There Were Books Involved turns 1!!


I can’t believe it, guys. It’s been one entire year since I started There Were Books Involved. This is so strange!

On the one hand, I feel like it was only yesterday that I decided to take the plunge and start my own blog. The time has absolutely flown by! I’ve just loved jumping into this community, sharing all my bookish thoughts, and making so many new friends.

But I also feel like this year has been one where I’ve grown so much, personally. Having a blog from which I can reach out to similarly-minded readers has been an incredible blessing this past year. It’s helped me be able to express myself better in my writing, and in life. It’s helped broaden my horizons, helped me to be better at understanding and appreciating other people’s opinions. And without going into too much personal detail (let’s keep it light! This is a blogiversary!), it’s helped me to accept and love myself, and to know that my passions are valid. Which is no small thing.

This year has been so amazing, getting to know so many wonderful bloggers, growing my blog’s readership, and spreading the word about so many amazing books. So I hope it’s also helped you (yes you, faithful reader!) to find some new favorite books, or to commiserate about the books that didn’t work for us, or to flail about books we both loved. (This is a necessity — flails after good books are scientifically proven to… be… good for you…?) ;) Whatever you’re doing on my blog (seriously, what are you still doing here?), I hope you’re enjoying it. Because I’ve loved sharing it with you.

More than anything, I just want to say thank you… To my lovely readers, and to all the amazing bloggers — and authors! — I’ve met this year, both online and off. People like Angie, Cee, Octavia, Chrys, Katie, Molli, Rachel, Kelley, Asti, Kristen, Stormy, Holly, Wendy… Gah, I could go on and on! All of you wonderful people — you are the reasons I stick around instead of just retreating to my reading cave all alone with my sizable TBR. And I much prefer reading with you. :)

And I’m sure you’re all sitting around wondering, I thought she said it’s a Blogiversary celebration… shouldn’t there be presents? Shouldn’t we get presents because we’re all apparently so amazing? Why yes. Yes, you should.


I’ve had the opportunity to go to a BUNCH of different author events in Seattle (and nearby) recently, all for books and authors I absolutely adore. And I’ve been collecting books JUST FOR YOU. :D

Read below for a few details about the giveaways, or just scroll down and enter away!! Good luck! And thanks again, guys. You are all amazing. <3

I decided to give each book its own giveaway widget, but each entry counts for all of them — they’re all the same entry options (including the tweets), so if you enter the first one, you can enter all of them. (For the tweets, you can tweet once per day, from any widget, and enter the same tweet URL for all the giveaways you want to enter — no need to tweet for each giveaway individually. Same for the comments! If you leave a comment on a review one day, you can enter all the giveaways with that comment’s info!) I just wanted to keep the giveaways separate because I wanted to make sure the winners get books that they actually want, instead of just having 4 or 5 winners in one big giveaway, and making the last person pick whatever was left over.

Anyway!! Enough of that. If you have any questions about the rules, read the Terms & Conditions on any of the widgets; and if you still have questions, leave a comment! ;)

10929432The Archived
by Victoria Schwab

Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often—violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper isn’t just dangerous—it’s a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da’s death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.

In this haunting, richly imagined novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hard-won redemption. a Rafflecopter giveaway

8505011The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town of men.

Ever since the settlers were infected with the Noise germ, Todd can hear everything the men think, and they hear everything he thinks. Todd is just a month away from becoming a man, but in the midst of the cacophony, he knows that the town is hiding something from him — something so awful Todd is forced to flee with only his dog, whose simple, loyal voice he hears too.

With hostile men from the town in pursuit, the two stumble upon a strange and eerily silent creature: a girl. Who is she? Why wasn’t she killed by the germ like all the females on New World? Propelled by Todd’s gritty narration, readers are in for a white-knuckle journey in which a boy on the cusp of manhood must unlearn everything he knows in order to figure out who he truly is.   a Rafflecopter giveaway  

9460487Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows. a Rafflecopter giveaway

by Victoria Schwab

(FYI, this one isn’t YA — it’s just freaking awesome.)

A masterful, twisted tale of ambition, jealousy, betrayal, and superpowers, set in a near-future world.

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

In Vicious, V. E. Schwab brings to life a gritty comic-book-style world in vivid prose: a world where gaining superpowers doesn’t automatically lead to heroism, and a time when allegiances are called into question. a Rafflecopter giveaway

One Book of Choice from The Book Depository!

This one’s up to you, lovelies!

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Thank you to everyone who has made this first year of blogging so wonderful! Here’s to another amazing year!! ♥

48 thoughts on “There Were Books Involved turns 1!!

  1. Happy 1 year blogaversary!!!! :D What a milestone! Your passions are definitely valid, and I love that I’ve gotten to meet you through blogging!! (and hopefully in real life at BEA?!) So awesome that you got to go to so many author events! Another reason I’m excited that I’m moving back up in a few months!! :)

    • Thank you Wendy!!! <333 BIG YES to meeting up at BEA!! I am soooooo excited. And SUPER EXCITED that you're moving up here! We are going to have to make a point of going to as many author events as POSSIBLE together, lol.

  2. YAY YAY YAY TIME TO CELEBRATE!!!!!! I love you and your blog and I’m so excited for you. This is a huge accomplishment and you are such an amazing and generous person. I just love you a lot.

  3. HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY! *throws confetti and dances around* I’m happy to be celebrating this with you! You are amazing and I’m glad I met you!


    *holds glass of champagne* Here's to another awesome year!

    • Thank you, Kristen!! It’s amazing how time has flown. I just feel so blessed to be part of this community, and to have found amazing friends like you! <3

  4. Yay, congratulations on your first year of book blogging, Nikki! I’m so glad I found your blog, because we have a lot in common, it seems! It’s funny how I actually found you because of your birthday giveaway, ended up winning — and choosing a Brandon Sanderson book, which has since fueled my love for his writing and helped forge a bond between you and me!! I’m so glad to hear that book blogging has made such a positive impact in your life this past year, because I think that’s what it’s all about!

    Also, I HIGHLY approve of all your giveaway books (although I’m kind of amazed that there’s no Sanderson in the mix!)! :D

    • Thank you so much, Kelley!! I’M SO HAPPY YOU FOUND MY BLOG TOO. <33 I've loved how we've bonded over Brandon Sanderson!! And yes, I knowwwww, I should totally be giving away a Sanderson book too, but I'm planning to do something special when the new YA paperback of Mistborn is released in May, sooooo... ;D

  5. Happy bloggoversary!!! i read your blog and I’m sorry I don’t comment so often (i have no time and i read like 200 blogs xD) but I want to wish you a lovely day!

    • Awww, thank you so much, Nina!! And don’t apologize — I am the worst commenter ever. It means the world to me that you just stop by!! <3333

  6. Happy Blogoversary! :D Congrats on one year!! I’m sorry I don’t comment much, but I do read your posts! It’s hard keeping up with everyone’s blog ><

    • No apologies, Angela! I am the worst when it comes to commenting. I’m much better on Twitter! And the fact that you stop by at all means SO MUCH!! Thank you!! <3<3

  7. Happy Blogversary, Nikki! You’ve had a great first year! I’ve enjoyed getting to know you, talking to you about books, and talking to you about Switchfoot! :D

  8. Wow, it seems like a lot of people are having their 1 year blogversaries around now. Congratulations! Mine is next month :)
    Awesome books for the giveaway :D (and awesome blog in general)

  9. Congratulations Nikki! That’s such an awesome accomplishment!! Bask in the feeling and go treat yourself to some new books and ice cream. Because really. Everything is made more awesome with ice cream. Duh.

    • Aww, thanks Cristina! This was back in March but now I feel all warm and fuzzy again, so thank you for commenting!! <333 Also, yes. Ice cream is happening later. I'm using this comment as an excuse. XD

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