Beauty and the Bookshelf Turns Three + Giveaway

Jul 2, 2015

My first blog post went up on September 17, 2010. It was titled "Welcome!" and was a small introduction for this blog original's title and purpose: For the Love of Reading. As a senior in high school, I was required to complete a senior project, and for my project I chose to put together my very own author signing, which I dubbed For the Love of Reading.


Leading up to the event with Holly Cupala, Kimberly Derting, Mandy Hubbard, and Lisa Schroeder, I posted a couple author interviews and random posts, and then posted about the event itself. For the next few months I posted sporadically, and eventually decided I wanted to turn For the Love of Reading into something I'd seen existing through Twitter: a book blog. I think I wanted to redesign the whole thing a bit--I really had no idea what I was doing, what went into reviewing a book, and so on--and I think I really only changed the name because it couldn't be my URL. I ended up combining my love of Beauty and the Beast with my love for books, and thus Beauty and the Bookshelf was born.


You might notice that this is my third blogoversary, yet my first post was in 2010 and almost five years ago (holy crap). At some point I decided to make June 19 my official blogoversary (I think that's around the time I really started posting more consistently?), and every year I forget or didn't really have the funds to put together a giveaway, or didn't know what I'd do for a post or was too busy and all that, so I've never done a blogoversary post before. And though I'm a little late this year, it's lucky number three, and this year, you get a post!


The thing about blogging is that sometimes it's hard and you fall into slumps or fall behind on posting or there's drama and this and that, but in the end, it is FUN. I don't know how I do as a blogger or as a blog, but I think there's only one qualification a blogger really needs: the love of books. And there are some utterly fantastic things that have come from blogging. Like the BOOKS. I would not have five-and-a-half shelves overflowing with books if I wasn't blogging, and I wouldn't have read or known the existence of so many wonderful books either. And let's not forget the PEOPLE, all the friends I have made in this little nook in the bookish world. I won't name names, because I know I'll forget someone and I hate to have someone feel left out, but I'm pretty sure some of you wonderful people know who you are.


Part of the reason I'm late posting this is because I couldn't figure out what I wanted to do for a giveaway. I thought I might repeat my birthday giveaway, or go for a Beauty and the Beast theme, but in the end, I've opted for something curated. Because while a blogoversary may seem to be about ME and the blog and three years of blogging, it's really about YOU, because without YOU, this blog wouldn't exist and it would be nothing more than a speck lost in the neverending inter-webs.


So this giveaway is specifically for YOU. One winner (please follow the rules very, very closely that are listed below) will win a box full of goodies specifically curated for them. In other words, I will be stalking the hell out of the winner to see what books they like, fandoms they're a fan of, and so on, and I'll take all of that and buy some things I think they'll like--and maybe a few surprises--and send them off! So I'm kind of like your personal shopper I guess? It's a surprise in a box! But this is about YOU, so the prize will be about YOU, and I hope you'll like it!


Before I get to all the dirty details of the giveaway, I just want to say a few more things. Okay, just one thing. And that's THANK YOU. Thank you for putting up with all my bookish craziness and occasional profanity. Thank you for following my blog these past three years, and I hope you'll follow for three more. Thank you for freaking out about books and all the mean things they do to us with me. Thank you for being our guest. THANK YOU.


And now, the dirty details of the giveaway, aka, I'm going to sound harsh, but if you don't follow all the rules your entries will be disqualified.

-Shipping will be cray cray, so this giveaway is US only, sorry!
-No cheating whatsoever; cheating entries will be disqualified.
-No shady/suspicous entries; if something about your entries doesn't add up and/or seems shady, you will be disqualified (I check them all).
-No private or giveaway accounts; if I can't find your entry I can't confirm it. (And this is especially important for this giveaway. I won't be able to research what to send to you if you win!)
-One entry per person, must be 13 years or older or have your parents' permission, and the winner has 48 hours to respond to an email/tweet or else a new winner will be chosen.

-Giveaway begins on July 2 and ends on August 2, but it may take a few weeks for the prizes to arrive because it will take some time to collect everything for the curated box and send them off.

Okay, I think that's it! Enter away, lovelies! And once again: thank you.

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38 comments:

  1. Happy Blogoversary! I didn't know about how the blog started (since I am new to all this ) but loved the story of the author event turned blog.

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  2. Happy Blogoversary! I always love seeing when fellow bloggers have stuck around - and plan to stick around - for the long haul :)

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  3. This is SUCH a good idea for a giveaway!

    (Also, I'm not sure where I have which name listed, but Sabrina/Breenah is me :D )

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  4. Happy blogiversary!! I'm always impressed by bloggers who can keep it up for so long, since I can barely handle reading and commenting on OTHER people's blogs, haha. Also, this giveaway idea is AMAZING. So generous of you. :D

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  5. Happy Blogoversary! I wish you the best

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  6. Happy Blogoversary! Awesome blog (Beauty and the Beast is my FAVORITE as well), and awesome giveaway!

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  7. Happy blogoversary! Keep up the blogging! :D

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  8. Happy Anniversary! Here's to many more years of happy blogging!

    Heather @ Random Redheaded Ramblings

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  9. Congratulations on the blogaversary! My blog turns three in a little over a week, so this is a great month for the both of us! Thank you for the giveaway too. :)
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

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  10. Happy blogoversary!! Thank you for such an awesome giveaway!

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  11. Happy blogoversary! Three years is huge! I started mine a little over three years ago, but then I let it go and didn't get back to it until about 8 months ago, so I'll have to make up a date too.

    Thanks for this amazing giveaway!

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  12. Happy blogoversary! This is such an awesome and unique giveaway! Thank you!!

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  13. Congrats on the blogoversary! I've been checking out your blog since we became bookstagram friends! :)

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  14. Happy Blogoversary! Congrats :D

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  15. Congratulations! What a great giveaway!

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  16. Congrats on the blogoversary! Keep being awesome! I love the Disney .gifs! :D

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  17. Happy Blogoversary!! Congrats on the three+ years and here's to many more! Love your blog. :)

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  18. Happy Blogoversary :) Thank you for the chance to win such an awesome prize!

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  19. This giveaway is amazing! I love the idea of it and you are so kind to do it! Thank you!

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  20. Happy three!!!! CONGRATS!!!!!

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  21. This is such an awesome giveaway! Thank you and happy third blogoversary!

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  22. Congratulations!!! Three years is a pretty big feat!
    And, what a creative giveaway, I don't know if I have ever really seen anything like it! *crossing my fingers so I would be lucky enough to open th possible box of awesomeness*

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  23. This giveaway sounds downright AWESOME :o God bless you and your gorgeous blog

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  24. Belated happy blogoversary! This is an awesome giveaway it's so interesting and creative (:

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  25. Thanks so much for this gift and happy Bloggoversary!!!

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  26. What a great idea for a giveaway. Happy Blogoversary.

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  27. Wow, congratulations and happy blogoversary! Here's to many more! :) And thanks so much for the amazingly unique giveaway!

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  28. Congratulations on many awesome years of blogging! I have to say, I love your blog design and thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  29. Yaaaaaaay!! Congrats on 3 years of blogging. THANK YOU FOR ALWAYS SHOUTING WITH ME.

    And I just might steal this idea for my blogiversary.

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  30. Awesome! Thank you SO much for hosting this giveaway! Happy blogoversary too! :)

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  31. Happy Blogoversary! So exciting! The curated box is an AWESOME idea! :)

    Nicole @ Boundless Bookaholic

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  32. Happy blogoversary! Congrats! Thank you for the giveaway, too!!

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  33. Congrats on 3 years of blogging! Thanks for the super creative giveaway!

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  34. Happy Blogoversary! Thanks for the giveaway!
    Ann S

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