Thursday, December 17, 2009

Happy Blogiversary to ME! (and to Celebrate, a Giveaway)

Today is The LibrariYAn's very first blogiversary! I guess it's true what they say: Time flies when you're having fun.

So many fun and exciting things have happened in the year since I began this blog, and I'm ever so grateful. I had no idea where this blog would take me, and sometimes I haven't been the best at posting (See this week's non-existent Nonfiction Monday post), but it's been great! In the year since I started this blog I've...

  • earned my MLIS.
  • begun my first full-time library position, working at a middle school with the best readers around*.
  • met other bloggers face-to-face at KidLitCon.
  • been able to read and review advance copies of books thanks to the generosity of publishers.
  • gotten involved with the Cybils as a first-round judge for the Middle Grade/Young Adult Nonfiction category.
  • and just plain enjoyed reading and blogging about YA lit!
All of which make me want to celebrate. It's my blogiversary, and thus YOU should get a present! So what say we have a little ARC giveaway? I've got:

Walter Dean Myer's upcoming Lockdown
Jon Skovron's upcoming Struts & Frets
or Rosalind Wiseman's upcoming Boys, Girls and Other Hazardous Materials

You want one? Wish me a happy blogiversary in the comments and let me know your ARC preference. I'll pick three winners at random.

* Proof: Today, an eighth grade boy came to return a book and said "This book was so good! I usually don't like books - especially books that I get from the library for school - but this was so good. Thank you for recommending it!" (book in question is Deuker's Runner). Minutes later, a seventh grade girl comes to me and asks for a recommendation, saying "So far, I've loved every book you've told me about, so I've decided I'm just going to read books that you recommend." So precious.

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  1. Congrats on the anniversary!! I don't want any books from you, just so you know. If I wanted to read your books, I'd just take them from one of the big piles in the bedroom.

  2. Congrats-you've had quite a year!! I try to remember those moments when my teens come in and are excited about a book-it makes the job worth it!:)

  3. Happy 1st Blog Birthday! You've had such an awesome year! And WOW - I love the kids at your libraries! What a compliment!

    I'd like to enter the contest please, for Struts and Frets! Thank you! :D

  4. Happy Blogiversary to you!

    I actually don't need either of the ARCs, really. I just came here to wish you a congratulations on a successful year. :)

    I am so happy for you!
    I would like to read Rosalind Wiseman's!

    Amy J

  6. Happy Blogiversary, darling! Re: your previous post, I'm currently reading The Knife of Never Letting Go and recommend it! Slow start, but once it gets going you won't put it down..

  7. So there I was, being all sad and lonely, and thinking nobody read my blog anymore, when my husband asks why I haven't published his comment. Huh? What comment? Turns out my blog is having issues with comments and wasn't letting me know people had posted. All is resolved and now I'm just so excited to see all these comments! Will work on choosing giveaway winners this week!

  8. You have accomplished a lot over the past year! Congrats. I love your energy and enthusiasm. It's contagious. I'd love to be a random winner for any of the ARCs if it's not too late. I'd benefit from another book on the pile, as would my bookworm daughter. Thanks. Jennifer Phillips