6 Years of Book Blogging? Time to Give Back!

POSTED ON January 3, 2017 BY Austine IN Giveaway

It’s January 3rd. On this day in 2011, I started up my very first book blog – The Magick Pen. To be fair, it was more of a writing blog where I posted book reviews but quickly changed to Red Reader Reviews within the first couple months and became a TRUE book blog. And this past year in late December/early January, I finally moved to a my own domain and everything. With that came a big change. Like MAJOR. Like a whole new blog everything change.

This last year, a lot happened in my life. I finished my undergraduate years of college. I loved and lost many times over. I struggled and I thrived. And my blog joined me on this adventurous ride. So when I moved, I decided that I wanted — needed — a fresh start. NovelKnight was born that day and here we are a year later.

So I can’t really say NovelKnight is 6 years old in true blogiversary fashion. But I’ve been book blogging for that long and I’m pretty proud of that.

Over the last 6 years I’ve met a lot of wonderful people in this community and can’t possibly single out a select few, but without y’all I wouldn’t be here. This community has enriched my life in so many ways and continues to do so every day. To you I wish the happiest of new years and hope you succeed at every dream you pursue.

I wanted to do something a bit different this year for my “blogiversary.” In the past I’ve done small giveaways when I could but this year…. something’s different. This community has been through a lot. As an individual, I’ve been through a lot. Especially in 2016 when the world has seemed as if it planned to end at any moment.

But the one thing that’s remained relatively unchanged and true is blogging. It’s there day and night, a hobby, a task, a job without pay but infinitely rewarding. And I want to honor these last 6 years.


Let the Giveaway Commence!

This box of bookish goodies is filled with items that represent significant points in my blogging career, both serious and silly. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoy being a part of this community. 🙂


Barnes & Noble classics edition of Fairy Tales from Around the World

My first blog, Red Reader Reviews, had a fairy tale theme. I’m obsessed, and on that blog me and my guest reviewers all had names from fairy tales (Red for Red Riding Hood, Belle from Beauty and the Beast, etc). Fairy tales have played a big role in what I read and where I started.



a leather journal

This is the year when I wrote my first novel. It consumed so much of my life, especially for the first half of the year, and really influenced my activity in all other aspects of my life. It wasn’t a blogging accomplishment but around this time I started being more critical of what I was reading which has led to the development of my reviews to what they are today.



a candle of chocolate cake deliciousness

The year I almost gave up completely. Most of us have been there, when blogging becomes difficult, more of a chore than an enjoyment. It was the first and second years of college for me. I had a lot of work for classes, my job, and friends (which in high school I was short on so far less to go out and do with people). I finally came into myself, which I’d suppressed for so long. But the blog fell to the wayside while I lived. But the spark never died. That flame continued to burn and I didn’t give it up because books had become so integral in my life that I couldn’t let them go.

(As for the particular scent of this candle, one of my favorite series has a character who quite enjoys chocolate cake…)


a bookish mug

We’re getting into the end of my sophomore year of college and first part of junior year. I started drinking coffee. A lot. I hadn’t before because it made me shaky but the more I drank it the less that happened and now I’m a full-blown coffee addict. Each morning while I attempted to wake up before my early classes, I’d have a cup and would either read or prep a blog post as a way to start the day.



Drogon Funko POP figure

The year I developed a terrible funko addiction. It was more toward the end but it’s gotten far worse this year thanks to that initial start. I’m also obsessed with dragons. One of the reasons I love reading fantasy so much. And also Game of Thrones. Started watching that before and this year’s season was just SO EPIC (I mean they all were to a degree but this one…). Now I hope to start someone else’s Funko addiction (or at least feed it because I’m already long gone) >.<


a Pusheen plush

This. Year. Was. Rough. New name, same content. I rejoined the community after being on a semi-hiatus throughout college and it was an experience. A lot of love. A lot of hate. A lot of good, critical discussion. Blogging has been at its most productive but the community needs some help. There’s a toxicity to it that wasn’t there before. Not from the discussions but from those handful of individuals who have deemed hate to be their main goal. And to them I just want to give a stuffed animal to hug and comfort them while they have these strong feelings. I think everyone could use a stuffed animal in their life no matter their age. In this case it’s a Pusheen!

A Few Rules

  • There are 2 giveaways you can enter.
    • US ONLY – a box filled with all the goodies mentioned above
    • INTERNATIONAL – a book worth up to $15 from The Book Depository (as long as it ships to you)
  • This giveaway ends January 17 @ 11:59pm EST
  • No duplicate entries or giveaway accounts. You WILL be disqualified.
  • You MUST be willing to provide your mailing address if you win. It will not be kept for any purpose other than to ship your prize.
  • The winner has 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.
  • You cannot win both giveaways.


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64 responses to “6 Years of Book Blogging? Time to Give Back!

  1. Kianna Duprie

    This is a lovely giveaway! I’m most excited for A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas to come out!

  2. Hi Austine! Congratulations on this huge achievement and I’m really looking forward to seeing more of your posts in the future. The 2017 book that I’m most excited for is Origins by Dan Brown. It has been way too long since he has released a new book and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

    • Thank you! And yes, I put a lot of thought into this one so hope y’all love the box!

      That one sounds so good! Everyone seems to love it which is more than enough of a recommendation for me!

  3. Kimberly Bea

    Hi there! Happy blog anniversary! I think the book I am most excited by may be Leigh Bardugo’s Wonder Woman novel, Warbringer. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  4. Hannah

    Thank you for doing an international giveaway as well as a US only one! The book I’m probably most excited for is ACOWAR by Sarah J Maas. I can’t WAIT to see what happens to my favourite characters!

    • Of course! I would hate to limit it to just the US when there are so many fantastic readers around the world! And YES. SO so excited for ACOWAR!

  5. Emma

    I am super excited for The Library of Fates and A Conjuring of Light (even though I still need to read A Gathering of Shadows)!

    Congratulations on 6 years!!!

  6. Amanda Moreno

    Happy 6yrs & cheers to many more! What a fun giveaway. I’m desperately waiting for February so I can get my hands on Victoria Aveyard’s King Cage!

  7. Hi! Thanks for the giveaway! I’m most excited for Wintersong. I love the Labyrinth so hopefully they’ll do it justice.

  8. Lauren

    Happy 6 year blogiversary! I love reading your blog and think you’re doing an awesome job.

    The 2017 book that I am most looking forward to is Carival! ?

  9. Congratulations on your blogiversary! 6 years is such an achievement. At the moment I think I’m most excited about Wintersong but there are so many brilliant sounding books releasing this year!

  10. Happy Blogiversary! 6 years is amazing, I hope to be as successful as you at blogging! I’m most excited for the new Throne of Glass book! and A Court of Mist and Fury! and Lord of Shadows! There’s actually too many books I’m excited for this year!

  11. Summer

    Caraval has me really curious since I’ve seen so many rave reviews already, and I’m also really looking forward to Always and Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han, I just Lara Jean and her and her sisters.

  12. Am I too late to greet you a HAPPY BLOGANNIVERSARY? Well, I don’t care, you’ve been one of the book blogs I look at and you’re an awesome person! I am wishing you a continuous growth in blog world because you inspire people like! I’m excited to read RoseBlood by A.G Howard and A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi thr most this 2017! <3

  13. It’s hard to pick just one book I’m looking forward to most this year, so I’m gonna cheat and list three instead. I’m excited to get my hands on the Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera, and there’s a new book coming out from one of my faves: The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz.

  14. I have two 2017 releases that I’ve preordered: That Hate U Give, and 27 Hours. There are so many more I’m excited for, but those are the first two I have purchased.

  15. Anne C

    So many great books coming out this 2017, so many books to look forward to. For January, I’m so excited to read Poison’s Kiss and Caraval!

  16. 6 years is a long time! Well done for sticking through the rough patches – I’m glad you did – I only discovered you this last year & NovelKnight is probably my favourite book blog. As for books I’m anticipating, there’s so many this year, but A Conjuring of Light has got to be near the top. Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. Grace

    Congratulations on six years of blogging!! That’s a lot, my goodness :O Here’s to many more years!
    As for the question, I’m really excited about ACOWAR (L) Thanks for the giveaways!!

  18. Antonela

    Happy blogiversary to NovelKnight!! ♥ Hope you continue blogging for many, many years, because in the short time I’ve known this space, it became one of my favorite bookish blogs ^^ I always find an interesting post to read, many books ended up on my TBR list because of your reviews. So thanks to you!! =D
    And thank you so much for the giveaway! I’m only entering the INT one, but I’d love to enter the US one too: I love prizes that are a little bit more personal. It was so fun to read what you and this blog have been through and finding an item for each year ^^
    Okay… 2017 has so many interesting books coming out that I’m dying to get, but I’m particularly excited about CARAVAL *coff, coff, loved it even more after reading your review* ♥ ♥
    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!! 😀 😀