July 18, 2015

New Look & Giveaway! (International)


I’m here today to acknowledge that this blog, after 2 years, has had a MAJOR design change! :party YAY!! :party

I really have to say I am so lucky in that I have had the best blog makeover experience! :rainbow Thank you to Chanielle Designs. The the ever-patient and ever-lovely Christine (she’s a book blogger too @ Bibliophilic Madness). After you enter the giveaway, make sure you go to her book blog and say hi .. she’s new to the whole designing thing (officially) and she did a great job! She even dealt with MANY MANY late night (long) and frantic emails about color choice. Can I roll my eyes at myself? Because if I can, I would right now. I am SUCH a picky bitch. :k lol


Honestly though….Do you like it? I’m so scared everyone will hate it but I know most people have said they like it. Is it a little too “mainstream”? I have heard that.. but that is okay. I am going to change the font of the headers I have heard it’s a bit hard to read. So be aware there are going to be more changes ahead. Please stick with me through them! 

I am still planning to move to Wordpress (self-hosting)! :P 
That will undoubtedly be a challenge but it’s something I am definitely going to do. I said I would do it at the end of the summer, and by jove I will! I have to…blogger is great but it’s become super cumbersome. I can’t achieve the things I want for my blog. It’s as simple as that. I spend so much time formatting posts—wasted. I KNOW how fast it is on Wordpress. I see you guys with your tweak me theme and all that fancy stuff… ;) and I want IN, I tells ya! Not to mention the clean look that is so difficult to achieve in blogger. Oh and don’t even get me started on interface… >.<
ANYWAY

In lieu of the new look, you lovely followers are getting a chance to win a book of choice from The Book Depository! You must be a follower of the blog…it’s youse guys I am rewarding for being patient and following me through thick and thin (or new followers, welcome! I love you!) 

—Books may be YA, Middle Grade, Graphic Novels, Manga, New Adult, etc—



Giveaway is open to INT entries. Must be a follower of the blog. See full giveaway rules HERE.As long as you can receive books from The Book Depository. Not sure? Check the List of countries they ship to.


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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.

22 comments :

  1. Hi, I would love to enter the giveaway, but the rafflecopter is not working.

    cenya2@hotmail.com

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    1. I just added a link so it should be okay now if you try. I am not sure why it wan’t working for you I’ve had a lot of entries so far. Sorry O.o hope you can enter!

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  2. Thanks for the giveaway! I love the new design.. is so beautiful!

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  3. It's a beautiful design! With light colors and background! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  4. I absolutely adore the new design Diamond! It gorgeous and the colouring is perfect. I've been meaning to update to as well as switch to WordPress but its a long and seemingly nightmarish process. I'll definitely be checking out Chanielle more though.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Thank you Rachel, I really appreciate that :O
      Yes it is very daunting, isn’t it?? There just seems to be so much involved and so many horror stories! :P lol

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  5. Love the layout but the giveaway won't load for me. Any chance you can post a link to it?

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    1. http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/YzlmZDExZWIwYTI3MDJlZDc4N2I4MDRiM2JlMzg0OjM4/?

      Try that. Sorry I Don’t know why it isn’t loading for you! :)

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    2. Thank you =) and the layout is truly gorgeous, love the purple. (Jamie Coudeville in the rafflecopter)

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  6. I really like the design a lot! I love how simple and beautiful it is. There isn't a ton of clutter. It is really pretty! I think you have a great blog going and I honestly wouldn't change anything. I will say that I always love reviews, and discussion posts, though. And fun memes~!

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    1. yay thank you so much Jaime! I am going to include some more fun memes and tags actually! :P I think they’re a lot of fun to read and write! <3

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  7. Dee, I LOVE the new design! Are you going to be able to bring it over to Wordpress when you self-host?

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    1. Girl, I really don’t know :( I don’t think so..unfortulnately. But I think I’ll be able to move the header (hopefully)! *fingers crossed* we’ll see!!!

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  8. YAY congrats on the design! I've already said I love it, and I'll say it again! Honestly, it's gorgeous and as long as you're happy with it, then that should be good enough xD AND YAY FOR 2 YEARS!!! Such an accomplishment :)

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  9. Aw congrats on your new design :) It's very pretty.

    Just curious what is it that Blogger won't do for you? I always wonder that and no one has ever really given a 'thing' on it.

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    1. I don’t really like the interface. Things like placing pictures // setting up posts // take a long time to do because blogger doesn’t have plug-ins like wordpress does. Also I like how the interface of Wordpess is a lot cleaner and simpler. Don’t get me wrong, blogger is great but I don’t like to do so much for the actual design aspect, I no longer have the time. I think a lot of those shortcuts and templates in Wordpress would really be better for me, not to mention how much more professional a lot of things can look in about half as much work you’d have to do on blogger to achieve it! For people who are great with that stuff—it’s evident in their blogger blogs ,but for those who aren’t it just seems cluttered and slow. it’s been a constant battle 4 me. Not to mention the commenting systems.. :| but I hope that answers your questions somewhat! I’d love to chat more about it anytime just tweet me or DM me :) Thanks Anna, glad u like the design!

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    2. Interesting. I'm on Blogger and set up a post template so it takes just the press of the compose button and it's there. Other than pulling blurb/buy links takes about 10 seconds. I'm always sad seeing people move to WP. The blogs are so hard to comment on there. Both Blogger and WPs built in commenting is terrible. Thank goodness for things like CommentLuv and Disqus to pretty up the comments sections.

      Hope the move to WP works for ya :)

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    3. I know, I like CommentLuv and Disqus too — I’ll definitely bee adding those to the move lol.
      See, if I could set up a post template to Blogger I would completely feel differently! But, I really …can’t. I probably could figure it out if I had the time to do it but I feel like that’s about where my skill sets stops lol. Did you create your own template or follow a tutorial? I’m so curious, maybe if it’s easy I should try that definitely before moving, just to see how things can be on blogger. Because if that could be fixed and then I could just install the comments system I want. Anyway — thanks for the chat and I will definitely be keeping everyone posted on what I end up doing :)

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    4. Hey! I don't want to spam leave a link on your post. My email is acade29@ gmail.com If you want to message me I'll send over what I have. Maybe it'll be your thing, maybe not. Never know :)

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  10. I love the new look as you already know. I think it's very non cluttered looking but still creative and whimsical. The colours are FAB! And you must have changed the header as I think it's very easy to read. I love wordpress mostly because of the UBB plugin, I wouldn't blog without it. But then I'm technically challenged.

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  11. It looks lovely! So very pretty!

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