What I Have Been Up To

Hello Everyone!!

If it was not already obvious, I have been slightly inactive in the book community. This occurred because schoolwork and college applications became my main priority. However, I have a bunch of reviews ready to be posted in the upcoming weeks and I will be attending Bookcon! If you would like, I will post my convention schedule and tips!

In other news, I created a new blog!! “Marissa Nicole” is my personal blog where I will publish articles about my life, beauty, health, and travel. If that interests you, I highly suggest you check out my blog. Also, I am a Her Campus Trendsetter and a Serengetee Rep for the summer!

I am so happy I could update you all in regards to my life. I cannot wait to publish more articles for you!

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1 Year of Blogging

1 Year of

I feel like a terrible blogger. Not only did I forget my blog’s anniversary, I forgot to post a blog post on that day. In my defense, I was preoccupied with finishing out my third quarter of sophomore year. However, I have a few posts for this week celebrating my blog.

I can’t believe a year has already passed since I started this blog. I still remember the day I joined because I thought that you had to be a blogger to get in to book events and I wanted to meet fellow bookworms. Since then, I’ve met so many people and have been to so many wonderful events. It’s crazy to see how far my blog has come. What started as a small and unprofessional website with horrible grammar, has become a slightly bigger website with improved grammar. I’m incredibly proud of how this year has played out.

I know it sounds cheesy, but I want to say a few thank yous. First, thank you to all my readers. You have made my blog into something better than I have ever expected. You helped me complete my dream of reaching out to other bookworms. Without your support, my blog would have never improved.

Thank you to all my book friends. Before blogging, I never had friends who I could talk about reading to. Fortunately, I found you lovely people. You have supported me and my blog immensely. Thank you for being the friends I always needed. I may not say this much, but I love you and am grateful to have met you. You have made this journey worth it.

Next, thank you to all the authors and publishers who have supported me by sending me their books. I know how important your books are to you and I’m enternally grateful for your trust in me reading your work. You have helped my blog in an enormous way.

Finally, thank you to my parents. Buying a website, logo, and business cards is expensive and it is nice to have two amazing people who have supported my blog by helping contribute to some of the funds. Also, thank you for attending my book events despite not actually enjoying hearing about reading. I know there are about 100 other places you’d like to be but you chose to support me instead. I love you.

Also, I have some advice to people who want to start blogging. You will receive criticism from people. I remember when I started blogging, some of my friends thought it was nerdy to write about books. At first, I thought that I should quit since I didn’t want to seem weird. However, I decided to stick with what I love to do. I can honestly say I never regretted that decision. People always find something negative to say about what you do, that’s life. However, you can’t alter your life to please others. You have to do what you want to do because in the end, that’s all that matters. Book blogging was the best decision that I made.  It made me happier than I ever was. It is my therapy. If I never continued with blogging then I would still be a sad girl who had to hide her love of reading. I have had so many adventures from this blog. If anyone ever tells you to quit blogging, ignore them. You have an incredible opportunity that they wish they had. Don’t take that for granted.

Thank you for an amazing year and I look forward to more years to come. I can’t wait to continue this journey with you all. I love you.

Favorite Memories from (Almost) One Year of Blogging

Wow. It has been almost a year since I began blogging! My actual blog anniversary is on March 9th, the day when I posted my first review! The post was regarding Of Poseidon by Anna Banks (check out the review: here). However, the review was actually posted on my old blog on Weebly. Despite that, I still count that as my first day of blogging.

I was probably the worst new blogger to exist. I never wrote an introduction to my old blog. Not to mention, my grammar was awful. I tried to read the review today but couldn’t stop cringing. I decided that I will write a post on me reacting to my old reviews later in the month. My first few months of blogging were like a train wreck in slow motion. I hope I improved since then.

I decide as preparation for my blog’s anniversary, I will write various posts reflecting on my blog until March 9th. However, I will still continue to post reviews and tags! To kick off the start of my countdown to my blog’s anniversary, here are my favorite moments of blogging.

Writing my first post!

Yes, my first posts were shameful. And yes, they seem like I created my own form of dialect. However, when I published my first posts, I felt an overwhelming sense of pride. Starting my blog felt like a new beginning.

Bookcon!!

Bookcon was incredible! The event was something I will never forget. I met so many fantastic people and received an abundance of ARCs that I was highly anticipating. The people I met at Bookcon have stayed close to me. I have gained many opportunities from this event. I cannot wait to go to Chicago for Bookcon 2016!

The Book Cove Book Club

Following Bookcon, a few of the attendees of the event decided to stay connected through a book club. Our group has had its fair share of problems but the final result made the burdens worth it. We all have been drawn closer and have gained connections to many authors. We live stream weekly about the book we read that week. I love them!

Meeting Stella and Emily in Person!!

Emily and Stella are both people I met from the Bookcon app. I never actually met the two at Bookcon. Stella and Emily are my closest bookish friends. I was so excited and nervous to meet them but when I did, it was worth the wait. I had a great time walking around New York with them. I am glad to have continued to meet them in real life.

Requesting to Review an Author’s Book and Them Accepting. Also, Making My First Author Friend!

You would have thought that I was about to become some celebrity by my reaction to being accepted to write a review for someone. Wow! I’m going to get an ARC of a book in return for an honest review! I’m heading somewhere, I thought to myself as Danielle Rose accepted my review request. Since then, I have tried to help Danielle’s book reach the success it’s destined to have. Danielle is an incredible person and author. I am so happy that she was my first author friend!

Getting my First Review Request!

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My birthday after I read the request email. 

I do not think I will ever not be excited to be asked to review someone’s book. That is an incredible honor and is something that makes me extremely happy. I believe my first review request was from Penguin and it was on my birthday. I was so grateful.

Getting Accepted to Speak at my First Panel!

I have always desired to be able to speak on a panel about literature. When I was looking around for events, I found Kidlitcon. The event was looking for speakers. I decided to give it a try and see if they’d accept me. I had been blogging for less than a year and my hopes were low. However, I got accepted! When I read the email, I started crying. For someone who never felt good enough to accomplish their dreams, I finally felt like I was achieving things. That was my favorite memory of 2015.

My Panel!

The day of my panel, I was a nervous wreck. I thought I was going to fail tremendously. To my surprise, it went really well. I felt a little intimidated being the youngest and newest blogger. however, I relaxed once the panel begun. When the panel was over, I was overjoyed and extremely proud of myself. I never felt greater.

Kidlitcon!!

Kidlitcon was the highlight of my book events of 2015. Kidlitcon is a more intimate conference. The reason I loved the conference as much as I did was because it wasn’t crowded. There were a lot of people there, but it was small compared to Bookcon. The event was filled with publicists, librarians, bloggers, editors, illustrators, podcasters, reviewers, book award judges, and authors. I was able to talk to everyone there and they were all friendly. I came back from the event with many more connections. Some memorable people that I met were Carrie Mesrobian, Majorie Ingall, Kathy MacMillan, Elissa Brent Weissman, Alysa Stewart, Paula Willey, Tracey Baptiste, Shadra Strickland, Maggie Thrash, and Mahnaz Dar. Two people that I talked to the most were Libertad and Guinevere Thomas, or The Twinjas.Guinevere and Libertad were so welcoming and nice. Also, they had an incredible panel about diversity in books that made me think about how my reviews incorporate diversity. I can’t wait to hang out with them again at Blogboundcon!

Anyway, those were some of my favorite memories of my first year of blogging. What are some of your favorite blogging memories?