Blog Anniversary + 800 Followers + Giveaway + Semi-Hiatus Announcement

This is probably going to be a long post but oh well, stick to it because I’ll end with a giveaway. I have literally been saying I wanted to do a giveaway when I reached 500 followers?? But then I never did??? But today is the day!

First the least exciting thing of all (don’t go scrolling down yet, this is important!), I will be on vacation starting from today until probably Monday, August 14th. This means that I will be absent for almost an entire month. I haveΒ a lot of posts scheduled (mainly tags but also newbie bloggers and reviews) so you won’t miss me too much I hope, but I will probably have problems answering all messages, comments, emails etc. So don’t despair when I don’t answer within a few days. It could take me a while. Sadly, this also means I won’t be able to keep up with all of your wonderful posts.

Now onto the fun part of this post!

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A Brief History of my Blog (yes that was a reference and yes I still haven’t finished the book and yes I’m embarrassed about it)

On this day, a year ago, I opened wordpress and made a blog. I called it Imaginary Places On Paper, which I still think is a fun name for a blog but it was soooo long. A few months later (I don’t recall when it was) I changed the name officially to Lost In A Story (because honestly, I’m always lost in a story). I kept the url because, well, the lostinastory.wordpress.com url was already taken *sad face*. In the beginning blogging was incredibly hard, probably because I didn’t do “commenting” and “talking to actual people”. I was like the shyest blogger ever, I never talked to people becauseΒ what if they think I’m weird???Β Anyway, I learned that that was not a good attitude over the months. Only in October or November, my stats started going up and blogging life really took over my real life. Can you imagine, I wrote blog posts each day, sometimes even multiple ones!? I don’t know how I did that to be honest, but I probably had no life besides blogging.

Then awesome things started happening, I started this project called Short Story Society, I participated in projects, I started Down The TBR Hole (p.s. it’s still a secret (kind of) but it’s coming back to my blog shhh don’t tell), I started writing, I started The Bad Book Project, I participated in Camp NaNoWriMo, I participated in The Typewriter Project and so many wonderful things happened!! I also reviewed many books, got e-ARCs and even got my first real physical ARC sent to me for review. I won giveaways and even held one myself. I met new blogger friends and talked excessively online on twitter about random stuff, I even shared some super personal things on here and learned a lot about myself. I can honestly not imagine a life without my blog anymore.

Well, that wasn’t a brief history but oh well, A Brief History of Time wasn’t as short as the title suggested either haha.

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A Huge Thank You

To all of my currently EIGHT HUNDRED followers: THANK YOU. To anyone who ever commented, sent me their love or liked my posts, THANK YOU. Even if you never comment and are shy like I was in the beginning, you are important to me (and come say hi! I won’t bite πŸ™‚ ) And to all my blogging buddies, and those who I have grown to call my friends, I love you and thank you so much for going on this journeyΒ for me. It means the world. *Journey with Don’t Stop Believin’ starts playing*

A quick note, if you haven’t noticed it yet, my blog got a makeoverΒ and I’m in love with it. So if you haven’t done it already, go out of the wordpress reader and head over to my new URL lostinastory.blog!

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Giveaway

As an extra thank you, I am hosting a giveaway! It will run from now until Sunday August 13th, and that is a long time because of my semi-hiatus. It is an international giveaway and everyone can enter (but if you’re younger than 18(?), make sure to have a parent’s permission).

You can choose from ANY DIVERSE BOOK on book depository (or wordery but I never ordered from wordery before) up to 15 euros (which is about 15 USD). Just to give you an idea of what you can choose from (these are some of my favourite diverse books):

Just to be clear, the book of your choice can also be a pre-order, as long as it’s below the given price limit. The only further limitation is that it has to be diverse (which honestly isn’t that hard I think, but if you need more recommendations, I am sure I can give you plenty!).

But that was not all! I will be sending a small package to the winner with bookmarks, stickers and anything else that is small and I can find! It’s a bit of a surprise what it is you’ll get (mainly because I am not even sure yet), but I promise you it will be fun!

Enter the giveaway here!

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Have you entered my giveaway? If you’re following, I’m curious, how did you find my blog? Why did you follow? What are your favourite diverse books? Which book would you love to win?

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112 thoughts on “Blog Anniversary + 800 Followers + Giveaway + Semi-Hiatus Announcement

  1. I have read some really great diverse books this year already, I think I would count Simon VS and The Hate U Give as my favorites for sure! If I won, I would probably go for Simon VS – I listened to the audiobook and I would love to have it as a physical copy too!

    Congrats on one year of blogging, Lia! That is quite the achievement!

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    1. Simon vs. is soo good! I loved it! I haven’t read The Hate You Give yet but I’ve heard so many amazing things about it!!
      Thank you, Swetlana! ❀

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  2. Ahhhh Lia, (I said this already but) congratulations on 800 followers!!!! You deserve every single one of them and many more ❀️ And happy blogiversary!! I really loved reading the story of your blog to see how the whole thing developed!

    Thanks so much for hosting a giveaway! I’ll make sure to enter πŸ˜‰

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    1. Oh and my favourite diverse book at the moment is The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue! I’m listening to the audiobook right now and it’s SO GOOD! If I’d win, I’d either pick that one because I NEED the physical copy or Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi! 😍

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      1. I don’t usually read a lot of historic fiction but I’ve heard so much about The Gentlemen’s Guide that I just have to read it now! I haven’t read Whichwood either but again, I’ve heard great things!

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  3. Congrats on everything, Lia! Your blogiversary, 800 followers, and this beautiful blog design! Ooh, I’ll have to ask my parents if I can join the giveaway — but it sounds SO awesome! I found your blog through Mahriya actually. We were giving recommendations on what blogs we should follow and yours was one on her list. 😊 Congrats again, and have fun on vacation! ❀

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  4. Congratulations Lia! I’m so happy I stumbled upon your blog a few months back because you’ve honestly become one of my best blogger friends ❀ Haha I'm actually happy you haven't finish A Brief History of Time yet cause I shamefully haven't either.

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    1. Awww that’s so sweet! You’re one of my best blogger friends too ❀
      I don’t know why I don’t just get it over with, it’s not even that many pages anymore I just can’t get myself to pick it up!

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      1. Same! I’m halfway through so I don’t have that much left but my eyes instantly become tired when I think about picking it up haha

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  5. Congratulations on 800 followers you totally deserve it. At the moment my favourite diverse book is Song of Achilles or The Hate U Give and a diverse book I’d love to read is The Gentleman’s Guide of Vice and Virtue.

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  6. Congratulations on your blog anniversary and 800 followers! As a new blogger myself I completely relate to that initial shyness when you first start, but like you I’m learning to overcome that and hopefully make some lovely friends in the book community πŸ™‚ I’m loving your blog design by the way!

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  7. Congrats on 1 year and on 800 followers!! You truly deserve it you’re blog is one of the most enjoyable blogs I’ve ever came across!

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  8. Also, my fave diverse book is Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda, and I’d love to win A Gentleman’s Guide To Vice and Virtue!

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  9. Happy Blogiversary!!
    I found your blog because someone I followed did some Down the TBR Hole posts, and I liked it so much that I wanted to do it when I started my own blog.
    Fave diverse books? You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner and Whisper by Chrissie Keighery.
    I collect books with D/deaf MC’s, if I won I’d probably add Talk Under Water by Kathryn Lomer to my collection because I really enjoyed reading it.
    I know there is controversy about the blurb, but I’m keen to read Vanilla by Billy Merrell. I’m not buying into the hate, I want to read it and make up my own mind when it is released.

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    1. Thank you! I’m glad you found the TBR posts fun! I have not read any of those books so I’m going to have to check them out! The only book with a deaf MC I’ve read so far is Sara Bernard’s A Quiet Kind of Thunder, which I loved!

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  10. ahh congrats Lia!! 800 is such a huge milestone and I wish nothing but the absolute best for you! There are so many diverse novels to pick from, but I wouldn’t mind receiving any of Adam Silvera’s novels, or even A List of Cages! Thank you so much for the chance and again, congratulations!! (: Have fun on vacation!!

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    1. Awww thanks Jess! A List of Cages is amazing! I haven’t read any of Adam Silvera’s books yet but I’ve heard great things about them! You’re welcome an thank you!

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  11. Aah congrats on 800 followers & one year of blogging! Also on your new swag domain! Haha I’m just remembering that it’s my 4th blog birthday this October & I still only have like 800 followers, RIP me. I hadn’t heard of Starfish before but it sounds AWESOME & also the cover, omg! For other diverse books, I’m hoping to read Indigo Donut by Patrice Lawrence soon because IT SOUNDS SO RAD. Hope you have a good holiday!

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    1. Thank you Eve!! πŸ˜„ awww poor you, if it’s any consolidation, I love your blog! *yells into the ether: EVERYBODY GO FOLLOW EVE* I think Starfish is amazing and I’m sure you will love it! I haven’t heard of Indigo Donut yet but I’m going to have to check it out! Thank you!

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  12. COngrats on that many followers! I reached my one year this week as well! How awesome! You might have ot help me think of a diverse book. It’s early here in the US right now! LOL_ right now I can think of The Hate U Give. Wonder might be another one!

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    1. Congratulations to you too! Haha good morning! (Although it’s probably afternoon by now). I love Wonder but I haven’t read The Hate U Give yet, I heard it’s amazing though!

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  13. Hmm……. my answer will have to be the book I am currently reading, just because it is most fresh in my mind and I only have 20 pages left. Once I’ve caught up with my Feedly I’m going to curl up in bed and finish it! And that book is “The Lines We Cross”/”When Michael Met Mina” by Randa Abdel-Fattah. ❀

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  14. Happy blog anniversary and congratulations on 800 followers!!! You have some really good diverse read picks! My favorites are Adam Silvera’s books and I’ve been dying to read A Quiet Kind of Thunder & A List of Cages!

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  15. Congratulations on 800 followers! THAT IS SO AWESOME, i am so proud! My favourite diverse reads are She Is Not Invisible and Six Of Crows. I would love to have the chance to read All The Crooked Saints which is coming out soon I think?! YOUR GIVEAWAY IS SO EXCITING

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    1. Aww thank you Ilsa! (I’m still getting used to the name haha). I haven’t read She Is not Invinsible yet but I’m going to look it up! All The Crooked Saints comes out in September I think?? Idk, but I hate waiting πŸ˜…

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  16. Congratulations on yr followers! I have been blogging for 3 years and I don’t even have half as many! I know exactly how you felt about commenting and I still battle. πŸ˜€ My favourite Diverse read is The Gentleman’s Guide. Not sure what I would choose as there are so many that sound good.

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    1. Aww sorry 😦
      I heard so much about The Gentlemen’s Guide! I really want to read it now, so many people talk about it!

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  17. First of all, congrats on 800 followers and your blog anniversary!! These are such big milestones. Anyway, I’m SO EXCITED for this giveaway!! The fact that you’ve made it diverse books only is awesome! Some of my favourite diverse books are Simon VS The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, Kids of Appetite by David Arnold, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, The Heroes of Olympus series and the Magnus Chase series by Rick Riordan, I’ll give you the sun by Jandy Nelson and a ton more! If I win I would love to get The Wrath & The Dawn or maybe Radio Silence or Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe or Highly Illogical behaviour. The options are just endless!

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  18. Happy blogiversary and congrats on reaching 800 followers!! I just found your blog and what great timing, just in time to enter a giveaway! I love the cover of A Quiet Kind of Thunder (I’m a pink addict) and it sounds interesting as well so maybe I’d go for that one if I should win ;-). Happy vacation!

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  19. Congratulations on 800 followers!! That’s amazing πŸ˜€ More to come, I’m sure!
    I’ve been wanting to read Six of Crows for the longest time… Bardugo is a queen and I love her so much T_T ❀
    So I'd either want that one, The Wrath and The Dawn or Starfish. Those are the ones I'll want to read very soon πŸ™‚
    Again, congrats and thank you so much for the chance! ❀

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    1. Yess Six of Crows is amazing!! You should definitely read it!
      The Wrath and The Dawn and Starfish are both amazing too!
      Thank you! Thanks for entering 😊

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  20. I’m slowly making my way through this blogging/reading community, specially because English isn’t my native language, but so far, I’m loving it! I find new blogs every day, and together with that, I find great readers and lovely people! And it’s so nice to read that many of us are shy at the beginning. I’m really shy! Not only because that’s who I am, like, naturally, but also, I’m always like… “Am I writing okay?” “Are they going to make fun of the way I write?” Language problems, but oh well ahaha
    Happy blogiversary, Lia! β™₯ And here’s to many more! I really liked reading that little story behind this blog, and btw, I think Imaginary Places On Paper is still an adorable name. But I love the current name too! All the best, girl! πŸ˜‰
    I also wanted to thank you for the giveaway, and for choosing to give away a diverse book. To be honest, I haven’t read many, but I sooo want to, because they are beautiful and REAL. One that I actually read AND loved is “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe”. If you haven’t read, go and pick it up πŸ™‚ And if I won, I’d definitely pick Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda πŸ˜€
    And finally… Enjoy your vacation time! β™₯ β™₯ β™₯

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    1. English is not my native language either, I’m from the Netherlands. The language thing also held me back in the beginning but it really gets better fast!
      Thank you!
      You’re welcome! Aristotle and Dante is such a great book, I loved that! Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda is also amazing!
      Thank you! ❀

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  21. So many things to celebrate for! HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY, girl!!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ And congrats on so many followers!
    My favourite diverse books are The Upside of Unrequited and The sun is also a star. Which one would I choose? Either A list of cages or Simon vs. the homo sapiens agenda πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ Thanks!!!!!

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    1. Thank you!! I loved The Sun is Also A Star! The Upside of Unrequited is great too, all the books you mentioned are πŸ˜€

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