IT’S MY ONE YEAR BLOGIVERSARY!! Exactly one year ago today I shared my first post which was only a welcome post which I’m pretty sure no one has ever read haha. After that I shared some reviews for my recent reads and I haven’t stopped since.
I honestly can’t believe that I’ve managed to stick with this for an entire year. I have the tendency to become obsessed with something, do it for awhile and then get obsessed with something else and do that. But finding blogging has been a blessing in many ways. I truly feel like I’ve found a passion and something that helped me find my career path which I’ve always struggled to articulate. Books have become my whole life and I am so glad to be able to share my passion with you guys.
I’m so blessed and thankful to have met so many different people who love books just as much as I do! I now have friends all over the world who understand me and like to hear what I have to say. So thank you friends and followers! Thank you for liking my posts, thank you for commenting on them, thank you for interacting with me on social media but most of all, thank you for making this place the welcoming environment that it is! Freadom Library would not be turning one today if it wasn’t for you.
Unfortunately, I don’t have the funds to host a giveaway, though I hope I’ll be able to at some point, but I didn’t want this occasion to go by without a celebration (like what happened at my 6 month mark). And so I decided to share some of my favorite posts, what I’ve learned in this crazy blogging year and I’ll be answering some of the questions that I received in my announcement post a few days ago.
SO let’s get started!
Favorite Posts So Far
This is one of the things I’ve ever done because I don’t really notice when I do something particularly well. So picking my favorite posts is more about the ones that I loved to share the most, the ones that I enjoyed writing or the ones that were plain fun. I wanted to feature at least one from each of the features that I share but maybe not all of them. Let’s just see how they go!
I’m pretty sure most people haven’t seen this review because it was only the third ARC review that I ever posted on my blog. I love this book to complete pieces and it was one of the first 5 star books that I ever reviewed for publication. I’d love it if you guys checked out this book. It’s a historical fiction novel about a girl trying to solve what she believes is her father’s murder.
This was a pretty hard choice because I have written a shit ton of reviews of books that I’ve read since I started this blog. I could’ve easily picked any of the Study reviews, or any Victoria/V.E. Schwab review or even one that’s so old no one has even seen it like Rook by Sharon Cameron. But I chose this book because it means a lot to me. This is the first book where I connected to a contemporary character to the depths of my soul. This is the book I recommend when I talk about Latinx characters and families that are amazingly represented. This is the book that gave me my first book boyfriend. And I couldn’t not mention it today.
I haven’t shared as many series reviews as I’ve wanted to, though a lot are coming your way, but this is one of my favorites that I’ve done. I feel like this series is totally underrated and under read. It’s about a girl in Russia during the Cold War who gets taken in by KGB because of her paranormal abilities. It’s action packed, entertaining, intriguing and full of twists and turns. And it’s only two books so it’s super easy if you want to binge and fly through it. I definitely recommend it.
Favorite Features (yes I totally skipped Memes because I can):
This may seem like an unusual choice. Honestly, I think so too. But I have such a hard time coming up with discussions posts, something I talk about all the time and this is the only one where I felt confident in what I was talking about and I knew that it was something original and interesting. I’m still looking to read more published fanfictions, I constantly add more to my TBR everyday and maybe this can be my little corner of creativity in blogging.
Yeah I skipped a bunch of other features but these two are the most writing intensive. This is my favorite post from this feature because this is the most personal I’ve ever gotten here. I don’t regret it because it’s something that I really needed to share. If you could check it out again, I’d appreciate it. I’m still hopeful and passionate about what I talked about there and I hope to be able to accomplish what I’ve set out to do.
What I’ve Learned
I was going to share tips and tricks that I’ve learned this blogging year but honestly, the biggest things I’ve learned while blogging have to do with myself. I’ve learned that I have a slightly obsessive need for organization since I schedule all my posts in advance, I know everything I’m going to post next month and I have my 2017 monthly TBRs all picked out. I’ve learned that I get easily discouraged when I don’t see the results of my hard work like I want and that I get easily jealous of other bloggers who seem to have more success than me. I’ve learned that I love to take the time to comment on other people’s posts even if its 12 am and I’m exhausted. I’ve learned that the friends I need will come when I least expect them and that it doesn’t matter if they are thousands of miles away, I can still count on them. I’ve learned that no matter how small I think my little blogging universe is I can still get noticed by people who can make that universe a little bigger. I’ve learned that I need to be confident in myself and to know that what I share is important and valuable. But most of all, I’ve learned that the decision to create a blog was one of the best ones I’ve ever made.
Thanks to everyone who asked me questions! I was really nervous that I wasn’t going to get any at all and that it would be a total fail but you guys came through! And you gave me some super hard questions! I’m trying not to make this post much more longer than it is so I might not do all the questions but I’m so appreciative of everyone who helped me!
What are your favorite pizza toppings?
Traditional Italian: plain old cheese and basil. American: Barbecue Chicken.
If I ever travel to your area of the world to visit you, where should we go?
Honestly it’s not a good idea to come to my country at the moment but if we were normal and not only the list of most dangerous countries in the world, I’d suggest Los Roques. I’ve never been but it’s one of our most famous and luxurious beaches and the beaches in general here rock so it must be good.
What’s your process of writing a review? Do you outline or just type everything on your mind in one go?
I talked about this in one of my Sara 101 posts on how I organize myself and my blog but every year I get a notebook where I write all my book reviews for the year. Every time I finish a book, I go to that notebook and create a small version of my review outline and jot down my immediate thoughts. When it’s time to share it on the blog, usually a month later, I use those thoughts to write the review and elaborate more on them.
Any advice for a new blogger?
Be confident in your opinions. No one else in the world experiences books the way that you do and that matters. If you want to share your thoughts, you should!
If you could only read and re-read one book for the rest of your life, what book would it be and why?
THIS IS THE HARDEST QUESTION EVER! I’m super torn between Vicious, Poison Study or Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. All of them mean so much to me and were the first to introduce me to some of my favorite authors. I think I’d pick Vicious though because V.E. Schwab is my number one and I’m pretty sure I could discover something new about that story every time I re-read it.
Favorite format to read in and why? (audiobook, kindle, paperback, etc.)
This is hard because I haven’t read anything besides a kindle book in a really long time but I think that I love to read from hardback books the most. I can’t explain why though haha.
What is the thing you are most scared of?
Failure. It scares the crap out of me to think that I’m not good at something or that even if I do my best, I’m not good enough anyway. It’s why I’m so organized and such a perfectionist about the things that I do.
Do you have unpopular opinions on books?
Honestly, I don’t tend to dislike a lot of hyped books. I’m a pretty easy to please reader and usually enjoy books that other people enjoy. But I refuse to read the Red Queen series out of principle because it holds too many similarities to my favorite books.
What Has Been The Most Pleasant Surprise About Blogging?
My biggest surprise has actually been that there are people that want to follow me and talk to me honestly haha. I never really thought that I would get anywhere with it, I just wanted to share my thoughts and my booktube channel was pretty much a total failure, so it was a shock when I kept getting more and more followers.
Besides Blogging, do You Write? Do You Want To Write A Book Someday?
Surprisingly, no. I was a fanfiction writer for three years (that’s how long it took me to write the one fanfiction) and after that I realized that while I had a lot of good ideas, I liked it better when I could experience them on the outside. I don’t have any desire to share stories, I don’t have characters talking in my head but I do hope to one day help the people that do get their stories published.
What Would Make Your Ideal Book? (Meaning Genre, Types of Characters, Favorite Tropes, Etc.)
You know, I have never thought of this. I think I would want either a Hispanic high fantasy with a Latinx protagonist who is the “chose one’s” assistant/sidekick but ends up saving the world herself by accident.OR a historical fiction novel set in set in California when it was still part of Mexico (don’t remember the year) in which a teenage girl somehow gets caught up in the war and ends up opposite her family on the Mexican side of the new border. Yes, I want more Latinx characters. Yes, high fantasy and historical fiction are my top 2 favorite genres.
What’s Your Favorite Type of Post on Your Blog?
I love my reviews. I really do. It was really hard to pick my favorites up there because I feel like I pour all my thoughts and feelings into every single one of them, even the ones of the books that I didn’t enjoy. It’s really sad to me that they’re not as popular because they’re the reason I started blogging.
How Are You Planning To Celebrate Your Blogiversary In Real Life?
I wish it could say it’s something super fancy but it’s not. I’m gonna go to work a little bit more dressed up and I hope I’ll be able to have an ice cream with my mom in the afternoon. Oh! And read. That’s pretty much it haha.
What Are Your Top Three Favorite Series/Books?
Okay so the series is (kind of) easy: The Chronicles of Ixia, Rick Riordan Greek Mythology Universe and Gallagher Girls. I didn’t count trilogies though! Books though… That’s really hard!! Aristotle and Dante the Secrets of the Universe, Vicious and These Shallow Graves. I only pick standalones cause I’m a cheater and I don’t care!
Which Author Would You Want To Have Dinner With?
VICTORIA SCHWAB! I mean really, is anyone surprised by this? I would love just to meet her honestly. Even if its only two seconds of her time at a future signing, I’d be happy.
What’s Your Spirit Animal?
This question has always confused me because people often call other people their spirit animals and that makes no sense to me whatsoever. So my spirit animal, an actual animal, would be the horse. That’s who I think would approach me if I was lucky enough to be Indigenous.
If You Could Only Listen To Three Albums For The Rest Of Your Life, What Would They Be?
WHY ALL THE HARD QUESTIONS?! Okay the first, Adele – 21. Classic. One of my favorites to sing and I’m in love with the majority of the songs. The second, Jojo – The High Road. She’s one of my favorite singers and artists of all time and I can’t wait for her new album!! And lastly, One Direction – Made in the A.M. If this is the last album they’ll ever put out, I need it in my life forever. HONORABLE MENTION CAUSE I NEED IT: Jonas Brothers – Lines, Vines and Trying Times. Their last album <3. They saved my life as an incredibly depressed middle-schooler and I can’t ever forget that.
So that’s it for this post! Thanks again to every who gave me questions!! I hope I answered yours and if there are any I skipped and you really wanted to know the answer, comment them below and I’ll give that to you! I’m so thankful and grateful to have had a year of blogging and here’s to many more years to come! Thanks so much for reading and I’ll see you on my next post.