I Am A Reader, Not A Writer’s 3rd Blogoversary Giveaway

Wow I was just thinking it had been about 3 years since I started this blog and clicked through to my very first post to see when I made it –  June 14, 2010.  I started this blog simply so I could sign up for ARC tours.  I never dreamed it would become what it did.  I eventually developed some blogging “goals” and have long since exceeded everything I ever imagined doing.

 

It’s been an amazing 3 years!  I’ve learned a lot and made some amazing friends.

 

As much as I have LOVED blogging I just can’t keep up and honestly don’t want to anymore.  What was once fun has become overwhelming.  I receive 200+ blog related emails every day and dozens of review request each week.  I rarely have any time to read and have come to hate to writing reviews.  It is definitely time to take a break and reevaluate things.

 

There will be lots of changes for the future of this blog.

 

Giveaway Hops

I am only planning on hosting a few giveaway hops from here on out.  They are very time consuming and I’m burned out.  I am more than happy to help promote hops for other bloggers as long as they have a “family friendly only” stipulation in their rules.  I will put up a post such as these so other bloggers know about them.

http://www.iamareader.com/2013/06/western-roundup-giveaway-hop-sign-ups.html

http://www.iamareader.com/2013/06/book-em-danno-giveaway-hop-sign-ups.html

 

Blog Tours & Book Blasts

Also slowing down on the number of Tours & Blasts I host.  I hate having to say no but I have had to start turning authors away.  I had weeks where I had 5 or 6 tours/blasts starting and it has become more than I can handle.  From here on out I’m planning to just do 1 or 2 each week.  I wish I could help every author who writes a good clean book promote their work but I’m just one person and just can’t do it.

 

Features

Know Me Better, Got Great Giveaways & Feed My Reader Friday are not going to be returning anytime soon.   I don’t want to “have to” put up posts on certain days.  I want to go on vacation and sleep in and not have to stay up late to be sure something goes up on time.

 

Book Reviews

Anyone notice this “book review” blog hasn’t had a review posted in a long time… I got totally burned out and haven’t read much and reviewed even less.  I have finally started reading again and hope the reviews will follow soon… but remember I Am A READER, Not A WRITER.  Book reviews require writing…something I don’t love to do but hope to find time to tackle soon.

 

I hope to still be blogging 3 years from now but on a much slower, more manageable schedule.  

 

A huge thanks to everyone who has supported this blog!!

 

giveaway

To celebrate my 3rd Blogoversary I’m giving away a BIG Mystery Box of Books or a $25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash.

The Box of Books is open to US only, the Gift Card or Paypal Cash is open Internationally.

Ends 7/4/13

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Comments

  1. I recently finished reading Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler and loved it.

  2. Congrats on your 3 years! And I feel ya…I started my blog 3 years ago in May and I’ve noticed a decline in reviews. And I always fall behind on writing reviews, too (I’ve got like 6 lined up right now that I need to write =/).

    But congrats nonetheless! We can do it! lol

  3. You are so awesome, Kathy, I’m not going to enter. I’ll just spread the word for you. 🙂 You’ve done cyberspace and the book blogging world a great service over these three years. HEARTS!

    • I SO agree, Sa, and Kathy, I am going to miss all of it, but I TRULY understand. You deserve to have more time for your family, too. I’m still going to miss seeing you all the time! I have to say that I NEVER knew HOW you did it! Then you had started the Book Blasts! WOW! With 5 kids, too! You have GOT to have an understanding husband! Even then, wow!
      You take your time doing whatever it is YOU want to do in life and HOW YOU want to do it, be it blogging or your family, anything! YOU are the one who calls the shots in your own life, and we only get 1 chance at it! I’m VERY happy for your decision for YOU! Besides, isn’t that what blogging should be about? Do it when you want to do it, etc., etc.!
      Congrats on the anniversary! Like you said, we’ll see MORE anniversaries! Just the blog will be different! Take care of YOU first!
      Sending a MILLION blessings your way!
      Laurie

  4. I just hosted book group at my house tonight and of course the wind was blowing like crazy! I’m glad my ladies were brave and still sat through it.

  5. Makes sense to me; you have to take care of yourself and do what’s best. Here’s hoping you get back your love of reading!

  6. Beth T. says:

    Happy Blogiversary to you! The best book I’ve read lately is “The Bookseller” by Mark Pryor. I enthusiastically recommend it.

  7. Congratulations and I do hope that with the adjustments you will be continuing the blog for many many years.

  8. I think at a certain point you think to yourself…is this work or fun? Then you have to make sure it is the latter. Happy 3 years. You have made an impact in blogland. 🙂

  9. Congratulations on blogging for 3 years! Yes, it is work all that you have done and you certainly do need to just relax and read some more-after all that is what you really love to do. I have trouble saying no to authors as well–but am slowly learning. I am sure you will recoup your strength soon and hopefully will be back if only with some reviews!!

  10. Congrats!! I love reading all of your posts! Here’s to many more years to come …

  11. Happy Blogoversary! 3 years seems like a lot of time and no time at all at the same time. Here’s to many more 🙂

  12. Congratulations on three years! Woohoooo! I hope your adjustments help you to continue blogging for more years to come!

    I hope it’s nice and sunny where you are, too. Massachusetts has had nothing but rain which means I can’t read outside with my elderly, diabetic, blind westie!

  13. I’ve always wondered how you do it! Congrats on 3 years and best of luck for the future!

  14. Happy Blogingversary! I wish you many-many further happy years with blogging!

  15. jovialvampyre says:

    Congratulations! I wish you many more. Thank you for a great blog :)!

  16. I’m glad to hear that there will be more reviews on your blog. I know promotions are good for books and their authors, but I want to know YOUR opinion! 🙂 And congrats on 3 years!! My two-year is coming up and I still can’t believe it. Here’s to many more years.

  17. Christina K. in the rafflecopter

    Congrats and Happy Blogoversary!!

    Thank you for all your work:)

  18. Congratulatiosn Kathy i hope you will keep having pkeasure reading and blogging for a longer time. thank you for all teh discoveries you made me do

    i wish you all teh best

    ( here teh weather is nunnu and mild for two days then the rain is scheduled again^^)

  19. Congrats on 3 great years Kathy! Here’s to more and more and more……

  20. Books I’m lovin on lately: Sanctum, Golden, If You Find Me, My Life Next Door (always), Siege and Storm, Crown of Midnight, Amber House, In The Shadow of Blackbirds. I recommend all of these 😀

    Thanks for the giveaway! Three years is an amazing accomplishment! Cheers to that and more!

  21. Happy Blogoversary to you! I haven’t been with you for the full 3 years, but I have enjoyed the time I have spent and looking forward to many more years visiting your blog.

  22. Congrats on reaching 3 years. And you need to make your blog fun, not a chore, so definitely cut back to what you can handle and so you have time to read. I do love the book hops and am sad you won’t be doing many. None of the other ones around are as popular. I wish you’d do one every month or two. But do what you need to do.

  23. Happy Blogoversary! 🙂

  24. Congrats! German pancakes are currently my favorite breakfast to eat.

  25. I can’t imagine having so many commitments to my blog–good for you for sizing down and trying to find the enjoyment again. 3 years is a great amount of time…congrats! I’ll miss the giveaway hops just because they were so much fun to participate in but I can only imagine how much work they were for you.

  26. Texas Book Lover says:

    Happy 3rd Blogaversary! Hope you find. Good balance between blog and family very soon!

  27. Shauna Wheelwright says:

    Kathy,
    You are AMAZING!
    Your blog has helped my blog get going and for that I will always be grateful!
    Tell your readers to come see me at
    I Love to Read and Review Books 🙂 http://ilovetoreadandreviewbooks.blogspot.com/

  28. im reading Anna dressed in blood
    so far so good!!!
    thanks for making this international

  29. Congratulations. best wishes and much happiness.

  30. Congratulations and Thank You! I have found so many great books through you and am grateful for the service you’ve provided. I have been amazed at all that you do and definitely understand the need to slow down a little. It’s good to hear you’re getting back to reading since that’s what book bloggers love to do, after all!!

  31. happy 3rd blogoversary!

  32. Congrats! I wish the weather in OH was more summer like

  33. Congrats on three years! Everyone needs to take a step back and do what they enjoy most. Loving that summer may have finally arrived around here!

  34. Congrats on the anniversary! Love this blog!

  35. Congrats on 3 years. I don’t know how you’ve managed to keep your crazy schedule. I totally understand the cutting back. Enjoy the break.

  36. Lisamarie says:

    Happy Blog Anniversary! My breakfast every morning consists of a blueberry/pineapple smoothie.

  37. Congratulations on your 3 year anniversary!!

  38. I don’t know how you’ve managed so much on your own for so long! I have missed your reviews and keeping up with what you were reading.

    I’m thankful for all that you have done, are doing, and will do for authors and bloggers. Through you, I have gained many followers and some who I can really call friends.

    I hope you enjoy the relaxing times you deserve!

  39. Donna Hale says:

    Happy Blogoversary! 3 years goes by so fast!! You have built a really amazing site! And I hope you can rediscover your love of reading!

  40. Wishing you a very happy Blog Anniversary!

  41. I’ve been reading for about two years now and you’ve built an amazing blog! Congratulations on all your hard work and I hope you happiness in the next three years.

  42. Happy 3rd Blogoversary! Hope you have many more to come!

  43. The best book that I have read lately was Beauty from Pain by Georgia Cates

  44. Colleen Boudreau (Collifornia) says:

    I love waffles!

  45. Congrats on your 3 years!!! Love your blog!!!

  46. Happy Blogoversary! 🙂

  47. steve weber says:

    love the blog, here’s to 3 more years!

  48. Jennifer Ryder says:

    Congrats! I’m glad that you’re going to scale back.
    My favorite thing for breakfast is Dunkin’ Donuts coffee.

  49. Emilia S. says:

    Happy blogoversary! It’s gonna be a rainy day here in Philly so I’m trying to get some work done and read a little, but my ill drama queens have other plans for me. Lol. Thanks for the giveaway!

  50. Candice says:

    Wish it was warmer so I could swim! It looks like it will rain though. 🙁
    Congrats on your anniversary!

  51. Congrats on 3 years of blogging! You’re definitely one of the greats out here on the interwebz so even though you’re scaling back a bit, I’m glad you’ll keep posting 🙂

  52. Congrats on 3 years! such an accomplishment 🙂

  53. Thank you for everything you’d done for the readers, really appreciate your time in coordinating all of these things.

    Julie

  54. Kristina says:

    Congrats!
    And… at the moment I just really really badly want a banana. After this comment I’ll go and see if we have any left (:

  55. Congratulations on 3 years of blogging. I hope to have that distinction in a few years.It’s a good thing to recognize that you’re over-committing and that you are taking steps to reduce the stress that comes along with it.

  56. Happy Blogoversary! I really hope that you have a better day than mine.

  57. Spending my summer reading of course, it is the best way to travel and the cheapest 🙂 I do also have a Pre-AP math camp to go, so I can learn new ways to torture…I mean teach my Algebra students 😉 lol I love them all even when they have booger days 🙂

  58. Happy Blogoversary! =D
    Here’s to many more to come!

    Have a nice day!

  59. Congrats!! Happy 3rd Blogoversary!

  60. Happy 3rd Blogoversary!!! I hope you’re around for many more!

  61. Evette Torres says:

    Congrats on your 3 year Blogoversary!! That’s so awesome. I enjoy viewing your blog and I can’t believe that your able to post regularly when a bunch of sites find it hard to do that. So again congrats and good for you. 😀

  62. Marissa says:

    Congrats! Thanks for this giveaway 🙂

  63. Rose Milligan says:

    I’ve recently finished reading The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. Happy 3 Years! Thanks for having the giveaway.

  64. Happy third Blogoversary! Thank you for the giveaway.

  65. stacey dempsey says:

    Happy blogoversary ! No big pans for the summer just looking forward to school ending next week and my oldest son is graduatin this year so that will be fun

  66. Nicole M says:

    Congratulations on another blogoversary! Hopefully there will be many more to come!

  67. First, happy blogoversary! Omg, my blog is going to be 3 years un a couple of days, that’s so awesome! (:
    Second, I love ice cream, don’t you? It’s like… the most delicious fresh thing in world, like revenge, cold and sweet. I just love it <3
    Hahaha have a great day!

  68. Congrats, having a blog’s not an easy task…and to keep it so updated is such an accomplishment, you do a great job!

  69. Happy blogoversary! In my opinion, you have the best blog on book reviews, so congrats!
    For more years to come!

  70. Happy third Blogoversary! It’s an honor to share the same anniversary month with you!

  71. Ileana A. says:

    Happy Blogoversary! One of my favorite books I read lately: Confessions of a Shopaholic! Hilarious! Thanks for the giveaway!

  72. Congratulations on 3 years!… That’s awesome. Well, I am from United Arab Emirates and I am nuts about skincare. I love pasta! Thanks for the giveaway!

  73. Congratulations for Blogoversary! This summer i want to go at the beach!

  74. Congratulations on three years! And kudos for realizing it’s time to cut back. You’ve done so much for others, but you need to take care of yourself first.

  75. Les Johnson says:

    Congrats on the anniversary!! I have no big plans this summer, but hope for a trip to the lake and some cookouts.

  76. Kim Pinch says:

    Happy 3rd Blogoversary! Thank you for all you have done in the past! Looking forward to your new more relaxed format, enjoy yourself!

  77. Wow 3 years that’s awesome! I am sorry you are so burned out because I love your blog and I want you to keep blogging as well!!! Happy blogoversary! Hopefully you find a balance!

  78. Just had to stop in and say Happy 3rd Blogoversary, Kathy! Thanks for hosting me on my Stealing Popular book tour last fall! Here’s to your new format and many more years of sharing books with the world! Cheers!

  79. Ellen Thompson says:

    It is starting to get way too hot here in Texas! It is supposed to maybe rain tonight so hopefully that will help cool it off a little. Happy Blogoversary!

  80. Stephanie says:

    Congrats!! I have enjoyed following your blog and will continue to. I hope that you find a new, relaxed approach that works well for you.

  81. Congratulations on three years! It feels like so much longer! I love your blog, it is what got me into book blogging in the first place! Take your rest, enjoy your life. Thanks for all of the blog hops and book blasts you have hosted, you have introduced me to so many great blogs and authors.

  82. Thanks for hosting! And I know exactly what you mean about it becoming overwhelming! Blogging is a lot of work when you put your all in it! You’ve done a great job! Happy 3rd Anniversary!

    -Sonnie

  83. Only one week left for the kids of school then it’s summer camp! Can’t wait for the family camp out!

  84. Congrats on 3yrs!! Thank you for being so open and honest with us about how things are going for you. I have often thought about doing the blog route for ARC’s and what not but with a full-time job, a part-time job and a small business, I wasn’t sure how it would work. I am now convinced it wouldn’t work in my life at this time. I appreciate you sharing cause it helps and I wish you a refreshing new blog approach.

  85. Cathy P says:

    Congrats on your 3rd Blogoversary! It doesn’t seem possible that it’s been 3 years. Thanks for the giveaway!

  86. I actually can’t believe it has only been three years! I do get how busy your blog has been. I really do not know how you have done all that you’ve been doing, so good for you deciding to slow things down. I just started my blog this year, but I’m hoping to keep an easy pace, otherwise it won’t be fun anymore and I really love reading and sharing books so that’s what I want to continue to be able to do. 🙂 I hope you have a great summer!

  87. Many congratulations on three years of blogging! I’m reading ‘The Monstrumologist’ by Rick Yancey and so far it’s pretty good for being about monsters. 🙂 Thank you for the giveaway opportunity! 🙂

  88. Happy Blogoversary! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!!

  89. Happy blogoversary Kathy! Wishing you many more wonderful years!!

  90. Majoy congrats. Your site is so awesome!

  91. Helen May says:

    Enjoy your posts. Congratulations! Enjoy taking a break 🙂

  92. Congratulations. Three years, that’s AWESOME!

  93. Congratulation on your 3 year Blogversary!

  94. barbed1951 says:

    Congrats! It’s good to reassess and figure out your priorities – you have to do what’s right for you. Good luck!

  95. Lolawid says:

    Happy Blogoversary!! Thanks for this wonderful blog and everything you have done! I have probably won close to 100 books in the time that I have followed you! Thanks! Enjoy the extra time that you will have and have a wonderful summer!

  96. Brandi O'Bannon says:

    Congratulations on your three year blogoversary! Your blog is one of the first ones I started following when I discovered the online book community and I have loved checking my email everyday to see what you have posted. Thank you for all of your hared work!

  97. Happy 3rd Bloggoversary! Wish you all the best!
    Sadly the box of books is US Only, but I know the shipping price is the devil ;p

  98. I recently needed to re-evaluate and cut back as well so I totally understand. I hope you get everything to a manageable level soon. Congrats on 3 years!

  99. Anita Yancey says:

    Happy Blogoversary! The best book I’ve read lately is Evidence Of Life by Barbara Taylor.

  100. I know what you mean. I have lost my blog focus and hope to get it back. I want to move to short quick hits about books instead of long involved reviews. I want more time to read and purchase books for the library. You are helping me see this is what happens sometimes.

  101. Angela (: says:

    Huge congratulations!! Happy third Blogoversary!!!

  102. Tiffany Drew says:

    Happy Blogoversary, Kathy! I hope you have a fantastic summer, thank you for all that you do for this blog and others. You’re the best 🙂

  103. Congrats on three years (: Hope you have fun reading !
    The best book I’ve read recently was probably THE ETERNITY CURE by Julie Kagawa, totally rocked ~

  104. June M. says:

    Happy Blogoversary! Hopefully this summer (next month) I will finally get my diability approved and settled once and for all. Considering that my two doctors (one general, one for my back) have labeled me diabled for different reasons, I really don’t see any way around it.

  105. Happy Blogoversary! I’m still in awe of how you manage to do everything! 🙂

  106. lkish77123 says:

    Happy Blogiversary. I could never figure out how you fit everything in in one day. I thought you must be wonder woman. You deserve a break and to slow your pace. And, to enjoy your family more. We will still be here to catch what morsels you send to us.

  107. I’m reading Mistress by Amanda Quick.
    Happy Blogoversary!
    Thanks 🙂

    lorih824 at yahoo dot com

  108. Happy Blogoversary!! From all these comments, I’d say you and your blog are well loved even if you slow the pace a bit. Good for you!

  109. heartjess says:

    Congrats!
    I am finally getting around to reading Of Poseidon. Loving it so far. 🙂

  110. congrats i hope i can be just as successful in blogging as you

  111. Katiria Rodriguez says:

    Happy Blogoversary I wish you the best and many more years thanks for this great givaway!

  112. Congrats on 3 years of blogging! I really enjoy your blog and appreciate all you put into it!!!!
    🙂
    Danielle

  113. I totally understand what you mean. I haven’t been blogging for nearly as long as you, but I get super burnt out sometimes. I’ve been just a step away from quitting all together, actually. I hope you enjoy being able to step back a bit. Hang in there! (:

  114. I had the best day with my family at a local amusement park! Just read Lost and Found by Nicole Williams and loved it! She is definitely one of my favorite authors! Thanks for the chance to win!

  115. You go GIRL! I’m with you.
    I love your blog and I feel the same way you do (I’m a Reader,Not a Writer), which is why I don’t have a blog. I love to read but writing a review is like turning in a book report back in high school (I hated it). I loved English class and reading the books, but hated the book reports. I leave a review once in a while and I always try to rate the book regardless. And I know most authors hate it if you leave a rating and no review, its hard for me to review a book without spoiling the book for others. It goes back to high school book reports, what, where, when and why etc…so I am at a loss at writing reviews.

  116. Congrats! I really enjoy your blog. Thanks for all of your hard work.

  117. I love reading, but I wish Camelia Net (online book borrowing through library) would lend me a book for longer than 2 weeks. Even with audiobooks, I’m such a slow reader! I want to soak up every detail because I love reading so much!

  118. congrats on the anniversary!!! Bleh… thunderstorm nows 🙁

  119. Cindy Macbeth says:

    I’ve been really lucky lately almost every book I have read I have enjoyed.
    The Maisie Dobb’s series by Jacquline Winspear
    Myron Bolitar series by Harlan Coben
    The Blessing of the Animals by Katrina Kittle
    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
    The Elephant Keep by Christopher Nicholson
    Always on the look out for good books.
    Books are such a wonderful escape from everyday life.

  120. Happy blog birthday to you! I totally understand the cutting back. I’ve often wondered how you do what you do. I’m another one who takes on too much and I’ve been scaling back myself. I hope your new plans for blogging (and reading) will help keep you out of the burn out. 🙂

    Recommendation for you…best book I’ve read recently was Murder as a Fine Art by David Morrell. An excellent historical thriller/mystery. Have you read it?

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  121. I am amazed at how much you do all the time! You are totally allowed a break! 🙂

  122. jeanette sheets says:

    happpy 3rd yr blogging congrats greta site i love your blogs! thanks

  123. Dawna Newman says:

    Happy 3rd Blogoversary! Your blog was the first one I started following when I found the whole blogging community! And I definitely understand about being burn out, you deserve a break.

  124. The books I’ve recently read have been kinda blah, so I’m excited for my next round – The Spectacular Now, Code Name Verity, and Starcrossed! I have high expectations, but I think these books will rise to the occasion 😀

  125. Julia Rain says:

    Congrats! I can understand getting burned out. I hope you take your time and come back to just do what makes you happy. Thanks for all you’ve done and are doing!

  126. I am not just going to leave some random thought on your anniversary post! I have been following you for what is going on two years now. I try to enter every giveaway and be a part of every hop. I was a reader and now I have a blog of my own…..you inspire me. I started off as one of those product review blogs, but that’s not me! Thanks for being an inspiration to us that simply just want to be about BOOKS!

    Becca Wilson

  127. Dear Kathy,

    Congrats on your blogoversary. You have an amazing blog – on so many different levels. I have been following you for well over a year quite frankly in awe of what you do. I sincerely hope that you have a lovely summer filled with much READING. I can really appreciate how you must really want to just read with no pressure to pump out a review – doesn’t that sound delicious!? Take care of yourself and enjoy what you do. 🙂

  128. Wow! Three years – congrats! I can’t imagine the dedication you’ve put into making your blog so fantastic. (I can relate a little about how it cuts into reading time, though; this is just my 3rd month of blogging, and my time for reading is about half what it was before I blogged.) Enjoy your summer, and thanks for your inspiration to your readers who became bloggers themselves.

  129. Happy 3rd Year Blogoversary! I love you blog and I have often wondered to myself, how in the world you keep up will all you have going with you blog and family. It seems to me that you have well earned a vacation and a break from blogging. Best wishes!

  130. Happy Blogoversary, Kathy!
    3 years and you make your blog so wonderful. I’ve made my blog since 2011 but….. forget it :p

  131. Ashfa Anwer says:

    Happy Blogoversary!

  132. I’ve been reading Ann Radcliffe’s Mysteries of Udolpho, and it amused me that the Castle Udolpho doesn’t even make its first appearance until the second volume. You just have to love that late eighteenth-century pacing. 😀

  133. Thanks for the giveaway!!!

    The weather is awful in Spain… I hate sunny days 🙁

  134. Mary Preston says:

    Congratulations!!

    3 years is fantastic.

  135. I love Reading so I love your blog!

  136. Peggy Hopkins says:

    A smile a day keeps the grumpies away.

  137. Kathy, congrats on the 3 year mark. I just wanted to say you have to be one of the hardest working book bloggers out there! In fact, I’ve unsubscribed from the vast majority of the other blogs I was subscribed to because you pretty much cover everything. So thank you for all your hard work. I’ve always been a bit amazed. And I totally feel you. I hit the same spot with my blogging almost two years ago and it’s just now that I’m feeling like I’m ready to get back to it and have figured out a way that it will work for me. For me that means book blogging is going to be only a small part of what I blog about (I’m moving more towards lifestyle blogging with books thrown in) and being VERY selective about who I choose to work with. It is hard to have to turn people away, but being more satisfied with what you are putting out there and not feeling like a slave to the blog is completely worth it. And even two years after stating I was taking a break and almost as long since I’ve posted pretty much anything on my blog, I still get book blog related emails nearly every day and frankly quite a few review copies show up unannounced on my doorstep. I don’t feel guilty about not getting to them at all anymore though. And THAT is the gift. I guess what I’m trying to say is thank you for all you’ve done…but I’m glad you are taking some time to re-evaluate and figure out what works best from you. When it’s not fun anymore….something has to change. Best of luck and I look forward to seeing where this adventure takes you. Happy READING!!

  138. Happy 3rd Blogoversary! 🙂 hope you have an awesome one 😉

  139. Happy Blogoversary and congrats!

  140. I am tired and it’s going to be another hot one out there. Sadly it’s not even officially summer yet so the hot temps haven’t really even started. :-/ We’ve been putting in a ton of time at the pool the last couple weeks.

    Happy Blogoversary and thank you for hosting a giveaway in celebration of it!!

  141. congrats on three years blogging!! thank you for the contest!

  142. Congrats! Your site has grown fantastically in just 3 yrs!

  143. Happy Blogoversary 🙂 Thank you for a great giveaway!

  144. Congratulations on 3 years.
    I found some delicious cherries on sale the other day and bought a bunch
    to make smoothies out of. I may cheat and make some cherry milkshakes too.

  145. Kristia says:

    Happy 3rd blogoversary! I enjoyed all your blog hops but it’s good for you to take some time off.
    Thank you for the giveaway 🙂

  146. Patricia says:

    Congratulations on three terrific years!

  147. I love your blog! Thanks for blogging! 🙂

  148. Happy Blogoversary! Here’s to many more!

  149. Congrats on three wonderful years! I really enjoy reading your blog and participating in your events. I totally understand scaling back on blogging~it’s hard to keep up! 🙂

  150. Christina T says:

    Happy Blogoversary and Congrats on 3 years!! I just discovered author Cinda Williams Chima and I’m being blown away and loving her Seven Realms series.

  151. Congrats on three awesome years! Have been following you for about a year now and it’s an awesome resources!

  152. Michael Borgrud says:

    thanks for the giveaway good luck everyone

  153. Cali W. says:

    Happy Blogoversary and Thanks for the giveaway!! <3

  154. I recently read Siege and Storm. It was pretty good! Happy blogoversary 🙂

  155. Happy Blogoversary \^^/ and by the way, I recently read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, it’s great novel, I’d recommend this book 😉

  156. sherry butcher says:

    Congrats on your 3 years! Thanks for everything you’ve done in the past 3 years. Good luck for the coming years. I’ve enjoy reading your blog and participating in your events.

  157. Congrats on 3 great years. Thanks for the giveaway and many more happy years to you.

  158. Congrats!! Happy 3rd Blogoversary!

  159. Happy blogoversary! I do hope things settle for you, and that you find your joy again, either in blogging or reading or both. 🙂

  160. Damaris says:

    Congratulations. I’m reading Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – really liking it.

  161. Kate F. says:

    I’m currently reading Amber House by Kelly Moore. Thanks for the giveaway!

  162. Uneventful day here. I just don’t know what to do anymore. :/

  163. Suz Reads says:

    Happy Blogoversary! I really enjoy your blog! I’m looking forward to reading as much as possible this summer and this weekend’s temperature was perfect for having the windows open! Thanks for this amazing giveaway – I would love to win!

  164. Elizabeth says:

    Happy blogoversary! I just read Jason Cohen’s ZAMBONI RODEO and loved it–I don’t know why it went out of print!

  165. Crystal says:

    Congrats!! Here is to many more years!

  166. Crystal says:

    Congrats! Here is hoping for many more!!

  167. Kimberly Sheridan says:

    Happy Anniversary! Thank you for letting us know what’s going on. Good for you that you a taking a step back, cutting down on obligations which equal stress and makes things not fun anymore. I kept debating about starting to blog, but for several of the reasons you listed above, I decided not to.

    Take care!

    Kimberly

  168. Today I went to Barnes & Noble and read a book.
    It was wonderful 🙂

    Happy blogoversary! 😀

  169. Congrats on your 3 years! Keep it up!

  170. Happy Blogoversary! I’ve been reading your blog for more than a year, and I love your posts! Especially the review ones. 🙂

  171. happy blogaversary! i’ve enjoyed following you and look to for a while yet!

  172. Happy Third Anniversary! I understand completely how overwhelming writing, reading and blogging can be. Enjoy your break and good luck in whatever you decide to do in the future.

  173. Happy Blogoversary!! Thanks for all the wonderful hops that you did do in the past. They were always fun and easy, will still be checking your blog a few times a week, I really enjoy it.

  174. favorite food for breakfast: glazed doughnuts

  175. Congrats on your blogoversary! I appreciate your site. I am a readaholic, and I enjoy hearing about new books.

  176. Congratulations on three years of successful blogging. Happy Blogoversary!

  177. Happy Blogoversary 🙂
    Right now, I’m reading You don’t have to say you love me by Sarra Maning and just loving it.
    It’s a fun and inspirational book. And so much more.
    I hope in another 3 years you are still going strong, still changing the landscape of book blogs.
    All of u have changed the way the Book Industry perceive readers as passive and totally unaware of their marketing devices. In some cases, u change them for good.
    So, thank you all.

  178. Chalain says:

    Hooray for three years!! I admire you for choosing to find more balance between this blog and life. Good for you! Thanks so much for what you do. I love reading your blog. 🙂

  179. Happy 3rd Blogaversary! I love reading any kind of paranormal romance.

  180. Stephanie Hirsch says:

    3 years is a really long time to be blogging. I’ve always tried to keep up my blog, and have failed miserably at it. I started a job and between that and my taking care of the kids and the house and the husband, I just didn’t have time anymore. I still enjoy reviewing a book here or there, but mostly its on Goodreads. Either way, congratulations on 3 awesome years!

  181. Denise Z says:

    Happy Blogoversary! I am amazed at all you have accomplished and so respect the fact that you are able to step back and say where is the fun? I wish you every joy in the coming year and every success with the changes you are making. I have appreciated following and look forward to this new path to follow.

  182. Joana Bento says:

    I’m currently reading the book From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne

  183. so hot here today and dreaming of cool beaches…
    thank you for a lovely giveaway!!

  184. had a macdonalds breakfast this morning! that was pretty good lol

  185. I understand how you feel. That’s why my blog isn’t my main life. You were incredibly busy with your blog. You had posts all the time. I am not surprised you got burnt out. I hope you don’t ever completely give it up because I love your blog, but I understand needing to take a break and not post as much. Congratulations on making it three years!

    I’m also not a fan of writing reviews. I could write a book report on what I read, but that’s different than a review as a review isn’t supposed to be a spoiler. I do it, because I want to share what I’ve read with others. I just don’t do it as fast as I should.

  186. Gabriela says:

    I have been told the Game of Thrones series is good, but I don’t know why I can’t bring myself to read them. I have watched the show and I feel that if I read them it would change my reaction to the show which I am very attached to right now.

  187. Nikki O says:

    Congrats on 3 years! I don’t remember how long I’ve been following you for but it’s definitely half of your blogging career at least.

    I so understand where you’re coming from. I have a tiny speck of a blog and I get so lazy sometimes I don’t updates for months. So do take some times for yourself. It’s not a full-time job for everyone.

    Thanks for thinking of us anyway! Hope you’ll stick around. I’ll be right here.

  188. Stephanie Grant says:

    Congrats on the three year anniversary! Here is to many many more! I have really enjoyed coming to your blog at least once a week and many weeks it was more than that 🙂

  189. I can completely understand what you’re experiencing because I’ve gone through so many times the last few months. Sometimes reviews come easy to me but most of the time I just don’t want to write at all. I just want to read and move on to the next book, which is what I’ve been doing. Then what happens is I have 5 or 6 reviews to right, ugh. It’s overwhelming the number of requests and you just want to help, so it gets hard to say no. Anywho, congrats on 3 years and hopefully you’ll be here for many more. Rest up!

  190. Congratulations on your 3 years. I completely understand why you would want to slow down. I hope it makes you happy! Thank you for the giveaway.

  191. Happy Blogoversary! 😀 I have only been at the blogging game for a month and have yet to really be overwhelmed. I can see how it can start to get that way. I do subscribe to practically every book blog I can find in support of my book blogging buddies, so I have numerous emails I have to go through as well each day. Most of them are just to comment on others blogs in hopes of helping them out with active followers. I have always admired your site. In see your blog name in almost every hop or tour I see so I know how hard you’ve worked on this site. Job well done.

  192. Congrats on your 3rd blogoversary! Quite the accomplishment. I hope I make it that long. Best wishes in all your future projects!

  193. someluckydog says:

    The best book I’ve read lately is Gone Girl. Loved that book! The timeline and his/her narrative is pure genius and the story is riveting!

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  194. Kamla L. says:

    Congrats on your 3 year blogoversary! Your blog was one of the first that I started to follow and I hope that your break will help to revive your enthusiasm for blogging. Your absence from the blogosphere would surely be missed <3

  195. Happy Blogingversary!
    I’m so happy the summer finally came) I love spending time at the beach…

  196. MelodyJ says:

    I’ve been doing a workout challenge. And I finally got through all of it.

  197. Happy Blogoversary, Kathy. Congratulations on reaching 3 awesome wonderful years. My friends (and they’re not even a blogger) and I often wonder how did you do all those things. Wish you and your family all the best and always in good health. Just remember to put yourself and your family first. Cheers!

  198. Happy 3rd Blogoversary to you!!! And I wish you many, many more years to come!! I LOVE everything about your blog. I love that I can visit your blog and find what I need. Your great reviews. Finding new authors and books. Great giveaways. And so much more!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH for all your hard work!! It’s much appreciated!! HAVE AN AWESOME BLOGOVERSARY!!!

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  200. the best book i’ve ever read is books by jennifer l. armentrout…especially obsidian… 🙂

  201. It’s very hot over here and getting hotter every day. I’ve just finished Blood Rights by Kristen Painter, and I definitely recommend to anyone who are fans of Underworld movies or Supernatural series.

  202. Congratulations on your blogoversary Chrissy! You rock!!

  203. Daniel M says:

    thanks for the giveaway!

  204. Annwitch says:

    Congratulations on the anniversary. I am in week before the wedding hell. I have a daughter getting married and I know it will be great, but the little details are killing me. She is relaxed and I’m a stress case, lol

  205. congrats and more years on blogging.
    a week of rain and still the sun is not shining

  206. Priscilla says:

    Congrats and Happy Blogoversary! It’s not too hot here yet but the heat is on it’s way.

  207. thanks for all you do for your blog! It’s one that I actually read at least weekly, which is pretty amazing!

  208. happy 3rd blogoversary!!!!!!!!!!!!

  209. Rebecca Moeller says:

    I hope I get the job I really want. Should hear back this week!

  210. Cynthia R says:

    Congrats on 3 years, I noticed you always had blog hops going and wondered how you kept up with it all, don’t blame you for needing a break from them, we will miss them! You were always good at organizing them!

  211. Vanessa L says:

    I had Quaker Natural Granola and milk for brekky. 🙂
    Thanks for the awesome blog hops and giveaways!

  212. Congrats!! Love your blog….am sitting out a Tornado watch now!!

  213. Kathy, good for you for setting your priorities. I find it’s so easy to get overwhelmed cuz there is always something that we “could” do. 🙂

  214. Happy Blogoversary!! I hope with the change in your blogging schedule you get some time back to read…I miss it after a day so I understand. 🙂

  215. Happy 3rd blogoversary!

  216. Congratulations on three years from sLOVEnia!

    You rock!

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  217. Happy 3rd Blogoversary!