Little Lillie Reads Turns One!

Can you believe it's been a year already? It seems like just yesterday, I was sitting in a hotel room in New Mexico planning out my blog. It started with the author list for YALLFest. I was so excited with all the new books I bought in prep of the big festival. Then, I created an account on Goodreads so I could keep tabs on all of my reading and my thoughts. Finally, I realized I didn't just want to post my reviews Goodreads. I wanted to create a website of my own mind - imbed bits and pieces of myself into a blog that was simply me. That's exactly what I did. It took me about five minutes to think up a blog name (I guess the alliteration of my name was easy enough to go along with). and so, Little Lillie Reads was born.

In this post, I'd like to spend the time to give my thanks, discuss my achievements, and what I plan for the future. Without further ado ...


My Thanks:

to Brittany @ Brittany's Book Rambles: you were the first book blogger that reached out to me. I really look up to you and your blog, and consider you one of my biggest inspirations. you've been a great mentor to me and an even better friend. thank you!

to Nori @ ReadWriteLove28: thank you for being the blogger mom to everyone in the community. you are an incredible blogger (I honestly don't know how you keep up with everything you do) and an amazing person. If I ever feel lost, I know I can look to you for advice in blogging and even in life.

to Gee @ A Book and A Cup of Coffee: I know I can rely on you for anything. you've been one of my best friends since junior year and I'm really going to miss you this coming fall. you are incredibly talented and I know you're going to make it so far in this world - I can't wait to witness it. don't forget about me while you're up in tally and may our boba/book dates live on. go gators // love you.

to Alex @ Fiery Reads: you are such a light in my life. I can talk to you about anything and everything, and know you're listening regardless of whether it's serious or not. you're one of the sweetest people I know in this world. dimple twins!! your blog is seriously one of my favorites and one that I looked up to when I first discovered it. thanks for being one of my best friends - love you!

to Joel: boy, you are such a force to be reckoned with. thanks for all those times you listened to me and made me smile; you're another person I can trust with anything. you are hilarious - I'm so happy you picked me out of all those people to talk to! I'm glad I have you to talk about comics and I can't wait for you to get me into DC. you're one of my best friends, b!!

to Jess @ Princessica of Books: I have so many things to say about you and our friendship. the fact that a tiny DM spurred this entire thing is beyond anything I could've imagined. I can rely on you for advice on any subject and matter, and I hope you know you can do the same. you are one of my favorite people on this entire planet, no matter what. thanks for being honest with me and helping me with my blog (espec. that review policy that took me months to make). you're my best friend and no I'm not crying, you are. I love you!

to my readers: if you've ever read my blog even once, you have helped me get where I am today. I take your comments and feedback seriously, and always look forward to them. to anyone who has ever just said a single "hi" to me, I appreciate you. if any of you ever need to talk, I am always here to listen. thank you to every single one of you, I am so grateful for everything. here's to the future.

My Achievements:

  • July 27th, 2015, Little Lillie Reads was born
  • I attended YALLFest in Charleston, South Carolina and met all of my favorite authors including Marie Lu, Leigh Bardugo, and Alexandra Bracken.
  • I joined Sunday Street Team which is ran by Nori and works to promote upcoming releases. 
  • Little Lillie Reads hit 300 followers!
  • I've collaborated with fellow bloggers and worked with authors.
  • I started a bookstagram despite my inability to stick to an aesthetic/theme.
  • I attended the ALA Conference in Orlando and met up with some of the best bloggers I know.
  • I received my first ARC from a publisher!

My Goals:

I really hope to attend the ALA Midwinter conference in Atlanta, Georgia this coming January, and return to YALLFest for a second year. I want to start featuring more authors on my blog, as well as other bloggers! I'd love to finally attend a book launch, but they're always so far from me. maybe this year? I hope to continue making connections with other bloggers and publishers, while continuing to nurture my blog. I want to write more discussion posts and finally not be afraid of speaking my mind. It's my goal to have Little Lillie Reads reach 500 blog followers. Hopefully, my blog will continue to grow and I, along with it. 

I've had the greatest year of blogging and could not have asked for a better experience. Here's to the future and what it brings both me and my blog. As a token of my gratitude, lo and behold: a giveaway 


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