A love letter to book blogging to celebrate 4 years of blogging (+ INTL giveaway)

Four years ago, sitting down on my bed, in my student’s appartment, I created a blog called Drizzle & Hurricane Books, giddy to have this fun new thing to work on and to talk about books, but with absolutely no idea what would happen and how, really, blogging would change me and my life a little bit, too.

Writing this, half of me can’t believe it’s been 4 years already that this happened. So much has changed from the moment I created this blog to today. I went from a Master’s degree student to getting my first job, I visited countries and countries, questioned myself about everything, fell in love all over again, felt sad, grateful and so on. Life has been a rollercoaster, as always, and it will keep on being one, and yet, all this time, blogging has been a constant.

From something that seemed simple, easy and fun, blogging has grown into kind of an obsession, seeping into fibers of my being, changing who I am online and in real life, too. A healthy obsession, don’t get me wrong.

Somehow, blogging has allowed me to grow, to confirm my passion for books, books and books, a passion I had since I was too little to get out of the crib and couldn’t even read (truth. My mom will confirm this). Now everyone hates me and I have way too many books in my room and in my brain.

Blogging has taught me that, no matter how shy I’ve always been feeling, how socially awkward I might be at times, how unsure of myself, my own confidence and everything else… that I have a voice here and that it matters, too. That some people actually want to hear me scream about books, but not only that. About everything else, too. I’m not going to quote names because I hope you’ll recognize yourself. If I’ve met an incredibly warm, welcoming, friendly community, people to talk about books with, scream about latest releases and shoving gently books to my face…. I’ve also met some of my closest friends, people who hopefully will recognize themselves while reading this, people I genuinely believe my life has changed for the better thanks to their support, love and endless messages, too. I love you all.

Blogging has given me so many books. ALL. the books. Books to relate to, books to cry about, books to talk of, important books, groundbreaking books, revealing books. SO many discoveries I wouldn’t have made if it weren’t for your recommendations and, yes, hype, too.

Blogging has brought so much, so much I never thought would ever be possible when I started, a soon to be graduate scrolling down blogs, discovering book mail and book hauls from US book bloggers, ARCs and everything else, too. I’m not blogging for ARCs at all, yet it feels like something to be part of the publishing world in that way, too. Yet, geography, luck, even with over 500 followers in, I never thought I’d ever, ever be part of that, somehow, special part of it all. Until one day in late September 2017 (yes, only one year ago). Until everything accelerated all of a sudden. I never thought I’d be one of these bloggers getting books releasing in 2019 right now and it turns out I could be. I feel like I’m going to happy cry again, just thinking about this incredible chance and privilege.

Blogging has given me a voice, yes, in a language that’s not my mother tongue, either, but that I’ve always, always cherished. I’m French and I don’t pretend myself to be bilingual, so I was scared to blog in English. With every post, every comment, everything, I trust myself more and more to evolve in this international community I adore.

Blogging is scary. It really is. The book blogging community is incredible, yes. It’s also loud when it needs to be, something I’m so grateful for and something I’ve learned so much from. It’s also scary. There are so many people, from everywhere, all around. How do I know I’m not bothering people when I’m commenting? Leaving a tweet? Trying to ask for a book? DOING anything, really? Writing this post? I don’t and it always terrifies me.

Do I still get jealous? Yes. I’m human. Do I still wonder if I’m good enough to receive this incredible looking ARC, to still be considered as great as a book blogger when I’m afraid to put out one tweet and interact while others do this so easily? All. The. Time. Do I wonder if this blog post is okay, or not? If I should do this, or that? Always, but these endless questions will always be part of who I am, too, an anxious 4 year book blogger just trying to keep on going.

Keep on going for the love of books. Keep on going for the smile on my face every single time I answer a comment, receive a gasp-worthy email, talk with friends I would never have met if it weren’t for that evening 4 years ago, sitting on my bed and typing Drizzle & Hurricane Books into a blog’s name, taking me years later right here, on my couch, typing this very blog post.

I love book blogging so, so much. It’s been there for me in tough and easy times, it’s been an escape, it’s been a passion. It’s been a lot of love, too and I hope this continues for a little while, too.

To celebrate my 4 years of blogging, I couldn’t not give something back, for everything you’ve all given me. I’m thrilled to be able to host this giveaway for all of you!!

  • This giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY (Will be sent via Book Depository), for the book (s) of your choice under 20€ (This means you can get two books if it fits into the budget, yes!). Note that you can change the currency on book depository to see the price in euros, if it’s not your currency. This is right below the search bar πŸ™‚
  • This giveaway will run from today, November 28th, 2018 to December 22nd, 2018, Midnight G.M.T +1.
  • You must be 18 or older orΒ have your parents’ consent to give your mailing address.
  • The winner will be drawn on December 23rd, and contacted via email. If the winner doesn’t answer in 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!

For being here, for reading one, two, ten, a hundred of my blog posts. For following me, from day one, day 379, or only two days ago. For supporting me, cheering for me, leaving one, two, ten comments. For every sweet word I’ve ever gotten to brighten up my bad days and illuminate my good ones. I am so, so, so, so grateful for this little corner of the internet and where it all took me so far and I can’t wait to see where it takes me, next.

Most of it all, I am grateful to be part of the book blogging community with you, I love you all.

How long have you been blogging? What’s your favorite thing about book blogging so far?

What’s your biggest blogging goal and accomplishment? Let me know everything in comments!

 

 

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213 thoughts on “A love letter to book blogging to celebrate 4 years of blogging (+ INTL giveaway)

  1. Congratulations on four years of blogging that is amazing! πŸ˜€ I have been blogging for seven months so it will be a while before I hit four years! But soon I will have been blogging for one year and that will be huge for me I guess. I love to share and talk about my and others bookish thoughts and feelings, I think that is the best thing about blogging :)) Congratulations again! ❀

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    1. Thank you so, so much! ❀ And it’s already so great, it’s amazing to see how passionate we can be and how long we can keep going with this, too, one year will be such a great milestone! I’m happy to hear you’re having fun blogging so far and hope it continues ❀

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  2. Ahh loved this post, Marie and love you so much 😘 Congratulations on completing 4 years. This is a great achievement. Frankly speaking, I don’t know if I would even survive so long in blogging. But you are favourite and biggest inspiration here. I always think about that day when I discovered your incredible blog last year. 😊 And since then Inhave tried to never miss your posts.
    Blogging has really been an amazing journey specially because it gives us so many new friends to talk to. Especially for me, who doesn’t have any reader friend in real life, it matters a lot.
    Today was not the best day for me, but your post made me smile 😊
    I really wish you more and more success!

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    1. Sim thank you so, so, so much, your comments and your friendship always brighten my days ❀ It’s hard to tell at first how long and how much of a place blogging will take in one’s life, but what matters is that you keep on doing what you’re passionate about and that it doesn’t feel like a chore πŸ™‚
      I’m sorry to hear today wasn’t the best day 😦 please know that I’m always here, a message away or anything if you ever need to talk. I’m sending all the love and positive vibes your way!! ❀❀

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  3. Congratulations on 4 years of blogging! It sounds like you’ve had an amazing 4 years. πŸ˜€

    I’ve been blogging for a while now, and for me I love having a space to rant about my (usually salty) thoughts and gush about all the amazing books I find that I might not have found if I hadn’t been blogging. Books are such a huge, huge part of my life – I work in publishing, I write in my spare time, I’ve been reading for as long as I can remember – that it wouldn’t feel right not having a book blog.

    I don’t always update it regularly and I don’t think my content is the best content out there compared to some other amazing blogs, but I like having space on the internet where my thoughts can have a home and I might meet someone else who feels the same way. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so, so much Jess! πŸ˜€
      It’s so amazing that you work in publishing, I’d love to work there someday πŸ™‚ book blogging is such a great way to be able to rant about all the books haha, I love it so much πŸ™‚
      And I am sure there is no content that is the “best” out there. We’re all different and have our own way of blogging, as long as you do what you love, you’re the best in your own way πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! ❀ ❀

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  4. Aaah, congratulations! I can’t even believe I’ve been blogging for a year and a half, let alone that YOU’ve been at it for four years now? That’s CRAZY and goes to show how passionate you are about blogging and books, hah. πŸ™‚ You should definitely be proud of that!

    I think we all remain in an insecure place when it comes to our blogs, really. There’s always people who, we feel, are doing better than we are and that leaves its mark. Even if we don’t want that to happen, it still does. We’ve talked about it before, but the urge to compare is way too present and is thoroughly linked with our blogging insecurities – unfortunately.

    I don’t really see anything on my blog as my “biggest accomplishment”? Maybe my reading challenges since I’m so proud of them and seeing people joining in on those, haha. πŸ™‚

    Here’s to AT LEAST another four years! ❀

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    1. Thank you so, so much Kathy that means a lot! I never thought I’d be blogging for this long when I started haha but I’m really glad that I am ❀
      I agree, I guess it’s just something that can’t be helped – with time it gets a bit better and I hope to get to a place where I’m content with everything, really, haha πŸ™‚

      I think you have so much to be proud of, Kathy, you’re such an incredible blogger and I admire your challenges SO much as well!! ❀

      Thank you!! ❀❀

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  5. Congratulations Marie!!! And all that you’ve said about blogging becoming unexpectedly a healthy obssession is so true! Congrats on your ARCs I hope maybe one day i’ll get them too LOL. Cheers to four more years!

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  6. Happy blogiversary! I love your blog. I’ve been blogging for 5 years. My favorite part is the community and learning about new books. I’m not sure what my goal is. Maybe to hit my earnings threshold with AdSense so I can make money from blogging? That seems like an impossible goal because nobody clicks ads.

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    1. Aww thank you so much!! ❀
      I get this so much – earning money from book blogging would be incredible, but it’s really so, SO hard to do. Here’s to hoping someday we might πŸ™‚

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  7. Firstly, congrats on 4 years of blogging! wooohooo

    Secondly, I feel such a connexion to this post, not only because of the way you talk about books (that’s something most of us share, right, the passion for reading?), but also for the feelings you describe and how blogging helps you and challenges you too. I’m not a blogger myself – I only had a personal blog back in the Livejournal days, oh how I miss those – but I can relate to a lot of the things you say. Reading someone’s glowing review of a book you love, discovering new favorites through other people’s recs… and also the anxiety felt when leaving comments (what do I saaay? how do I say it? I wanna say something so they know I read but…what? ETC).

    I’m very nervous, and I overthink, and I’m so envious of people’s bookshelves (and live vicariously through them, heh)… so it’s awesome when I see posts like yours and I can feel more… understood? less like a weirdo? πŸ™‚
    Seriously, thank you for everything, your blog is awesome and this post is <3<3<3<3
    – Reese

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    1. Oh the livejournal days. I feel nostalgic haha.
      I am so, so, so happy you could find a bit of yourself in my feelings and in this post! You’re definitely not the only anxious and nervous person out there, and you’re not a weirdo at all haha, you’re exactly in the right place with people just like you and you’re doing awesome πŸ˜€
      Thank you so, so, so much for your sweet comment, this means a lot! ❀ ❀

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  8. It is always amazing and heartwarming to see other bloggers just as anxious as I am even after being part of the blogger community for four years! I know how excited I was to receive my first comment so I try not to be too anxious (terrified) when commenting on other blogs! I am brand new to blogging, not even a month yet, but watching the support and love shared between you all makes me smile. As for what I love about blogging, it is a space for me to share about books with other readers and to have an identity separate from being a mom.

    Happy Blog-anniversary!

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    1. Aww this makes me so, so happy. ❀ I get the anxiety and stress a little bit, especially when you first start out. Yet, everyone has been friendly and welcoming and adorable and it made me feel better and more at ease with each comment and interaction πŸ˜€
      I hope you'll have tons of fun blogging! And thank you so much for your sweet comment ❀

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  9. omgomgomgomgomg, congrats on hitting 4 years of blogging! I’m so proud of you, and I can’t believe you’ve hit such a big blogging milestone. I have to say it’s been such a pleasure getting to know you over my two years of blogging. You are and have been my favorite book blogger and a good blogging friend of mine, so thank you for being such an amazing person with an amazing blog as well. I can’t wait to see what year 5 brings for you. I hope you receive all the happiness in the world, and that you read even more amazing books πŸ™‚ xxx

    Melina | http://www.melinaelisa.com

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    1. Oh Melina thank you so, so, so much for your sweet words and your endless support in the past years 😭❀️, it’s been always the best to talk with you and I hope this continues!! thank you so much for everything, this means SO much ❀️❀️

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  10. I LOVE this post Marie! πŸ™‚ ❀️ First of all congratulations on reaching your four year blogiversary, honestly that’s such an incredible achievement and I am very thankful you started blogging and made it four years because I got to speak to you through your posts and you’ve introduced me to some amazing books and genres as well. I feel like it’s a little insane thinking about how that one moment four years ago (or three years for me) could have changed our lives in such a big way, because let’s be honest blogging is such a huge part of my life and given how dedicated you are to your blog and everything that comes with it I know you are too.
    I always look forwards to seeing posts from you, or talking to you through these comments, so here’s hoping we’ll both be blogging for a while to come.
    Great post, and again congratulations. πŸ™‚ ❀️ ❀️

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    1. Thank you so, so much Beth!! 😭❀️
      It is so, so strange looking back and realizing how much just one little thing like that could change our lives and your thoughts, too. It’s honestly SO great to see that a hobby can be so great just as well, I love it so much ❀️
      Thank you Beth!! Here’s to hoping we will both keep on going for a long, long time πŸ˜€

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  11. Congrats! πŸ™Œ I’m a fairly new blogger (1 1/2 years) and it is scary! But as an introvert it’s been lovely to use my voice! I love everything about blogging including the great blogging community! Getting ARCs is definitely a perk! Wishing you continued success!

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  12. Congratulations!!! I love your blog! πŸ˜€ My blog is almost two years old. The best thing about a book blog is that I found people who love reading just as much as I do. In “real life” my conversations about books are usually quite superficial. People often haven’t read the same books as I do. I also find it hard to come up with the right questions. In the book blogging community it’s much easier to really talk books. I love to read and talk about why a book was amazing and which characters were favourites.

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    1. Thank you so much, aww that means a lot! 😭❀️
      I agree with you, it’s SO great to be abe to talk about books with everyone on here, as passionate about them as we are, get recommendations and just, I don’t know, I agree that it’s such a great feeling to chat like that πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much!! ❀️

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  13. Happy, happy, happy blogoversary πŸŽ‰ and wishing you many more amazing to come!! ❀️️
    I’m not a blogger myself, but love following other people’s blogs (like yours!) and reading everything and all books related.

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  14. Marie you’re a true gem in this community. I honestly look up to you in so many ways. I love your discussions, your travel posts, and how you always find the time to respond and always leave a comment on blog posts. It genuinely warms my heart. I also always take note whenever you give out recs because you also love contemporary. Knowing you is truly amazing. I hope you continue to be an amazing voice in this lovely community of ours. I wish many more years for Drizzle & Hurricane Books, and a lot more books to come your way. *hugs*

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    1. Bianca you’re going to make me cry 😭 thank you so, so, so much for your sweet words and all of your support, this honestly made my day so much brighter 😭 I am so happy and grateful to have met you thanks to book blogging as well and hope to chat more and more about books and everything ❀️
      thank you so, so much for your words, you’re the sweetest, 😭❀️

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  15. Congrats, Marie! That’s such an awesome milestone and I’m so happy that you’ve been able to create your own corner of the internet to calls YOURS and I’m so glad to have stumbled across your blog, even if only recently. It’s definitely climbed to one of my favorites and I am always excited to see a new post. The book community grows stronger with you in it. Cheers to four more years! ❀

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  16. whoa happy 4 year blogversary! you’re truly such a wonderful blogger and have such a fantastic blogging voice. i’ve been blogging since february 2018, and my favourite parts of blogging is having a corner of the internet where i can talk about what i love and interacting with the wonderful community. happy reading and blogging, marie!

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  17. Happy blogoversary!!! I’ve been blogging for 2 and a half years, and I think the best thing about being a book blogger are the connections I’ve made. I wouldn’t have been able to connect with so many wonderful authors and bloggers if it weren’t for blogging. I’m super happy for you, and I hope that we’ll see many more years of blogging to come! πŸ™‚

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  18. Oh congratulations! as an 8 year blogger I totally get the amount of dedication and passion for this. We all are here for books and it’s so nice to spread the love πŸ™‚

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  19. I’M SO HAPPY FOR YOU! You have been a regular positive influence in the community and you and your sister deserve to celebrate another year of blogging ❀

    I think one of my biggest milestones was deciding on a style for my blog. It might be a small thing, but finally finding the settings, structure and color that worked for me gave me the foundation I needed. Before that I felt like I was all over the place!

    Thanks for being so kind and supportive all this time, and congratulations!!!

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    1. Oh Pam thank you so, so much for your constant love and support, it means so much to me ❀❀❀

      I’m so happy to hear that and that’s one of the reasons why I admire you and your blog SO much, it looks so aesthetically pleasing, I love it! ❀❀

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