Well guess what today is? Ok, yes The Hobbit was published today in 1937. And in 1981 Sandra Day O'Connor was confirmed as the first female justice of the Supreme Court. It's the birthday of Stephen King, Bill Murray, and the actors who played Joey from Full House and Carlton from Fresh Prince of Bel Air. But more importantly...today is my FOUR YEAR BLOGIVERSARY!
Yep, that's right, I've been around for FOUR years! I was in my next to final semester of my undergrad when I started this blog. As always, the reason why I started blogging was thanks to Camy Tang's blog which inspired me to write my own blog. My main goal was to blog about the books I read because I figured I'd like others to know about the good books that were out there. I honestly can't believe that it's lasted this long and I hope to keep going strong. I had no idea that there was a book blogging community when I first started this thing. I didn't know about getting ARCs, going to book blogging conventions or that I would have met so many wonderful new friends.
In the past year, I've been able to meet so many book bloggers through meet ups, book clubs, BEA, National Book Festival, and of course through Twitter (what would we have done without you??) And then last week, I was honored to have been voted Best Spiritual, Inspirational or Religious Blog during BBAW. Thank you so much to everyone who voted for me. It was a complete shock and joy when I found out that I had won. I don't think that I deserve it but thank you very much for bestowing the honor on me.
As of today I have written 635 book reviews, 72 movie reviews, and had 132 contests. When I first started my blog I had a mere 300 books. As of today I have a whopping 2683 books in my collection. Last year I had 2163 books. That's an accumulation of 520 books in one year! At this rate, if I live to be 90 I'll have over 35,000 books. Oh well I can dream can't I?
In the past year, I've really expanded my reading tastes. In addition to reviewing Christian fiction, I also feature a lot of general market chick lit, YA, contemporary fiction and memoirs on my blog. My review policy lists all these new details and I've very excited to discover new books, authors and genres.
I don't have any fancy giveaways to celebrate this momentous occasion. And what I'm about to do was all new and fun last year but seeing as how Formspring is the new blog thing to do, it's not very interesting anymore. But if you are curious about anything about me at all, feel free to ask me! I'll take questions until Saturday and answer them over the weekend. Go on...you know you want to! Ask me anything, I'll do my best to answer. But I'll only answer questions that go in the form below. Questions left in comments won't get answered.
I couldn't do this without you guys, readers of this blog, so even though I can't afford to send anything away, this is my small way of giving something back to you. Thank you again!!
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