Monday, July 25, 2016

Blogoversary: Top 5 Favorite Posts + Giveaway!

Can you believe that Goldilox and the Three Weres is five years old already? 

Where has the time gone? I started this blog all by my lonesome five years ago, sitting in the second bedroom of my apartment, with no header and a spider web for the blog's button graphic. A SPIDER WEB:

Then I nixed the web and went with something more simple, and very boring:

Finally, I asked a graphic designer, and fellow blogger, how much she would charge to create a header and a button for me. Thank goodness! (Shoutout to Mariya!)

And, finally, as you probably already know, I asked her to update Goldilox a little bit. Which led us to what we have representing our blog now:

Yowza! So much has happened in the span of five years! Most notably, that there is more than just me all by my lonesome nowadays. Margaret, aka Gretl, and Jessica, aka Rose Red, have been tremendous saviors for this blog when I needed to step back and recover from the dreaded blogger burnout. 
But enough mushy gushy sentimental stuff - onto the post and, of course, THE GIVEAWAY - which is international!

Today I am sharing with you my Top 5 favorite posts on the blog of all time. This is pretty near impossible. So, as much as these posts are ones I hold very dear and are definitely favorites of mine, I'm sure I could also pick a few others as well. And of course at the end is a giveaway for you guys as a thank you for being here with us!

Top 5 Favorite Posts

This was my very first post on this blog you guys! On July 31, 2011, I wrote and posted my review for Rachel Vincent's Stray, and the rest is history. It's a little rough around the edges, and the formatting of the review is pretty different from what we use on the blog today, but surprisingly it's not too cringeworthy. 

This post is special to me because it was the first of the feature Read This F@!%ing Book. I wanted to create an original feature on the blog that would spread the word on books, authors, and series that I loved that I felt weren't getting enough attention. Ironically, my first post was on a series that wasn't really that obscure! But, the feature went on to spread the word about books and series that were more obscure and it continues to be a blog regular!

Oh man, I remember doing these two events. In all honesty I should really do another one. The Netgalley Knockout was a pledge to get through as many ebooks for review as you could. For the event, readers and bloggers signed up to finish as many of the e-ARCs from Netgalley, Edelweiss, or directly from the publisher as possible during the time span. 

Darynda Jones is one of my favorite authors and over time she has become such a good friend of this blog. She's done interviews, guest posts, and giveaways here more times that I can count right now. But this interview was the first. It was also the first big author I had interviewed for the blog and it was a pretty darn big deal to me when I posted that interview. 

Hello my name is, Goldilox...and I'm an addict. I'm addicted to the Downside series by Stacia Kane. And Sacrificial Magic was the first book in the series that I read after beginning the blog so it was the first in the series that I could review here on the blog. For some reason this series just resonates with me in a way no other series ever has and I still adore it to this day. It's one of the few series that I actually reread. 

Now, onto the giveaway!

To celebrate five years of Goldilox and the Three Weres, I'm giving one lucky winner any book, or books, of their choice, up to $20, from the Book Depository, meaning this giveaway is international!
You must be 13 or older to enter and you must live in a place that Book Depository ships to...and that's it! 
Enter on the Rafflecopter form below and good luck!

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