Blogoversary: BookNook Turns 1! (Giveaway & New Blog Name)

Nose Graze Turns 1 - Blogoversary

I have been blogging for one year!

All I can say is: Wow. I never thought my blog would be where it is one year after creation. THANK YOU ALL so much! Seriously, my blog would be nothing without you guys and I love you all so much! I still get that warm, fuzzy, giddy feeling every time I get an e-mail saying “A new comment has been posted on BookNook.” There is no better feeling in the universe! I love my readers, my commenters, my subscribers, my lurkers, and the people who pop in once a blue moon.

Thank you for following BookNook! It’s amazing that I have a blog and I never feel like I’m just talking to myself; I actually feel like I’m talking to my readers every time I post and that is an incredible feeling.

A New Name

Following my post about changing blog names a few days ago, I decided to change the name of my blog. BookNook is now Nose Graze! I wanted something unique and memorable so that when people search for my blog to find it, they immediately find my name at the top and no others. I was tired of being one of 100 BookNooks!

I hope you guys like the new name! πŸ™‚

Changing my name meant that I had to make a new Facebook page, so I hope you guys will all like me there! πŸ™‚

Hopefully, all other methods of following will have transferred over, but if not, I hope you will follow me again! πŸ™‚

Nose Graze’s Stats

When people have their blogoversary celebrations, I always love it when they post statistics about their blog.. so here are mine:

General Statistics

  • 392 blog posts
  • 160 book reviews
  • 398 e-mail subscribers
  • 235 RSS readers
  • 164,157+ total page views

Most Popular Posts
(excluding giveaways)

Google Search Terms That Led to Nose Graze

  • the edge of never
  • dark days tour 2013
  • rick riordan book signing 2013
  • requiem lauren oliver
  • angelfall susan ee
  • rick riordan
  • seduced in the dark
  • the elite kiera cass
  • the goddess inheritance
  • book nook

The Faces of Nose Graze

I wish I was one of those people who took screenshots of all their blog layouts when they were active. Unfortunately… I’m not. But I did have the themes saved so I loaded them up onto my local installation of WordPress and tried to make them look like the real thing LOL! Other than the widgets, they are accurate. So enjoy looking at the many faces of Nose Graze over the last year!

Theme #1: Bookshelf

BookNook Bookshelf Theme

Theme #2: Watercolour

BookNook Watercolour Theme

Theme #3: Outer Space

BookNook Outer Space Theme

And then there’s now…

Theme #4: Swirls & Leaves

BookNook Swirls & Leaves Theme

The Future…

With a new name, I have a brand new theme in the works! It’s almost done but I probably won’t put it up for a few more weeks so that people can have time to adjust to BookNook’s new name!

Theme #5: Nose Graze

Nose Graze WordPress Theme

First ARCs Giveaway

This giveaway is comprised of mostly older ARCs, but they’re some of the first very first physical ARCs I got as a book blogger! This giveaway is open internationally!

1 Year Blogoversary ARC Giveaway

Books Included (click to view)

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
Goodreads My Review

Paladin Prophecy by Mark Frost

The Paladin Prophecy by Mark Frost
Goodreads My Review

Ten by Gretchen McNeil

Ten by Gretchen McNeil
Goodreads My Review

Midnight City by J. Barton Mitchell

Midnight City by J. Barton Mitchell
Goodreads My Review

Beta by Rachel Cohn

Beta by Rachel Cohn
Goodreads My Review

Pulse by Patrick Carman

Pulse by Patrick Carman
Goodreads My Review

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  1. You Rock!. I so love you. You are an awesome blogger, graphic/web designer, and overall person. You really did an amazing job with your blog and I take your reviews the most to heart.

    Congratulations, girl. But just know, this does not mean I will let up on my pursuit of Coding God. He will be mine!!!!

    Jennifer Bielman recently posted: Review: The Cure by MC Foley
    1. Thanks so much Jennifer!! I freaking love you too!! *hugs*

      And RE: Coding God.. you just keep wishing. IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN! MUAYHAHA!

  2. Congratulations on a wonderful milestone! I love your new blog name and I can’t wait to see your new design live (I have just changed mine & its scary!).

    I adore your posts <3 reviews, advice and kindness, I look forward to following for many years to come.

    1. You’re welcome! πŸ˜€ I don’t think my bank account will be happy though LOL!

  3. Congratulations!! I can’t believe you’ve only been blogging for a year!

    That new design is GORGEOUS! I think it’s my favorite one yet! πŸ˜€

    Kelly recently posted: WoW: Relativity
    1. Yeah I hated that! πŸ™ Hopefully it will be much easier to find me on Google now!

  4. Congrats on your first year, Ashley! And I love the way you’ve decided to transition into your new name. It was perfect, because I was like “Nose Graze?” and then I saw the logo and I was like “Ohhhh, she decided to change it! Cool!”

    I’m really glad I found your blog, because it’s been a lot of fun to read, and you have some really great, helpful posts, too! Here’s to many more years of awesome book blogging. πŸ˜€

    Kelley (Another Novel Read) recently posted: Interview with Jessica Brody, Author of Unremembered
  5. HAPPY happy blog-o-versary, Ashley! I am so glad I found your blog, because I always love reading your reviews and thoughts on books, and your WP/book blog tips are so helpful. You really saved my butt teaching me about self-hosting, and I’ve learned so much from you. I hope you’re part of our community for many more years!

    Also, gonna be honest, at first I missed “BookNook” because you’re the ONLY blog I follow with that name, buuuut Nose Graze is sorta cute. πŸ™‚

    1. Yeah I did like BookNook. But I think it’s annoyed me because I’ve seen loads of other BookNook blogs! It made me sad! I’m glad you like Nose Graze though. πŸ™‚

  6. HEAR YE HEAR YE CITIZENS OF EARTH: Today is a momentous occasion!!!!!!!!!!! *fireworks cool enough to be in LOTR explode*

    Eeep! Ashley! I can’t believe it’s your blogoversary already!!!! This is so EXCITING!!! I’m so proud of you. *sniffles* My Big Bloggy sister is growin up!!! *flails* I can’t believe you’ve been going steady for a year!! What an accomplishment!

    I totally loved seeing all your old designs. I’ve only been a-followin since the Leafy design, but I love seeing how you’ve grown! And Ack!! I love your change to NoseGraze. Yes, I’m sad there ain’t a cow in there somewhere, but it’s GOOOOORGE-USSS!!!! And it’s definitely a style that fits you. You have my INKY Approval Stamp. πŸ™‚

    Anyway…before I die of Exclamation Point Overload…[EPO is very dangerous you know]…I had to leave some happy gifs with you!!!



    (Exhibit C) LOTS OF EEP:

    Okay, I’ve hyperred out! But seriously GIRL! Congrats!!! And I totally can’t wait to see where you take Nose Graze next year!! πŸ™‚

    <33333333333 Your nerdy little friend,

    Inky recently posted: Review: Finding June
    1. *HUGGLESSS*! πŸ˜€ Thank you so much Inky!! Maybe over the summer I’ll do a special cow tribute to you for one special day. LOL!

      Flailing fish = ADOOORABLE! I freaking love Dory <3

      I love you as a follower Inky! I don't know what I'd do without you! You're freaking awesome! <333

      1. Haha Daaw. You make me blush. *huggles* Baha I would screenshot that to no end. <333 YESSS! Dory is like THE BEST. I'm so glad she's finally getting her own movie!!!!

        AAAW. Now I'm red in the face. Gosh, stop it! πŸ˜‰

        Inky recently posted: Review: The Scorpio Races
    1. Thank you Lexxie! πŸ™‚ I’m so glad you like my plugin, and I love having you as a follower!!

  7. First of all – congrats on your blogoversary!!
    Second – your blog is amazing and so pretty! I want to steal it!! :O I mean, it’s always pretty and awesome, but suddenly while going through this post I was attacked by a huge envy wave because of it’s awesomeness πŸ™‚
    Third – YOU ARE AWESOME!
    And that new name is definitely one which is hard to forget or mixed up with outer names xD

    So, again, congrats and keep up being awesome πŸ™‚

    Nitzan Schwarz recently posted: New Adult Giveaway
    I’m so happy I accidentally stole your graphic (still sorry about that BTW, I added credit to it) which led you to my blog which led me to your blog! Your reviews are some of my favorites because they are so honest without being bashing. I love the Fifty Shades review, too funny!
    I’m glad you decided on the name change although I’m curious to its meaning.
    Happy 1 year bloggoversary and I wish you many more ?

    Nereyda @Mostly YA Book Obsessed recently posted: Character Profiles + Giveaway: Off Sides by Sawyer Bennet!
    1. *hugs* Thank you Nereyda! I’m so grateful to have you as a follower. πŸ™‚

      Nose Graze is “An affectionate nuzzling of the nose, usually right before a kiss.” I chose it because it sounds cute and it’s kind of a shout out to my love of sweet, romantic contemporary books! πŸ™‚

  9. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Honestly, I’m surprised that your blog is so young, it just screams professional and “I’ve been doing this for a couple of years.”

    I think it goes without saying that I adore you and your blog. This is the first place I visit when I’m considering a book because I trust your opinion the most. It’s also the first place I come when I need help with coding and such. Thanks for being a wonderful blogger and person.

    PS: Love the new name, BookNook will always have a special place in my heart, but NoseGraze is so unique and cute.

    Michaniya recently posted: Stacking the Shelves 10
  10. Hey honey!!! Sorry it has taken me this long to stop by and say CONGRATS!!! 1 year is a huge accomplishment in the book blogging world. You should be totally proud of the amazing job you have done. πŸ™‚ xoxo

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