One Year Blog Anniversary with Giveaway!

Update: Congratulations to Ki Pha for winning a $10.00 gift card to Amazon! Thank you to all of you who stopped by to wish me well and for your support over this past year.


It has been one year since I launched So Many Reads into the world and boy has it been a ride. This past year has turned out to be nothing like I had planned, but so much better than I could ever expect. So, as I look back on this year as a blogger, what have I learned?

I have learned how to make my book images all the same size. Only took me about 8 months for that. πŸ˜‰

I have learned to be patient. Slow and steady wins the race most of the time and when I try to fast track things, it doesn’t always work.

I have learned to enjoy the journey and live in the moment. Opportunities have presented themselves to me when I wasn’t even looking for them.

I have learned that it is the people who matter – my readers and the authors I introduce to you. The people are the best part of blogging. I used to think that by setting up this blog I would someday have an “in” with publishers and get to read a lot of books before they came out, be taken seriously as a reviewer, etc. A year later, I still don’t have an in with publishers, but I have something even better. Β I have gotten to know so many incredible authors. I would not trade my relationship with these authors for all the books in the world. I have also gotten to know a few bloggers and some readers along the way and hope to continue to build those relationships.

I have learned that when I am overwhelmed, I need to go back to the most basic question. Why did I start this blog? Simply it is because I love to get lost in a love story or an adventure. I love being able to escape reality if only for an hour each day.Β My goal at So Many Reads is to help you find your next story to get lost in and to introduce you to some amazing authors.

Thank you to all the readers, bloggers and authors for making this past year so much fun!

To celebrate the one year anniversary of So Many Reads, I am giving away a $10.00 Amazon or Barnes & Noble e-gift card to one commenter. Β Just reply below and tell me what blogs you have learned about this year and what makes them special (and mine doesn’t count, so no trying to kiss). Is it the reviews? The giveaways? Interviews with authors or characters? The camaraderie with the other readers? What?

Giveaway will be open until 11:59 pm on Friday, December 13, 2013. Winner will be contacted via email and announced on the blog.


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  1. Nurmawati Djuhawan

    happy blogoversary !!! yayyy !!!
    the blog that so special for me is http://thebooktarts.blogspot.com/
    the blogger is very kind and she hosting many books giveaway…luv it !!

    chiko_jubilee at yahoo dot com

    1. Amy

      Thank you, Nurmawati! I will check out The Book Tarts blog. πŸ™‚

  2. ki pha

    Woohoo!!!!! Happy 1 year Anniversary!!!! Has it really only been 1 year, really?!! Congrats congrats congrats!!!! I hope for more awesomeness from you in the coming future~

    Ahh a new blog I found this year was Mary Chen’s Buried Under Romance. I didn’t actually found it but I became friends with Mary through Goodreads and then onto FB. She then made the blog and I love it! We became fast friends and even co-host a meme together. She loves Historical romances and is a total pro at writing reviews. Even if she’s fairly new to the romance genre and to blogging, she’s going to go places with her blog. πŸ™‚

    1. Amy

      Thanks, Ki! You have been so kind to me this year. I will check out Mary Chen’s blog. I am sure with your love for Historical Romance you guys have a lot in common. πŸ™‚

  3. Tin O.

    I’ve just discovered your blog (thanks to Ki Pha!) — liked you on Facebook and following via email. ^_^

    1. Amy

      Thanks, Tin! I am glad you dropped by and thanks for the follow and likes. πŸ™‚

  4. Edie Ramer

    Happy Anniversary, Amy! My books have been on several review-only tours this year, so for me it’s the reviews. I appreciate bloggers so much for helping to get the word out and for their great reviews. You’re at the top of my list!

    1. Amy

      Thank you, Edie! You have been so fun to get to get to know over the year. I have enjoyed our friendship (and your books!). I have loved watching all your books release this year. I hope you have a fabulous 2014!

  5. Michelle Diener

    Amy, happy anniversary! I can’t believe a whole year has gone by!!!! Congratulations on all you’ve achieved. Your reviews are so well-written and just the right balance of informative without containing spoilers, so bravo.

    I have been introduced to a number of new review blogs this year because the reviewers have loved my books and gotten the word out, and I am a regular visitor to a number of them now as a reader.

    PS Don’t enter me into your draw, I just wanted to say well done!

    1. Amy

      Hi Michelle! You know that if it wasn’t for you and Magical Musings having a call for reviewers, I would never have even thought about starting my own blog, so thank you and the ladies at MM for allowing me to read and review for you guys. I have learned so much from all of you and hope to soak up so much more knowledge in the future. You have also opened my eyes to some great historical stories. I have loved reading them all and value your friendship dearly!

  6. jblynn

    Congrats! Has it only been a year? That’s amazing. You should be proud of all you’ve accomplished.

    (Please don’t enter me, I just wanted to stop by the party and extend my best wishes!)

    1. Amy

      Thank you so much, J! I have loved getting to know you and appreciate all the listening you have done via email from me and love the advice you have also given to me. Plus, you have some ridiculously fun books and can’t wait to read more. πŸ™‚

  7. Joan Harshbarger

    I have enjoyed many blogs since finding out what that word meant! Being old and technically challenged it has been a fun way to revisit books again! Thanks to all who review books and share their thoughts about them.

    1. Amy

      Hi Joan – I am so glad you have been a part of my blog experience. I hope you have learned about some great authors this year. πŸ™‚

  8. Jeffe Kennedy (@jeffekennedy)

    Happy Blogoversary, Baby!

    1. Amy

      Thanks, Jeffe! I have absolutely loved getting to know you better this past year. It has been such a ride and hope to continue all of our serious and fun conversations in the future. One of these days we’ll meet in person. Thank you for all your support and advice this year! πŸ™‚

  9. Mallory white

    I have found several great yoga blogs. Unfortunately can’t remember names. I also found R.T. Wolfes blog. She is a local author. I learn do much and value a the information they provide! I just found out about this blog! Congrats!

    1. Amy

      Hi Mallory – Thanks for stopping by. Yoga is one thing I would love to do but it has not been high on the priority list. My time working out is usually cardio. I’ll have to check out R.T. Wolfe’s blog, too. Thanks for letting me know.

  10. Cecilia Aubrey

    Please do not enter my name in the contest. I just wanted to stop by and extend Chris and my thank you for taking a chance on our series and to wish you a Happy Blogiversary! Slainte!

    1. Amy

      Aww, thanks Ceci! I am glad to have gotten to know you and Chris in the last few months. It has been so much fun and a little weird – ha. I really have enjoyed your books and can’t wait to read more in the future! πŸ™‚

      1. Chris Almeida

        We’ve had some cool crazy conversations and we enjoy your feedback greatly. Congratulations and that you have many more years of success. SlΓ‘inte!

        1. Amy

          Thanks, Chris! You and Ceci are great at making your readers feel comfortable asking you questions about the series and your writing. It has been fun!

  11. KV

    I found Kindles & Wine and got exposed to different genres & authors. I like the interviews, reviews, & the giveaways. Congratulations on your one year anniversary!

    1. Amy

      I love Kindles & Wine! Kindle Gal has helped me so much over the past year when I have blogger questions. They are a great blog and Kindle Gal is so stinkin sweet. Thanks for stopping by the blog today, KV!

  12. Mary Chen

    I’ve just discovered your blog as well (courtesy of Ki Pha) and now following you via Twitter and Fb. Happy anniversary of your blog! πŸ™‚

    1. Amy

      Thanks, Mary! I really appreciate it. πŸ™‚

  13. Susi

    Congratulations! That’s a pretty cool milestone! I just live to say “thank you” for introducing me to your blog! I’ve actually read books I probably wouldn’t have given the time of day to had it not been for a review by you! Here’s to many more!!!

    1. Amy

      That is awesome, Susi! Thanks so much for the great compliment!

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