As of the end of last month (February), I have officially been working as a reviewer for Book Chick City for a whole year! It has flown by so quickly and I’d like to say a massive thank-you to Carolyn for taking me on. I’m really enjoying being a part of the site and I’m looking forward to this next year just as much! To celebrate my blogiversary I thought I’d share with you all my top five highlights of working for the site.
1. My Very First Review
So, going back to the beginning of being hired for BCC, I was sent two books to guest review before being accepted as a permanent member of the team. These were Ice by Linda Howard, and Dust by Joan Frances Turner.
Dust was the first book that I read and reviewed for BCC, which you can revisit here, and was also the first time I’d read a zombie novel. As it was the first book that I’d ever reviewed (and I wanted to try and impress!), I put a lot of time into this review and tried to make it as detailed as possible. Luckily my efforts paid off and here I am as a reviewer!
2. Books, Books, Books!
The biggest highlight of being a reviewer is the exposure to new and exciting books which I probably wouldn’t have picked up myself if I’d been in a bookstore. I look forward to the packages I receive each month with increasing excitement, especially if there’s a book I’m particularly looking forward to devouring! There are always a couple of books in the pile which I’m slightly sceptical about reading but I’m determined to give anything a read and there have been so many instances when I have been pleasantly surprised.
One particular example is the Shadow Ops series by Myke Cole, as I took one look at the military genre and was doubtful, but I ended up thoroughly enjoying it and am anxiously awaiting book three. So I suppose the lesson I’ve learned is to not judge a book by its cover, a valuable lesson for all book lovers!
3. Meeting Leigh Bardugo
One major highlight for me this year was my trip to London to meet the fantastic YA author, Leigh Bardugo at an exclusive blogger event. Having never interviewed anyone before, it was exceedingly nerve-wracking and I was nervous about meeting the author behind one of my favourite books of 2012. However, she was so friendly, as was Orion publishing representative Nina Douglas, and it was really more like an informal chat than a strict interview. I was entirely at ease and able to think up more interesting questions as the interview went on. The blogger event was fun and meeting other bloggers whom I’d only spoken to online was really exciting. I hope to catch up with them all again soon!
4. Entering the Brotherhood…
As mentioned in highlight 2, without BCC there are series I never would have discovered, and one of those series is the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward. I was pressed (somewhat forcefully) by Gemma and Vickie to read this series, and was high on my to-read list for a few months before I actually got around to reading it. Since then I’ve been hooked, and despite having only read the first five I am definitely becoming a fan of the series. Gemma and Vickie didn’t just introduce me to a series, but to the community of fans that has formed, with bloggers frequently discussing the series with each other on Twitter. The series is somewhat of a hidden gem here in the UK, and I’m glad that Laura also decided to pick up the series and review them for the site’s Meet the Boys of the Black Dagger Brotherhood event.
5. An Online Family
My fifth and final highlight is the most significant one of all, and it’s the online community of bloggers I have discovered since working for BCC. I have loved getting to know all of the lovely ladies I work with on the blog and you really couldn’t find a nicer, more welcoming team. Everyone has been so friendly, and that goes for the entire blogging community I’ve met through Twitter and other sites who are always up for chatting about any book related topics I might have had. Without the rest of the BCC team there are so many series I wouldn’t have been aware of, so I want to say a big thank-you to you all, and here’s to another year on BCC!
As part of the celebration of my blogiversary, I’m running a giveaway of some of the books I’ve read over the past year at BCC. There are a whole host of genres included, so there should be something for everyone! The majority of these books are Advance Review Copies, so here’s a chance to bag yourself some exclusive book goodies! ;D
HERE’S WHAT YOU COULD WIN:
The Haunted – Niki Valentine (ARC)
Dead Romantic – CJ Skuse (Paperback)
Black Wings – Christina Henry (Paperback)
Apartment 16 – Adam Nevill (ARC)
The Season of Passage – Christopher Pike (Paperback)
The City’s Son – Tom Pollock (ARC)
Enchanting the Lady – Kathryne Kennedy (ARC)
Bite Me, Your Grace – Brooklyn Ann (ARC)
Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish – Grace Burrowes (ARC)
A Lady and Her Magic – Tammy Falkner (ARC)
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This giveaway is UK Only and ends 2nd April 2013
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