Monday, 11 May 2015

One Year Blogoversary & Giveaway!


On 11th May 2014, The Dark Dictator was born. I sit here trying to think of what to say because to be honest, I didn't think I'd still be here a year on. I have a lot of commitments and time is becoming scarce but blogging for me, has become a part of my life. An important part.

A year ago, I was nervous, awkward and a little terrified when I first considered to start my own book blog. Books mean everything to me, they are the bane of my existence. Before I stumbled upon the book blogging community, I barely shared my thoughts about books. It was just something I did. None of my family members were active readers, my friends barely show an interest in books (until now that is after my book pushing skills) so it was just me. Little ol' me caught up in all my bookish feels and thoughts.

To discover a place where hundreds of people openly share their love and thoughts about books and reading, I thought I found a goldmine. I wanted to do more than tweet about books I've read or bought, I wanted to become a part of an incredible community who felt the same strong passion for books like I did. So I pushed away the panic and finally created The Dark Dictator.

People have asked me where did the name originate from, and to this I sit here smiling stupidly. The name lit up like Christmas lights in my head when I decided to start a book blog. I knew what I was going to call it. It's funny because most book bloggers blog name's are related to books in some way. Mine wasn't. I wanted it to be a reflection of me as well. My non-bookish side. Somewhere I could share my love for books as well as be my normal crazy, awkward self who plans to become Earth's Overlord. 


So I used to play trading card games, and one card from a specific set, had a character named The Dark Dictator. I was a little too attached to the card and the name stuck with me until I decided it was perfect for my blog name. It just worked.

I look back now, and think about how far I've come. I've met so many awesome people and made so many new friends which I'm thankful for! New authors, new friends, new books and a community I fit into. What more could I ask for? I discovered UKYA, attended the first ever UKYA Extravaganza and YALC! So much has happened in a year and I've grown to love blogging so much, it just makes me really happy!

Thanks to blogging, I've also have come out of my shell more! Everyone is just so friendly and welcoming, there was no need to feel so nervous or afraid! Thanks to blogging, I was able to read some FANTASTIC books I probably would never have discovered on my own! There's a lot I have to be thankful for. This has been a great year and I really hope it's the first of many blogoversaries!

Thank you to publishers, authors, friends, fellow bloggers and all my followers who have kindly supported me since I started book blogging. I especially want to thank Lucy (Queen of Contemporary) whose amazing blog inspired me to start my own!
And huge thank you to the readers who spare a moment of their day to read my blog posts! It means a lot to me. It really does.

So in celebration of this special day, I'm holding a GIVEAWAY and yes, it's international!


One lucky winner will receive £12 credit to spend on books from WORDERY. Whether it's one book or two, however many but you must stay within the £12 limit. 

PLEASE NOTE: To enter, your country must be eligible for free shipping so please check the Wordery website to see if they ship to your country. 
Winner will be contacted by email on 1st June 2015 and will have 48 hours to reply with your address and chosen books (Note: Any information you give me will NOT be shared with anyone else) or another winner will be chosen.

GIVEAWAY ENDS 11:59PM GMT ON 31st MAY 2015

Good luck!


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25 comments:

  1. Happy blogoversary Sally! Hopefully you'll have many more :)
    If preorders are ok I'd pick The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson, if not I'd chose Jodi Meadows' The Orphan Queen. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  2. Happy Blogoversary!! Congrats on keeping it going for a whole year :)
    I have so many books I want to read, but right now I'm trying to buy more Alan Gibbons stuff.
    Thanks for a lovely giveaway :)

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  3. Happy bloggerversary!!! Your blog is fab! And I feel so honoured to have met you in real life!! Xx

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  4. Happy blogversarry! 😁

    I just knew about wordery. Thank God It ships to Indonesia for free!
    If i win, i would love to get either a book from Rainbow Rowell (except Eleanor and Park as i have had it already) or any books from Jenniver Niven.

    Thankyou! 😁

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    1. Thank you! And yay! Rainbow's books are AWESOME, I think my favourite will always be Eleanor and Park. Niven's All The Bright Places is SO GOOD. Good luck! xx

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  5. Congrats on a year! When I found your blog last week I couldn't believe you'd gone a year of great reviews without me noticing! I loved your reviews of Rogue and Talon and can't wait to join you on your second year :D

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    1. Thanks so much! What a lovely comment :D I look forward to another great year of blogging too! Good luck x

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  6. For the entry:
    There's a ton books I'm after at the moment but Illusionarium by Heather Dixon comes out on the 19th so I'd love that! Also there's We're All Made of Molecules and The Accident Season and The Wrath and the Dawn and every other book I don't own yet... :D

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  7. Happy Blogoversary Sally! Thank you for the giveaway <3 At the minute I'm waiting on An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir!

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    1. Thank you Daniel! OMG An Ember in the Ashes is AMAZING. Possibly the best Fantasy I've ever read!! Good luck x

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  8. I can't wait to have The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows or P.S I Still Love you by Jenny Han. :D Btw, Happy Blogoversary, Sally!

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    1. Great choices! And thank you! Good luck x

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  9. It's only been a few months for me so it's nice to meet other likeminded people. Happy Blogiversary

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    1. Thank you! It really is lovely to know there are so many other bloggers who share the same passion :-) x

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  10. I am too indecisive to decide now, you can't make me do this! :)

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  11. Happy blogoversary! I saw Nirvana's Tweet and was extremely intrigued by your blog title :) The card game inspiration is fabulous!

    Hmm ... I have many, many books on my TBR. But I'd like to check out Daughter of Smoke and Bone, or maybe the Wrath and the Dawn.

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  13. Happy Blogoversary! And thank you for the great giveaway! I can't wait to get my hands on P.S I Still Love You by Jenny Han and also Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby!

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  14. Happy blogoversary! :) what a brilliant giveaway, if I won I'd get The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord because I can't wait to read it!

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  15. Happy, happy, happy blogoversary and wishing you many more amazing to come! :) At the moment really excited for An Amber in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. But overall, can't wait for Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, looove her writing. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  16. It's Zulfa but I'm commenting with this account but the book I'm really excited for is Queen of Shadows but other than that it's Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo!

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