Happy 4th Blogiversary!!! (Giveaways)

Happy Blogiversary and Happy New Year!!! Wishing everyone an amazing 2018 with lots of love, health, happiness, and reading of course.

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Today officially marks the 4th year anniversary of my “blog baby”!😱

It’s crazy to think that I’ve been at this with my wonderful co-blogger Rebeca for four whole years, I’m super delighted and excited. It’s been a grand year that’s for sure! I’m grateful to some many of you.🙏🏼💖😘 I can’t even begin to express how much you have made me feel and how much I love you all. I sit here today and look back at all that has transpired, all the hardships that I have overcome and all the accomplishments that I have succeeded in.

The support from you, my readers, my followers have been incredible this past year. To receive an email or message on a daily basis thanking me for what I do, to supporting each other and/or for just being a constant source of inspiration is absolutely priceless to me. I am truly grateful for everything and every one of you in my life. This post has turned into a never-ending post, I’m so sorry😂 but please bear with me. There will be giveaways at the end of this post.  I promise it will be quick, painless and worth it? Maybe!😆

How we started blogging!

I know many of you have been with us from the beginning. However, this past year we made, many new friends. And we’d like to, give you a bit of history on “How we started blogging”. For me, it was actually 8 years ago in 2010. When I was diagnosed with a chronic illness called Fibromyalgia. Which is a medical condition characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain! Fast forward 5 years later, in 2014, I was at the lowest point in my life. I was (and still am) trying to start a family with no success and Fibromyalgia was at it’s worse.I was in excruciating pain, unmotivated and lifeless.

But on one fateful day, my cousin suggested I read the Twilight series.

I wasn’t really interested at the time, but my cousin was really tenacious (bless her heart).  Sometime later I was sitting around (miserable) and a thought rose to my mind. Why did I stop reading? When did it even happened for that matter? I mean I used to read all the time in elementary school. Scholastic used to be the best thing in my life. I couldn’t wait until the end of the month, I used to save all my money I’ve earned and spent it all in one shot on Scholastic.

I was such a big fan of R.L Stine (still am). I loved “Fear street series”. But the most cherished book I had read back then was unquestionable  “The Diary of Anne Frank”. This book shifted everything in me, It changed the way I saw things, the way I thought and it has forever been embedded in my mind. Therefore that thought was exactly why I picked a book back up again.

Now, I know Twilight is far from The Diary of Anne Frank.

However, this was the first book I had picked up since god knows when and I really had loved it. It’s is however in no way comparable to The Diary of Anne Frank, Twilight isn’t even near that category. But it is a book series that I will forever be grateful for, but before anyone gets infuriated with me, please hear me out. This book seriously changed my life and it changed it for the best. After being diagnosed with the chronic illness I was truly miserable, I had lost many of my friends because they just couldn’t understand or simply didn’t want to and saw a way out of our friendship. I was also diagnosed with anxiety and depression, badly (complements of Fibromyalgia) which hinder any type of social interaction (Which it’s still a huge problem in my life). I basically couldn’t do anything, I was mostly bedridden from being so sick, all the time and so that was my life until I started reading again.

Because of this series, I discovered this wondrous community and with this community came a lot of outstanding and fabulous friends that I will cherish for a lifetime.

Not only that, It has also reawakened my love for reading like never before and introduced me to blogging, which I genuinely love doing and that is something that I will never be ashamed of. This book seriously changed my life and it changed it for the best. I became more involved and started to make friends slowly and read a lot of more book. This community had made me forget about my pain, my hardships, and my depression, It has been a truly wonderful gift.

But I also know this book gets a lot of discussions and arguments that I totally understand. My eyes had been open to the problematic issues and questionable topics that I hadn’t seen before. Although I do still thank this series for giving me this great community and getting me back to reading. Though, do I promo and share my love for this series like before…….no! Because I understand the controversial matters this series is too young reads. My goal for my blog is to bring young reads prominent reads, with great writing, noble and worthy stories. But also with vast life lessons, where somebody can learn from the characters decisions and learn from them, yet also have some fun and lighthearted reads in between. In close, I will forever remember this series for what it has brought me, it will always hold a small portion of my heart because, without this series, I would have never met you.

Thank you so very much….to every individual supporter 💖of this blog!

I appreciate every one of you, to the book bloggers who regularly share, like and comment on my posts,💋 to the publishers and authors who trust me to review their ARCs💖. To my wonderful Co-blogger Rebeca, who is constantly there for me😍 and most importantly to my ever enduring husband who reads my posts, checks them and is my biggest supporter of my blog!💝💝
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Here is a few words from my lovely, beautiful and talented co-blogger Rebeca!

Happy New Year lovelies🎊 🎉

I hope this new year brings you lots of Joy, Love, Peace, and Books😉 I really can’t believe Helena and I have been blogging for 4 YEARS NOW! Blogging is one of the things I love the most. I get to fangirl and share my thoughts about the books I love with YOU lovely people alongside my bestie, who’s a very talented person, an incredible friend and is always there to support me. I would really like to thank her again for trusting me and for giving me the amazing opportunity of being part of her blog, it is certainly one of the best things that have ever happened to me❤️

Now some amazing things that happened to me in 2017❤️

2017 was an incredible year for me and I’m very thankful for that. I was able to go to a book event in Dallas TX – the biggest book event I have ever gone to – where I met so many incredible authors and amazing readers. I made new friends and well I got home with tons of books🤣😋

I also went to NY for the first time in my life 😭😍🗽 it was an amazing and super incredible experience, I even listened to “Welcome to New York by Taylor Swift” as soon as I arrived 😋 I visited one of the places I have always wanted to visit, Central Park, and I love it, I really can’t wait to go back again! I was lucky to have breakfast with some of my favorite authors and bloggers while I was there, I was soooo happy I didn’t even eat🤣 I took lots of pictures and I was able to meet one of my best friends, Brittany❤️

I also participated in NaNo with my bestie and twin 🤣 Melissa from The Reader and The Chef – we have been friends for five years now 😭-  and we won! We are co-writing a story that we hope we can share with you someday, we still have to write more and we are determined to finish this book this year💪✍️ We both got planners to schedule our writing days and everything, as you can see we are serious about it 🤣😜

How we started blogging!

I started to read YA when I was in MS. The first book I read for my English class was Twilight and I loved it, but then for some reason, I stopped reading.  When I was in High School, one of my friends always brought her nook with her, I didn’t even know what that was at the moment LOL 🤣 I asked her what it was and she told me it was a device where she could read her favorite books, she also introduced me to GR and I was in awe.
I found lots of incredible books and finally I decided to read Firelight by Sophie Jordan and I loved it with all my heart! Then I discovered The Darkest Minds and read it, Something Strange and Deadly, Legend and once I started I couldn’t stop reading! I fell in love with books and then I found myself going to the bookstore every chance I got❤️
Later, in my first year of college, I got a DM from Helena, my lovely and amazing co-blogger, asking me if I wanted to be part of her blog, and I literally jumped out of emotion when I read her message. I even forgot to answer her right away because of how happy I was, my response? I sent her tons of emojis of course😂

I also want to thank YOU, for all your incredible support and for taking your time to read our posts, reviews and for being an amazing person, THANK YOU, please know that you all have a special place in our hearts.❤️

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Isn’t Rebeca the most adorable person ever?

She has to be the most amazing and sweetest person I know. From the first time I meet her on Twitter, her bubbly character was so lively and loving, you could never forget it. Whenever I was having a terrible day its like, she somehow knew and she’d pop into my DM and we’d talk for hours with tons of emojis, of course! If you know Rebeca you know that she’s the Emoji 👑 queen and will brighten your day with her sweet emoji messages!

Therefore on this special day, I want to say a few words to my sweet friend.

Rebeca, you have become my best friend and confident throughout these 4 years. I want you to know that you can’t possibly grasp the thought of how much you mean to me. Not only because you’re my co-blogger but because you are also my beautiful best friend, a best friend that I never had, a best friend that I wished for oh so many times. You are extremely generous with a tremendous heart, who is so understanding, remarkably loyal and wonderfully sincere. I will forever be grateful to you and will forever love you. Thank you for being you.

Well damn! 😂 It got a bit emotional. (fans face with hands to dry tears)

Nevertheless, Rebeca and I want to thank all our friends and followers, we didn’t want to forget to mention anyone, so we decided to give a BIG THANK YOU to all of you. So please accept our giveaways as a gratitude and love for ever single one of you. You can enter all the giveaways below, thank you again for 4 years of happiness!

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There will be SIX GIVEAWAYS, here on the blog there will be 4 and 2 on Twitter, so a total of SIX Giveaways!!!😍💖😍💖 You will get a chance to win ONE BOX, FULL OF BOOKS ( 5 to 6 books) here on the blog !!😱😭😱😭
Yup, you read that right! There will be FOUR Boxes full of books up for grabs! You’ll have FOUR chances of winning, you will also get “TWO chances” of winning, on Twitter, where you could win ONE of our most anticipating books of 2018!!!!
Please follow all rules and regulations here and Thank you all and Good luck to everyone!💖

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Posted January 1, 2018 by Helena Reads in Blogiversary, Discussions, Giveaways / 76 Comments

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76 responses to “Happy 4th Blogiversary!!! (Giveaways)

  1. John Smith

    “Is there anything you’d like to see more on the blog? Be it reviews, memes, discussions, wrap-ups or anything else you’d like?” I always like learning about graphic novels!

  2. John Smith

    “What release are you most looking forward to and why?” The Wires and Nerves books because they look well-done and clever!

  3. John Smith

    “What release are you most looking forward to and why? Wires and Nerves No. 2 because of the whole well-done and clever thing!

  4. John Smith

    “What release are you most looking forward to and why?” And the new Junji Ito looks like another scary winner!

  5. danielle hammelef

    I’m most looking forward to Daughter of a Siren Queen because Alosa and Riden have been in captivity too long for me. I need to find out what happens after the cliffhanger ending of book one.

  6. Your Fibromyalgia story is touching. I am happy you have found a place on the webs where you develop and enjoy good relationships. ‘Twilight’ has been the ignition of many young ladies reading enthusiasm. There is nothing wrong with that.

  7. What a beautiful story to complement a beautiful blog. Best of luck to you girls
    Entered

    In terms of book: I don’t have one that I’m especially excited for. Im just excited to see what I’ll discover with reading- even if that an old book!

  8. Megan S.

    Happy blogoversary, and thank you so much for the giveaway <3
    I'd love to see more discussions and hauls on the blog.
    The new release I'm most excited for is The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert. A couple of others I'm excited for are Thunderhead and The Belles.

  9. Debra

    I like the way you do your blog. Please keep up the good work. Not sure what I am looking forward to this year. I know I cannot wait for the next JD Robb’s In Death book.

  10. Yay! Happy Blogiversary!! And thanks a bunch for giving us the chance to win some books!

    I always love reading discussion posts, so more of those would be great! And maybe book hauls, but specifically for ARCs?

    The 2018 releases I’m most looking forward to are The Cruel Prince by Holly Black and A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir!

    Thanks and congrats again!

  11. Alexa

    “Is there anything you’d like to see more on the blog? Be it reviews, memes, discussions, wrap-ups or anything else you’d like?”

    I would love to learn about upcoming graphic novels.

  12. BookAttict

    I’m really looking forward to Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet, Dark in Death by J.D. Robb, Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire and Cast in Deception by Michelle Sagara.

  13. Solange

    Red Clocks by Leni Zuma. A novel set in a dystopian future where five women from different backgrounds must cope after women’s reproductive rights are once again not in their control.

  14. What release are you most looking forward to and why?” A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Mass 😍😍🎆 Because I love the series soo much!! 😘

  15. Maria A. Malaveci

    I am looking forward to Mia Sheridan’s new book, but I don’t remember the name of the book that releases in 2018

  16. Melanie B

    Release I’m most looking forward to is The Witch’s Tears by Elizabeth and Katherine Corr because I love their writing and loved the first book in that series!

  17. Melanie B

    Release I’m looking forward to is Say You’ll Remember Me by Katie McGarry because it sounds like an amazing read!

  18. Honestly, I’m not even sure what else I’d like to see on the blog–you guys tend to have such a wide variety of posts on here that I really like! I am looking forward to a lot of sequels to debut series I started in 2017. It was so nice to read your updates about everyone, always great to see. 🙂 Thanks so much for the giveaway opportunities!
    Jordan recently posted…2017 Year In Books + End of Year Survey Pt. 1My Profile

  19. H.Sandrine

    I’ll make one comment for everything xD Don’ wanna spam ahah. So my most anticipated read are : Restore me (because WARNER \o/), ACOFAS (I was really looking forward to reading ACOWAR so I’m waiting for this one but… Not as much), The last book of the Throne of Glass series (because of that damn cliffhanger and it’s the last one of this series), Dark Harmony by laura Thalassa (the last book of The Bargainer Series ^^’ I want to know the end)
    As for your blog… I don’t really know Oo’ The only thing I can think about is maybe commenting on book covers… But it’s the only thing I can think to add up xD
    Anaway, thanks for this huge giveaway and…. CONGRATTTTTTTS !!!

  20. SABINA EDWARDS

    I’m new to the blog, decided this is the year of really reading and finding new stuff, so , here I am with no real opinion as yet!! I also don’t know if the book contests are open to Canada where I (Shiver) live. LOL

  21. SABINA EDWARDS

    #2, I am looking forward to Cruel Prince (I’m a fan of fae) I ALSO have already wishlist’d the second book from the Carve the Mark series (And Last night, being all foolish and what not, ordered two more books from Indigo)

  22. SABINA EDWARDS

    #3 and #4,
    The Fates Divide (Carve the Mark #2) is the book (had to go look)
    and the two books I just ordered are from the series (Cainsville #1)
    by Kelley Armstrong, book 2 and three, because I somehow had only books one and four (yeah, I do that lots)

  23. Congratulantions gurl! I mean i am a blogger to so I relate SO MUCH. So many years to come!

    Question #1
    Is there anything you’d like to see more on the blog? Be it reviews, memes, discussions, wrap-ups or anything else you’d like?
    I want lists and recommendations. Something I love to read is to recommend me stuff.
    What release are you most looking forward to and why?
    OMG I NEED SAVE THE DATE! I mean cake and dogs I NEED.

    Question #3
    Also Obsidio. I need it.

    Question #4
    I really need Children of blood and bone. I am ready.

    Again thanks a lot.

  24. Uhunoma Aguebor

    I would like to see more reviews and it would be cool if they could be separated by the genre of the book! 🙂

  25. Uhunoma Aguebor

    I’m really looking forward to From Twinkle, with Love because I read When Dimple Met Rishi and I loved it so much. I’m really excited to read another book written by Sandhya Menon!

  26. Anna Lostbraincell

    Congrats on your blogoversary!! I’m so glad reading and blogging has helped you because reading your blog always brings a smile to my face!

  27. Congratulations on the 4 year milestone Helena & Rebeca! I recently crossed paths with you both on Twitter & later discovered your wonderful blog. Sitting at my desk this morning all teary eyed reading your story Helena, I’m so happy you’ve found a second home here in the book community. I’m also happy to read about your friendship with each other, so uplifting & supportive! y’all are probably going to get tired of seeing me around here in 2018 hehe! but well too late cause I love your corner of the interwebz! 😉
    Happy New Year Helena & Rebeca! <3 <3 <3

  28. Emilee

    “Is there anything you’d like to see more on the blog? Be it reviews, memes, discussions, wrap-ups or anything else you’d like?”

    I love seeing tags and different challenges!

  29. Emilee

    “What release are you most looking forward to and why?”

    I have so many it’s ridiculous but one I’m looking forward to today is The Cruel Prince. I read The Darkest Part of the Forest by her and adored it so can’t wait to see what this one brings.

    • Amanda

      I’m looking forward to both because I loved the first Wires and Nerve and the Wonder Woman Warbringer book was very enjoyable. I’ve also never read Marie Lu before.

  30. I love memes, lists, discussions, anything with gifs, and wrap-up posts! The release that I am most looking forward to is the new Throne of Glass book!

    Congratulations on the anniversary!
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  31. Summer

    Reviews are really helpful for someone like me on a budget when I need to narrow down my choices, so I’m always happy to see more of those. As for the release I’m most looking forward to, Puddin by Julie Murphy is probably highest on my list, I found that her other books have a lot of heart, and a really great down to earth vibe so I want to read more from her.

  32. Ahhh, Ladies. Congratulations on this huge milestone! I celebrated my 3rd year last 2017, and it means the world to me to have gotten the amount of support that I got, and I’m so glad that you’re getting it too. I have so much love for you girls and your small space of the internet, and I can’t wait to see all the content you’ll share this year! Happy Holidays, and thanks for the chance to win such awesome books! <3

  33. Ahhh congratulations on four years of blogging, what an incredible accomplishment. You have such a beautiful blog and are such positive voices in the blogging community <3 <3 Here is to many more years of blogging! 🙂
    and thank you so much for hosting so many generous giveaways! To answer your questions, I think my favorite posts to read and posts I'd always love to see more of are discussion posts. As for my most anticipated release… has to be The Belles. I LOVE the synopsis, love that it tackles beauty, loves that it is diverse and it sounds so incredible. 🙂
    Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books recently posted…Monthly wrap-up – December 2017My Profile

  34. One book that I’m looking forward to in 2018 is Unearthed. Several years ago I read These Broken Stars by the same authors, it was great.

  35. Ana Tascon

    Happy Blogiversary!!! Thank you so much for the giveaways and for sharing your story, Helena. Hugs!!! 😘❤🎉😻💖

  36. Betul E.

    I am looking forward to Verona Blood by Lili St. Germain, because I love her books and the blurb is amazing.

  37. Bube

    Happy Blogiversary,best wishes for many more great and wonderful blogging years ahead 🙂
    I like Wrap-ups,also memes.
    Looking forward to read Hello Stranger by Lisa Keypas!

    Happy New Year,best wishes in 2018 and Thank you for your generosity 🙂

  38. Ramona

    Happy Blogiversary!
    I’m really looking forward to Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi because the Shatter Me trilogy is one of my favorite series. I also can’t wait to read Batman Nightwalker by Marie Lu since Batman is my favorite superhero. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black sounds great too. I enjoy your meme posts (Waiting on Wednesday).
    Thanks for this giveaway!

  39. holdenj

    Congrats and happy New year!
    I like the posts similar to Waiting in Wednesday that highlight upcoming books.
    I am looking forward to the new Morgan Matson later this year.

  40. Jess

    Congrats on 4 years! I love seeing reviews of books, subscription box unboxings, list of anticipated reads coming out soon, and author interviews. Some of my anticipated reads for the year are Legendary, Obsidio and Muse of Nightmares. I am sure there will be more later in the year too.

  41. Jess

    I forgot to mention why I am looking forward to those books. Mostly, it’s that they are series’ that I loved and am looking forward to the continuation of each story. I love the worlds that those authors created.

  42. Penny Olson

    It’s too difficult to choose just one new release but I’ll say Queen of Air and Darkness because I really like the Shadowhunters books. I like the book reviews on your blog and discussion of subscription boxes. Congrats on Four Years!

  43. Autumn

    Happy blogiversary!! I’m really looking forward to The Cruel Prince, I’ve heard it’s pretty swoon worthy. I’m new to this blog, but I love when gifs/memes are used in reviews.

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