One Year Blogiversary + GIVEAWAY!



WOW, HOW THE TIME HAS FLOWN! Round of applause to ME for actually sticking with something and NOT HALF-ASSING IT! Blogging has honestly changed my life and I am so happy I made the decision to create my own site! The Daydreaming Bookworm started out as being nothing more than just a creative outlet. Just me in my little corner of the interweb chatting about books. I never thought it would grow into what it is today. THE BOOK COMMUNITY ROCKS!

I’ve already done an in-depth discussion post about the 8 Things I’ve Learned Since I Started Blogging, which you should all check out, but I wanted to talk about things I’ve learned about myself as a reader. It’s been quite an interesting year so far when it comes to reading. I’ve only started reading again about 18 months ago and I’ve found that I have easily slipped back into my old ways which THANK GOD for because if I had lost my speed reading abilities I would’ve been pissed 😂. 


Ebooks are my best friend. Never thought I would like them but those suckers are a steal and so convenient. I am never without a book!

New Adult is probably my favorite genre and I have no shame in the fact that I love the smutty reads. I’ve also learned not to judge a book by it’s cover because NA even though NA has some awful covers, they have some great stories.

Fantasy is a KICK-ASS genre and I am so pissed that I spent years avoiding it. I definitely plan on reading more fantasy books in the future.

I’ve also learned that over time, your reading taste WILL change and that’s okay. I’ve had a bit of a rough time when it comes to the YA genre this year. I’ve taken a break from reading the genre because I’ve just not been connecting with it. I’m not going to lie, sometimes I feel a bit disconnected with the book community since YA is the popular genre, but I can’t force myself to read books I have no interest in. I’m just going to read what I want and hopefully soon, me and YA can reconnect again!


There is always room for improvement and I am excited to see where my blog goes from here!

I hope to just keep on blogging, bettering my reviews and read more amazing books!

My Rants & Rambles feature has really taken on a life of it’s own and I’m excited to start more conversations with all of you. They are definitely fun to write and they allow me to be as sassy as I want!

I kind of want to get better at interacting on Twitter. It’s funny because I’m such a loud mouth in real life, but I’m quiet as a mouse online 🙈. I will try to be more vocal, it WILL HAPPEN!



Both giveaways will end on July 14, 2016, 12:00 AM EST.
18 and over, unless you have parental permission.
Both giveaways are INTERNATIONAL as long as Book Depository ships to you! I will not be accountable for lost or damaged products.
There will be TWO giveaways! You are entitled to enter both giveaways. There will be one winner per giveaway. Winners are chosen at random and will be selected via Rafflecopter.
Winners of each giveaway will be contacted via email. If no response is received within 48 hours, another winner will be selected at random.


GIVEAWAY 1: Win a Pre-order of an Upcoming Release of Your Choice!


There are so many amazing upcoming releases and one lucky winner will receive a preorder of an upcoming release of their choice (via TBD)! Which release are you most excited for?


GIVEAWAY 2: Win a $25 Gift Certificate to Society 6 or Redbubble!


Need a new mug for your bookstagram shot? Or how about a new tote bag to help carry all those books? One winner will receive a $25 Gift Certificate (via email) to either Society 6 OR Redbubble (you choose!) to spend at their favorite online shop!


I also wanted to give an EXTRA SPECIAL THANK YOU to everyone who follows my blog, comments, takes the time to even glance at my posts. I probably wouldn’t continue blogging if it weren’t for all of you guys, SO THANKS! 😘💕

-Ari (2)


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I'm Ari, a local NYC bibliophile and a forever daydreamer. You can usually find me with my nose buried in a book and my head up in the clouds. I am also a coffee addict and a chocolate connoisseur. I fell in love with the romance genre about three years ago and I haven't been able to stop reading about happily-ever-afters, which is ironic because I'm a bit of a cynical romantic in real life, haha. I hope you all enjoy my blog and fangirling with me about all the smutty reads!

47 thoughts on “One Year Blogiversary + GIVEAWAY!

  1. First of all, CONGRATS!!! I am sure that this is just the first milestone of many. I like the points you included about what you learned while blogging and I agree on all points. 🙂 It’s okay to like certain things, even if others don’t. And tastes change, it just happens.
    Second, thanks so much for hosting these amazing giveaways! That’s SO kind of you 😀

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  2. Happy one year, Ari, and congratulations for sticking it out this long! I say that because being a semi-quitter I kind of understand too how easy it is to half-ass something and eventually abandon it (har har, totally guilty here). It’s been GREAT knowing you and here’s hoping you have more fabulous years of blogging ahead. ❤

    Also thanks for the giveaways – definitely joining. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, Reg! It’s such an accomplishment and I’m hoping I can make it to two years now 😅😅. You are definitely on my short list for favorite bloggers and your blog is AMAZING! I low key stalk it daily since I can never find your posts on my reader because of the time difference 👀🙊😂.

      & Good luck in the giveaway!


      1. Ahh, thank you so much! It’s very sweet of you to say that – as you know, I’m 100% in admiration of your discussion posts. 😛

        Haha, I have that time difference problem too… as well as how to follow blogs not on WordPress. I’m waaay too lazy for Bloglovin’ but it seems like that’s the only solution I have. (Sorry, this is a total tangent.)

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      2. I rarely attempt to use Bloglovin’. I’ve started using Twitter to keep up with posts by opening them in my browser and leaving the open until I get to comment on them. This way works so much better for me since I’ll save them during work hours and go read them once I get off.


      3. I do that too with Twitter but I think I miss out on a LOT of posts, especially because I’m not on Twitter that much. One of my 2016 resolutions was to use more Bloglovin’ BUT HEEEY. It’s definitely not going well now! 😛


    1. YES! I think the NA authors need to find a new source for stock images so I can actually buy the physical books to display on my shelves without other people judging me. I love ebooks, but sometimes I just want to hold the physicals of my favorite NAs.

      & Thank you!


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