Book news, life

Infinity Reads Turns Two! + Giveaway

It was only yesterday I was celebrating my baby blog’s first birthday and look where we are! I’ve managed to take care of my little internet space for two whole years now.

WHAT TIME IS IT?

Oh yeah, it’s dance party time

The Story Behind

Once upon a time, in the summer of 2014 15 year old Aasma, getting tired of her obsession with watching Booktubers and wanting to find a new medium to obsess over stumbled upon the world of blogging. Always having a desire to record her thoughts on the books she’d been reading since she was a pre-pubescent little crab, she used YA Midnight Reads’ site as inspiration to start her own blog Infinity Reads!

Okay I’m gonna stop with the third person because it’s weird

But at the time myself and my best friend were obsessed with the idea of Infinity or The Infinite and what it represented, also there’s a cute Korean boy band called Infinite so that was a bonus. That’s how the name originated. My early reviews had no word limit or proper structure but this is where it got me. This is where YOU got me

The Achievements

This is the only time of the year where I’ll allow myself to get caught up in the numbers. In the two years this is what Infinity Reads has achieved:

-561 followers

-307 blog posts

-6296 views

-4310 visitors

I do not even want to start comprehending those big numbers! but holy you guys!

The top posts from 2015 include:

Divergent Film Review

Book Review | The Infinite Sea

Top 10 of 2014 | Top 10 books of 2015

Deadly and Debunked Game of Thrones Predictions

About

The Sappy Stuff

I honestly don’t know what else to say other thank THANK YOU SO SO SO MUCH! Thank you for keeping me here for two years. I love the support I receive from the Aussie blogging community as well as my lovely readers! I’ve met some really cool people and discovered so many opportunities because of blogging and it’s crazy to imagine what my life would be without blogging. LET’S NOT GO THERE

The Year Ahead

As you may or may not know, this is my last year of schooling (wow I’m getting old) and it’s going to be crazy hectic but I want to manage to keep the blog running as much as I possibly can without like draining myself. My top three goals would be:

Post consistently three times per week: I currently post on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays. This seems to work well and gives me the weekend off.

Read 25 books in 2016: This might seem like a considerably small goal but I don’t wanna set myself for something huge in a big year like this and fail. So we starting small.

Go beyond reviews and tags: Reviews and Tags make for good posts yeah but I really wanna start doing more personal posts such as my photo diaries which you guys seem to enjoy a lot and I also wanna do blogging advice posts which surprisingly you guys find helpful!

Giveaway Time!

The Rules  

-This giveaway is open internationally
-You must be 18 years old or have parents permission to enter this giveaway
-The winner will be contacted via email and must respond within 48 hours
-You can only enter the giveaway ONCE
-Infinity Reads is not responsible for any lost items

NOTE: I can’t post the Rafflecopter Widget on this site cuz WordPress safety regulations but click on the link and it will take you to the widget thing and yeah best I can do
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Good luck to you all and here’s to another successful year of blogging to Infinity Reads!

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Book news, life

January Breakdown

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This is basically a wrap up post where each month I review my Bookish Resolutions and reflect on books/movies/events throughout the month.

January was a solid reading and blogging month.

NOTE: Just click on the book titles which will take you to my review of that particular book (only if you want to)

Some of the best stand-Alones I read throughout the month include: 

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

 

I was Here By Gayle Forman

I read possibly the best book of the year… Drum roll….

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

did Bout of Books #12 which was a lot of fun

Top Five Wednesday has now become a regular feature on my blog

Infinity Reads completed one year in the blogosphere and there’s a giveaway!

Infinity Reads produced its 100th post!

 

Movies I watched and loved this month include

The Imitation Game 

I mean just look that!

TV shows I watched:

Pretty Little Liars

Literally been obsessed with this show since like 2012

Currently Reading 

Fairest by Marissa Meyer

Wow look how interesting my life is! not really but yeah that’s all the highlights of January. Let me know what you been up to!

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Book news

Infinity Reads Turns One! (Giveaway)

It’s my birthday! well it’s the blog’s birthday but anyways YAY DANCE PARTY

I cannot believe I have managed to do this thing for 365 days. I remember feeling so overwhelmed and full to bursting after finishing a good book or just wanting to rant after reading a not so good book and so I created my little internet space, this blog, to record my thoughts. When I received email notifications that people were actually following me I flipped my shit and thought: People actually read this?

So here we are, I rant about books, I glorify them and people read it. YOU read it.

Looking Back

Even though it has never been about the numbers Infinity Reads currently has:

-123 followers

-421 email followers

-105 posts (including this one)

How the hell did that happen? Now lets look at the top posts from 2014!

1. Blood of Olympus-SPOILERS Discussion (someone clearly likes spoilers)

2. Top 10 of 2014 | Best Books I’ve Read in 2014

3. Book Review: The Infinite Sea (not my best one but okay)

4. Gone Girl ending controversy (Someone also clearly likes controversy)

5. City of Heavenly Fire- SPOILERS Discussion (surprise surprise!)

The sappy stuff

Thank you 🙂

Thank you for taking time out of your day for reading my brain vomit and for liking it. Thank you for commenting so I can put a face to my readers. But most importantly I want to thank you for managing to keep me here for a whole year. There have been days when I’ve doubted myself or my capability but something kept me going so from the bottom of my frozen heart THANK YOU

What’s New?

Exciting times are ahead fellow Earthlings! Expect to see better quality reviews, fun tags and Read-a-thons and some new unique exclusive to Infinity Reads features!

  • Infinite Impulses– Towards the end of last year I wrote a couple of impulsive, unplanned posts where I basically poured my soul out and people seemed to enjoy those so I’m gonna be doing more of those in the coming year! Hopefully you can relate to them and I’ve always been a big believer in Keepin’ it real..
  • Monthly Breakdowns– At the end of every month I’ll discuss what I read, reviewed, the newest addition to my shelves, what I watched you name it. It’s basically a wrap up.

What’s in it for you?

Surely you didn’t come here to read me ramble on (if you did though BIG LOVE TO YOU)

It’s you guessed it GIVEAWAY TIME! we all love giveaways right cuz we’re all greedy Grinches and who doesn’t love FREE BOOKS! One person can win $15 worth of books from The Book Depository so head over!

THE RULES

-This giveaway is internationally open
-You must be 18 years old or have parents permission to enter this giveaway
-The winner will be contacted via email and must respond within 48 hours
-You can only enter the giveaway ONCE
-Infinity Reads is not responsible for any lost items

NOTE: I can’t post the Rafflecopter Widget on this site cuz WordPress safety regulations but click on the link and it will take you to the widget thing and yeah best I can do 🙂

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Happy anniversary to Infinity Reads and I’ll see you next time, hopefully you’ve entered the giveaway by then!

Keep Reading!

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Book reviews

Blog tour: A life, Freed + Giveaway

Dark and compelling Tracy Hewitt-Meyer’s Rowan Slone series is a highly promising New Adult novel tackling social issues and life.

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My Review

A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review 🙂

A life, Redefined  (Rowan Slone #1)

Author: Tracy Hewitt-Meyer

Genre: New Adult

Pages: 200

Synopsis

Seven years ago, an innocent act by Rowan Slone turned her life into a nightmare. Since the age of ten she’s lived with the burden of her baby brother’s death. Now she is seventeen and all she wants to do is graduate high school, go to college, and escape the loveless family she has endured all these years—the same family that holds her responsible for his death. But no one holds her responsible more than herself.

When long-time crush Mike Anderson invites her to the Prom, suddenly her future looks brighter. Rowan’s younger sister, Trina, however, is determined to ruin her new-found happiness, no matter the cost. And when Rowan discovers her mother’s long-held secret, she finds herself teetering on the edge of an abyss. Can Rowan find the strength to move toward the future or is she doomed to dwell in the past?

From the get go the plot of this novel is engaging because of the mystery behind Rowan having killed her baby brother. Throughout the book there are so many cliff hangers which created excitement and progression in the story.

Rowan has the misfortune to be stuck with a rather messed up family and it saddens me to think that domestic abuse is still a problem. But, I admire her willpower to create a better future for herself. Mike, her love interest gave me the feels. The romance in this book gave me a break from all the serious problems Rowan was facing.

There’s a dark side too, Rowan’s relationship with her sister Trina which was very complicated.  Her self harming and all the suicide related issues that were bought up in this novel raised awareness for issues that people experience every day. Props to the author for that,

A life, Redefined is a fairly quick read with an underlying message that if you seek help, things will get better. Definitely recommend it.

Rating:

4

 

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Book 3:A Life Freed (1)

A Life, Freed by Tracy Hewitt Meyer

Genre: New Adult

On her own for the first time, Rowan Slone is no longer waiting for the future. She’s living  in the present, and relishing every minute of it. She has a new boyfriend. She is helping best friend, Jess, raise her five-month-old son, Jacob. And she continues to work as Assistant Manager at the animal shelter-all while settling into her first semester of college. Rowan’s stars are aligned and she’s not looking back.

But all is not as golden as it seems. Being a young mother is too much for Jess to handle, leaving Rowan to shoulder much of the burden of raising Jacob. Trina becomes involved in a religious cult causing Rowan to fear she may have lost her sister forever. And her mother has a new psychiatrist whose goal is to get Rowan into therapy, forcing her to deal with her mother, and the past, once and for all.

Adding to the rising turmoil, Rowan’s first love, Mike Anderson, returns, and wants to see her. She is surprised how much she wants to see him too. But his sudden reappearance makes her wonder if there is room in her future for the boy with the pine-colored eyes or is it too little, too late?

As the winds begin to stir, threatening to send Rowan’s carefully-built life into a tailspin, she must search deep inside herself to discover what she truly wants. Will soul-searching help her achieve that elusive sense of peace and family she’s always craved or will the pain of the past prove too great?

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About the Author tracy

Tracy Hewitt Meyer is a multi-genre, multi-published author of new adult fiction as well as adult paranormal and contemporary romance. She has a B.A. in English and a Master of Social Work, both of which feed her true passion-a love of writing. Born and raised in the beautiful state of West Virginia, Tracy now lives in the mid-east with her family, a goldendoodle, and a bearded dragon.

Website: http://www.tracyhewittmeyer.com/

Twitter: @TracyHMeyer

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5323127.Tracy_Hewitt_Meyer

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TracyHewittMeyer

The Giveaway:

(5) ebook copies of A Life, Redefined (Book 1) by Tracy Hewitt Meyer

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