Today marks exactly one year since my first blog post was released! I read somewhere when I was starting that most bloggers don’t make it past the three month mark (Don’t Quote me because now I can’t find where I heard this). But reaching the three moth mark was my only goal starting this blog and now here I am, a whole year later, still making blog posts!
I am excited to share my journey with you today and I encourage you to check out some of my links that I share. I will post my Bookstagram and any related blog posts for you if you are interested in seeing more of what I do!
My story starts when I was young, I used to HATE reading when I was younger. It just never made sense to me why people would choose to sit down and read words off of something that felt endless, instead of playing sports, videogames or really anything else in the world. I remember being forced to read books in junior high and high school such as; Romeo and Juliet, To Kill a Mockingbird and Jane Eyre. I truly believe this led me down a deeper hole of hatred. I just feel when you are forced to do something it can ruin your perspective on those things.
Jump to July 2020, mid pandemic, I had just moved into a new home with my boyfriend who worked long nights. Being cooped up in a new home all alone was really starting to get to me and so I was searching for new hobbies to keep me occupied. While scrolling through Facebook I stumbled across an ad for Book of the Month Club (Not Sponsored) and it peaked my interest! Paying a monthly fee of $15.99 for a book credit and $9.99 for each add on sounded like a steal and let me tell you, it was! I dedicate getting back into reading to BOTM. Cheap, affordable, good quality books that helped me step out of my comfort zone and start an obsession. Now I have an endless TBR pile that will continue to grow and a bookstagram that keeps me on track!
I have been on Bookstagram for about a year and a half now and I have made so many amazing bookish friends, created this blog, became an ambassador for a few companies and even had the chance to interview a few authors! This has been a crazy experience but I wouldn’t change a thing!
I have so many ideas for the future of this blog including more posts, Bookish Merch and author spotlights. All of these things will hopefully be coming soon starting with more posts each week in July! As for the author spotlights I would like to start reading one Indie book each month and really spotlight that book and author and maybe even try and get interviews with the authors each month. I am not sure when this will start but I would love some Indie book recommendations so I can start putting this together.
As of today I have 95 total followers on my Blog
In the 6 months my blog was running in 2021 I had over 2,000 Views and 488 total likes
I would like to thank all of my followers here on the blog and also on Bookstagram for supporting me in this amazing journey. Every like and share or even just a click on a link makes me so happy! I love seeing how much this blog has grown over the past year and I can’t wait to see what happens in the coming years as well. Please don’t be a stranger, my DM’s are always open and I love talking about books and pretty much everything else, so lets be friends! Here’s too many more years of blogging!
QOTD: What are some of your hobbies other than reading?
One whole year on Bookstagram is a dream come true! I never stick with something for too long without getting bored or starting a new project but I can officially say I’ve done it! I heard somewhere that if you do something for a whole year you know that you will stick with it from here on out! What an accomplishment! I want to share some of my favoroite moments from this past year with you all. Also don’t forget to join in on my Giveaway before it is too late!
Hello, My name is Bailie and I am a bookstagrammer and book blogger! A year ago from today I picked up my first book in years and actually fell in love with something I thought was pointless while growing up. I went from reading one book once in a blue moon to finishing 3-5 books a month!
Starting my bookstagram and now my blog have been my greatest accomplishments for awhile and I am so excited I am able to share my passion with others and be able to make connections with other bookish people. Thank you so much for all the amazing support over this past year!
Book of the Month Club is what actually got me into reading! I give them all the credit! I saw the box one day and just decided to give it a try and all of a sudden I was hooked! They offer so many different genres for you to pick from and all of them are great choices! Here I am with all my BOTM picks and my top six reads from this past year! And no I haven’t read all of these yet.
If you are interested in giving BOTM a chance hit the link below and get your first box for a really good price!
I have made quite a few goals for myself when I started this journey and I am so happy to say that I have surpassed my own expectations and it is all because of my friends, family and followers! I am so thankful for all of the support I have received over this past year.
One of my main goals recently was to reach 2,000 followers on my Instagram by my bookstaversary and I did it! I even got it done a month early back in September! I don’t really worry too much about the followers but more so about making friends with the people I share my content with. I want to thank all of the wonderful people I have met through bookstagram and all the friendships I have made. To Court, Lily, Cam, Belinda and Ivy, you all have been my number one booksta supporters and I wouldn’t be where I am without you all.
Starting this blog was a random idea that turned into a burning passion and I personally think it has been one of the best things to happen to me. I have been able to keep myself ,motivated to actually find a passion in life and work on it to turn it into a main part of my life. One day I hope to be able to make it my full time job. I have plans to start a YouTube series and a podcast and hopefully start getting a merch line going as well, but that is all a ways down in the future so stay tuned!
Last Shout Out (I Think)
This goes out to my number one supporter, Hype man, and love of my life Noah. You have no idea how many times I pull him away from what he is doing to take pictures for me or even just to make dinner because I need to get a blog posted. However, he never complains, I think he is more excited about my blog than I am!
Without his support I don’t think I would have made it this far along in this journey. So thank you so much for all you do for me. I love you!
Top Five Reads
This year has been a rollercoaster for sure but one thing that has always been here is my books! Books are such a beautiful thing because they all offer different worlds to travel too. I have no clue how I lived my life without reading until recently, my life has changed so much since I picked up my first book! I never thought in a million years I would be where I am today, writing a blog (that people actually read) and making friends who actually have the same hobbies as me.
Thank you once again for your growing support and I can not wait to see what next year holds! Don’t forget to enter my giveaway I am hosting through Instagram!
My bookstaversary is tomorrow, October 8th! Gosh I can’t believe I have been on my reading journey for a full year! When I was growing up I absolutely HATED reading and now I have over 2,000 followers on my bookstagram and over 50 followers here on my new blog! I have had such an amazing journey here so far and I am excited to share more about my journey tomorrow. However today I am opening up my 48 hour giveaway! This giveaway will be hosted on my Instagram. Head there now to enter the giveaway!
I have three authors who are kindly participating in this giveaway and will be signing a copy of their book for 3 lucky winners! Each winner will receive one book of their choice from the three books. The First place winner will also receive a book off of their amazon wish list! This is such a fun giveaway to participate in and it also helps support smaller authors.
About the Authors and Their Books
Bree is an Urban Fantasy novel writer who loves to write female led books. The”Lost Souls” Series being her longest running.
She lives in Utah with her husband and their six children whom she homeschools.
Other than writing she has a passion for child birth, shopping and Celtic music!
Fifteen-year-old Jessica Adams moves to a small town in South Dakota at the beginning of summer. Moving is normal for her, but this time seems to be a bit different. She isolates herself from the outside world as she begins to question her whole life. Her parents never give her the freedom her older siblings have, nor can she even be left at home alone without her parents constantly texting and calling her. She begins to feel alone, as she spends her whole summer cooped up in her room.
But things quickly start to turn around when she meets a mysterious guy, named Aaron Conners, on the first day of school. No one looks at him, nor talks to him. So why is he always hiding?
He has a seriously huge secret, but so does she. Her secret can lead her into much danger. The only thing is that she doesn’t actually know what her secret is.
Will she make a massive mistake in trying to figure out what her big secret is? And will it lead her and those she loves into more danger than ever before?
Belinda is a managing director of an anti bullying campaign called Act to Change and she also takes a stand for AAPI Hate.
She is a lover of all genres from thriller to fantasy. However her book is a Young Adult novel filled with drama, tears and laughter. This book will take you back to your high school years and spark some memories!
She has a lot of accomplishments under her belt including being a Yale MBA candidate, proud Georgetown Hoya, software engineer, and a former strategy consultant.
Find this information and more on her website and check out her anti bullying campaign as well.
Hunter and Trisha Wang, like the majority of their classmates, are trying to balance AP classes, Ivy League applications, numerous extracurriculars, and tumultuously juicy social lives, all while living in their affluent, suburban bubble. Will Hunter get into Stanford and still be able to maintain his relationship with the “it girl” Sierra Jones? Will Trisha find love with outsider Ray Martinez and figure out what’s going on with her influencer best friend, Pamela Shah? Will billionaire newcomer Jack Zhou figure out how to fit in? And who exactly is The Stranger? Welcome to Winchester High, a prestigious college preparatory school where students live seemingly perfect, privileged lives.
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