My Blog Is One Years Old! Blogging Friends, This One’s For You…

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Roughly a year ago, I was sat in my room and I’d just set up my little blog. A year and 48 reviews later, I’m still sitting in my room but I am part of one of the best communities I’ve ever come across. It’s funny that just a year ago I never knew any of you and I didn’t even know book blogging existed. It’s like a whole other world that you don’t even know you’re a part of until you are and book blogging is one of the best decisions I have ever made. It’s lead me to books I never thought I’d read, authors I always dreamt of talking to,  opportunities I would never have come across otherwise but most importantly, it’s lead me to you lot and without you lot, I wouldn’t be writing this post.

I’ve met so many different people of different ages, nationalities, some of which live all over the world. You’ve all got different lives, different families, different problems and that’s what I love about it – everyone is unique. You’ve all got a story to tell. My blogging friends are some of the nicest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting and despite the fact that some of you live hours and miles away, across oceans and on the other side of the world, you’re all there, every second of the day in almost everything that I do.

In the short time I’ve known you, I’ve come to know more about you than some people I’ve known for over 10 years. I don’t know whether it’s because we don’t know each other in person or whether it’s our love of books but I feel like I can finally be myself with you all. You’re all beautiful and inspiring human beings who I’ve learnt so much from over the past year. I don’t need to name everyone – you know who you are. I’ve gained some friends for life and it’s all down to our shared love of books. It’s amazing what a simple book can do isn’t it?

So anyway, I wrote this post specially for my blogoversary. Thank you to everyone who has supported my blog over the past year. Thank you to every single one of you who has followed me, liked or commented on a post, retweeted me on Twitter – it’s the little things that count. Also, thank you to all the authors that have sent me their amazing books and especially Janice and the LLM ladies for being amazing and letting me review for you. Blogging has helped me rekindle my passion for reading and reading really can save you at the darkest of times so no one should ever underestimate the power of a book so I give you all permission to eat as much chocolate and cake as you want today to celebrate. Here’s to the next year!

You can’t have a blogoversary without a giveaway so I’m giving away two books! The first one is a paperback copy of ‘The Time of My Life’ by Cecelia Ahern and the second one is a eBook copy of ‘Death of the Mad Hatter’ by Sarah J. Pepper. They’re both amazing books and all you have to do to enter and win both of these books is leave me a comment below with your full name and a means to contact you (you can include something like your favourite book ever, if you wish!) and if you win and on Monday 28th April I will put all your names into a hat (or a bowl as I don’t have a hat…) and randomly select a winner! Good luck! (This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL, yay!)

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55 thoughts on “My Blog Is One Years Old! Blogging Friends, This One’s For You…

  1. Hey gorgeous, congrats again 🙂
    Awesome giveaway!!!
    Oh that’s a hard questions, but I go for Connectivity by Aven Ellis, love this book ❤
    I think you know how to contact me 😉
    💕 xxx

  2. Congratulations! That’s a great achievement!
    What a great giveaway, and I agree this is a tough questions.
    I’d have to say my favourite ever book is The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton because it is what started my love for reading.
    I follow you on Twitter: @Katie89KT

    Congratulations, again!
    Katie xxx

  3. Happy 1st blogoversary, Jenny! What a year you’ve had and we love that you are one of the Loveahappyending Lifestyle book review team! It is amazing how strong this online community is and everyone has one thing in common, they love books! And now you are in the middle of your readathon – and reading my Angels Among Us series, so I won’t stop you … read, lady, read. Over halfway there – you can do it! Lxx

  4. Happy Blogoversary again, Jenny! Thank you for all the amazing support this year too! It’s been such a pleasure to watch your blog grow, and here’s to many more happy years in Neverland! 😀 xx

  5. Happy blogaversary! Congratulations on a year, and more to come.
    Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy isn’t the best book ice read, but it’s one of my favorites.

  6. Happy blogaversary, Jenny! 🙂 Your blog is one of my absolute favourites, and I think you’ve got a real talent for reviewing. Your reviews have led me to books and movies I might never have looked at before, so thank you for that. But most of all, thank you for being a wonderful new friend that I am truly grateful to have “met”. Here’s to many, MANY more years of friendship, and fabulous blogging! And, quite possibly, lots more pictures of Aaron Paul, Ben Barnes, the lovely Leo… I could go on… 😉 xx

    • Thank you so much Michelle, that’s such a lovely thing to hear 🙂 I’m glad you’ve found some new books/films from my review (even though your hubby with the awful taste in films didn’t like them…) *sigh*

      Thank you too for being a wonderful friend and for the many long and hilarious conversations we’ve had! I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next but I’m sure lots of photos of Aaron, Ben Barnes and Leo will help, no matter what! 😉 Haha xxx

  7. Congratulations on your blogoversary Jenny! Thank you for your support of us indie authors in your reading and reviews. Best of luck for getting through your readathon too. Have a great weekend and here’s to another successful year of blogging. Love emma

    • Thank you so much Emma, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with you all this past year!

      My readathon is going…. Haha. Just powered through a book in 3 hours cos I’m a bit behind schedule! But yes, here’s too another amazing year! xx

  8. Happy blogoversary lovely! I wish you loads of more and loads of success in the future! I totally love your post and you know, I agree 100% on everything you say. Deciding to start blogging has surely been one of the best decision I’ve made. I’ve made friends whom I’ve otherwise not know, so many great people all over the world, who care about me and I care about them. They have become like a family, so cheers to blogging! Ok, I’ll say Ali Harri’s “The First Last Kiss’ is one of my faves. You know, deciding on one fave book is not easy:) Thanks so much for the chance to win either of those books, haven’t read them yet but sure would love to. In the mean time, see you in twitterville:) Loads of love XX

  9. Oh wow Jenny – happy blogiversay! A whole year of reading and blogging and in that time you have been so professional and become so established in the book blogging world – yet you have still found time to organize a fabulous charity event. This is a good day to thank you for all you do – not only as part of Loveahappyending Lifestyle Magazine book review team – but for all the support you give authors and your service to readers by recommending the books you have enjoyed. Your comment that “no one should ever underestimate the power of a book” is so very very true.
    So here’s to many more years of Jenny in Neverland!
    Hip Hip Hurray!!
    Love, Janice xxx

    • Aww Janice thank you so much for this lovely comment, put a huge smile on my face! Thank you for letting me be a part of your wonderful team and providing me with so many amazing books! Here’s to many many more 😀 ❤ xxx

  10. Congratulations Jenny! ❤ One year is such a huge milestone! I always love reading your reviews – they're so informative and descriptive – and I'm looking forward to hopefully having many more years of reading your blog! 😀

  11. Congratulations on your blogaversary Jenny!! I’ve just recently started reading so many book bloggers and you’ve quickly become one of my favourites! I absolutely love this book blogging community, so warm and lovely! Here’s wishing you another year of fabulous blogging! 😀

    • Thank you! I noticed on Twitter that you took the leap and made your own book blog – congrats! I look forward to reading your reviews! I’m so pleased that this is one of your faves :3 Good luck on the giveaway! ❤

  12. Happy blogoversary Jenny! I love reading your blog- it led me to Now You See Me and started up my love of all things Jesse Eisenberg 🙂

    My favourite book ever is I Remember You by Harriet Evans. It’s a simply gorgeous book set across two eras and ties two stories together beautifully. I really wish Langford was real!

    Good luck on the giveaway! You can contact me on Twitter (@Lynsey1991) 🙂 xxxx

  13. Happy 1st blog birthday 👏🎂. Thank you for the chance of winning either of the lovely book or e-copy. Asking me to pick a favourite book would be asking me to choose a favourite child, I have 3. So I have decided to choose a book that I have read this year and it left me with so many emotions….Beyond Grace’s Rainbow. You can contact me if I was a lucky winner by using the following e-mail:- kcflab95@talktalk.net or I’m on twitter @SheerieF
    Well done and thank you xxx

    • Thank you!
      I actually bought Beyond Grace’s Rainbow for my Kindle the other day when I saw it was only 99p (Who could resist?) I’ve heard so many incredible things about it so I can’t wait to read it! Good luck! ❤ xxxx

  14. Happy Blogoversary again lovely! I love your blog and you would never guess that you’ve only been doing it a year! I have so many favourite books that I couldn’t possibly list them all, but I think one that will always capture my imagination is Peter Pan – such an amazing story and so timeless. xxx

  15. *champagne corks popping* Here’s a toast to you, Jenny, and your landmark first blogoversary! ~clink~
    We are delighted you are a part of our community and thank you for the energy you put into everything you do! You rock!

  16. Happy Blogoversary! I’ve met so many supportive and fun friends through various blogs and I’m thrilled to have discovered yours now. I’ve discovered so many new books through people’s posts and reviews and probably one of my favourite has to be Kate Lord Brown, I love her books. The Perfume Garden and The Beauty Chorus are fantastic reads.

  17. Hey! Wow what a year, I know what you mean as in June mine will have been going a year too!! Where does the time go?! I can’t believe it! And such a fab giveaway your offering. You know me under @sam_smith73 😊 congrats and look forward to the next year of blogging!!!

  18. Connectivity by Aven Ellis & The Dead Wife’s Handbook by Hannah Beckerman. Both are must reads and 2 of my favourites of the year so far x

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