Vilma’s Book Blog Turns 2 Years Old!

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Today is my birthday and I feel a mixture of awe and gratitude and total shock. I can’t believe two years ago I decided to create a Facebook page and call it a book blog. I didn’t know a single author. Didn’t know any bloggers. Didn’t know what I needed to do. All I knew is that I loved books and I loved to write and maybe someone, probably only my best friend and my sister, would find some of my thoughts on books useful. So shock… yeah. Two years and twenty thousand Facebook likes, way more if you count blog views and subscribers, it’s just nutty and fabulous. I never would have imagined that the blog I created would morph into a vibrant, positive community of people I’ve grown to care for deeply. I’ve met so many new people. I’ve made lifelong friendships. I’ve had once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. And I’ve read more books than I can remember.

I’m incredibly grateful for these past two years.

So in the book community, we give things away to celebrate milestones, and this time, I’m celebrating both 2 years and 20,000 likes… so how about two Kindles and two $25 Amazon gift cards?! I’ve got a Kindle e-reader and a Kindle HD6 up for grabs. Two winners, each also wins a gift card so you can one-click away.

Thank you for the past two years. Thank you for your support and love. I hope to be posting again in a year, celebrating our time together.

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It’s My Blog’s First Birthday!

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Wow. ONE. WHOLE. YEAR. 230 books read. 335 posts. New friendships. New followers. No sleep. And a fueled addiction to the written word. This all started with a simple excel sheet where I listed books I read, characters and general thoughts. The excel sheet kept getting passed around and emailed to friends of friends of friends and before too long, those friends encouraged me to blog about books. I had no idea what to do. Didn’t know a single soul in this community. Didn’t even like an author page online (gasp!).

I can honestly say it’s been a ton of work, especially with a full-time job in the corporate world. But thankfully my children and my husband have been wonderful despite my chronically divided attention. I can also honestly say it’s been an absolute blast. I am actually a pretty introverted person, losing myself in books and in writing for as long as I can recall, and to be able to be a part of a community that has welcomed me so warmly, in person and across the screen in a virtual world, well … I feel truly blessed. I never thought anyone would like my little page aside from my closest friends and family. Never thought anyone would pay any mind to which books I was reading or what my thoughts were. Never dreamed of hitting 10,000 likes on my Facebook page. Never thought I would call some of my favorite authors, friends. Never thought I would make such good friends I’ve yet to meet in person.

So today, on my blog’s first birthday I simply want to say THANKS.

Thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to visit my page.

Thanks for commenting, liking, sharing and recommending.

Thanks for your support.

Because sometimes, when it’s 2:00 a.m. and I need to finish a book, but I keep dropping it on my head because I’m just so tired and then suddenly I hear the familiar ding from a Facebook notification from one of you saying that you simply loved a book I recommended … well, that just makes my friggin’ day.

So yea, THANKS.

Okay, I know you’re saying… yea, yea, yea … get to the good stuff, Vilma (I have been known to be a bit verbose!) … so without further ado, here it is.

THE GIVEAWAY

There are two parts to the giveaway. The first part is all around ebooks. Each day, I will feature one of my recommendation pages and 2 people will win an ebook of choice from the featured recommendation list. To enter the ebook giveaway, simply visit my Facebook page (<– click on link) and comment on the daily pinned post.

The second part of the giveaway features two grand prizes. 2 winners will each win a Vilma’s Book Blog tote bag, coffee mug, signed swag from some of our favorite authors and a $50 Amazon gift card. To enter the grand prize giveaway, enter the rafflecopter below. This giveaway is open internationally.

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