1st Blog Anniversary + Giveaway

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IT’S MY 1ST BLOGIVERSARY!

Wow. I can’t believe I have been blogging for 1 year at Pore Over the Pages. I started this blog to share my love of young adult books and to establish an online platform for my book obsession. Writing blog posts, discovering new novels, and connecting with other book lovers has been the highlight of my year on this blog. My numbers aren’t extreme and my blog isn’t the top YA destination, but I’m happy with my little slice of the internet.

Since it has been a year, I’m going to change the theme of my blog . . . for something new. My blog will be under construction for the next few days. ūüôā

I want to thank every one of my followers. And I want to express my gratitude to every person who has visited Pore Over the Pages. 

Stats for the past year:

  • 116 blog followers
  • 2,508 blog views
  • 1,160 blog visitors
  • 67 countries to visit blog
  • 208 blog posts
  • 257 Twitter followers
  • 854 Tweets
  • 76 Instagram followers
  • 66 Instagram posts

Top 2 most viewed posts:

 

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Rules: Giveaway Policy

US Only

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Winner: Alex

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It’s My Birthday! + Giveaway (8/5/16 – 8/15/16)

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It’s my birthday! Wow. That means it is August and summer is fleeting. It also means I am another 365 days older. This marks the beginning of my 19th year. Time really does fly by so fast. It’s crazy to think I’ll be starting my second year of college already. But we all have to start somewhere, and this past year has been a whirlwind of firsts:

  1. I started the Pore Over the Pages book blog.
  2. I started the Pore Over the Pages Twitter account.
  3. I started the Pore Over the Pages bookstagram.
  4. I declared my English major.
  5. I declared my Writing minor.
  6. I declared my Spanish minor.
  7. I finished my first year of college.
  8. I passed all of my college classes.
  9. I got a job at my university’s writing center.
  10. I hosted my first giveaway (7/25/16 Р8/15/16).
  11. I made new friends whom I am very grateful for.
  12. I got a new car. I named her The Grey Lady (Harry Potter reference).
  13. I participated in my first Twitter chat(s). The #bookhunt and #MTN17 both hosted by Rachel from @yaperfectionist and A Perfection Called Books. I also joined the #BHPChat by Emily (@Emren and Emily Reads Everything) and Sarah (@thebooktraveler and The YA Book Traveler).
  14. I started using a planner. I would recommend it; planners are so useful for keeping track of tasks and time. (Obviously.)
  15. I had my first roommate. (Fun fact: I am an only child.)
  16. I have started adulting. Blah!
  17. I have read so many amazing books! Here are some of my reviews.
  18. I quit karate after almost 10 years. It was bittersweet, but it was time.
  19. I got a pet bird. She’s a parakeet. Her name is Camry. (Yes, I know Camry is the name of a car.)

 

To celebrate, I am hosting a giveaway! See details below.

Giveaway

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It’s time to celebrate my birthday…which means presents! So, because I love you all as much as I love Harry Potter, I am giving away the new HP book release. One (1) winner will receive:

  • One (1) Harry Potter and the Cursed Child hardcopy book
  • One (1) Target exclusive 18″ x 24″ scholastic HP poster

My blog giveaway rules apply to this giveaway. Read my policy before you enter.

US only.

Starts: 8/5/16 at 12:00 EST

Ends: 8/15/16 at 12:00EST

Enter here: Rafflecopter Giveaway

Winner: Serena

 

 

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Saint Anything Review + Giveaway (7/25/16 – 8/15/16)

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Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Synopsis:¬†Peyton, Sydney’s charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion’s share of their parents’ attention and‚ÄĒlately‚ÄĒconcern. When Peyton’s increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving conviction, and a jail sentence, Sydney is cast adrift, searching for her place in the family and the world. When everyone else is so worried about Peyton, is she the only one concerned about the victim of the accident?

Enter the Chathams, a warm, chaotic family who run a pizza parlor, play bluegrass on weekends, and pitch in to care for their mother, who has multiple sclerosis. Here Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance. And here she meets Mac, gentle, watchful, and protective, who makes Sydney feel seen, really seen, for the first time.

About the Author: Sarah Dessen is one of the most popular writers for young adults. She is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many novels, which have received numerous awards and rave reviews, and have sold more than nine million copies. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband, Jay, and their daughter, Sasha Clementine. Visit her online at http://www.sarahdessen.com.

Genre: teen, contemporary, romance, realistic fiction

More Info: paperback, 417 pages, published by Viking on May 5, 2015

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Sydney Stanford believes she is invisible, overshadowed by her older brother, Peyton. He was always the center of attention, especially when he started to spiral out of control. He has made too many mistakes, including B&E, drugs, and drunk driving. The DUI was not the only consequence, that fatal night got Peyton sentenced to prison since he hit young David Ibarra, who ended up paralyzed due to the accident.

The emotions were so real, so honest. Sydney is trying to find a way to burden all of the guilt of her family. She hasn’t really forgiven her brother for what he did, and she feels like she should apologize to David, even though it won’t bring his legs back. She also has to pay for her brother’s mistake, which is unfair.

All of this equals a brother who is serving time, a mother who is trying to cope, and a father who is traveling. Sydney is just stuck in the middle. 1 + 1 = 2 and a new school. There she makes some new friends, while also maintaining previous relationships. Having a social life is hard work.

At Seaside Pizza, she meets the Chatham family. Their world is so different from her own and it is refreshing. Layla is a food enthusiast, especially for french fries. Her older brother, Mac, is now a healthy (and hot) man who loves to “tinker.” Their other friend, Eric, has a very, very large ego. And finally Irv, is an enormous and sensible guy. They make a strange tag team and a diverse band.

Her friendship with Layla is true, and Sydney is loyal despite Layla’s horrible taste in men. The attraction between Syd and Mac is progressive, not love at first sight; although Mac assures her she was not invisible the first time they met, and I think this makes her feel noticed, special.

“‘You had on a shirt with mushrooms on it, and your hair was pulled back. Silver earrings. Pepperoni slice. No lollipop.'”

Eric shows some interest in Sydney in Layla, but doesn’t quite make the cut. Eric will also do anything to get to the top of the music business to the annoyance of the rest of the crew. But he has the talent to spin a song in a new direction. *whispers* “Don’t tell him that or he might puff up so much he will float away like a balloon.”

Finally, the added conflict with Ames, Peyton’s best friend, tipped the scale. He was creepy, and had me crawling out of my skin. Other side notes: don’t worry the carousel on the cover will come into play and the title will be explained eventually.

Shame on me, but this is actually my first book from Sarah Dessen. I must say that I am pleased. Her writing hits home no matter the situation. It is real (fiction) and raw. It displays the deeper side of families and friends, putting into words a reader’s own experiences. I am already searching for my next read from Sarah Dessen. If you have any suggestions, comment below. This is a fluid novel, quiet but beautiful, and not to be overlooked.

I must say, that this is one of those books that you can’t put down. I may or may not have stayed up until 1:00 in the morning to finish. “One more chapter” ended up as 12 more chapters, and I honestly had no idea how late it was until I closed the cover.

I picked this up at Meijer for $8.24. It was an impulse buy since the price was so low, and it was worth it.

Buy it here:

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Giveaway

See all rules here.

One (1) winner will receive:

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One (1) new paperback copy of Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

One (1) new “a room without books is like a body without a soul” mug

 

Click here for the giveaway: Rafflecopter Giveaway

Begins: 7/25/16 at 12:00 AM EST

Ends: 8/15/26 at 12:00 AM EST

Winner: Jordan