Okay, 2016 has been an interesting year. We've lost so many big names this year, Gene Wilder, David Bowie, and Prince just to name a few. I'm so glad that I got the chance to see Prince in concert once in my lifetime. There has been such craziness with politics, I won't go into specifics, as that is part of the problem, but it's been so crazy that family members have been split because of this.
I've had some good things happen, I got to go to the NOLA Storycon and meet some of my favorite authors, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Samantha Young, and Jay Crownover were my very very favorites. I won NaNoWriMo for the 2nd time by writing my full 50,000 words. I've had a few publishers start sending me things without me having to reach out to them first. So I feel like my blog might finally be getting where I want it to be. I've been reading a ton of books this year. I bumped my goal on Goodreads up over 50 books for the year compared to last year. I got a new tattoo. I got picked to be a volunteer at Apollycon 2017! So hopefully next year I can add that to a good thing, especially since I cannot wait to meet Anna Todd, the books that I am in love with and got a tattoo for. Not to mention Kylie Scott is going to be there, and I am so in love with her books!
One thing that I totally need to work on is all the books I have that I don't know when I'm going to get to. I've been taking a lot of them to my school library. I figure that way they'll get the chance for other people, my students, to read them, and when I have time or am in the mood for one of them, I'll still know where they are to check out and read. Unfortunately, there are a lot of books I have that are ARCs or else my library already has, or maybe they're not in good enough condition that I can put them in my library. And this is where I'm setting up a giveaway. Below are the books that I'm looking to get rid of through a giveaway, or there a few newer ARCs I might be willing to trade for other ARCs if you want them.
So, if you see any ARCs you'd like to trade for, you can always let me know in the comments. Otherwise, what I plan to do is pick two winners every week for the rest of December, and I am going to fill a box with 4 or 5 books from the pictures above. Newer, older, ARCs, finished, etc. They will most likely be surprise boxes. But we'll see how I feel when I draw the winners, I may let them come pick what four books they want! Or at least pick one or two to go with two that I pick.
And in each box, I will include some swag and book samplers I have. Here are pictures of the swag I have. I would be willing to trade any of it for ARCs I'm looking for as well!
You can see some temporary tattoos in the picture on the left. Along with some post cards, and an Epic Reads book of new titles.
I have one last item. A year ago my sister asked me if I wanted to buy a coloring book that a friend of hers had created. It's very neat, but it's not really my style of coloring book, but it is so darn cool! If you're interested, you can pick this as one of your two choices! Here is a picture of the coloring book:
So, I'm starting to think about new goals and challenges for my blog next year, as well as reflecting on how 2016 went. One thing I haven't had time for is as many posts with GIFs as I enjoy. So enjoy this one, and then go enter the contest in the Rafflecopter below it!