By: Melanie | December 21, 2013 | (85) Comments

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Woah O_O I seriously can’t believe that I’ve been blogging for one entire year now! I am not someone who can normally do something on a daily basis for such a long period of time. I mean, I get sick of playing piano after 1.5 hours. That’s how bad my concentration and patience levels are. But blogging is something I have loved and still love doing even though it gets a little hard and crazy sometimes. I don’t think there is anything part of blogging that I’ve hated with great disgust.

I think, I’m going to do a quick recap of my past year of how YA Midnight Reads started–heck even howย my love for reading began and work my way up to today.

My Journey

April 2012: Believe it or not, in April last year I hated reading. Hated it with all my heart. I mean, it was so boring and nothing caught my attention at all. I was in Year 7 and my school, let’s just say it doesn’t do too well in academics so reading never occured to me as a problem.

May 2012: My mum hadย been borrowing books for me from the library, these huge stacks of books. She got to the point where she just put them in my room and didn’t say anything because well, I bet she got sick of trying to persuade me to pick up a book. So the books stayed, then they left again when they were about to go overdue and a new stack would take it’s place. Left in the corner, ignored. Until the Winter holidays came and I was bored out of my brains

June 2012: I picked up a book called Evernight by Claudia Gray. And, it was pretty decent at the time. I liked it, and after reading the first instalment, I went and got the next two in the series. Soon, I devoured all those in less than half a week. I guess I was a fast reader from the get go. I kept on looking for the very last book and I could not find it anywhere. Not at my school, not at my local library. Instead I went online. And, if you are not aware, when you type in a book’s title and author, the first link that pops up is Goodreads.

July 2012: I got a Goodreads acount. That’s exactly what happened, I found the last book on Goodreads and while I didn’t find a place to read the book online, I found a site that let me find more and more books from the same genre, Young Adult.

November 2012: I basically lived on Goodreads. I was the one borrowing stacks of books fom the library and my room became something like a bookish mine field. I read reviews on Goodreads, thought those were pretty cool and I was always curious of the links some of the reviews included at the start/end of reviews. Turns out, those links were to blogs. And Eileen @ Singing in the Rain’s in particular somehow made me want to start blogging too. Maybe it was because she was the first girl I found who was the same age as me and was in complete awe at her blog?

December 2012: BOOM! YA Midnight Reads was born. Actually The YA Book Lover. *facepalm* God that was a horrible name. So my URL was that and my email was that. *cringe*

January 2013: I changed my name to YA Midnight Reads. Yeah…

April/May 2013: I started co-reviewing at Finding Bliss in Books

June-July 2013: I moved from theyabooklover.blogspot.com to yamidnightreads.com but my email remains… theyabooklover@hotmail.com ๐Ÿ˜ But at least I got WordPress! I never really told my parents about my blog until books started appearing from publishers in February 2013… that was awkward. However they still allowed me to move to WordPress because they’re amazeballs like that.

November 2013: First hiatus! Gosh I really needed one.

December 21, 2013: TODAY! CELEBRATING 1 YEAR OF BLOGGING! ๐Ÿ˜€

So yeah, I have got to give huge thanks to my mum for getting me into reading or I would have probably never ended up here, owning this blog.

What I’ve Learned

Persevere. When I first created my blog, I didn’t make a big deal about it, I just posted randomly, sometimes abandoned it. But I persevered with my blog and it slowly began to improve.

Be unique. It doesn’t mean to go out of your way to be make your blog look crazy outstanding. I think what I also mean is to be unique and be yourself. I’m weird, I have weird reviews. That’s unique. Because it’s not the same as everyone else. You stand out from the ocean of blogs if you be yourself which is being unique. Oh great, are you confused yet coz I am. O_o

Socialize. You aren’t going to get far if you don’t socialize. Get a Twitter. Get Goodreads. Comment. Reply to comments. SOCIALIZE AND MAKE FRIENDS.

Life over blogging. Unfortunately, you can’t forget about your real life and only live in the blogosphere. Don’t pressurise yourself! Blogging is a hobby. Your life outside the internet is more valuable. <– I sometimes forget this -.-

Making mistakes is alright. I make mistakes all the time, sometimes it’s forgetting to pick a winner for a giveaway (I thought of this because I just realised I had to send a winner’s details to the author O.O) and that’s totally fine. Because we are humans and not robots!

Bloggy Friends!

I love making bloggy friends. This community is so friendly and honestly, if I were to list them all…I’d be here forever. But I wanna talk about all my friends *sob* So here are some of my besties:

Stephanie @ Chasm of Books
Today is her birthday and you should go check out the birthday post I wrote on her blog! I swear it’s fate guys, today’s her birthday and today’s also my blog’s birthday. Riiight? Anyhoo, I love Steph, she was one of my first bloggy friends and is soย friendly and I love talking to her. She’s kinda amazeballs in general.ย Rick Riordan fanatic as well! Ehehe ๐Ÿ˜€

Emily @ Constellation Chronicles

I think I met Em only a few months ago and she’s the sweetest! She even made me a bloglovin’ button which looks so pretty AND IT HAS A MY LITTLE PONY ON IT :O But I don’t just love her because she made me a bloglovin’ button, I love her blog (which is so damn gorgeous I want it JKSJKS I would never steal…) and her personality in general! She always puts a smile on my face.

Jaz @ Fiction in Fiction in Fiction

I met Jaz when I started blogging over at Finding Bliss in Books. She’s basically my grandma old sister. Iย tell herย a lot more things than I shouldย be (Butย I trust herย a lot.ย Did you hear me Jaz?! A LOT) and she’s helped me with a whole lot of Photoshop stuff that I find really hard an BLURGH. I love how she still treats me like I’m human being even though she knows a lot of weird things about me ๐Ÿ˜€

Jessi @ Novel Heartbeat

Jessi is a cool cat. She recently gave me someone’s email so I could hack into it and destroy the world! Well…I like to think that at least. Jessi has an amazing looking blog and I love reading her posts! She has a lot of unique memes and she may have complete different tastes from me in books but I can still always trust her reviews because we have similar pet peeves. And we have different tastes in book boyfriends. JEB IS BETTER! (Splintered by A.G. Howard)

Eileen @ Singing in the Rain

Like I mentioned way above, it was probably Eileen who got me into blogging! So I basically stalked her. (Oh crap! I actually said that out loud!) She’s like my spirit animal and vice versa. We nearly always have the same opinion on books we read! Eileen has a uber bubbly personality and nothing is ever really dull when I’m talking to her!

Giselle @ Xpresso Reads

I’m seriously in awe of Giselle! She not only has a really active blog but also does book tours with all authors, published and self-published. She’s so organised and is hilarious. She has called me some of things I’ve never heard of before such as muffin cups and gives me great advice about life! “A romance that fixes ALL your life’s problems is totally realistic and what you should aim for in life!” I live by those words now ๐Ÿ˜‰

But then I have another whole heap of lovely bloggy/twitter friends that I simply must mention! Thank y’all for being my friend, talking to me and just pretending I am a human being ๐Ÿ˜‰

Rachel and Jasprit @ The Reader’s Den, Sam @ Realm of Fiction, Lauren @ ShootingStarMag, Candace @ Candace’s Book Blog, Blythe @ Finding Bliss in Books, Wendy and Kate @ The Midnight Garden, Amy @ Book Loving Mom, Jenni @ Alluring Reads, Mel @ The Daily Prophecy, Megan @ Adrift on Vulcan, Celine @ The Book Shimmy, Jeann @ Happy Indulgence, Nara @ Looking For the Panacea, Nova @ Musings of a Blogder, Lucy @ Queen of Contemporary, Melissa @ I Swim for Oceans, Maja @ The Nocturnal Library, Henrietta @ Leisure Reads, Lyn and Kara @ Great Imaginations and Dre @ Sporadic Reads. Oh great I think I’m missing a few people now.

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Melanie

Owner (and crazy nut) at YA Midnight Reads
Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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85 Responses to Happy 1st Birthday, YA Midnight Reads!

  1. Brea Johnson says:

    It’s so strange (and somewhat amazing) that you have gone from hating books with a passion to loving them so much you blog about it! Incredible!
    I actually found your book/blogging history of the past year really interesting. Great post, I really enjoyed it.
    Oh and good tips. Haha, I often find myself spending too much time online and forget that I have a life in the real world to attend to. ๐Ÿ˜›
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  2. Happy blogaversary! Wow, you’ve come a long way. Mine is coming up on new years day. I was the same, 2 years ago, I would have cringed if anyone mentioned reading a book, but I grew to love reading again too.

    Awesome advice to new bloggers or anyone thinking about starting a blog.
    Kelly @ Diva Booknerd recently posted…Stacking The Shelves #006My Profile

  3. Celine says:

    I may have kinda sorta teared up a little when I saw my name there <3

    I just want to say HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY and continue to be awesome!!
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  4. Antonia says:

    Congrats on your first year of blogging and I wish you many more!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Renu says:

    Congrats on one year! Heres to many more! <3 And thanks for sharing your reading journey! Can't believe you went from hating to loving books! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ So awesome. ๐Ÿ˜€
    Renu recently posted…Favoruite books of 2013My Profile

  6. Nara says:

    Woohoo! I got a mention ๐Ÿ˜€
    HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY!!! *throws confetti*
    lol that’s so weird that you hated books and then suddenly loved them. I’ve been reading all my life, so I can’t say the same ๐Ÿ˜›
    I also find it interesting that your gateway book was Evernight, because I seriously disliked that book haha
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  7. miki says:

    Happy Blogoversary! My love of books also comes from my mom an avid reader but not in teh same genre than me^^ i ‘lm glad you found what you loved and decided to share with us
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  8. to your blog, Melanie!

    It’s true that the blogging community is awesome, there are so many great bloggers out here! It’s great that your mom persevered in giving you all those books from the library, eh? Even if you started out as a reluctant reader, now, I bet you can’t imagine a life without books ๐Ÿ™‚

    Perseverance is important everywhere, and when you do, you end up achieving things you couldn’t have dreamed possible before ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a great weekend, Melanie, and Merry Christmas, too ๐Ÿ™‚
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews recently posted…Stacking the Shelves #11My Profile

  9. Only one year, when I first started blogging I thought you already were a big one ๐Ÿ˜€ Congratulations and enjoy your first blogoversary – hopefully the start of many more!
    Mel@thedailyprophecy recently posted…FF 22. Growing up as a reader.My Profile

  10. Pili says:

    Wow, I’m so impressed with your journey from hating reading to being an avid book lover and book blogger! And yay for your mum not giving up on trying to make you read!
    Happy blogoversary and enjoy reading and interacting with the blog community, I was so surprised about what a great community it is when I first started blogging too!
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  11. Shelly says:

    Ahhhhh CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! I also used to HATE reading (and I swear I thought I was the only one so yay for not being alone). I hope you have another year of awesomeness! <33
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  12. Charlotte says:

    Congratulations for achieving such outstanding feat, Mel! As a new blogger, I am not even sure if I can make it to year 1. I am like you too, I easily get tired when things get a lil bit routinary. Bahahahaah.

    And your reading and blogging chronicles are certainly heartwarming, Mel. It’s quite surprising to know that just last year, you hated books and look at you right now, no one would ever think that you just started reading.

    I wish that you have more blog birthdays to come, Mel! <333
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  13. Lexa Cain says:

    Congratulations on your Blog-iversary!! You have such a professional-looking and lovely blog, and all your reviews are so good, it’s a big surprise to me that you’ve only been blogging for a year. Yay for Moms who persevere and keep getting books even if their kids didn’t read them at first! You’re such a sweetie. I love visiting your blog! ๐Ÿ™‚
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  14. Alexandra says:

    Congratulation on your Blogoversary! Hope you have another great year! ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Yay!! Happy Blogoversary hon!!! I am so glad that I found your blog and I continue to stalk it!! I feel so super special that you mentioned me. I know I have been really MIA lately, but I still do make sure I read your posts, even if I don’t always comment. I hope that you stick around for many many more years to come!!
    Amy @ Book Loving Mom recently posted…Review: The Unseen by J.L. BryanMy Profile

  16. Congrats on your blogoversary. Blogging is a huge committment and a lot of work. I am glad you gained a new love of reading and starting blogging. Here is to many more years of blogging. I so agree you can’t let it take over your life, but enjoy it.
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  17. _Sandra_ says:

    Happy, happy, happy blogoversary and wishing you many, many more awesome to come! ๐Ÿ™‚ It was really interesting to read your reading and blogging journey. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. AW. When I saw my name, I was like AWWWWWWW! You’re so cool I cannot imagine that you even hated reading for a period of time. The whole “what I learned” part that bloggers include is always so much fun to read because you’re like “duh” now, but if I were to go back to newbie nova, I would’ve really appreciated those tips! There are probably a lot of people who are using them now.
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  19. Heather S says:

    Happy Blogoversary!
    I have often thought about taking up blogging about books like you do, but wouldn’t know where to begin, I always thought i read a lot of books until i saw the stats of dome of you guys! you go.
    My mother bought me my first books when i was younger and always took me to the library to get more, now she complains that i have too many, can’t win.
    anyway, keep up the good work, and i look forward to another year to come

  20. Desnica Kumar says:

    HAPPY FIRST BLOGOVERSARY!!!
    I can’t believe that just over a year ago you hated books…you’ve come so far since then! It was interesting reading about your journey.
    Heres to many more blogoversaries to come!!!

  21. TayteH says:

    Happy Blogoversary! And wishes for many more to come!
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  22. I love your story! I just really, really love it. The fact you didn’t read and then found a book that made you fall in love with reading…well that’s ever writers dream.

    Happy 1st Birthday. And thanks for the giveaway. I look forward to reading your future reviews and posts.
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  23. Carl says:

    Happy Blog Birthday and congratulations on your first full year. May there be many more to come. Happy Holidays!!

  24. Rain Jeys says:

    Happy Blogoversary! Your blog is lots of fun and I enjoyed reading your story. I was clueless about book blogs for too long, too.
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  25. Happy one year Blogoversary Mel! ๐Ÿ™‚ Wow it was so interesting to hear your story. That’s crazy that you started to get into books and then started a blog, I wish I would’ve done it that way bc when I finally found out about book blogging I was like whyyyyyy didn’t I do this sooner haha
    I’m so proud to see how far your blog had come. For me, you had me at MLP. I remember I read your MLP review and was like fangirl ing with you and followed u right away haha.
    And yay for goodreads ^_^
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  26. Anj says:

    Happy Blogoversary! I enjoyed reading your blogging journey, it was cool and kinda weird how you developed your passion on reading books. But i am glad you did <3 I hope you have many more blogging years to come! ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Schen says:

    I don’t know how I found your blog, but it’s deffo from a giveaway.
    Yes, I am a giveaway freak. I love it when I win and get books in the mail, I don’t know.

    Anyway, as I came to see the blog, I felt that I needed to subscribe to this for book recommendations (and of course, giveaways). So, I followed. I actually follow a lot of blogs and this comes with it, too.

    I’ve read your recent reviews. And I’d love how each would be honest and frank (esp. since I mostly saw few-starred ratings).

    Oh, and your blogging story: how… envy-ing. Imagine, you a non-reader to becoming a successful blogger? Someone should be proud of you. I mean, we’re not close, but I’m proud. I do hope soon my hopes of becoming one becomes true. I mean, a guy should live up to his dreams, right?

    In short, congrats to your first year of blogging and may you have more exciting years to come!

    One last thing, how do you operate giveaways? For instance, I won, how would I know if I won?

    THANKS, AND CONGRATS!

  28. Happy Bloggyversary! I’ve yet to celebrate mine next year XD It was so awesome discovering your blog and being one of your bloggy friends. I’ll never forget your blogversary because it’s on MY birthday! I always look forward to your reviews and your discussion blogs. <3
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  29. Happy Blogoversary, Melanie!
    You have a lot of amazing things to tell. I’m really happy for you and I hope that when my first blogoversary arrives I have so much to tell as you did ๐Ÿ˜‰
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  30. Kathy says:

    Happy Blogoversary <3
    Find you because of a giveaway, and I started to read you. Congrats on the blog!

  31. Happy Birthday YA Midnight Reads!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Great advice too… Couldn’t have said it better myself.
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  32. Jasprit says:

    Congratulations on your one year blogoversary Melanie! You definitely have come a long way in the last year and a half from not reading books to absolutely devouring them now! And thank you for the lovely mention and giveaway! Here’s to many more years of blogging to come! ๐Ÿ™‚
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  33. Stephanie B says:

    Happy first blogoversary, Mel! And thanks for the awesome birthday post yesterday. But, oh, the distance between us! How can you prefer Jeb over Morpheus???

    I never realized I had only started blogging a few months after you. I’ve always felt like you’ve been blogging for more than a year. Haha. Congrats, luv.
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  34. Makaela says:

    Happy blogoversary! It’s quite a feat, blogging for a whole year! I’ve only been doing it for a month and I’ve learned a lot of what to do/not to do. I’m happy to see you keep on reading and enjoying life. Keep being awesome!
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  35. Happy Blogoversary! I can’t believe you’ve only been around for one year. You’re doing such a great job. And thanks for the mention. I love you and your blog too! It’s fantastic. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yay to your mum for getting you into reading.

    -Lauren
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  36. Misti says:

    Congratulations on one year! That is so wonderful. I would love to be a blogger but I don’t know how to get my thoughts out of my head and share them correctly. So be proud of yourself for this accomplishment. And you play the piano? I’ve always wanted to learn to play. Anyway, thanks for sticking with blogging and I really hope you continue to do so. Happy holidays to you and your family.

  37. Katie says:

    Congrats, and have a successful new year!

  38. Melliane says:

    wow one year! Don’t you think it was fast? It’s been 2 years for me and I can’t even see how much it is. I hope you’ll have many years to come.
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  39. OMG MEL, CONGRATS!! THIS IS SO EXCITING!!! *throws confentti*

    I seriously LOVED reading your blogging journey. I’m so surprised that you turned into a book-a-holic so quickly, but it’s awesome that your mother finally convinced you to pick up a book by stacking so many up in your room!! ๐Ÿ˜€ But your blog has done so well in the year that you’ve been blogging, and I’m so happy I fell onto this blog that fateful day. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I hope that you have MANY more awesome years of blogging, because I couldn’t stand it if you ever stopped blogging! ;’)

    HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY MEL! <3
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  40. Emily says:

    AWW, you’re the sweetest one of all, Mel!! < ) But you've grown so much along the way, and I know you will continue to do so! ๐Ÿ˜€
    So, happy first blogversary!! And I love you too, Mel! <33
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  41. Emily says:

    AWW, you’re the sweetest one of all, Mel!! < ) But you've grown so much along the way, and I know you will continue to do so! ๐Ÿ˜€ So, happy first blogversary!! And I love you too, Mel! <33
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  42. Emily says:

    AWW, you’re the sweetest one of all, Mel!! <) But you've grown so much along the way, and I know you will continue to do so! ๐Ÿ˜€ So, happy first blogversary!! And I love you too, Mel! <33
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  43. sarah c. says:

    Happy Blogoversary!!! I hope you have a good one and many more to come!!!!!

  44. Kristia says:

    Happy blogoversary! I love your blog, keep up the good work ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for the amazing giveaway.

  45. MELANIE GET OVER TO AMERICA AND LET ME GIVE YOU A GIANT HUG! I’m actually so touched that I inspired you to start blogging because your blog is one of my favorites and it actually inspires ME now. It’s just so good and I love your reviews and your discussion posts and *starts hysterically sobbing with happiness*

    A year is such a big deal and I’m so happy for you!! That’s really funny how you went from hating reading to loving it, but it’s a good thing that you picked up Evernight because that My Little Pony icon makes my day with how cute it is <33 And then the first day I came to your blog you had the same exact opinion as me on Black City and I almost started crying because no one else had the same opinion and it was love at first sight ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Happy blogoversary again! I LOVE YOU MEL <33
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  46. Emily says:

    You’re the sweetest one of all, Mel!! < ) But you've grown so much along the way, and I know you will continue to do so! ๐Ÿ˜€ So, happy first blogversary!! And I love you too, Mel! <33
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    • Emily says:

      You’re the sweetest one of all, Mel!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Happy first blogversary, and many more to come!! ๐Ÿ˜€ You’re a totally awesome blogger who I really love, and I command you to keep blogging and to never stop!(so now you’re bound to blog FOREVER MUAHAHAHAHA) I loved reading about your blogging journey, and when I first found out you only started in December, I thought “REALLY?! But Mel’s blog is so… big!” And it’s cool that you started out at Goodreads, because I did too ๐Ÿ™‚ (though minus away all the interaction part, I was a hermit >< ) But you've grown so much along the way, and I know you will continue to do so! ๐Ÿ˜€ So, happy first blogversary!! And I love you too, Mel! <33 (I hope this comment will finally be able to post in full!)
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  47. Filia Oktarina says:

    Happy blogaversary! And i wishes for many more to come!!
    So many new books i know from your blog, I’m waiting more your post and news about greats books from you.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year ๐Ÿ™‚

  48. Kat V says:

    I wish you the very best birthday and I hope you got a ton of bookish goodies! ๐Ÿ˜€

  49. Ah! I didn’t realize you just celebrated your 1 year. I did too (mine was December 18th) Congratulations!! you’ve come so far in just a year. I can’t wait to see where this next year takes you. So happy you love to read now…I can’t imagine you hating to read.
    Kristen@My Friends Are Fiction recently posted…Stacking the Shelves/Showcase SundayMy Profile

  50. Congrats on reaching the one year mark, Mel! That’s so exciting. I recently passed my second blogoversary, but I completely forgot about it until a week later! Funnily enough, Goodreads was the main catalyst for me too. I didn’t even know book blogging was a THING until I joined that site. ๐Ÿ˜› I hope you enjoy blogging in the new year!
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  51. Kiersten says:

    Congratulations on one year! I really like what you had to say about starting up and putting yourself out there – I think that’s something I really need to work on! Can’t wait to see even more from you in years to come! ๐Ÿ™‚
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  52. Happy 1st birthday midnight reads!! and thanks for the great giveaway!

  53. happy blogversary to you!!!! waaaaahhh you people inspire me to make a book blog and i would love to for it to have it’s blogversary :)))

  54. Fatma Shahin says:

    thanks so much for the lovely giveaway!

  55. Nikki Ooi says:

    Happy blogoversary! I can’t believe you hated reading when you first started. Amazing what can happen in a year! Anyway, I’m moving to WordPress too so I’m looking forward to it!

  56. Linda Trinklein says:

    Congrats! Happy blogaversary!
    Thank you for the giveawway! Sucha wonderful prize

  57. Ashfa says:

    Happy Blogoversary!! I followed you when the blog was The YA Book Lover and it’s amazing to see your blog’s progress. One of my favs in the blogosphere. ๐Ÿ™‚

  58. Lynn K. says:

    Firstly…your mum rocks! 2nd…HAPPY NEW YEAR and Happy Blogoversary!!!

    I haven’t visited here much because I mostly stalk er I mean follow your reviews on GR. (which was how I found your blog)Thanks for sharing the story of your journey with us. I hope you’ll have an amazing year ahead.

    p.s. Bookish minefields are awesome. ๐Ÿ˜€

  59. Camille says:

    This post is so cool and interesting! Your journey, your learning experiences, and your ‘bloggy friends’ —> (The Bloggy Friends – as a title heading – it is so amusing to me, because I don’t really use my blog!!)

    So I think it’s really creative, and definitely fun.

    It’s catchy too!! Hahaha!! I like it.

    I’m not even 100% sure what I freakin’ named MY blog!! —> Or put as the title or heading or whatever!!

    Hahahahahahahaa!!

    I only really just fallow other people’s blogs and websites and what not, etc.. Mostly because everyone has really cool looking and fancy things on it. Where as I don’t even know half of the vocabulary people use when talking I guess the closest things that I use are Tumblr, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ occasionally, and if needed- Facebook.

    But I love that you included that,and I’ve read a couple of reviews/ratings as well. LOVE THEM!! Also, I guess Happy 1st Birthday to this blog and it’s obvious success!! ;P

    I like the giveaway!!

    #Awesomeness.

  60. Caroline Kelly says:

    With a book to choose, the possibilities are endless. Thank you for the chance!

  61. Zemira says:

    Congrats on your first blogoversary! Here’s to many more! ๐Ÿ™‚
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  62. Diana says:

    Congrats I hope you have another great year!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  63. Diana says:

    Congrats I hope you have another great year!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  64. Shamara Catama says:

    I just found your blog at is seems really great!! Huge congrats on getting to your first Blogoversary

  65. Diana says:

    Congrats for a great year!! I hope the next year is as great!!

  66. Sara says:

    You always have the best comps! If you weren’t running the competition and entered and won what would you buy?

  67. Sara says:

    You didn’t mention making friends with me. I’m insulted. Just kidding. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I was exactly like you in 2012 I hated reading….. till I picked up The Hunger Games.

  68. Eugenia says:

    Love your blog Melanie and your posts! You always write fantastic reviews and I can’t wait to see what you have in store this year ๐Ÿ™‚

    Best bloggy wishes,
    Eugenia (Chasm of Books)
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  69. Neira says:

    Congratulations on your first blogoversary! And thanks for the giveaway! ๐Ÿ™‚

  70. Mindy D says:

    Congrats! It’s amazing that someone can keep up with a full time blog for so long, I doubt I could ever pull it off. Thanks for the cool giveaway! ๐Ÿ™‚

  71. Bree Knight says:

    Hi there, I have just found your blog, and have spent ages reading your posts. It’s crazy that you can review things so concisely and well written, and only be 14! (I mean I love reading, and am 15, but would never have the effort and motivation to do anything like this) so I just wanted to say congratulations for reaching this milestone, I can’t wait to read more reviews! ๐Ÿ™‚

  72. Kyla Alyanna Fontalva says:

    HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY! Your blog is amazing and I’m loving it! Congrats for reaching this milestone. More birthdays to come. Stay amazing!

  73. Natasha Areena says:

    Believe it or not, in the past 4 years I hated reading, until I started reading Hunger Games <3 Happy Birthday YA Midnight Reads!

  74. Happy 1st blogoversary! I am closing in on mine as well. ๐Ÿ˜€ It’s an exciting milestone in a blogger’s life ๐Ÿ™‚
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  75. Diah Didi says:

    Happy Blogoversary! Wish you more succeed with your blog. I do love the thing you said about perseverance. I myself still lack of and really need to improve it. Thanks for sharing it.
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  76. Elaine says:

    That is so tru! I don’t have a blog yet but I have been begging for my parents to allow me. Maybe I should do it behind their backs(sneaky face). I am a total book nerd and love your blog! Happy book loving for a year totally don’t know what to say so congratulations!

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