Thank you. (Yes, you.)

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about being part of the bookish community online. It’s got its ups and downs, like any community, but what’s really struck me lately is that, without it, I wouldn’t be where I am now, in a lot of different areas of my life. I’m coming up on my 3rd blogiversary in just over three months (99 days!), and while that’s not tons of time in the grand scheme of things, it’s been enough time to make a huge impact on my life.

I’ve met so many amazing people and made so many friends since jumping into this community in 2013, and I am so thankful for each and every one of you. I’ve been so lucky to have been granted opportunities to do things that I never would have imagined, things that I would never have even entertained the possibility of, before coming into this community.

Most of all, it’s helped me build so much confidence. I still struggle with my insecurities and that voice of doubt in my mind, and I know I’m just a drop in a bucket. But this community has done so much for me. It’s helped me find direction in my work-life; it’s given me a place where my interests are given purpose and focus, where they can be channeled into a hobby, not just a pastime; and it really does mean the world to me.

Anyway, I know that’s super sappy and super vague and super brief, but I mean every word of it. I have so much love and appreciation for this community and for the people in it, and I just want to say ‘thank you,’ to each and every one of you — to the readers, to my fellow bloggers, to the authors and publishers, to the commenters, to the quiet lurkers, to the friends I’ve made over the course of the past almost-three years. You all are so amazing, and I know my gratitude is not life-changing, but you have it. Thanks, guys. ❤️

I hope you all have an amazing Thanksgiving, if you celebrate it. If you don’t… have a wonderful Thursday. 😉

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BookExpo America 2015 – Saturday, Sunday, BookCon, & more!

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Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Sat/Sun/BookCon

Post-BEA – Saturday

On Friday night, after a super fun dinner and hangout session, the roomies and I were more than ready to sleep in. Unfortunately, our bodies disagreed, and I woke up at 6am. -_- Stayed in bed until 7ish, but was awake at 6. Not. Okay. We had a leisurely morning, ran a couple errands, mailed some boxes, went to the Melt Shop for delicious grilled cheese, and then after all of that, we headed to Central Park for the rest of the day! We were there for something like 6 hours. And it was so much (relaxing) fun.

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BookExpo America 2015 – Day 3 Recap!

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Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Sat/Sun/BookCon

Ohhh, Day 3 of BEA. AKA, the day your feet stop caring that they’re surrounded by pretty books. Additionally, this year, Day 3 was also the day when the publishers got together and said, “Let’s schedule ALL THE THINGS to happen at EXACTLY THE SAME TIME!!!!” I remember when the schedules started coming out, and people realized how much overlap there was on Friday… Oh man, good times.

23437156Luckily, what was gonna be my #1 priority on Friday morning — Six of Crows — the roomies and I were lucky enough to snag from the Fierce Reads party on Thursday night, so that was a load off. We still got there early to have a good spot when the doors opened (around 7am, again), but I was so glad we weren’t going to be part of the mad rush for the Six of Crows signing!

And not only that, but we found out early that morning that Random Penguin Penguin Random House would be dropping Soundless at 9am as the doors opened (in addition to the signing at 2pm). O_O Man, was I glad I didn’t have to choose between that and Six of Crows!

Day 3 was also the day we actually took a good number of pics while in line, to prove that we actually did hang out.

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BookExpo America 2015 – Day 2 Recap!

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Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Sat/Sun/BookCon

So, I went into Day 2 of BEA feeling pretty good. Except for the lack of sleep. I got up at 4:30am, and Christina got up right after me, at 5 (Octavia doesn’t get a mention because she takes like 5 minutes to get ready, which, not fair). But it was actually an okay trade-off, getting up that early, because it meant that we had an unhurried morning — and we were able to arrive at the Javits around 6:45am, even after stopping for smoothies and muffins at a bakery on the way. (Okay, and thanks in no small part to Christina flagging down a cab for us like a freaking pro. Which she is.) Go us! And despite the lack of sleep, I felt good. Wednesday had gone swimmingly and I only had two high-priority items on my list for the day. And neither of them was the 9:30am Passenger signing at the Disney booth! \O/ After the rush for Truthwitch the day before, I was not up for another mad dash! (I’m excited for Passenger, but the galleys there were very early and rough, and I’d rather read a finished copy, or one closer to “done.”)

Day 2 – On the Show Floor

24397041At 9am, the doors opened, and while everyone else rushed off to Alexandra Bracken’s line at the Disney booth, my morning started off with a much more leisurely walk to the same — not for Passenger, but for Mercedes Lackey’s Hunter, which dropped that morning. From there, I think I meandered with a couple people for a while before heading over to Random Penguin — I mean, the Penguin Random House booth — with Cassi, for Ernest Cline’s signing of Armada at 10. ;D That line was crazy long, but PRH was literally the best at handling lines, and it was so well-organized and moved along at a really good speed, so we were done there fairly quickly once the line was going! After that, the next thing on my list was my first “table signing” of the year (not in the booths, but at a separate area specifically for signings) — for Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa, at 11.

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BookExpo America 2015 – Pre-BEA and Day 1 Recap!

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Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Sat/Sun/BookCon

Soooo… I guess the only way to begin this BEA recap is just to… begin? =o Honestly, I don’t even know where to start. This year was completely amazing.

For those who might not know, BEA (BookExpo America) is a trade show for publishing professionals that takes place in New York City (well, for the most part – next year it’s in Chicago). Publishers set up booths where they promote their (sometimes recently-released but mostly upcoming) publications; tons of authors come and do signings; there are events happening in the days surrounding (and evenings following) BEA itself… Basically it’s like Comic-Con but exclusively for books. It’s huge, and daunting, and basically the most fun a book nerd can have (that doesn’t involve just sitting and reading a book). ;)

I roomed with Octavia and Christina this year, and let me just tell you – best. life. decision. Octavia and I roomed together last year, and adding Christina to the mix was just stellar. <333

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On Tuesday evening, after we all arrived in NYC (I’d gotten up at 3AM PST to catch my 6AM flight to NYC… oh Lord), we checked into our hotel and then headed out to Jenny Han’s PS. I Still Love You launch party, which was super fun. There was a photo-op set, champagne, and a dessert bar (which literally disappeared within just a few minutes of it being set out); Jenny Han spoke, answered some audience questions, and did a short reading; and we were able to meet up with a bunch of blogger friends that night. It was an amazing kick-off to the upcoming week! ^_^

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There Were Books Involved turns TWO! \O/

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…And I am completely lost for words. O_O I… what… how?!

I thought my first year of blogging passed quickly, but holy crap, this second year flew by even faster. I am a bit lost for words, but I do need to say one thing, and that is — thank you.

I recently passed a couple milestones (2,000 followers on Twitter and 1,000 on Bloglovin) and I’m still feeling a bit “I SHOULD NEVER TWEET/POST AGAIN THERE ARE TOO MANY OF YOU”… O_O But while it’s true that those numbers boggle my mind and I sometimes wonder why you all stick around, it’s also a really good feeling to know that people are sticking around. ♥

I’ve been so lucky to have made some truly amazing friends during these past two years, and I’ve loved having TWBI as an outlet for all my bookish feels, for discussions, for ranting and raving — those things have made the past two years so wonderful, and so worth it. This community has its ups and downs, and I’ve been feeling some of those downs a bit more than usual lately, but I honestly don’t think I’ve ever been more committed to blogging than I am now, with two years behind me. I feel more confident, not only as a blogger but as a person, and I know I owe a lot of that to this community. And I’m so, so grateful.

I keep meeting more and more awesome people through blogging, and I just want you all to know: I truly value each and every one of you. Blog readers, commenters, twitter friends new and old, IRL bloggy friends, BFF’s — just, kindred spirits — I am so grateful for you all.

I wish I could think of a way to show my gratitude, other than inventing teleportation so I can hug all of you, so I guess I’m going to have to settle with giving away some stuff instead. ;)

So, without further ado… the reason anyone has read this far in the post… Haha, jk… no but really…

TWBI’s 2nd Blogiversary Giveaway!

3 winners! | US Only | Choose your books from the stacks below…

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1st Place – up to 5 books | 2nd Place – up to 4 books | 3rd Place – up to 3 books

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