My name is Ardis and I am an avid reader and budding writer. I want to share my love of books with others. I work with kids and am interested in finding and creating books that will ignite the reader in everyone. Contact me at: ardis.atkins@gmail.com

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

It's My Blogiversary & a Giveaway!!!


I can't believe I have had this blog for an entire year, already!  I have learned so much and yet I still feel like a newbie.  I make mistakes, take forever to read books, and I struggle sometimes to find things to blog about.  But, I have also grown  as a writer this year.  I have been able to be creative, find a conversational style of writing, and read some amazing books due to blogging.

Scroll to the bottom of the page for my Blogiversary Giveaway!

Here are some of my highlights for this year:

1.  Getting approved to read 25 ARC books on NetGalley.

2.  Getting the elusive 80% feedback rating on NetGalley.

3.  Getting ONE approval on Edelweiss.  This may seem terrible compared to NetGalley, but I did a happy dance because I have tried for months to get any action with this service and had zero success...until now!

4. Meeting Leigh Bardugo at her book signing for Six of Crows.

5.  Getting 170 followers on this blog!

6.  Getting over 600 followers on Twitter!

7.  Reading 126 books last year.

8.  Reviewing 65 books on my blog in the past year.

9.  Writing 163 posts for my blog this year.

And most importantly:

10.  Meeting (online) so many wonderful bloggers!   I have made some lovely friends.

Giveaway Time!!!

Now it's time to celebrate.  Enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway for a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card.  This is open Internationally!!!





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  1. CONGRATULATIONS! \õ/ You take forever to read books, yet you still managed to read a 126 of them :D. Damn girl! Amazing accomplishments! I only got 1 Edelweiss approval as well and the book sucked, so pfft, just stick to Netgalley I say. Wow on the generous giveaway as well! *cheers*

    1. Thank you, Anne. You have always cheered me on! I don't like to watch TV, so I have plenty of time to read in the evening. Plus you will always see me with a book at lunch time and breaks. Thank you again, for the kudos.

  2. Congratulations on blogging for a year! That’s a big milestone, and I hope your blog continues to grow.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  3. Congrats on such a great blog and big accomplishments!!

    1. Thank you so much! I really loved your book, Liars And Losers Like Us. I wrote a review on my blog that posts today, March 2nd. Congrats on your book and I hope it does really well.

  4. Happy Blogoversary! *throwing confetti*

    1. Thank you, Birgit *virtual high five*

  5. Congratulations on the blogiversary! I'm coming up on mine in July (I think!) this year, hopefully I've some numbers as good as yours.

    1. Thank you, Mikayla. My numbers are getting a little better since this giveaway... Hopefully, people will stick around afterwards.

  6. 126 books in a year! I AM impressed. I should count my achievements as I have no idea how many books I read. My branch library has closed so I will not be borrowing books for 2 years.Maybe I can get through some ebooks and some of my own collection.

    1. Thank you. I keep track of my reading with GoodReads. It also helps me to remember books when I hear about them. I just jump on the App and mark it down, before I forget. I'm sorry your library closed! That is terrible. Is there no other library nearby?


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