February 21, 2016

2016 Love-a-Thon: The End

In case you didn't already know, the Love-a-Thon is an annual February event that encourages the bookish online community to spread some positive vibes, strengthen friendships, form new relationships and have fun along the way. This year, I co-hosted with my friends Cee of The Novel HermitHazel of Stay Bookish Mel of The Daily Prophecy! It's been a whirlwind couple of days, and it's been so, so, so much fun.

It always is bittersweet whenever the Love-a-Thon comes to an end. (Cue me getting a bit emotional!) It's been such a satisfying, wonderful experience getting to know you guys better, chatting with everyone, sharing fun posts and making new friends! I've really loved seeing the enthusiasm for the event, the conversations springing up all around me, and I'm overwhelmed with lots of love and gratitude for each and every person involved.

I'm going to quote what I said last year, because I think it's important to remember this:

Let me leave you with one important thought: Love should be shared all year round. Yes, this Love-a-Thon is time we set aside specifically to celebrate the people we love in this crazy awesome blogging community, and that's always a wonderful thing. But it's important to remember to be kind, to be respectful and to be expressive of our love + gratitude + joy all the time. We should strive to keep the positive attitude the Love-a-Thon inspires going all year round!

I'd like to thank the time to shout out to my amazing co-hosts: Cee, Hazel and Mel. It was seriously so fun to creatively collaborate with you ladies! Thanks to your stellar input and generous contributions of time and effort, the Love-a-Thon is extremely spectacular this year. I'm so happy we were able to work together, and I look forward to the next one, and making it bigger and better!

Also, I'd like to give a special shout-out to our ambassadors for BookTube and Bookstagram. This was a totally new idea we had this year, and I'm so thrilled we had such great people helping us out. Thank you to Alexandra, Aly, Mara, Anabel, Kristin, Tiffany for being so wonderful, and generous, and enthusiastic!

I'd also like to shout-out to these individuals for donating so generously so that we could make these giveaways a possibility. Your generosity never fails to astound me, and I'm so excited for our giveaway winners to receive their awesome prizes! Here's a full list of giveaway sponsors:

  • Alicia of Awesome Book Assessment
  • Bloomsbury (c/o Emily Ritter)
  • Harper Collins
  • Macmillan
  • Merit Press
  • Random House (c/o Cassie McGinty)
  • Tor Teen (c/o Ksenia Winnicki)
  • Usborne Publishing
  • Claire LeGrand
  • Corey Ann Haydu
  • Erin Bowman
  • Fida Islaih
  • Heather Demetrios
  • Heidi Schulz
  • Jennifer E. Smith
  • Jodi Meadows
  • Joy Hensley
  • Lindsay Smith
  • Miranda Kenneally
  • Sarah J. Maas

And, of course, thank YOU to every single person who signed up and joined in this year! Your enthusiastic participation, joy and creativity never fail to inspire and awe me. I'm so grateful that this event gives me the chance to get to know you a little better. I sincerely hope that this event has been a positive presence in your life during the past two days, and I hope you'll be back for more!

As we've done in the past Love-a-Thon wrap-ups, please fill out the participant survey! I'm always curious to find out what everyone thought of the event. Plus, filling the form out with your thoughts and suggestions is always helpful when it comes to planning for the next one! And when you're done doing that, feel free to go ahead and enter the giveaway in this post. (This depends on your country of residence and please be honest!)

prize pack consists of:
Truthwitch poster + pin
Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios
Forged by Erin Bowman
Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally
Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally
Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally
Breathe Annie Breathe by Miranda Kenneally
Jesse’s Girl by Miranda Kenneally
Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith
5 to 1 by Holly Bodger
Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith
The Pirate Code by Heidi Schulz
The Heir and the Spare by Emily Albright
Finding the Worm by Mark Goldblatt
Cassidy’s Guide to Everyday Etiquette by Sue Stauffacher
The Fearless by Emma Pass
Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley
Riders by Veronica Rossi (+ pencils and bracelets)
Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally (ARC)

prize pack consists of:
Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch
Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Hook’s Daughter (+ signed bookplate) by Heidi Schulz
Her Treasures (e-book) by Fida Islaih
Identity Crisis by Melissa Schorr
Half in Love with Death by Emily Ross
The Yearbook by Carol Masciola
The Fearless by Emma Pass
Unlovely by Celeste Conway
Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne
Finding the Worm by Mark Goldblatt
Cassidy’s Guide to Everyday Etiquette by Sue Stauffacher 

Thanks again for being a part of the 2016 Love-a-Thon! You all deserve virtual cookies and hugs, and I'm so grateful. Seriously, from the bottom of my heart, thank you. Hope you had fun, and hope to see you next year!


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