Thursday, March 7, 2013

A New Design, A New Co-Blogger & A Giveaway!

A Relaunch?

Blogging is an amazing thing.Seriously.Trying to put into words how awesome this whole experience had been for me is pretty much impossible.

Blogging has given me the opportunity to rave and rant about books without sounding like a complete retard.And when I discovered that I wasn't alone in my craziness?Heaven.I started back in November,the welcome and support from all other bloggers and other lovers of all things book-ish has been awesome.
But.There's always a but isn't there?The whole 'meeting other bloggers,chatting with all my fave authors and stumbling across new books' thing has been epic.But I'd be lying if I say that all of it has been great.All those bazillion review requests,blog tours,social networking and all the other things that I unwittingly signed up for has been draining.
With a full time job and a life outside the blogosphere(quit smirking-I do have one) it has been tough to post regularly and meet the deadlines.And the worst part?I had to cut back on my blog-stalking and reading time! *gasp*

A Co-Blogger


So I decided to get myself a co-blogger.This was a hard choice to make since I'm kinda evil territorial.But then I met Rachel on Goodreads and she told me about how she wished she could start blogging.See it was totally meant to be! ;)
So after I did a lil background check on her(Nothing much Rach,just making sure you weren't a serial killer/puppy kicker) I asked her and she said yes!

When Rach said yes!

So guys please welcome my awesome-sauce co-blogger,Rachel Ramos! :)

The Design

Before - 



So tell us was the first one better or do you prefer the current design?

We also have a spankin' new Facebook Page so feel free to stop by & Say Hi!

The Giveaway

When I started blogging I wanted to have a giveaway to thank all my cool followers but being the biggest procrastinator ever I kept putting it off.So I'm glad to finally host it-This one's for you guys!


Rachel and I have chosen SIX books that we have personally enjoyed/think we'd enjoy.

The first three are my picks -


Rachel's Picks -


Open Internationally!

Please see the Rafflecopter/Giveaway Policy Page for rules.
The winning entry will be checked so please don't cheat.
The Winner can either choose a paperback or e-copy of the above books via Amazon.


Thank you so much for stopping by!
Love Ya'll! :)


126 comments :

  1. Love the new design :) I am a new blogger and blogged yesterday about finding balance between life, reading and blogging, its a hard one! Still trying to work it out.
    Good luck with co-blogging, sounds like a great idea. An a lot of those books are on my wish list so will be back to enter!
    Have followed and will keep an eye on how your blog progresses with its new adventures :)

    http://betweenthelinesisanendlessstory.blogspot.ie/

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    1. Loved your post about finding the balance,Trish!Thank you so much for stopping by & welcome to the blogosphere! :D
      Good Luck!

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  2. Beautiful design! I just started my first giveaway, so it would be awesome if you stopped by. Thanks for the giveaway!

    http://bookaddictbieke.blogspot.be/

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    1. Thank you,Bieke!I'll be stopping by your blog soon.
      Good Luck! :)

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  3. I really like the new design it is just lovely and I like it better then the old design it looks more grown up!

    If I won I think I would choose If I Stay =)

    Emily @ Falling For YA

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    1. I felt that the first one was a bit child-ish too,that's why I switched.I'm glad you like this!
      If I Stay is a great pick,Good Luck! :D

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  4. Love the new design! So pretty :)
    I would pick grave mercy cause I think I have all the others ;) (so many books so little time!)
    Hi Rachel!

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    1. Thank,Sarah!
      Grave Mercy is AMAZING,you'll LOVE it!Good Luck! :D

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    2. Hello Sarah! :) Thanks for joining our giveaway! :)

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  5. It looks beautiful! I won't enter the giveaway, though. I already read those book :-)

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    1. Thanks,Lectus! :)
      Aw you've read ALL those books?They are amazing books,aren't they?

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  6. Nuz, This new design is reeeeaaaalllly pretty! :D Hello Rachel. Welcome to blogging! Ah, the giveaway *smacking my lips* haha. A wonderful book selection. Which reminds me, I NEED to read Forbidden. I have the paperback and for some reason I keep passing it. Saving the best for last ;)

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    1. Hi there Cecilia! *waves* Thanks for the warm welcome and I'm glad you're enjoying the giveaway. :)

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  7. I LOVE the new design, which is really fresh, beautiful and elegant. I also think the new design is perhaps more sophisticated and exclusive - which for a blog to stand-out is good!
    Thank you SO much for this fantastic giveaway, and a wonderful selection of books. I would so love to win "Grave Mercy" by Robin Lafevers.

    Thank you x

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    1. I'm so happy to hear that you like the design! ♥ Grave Mercy is a great pick.Good Luck! :)

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  8. This new design is truly gorgeous. I love the colour scheme, the header, it's all so beautiful. I get how hard it is to balance the blog with life, I know that I can't read and post and comment as much as I'd love to because I have so much work to do. When the exams come, I probably won't post anything for a time. I'm glad you found the right person to share your blog with, Nuzaifa. :)

    Rachel, welcome to the blogosphere! It's an amazing place to be, I hope you love it just as much as we do, and I can't wait to see everything you bring to the blog. :)

    As for what book I'd go for, hmmm. I've read every book but Grave Mercy on there, which I have as a library copy, and I loved all of them. Such a hard choice! But I think...maybe...Divergent? Thanks for the fabulous giveaway!

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    1. Hi there! I am so glad I said yes to Nuz, she's awesome! :) And it really is an amazing place to be and don't worry sweetie, I'm loving it already! I love hearing all your thoughts. And thanks for the warm welcome. ;)

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    2. Thanks for stopping by,Aa'Ishah!I'm sooo glad I found Rachel-she's truly amazing. :D

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  9. I really like the new design! I'm a new reader though so I haven't visited before with the old design but this new one is so pretty! I thought so as soon as the page loaded. I love it! Of the books I'd probably choose Grave Mercy or Divergent if I won :-)

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  10. Hi, I'm your new GFC follower from Goodreads.
    This design looks elegant and I like it.
    Here is the link to my blog http://novelstheywroteormoviestheymade.blogspot.com/
    It would be a pleasure if you'll follow back :)

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    1. Hey Sanaa! I just followed you back via GFC! Thanks for droppin' by! :)

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  11. I love the new design. More arranged and pretty neat. IT's very relaxing for the eye.

    Great job! ;)

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    1. I'm so glad you love it,Reem! :)

      Thanks for stopping by! ♥

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  12. The new design looks great! I would choose Grave Mercy.

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    1. Thanks!I got a free template off the Internet and did some tweaking and designed the header. :)

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  14. The new design appears better organised too... well done

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  15. Oohh maaa gooodness! CONGRATS WOMAN. :D Totally lovin' the new layout. Greatest of awesomesauce luck to ya, darlin! :) Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. I'm glad you like the design-coming from an awesome graphic designer that's the awesomest compliment EVA! Thanks Amelia!Good Luck girl! :D

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  16. Thank you for this wonderful giveaway!

    I would really love to win Divergent by Veronica Roth :D

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  17. I like the new design, but it's a bit girly for me. But that doesn't really bother me, just more of a preference. :)

    If I had to choose... Ooh, tough decision. Any of Nuzaifa's books or Rachel's Divergent pick (because I've heard good things but have never read it). Really though, a free book is a free book so who would complain? (And if they do complain, take it back and give it to me! Haha jk :))

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    1. I'm not a huge fan of pink either but this ones easy on the eyes. :)
      Aw you HAVE read Divergent-it's a one of my fave dystopians! Lol,if the winner doesn't want it I'll keep you in mind and give it to you okay? ;) Good Luck!

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    2. Oh you're too sweet! But yes, every where I look both on book blogs and on Goodreads everyone is saying great things about it. If I don't have it by the time uni is over at the end of April, I will definitely have to run out and buy it!

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    3. You should do that!Let me know when you finish Divergent so that we can discuss the awesome-ness of Tobias. ;)

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  18. The new design is very pretty and feels more mature, although the old one was very cute. :)

    Which book would you pick if you won?
    Forbidden - Tabitha Suzuma

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    1. Yes since we'll be reviewing NA books we did need a more mature look! ;)
      Forbidden seems to a popular pick-Good Luck!

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  19. Love the new design! And I am a new follower :)

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  20. And I would pick the Sarah Deesen book.

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  21. Love the new design!!! AWESOME!!! It's really lovely.

    I think I'd love to win Divergent by Veronica Roth :)

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  22. What a lovely design! It's fantastic! Thank you for hosting this giveaway and I look forward to reading Rachel's reviews! :)

    I think I would pick Grave Mercy - I've heard so many great things about it.

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    1. You're gonna be seeing my reviews up here soon, Charlene! :) I also replied to your tweet! Thanks for the warm welcome. :)

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  23. Sudha (Pati on giveaway thingy)~ This design deffinetly looks better. I'd pick Grave a mercy though. :)

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  24. Love the new design... I think I would choose "Grave Mercy" or "If I Stay." Can't say I've heard anything about them, but I really like the covers... like, a lot.

    mestith at gmail dot com

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    1. Amazing cover aside,Grave Mercy is an AWESOME book!Good Luck! :D

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  25. I like the new design. It's very pink. :D I'd have to pick Forbidden.

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    1. LOL,yes it is VERY pink.I hope it's not TOO pink though!
      You'll definitely love Forbidden-Good Luck,Jonel! :)

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  26. I like the design, it's pretty and easy to navigate. I would choose Forbidden - Tabitha Suzuma

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    1. 'Easy to navigate'-That's exactly what I was aiming for!
      Forbidden is simply amazing,I'm sure you'll love it!Good Luck. :)

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  27. Love the new design, the flowers are so pretty and the colouring is gorgeous. Thank you for the giveaway and I'd love to read I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have to Kill You.

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    1. Thanks,Kate!Pink is not fave color but this particular shade is easy on the eyes.Good Luck! :)

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  28. Nuzaifa, I love, love, love your new blog design. So proud!! ♥
    I'm going to pick If I stay.

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    1. Thank you so much,Ashfa! :D
      If I Stay is supposed to be REALLY awesome.Good Luck!

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  29. The new design is gorgeous! So simple and pretty :)

    If I win, I'll pick If I Stay, amazing pick! <3 All the best to the two of you ;)

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    1. Thanks for that, Sel. :) Glad you like the new design.

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  30. I do like the old design, but I think I prefer the new one. I typically prefer lighter color schemed designs on blogs; they feel more "open" I guess? More space? Not sure, but they're my preference.

    I think I might pick the Sarah Dessen book, just because I've never read anything by her and I've heard only good things.

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    1. I prefer lighter color schemed designs too,much more user friendly right?
      You haven't read any of Sarah Dessen books?? *gasp* You are totally missing out!
      Thanks for stopping by,Stormy! :)

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    1. Hey there Beverly! Thanks for the welcome and Nuzaifa and I are glad you're liking the new design. :)

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  32. Gorgeous new site, guys! Congratulations!

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  33. The new design is absolutely stunning! I love it you guys <3 If I win *fingers crossed* I'd love If I Stay by Gayle Forman :)

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  34. Wow, this is a great look! I love the colors and the design. Beautifully done! Thanks for the chance to see it and a chance to win!

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  35. I LOVE IT .... GREAT DESING ...
    MMM I WOULD CHOISE DIVERGENT OR FORBBIDEN ... SOUND GOOOD WIIIII!!!!

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  36. Hm... I don't know. I really liked the other one but this one looks good too!
    Also, I'd probably choose Divergent :)

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  37. It looks great! i would choose Grave Mercy! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  38. I love it. Especially your header. It's pink! I love pink AND flowers :) Thanks for the giveaway! I'd pick Grave Mercy.

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    1. Oh, and also - welcome Rachel. You're from the Philippines!! <3

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    2. Thanks Haraiah!! :) Yup, hi there! I am sooooo glad to meet Filipino bloggers here! Just tweeted you!

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  39. I love the new design. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  40. I think your blog is awesome. Love the spring feeling ;D Thanks for this giveaway, I would pick If I Stay.

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  41. those are such good book options. I've read if i stay, grave mercy, I'd tell you I love you but then I'd have to kill you, and divergent and I loved them all!

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  42. I usually severely dislike pink, but for some reason I find it relaxing here! Might be because I love flowers so much! And it's not too pink either. Well organized too. In a word (actually three): I like it!
    As for the books, I'm not quite sure.. Grave Mercy's cover and story sorts of draws me in (I'm French and my ancestors are from Brittany and I really like the plot. On the other end, I'd tell you I love you sounds like a rather fun read! And something in Along for a Ride makes me want to see how that plot is handled... I know I have very few chances of winning, but this'll at least give me hints as far what books to look for *once I've reached the end of the piles surrounding me >.<*

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    1. Wow I am so glad that you're interested in the books that we've picked out, Bee! :) The I'd Tell You I Love You is a story about spies, such an exciting story. And Along For The Ride is a touching story by Dessen. :) Good luck!! :) Thanks for stopping by our blog!

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  43. Hello, Ravhel & Nuzaifa,
    The blog looks amazing. Congratulations!

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    1. Hi Cristiane! Thank you so much and good luck! ;)

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  44. I love the header and the color scheme, it's very easy to read, and I like that there no flash banners or widgets, as they load long.
    I'd choose Divergent.

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  45. Love the blog! I'd choose Forbidden but I'd love to read them all. Minus Divergent because I have that, and I've read it more times than I care to admit! :-)

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  46. What a lovely design!!! I like it all :-)

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  47. The blog design looks great. I'd have to go with Divergent if I was to win. Thanks!

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  48. It's so pretty! I would choose Divergent. Thank you!

    ~Angela C.

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  49. I am very bad at blogging so have totally given up on that. But I still like to see other people's blogs! I love the new design of your blog ! If I win then I'd choose a paperbook copy of ' I'd tell you I love you but then I'd have to kill you '

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  50. I am loving the new design! I would love a blog but I just know I don't have the skill or time to make it any good.
    I *think* I would choose Forbidden.

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  51. The design looks great, but I really like the previous one. Not a fan of pink and flowers maybe, never mind. It's gorgeous and simple maybe it fits the personality of both of you. Thanks for the giveaway, I'll choose If I stay if I win.

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  52. The new design is very cute! Love it ^_^

    I would choose Grave Mercy

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  53. You're new look is SOOO Pretty!!! It looks great =)
    If I won I would pick any of the books in the top 3 column. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  54. Thanks for the awesome giveaway

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  55. I love the new design! It looks great! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  56. I love it! So classy and the colors for the theme match with the pictures in the header really well :) You're an amazing designer...

    As for the book, I'd probably choose FORBIDDEN, as I've been wanting to read that one for a long time now.

    Congrats on the new look, and thanks for the giveaway, girls!

    ♥ Karielle @ Books à la Mode

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  57. I soo love it! Amazingggg!
    Thank you for the giveaway!

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    1. Oh and by the way! Do you like cherry blossoms? ^-^

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  58. I love it's elegant simplicity, and the header is gorgeous! I'd love to win If I Stay or Grave Mercy :)

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  59. awesome, can you design blog to me :)

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  60. I think I would choose Divergent.
    I like the new design, it's simple and have soft-looking.
    thanks for the giveaway

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  61. Your new design is lovely, these pretty flowers look good on the top :)
    Thanks for the giveaway :)
    I guess I'd pick Forbidden. :)

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  62. I adore this pretty pinky floral design- so lovely!

    I'd like to choose Divergent ,please :)

    thanks

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  63. Great Giveaway! Awesome Selection Of Books..
    I would love to win if i stay by Gayle Forman!
    Thanks for the Giveaway
    xx

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  64. I love the new design!I approve!:)
    Amazing giveaway!So glad it's an international one!
    I'd choose Grave Mercy!:)

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  65. I love you new design.It's so beautiful.
    And thank you very much for the giveaway.I'd love to win Along for the Ride or Divergent.

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  66. Your new blog design is simple yet elegant to look at. I really like it! Anyways, if I win, I'll pick If I Stay by Gayle Forman. :)

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  67. I love the new design, it's gorgeous!
    I'd choose Grave Mercy - Robin Lafevers :).
    Thank you for the giveaway!

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  68. The new design looks great! Welcome to the blog, Rachel! I'd love to win Forbidden. That was a fantastic read

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  69. Great picks for a giveaway. Thanks!

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  70. I didn't know that you had a new design and co-blogger XD. I feel mean. I'd love to win I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have to Kill You - Ally Carter. I love the design. Its so cute and simple. I think your blog is gettin pretty amazing, so congrats to that. And to your co-blogger Rachel, enjoy blogging. Its pretty addicting, I hope to actually interact with you.:)

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    1. Hi there, Julianne! :) Thank you so much for the welcome and yes, I am enjoying it every step of the way!! :)

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  71. The layout is better than the previous! I think I would pick I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You or Grave Mercy.

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  72. This is a great giveaway! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win!

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  73. Oh, and I'd like to win Divergent by Veronica Roth. I'm trying to get into the dystopian world!

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  74. Hello! I love seeing Filipina bloggers too! I know more foreigner bloggers than Filipina ones so far.

    I love your blog design, looks whimsical! :)

    I'm going for Grave Mercy, because I really can't find a copy so far in the Philippines!

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  75. I have to say, co-blogging is so awesome when you really connect with someone! My blogger 'bestie' is someone I too met online - through Facebook - and we decided that we could do more as a team. It's been such a great experience to have someone else to work with on posts, reviews, and making all the connections! I wish you great success!

    And I love the new look of your blog!! :)

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    1. Hi Dawn! Yay, yes it it really nice to have a co-blogger that you can connect with. :)

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  76. Congrats Nuzaifa, and now Rachel! :D
    I honestly like both designs, the old was cute and the new one is gives me a omg stay longer on the blog and lurk there feeling, if that makes sense. ;D

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    1. Thanks,Kelly! See our intention was to make you stay longer-Seems like we succeeded! :D

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  77. Congrats for yur blog, it is seriously beautiful, i tryed to keep up with my blog but i didnt know what to write, maybe if i have time i'll start writing reviews of the books i read recently. I'd love to win Divergent please!
    xoxo
    Dalu

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  78. I quite like that pink... Some pinks are icky. The book I want? Must I choose now?... *thinks about dilemma if wins*

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    1. #COMMENT2: I know I'd probably end up with one of Nuzaifa's pick... Don't know which one. I did like Gallagher Girls... Like I do your spring-feel design. It's that sort of 'Blossom pink'. Here I go... On about pinks.
      I'm having my own giveaway in a week BTW girls- know N will be excited & knows the reasons. Do you want me to link you up for that? Ta!

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    2. LOL Amy feel free to go on and on about pinks-We don't mind! :)
      Yessss link us up and we'll stop by for sure,girl! :D

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  79. I think the new design is super cute, and it's perfect for summer! I love it! The flowers are beautiful. If I won I'd choose Divergent or Grave Mercy. Thanks for hosting this giveaway it's really awesome! :)

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  80. Probably Forbidden, since I've read/own the others.

    Also, I like the current better; I'm partial to the header.

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  81. I love the current design but I like the new one too. Change is always fun though. :D

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  82. I love the new design... the colours and images are so perfect and pretty. So girlie! Gorgeous!
    Bookwise, I'd choose Divergent - I've had my eye on it for a while :D

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