Celebrate Good Times…{Giveaway}

Holy crap! Today is my 6th blogiversary. 6 years of sharing my life and love of books with all of you. Seriously, where does the time go?!?!

Over my past blogiversary posts (minus my 4th year as I was lazy and didn’t do one) I have talked about highlights from the past year and shared some of my favorite reads. While I did have some great highlights, I am going to skip that this year. I am going to focus on my favorite reads and on some bookish things I have coming up/planned for 2019. And make sure you scroll to the end to enter my giveaway.

The Books:

I read 100 books last year. My goal was 125, but I reached 100 which was enough for me.

Out of those 100 books, one of them was 992 pages long so I basically think you can say I read 102 books. 😛

Of course Anna was read again as was A Court of Mist and Fury. Those are my yearly staples.

Some Favorites (click on the cover to purchase on Amazon):

These are just a sampling of my 2018 5 star reads that are already available for purchase.

These are a sample of 5 star reads that will be out in 2019.

Bookish Events Early 2019:

ALA Midwinter 2019

In 2 weeks time I am heading to Seattle for the first time and hitting up ALA for at least one of the days I am there. I’m really excited to see a new city and Seattle has always been on the list of US places to see.

I read all 5 books (three from the Grisha Verse and 2 from Six of Crows series) in the end of 2018 to get ready for this book release and signing. I can’t wait to meet Leigh again on 1/30, and this time I have read her books.

Just a couple of days later I will be moderating the A. C. Gaughen and Brigid Kemmerer signing in Cambridge, MA. I love these two ladies and these two books so I’m super excited about this. I got to blurb Brigid’s book for the ARCs wish was AMAZING! And I think this is like the 4th time I have moderating a signing for A. C. Gaughen so it is becoming our thing. 😛

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And rounding out the beginning of the year I will be hitting up ApollyCon for the 2nd year in a row. I look forward to this event for months. I get to see some of my favorite people and I get to visit a city that is becoming one of my favorite places to see.

This giveaway is for an Amazon Fire 7, 7″ display Tablet with Alexa, a book of choice ($15 max) and a $10 Amazon gift card. The giveaway will run from 1/11/19 to 1/27/19 at 11:59PM EST. It is US ONLY. I love you my international readers but shipping is just too much. Giveaway accounts will be disqualified so please don’t enter if you are just a bot looking for free stuff.

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Make sure you stick around and follow Andi’s ABCs this year. I have the Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge that I host, my new monthly feature, New to Me, and I am working with some great debut bloggers over the next few month.

Thanks for making 6 years go by in a flash. You are all the best! ♥

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It’s a Celebration {giveaway}

5 years is a long time to do anything. I mean you are typically only in high school for 4 years. College is roughly 4 (although my school was 5). People sometimes don’t even last a year at a job. But for 5 years I have nurtured my little corner of the internet and have made Andi’s ABCs what it is today, my place to share my love of all things books, clothes and more recently handmade cards.

Happy 5 year Blogiversary to me!

In the 5 years I have been doing this (I have been doing it longer, but I was co-blogging at Galley Smith when I started), Andi’s ABCs has had a lot of ups and downs and has gone through changes. My very first post basically showed I knew nothing about the journey I was in for. I had no pictures, no banner, well no anything really. It was just words. How silly of me.

Over the 5 years the blog went through some changes.

I had three different banner design/looks. The 1st two were of my own creation, but last year when I hit year 4 I decided I was going to have someone make something for me so I hired the amazing Rachel of Hello, Chelly and she wowed me with her design that captured exactly what I wanted. She captured everything I wanted Andi’s ABCs to feel like with an awesome banner and design. I can’t thank her enough. Not to mention she is one of my favorite people I don’t get to see enough *stupid distance*.

I had some features come and go. There has been The ABCs, Book a Date, and Parallel Time Loop (to name a few). I’ve done blog tours, had guest posts, and got to interview some of my favorite authors and people (Perkins, Kenneally, Akins, Young). I’ve gotten to post on Simon Teen’s blog, Riveted Lit not once but twice (All in Pieces, Alex, Approximately) and I would LOVE to do it again. And I have gotten to moderate signings for Sarah J. Maas (2 times, once co-moderating on a freaking stage in an auditorium with Sarah from What Sarah Read), introduce AC Gaughen and Emery Lord, and moderate a signing for Tiffany Schmidt and AC Gaughen. Not to mention run a panel at Boston Teen Author Fest with Sarah. I have also been lucky enough to go to BEA  (2014, 2015) BookCon once, and ALA Midwinter when it was held in Boston. I have also been able to host the Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge in 2017 and again in 2018 (SIGN-UP!).

Over 5 years I have also read some really fantastic books. You all know that Anna and the French Kiss is my favorite. I’m not very subtle about that [shrugs]. But I have also found some other books that are just fantastic. My new blog feature, New to You, is going to showcase some of these, but here is just a sampling (click on the cover for the review):

Over 5 years I probably have close to 50-100 books that hold a special place in my heart and have become some sort of favorite. But for the sake of time These are just a sample. Who knows, maybe one day I will do a post of my top 100 books. 🙂

I have also been lucky enough to meet some of my favorite authors. Some I have spent time with at signings, others just sitting at a bar having drinks. Some I even consider friends which I never would have expected when I started. I can’t list them all but some of the highlights have been Miranda Kenneally, Sarah Dessen, Sarah Maas, Sarah Ockler, Tiffany Schmidt, Emery Lord, AC Gaughen, Jodi Meadows, Rainbow Rowell, Morgan Matson, and of course the one and only Stephanie Perkins. There have been plenty of others in between like Leigh Bardugo, Kristin Cashore, Marie Lu, Marissa Meyers, Lauren Oliver. Honestly I could go on and on. But just know what a privelege it has been to meet every author I have had the chance to.

Truly though the best part of this 5 year journey has been becoming friends with some of you. Whether you are a fellow blogger, a reader that I have connected with on Twitter, or someone I have became actual friends with, I couldn’t have done any of this without you. Getting to meet some of you and talk to you either on Twitter or over text has made these last 5 years amazing.

      

And because all of you are the reason this blog exists it’s time for me to say thank you with a giveaway.

This giveaway is for an Amazon Fire 7, 7″ display Tablet with Alexa and surprises picked out by me. The giveaway will run from 1/11/18 to 1/25/18 at 11:59PM EST. It is US ONLY. I love you my international readers but shipping is just too much. Giveaway accounts will be disqualified so please don’t enter if you are just a bot looking for free stuff.

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Make sure you stick with Andi’s ABCs this year. There will be a boat load of giveaway over the year for my new feature New to You with all of these books as a possible prize at different times:

There will also be giveaways for the monthly topic posts for the Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge so sign-up for that. Other new features will include My Favorite Things, What I’m…, and a yet to be announced idea I plan to do with Gail from Ticket to Anywhere.I am alos heading to ApollyCon in DC in March where I will see many of you fab people and get to finally meet Suzanne Young. And I hope to go to ALA in New Orleans and hang with some of my Fantasy Football girls. It’s gonna be a good year and I hope you follow around.

Now if you stuck around to read this whole post and not just jump to the giveaway, I will leave you with this:

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3 Year Blogiversary…SAY WHAT?? (giveaway)

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Holy crap…tomorrow Andi’s ABCs will be 3 years old! That is insane to me. Completely insane that I have been doing this crazy thing for 3 years. Like most I have had my ups and downs and my blogging lulls but I truly love it and that is why I’m still going strong. Make sure you read the whole thing as the giveaway is at the bottom!

Highlights of 2015:

  • A New Blog Design: In early 2015 I decided to upgrade to a self-hosted WordPress blog and to change the design of things. It took a lot of trial and error and changing of things but I have found a design I like. Next step is to get a custom designed blog that is done just for me.
  • More Moderating Fun: Last year I was asked to moderate a panel for the first time and it was no joke. It was for Sarah Maas and AC Gaughen and the crowd was huge.  In 2015 I was lucky enough to moderate 2 more signings/events. In June (I think it was) I was asked to moderate a panel for AC Gaughan (again!) and Tiffany Schmidt. The two of them were kind enough to come to Porter Square Books and have a small event. It was a lot of fun chatting with this ladies as I know them so it was super low key and relaxing. I even got to throw in a random Boston sports question which was fun. Then in September Sarah from What Sarah Read and I 1co-moderated a panel for the Boston Teen Author Fest. It was Sarah’s first time moderating and she did a fantastic job and the authors made us both so at ease. I feel truly grateful for this community and for these opportunities.
  • HOLY WOW MOMENT: In April I was contacted by the lovely Erica at Bloomsbury and was  asked if I would be interested in reading Emery Lord‘s next book When We Collided so I could be blurbed in the ARC. I mean WHAT??? SAY AGAIN??? You want me??? The only catch was it had to be done in a certain time frame so I had to drop everything and drop everything I did. Besides being the book being fantastic it was truly an honor to be asked 2to do this and when I saw my words in print in an ARC it was even more amazing. Oh and did I mention I then got a signed copy of the ARC?? HOLY WOW Indeed!
  • BEA  (1 & 2): I was lucky enough to go to Book Expo America again in 2015 and to get to go as press which didn’t happen last year. As a not so new blogger I felt 2015 BEA was very different from 2014. In 2015 I really got to hang out with people and talk and relax. I got to see Estelle more times than I could imagine (I saw her once in 2014) and 21I got to hang out with Jamie for a day (I only saw her briefly in 2014) and I got invited to some fabulous events hosted by publishers. It was seriously one of the best times. I got to hang out with some of my favorite people. What can be better than that??
  • Meeting Sarah Dessen: A month or so before BEA I was asked by Penguin if I would be able to go to Sarah Dessen‘s signing and interview her. Me…interview Sarah Dessen? I so wanted to say yes. Sadly I couldn’t because of location and timing. I 24was bummed to say the least. But then something remarkable happened. I was invited to a lunch at BEA with Sarah Dessen and Carrie Ryan (Daughter of Deep Silence) as the guests. It was truly amazing to finally meet her and to gush with her over Veronica Mars. Pinch me. I swear I was dreaming.
  • My Anna Collection:  If you read this blog or know me you know my love of Anna and the French Kiss. My collection had been progressively growing. At the end of February (after the horrendous collectionwinter we had in Boston) I posted my Anna/Lola/Isla collection on Twitter. Well imagine my surprise when the sweet, sweet Stephanie Perkins saw my collection and offered to help it grow by sending me foreign edition of Anna (which we decided was the best course of action since that is my book. I was in awe when I got the package of books and when I got the next package. I may have never meet Steph in person but she is one of the sweetest I have ever not met.
  • #PocketLetterABCs: With my new found crafting mojo I found a thing online called Pocket Letters and I decided to bring it over to the book blogging community. I ran a swap at the end of November and it seemed to go really well. It was fun to get to be crafty with my other book nerds and I will be doing another one later this month.

The Books:

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I was a little slow in my reading in 2015. In total I only read 117 books (I say only because I read 158 last year). But I did read some really good, high quality books and got some rereads done so that made me happy. I was really bad at reviewing some of the ones I loved which I vow to be better about in 2016. But here are some of my favorites out of the 4.5/5 star reads.:

lasttimeThe Last Time We Say Goodbye: This book tour out my heart in the best of ways. It was so so good and it was unexpected for me. I hadn’t heard a lot about it but man was it fantastic.

queen1Queen of Shadows: Sarah once again destroyed me with her writing and story telling. Queen of Shadows was so so good. Honestly I can’t stand how good it was. Did it go the way I expected…nope. But I think it went the way the story should have. Can’t wait to see what is in store in 2016.

whatwesawWhat We Saw: I haven’t gotten around to reading this one but Hannah (The Irish Banana) suggested this one to me to make a priority and it was fantastic. It read like a really great Lifetime movie and I didn’t want it to end. It was real and it was raw and it was amazing.

summerofchasingThe Summer of Chasing Mermaids: Sarah Ockler has yet to write something I haven’t loved. I was scared with this being based on The Little Mermaid but Sarah did it in such a fantastically subtle way that you can’t help but fall in love with the beauty. Give me more books Sarah!

dealThe Deal: I totally found this book when it was blowing up with chatter on my Twitter timeline. And I have never been more happy that I did. It is so great. Like beyond words great. I highly recommend this New Adult Series.

liesabouthThe Lies About Truth: Another book I read and loved but didn’t get to review yet. I can’t say enough great things about Courtney Stevens’ second book. It was such a great story with amazing characters. I mean I loved her first book, Faking Normal, and this one blew it out of the park.

2016 Favorite Books

mirrorkingThe Mirror King: Jodi Meadows follow-up to The Orphan Queen is just fantastic. It is a must read book if you loved the first one. Honestly I loved it even more than The Orphan Queen. I’ll be reviewing closer to publication day.

whenwecollidedWhen We Collided: My blurb in the ARC says it all…this book is fantastic. Emery Lord hit it out of the park. I can’t wait for you all to read it and love it like I did.

builtBuilt: This is just out this week but I got to read it early and LOVED LOVED LOVED it. I had binge read all of Jay Crownover’s Marked Men series and this spin off was the best out of all the Crownover books I have read. Zeb is just amazing.

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I had a great year of blogging in 2015. I got to meet some really cool authors and bloggers and make some really great friends. I read some fantastic books and had some opportunities I never thought I would. I found my crafting mojo and have found my love for planners. When the year started I had no idea where it would go. Everything was a mystery and that is what’s great about a new year. And what leads to my 3 year blogiversary giveaway:

I thought about what I wanted to do for this and it came to me. I am going to do a mystery giveaway of some of my favorite things. You will have no idea what you will be getting. I promise at least one book (may be a book I read in 2015 or may be a book I just love or something yet to be released). The rest you will have no idea.

The giveaway is US Only (sorry foreign friends) and will run until 11:59PM EST on 1/31/15. Giveaway accounts will be disqualified.

 
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The Year in the Life of a Blogger – Happy 2 Year Blogiversary

Two years. I have made it through 2 years of blogging on my own. It has been awesome and new and trying and a lot of work. I have learned things about people and the publishing world that I never thought I would. I posted 280 posts. Some were hits, so were misses. Basically it was a year of trial and error and it was a year of growth.

 

Highlights of 2014:

  • The ABCs – In 2014 I made a conscious effort to change up the style of my weekly ABC posts. Instead of doing them all on my own I took inspiration from Brittany of The Book Addict’s Guide and her weekly Book and Beverage posts and opened it up to you all. Since switching it in July of 2014 I have 53 people sign up and hope to keep it going. I love seeing every week what my new guest poster has selected. And I love that readers, blogger, abcbanner1publicists and authors have all taken part in the fun.
  • Tales of a Moderator – I did something in 2014 that I thought I would never do. I sat in front of a room of people and got to ask Sarah J. Maas and A.C. Gaughen questions about their books. I mean me? I’m this awkward, shy, quiet girl and I was able to do that. That was truly an amazing experience. Could I have been better at it? Sure. But I did it and I’m honored that I was even asked to do it by the amazing folks at Bloomsbury.mod
  • Book Nerds Unite – This was a fun little brain child of mine. Myself and 19 other bloggers came together and hosted an epic giveaway. It was fun and made my blog grow a lot and taught me a lot. I definitely plan to do more of these in the future.
  • Parallel Time Loop – I’m a massive fan of parallel life books and time travel books which I find very interchangeable. After reading Loop by Karen Akins I was hit with an idea. I got a handful of bloggers together and had them guest post on my blog for 2 weeks. We each had our own book in the genre paralleltimeloopand were able to talk about whatever we wanted in conjunction with the book. I personally got to interview Lauren Miller, one of my fave people, and that was a fantastic thing. I hope to do more of these in 2015. One may even be in the works right now. Stay tuned!
  • Isla is Coming: A Happily Ever After Readalong – Guys, you know my love of all things Anna and the French Kiss. When Isla finally came out last year I was lucky to be able to take part in a group of bloggers that were promoting the book in our own special way. Not only that but we also were able to find people will to donate to the cause with giveaway prizes at their own expense. It was truly a remarkable experience.
  • First Time BETA reader – I have heard about BETA readers for a long time. It was just something that was always there. But then I was asked to be one for the WONDERFUL Miranda Kenneally and her awesome book Breathe, Annie, Breathe. The book was so amazing and completely blew me away. For always Breathe, Annie, Breathe will hold a special place in my heart. REVIEW
  • allthebooksBEA(1 & 2) – I did it. After a few years of wanting to go and always having an excuse not to, I finally got my act together and went to my first BEA in May of 2014. It was awesome. It was overwhelming and fun and a learning experience and something I plan to do again in 2015…hopefully. I got to meet some amazing authors and bloggers and go to some publishing events and pick up some books that ended up being some of my favorites. I made some new friends and connections that I hope last a long long time. Truly a highlight of 2014.

The Books:

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I read a lot of great books in 2014. Some that will come out in 2015, some that came out a few years back, some that came out in 2014. Out of all the books I did read I gave 5 stars to about 30 of them (some were more 4.5 or 4.75 stars but Goodreads refuses to do half stars). Out of those 30 I have some that are definite faves.

2014 Favorite Books
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Throne of Glass/Crown of Midnight/Heir of Fire: My first fantasy addiction. I had dabbled slightly with Graceling the year before, but Throne of Glass really opened up by eyes to how good fantasy can be and got me hooked on anything that Sarah J. Maas writes.

Frio of the Exiles/Quintana of Charyn: I almost gave up on this series after not loving Finnikin of the Rock. But I stuck it out and gave it a chance. Easily two of my favorite reads of 2014.

Isla and the Happily Ever After: Swoon. I mean it is a full book of swoon. I’m so sad the “series” is over, but it couldn’t have ended on a better note.

Open Road Summer: One of my first unexpected ARCs and one of the few books I wanted to hug when I was done. Matt Finch is EVERYTHING and Reagan and Dee’s friendship is the kind of friendship that should be in every book.

loopKiss of Deception: I love the concept of this one. It was clever and I loved the way that it unfolded and how the story was told. Can’t wait for book 2. (Review to come when I can actually put my feelings in words.)

Loop: I am slightly obsessed with this book. I think you may have noticed that I tell everyone they need to read it as I loved it that much. So um, READ IT.

Free to Fall: I loved Lauren Miller’s first book Parallel to pieces, but I loved Free to Fall maybe even a tiny bit more. It was amazing and made me want Lauren to write even more books.

Since You’ve Been Gone: Morgan Matson’s previous book, Second Chance Summer, hit me right in the feels. It was an emotional read of sickness and dying and moving on and second chances. But Since You’ve Been Gone seemed to get me even more. SYBG is the story of growing up and finding a place for yourself in the world without a crutch of an outspoken friend. Basically amazing!

Breathe, Annie, Breathe: See my highlights from 2014.

2015 Favorite Books
I’ll Meet You There: I won a copy of this book this past summer and I couldn’t wait to read it. It crushed my soul and put it back together in the best kind of way. Look for my review and tour stop in early February

A Court of Thorns and Roses: This book is on Anna and the French Kiss level for me. It was so super amazing and a book I could reacotarread over and over again. It was beautifully written (duh, it is by Sarah!) and unfolded perfectly. I just loved it. Look for my review closer to release date.

Reborn: I was extremely lucky to get to read this early, like July 2014 early, and I loved it. The whole Altered series is extremely underrated and something more people should read. This was the last one in the series, at least for now, and maybe my favorite.

The Start of Me and You: Emery Lord did it again. I can’t say much more than that. She knows how to write cute boys and great friendships and is something all should read. Review will be posted closer to release date.

The Orphan Queen: This book! OH THIS BOOK. I still can’t get over the end. I need the next book like NOW. Review to come closer.

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All in all 2014 was a fabulous year for me as a blogger. I got to do things I never thought I would do and had new opportunities. Because of you guys my blog grew a lot and I thank you. And as a thank you I am giving one reader a chance to win a book of their choice that is already released (no more than $20.00 USD) and a 2015 preorder book (no more than $20.00 USD). This giveaway is open internationally but only if the book is available at The Book Depository and that they will ship to your country if in US books need to be available through Amazon. Contest will go from 1/12/15-1/16/15 at 11:59pm EST. You must be 16 to enter. Just click on the picture below to enter.

Thanks for the love this year and I can’t wait to see what 2015 brings for me and Andi’s ABCs!

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One Year Blogiversary – GIVEAWAY{CLOSED}

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I seriously can not believe it has been one full year of blogging for me. Honestly I wasn’t sure what to expect when I finally decided to try this out on my own. I had no preconceived notions that it would grow or be a big hit or even get many followers. But what has happened has been amazing. I have far exceeded everything that I could have imagined in my first year of blogging. I have made some great blogging friends, some great followers and have had some great connections with some amazing authors. I’ve tried a variety of different series and link-ups from Monopoly Money Monday to the What’s In My Bag Series? to Second Chance Sunday. I’ve done Top Ten Tuesday and Waiting on Wednesday and Friday’s Fancies all hosted on other fabulous blogs. Some of these features are gone and some are still going strong. Recently I started a new series which I hope grows into a great link-up on its own which showcases all of the things I love and the reason I started this blog to begin with. Basically my blog has become a great experience and that’s all because of you guys.

I honestly can’t thank you enough for stopping by and commenting and sharing your love and your time. Without all of the support I get from you this blog would be dead in the water. You have made Andi’s ABCs what it is and this is my appreciation to you. Click on the picture below for the chance to win an amazing prize for my amazing ABCers. This giveaway will go from now until February 11th at 11:59pm EST. Sadly this is a US only giveaway as I can’t afford to ship internationally. But I do promise you my International readers I will soon do some kind of giveaway that will include all of you. So from the bottom of  my heart I thank you for making this blog possible and I look forward to blogging with you for the next year.

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