Monday, January 19, 2015

My 2 Year Blogoversary + Birthday Post!! (3 Giveaways! INT & US)

Since my blogoversary is only a little less than a month apart from my birthday I decided to do a joint post/giveaway/happy fun time! :e


2 YEAR BLOGOVERSARY! :party


WOW. I can't believe it's been 2 years since I began blogging!! I am so grateful that my blog has grown and changed (so much!) since its inception. It's been a lot of hard work and dedication, but
I've made so many friends, gone to some awesome book events that I wouldn't have if I wasn't blogging, and even improved my writing skills. :$ I think even more impressive is my followers. :L

That's YOU guys. YOU, right now reading...whether you're a new or old follower I appreciate you so much. :k The fact that you follow my content, what I have to say, my erratic posting, occasional rants and participate in discussions is pretty fucking great. Not to mention, all those breaks I had to take or less posts during busy times YOU STAYED BY MY SIDE. :h

Into the Future....

I'm quite excited about the future of my blog. I have quite a few new types of posts I'm planning to share (and some have already started: like the recommendations of graphic novels posts) and I plan to continue to do more discussion posts as well this year, since I found adding more last year to be so enjoyable. Guest Posts, Guest Reviewers, and even posts about my Art and Creativity/Crafty side will be filtering in (hopefully) more and more.

While I am excited about all these things, I'm a little scared about something too. As you may know, things in my personal life have gotten hectic and insane (in a good way!) these past several months. At first I thought it was due to Grad School Applications, starting a new full-time job, etc. I've now open my eyes up to the fact that my life is only going to get busier and more hectic. I just CAN'T say goodbye to blogging and don't want to! I've thought long and hard and I have made a decision:

I need help. 

I am calling for a co-blogger (or) contributor to help me run this blog. 


It's going to be a process, but I'm willing to go the distance. I'm willing to change what needs to be changed to get this blog back to popping out 4-5 posts a week/ 3 reviews a week. I know many of you already have blogs of your own, or maybe some of you just don't have the time to commit to co-blog. The reason I'm opening it up to both is not because I need both, but rather I so desperately need something that I feel I can make things work with a contributor if a co-blogger isn't found. In fact, I can see either situation working out tremendously great! ^_^

Here are some of the differences for those of you who aren't sure what the difference is:
Co-Blogger: Equal partner in the blog. It's someone who will be writing reviews, hosting discussions, giveaways, coming up with fresh content (if they want), and editing code/design (if desired) / suggesting changes to design and name (which I can make) to fit their personality and presence onto the blog. It will be our blog, not mine (name change will have to occur)
 If you're someone who has been wanting to start a blog for a long time, but don't have the know-how/time/energy/whatever to create one, you should totally be a co-blogger and leave the html to me :O! Listen, I put 2 years of love, sweat, and tears into this blog and I am willing to share (I like sharing) and I think there is a lot of great potential and benefit out there for the taking, too.

Contributor: Someone who "contributes" regularly on the blog. From reviews, discussions, author interviews, blog tours (IF they want them, I personally have stopped doing them), even starting their own feature, this person would regularly contribute to the blog and interact with followers. Doesn't need to worry about any technical stuff, and can have a limited post contribution set to fit their schedule (say, 1-2 posts a week for ex, or 2 reviews a week?) TOTALLY flexible!
*Can be great for someone who has a blog/booklikes/goodreads/tumblr but wants to contribute to this one for a different type of genre/bigger or broader audience/for fun. Busy schedules can easily work with this option, and I'm extremely flexible no matter what! Whether for co-blogger or contributor I'm very flexible and easy-going. My main concern is finding the right person and right combination of tastes and personality.

If you are interested, PLEASE shoot me an email ASAP. If you know someone who might be perfect for this--please let them know (share the link to this post, give them my email/twitter) and if you end up being the person who connects me with them I will love you forever. :L

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...Onto the GIVEAWAYS! :tup

In order to show my appreciation and love for all my followers these past two years and to celebrate Dee's Reads turning 2:  I'm doing 3 giveaways! I'm making 2 International and 1 US. :tup

EVERY FOLLOWER CAN ENTER TO WIN SOMETHING :mj



In lieu of my birthday January 20th :party 
I'm doing 1 open choice Amazon giveaway (see below) for any ebook from Amazon around 5$ AND US only: 1 winner will win a surprise book/ARC from my collection. I will throw a box together (small, but may turn out to be bigger depending on if I find some more goodies while cleaning out my room).

*By entering you're agreeing to my Giveaway Rules*
*If entering INT giveaway, you must be*  
a) eligible to receive books from The Book Depository. List of countries HERE.
b) able to be gifted ebooks from Amazon

INT: (2 winners)

1st winner: Your choice of 1 book from any of my Goodreads Shelves via TBD 15$ USD 
-I have almost 2,000 books shelved, see them all HERE-

2nd winner: ANY ebook of choice via Amazon for 5$ USD (give or take)
a Rafflecopter giveaway

US: (1 winner)

Surprise book(s)/ARCs from my collection (small box)

a Rafflecopter giveaway


If you have any problems with the rafflecopters here are the links

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So besides all the fun giveaway and celebratory offerings, I do want to open up the floor to some comments and hear from YOU guys :i

What do you like about my blog? Have you observed the changes these past two years? What do you think? Do you have any constructive criticism? 

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Diamond

(aka Dee) has loved reading for as long as she can remember. She loves many things: fantasy novels, young adult fiction, her cat, painting, and horror films from the 70s. Diamond is a grad student at UCLA. She's pursuing a Master's in Library and Information Science.

43 comments :

  1. WOOOOHOOOOOO FIRST OFF: HAPPPY BIRTHDAY MY DEAR!!!!! <33333 AND HAPPY 2ND BLOGOVERSARY! *throws confetti!* YOU DESERVE ALL THE LOVE. Why am I not there with you to give you the biggest hug ever?? *hugshugshugs* Honestly, I'm so glad that I've met you and it's been a complete honour. We just click and you're incredible and gah, I'm getting all emotional on your comment section. I totally understand about the need for a co blogger but man, I am strugggggggglinnnngggg as it is right now and come uni time, it's going to be even worse. I haven't forgotten that email. I AM SO SORRY THAT I HAVEN'T REPLIED YET. The past week and a half have been INSANE for me. I feel horrible. I'm trying to find some time this week (I foresee the day where I sit at my hairdressers LOL) and I'm going to shoot you back the longest email ever ok <3 HAPPPPPPY BIRTHDAY ONCE AGAIN. BUAHAHA it's the 20th now for me but I'll wait for it to near the 20th for you AND I'LL SHOWER YOU WITH EVEN MORE TWITTER LOVE! <3

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    1. THANK YOU SO MUCH JESS. birthday love, ah you just gave me so many *feels* :h
      And thank you for the lovely gift (see my next post where I put you on blast along with all the other crazy unexpected things i got for my bday).
      Don't even worry AT ALL about returning the email, even if you did I would be stuck because I"m in the middle of a huge schedule change at work AND trying to actually read more so I can like, have reviews up on here lmao. :O Yeahhh looking for a co-blogger. It's kind of nerve-racking. I hope I get some more emails! <3
      Love ya girl xo

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  2. Happy Birthday and Happy 2nd Blogoversary!! I hope the coming year(s) are even better for you! I have lots of favorite genres, so I'm pretty easy to please when it comes to books. :)

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  3. I love anything to do with the YA genre and I love all the book reviews!! Thanks for the great giveaway!! :D

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  4. My favorite genre is YA or fantasy :) Happy Birthday/Blogoversary :) :)

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  5. OMG CONGRATS ON YOUR BLOGOVERSARY DIAMOND!! And happy early birthday <3 I've been following your blog for a long time, maybe a few months after I started blogging? I love reading your posts and always love getting them in my inbox. I love how laidback you are in your posts and how you incorporate those cute emojis--while still managing to be professional. I'm still sad that we couldn't meet at the Orange County Children's Book Fest, it would've been awesome!

    Diamond, you're an amazing blogging friend, and here's to many more blogoversaries to come! (You're like one of the only Middle Eastern bloggers I know--Middle Easterners FTW!)

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    1. we WILL meet someday, my lovely Summer and fellow middle eastern book blogger!! :L
      Thank you so much for your kind words :$ and yes, we did start at about the same time! I love that <3. Hasn't time gone by so fast?! It's crazy!
      xoxo :L

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  6. Congrats on two years! And good luck on finding an amazing co-blogger. All my friends who've teamed up with others seem to have had a fantastic experience with co-blogging.
    I love your blog -- the emojis, the very sincere reviews, and just your general sweetness and amazingness!
    Jen @ YA Romantics

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    1. aww w :$ thank you so much Jen! that means a LOT to me :O I really think it will work out I think the hardest part is finding one that fits and …just …finding one! hahaha

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  7. Happy blogoversary and happy birthday for tomorrow!

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  8. Happy Blogoversary!
    I love YA!

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  9. Happy 2 yr blogoversary! My favorite genres are paranormal romance and urban fantasy.

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  10. Happy Birthday and Blogversary, Diamond! I wish you all the luck finding the perfect someone to help you out with this wonderful blog.

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  11. AHHHHH HAPPY HAPPY BLOGVERSARY MY LOVE <333 Our blog birthdays are pretty close to one and another, which I find pretty cool xD I hope you find the perfect co-blogger/contributor! Best of luck xx

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    1. I know! I love your blog it was one I followed from the start, and I'm glad we have shared the ride and kept up these past two years. Thanks for your support, please spread the word Mel if you know ANYBODY that would want a co-blogger/contributor! PLEASE let me know :D How did you find yours? did you keep asking on the blog? or twitter, tumblr, or just ask through friends? maybe I need to do a post about that too..lol :D

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    2. Sorry I just saw this now! Also, you're totally awesome for sticking with me all this time, hun <3 I'm just about to go and tweet about this on twitter! Maybe this link will help? http://yamidnightreads.com/2014/01/searching-for-a-co-blogger/ It's basically the one post that I posted for applications and they came quite quickly so I think it works pretty well. Celine was a commenter on my blog before she came my co-blogger, so she just found out through visiting my blog. as for larissa, i'm actually not quite sure! I must ask her haha. I know that she's friends with Wendy Darling and so maybe she found through Wendy who I think once tweeted about me finding a co-blogger during that time? I also made a general status update on my Goodreads account and a lot of my GR friends actually applied so I think that's also I good place to ask. You know, I'm all inspired to do a finding a co-blogger post hah!

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    3. thank you! I remember reading that post actually haha! If you do a post can you PLEASE tell me and include meee! I will love you forever <3 :D Let me know, I am definitely going to do a Goodreads status update! thanks for the suggestiion

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  12. Happy Birthday and Happy Blogoversary! I think your blog is great :) My favorite genres are YA (dystopian and fantasy) and adult fantasy too! Thanks for this amazing giveaway - I would love to win!

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  13. Happy birthday Dee! And happy nearly blog birthday too! I hope that you find the perfect person soon to share your blog with. It's such a huge decision but you are so excited about it that I know it's the perfect decision for you and your life now.
    My fav thing about your blog is YOU! But I love that you are doing more discussions and showing up your arty side too.

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    1. Thanks Trish, I really hope so too. Maybe if you could spread the word around I'd really appreciate it! It definitely is a huge decision, I've thought about it for a longs time but I really think it's the only thing right now. and I'm excited for it too. I will keep up more discussions and doing the arty posts has been fun so that's definitely going to be more this year. Love you! xox <3

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  14. Happy Birthday and Happy Blogoversary! Both amazing feats, to be celebrated! My favorite genre is... Well, pretty much anything YA and I will be a happy reader! If I had to pick a few genres, they would be paranormal/fantasy, horror/thriller, and the occasional contemp! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Thank you so much Jaime! I'm a lover of almost all YA too, except contemporary which h I am super picky about and have to be in the right mood, which almost never happens HAHA. I do love the others though…especially fantasy :D :star

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  15. I can't believe it's been 2 years!!! This reminded me that we started almost at the same time - my 2-yr is in February. Just happy birthday and congrats!!! I've been enjoying your graphic novel stuff and I'm curious to see what new things pop up this year.

    Tressa @ Wishful Endings

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    1. YES! we DID start at like the same time! Yours is one of the few blogs I have been following from the beginning too :D Time just goes so fast doesn't it ?! Thanks for enjoying my graphic novel stuff, I kind of just started reading more and more of them…and voila. lol. Lots of new things so keep checking in honey :h xoxo <3

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  16. darn the giveaway widgets won't shop up for me - Poop =(

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  17. You know I love Fantasy yep yep and there are always more fantasy books that I need! Especially the new Marissa Meyer Fairest I haven't ordered it yet.

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    1. ooh yeah that one does look good! And Fairest is on my shelves so you could totally win that :D AND YEAH I KNOW you love <3 Fantasy! You're the biggest fantasy lover I know I think. :O
      Thanks Trish, sorry about the rafflecopters not loading! They don't even load for ME sometimes!! It's annoying

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  18. Happy blogoversary! :) i'd probably choose The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas.

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  19. Happy Blogoversary!! I'd love to win Heir of Fire!

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  20. Congratulations on your two-year blogoversary! And happy birthday, too! I love your Pinterest boards.

    As for the question, I'd love to read Illusions of Fate.

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  21. Happy Blogoversary!! My favorite genres are fantasy, paranormal romance and dystopian. I would probably pick Fairest by Marissa Meyer.

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  22. I love YA and adult paranormal and historical romance. Thanks. Happy Blogoversary.

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  23. Happy Blogoversary!!! AND HAPPYBELATEDBIRTHDAY!!! *throws confetti*.
    I would probably pick House of Hades because I love that book so very, very, very much. Sob.

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  24. Happy blogoversary!! AND HAPPYBELATED BIRTHDAY! *throws confetti*
    I would love to re-read House of Hades because I love that book so very, very much.

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    1. Thanks darling! yeah I am planning to reread the entire series because I forgot aton of shit that happened and i just finished blood of olympus and i need to reread it because AHHH i feel like when i reread it i'll get tons of new details that I overlooked or forgot bc i always read the books os fast when i was excited to get to the next one hah

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  25. Congratulations on your blogversary! And thanks for the giveaway! I would love to win A Thousand Pieces by Claudia Gray!

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