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5th Blogoversary and Giveaway!

Today is The Cozy Reader’s 5 Year Blogoversary!

WordPress

I switched to WordPress a couple of years ago. I LOVE it. The widgets, plug-ins and the customization far outdo what I had when I was using Blogger.

My favorite plug-in is a template loader, Easy Content Templates. If you run WordPress you NEED this.

Here’s a snippet from my WordPress Dashboard showing my totals for posts, comments, pages, tags, and categories. The most staggering stat from this is the spam comments! Thank goodness for Akismet!

Followers

I want to thank you, my dedicated followers!

Since June 2012 I have had an average increase of followers by 25%. That’s a growth of about 5% each month.

 Linky is new to me but I’m all about making it easier for followers to follow. What’s your preferred method of following? I have noticed a decrease in Feedburner followers over the year. I lose at least one follower per month, depending on how often I post. I know how annoying it can be to get email alerts of new posts. I just hope you are also following in another way instead of leaving altogether!

Blog Goals

I hate setting goals because I hate failure. Honestly, I just hope to continue blogging as often as time permits.

A goal that I have been striving to stick to is writing my reviews before I start my next book. I am happy to announce that I have been successful in doing this recently. I have a few blog tours coming up and I wanted to be sure I had the books read and reviewed in plenty of time. I have one more book I need to read and review for December but overall I am very pleased with my progress.

I would like to increase the amount of reviews I do post so hopefully with my new method of writing the review before starting the next book will help me with this goal.

Personal Goals

Ten weeks ago I re-enrolled in online college courses to finish my Associates in Business Administration. I just finished my first ten week semester and will start my second semester next week. I will be taking three courses instead of two like I did last semester and I am prepared to invest more time into my studies for those ten weeks. It is extremely important to me that I finish this degree. Therefore, if I am not as active over the next ten weeks you’ll know why. My final semester will be two courses.

Thank you for reading The Cozy Reader!

Giveaway

A blogoversary wouldn’t be complete without a giveaway!

One winner will receive a book of their choice up to a max value of $15.00. I have a Prime membership at Amazon and will order the book from there.

This will be open to US Shipping ONLY. Sorry! Tis the holidays and funds are tight!

Please fill out the below Rafflecopter widget to enter. I appreciate followers but it is NOT required, extra points are given if you are already following or wish to become a new follower.

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Happy 4th Blogoversary to me! Grand Prize Giveaway!

Happy 4th Blogoversary to me!

Today’s the day, 4 years ago, that I posted my very first book review. (ETA: I goofed and initially posted this last night, Nov. 28th! But the blogoversary is today, Nov. 29th!)

I’ve grown so much over the last four years it amazes me. I do hope you’ve enjoyed your time following me, even if not for the full four years. I hope we’ll be together for the next four+ years of blogging!

To celebrate I have collected a box full of 12 books! ONE winner will receive this box of books. I’d like to apologize for not doing the daily giveaways as I said I would. I did a terrible job at allocating time to doing them and I should have scheduled the posts before I said I was going to do them anyway! So, please forgive me!

Giveaway

Here are the 12 books up for grab! See the widget below to see what format they are available in (pb = paperback, ARC = advance readers copy).

Please read the Terms & Conditions at the bottom of the entry form before completing any entries!

NOTE: Since this widget relies on Cookies, you may have issues doing the daily Tweet. If so please just put TWEET in the mandatory entry field. Questions? Email me!

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4th Blogoversary Giveaway #5 | Ends 11/21

A new giveaway! 15 days until the big day!

Here’s a 3 pack of contemporary ARCs! Each one is brand new, never read!

3 Books, 1 winner!

Real Live Boyfriends: Yes. Boyfriends, plural. If my life weren’t complicated, I wouldn’t be Ruby Oliver (Ruby Oliver Quartet) by E. Lockhart

240 pages, Delacorte Books for Young Readers, (2010-12-28)

(Amazon.com)

So Much Closer by Susane Colasanti

241 pages, Viking Juvenile, (2011-05-03)

$11.98 (Amazon.com)

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

402 pages, Viking Juvenile, (2011-05-10)

$12.02 (Amazon.com)

Giveaway

Please read the Terms & Conditions at the bottom of the entry form before completing any entries!

NOTE: Since this widget relies on Cookies, you may have issues doing the daily Tweet. If so please just put TWEET in the mandatory entry field. Questions? Email me!

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4th Blogoversary Giveaway # 3

23 Days until my 4th Blogoversary!

Here’s the next giveaway!

A series I just couldn’t get into but I’ve read a TON of raving reviews so I know I must just be me.

One winner will receive the first 2 books of the series. The first is a finished paperback copy and the second is an ARC. Both in great condition.

 

The Demon King (A Seven Realms Novel)by Cinda Williams Chima512 pages, Hyperion Book CH, (2009-10-06)

$7.20 (Amazon.com)

Exiled Queen, The (A Seven Realms Novel)by Cinda Williams Chima608 pages, Hyperion Book CH, (2011-08-02)

$9.99 (Amazon.com)

 

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4th Blogoversary Giveaway #2 | Ends 11/10/11

26 days until my 4th Blogoversary!

Here’s today’s two book pack!

One winner will receive both of these:

Return to Paradise by Simone Elkeles

312 pages, Flux, (2010-09-08)

$9.95 (Amazon.com)

Brand new copy!

Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

256 pages, St. Martin’s Griffin, (2010-01-05)

$4.00 (Amazon.com)

Read once, great condition!

Rules
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4th Blogoversary Giveaway #1 | Ends 11/09/11

As promised, although late, here’s the first 4th Blogoversary giveaway!

Two winners will each receive an ARC of QUEEN OF THE DEAD (The Ghost and the Goth, #2) by Stacey Kade.

Read my reviews of The Ghost and the Goth.   I apparently haven’t reviewed Queen of the Dead yet but it was great! Loved it!

Rules
  • Entries:
    • Initial entry:
      •  any blog comment. (Be sure to put your email address in the comment form, not in your comment!)
    • Extra entries:
      • Follow The Cozy Reader via Google Friend Connect or RSS and say so in a SEPARATE comment
      • Tweet – use the retweet feature at the bottom! – provide direct link in a SEPARATE comment
  • Entrants must be at least 13 years of age.
  • Shipping is to US and Canada only, sorry!
  • Ends midnight, 11/09/11 Eastern time.
  • Winner will be announced 11/10/11 and will have 48 hours to respond with shipping info.
Additional Open Giveaways
  1. Giveaway: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen Book and DVD Bundle– Ends 11/03/11
  2. Trailer and Giveaway: Destined (House of Night, #9) by P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast – Ends 11/03/11
  3. Giveaway: ATLAS SHRUGGED: PART 1 DVD – Ends 11/03/11
  4. Blog Tour & Giveaway: Drink Deep (Chicagoland Vampires, #5) by Chloe Neill – Ends 11/03/11
  5. Giveaway: Straw House, Wood House, Brick House, Blow by Daniel Nayeri – Ends 11/09
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Upcoming 4th Blogoversary! Daily Giveaways!

Didn’t I just say that November 1st was my new favorite day!? I’m about to make it yours too!

I’m kicking off a month long celebration for my upcoming 4th blogoversary!

I have a TON of books I’m giving away. Most of them are ARCs that I’ve read or had duplicates of. Some are finished copies. Some are author signed!

I’m not sure how I want to do the giveaways though. I’m wondering if I should let each one run until the end of November or have each one run for a few days or a week.

What are you thoughts on the giveaway end dates? Let me know! I’ll be posting today’s giveaway either this afternoon or tonight!

Thanks for joining me on this celebration!

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3rd Blogoversary! Winners!

It’s been 3 years today since I wrote my first book review! I’m so excited that I’m still going strong and enjoying it.

Over the past three years I’ve changed a lot on what I’m reading and how I review. I’ve also decided that I mainly do this for me, not that I don’t enjoy followers and making friends, but I do this so that I can express myself. Reading is not just a hobby it’s a part of my life.

I hope you enjoy my reviews enough to stick around for another year!

Thanks to everyone who entered the blogoversary giveaway! I’m glad to see so many of you commenting on having fun. I wanted to do something like this last year but I never got around to it.

First I’ll give you the answers to the snippets then announce the winners!

The Mockingbirds 1

 

 

Some wrong answers were: Mockingjay and Mockingbird. Since Mockingbird is an actual title I couldn’t give credit for leaving off the ‘The’ and the ‘s’. Sorry!

 

 

 

anna 2

 

Some wrong answers were: Amy and the French Kiss, The French Kiss, Perfect Chemistry. Mostly everyone got this!

 

 

 

 

firespell 2

 

 

Just about everyone who guessed this got it right!

 

 

 

 

hex-hall 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shade_cover_large 2

Two people thought this was Bleeding Violet.

 

 

ifistaypb 2

A few people thought this was Where She Went.

 

 

infinite days 2

 

Everyone who guessed this got it right!

 

 

 

 

 

insatiable_megcabot1 2

 

Everyone who guessed this got it right!

 

 

 

 

 

claire-de-lune 2

 

One person thought this was Raised by Wolves all others were correct!

 

 

 

 

 

across the universe 2. jpg

A few wrong answers were: Glimmerglass and Halo.

 

 

matched 2

 

Everyone who guessed this was correct!

 

 

 

 

 

kneebone boy 2

 

This one seemed to stump quite a few of you.

 

 

 

 

 

life of glass 2

 

Another one that many didn’t have a guess for.

 

 

 

 

 

hatelist 2

And the one that had the most incorrect guesses!

sapphique 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall everyone did great!

And so the winners are:

winners top 6

I’ve emailed the winners a link to a form to complete for their winnings! They have until Friday to submit their form or new winners will be selected from the randomly populated list.

Thanks again to everyone!