It’s My Birthday + Giveaway!!

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As you might have guessed from the title of this post, it’s my birthday!


And I have turned 17, which means I’m one year closer to death older and (not much) wiser.

So, in order to celebrate, here’s seventeen things I’ve done since my last birthday. (Oh, and a giveaway at the end!)

  1. I took the SATs/PSATs/SAT Subject Tests.
  2. I read more than 45 books in the first half of the year. I don’t think I’ve ever done that before in my life tbh.
  3. I got a pen pal! (What’s up, KaitlinΒ πŸ˜‰Β )
  4. I started watching booktube videos and I love them to pieces
  5. I got approved for my first physical ARC a few months agoΒ and I was thrilled even though I wasn’t a huge fan of the bookΒ (and I just got approved a few weeks ago for another one!).
  6. IΒ started a bookstagram account! (Hit me upΒ πŸ˜‰Β )
  7. I also recently hit 1.4k on my bookstagram (as of the time I’m writing this post)!! Thank you all!
  8. I got my driver’s license!
  9. I hosted my first giveaway in December (I believe).
  10. I started listening to Hamilton, and I’ve descended into the abyss.
  11. I’ve made so many friends and I couldn’t be more grateful for all of you.
  12. I started collecting bookish pins (idk they’re cool).
  13. I started using Goodreads and organizing my Goodreads shelves (you can add me here!)
  14. I now design graphics for blog headers, phone backgrounds, bookmarks, and other things, and it’s been so much fun! (You can also request some here.)
  15. I read so many new books that I probably wouldn’t have read if I hadn’t joined the book community.
  16. I feel like my writing skills have developed from writing so many discussion and review posts.
  17. I started this blog! Thank you to everyone who welcomed me into this community when I first started (P.S. my blogoversary is coming up in one month–very, very soon! Expect more fun + surprises aka giveaways!).

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As a thanks for sticking with me and my blog, I’m hosting a giveaway! There will be two prizes for two winners:

  • $20 to the Book Depository and it will beΒ international if TBD ships to you
  • $20 to Redbubble or Society6 to purchase a mug/pillow/thing/what-have-you and it will also be international

Terms and Conditions:

  • You must be 18 or older orΒ have your parent’s consent to release a mailing address.
  • You may only use one account to enter.
  • If the winner doesn’t respond in 48 hours, i will choose another winner.
  • I am not responsible for anything lost in the mail.
  • This giveaway is not affiliated with Book Despository / Redbubble / Society6
  • This giveaway will run from July 2, 2016 at 12AM EST to August 2, 2016 at 12 AM EST.
  • Read my full policy here. Good luck!!!!!

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[graphic illustration by freepik]

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What book or product would you get if you won? Do you have any ideas as to what I should giveaway for my one year blogoversary in a month?


146 thoughts on “It’s My Birthday + Giveaway!!

  1. Ahh, I just wished you happy birthday on Twitter but I’ll wish you happy birthday again! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
    I loved reading your 17 things – I got my driver’s license too since my last birthday, and have read more books that I’ve ever read. πŸ™ˆ I’m not sure if I can keep it up next year when I go back to study, but, ah, I’ll try.

    (I’m absolutely terrible with giveaways and have 0% experience, nevermind my 3rd year blogiversary so I have no idea. I really like reading Q&A’s though?)


    • Thank you so much, CW! It’s been such a pleasure being mutuals with you; I love your posts! I totally agree; it’ll be my senior year next year so I don’t know how I’m going to read as much…that’s why I’m trying to read tons over the summer! πŸ™‚ Thank you for the birthday wishes! xx


  2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! This is so exciting! And you aren’t one year closer to death. πŸ˜› you’re one year closer to nirvana!


  3. Alii happy birthday from here too! I just wished you on twitter 😊 We’ve been mutuals for a while now, and I love seeing your bookish posts & sebastian stan related retweets, hahahah you’re definitely one of my favorite book mutuals! I hope your 18th year is as good as your 17th one, you deserve it. Your giveaway is also too kind of youuu, I just entered! If I win the TBD one, I’ll probably get The Foxhole Court series, because it’s /impossible/ for me to find it in Greece, and if I win the Society6/RedBubble one I’ll buy this Vicious by V.E. Schwab shirt that’s just the love of my life. Again, thank you for this opportunity & enjoy your birthdaayyy! xx


  4. Girl, happy birthday!!! Knowing you’re 17 makes me feel really old because I’ll be turning 20 soon. πŸ˜‚ Anyway, have an amazing day! Hope you enjoy it. πŸ˜ŠπŸŽ‰


  5. Happy birthday Ali! πŸ™‚ I hope you have an amazing day.
    Looks like you’ve had quite a successful year. πŸ™‚
    Thank you for the giveaways!


  6. Happy Birthday!!
    You made me laugh with that closer to death crossed commenty!
    I am so glad you got approved for another phisical ARC! I hope you’ll enjoy that book better then the first ARC you got. 😁


  7. Happy Biiiirthday!!!! Hope you have a great day ^^

    Thank you so much for the giveaway! πŸ˜‰


  8. Happy 17th Birthday! I hope it’s a grand one. I wish I was 17 again. Those were some good days. Thank you for sharing a gift with us when it’s us who should be giving you one instead. I think you are doing a great job blogging. Keep up the fabulous work.


  9. Happy birthday!! Ooh, if you ever want another pen pal… let me know :D. I love writing letters and I’d love to write you one. I have my driver’s test in a few weeks and I’m kind of nervous, not going to lie. Also, happy almost blogiversary :).


  10. Happy belated birthday to you! 17 woow such a young age to have achieved so much, congrats to you! Your list was awesome and I just loved reading it. I hope your day is filled with love, happiness and of course presents!!


  11. Happy birthday!! I hope you had only the best of time on your special day and got everything you wished for! Great list you have there, I also started watching booktube videos recently and fell in love ❀


  12. Hello!!! OMG Happy (belated) Birthday πŸ™‚ I hope you had a wonderful time with ypur friends and family! Regarding the giveaway I seriously wouldn’t know what to buy for society 6 but I do know I would buy so many books over at the book depository. πŸ˜€


  13. Happy belated birthday! I’m also 17 but I think you’ve accomplished more than I did haha xD (I haven’t learn how to drive yet lol). Anyway, hope you have a wonderful day and have a blast! <33


  14. congratulations and happy birthday! πŸ˜€
    May all your wishes come true (:

    Hmm… there are just so many books coming out this year (Gemina, nevernight, stealing snow…). I’ll have to narrow it down somehow.

    Thank you for this amazing giveaway! And again: happy birthday πŸ˜€


  15. OMG! how come I’ve missed this post? And I didn’t see on Twitter until now!!??!?!
    Am I the only one who feels a little different a couple of days before my birthday, but like nothing changes on my actual birthday? Because ending a year has more impact to me than starting a new one; after all, endings are always more emotional than beginning… (someone should quote me on that^^)
    You can drive now, go you!:D I waited SO long to get my driving license so I’m very proud that you didn’t do like me^^
    It’s not even a year and look how far you’ve come with your blog!:O I’ll keep what I want to say for your blogiversary for, well, your blogiverasry, because if I start saying them now, this comment will be twice as long!^^
    I wish you only the best for the upcoming year! You’re a wonderful person Ali, and I hope you remember that for many years to come!<3


      Oooh, that's weird! I just never feel very strange at all oops. (That WAS super profound!)
      I can't wait to share with you my blogoversary post! πŸ™‚ Thank you so SO much, Sophie! ❀


  16. Happy (belated) Birthday:) I hope you had a wonderful time! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰
    Re: the giveaway I seriously wouldn’t know what to buy from society 6 (bookmarks probably πŸ˜„) but I do know I would buy a ton of books over at the book depository.πŸ˜€


  17. I know it’s super later but happy birthday!! Also, what a great year! 45 books? I don’t think I’ve ever read that many books in a whole year so, go you!! ^_^


  18. Happy birthday! ❀ I turned fangirl mode when I saw Hamilton there. I'm listening to it as I write this. Yes there's no coming back from the abyss. Also, I've always wanted a pen pal.
    Thanks for the giveaway!


  19. Happy birthday!!! You’re really young and you already run such a nice blog, good job!! πŸ˜€ Thank you for the giveaway!


  20. Thanks for the giveaway! You have had a busy year, it seems. It almost makes me feel like I’m slacking, especially with reading. I have such a long list of books that I would like to read, so I am hoping to win a book from TBD (although either prize would be lovely). πŸ™‚


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