*throws confetti and hands out cake*

I cannot quite comprehend that it's been four years since I started my book blog. Looking back it makes me smile to think of that clueless little thirteen year old sitting in front of her computer and deciding to make a blog, not having a clue what she was doing, to the seventeen year old I am today. Looking back I never expected the things I would achieve, the people I would meet, the opportunities I would get...I never expected blogging to become such a big part of my life.

There have been times where blogging hasn't been easy. Times where guilt sinks in as schoolwork stares at me as I blog or read, times where my anxiety has been bad and I've just been too exhausted to think of something witty or even coherent to say...but it's always been there for me. My blog is a safe haven for me to escape to when things are tough. There's all the amazing, wonderful people in the book blogging community who are there to speak to, there's the books I can read that I've been given the opportunity to read, the authors I get to speak to on Twitter (this still blows my mind. Seriously.) - I can talk about books and cry about books and no one will judge me for it - in fact, they generally join in (if that doesn't prove that book people are the best people than what does?!)

I started this book blog because I loved reading, I never knew there was a whole community of people who also blogged about books, I didn't know I'd be working with such awesome publicists who would actually send me books. I've become more confident in myself, my writing has improved (those first reviews are no. Just, no.), I've made friends and I've just grown as a person. This blog has opened me up to so many amazing things and I'll always be grateful for that.

Now, there are so many people I want to thank and I apologise if I miss anyone out!

❤️ Jolien from The Fictional Reader for being such an amazing blogging friend. I absolutely love Jolien's blog and she is such a spectacular person and always there for words of encouragement and I'm so grateful for her friendship!
❤️ Cait from Paper Fury for her fabulous posts, her enthusiastic flailing, incessant fangirling and brilliant book recommendations that always makes me smile!
❤️ Beth from The Quiet People for her kindness and her wonderful comments that always leave a huge smile on my face.
❤️ Ranu from The Araylia Bookshelf who is such a wonderful person! She's got brilliant taste in books, she's so kind and wonderfully funny and it's always lovely chatting to her!
❤️ Shannon from It Starts at Midnight is such a wonderful person and she always leaves the sweetest, most supportive comments and they always, always make me happy! <3
❤️ Kristin from Simply Bookish Things is actually my best friend in real life and it's been awesome her starting a book blog as we discuss bookstagram photos, review copies, picture editing etc which is fantastic!
❤️ Zoe who used to own the book blog Bookhi and who's been my bookish buddy for the majority of these four years. She's also such a kind person and so wonderful to chat to! 

These are just a few people but there are many, many more! I'd also like to give the following bloggers a shout out for being there 
at points in this blogging journey: Lucy from Queen of Contemporary, Amber from The Mile Long Bookshelf, Jess from My Reading Dress, Emily from Loony Literate and Becca from Reading Teen, Aentee from Read at Midnight, Alise from Readers in Wonderland, Hawwa from HAWWA, ETC and Joy from Joyous Reads...thank you for the tweets and the kind comments on my blog! <3

I also want to thank all the publishers I've worked with: Pan Macmillan SA, Penguin Random House South Africa, Jonathan Ball Publishers, Penguin Random House UK, Usborne Publishers, MIRA Ink and Abrams & Chronicle! Thank you for all the books you've sent me and the opportunities you've given me!

I also thought it would be interesting to see the stats I've accumulated over the past four years. SO LET'S SEE!

Page views: 309,440

GFC: 508

Twitter: 1,021

BlogLovin: 412

Instagram: 943

Wow! Thank you! I'm so happy with that and although I don't really focus that much on stats anymore, it makes my heart swell with pride that at some point each of these people wanted to hear what I had to say - thank you!

I'm so thankful to all you guys who read and comment on my blog, it makes me so indescribably happy! <3 I'm really excited to see where Blog of a Bookaholic takes me in the future and I'm excited to see it grow alongside me. :D

To show my appreciation I thought I'd treat all you lovely people to a giveaway! You can win any book of your choice as long as it's under £10 GBP and The Book Depository ships to your country. A few other rules are:

  1. You must be over 13 to enter or have your parents' permission.
  2. Be able to provide a legit shipping address
  3. The winner has 48 hours to reply, otherwise another winner will be chosen!
  4. The giveaway will run from today, March 22nd, up until April 22nd!
  5. That's all! May the odds be ever in your favor! ;)

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