REBECCA’S BLOGIVERSARY

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!

GIVEAWAY

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)

To enter please leave a comment with your email address
(If you’re reading this via RSS/email then please visit www.BookChickCity.com to enter the giveaway)

This giveaway is UK Only and ends 2nd April 2013

PLEASE NOTE: Before entering please take the time to read our Giveaway Policy. As from Jan 2013, we will not be contacting giveaway winner/s by email. Winner/s will be announced on the blog via a post containing a link to claim their prize. Failure to claim your prize within SEVEN (7) days of the giveaway announcement post means you will forfeit your prize/s. So as to not miss these announcement posts, as well as future giveaways, subscribe via RSS or Email.

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Rebecca

A book-loving student, currently studying English at university, whose favourite genres vary from crime to paranormal to romance! Slightly obsessed about books, will extensively spend time making sure no spines or pages are creased before purchasing.

129 Comments


Brian March 26, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Congrats on your blogiversary. May it be the first of many.

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Freda Mans March 26, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Happy blogoversary!!!

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Fiona March 26, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Happy Celebrations and Congratulations on your blogoversary

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Fiona Summer March 26, 2013 at 3:30 pm

What a fantastic giveaway! Happy 1st Blogiversary :)

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Tracey Peach March 26, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Please enter me into the book give away

Thank You xxx

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sophie spiby March 26, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Please enter me into the giveaway.

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joanne pollak March 26, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Reading is good!

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Diane March 26, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Lovely prize. Please enter me

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David Q March 26, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Would love to win :)

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dorothy merrett March 26, 2013 at 3:42 pm

fantastic prize

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Kelly Littlewood March 26, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Great prize

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Lakshmi March 26, 2013 at 3:45 pm

Happy Anniversary!!!

What a lovely prize!!!

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Linda March 26, 2013 at 3:49 pm

I’m always keen to try different genres and new authors.
This is a fantastic giveaway!
Happy 1st Blogiversary to you!

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Carolyn March 26, 2013 at 3:53 pm

Aw HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY Rebecca! It’s been lovely having you as part of the team, I hope it continues for a very long time :D xx

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Andy W March 26, 2013 at 3:54 pm

These could keep us busy for a few months and ‘Happy 1st Blogiversary’

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Fiona Marshall March 26, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Happy Blogoversary! Hope its the first of many.

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J Shaw March 26, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Happy blogoversary!

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Katie March 26, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Fantastic prize, I would love to win it :)

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Karen March 26, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Please enter me, fab prize for summer holiday reading!

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Abigail @ The Story Factory Reading Zone March 26, 2013 at 4:18 pm

Congratulations , and what a wonderful celebratory giveaway.
Thanks ever so much for the entry

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Heather Haigh March 26, 2013 at 4:20 pm

Wonderful prize. Thank you for the competition.

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Kim Allen March 26, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Happy Blogiversary :-D

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Rosemary Drummond March 26, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Fantastic prize – will be fab!!

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Toni Arnott March 26, 2013 at 4:42 pm

Yes please!

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Leanne Lister March 26, 2013 at 5:13 pm

Congratulations on a year and what an amazing prize.

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BEV WILLIS March 26, 2013 at 5:49 pm

That selection should keep me going for a week or two!

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Wilma Jones March 26, 2013 at 6:04 pm

Happy Anniversary – my dream prize, fingers crossed!

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Em March 26, 2013 at 6:05 pm

Congratulations! Happy Blogiversary!

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Gary Topley March 26, 2013 at 6:25 pm

Congratulations on your blog milestone, thanks for a great comp x

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suan watts March 26, 2013 at 6:35 pm

What a wonderful prize

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Fiona Robertson March 26, 2013 at 6:45 pm

Great prize :D

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Lynsey Buchanan March 26, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Happy blogoversary – fab giveaway x

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Alice Matthews March 26, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Happy blogoversary! May you inspire other readers for years to come.

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Kevin Rook March 26, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Happy Anniversary of your blog! Great prize too! Everything crossed :)

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Hikma March 26, 2013 at 7:27 pm

Congrats on your Blogoversary!
Would love to win!
baawisdombooks@hotmail.co.uk

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Amanda J March 26, 2013 at 7:32 pm

Happy blogoversary, great giveaway. Thanks

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Victoria March 26, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Fab prize. Thanks x

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laura banks March 26, 2013 at 7:51 pm

Happy blogoversary!!!

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Ilona March 26, 2013 at 7:55 pm

Happy Blogoversary and thanks for being so generous.

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Alex March 26, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Happy Blogoversay Rebecca! :) Here is to another year of fab books :) xxx

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Ann Mckenna March 26, 2013 at 8:13 pm

Happy anniversary, and thanks for such a great giveaway. I’m such a bookworm so would love to win!

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Hayley Bolt March 26, 2013 at 8:15 pm

Congrats!

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Emily Jayne Phipps March 26, 2013 at 8:32 pm

Great comp! :) Hope I win!

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suz bellingham March 26, 2013 at 8:32 pm

congratulations

this would be my summer sorted over the hols from uni , fingers crossed

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Mel S March 26, 2013 at 8:42 pm

Congratulations on a year of wonderful reviews! I’ve so enjoyed reading your reviews over the last year and here’s to many more! :-)

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sarah birkett March 26, 2013 at 8:48 pm

normally I read crime thrillers but I really like the look of some these. Good chance to spread my literary wings a bit I think

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Sarah Smith March 26, 2013 at 9:01 pm

Great competition :) Love the books on offer

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Tracy M March 26, 2013 at 9:05 pm

Great idea for a prize giveaway. Good luck everyone

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Melinda March 26, 2013 at 9:07 pm

Happy anniversary at BCC. Many more to come!

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Paula Smith March 26, 2013 at 9:12 pm

Happy Blogiversary Lovely lady. A fantastic achievement and a fab prize to celebrate :-)

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Laura March 26, 2013 at 9:14 pm

Happy Anniversary!

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michael March 26, 2013 at 9:16 pm

Fantastic!

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laura blight March 26, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Bloggs away!

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Victoria Davis March 26, 2013 at 9:45 pm

Fantastic selection of books, Congrats!!!!

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Victoria Peake March 26, 2013 at 9:48 pm

Happy Anniversary lovely xxx

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Nadine Davies March 26, 2013 at 9:55 pm

Happy anniversary! Hope there are many, many more to come x

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Pauline Mason March 26, 2013 at 10:13 pm

Happy 1st blogiversary. Reading is my passion and this is a lovely prize.

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Andrew Edwards March 26, 2013 at 10:18 pm

Would love to win

Twitter @haddockman83

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Jan2009 March 26, 2013 at 10:30 pm

What a fantastic prize. Happy Anniversary

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Joanne B March 26, 2013 at 11:22 pm

Happy anniversary!

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David Greig March 26, 2013 at 11:34 pm

Great books….O love reading on my journeys to work….more books the better :)

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Richard Tyler March 27, 2013 at 1:37 am

Happy Anniversary

:D :D :D :D :D

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Kelly Koya March 27, 2013 at 7:27 am

Happy blogoversary! I am sure it will be the first of many.

kelly dot koya @ gmail dot com

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Rachel March 27, 2013 at 10:15 am

Please enter me, these book would go to a lovely home :) bookworms here :)

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louise March 27, 2013 at 11:12 am

Great Giveaway:)

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Peter Gilby March 27, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Happy anniversary :)

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Bobby March 27, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Happy Blogoversary!!!!!

Seems like quite an eventful year :).Hope the next one is even better.

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nichola March 27, 2013 at 6:17 pm

HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY

Great comp – fingers crossed :)

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Wendy March 28, 2013 at 5:50 pm

A dream job, congratulations

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KATE R. March 28, 2013 at 8:27 pm

Happy Blogoversary!

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Summer Davidson March 29, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Fingers crossed!!! These books sound amazing.

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Solange March 30, 2013 at 1:51 am

What a fantastic giveaway! Happy 1st Blogiversary

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Gail Steven March 30, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Great giveaway

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Kimmie Alex March 30, 2013 at 2:02 pm

I need some new reads! Fingers crossed x

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Cheryl Lovell March 30, 2013 at 7:01 pm

Great competition!

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ruth horrocks March 31, 2013 at 9:55 am

Great Blog – super list of books in giveaway, exciting :)

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Sophie Hedley March 31, 2013 at 9:56 am

Congratulations on your first year!

sophie 27 x @ live. co. uk

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andrea miles March 31, 2013 at 10:56 am

haven’t read any of these

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Mel Butcher March 31, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Fab prize, congrats on your first year.

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Mark Palmer March 31, 2013 at 9:03 pm

Congratulations.

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kristy brown March 31, 2013 at 9:27 pm

Happy Blogoversary! Fantastic giveaway too x

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Corinne Harvey March 31, 2013 at 10:45 pm

Happy Easter

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James Holyland March 31, 2013 at 10:55 pm

They would be great for my book club which is just me.

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Charlotte Manning April 1, 2013 at 12:52 am

Please enter me

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Jenny April 1, 2013 at 7:48 am

Happy blogiversary!!

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Karen Barrett April 1, 2013 at 8:52 am

Thank you, please pop my name in the hat!

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Lisa Wilkinson April 1, 2013 at 9:26 am

Happy Blogiversary. Thanks for the giveaway :)

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Allison Lee Sherwood April 1, 2013 at 10:49 am

Gret Prize ,Happy Blogiversary x

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Sarah-Jane Laycock April 1, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Happy Blogiversary and indeed Happy Easter, would love to be entered please x

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Jackie ONeill April 1, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Happy blogiversary, super competition to celebrate, thanks very much.

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shazz April 1, 2013 at 1:07 pm

A fantastic prize.

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claire wilkinson April 1, 2013 at 1:45 pm

happy blogversary!!

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Lani Nash April 1, 2013 at 1:49 pm

Congrats for the year and thanks for the giveaway x

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Joanna Smith April 1, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Happy Anniversary!

(So sorry, could not bring myself to use the “word” Blogoversary”)

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sue cornish April 1, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Happy bogroversary

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Amy Hobbs April 1, 2013 at 4:50 pm

Lovely

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ALLISON April 1, 2013 at 6:52 pm

Fab giveaway – can never have too many books!

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Sarah Smith April 1, 2013 at 7:37 pm

Happy Blogiversary! Looks like it’s been an awesome ride so far and best wishes for the next year

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Claire Smith April 1, 2013 at 7:46 pm

Fabulous giveaway and congratulations x

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dave johnston April 1, 2013 at 7:59 pm

Happy blgaversary !

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Claire April 1, 2013 at 8:22 pm

Aww Happy Anniversary Book Chick City…. xx

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zoe d April 1, 2013 at 8:37 pm

Fantastic giveaway, happy anniversary!

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Anonymous April 1, 2013 at 8:42 pm

Happy Blogiversary … such a great selection of books, good luck all x

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Michelle Ptak April 1, 2013 at 8:43 pm

Happy Blogiversary … such a great selection of books, good luck all x

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Maureen W April 1, 2013 at 9:13 pm

Happy blogiversary. A great prize. Thank you for the opportunity to win this.

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Chantal April 1, 2013 at 9:45 pm

Happy Anniversary on your blog. Loving the selection of books!

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Kristian April 1, 2013 at 10:08 pm

Congratulations on the 1st Anniversary – The first of many!

Please enter me into the draw.

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DENISE WILDEN April 1, 2013 at 10:25 pm

Congratulations on your first anniversary – please enter me in your 1st anniversary competition thank you

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Helen Porter April 1, 2013 at 10:53 pm

Congrats on your first anniversary – and what a fabby selection of books to giveaway fantastic thanks xx

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clare leahy April 1, 2013 at 11:17 pm

happy anniversary xxx

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Pauline Appleton April 1, 2013 at 11:44 pm

Happy blogiversary, Great selection of books

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rebecca denyer April 2, 2013 at 12:15 am

Fab prize, thanks

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lottiegirl April 2, 2013 at 12:55 am

Would love to win these, thanks x

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Jen Boucher April 2, 2013 at 1:44 am

Happy Blogiversary ! Great selection of books there.

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Sally Poole April 2, 2013 at 7:01 am

Fantastic prize!

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Charlotte Jones April 2, 2013 at 10:08 am

Happy Blogiversary :)

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JoC April 2, 2013 at 10:14 am

Happy Blogiversary…always a great site to read really reliable reviews. x

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Ivana April 2, 2013 at 11:06 am

Congratulations! I remember reading about Shadow Ops and thought I’d never pick this book up based on the cover, but ended adding it to my wishlist thanks to you :)

P.S. not a giveaway entry :)

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Andrea April 2, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Happy Blogoversary! Fantastic giveaway.

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shell April 2, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Well done nice giveaway

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Julie April 2, 2013 at 1:20 pm

love books

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shane weir April 2, 2013 at 1:41 pm

i need these in my life

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MERYL REES April 2, 2013 at 4:05 pm

I’d love to win all these fab books!!

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Hannah Whitling April 2, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Please enter me into the giveaway

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Annamarie Riddiford April 2, 2013 at 8:56 pm

Hi. Again, a great giveaway. Thank you for the chance to win.

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Julia Johnson April 2, 2013 at 9:18 pm

what a lovely prize!

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Paul Witney April 2, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Fab prize, would love to win

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wendy jamieson-price April 2, 2013 at 9:57 pm

a great stash of books for me and my boy to take on holiday thank you

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Kathryn S April 2, 2013 at 10:14 pm

Happy Blogiversary! Great prize :)

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