June 28, 2013

OMG! It's my ONE YEAR BLOGOVERSARY!



You guys! You guys! I'm so excited! 
One year ago:

My sister:
"Hey Jen. Maybe you should find a place to talk about books with people that actually care about books?"(Translation: No one on Facebook gives a damn about what you were reading this weekend!)

Me:
"Hey sis, I'll look into that."
(Translation: Why don't my friends care about what I was reading this weekend?!?)

So, I started this blog. I needed a place to talk about books and I made my own space. I didn't know if anyone would read my words or care about what I had to say.

Since then I have had THE MOST FUN! I've met the BEST bookish people. I've participated in the BEST bookish events.


Thank you so much to YOU guys. Thanks to the people who read this blog. Thanks to the people who chat with me on Facebook and Twitter. I knew my bookish people were out there. I'm so glad I've found you.

Now, to the fun stuff!

Redbery Books is a lovely independent bookstore in my neck of the woods. They have generously offered to sponsor a giveaway to celebrate one year of The Relentless Reader!


Up for grabs is a signed copy of Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks and a $20 gift card to Redbery Books! How awesome is that? Enter!

      a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks for hanging out with me this past year. I hope you'll stick around!

151 comments:

  1. Yay! Congrats!! And can I just say that I love that last animated gif--I think that pretty much sums up my life. ;)

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  2. Congratulations! You must be feeling pretty awesome right now. Here's to another year of book chat :)

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    1. Thank you Ellie, I am! I'm going to be strutting around today. Woot!

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  3. Congrats on your bloggerversary!

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    1. Thank you Megan! :) I'm a happy gal today!

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  4. Congratulations!! You've achieved so much in a year :)

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    1. Aww, thanks Melinda!! It's been a great year!

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  5. Congrats, this is so awesome! I'm really glad to have found your blog this year :)

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    1. Thank you Kim and right back at you! :D

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  6. Congrats on your 1 year blogoversary...it goes so fast, doesn't it?

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    1. Thanks! I can't believe how fast this year zipped on by!

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  7. Congrats, Jennifer! The book blog world is so awesome -- I know I was thrilled to finally find My People.

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    1. Thank you Rayna! This community is fantastic, thank goodness you are all out there!

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  8. Congrats!! Translation- we like to hear what you're reading :-)

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  9. My favorite book in 2013 has been The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley

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    1. A great book that I didn't expect to like. My review will be published soon :)

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    2. Oooooh! I've read other Kearsley- I'm adding this to my list now!

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  10. Congratulations on your one year!! I enjoy your blog! My favorite book in 2013 was (adult) And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini and (children's) Every Day After by Laura Golden. :-) I LOVED Caleb's Crossing and would love to have a signed copy. I love everything by Geraldine Brooks!

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    1. Thanks Holly! I just won a copy of And the Mountains Echoed and I cannot wait to read it!

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  11. I'm so glad you started your blog! Otherwise, how would I have found you? And our not "meeting?" That would have been tragic. Happy Blogoversary to the CERTIFIED AWESOME Jen!!!!!

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    1. I didn't follow your instructions. Fave book of 2013? Tell the Wolves I'm Home. I want to play book vigilante and force it upon unsuspecting commuters...

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    2. Thank you so much Katie! I feel certified awesome today, that's no lie. I put Wolves on my wishlist :)

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  12. So excited for you! My favorite book so far has been The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer, but I'm in the middle of Philipp Meyer's The Son right now and it's coming up close!

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    1. Thanks Shannon :) I loooved The Interestings too. I keep hearing lovely things about The Son as well. I'm going to have to get to that one!

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  13. Thanks for an awesome giveaway! I'm so happy to have found you through Armchair BEA. My favorite book of the year so far is "Life after Life" by Kate Atkinson.

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    1. You're welcome :D I'm glad we found one another too! Life after Life...oooh, I liked that one a lot!

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  14. Congratulations! (Love the Zoidberg picture!)

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    1. Thank you, thank you! :) I thought that was a funny one too!

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  15. Congratulations! That's awesome!

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  16. Congratulations, Jennifer! I follow loads of book blogs, but yours is definitely a favorite :)

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    1. My favorite book so far this year is a tie between The Golem and the Jinni, and Into the Wilderness. I saw some reviews claiming that Into the Wilderness was just Outlander fan-fiction, but I didn't perceive it that way at all. I actually enjoyed Into the Wilderness much more than Outlander!

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    2. Thanks so much Marie :) I haven't read The Golem and the Jinni but I've sure heard a lot about it. Maybe I'll be able to make time for it one day ;)

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  17. YAYAYAYAYAY! To one of my fave bloggers. A super fantastic one-year 'versary!

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    1. Thanks Andi!! (((((Hugs! Two even!)))

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  18. Happy blogoversary!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Oh and I'm thinking Life After Life was my favorite this year!

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    2. Thanks Monika :) I loved that book too!

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  19. Happy Blogging Anniversary!

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  20. Congrats, my dear! I'm so glad you started this blog. :D I love knowing what you're reading. :D

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  21. Happy Blog Birthday!!!!

    LOL to that conversation between you and your sis. Too funny, but how true too.

    I'm sending good vibes and imaginary cupcakes and confetti your way! :)

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    1. That is almost word for word what happened, lol. And yes, very true! No one cared. (How dare they?)

      Thanks so much Sarah!

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  22. I said it on Twitter and I'll say it again—WHOO yay! Congrats, Jen. I'm so glad I found a fellow Sconnie book blogger! :)

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  23. Congrats! So glad you joined the blogosphere and we have someone fantastic to talk good books with! Thanks for the chance to win. My favorite book(s) this year? Sarah's Key and Little Women.

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    1. Thanks so much Tanya :) It's been so much fun. Those are both great books, awesome picks!

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  24. Happy blogoversary! Congrats...

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    1. Thank you Greg :) Thanks for visiting!

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  25. My favorite book this year is The Plum Tree. Congratulations and much more happy blogging. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks :D I'm going to look that book up. It sounds familiar but I can't place it.

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  26. And one year ago, the book blogging world became a better place. CONGRATULATIONS on your blogoversary!

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    1. Oh my gosh Michelle, thank you SO much!!

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  27. Congratulations on your blogoversary! I loved both Cascade and Tiger in Red Weather. I love Geraldine Brooks by the way. I have read Caleb's Crossing (it was great) and would love to have a signed copy!

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    1. Thanks Amy! I really like Brooks as well. I really liked The Year of Wonders :)

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  28. Congratulations! Finding out there was a community of people who actually liked to talk about books was a revelation to me too!

    I have several favorites this year: Looking for Me, Written in Red, and The Apple Orchard to name a few.

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    1. Isn't it the best?? MY PEOPLE! :D

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  29. Congratulations on 1 year of blogging! What an achievement!! My favorite book would have to be 11/22/63 or Looking for Me.

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    1. Thanks :D You're the 2nd person to mention Looking for Me. I need to get to that!

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  30. Congratulations! Keep up the great work!

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    1. Thanks so much :) I appreciate your visit!

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  32. Congratulations on your 1 year anniversary of blogging!! I'm glad you listened to your sister and started a blog, too :) I've enjoyed reading your posts and love that readers now have a place to meet other bibliophiles, too :D

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    1. She's pretty brilliant, for a little sister ;) Thanks so much!!

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  33. Happy 1st anniversary! I can't believe your blog has only been up for a year... you have such a following!

    The best book I've read this year is "Fragile" by Lisa Unger. I reviewed it on my blog, but it just truly is a great read. Mystery, family saga, character building... it's at the top of the list so far!

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    1. Thanks so much :) I've sure met some fantastic folks! I lure them here with cupcakes, mauahahaha!

      I'm going to look that book up, thanks!

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  34. I'm still amazed that you've only been doing this a year. You seem like such a pro and by pro I mean natural. Congrats!!! So so so glad to know you. :)

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    1. Thank you from the bottom of my heart Trish. Your esteem means the world to me :) XOXOXOX!

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  35. Hooray and congrats! I don't doubt there are many more fun years to come.

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    1. I sure hope so! Thanks a million :)

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  36. Congrats! You've had quite a successful year it seems! Love your blog and glad you're a member of this amazing community. Looking forward to reading for many more years.

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    1. It's been a great year :D Thanks so much Brooke!! This community knocks my socks off :)

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  37. I can relate - although I still thoroughly harass my FB community with numerous book related postings. Congrats on one year! It's been a blast following your blog!

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    1. Oh and best book so far "Z: A Story of Zelda Fitzgerald."

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    2. Ha ha, good for you! Keep it up :) You know I have my own blog page on FB. Now the only people I harass are the ones that WANT TO BE, lol.

      Thanks so much Jennine :)

      I keep hearing great things about Z, hope to get to it one of these days!

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  38. Congratulations on a fantastic year!

    My favorite books so far....maybe Life After Life? Or the Chaos Walking series perhaps. Can I say a whole series??

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    1. Thank you Lindsey! Yours was one of the very first blogs I followed. Do you feel special? lol

      You can say whatever book/books you want :D I'll have to look into that series. Life After Life was incredible.

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  39. Congratulations!!!! Soooooooo exciting and I love that you're doing it with a giveaway! You should also treat yourself to a glass of wine, maybe some cake?

    You know what's sooooo fun? Me, you, and Allison have blog birthdays all within a few weeks of each other!!!! Mine's July 8!


    My favorite book this year. . . oy. . . Maybe The Song of Achilles? Did I read that this year? Or was that 2012? I don't even remember. . .

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    1. Thank you dear Rebecca! Wine and cake sounds great. Excuse me while I pour myself a glass...

      Ah better :) I knew for sure that your celebration was coming up but I wasn't sure about Allison's big day. Very cool!

      I loved Achilles too, I think I read it last year though? ;)

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  40. Congratulations! The first blogaversary is always the best. Enjoy it! :)

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    1. Thank you Athira! It's been a great day :)

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  41. Happy blogiversary! Here's to many more years!

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    1. Thank you Kathy :) I really hope so!

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  42. Happy Blogiversary! I remember the thrill of my first year blogging. Glad I discovered your blog. You're a fun gal!

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    1. Thanks so much Laura! ::Blushing:: ;)

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  43. Congratulations! I think I've been following you almost from the beginning and I've enjoyed watching you grow! Cheers to your success and to all the awesomeness I know is sure to come!

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    1. Thank you, thank you! It's been a great year :) I know you have an anniversary coming up too! Yay!

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  44. Congratulations!!

    My favorite so far has been CLOUD ATLAS by David Mitchell.

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    1. Thanks Chrystal! Thanks for visiting too! :)

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  46. Happy Blogoversary! My first Blogoversary is coming up soon, too!

    Tina

    Flamingos and Butterflies

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    1. Thanks Tina! Yay for both of us! Thanks for visiting :)

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  47. Congrats! Mine is coming up in August so I am starting to feel the same excitement you're experiencing! YAY!

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    1. Thanks! It will be more than one year for you right? I'll definitely celebrate with you! :D

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  48. Congratulations on your anniversary :) I love your logo and colors. I'm also a voracious reader, mostly sci-fi and fantasy. Also cookbooks, I read a lot of cookbooks, lol. Enjoy the #SITSSharefest! Lydia from www.lydiasflexitariankitchen.com

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    1. Thanks so much Lydia! I don't read many cookbooks but I should probably start, lol. I need all the help I can get!

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  49. Jennifer, so glad to have met you! You are an awesome commenter, and your enthusiasm is contagious. Happy blog-o-versary!

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    1. Thanks so, so much! I do get a little enthusiastic about things that I love ;) Woot woot!!

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  50. Congratulations, Jennifer. I love reading your blog and I'm surprised it's only one year old. Here's to many more years of blogging.

    Favorite book this year is the one I gave away in the Literary Giveaway Blog Hop: The First Book of Calamity Leek by Paula Lichtarowicz.

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    1. Thanks so much Judith! That means a lot coming from you :D

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  51. Congratulations! I love your blog.

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    1. Thanks a billion you quirky girl you ;)

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  52. Happy anniversary Jennifer! Your blog is such a superb part of the book blogging universe!

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    1. Thank you Brian! You were one of the first bloggers to ever reach out to me. I haven't forgotten that :)

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  53. Happy Blogversary Jennifer!! I love your blog and your fantastic personality shines right through your posts :)

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  54. Congrats! I love your blog! I don't post much but I do love it! :P Happy Blogoversary! Many more to come!

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  55. I have read so many good books this year...old and new. My favorite book that was released this year was Murder as a Fine Art by David Morrell. An excellent historical mystery/thriller set in Victorian times.

    Happy one year, Jennifer! Book blogging has been such a rewarding experience for me. I'm so glad that you discovered it too. =O)

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    1. Murder as a Fine Art sounds super familiar, I'm going to have to look it up :)

      Thanks so much Michelle :) It's been one of the best things I've ever done!

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  56. Congratulations! Happy Birthday Relentless Reader!!! I have loved so many books this year that I just can't pick a favorite. Once again congrats! I look forward to my 1 year blog birthday, 11 more months to go. :)

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    1. Thanks Ginny! I hope you have half as much fun during your first year that I did! Welcome to the FABULOUS world of book blogging :)

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  57. You've only been around for a year?! That's crazy! It feels like you've been around FOREVER! I am so happy your sister suggested you find a place to talk about books. You are one of my favorite bloggers. I hope you stay around for many years to come! :-) Happy blogiversary!

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    1. Thank you so much!! :D You put a big 'ol smile on my face!

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  58. Congratulations Jen!
    When this post came up in my feed I was looking at the title with bewilderment. I expected you to have been blogging much longer than that, you seem to have accomplished so much on your blog!
    It is great that you've found your place to talk to like minded people about books... I think many of us followers are thankful to your sister :-P

    My Book Bubble

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    1. It feels like I just started yesterday. But then, on the other hand, it feels like I've been doing this forever ;) Thanks a million Jade!!

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  59. Congratulations, Jennifer! You're doing awesome! (I know, I know, terrible grammar...) I'm really impressed by how much you've done in just a year. Well done!

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    1. Thanks so much Lark, it's been a GREAT year :)

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  60. Okay - I did all the things I promised to do in my entry. Congratulations! I don't know what we bookish people would do without you. You are such a joy to share books with. Belle

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    1. Hi Belle! Thanks :) I'm looking forward to your hiatus being over, I miss ya!!

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  61. CONGRATS JEN! So happy for you and I love the last gif! Hahaha

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  62. Congratulations on one year! Here's to many many more!

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  63. HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY!!! I am continually amazed at the size of your readership after only 1 year. You go, girl!!!

    Hmmm fave book of the year so far...really hard to choose! I'd say ONE of my faves is Michael Pollan's Cooked, but I have a hard time giving it a definitive #1 spot since I've read so many other good ones as well. :)

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    1. Thank you Kelly! This has been such a GREAT year! I feel so embraced by this community :)

      It's impossible to pick a favorite of the year. I don't think I could do it. How jerky of me to ask my readers to, ha ha!

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  64. I am late to the party! I had technical difficulties when I made my attempt on your blogoversary. That being said, Happy Happy Blogoversary!! I'm so pleased I happened on to your site. It's one of my favorites and I am a "regular" here. The comment from your sister cracked me up. I can relate!! Love your Facebook posts also.

    Here's to another year!!

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    1. Thank you so much Lori! You've made my day :D

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  65. Happy blogoversary! Glad you found your people. It is sad about Facebook, but at least you can talk as much as you want here, more than you ever could on Facebook, and we'll always listen :)

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    1. Thanks Charlie! And hey, now that my blog has a dedicated FB page I can blab about books there all that I want. (And I do!)

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  66. 141 comments? Well, you must be doing something right. I don't know what, but you're doing it. ;) Well, I do...and I'm just jealous, of course. :)

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    1. Keep in mind that half of those comments are mine! ;) Thanks Bryan, you're a darling!

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  67. Happy blogoversary! I love your conversation with your sister!

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    1. Thanks Lisa! That's nearly verbatim ;)

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  68. Congratulations on your 1st year blog anniversary! How exciting! I love reading your posts. They always make me smile. :-) Here's to many more wonderful years of blogging!

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    1. Thank you very much :) That's so nice of you to say!

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