Celebrating One Year of bookshy ... and Yes, there's a Giveaway

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Today marks exactly one year I got the courage to start blogging about my love for reading and African literature. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing when I first started and I was extremely nervous about even starting bookshy, after putting it off for nearly a year. Thankfully, with (A LOT) of encouragement I finally got the courage to set up the blog, and post my first review. Writing this post today, I can't believe it's been a year - it's gone by so quickly. I've learnt a lot about African literature, blogging, and even myself. Honestly, so many great things have also happened as a result. 

I just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone that follows, or subscribes to, the blog, who has liked my facebook page and who follows me on Twitter and tumblr. Thank you for stopping by everytime you do and reading these words, as well as commenting and sharing. Thank you also to the publishers and authors who have gotten in touch, and asked me to review their books, as well as to the fellow booklovers and bloggers I have met this past year. And I can't say enough thank you's to the authors out there for fuelling my love for African literature, and making this whole experience even better. 

I thought long and hard about what I would do to celebrate, and in the end I decided the best way to celebrate (and say thank you) was through a book giveaway. After deciding to do a giveaway, I thought long and hard again about what books I would give away and what rules and criteria I would use to choose these books. In the end, the first rule was they all had to be books that I had personally bought and the second rule was that they had to have been reviewed on the blog. After that the criteria was: 

1. A debut novel/collection: The Spider King's Daughter OR Tropical Fish 

2. A book that I absolutely loved (so one that I gave 5 out of 5 stars) -  What the Day Owes the Night OR Night Dancer  

3. A book that I realised after reviewing is not available outside of Nigeria- The Phoenix OR Every Day is for The Thief

To celebrate one year of bookshy, I'm giving away one pre-loved book from each category to three people somewhere out there.  I've listed two books in each category (as I couldn't decide which book to add) so whoever wins in each category gets to decide which one of the two they'd like. I really hope that makes sense, but if you are one of the lucky three to win, in helping you decide, links to the reviews of each book are provided above. There are no rules to this giveaway. If you already subscribe to the blog or like my facebook page, you are automatically entered. If you don't, you can either subscribe, like my facebook page, or just leave a comment here and you'll be added to the giveaway. 

I can't say enough how much I have truly enjoyed this year and how I truly appreciate the support I get. So thank you again for reading, commenting, sharing, and more. Regarding the giveaway, I've enjoyed reading all of them, and absolutely loved quite a few of them, so I do hope whoever out there gets them enjoys reading each book as much as I did. 

I can't wait to kick off the next year and hope I can continue to share my honest opinion on African literature and the books I love, books I've read, and books that I'm dying to read.

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