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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Fantastic Fives- My Five Year Anniversary Stop

Hey everyone welcome to my stop on the Fantastic Fives Celebration! 

Have you heard of the event? Well Two Chicks On Books (Me) and Me My Shelf And I decided to host a massive birthday celebration for all book blogs turning 5 this year! 5 is a pretty huge milestone and we wanted to CELEBRATE!

5 years is quite a milestone in the book blogging community! I'm sure you've seen blogs you love come and go over the time that you have been here for many reasons. We all know it can be hard to keep up, to read as much as you feel needs reading, finding the time to post – and so we want to put the focus on those that have made it to 5 – like Amber and I!

Here's all the details of the event!

Any book blog that has already, or will turn 5 years old before the end of 2015!

What and When
Starting on November 8th and lasting as long as it needs to – each day a new blog will have the spotlight on them with a small interview and a giveaway of their choice. 

Now on to my post!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Jaime my 5 year blogaversary will be on December 30! I started blogging because I love books and wanted to share my love with other people. Over the years my blogging has actually helped me turn my love of books into a career! I started out as an intern at Entangled Publishing and was hired as a publicist and now am the Publicity and Marketing Director at Month9Books! I also co-own a blog tour company with one of my BFF's and fellow Fantastic Fiver Rachel from Fiktshun!

Outside my reading/blogging life. I am a huge sports fan I love NASCAR and The Oakland Raiders and A's! I love a good beer and cooking, And I love TV and movies! 

How did you get started blogging? 
I was a stay at home caretaker and I read all the time. I saw a few book blogs around and though "hey I could do that". So I asked a friend if she would like to do a blog together since I didn't think I'd have the time to do it alone. And Two Chicks on Books was born! About a year in I parted ways with my partner though since I found myself doing most of the work but I kept the name since people already knew it.

How did you pick the name for your blog?
Well there were 2 of us to start so it seemed like a cute name.

If you could go back in time and tell your newbie blogger self 1 thing what would it be?
Don't have a partner! I am much happier running the blog on my own. Also don't feel like you have to post a review for every book you read or participate in every meme you see.

What have you learned in your 5 years of blogging?
That you need to blog your way. There is no right or wrong way to blog. I've learned a bunch of other stuff too but I think this is the most important thing to remember.

What was the first ARC or book you ever received from a publisher?

Magicians Muse by Linda Joy Singleton. I didn't get this from a publisher I got it from the author. She's a local author and friend and I adore this series so she sent me an ARC.

First publisher ARC? It was an eGalley Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton. I wasn't established enough to get a paper ARC of this one but back then I used Netaglley quite often.

My first paper ARC? That was The Girl of Fire And Thorns by Rae Carson and Fateful by Claudia Gray. Thanks Harper Teen for giving a fledgling blogger a chance! I will always remember that!

When you’re not reading or blogging, what can we find you doing?

Cooking, travelling, or doing yard work, or watching TV! I'm a huge fan of shows like Supernatural, Arrow, Heroes Reborn, Blindspot, DaVinci's Demons, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Game of Thrones, and The Walking Dead. I also love watching sports. 

Here’s where it gets hard everyone!!!

The Fives: (and yes, you can ONLY have 5! *muwhahahah*)

Yes I know Amber and I came up with these but they still suck lol

Five Favorite Books
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Five Favorite Book Boyfriends
Valek from Maria V. Snyder's Study & Glass series.

Hector from Rae Carson's Girl of Fire and Thorns series.

Ash from Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series.

Adrian Ivashkov from Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series.

Shane McAllister from Jeri Smith-Ready's WVMP Radio series.

Five Favorite Book Quotes
I have way too many so I'm going to not do this one lol

Five Blogging Tips For New Bloggers
Blog your way. There is no right or wrong way to blog and those people who tell you there is are wrong.

Don't worry about getting all the ARC's! Even established blogs miss out on ARC's. And trust me there will come a time when you have so many books you won't know what to do with them all.

Read what you want when you want and read for fun! If you start scheduling things the fun goes away.

Don't participate in memes just to get followers. Participate because you want to meet new bloggers and actually comment on their posts. You will meet a lot of great people participating in memes as well as on social media so get out there and be social!

Have fun! This is the most important one in my opinion. If you're not having fun you're not doing it right. Blogging is for fun it's not a job.

Five Blogs You Want The World To Know About

These are easy since I love these ladies! The top 3 are some of my closest friends that I have known forever. The last 2 are newer bloggers that I've gotten to know over the past year and they are doing some awesome things!

The Giveaway
I will be having a HUGE giveaway that will include a kindle paperwhite, ARC's, and swag on my actual blogaversary which is December 30th so make sure to stop back for that.

For this giveaway I'm giving away a stack of fall 2015 ARC's and a couple of early 2016 ARC's, US Only.

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Fantastic Fives Schedule
November 8 Books Etc.
November 9 Fiktshun
November 10 Two Chicks On Books
November 11 Me, My Shelf and I
November 12 Bewitched Bookworms
November 13 Novel Novice
November 14 Book Angel Bookutopia- No post
November 15 Maer Wilson
November 17 YA Book Shelf
November 19 Bookish Lifestyle
November 20 Once Upon A Twilight
November 21 Stories & Sweeties
November 22 Bookaholics Anonymous


  1. Thanks for such an awesome giveaway and congrats on your blogoversary!!!

  2. I love this giveaway. The post was wonderful--full of great advice and wisdom.

  3. Congrats on the five Jaime! We both love fantasy so I agree with many of these, especially Ash and Hector :)

  4. Happy 5th Blogiversary!! I've only been blogging for 2 years and your tips are really helpful. Especially about keeping it fun. That's what I've been doing and it reduced the stress I was feeling.

  5. Happy early 5th blogoversary! So exciting! This was my 6th year back in August. Some of the blogs seem like they've been around as long as me, and I figure that is because I didn't really venture out in to the world of other bloggers until I'd been blogging for a year or so.

  6. Thanks for organizing this, and congrats on your five years!!! I am loving getting to know all my fellow "Fantastic Fivers." :)

  7. Happpyyy Blogbirthday Jamie! Thank you so much for organising this fantastic event and I'm so glad you are here in the blogosphere and that I get to know you! Big Hugs!

  8. Thank you so much for this giveaway! Happy Blogiversary!

  9. I freakin' LOVE ur blog! :D I hope ya'll have many more Blogiversary's!!!!
    Mary G Loki

  10. I have always loved your blog! And you are also one of only a few bloggers or people that are named Jaime that spell it the same way I spell mine!


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