Three Year Blogiversary & Giveaway!

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Hey!

Yesterday was my three year blogiversary and I completely forgot about it! 😳 Shame on me, lol. I’m so stoked that I’ve been able to blog for three years! I’ve made so many amazing friends through blogging and I’ve even met a few of you guys, which was exciting! I know over the last year and a half my blogging has been up and down (mostly down), but I still love it here. I still love blogging. I still love you guys! I even changed my blog around a bit, so I could try to update more and not only about books. Like include more posts about photography or just random things happening in my life. I mentioned all about this over here (in case you missed it).

I am super stoked for this new year of blogging ahead! Other pretty exciting news is I upgraded my blog to a personal account. I was actually at 98% of my photo usage, so I kind of HAD to upgrade (hahah) or no more pictures and that’s not cool with me. I love posting pictures! Also with my new personal upgrade, I can now be “sociallyawkwardbookworm.com” instead of “.wordpress.com” and that is pretty freaking cool! New domain name change in a few days though. I want to give it time to work reliably. It does work, but WordPress says it might be “unreliable” the first 72 hours, so just to be safe I’ll keep it the old way for now. With the new upgraded personal blog change, you’re all stuck with me for at least another year now! 😜

Now onto the giveaway! It’s been three years, it’s time I did a giveaway! If it goes well, then there will be more in the future! It’ll be international as long as Book Depository ships to you. If you’re in the US, I’ll do a book from Amazon if you prefer that way.

You will win:
+ A book of your choice up to $25, so basically any book as long as it’s $25 or less.

How to enter:
+ Follow my blog (if you’re not already).
+ Comment down below what your favorite book of 2017 was!

SUPER EASY! It will run from now until January 31st. I will randomly pick and announce a winner on February 1st. 📖

GOOD LUCK!! & thanks for reading my blog over the last three years! I am super excited to continue blogging about books (and other things)!

In case you missed it;
Thoughts|| A Taxonomy of Love.
Photo A Day|| January 9-12.
Thoughts|| The Cruel Prince.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Thoughts|| A Taxonomy of Love.

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A Taxonomy of Love by Rachael Allen
4 out of 5 stars.

“Sometimes you have a day that is so epic that you know, even before it’s over, that it’s going to be one of the dozens that you remember forever.”

Goodreads Description: The moment Spencer meets Hope the summer before seventh grade, it’s . . . something at first sight. He knows she’s special, possibly even magical. The pair become fast friends, climbing trees and planning world travels. After years of being outshone by his older brother and teased because of his Tourette syndrome, Spencer finally feels like he belongs. But as Hope and Spencer get older and life gets messier, the clear label of “friend” gets messier, too. Through sibling feuds and family tragedies, new relationships and broken hearts, the two grow together and apart, and Spencer, an aspiring scientist, tries to map it all out using his trusty system of taxonomy. He wants to identify and classify their relationship, but in the end, he finds that life doesn’t always fit into easy-to-manage boxes, and it’s this messy complexity that makes life so rich and beautiful.


I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Release date was January 9th, 2018.

A Taxonomy of Love had ALL the feels. It was cute, it was happy, it was sad (omg, was it sad!), it had me tearing up, it had me laughing, there were times I was annoyed, and times I was angry. Like I said, it had all the feels. I think all that makes for a good book, especially if you’re able to connect with the characters and experience all of the feelings and emotions they are going through. I felt that when I was reading this book and Rachael did a good job with writing it.

The book stars off with Spencer and Hope being in just seventh grade and it following them all through high school. It was really cool getting to see all the characters in this story grow and navigate life and high school. It wasn’t always easy for Spencer (especially in his younger years) since he has Tourette Syndrome. I felt so bad for him a lot of the time and I was rooting for him every page. It felt like he had to try 100 times harder than everyone. Hope had her own struggles through the years as well. It wasn’t always easy for her, but I think in ways both Spencer and Hope got through things because they had their friendship.

There were also times where Hope made me pretty angry as well. I felt so protective of Spencer, so anything that was against it made me mad or annoyed me though. So many other great characters in this story as well as the MC; like their families, although Dean (Spencer’s brother) was questionable at times. There were also times I did think things were a little weird or didn’t make sense to the story. It also jumped around quite a bit without warning. Like first they were in seventh grade and then all of a sudden it would be months or a year later without warning. So had to figure that out. I’m also not sure if that’s just the way that the e-ARC was setup, because there weren’t always breaks or headers other than “chapter numbers” or when Spencer created a taxonomy list.

Overall, I really enjoyed this story. I am really happy that I was given the opportunity to read it. There were a lot of things to take away from this and it was interesting to learn a little about Tourette Syndrome. I haven’t read any books that had a character with TS, so that was also cool about reading this one. New experiences and learning things I don’t know a whole lot about. It was just released earlier this month, so definitely go check it out!

In case you missed it;
WWW Wednesday #45.
Photo A Day|| January 9-12.
Thoughts|| The Cruel Prince.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleypink