Hello everyone and welcome to a very special post – the celebration of my FIFTH blogoversary! Yes, that’s right, I said fifth. I honestly can’t believe I’ve been blogging for that many years, it has just flown by and I want to thank everyone who has supported me, whether you’re a regular visitor, pop by from time to time or this is your first visit, I couldn’t do it without you. I’ve made so many wonderful friends through blogging and because this year is the big FIVE I want to do three things: first of all, thank my wonderful sister and fellow blogger Chrissi Reads who started her blog just before mine, encouraged me to do my own, helped me during the whole wobbly setting up process, always picks me up if I get down about posts/statistics/followers/quality of my posts (the list goes on!) and is forever inspiring me with new ideas for her own blog to keep things fresh.
Thank you sis, you’re a legend and I love you.
Second of all – I know I’m not the biggest or most popular blog on the block and even though I suffer from anxiety, I’ve learned so much over these past five years. I’ve learned that you don’t have to be the best! As long as you are completely true to yourself in your content and love what you do, (which I most definitely am), I think that comes across and people will come and read your posts. That’s good enough for me – I don’t have to have thousands of followers or dozens of comments, I really love the blogging experience and count myself very lucky to be part of such a wonderful community. Thank you so much to everyone who has dropped me a like, a comment or a share, you really don’t realise how much it means to me. Thank you also to all the publishers who have sent me a review copy in exchange for an honest review, I’m honoured to work with each and every one of you.
Things have not been easy for me this year. In fact, I’ve had the toughest year of my life with my ongoing health dramas (chronic illness SUCKS!) and other personal problems for the last six months of the year that has really taken a toll on both my physical and emotional well-being. However, considering what I’ve been through, I’m really pleased with what I’ve done this year blogging wise and I’m so happy that I’m continuing to get posts out there and meet targets much better than I thought it would have done.
So thirdly and finally, because it’s a special year, I’d like to offer one lucky winner a chance to win FIVE books of your choice from either Amazon or The Book Depository (the only exceptions are textbooks and ridiculously priced books but this will be discussed with the winner). I will keep it open until the end of January so you have lots of time to enter and once I’ve chosen a winner at random, I’ll contact you and you can let me know your address for receiving your lovely goodies! Please make sure if you are under 18 you have permission to email me your address which will only be used for the purpose of this giveaway and not stored. Please enter below and good luck everyone!
Please note: this giveaway IS international as long as Amazon/Book Depository delivers to you!