. I love and appreciate all of you so very much.


  1. Congrats, Alexia! You've hit some great milestones that I've been hitting this past year, too. Here's to another successful year for you and Adventures in Reading. :)

  2. Happy blogoversary Alexia! Blogging is a crazy journey, and I am so happy that you decided to stick around that I was able to get to know you. Here's to MANY more years ahead!


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