6 Month Blogiversary International ARC Giveaway

I really can’t believe I’ve been blogging for 6 months and it has been one of the most happiest times in my life since I took the leap with creating a blog. With all that’s going on in the world lately, I’m happy with my safe place and that I can escape here.

I’m so happy that I have gotten the chance to meet all of you!!! I also took the leap of publishing some of my poetry which has gotten a great response and words aren’t enough to express my gratitude for all the compliments I receive, ironically. I blush so hard when I read your comments. If you want to check all my published poetry, click here!

I have learned so much within these 6 months of blogging through all of you, plus my TBR has been filled with books I have never even heard of lol. I have seen the difference in my post from my first month of blogging to now and I’m just really happy!

I also need to give a special shout out to my book bestie Lilly @ Lair Of Books. Just follow her already. We’ve been in this journey of blogging together and she has definitely helped me when she didn’t even realize it. Between showing me post of how to make the blogs better, us facetiming one another in the middle of the night positioning our banners of our sites, and being there for me when I needed a friend. I’m so happy she’s apart of my life.

I would also like to shout out other bloggers who post amazing content:

Now on to the giveaway!!! This is an international giveaway. I am picking three people for the three books I am giving away.


  • Follow me =)
  • Comment on this post that you want to enter and the book you would like
  • You have to be comfortable with emailing me your address in case you win
  • 18 years or older to enter

I will be announcing the winners a week from today which will be Sunday the 27th =)

Here are the books:


I received these books at New York Comic Con/BookCon. Gilded Cage was an extra copy and the other two books, I know for a fact that I will not be reading them and I don’t want to hold onto books that someone else wants to read and may enjoy =)

The Hidden People by Alison Littlewood:

The bestselling author of Richard & Judy Book Club hit The Cold Season returns with a chilling mystery – where superstition and myth bleed into real life with tragic consequences

Pretty Lizzie Higgs is gone, burned to death on her own hearth – but was she really a changeling, as her husband insists? Albie Mirralls met his cousin only once, in 1851, within the grand glass arches of the Crystal Palace, but unable to countenance the rumours that surround her murder, he leaves his young wife in London and travels to Halfoak, a village steeped in superstition.

Albie begins to look into Lizzie’s death, but in this place where the old tales hold sway and the ‘Hidden People’ supposedly roam, answers are slippery and further tragedy is just a step away .

Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts #1) by Vic James:

Not all are free. Not all are equal. Not all will be saved.

Our world belongs to the Equals — aristocrats with magical gifts — and all commoners must serve them for ten years. But behind the gates of England’s grandest estate lies a power that could break the world.

A girl thirsts for love and knowledge.

Abi is a servant to England’s most powerful family, but her spirit is free. So when she falls for one of the noble-born sons, Abi faces a terrible choice. Uncovering the family’s secrets might win her liberty, but will her heart pay the price?

A boy dreams of revolution.

Abi’s brother, Luke, is enslaved in a brutal factory town. Far from his family and cruelly oppressed, he makes friends whose ideals could cost him everything. Now Luke has discovered there may be a power even greater than magic: revolution.

And an aristocrat will remake the world with his dark gifts.

He is a shadow in the glittering world of the Equals, with mysterious powers no one else understands. But will he liberate—or destroy?

Curious Minds (Knight and Moon #1) by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton:

Emerson Knight is introverted, eccentric, and has little to no sense of social etiquette. Good thing he’s also brilliant, rich, and (some people might say) handsome, or he’d probably be homeless. Riley Moon has just graduated from Harvard Business and Harvard Law. Her aggressive Texas spitfire attitude has helped her land her dream job as a junior analyst with mega-bank Blane-Grunwald. At least Riley Moon thought it was her dream job, until she is given her first assignment: babysitting Emerson Knight.

What starts off as an inquiry about missing bank funds in the Knight account leads to inquiries about a missing man, missing gold, and a life-and-death race across the country. Through the streets of Washington, D.C., and down into the underground vault of the Federal Reserve in New York City, an evil plan is exposed. A plan so sinister that only a megalomaniac could think it up, and only the unlikely duo of the irrepressibly charming Emerson Knight and the tenacious Riley Moon can stop it.

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83 thoughts on “6 Month Blogiversary International ARC Giveaway

  1. Congratulations, Gretchen.
    I think I found your blog through Anne of Inked Brownies.
    I reckon I’ll jump into this contest. If i were to win, I would choose ‘The Hidden people’. I like supernatural mysteries!
    Happy Reading!
    ~Icky. 🙂

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  2. Haaappy six months anniversary Gretchen! You have been such a lovely friend and I loooove your blog and seriously your poems are to die for! You have to publish them one day! I promise to be your first buyer! 😀
    And thanks for the shout out! ❤
    Oh and I would love to win Gilded Cage!

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  3. I am so excited for you!!! Sending psychic hug vibes (that is not weird right haha?) Six months of amazing content and heart wrenching poetry. So thrilled our paths have crossed ❤ Blushing that you even mentioned me.

    Seriously, you are fantastic and deserve so many more months!

    I might as well enter 😉 I am thinking I would like The Hidden People by Alison Littlewood? Thoughts haha. I hope you are enjoying your weekend. Hugs ❤

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  4. omg, only 6 months? you’re pulling my leg, right? 😂 you’re so good at it, I feel like you’ve been doing this since the beginning of blogs! my huge congrats to you and heres to the next infinite number of months of successful blogging to you! I am glad I found you, your reviews and poems are top class girl! 😉 😘🐞
    ps! thanks so so so much for the shout out.. now, I’m blushing 😊 😘😍

    Please, yes, I would like to participate in the giveaway because I am very intrigued by Gilded Cage. hank you so much for the opoortunity and I won’t need my parents permission because I am old 😂

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  5. Congratulations on your 6 month blogiversary!! Keep up the good work and I am looking forward to reading more posts from you. I would enter this giveaway but I am like you and I don’t see myself reading them so I am going to let others have the opportunity to win them!!

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    Thank you so much for including me in this post, I am so glad that 6 months ago you decided to start up a blog but I have to safe it feels like its been longer XD It’s been amazing to learn more about you, read your poetry and just share book fangirling moments together.
    It’s amazing to think that whilst your in NYC and me here in the UK we still share such moments together and you have helped me with my anxiety journey! 🙂

    Thank you also for the giveaway opportunity i’m actually very intrigued into Gilded Cage! I love the cover too!

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  7. You’ve only been a blogger for six months. What?!?! No way! Get out of here! 😲 I thought it was way longer. Thanks for the shout out, girl! 😘 You already know how much I love your poetry and your blog, and of course, you! Hugs! Keep em’ coming! Love it! 🙌 I’m so glad you decided to share your poetry. It’s pretty scary sharing your work with the world, right? I know the first time I posted a short story and poem on my blog I cringed. Lilly sent me 2/3 of the books. Isn’t Lilly the best? ❤️ I’m going with The Hidden People. Did you guys read Gilded Cage yet. I have an ebook and physical copy and I’m torn when to read it. It was such a weird thing that the publisher contacted me directly to see if I wanted to read the book. I just about died of shock.

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  8. Happy Happy Happy Blogoversary Gretchen aka My Bookish Twin! 🎉📚🎉😆😆😆 I can’t believe it’s already been 6 months but I guess what they say is true…ties flies when you’re having fun 😉 you were my inspiration & then my motivation to start my blog back when you had your booktube & I was just watching your channel 💭 it has been pretty awesome seeing you come alive through your blog & find a safe space for your writing which is simply AMAZING! I hope to one day in the near future, see it published 🙃🙂🙃 I’m glad that I’ve been able to be there for you as you’ve been there for me Gray, it’s meant a lot to me finding a friend I connect with on more than just books. Here’s to the next Milestone, the BIG 1 YEAR & plenty more FaceTime blog editing 😂!!! 🍻🙌🏼🙌🏼😘

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    • Thank you thank you thank you!!!!! 6 months of amazing blogging, I still can’t believe it lol. I’m sooooo happy that I inspired you and you also took the leap and started your own blog. Cause your blog is POPPING!!! One day my friend, you will have my book in your hands, one day! And we will celebrate together!!! Our friendship means so much to me! Thank you once again for everything 😬❤️😘 when we make one year, omgomgomg I will not be believing it lol.

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  9. Only 6 months!? NO WAY, you’re a pro ;). Seriously, I love your blog and your poetry, easily my favorite! It’s so scary publishing stuff we actually write ourselves, I know I get nervous with my little series. I’m so glad you are sharing it with all of us! Thanks so much for the shoutout too, it means a lot :).

    Keep it up girl, you’re an awesome blogger! Happy blogiversary!!

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  10. Congratulations on your six month blogiversary Gretchen! You must be so thrilled to have reached that milestone and I am definitely happy you started posting on your blog and I got a chance to meet you through WordPress! 😀
    Thanks so much for the shout out. I love your blog as well, I always look forwards to your posts and there are a few books I’ve definitely picked up and added to my to-read list because of your reviews. 😀
    I would have voted for Gilded Cage but I already have an ARC of that so sorry, the other two aren’t really my kind of books either but have you read Gilded Cage yet? I finished it earlier this week and thought it was brilliant, definitely excited for the second in the series now!
    Congratulations again Gretchen! ❤

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  11. Only 6 months!? I swear it seems like you’ve been blogging for WAY longer because your blog is so accomplished. Happy blogiversary, Gretchen! I’m so excited for you and I’m glad that I followed your blog and started chatting with you on here. I remember you recommended me one of my now all time favorite series, Sweet Evil. I seriously need a reread of that series soon 🙈. Also, thank you so much for the shout out 💕. Here’s to many more incredible blogiversaries to come! The next thing you know it’ll be your one year. 😊
    And I’m definitely eyeing The Hidden People by Alison Littlewood. I really like the sound of that book and am running to add it to my TBR of Goodreads. Thanks for the giveaway. ♥

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  12. Yes. Long time listener, first time caller…happy blogoversary! (I’m kidding about the caller comment…you always here that on the radio when ppl call in for giveaways!)
    I would love Gilded Cage. But it’s cool if I can’t win. I don’t win things. What would be nice to win is a spot with you, Jillian, and Lily at the next 2017 Con! Can I join you?
    To you and all the months of blogging! You are amazing!

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  13. Ahhhhhhh! Congrats on 6 months of blogging! Here’s to many more fabulous months 🙂 I follow many of the bloggers you mentioned, but there were a few blogs that I did not recognize, so I will obviously need to check them out since you hold them in such high regards. I’m sure your giveaway is now over since you will be announcing the winner today (if you haven’t already) so good luck to everyone!

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