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. Awww Marie this is the sweetest post ever!! πŸ˜­πŸ’ž Congrats to FOUR YEARS of blogging!! That’s absolutely amazing and I’m so incredibly proud of you. You’re such a wonderful, lovely, and eloquent blogger, and you’re one of the kindest and most supportive people in the bookish community. This community honestly wouldn’t be the same without you! I love you so much and I’m so grateful for everything you’ve done for the bookish community & all the support you’ve given me. πŸ’–

    I’ve only been blogging for about five months, but bloggers like you, and the book blogging community, are what I love most about being a part of the blogging community. πŸ™‚ And I guess my biggest blogging goal so far is hitting 2,000 views recently!! (Even though it isn’t a lot compared to some people – and ik I need to stop comparing myself to people haha – I’m still very happy about that.) Anyway, I absolutely loved reading this sweet post, Marie!! Happy four years of blogging, again ❀️ Here’s to many more years of blogging! ☺️

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    1. Awww Dezzy you’re going to make me all emotional now ❀ thank you so, so much for your sweet words, this honestly means THE WORLD to me ahh, thank you ❀❀❀

      And wow, 2,000 views incredibly awesome Dezzy!!! ❀ I know how hard it is not to compare ourselves to others, I know that after 4 years I still do it way too often, I wish I could stop aha πŸ™‚
      Thank you so, so much for everything ❀❀

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  2. Congrats on 4 years of blogging, Marie! Your blog is amazing and has been one of my favourites for quite a long time! ❀ I’ve been blogging for three years (I don’t know how THAT’S possible, but well I’m not always consistent on here haha). One of my best accomplishments was travelling to Rotterdam to meet Leigh Bardugo in 2015, which I probably wouldn’t have done if I hadn’t been blogging at the time. Blogging helped me grow so much and I’ll always be grateful for that. I’m not quite sure about what my goals are though, mainly to keep having fun and talk to people. πŸ™‚

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    1. Aww Lucie thank you so, so much, your sweet words mean so much to me ❀ ❀
      You met Leigh Bardugo?? In Rotterdam?? Woww, now that’s a great accomplishment, that’s incredible! It must be one of your best memories for sure! πŸ™‚
      Thank you so, so much for your sweet comment ❀

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  3. Congratulations on four years, Marie!! I also celebrated my fourth blogoversary this year (in April) and it’s so crazy to think that it’s been so long. I’m so happy I discovered your blog like a year ago. Looking back, you grow so much in four years; keep being awesome πŸ™‚

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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    1. YAY happy (very late) blogoversary as well, fellow 4th year πŸ˜€ it is incredible to think that we’ve been at it for so long. It’s so good to be part of this community πŸ™‚
      Thank you so, so much!! ❀

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  4. Happy Blogversary Marie!! πŸ’— Oh wow 4 years is a lot, that’s amazing!! I’m glad to have discovered your blog and stumbled upon your post, as I enjoy reading them so much, they are always a delight 😍 I agree that the community is truly so welcoming and friendly, there are so many kind people, it’s the best thing to be able to chat with them about books! 😊 Also thank you for hosting a giveaway πŸ’—

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  5. Congrats on the 4 years!πŸŽ‰ It’s so incredible, I’m honestly so proud of everything you have achieved and you’ll surely continue to grow with time because you deserve it and you have everything to do it. I really celebrate this with you πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ’•πŸ˜Š

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  6. Aww Marie!! This was so wonderful and sweet ❀ Congratulations on an amazing four years πŸ™‚ You're such a wonderful blogger and writer, and it's amazing to see how much you've grown and how blogging has impacted you! I'm so proud to see so much you've accomplished (CONGRATS ON NANOWRIMO AGAIN!!!) and I'm so thankful to have a friend like you in this community πŸ™‚ Honestly, your writing is so eloquent, and truthfully, it's better than mine πŸ˜‰ and I have no excuses because English is my first language πŸ˜‚I think my biggest goal right now is to receive a physical ARC from an author πŸ™ˆor to be part of a blog tour! Anyway, this was such a sweet post, and SENDING YOU ALL THE LOVE~

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    1. Oh thank you so, so, so much Tiffany ❀you’re way too sweet, I am so, so happy and grateful to have met you thanks to blogging! ❀
      Aw really, you think? that’s too sweet, thank you so much! I really hope you will achieve all of your goals soon, you deserve to ❀❀

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  7. Aww, this is such a sweet post, Marie! I’m so happy that blogging has been such a great influence in your life over the past four years! You’re such a lovely person and amazing blogger, and I adore every time we interact! Great, inspiring friends like you are why I continue to blog! Happy four years, doll! ❀

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  8. Congrats on your blogeversary πŸ™‚ I totally agree on the healthy obsession part and I am glad that has not dipped down even after four years. Thanks for such a sweet post ❀

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  9. MARIE!!!! IM GETTING ALL EMOTIONAL NOW AND ITS ALL YOUR FAULT β€οΈπŸ’•πŸ’–β€οΈπŸ’•πŸ’–πŸ˜­πŸ˜­

    first off, congratulations on 4 YEARS!! that sounds like a lifetime and i’m so proud of you for going against all the negative thoughts and the hurdles and continuing to blog and scream about books, you’re such an inspiration!! I loved every word of this post and it really touched me (the doubting every post, comment, reply, i felt that sis) omg how are you so eloquent 😭😭

    honestly you’re so helpful and kind and supportive, its amazing what you’ve done for yourself and other bloggers. we are all so lucky to have you and your amazing beautiful posts (theyre literally my favourite. no joke when you post i just scream and wait till i have peace and quiet bc i NEED to read and absorb everything you’re saying with no distractions, thats to say,,,,,the highlight of my week) im SO SAPPY WHAT IS THIS

    BUT NO MORE MUSH FROM ME, i am just really super glad that you decided that day, 4 years ago, to start this blog πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

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    1. May ahhhh I’m going to cry you’re going to make me feel emotional ahhh 😭 thank you so, so much for your comment and all of your sweet words, they honestly make my day ❀️ and ahh what, I didn’t know anyone paid that much attention while reading my ramblings ahhh you’re going to make me cry. really. you’re too sweet I’m so happy to have met you and to have your support and ahh πŸ’–πŸ˜­

      THANK YOU SO MUCH you’re the sweetest ever β€οΈπŸ’•

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  10. Congratulations on four years, Marie! I’ve been blogging for about three years! Blogging is one of the things that gives me Joy! I love making new friends and communicating with all the book lovers from around the world. It is really a great experience!

    Hope you have a wonderful day! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much Raven ❀ I agree that it’s such an amazing experience, being able to chat with book bloggers all around the world like that πŸ™‚ thank you so, so much for your support, that means so much ❀

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  11. Marie, you are an amazing person and I have said this before, but I’m going to say it here again: thank you for all that you do. You have been extremely supportive of me and my blog and I can’t express how much that means to me. Congratulations a million times on reaching four years on your blog! You are great, wonderful, amazing and a real beacon in this community!

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    1. Kat you’re going to make me cry 😭 thank YOU so much for your endless support and love, this means so, so much to hear that I could have a positive influence on someone and that I could bring some support, too, that means so much and is really all I’ve been wanting to do. thank you for everything ❀ ❀

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  12. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH, MARIE!!! ❀ I am so happy you are part of this community and even more so that you are my friend. Life wouldn't be the same without you in it and I am glad you still find joy in blogging. I don't think you could ever bother anyone with your requests. Your voice truly does matter and I think a lot of people listen when you speak πŸ˜€ that can only be a gain for any publisher out there!
    Also, it's so you to be so kind and do a giveaway! Thank you for that and to answer the question – blogging brought me friends and a community that makes me believe I fit in and that my overthinking brain is valid and not as unnatural as I thought. I found people who truly care about me and what I think and I love every single person because of that!

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    1. Awww Kat you’re honestly too, too sweet I love you so much ❀ thank you for your sweet words, this means the world. it’s so easy to feel like we’re just a grain of sand in the community that is so, so gigantic, it’s so good to feel like our words matter somehow ❀
      You’re so welcome, it’s my pleasure! I agree with you, it’s so incredible to have met people caring so much, I love that the most ❀

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  13. I’m so late but congratulations Marie! So happy that you’re here, blogging and that I stumbled upon your blog ❀️ I love your blog and I love you too 😘

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  14. Marie, I want you to know that you are one of my blogging heroes and I am so happy to see that you are getting to hold all those 2019 books. You deserve it ❀

    You're also one of the sweetest people I ever had the pleasure of interacting online and I hope that you will blog forever πŸ™‚ Happy 4 years of blogging ❀

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  15. aww happy bloggy birthday!! 4 is SUCH an awesome milestone too *sends all the cake and sprinkles* πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸ’•πŸ’• I keep forgetting to celebrate my blogversary so I have no idea how long I’ve gone haha, but the community is definitely one of my favourite parts! And just getting to find people as passionate and excited about books as I am?! THE BEST. I’m so glad you blog, Marie, you are fantastic!!

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    1. Aww thank you so, so much Cait! ❀ I kind of wrote the date down because I always like celebrating it and seeing just how long I managed to keep on doing this little hobby haha it’s really amazing πŸ™‚
      Aww thank you so, so much you’re too sweet ❀ the community really is the best ❀

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  16. Aw, lovely Marie ❀ Has it been 4 years already? Where has the time gone?
    I've probably found you about two years ago and I absolutely love that I did. You are such a pure soul and your content is always so resonant with me and my reading/blogging experience. Really, I feel blessed to have such a wonderful online friend 😊
    Thank you so much for having decided to create this little corner and having been with us ever since πŸ™‚ Here's to many more years to come! 😘

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    1. Oh don’t ask me, I have absolutely NO idea where the time has gone?! I can’t believe it’s been so long already.
      Awwww thank you Sophie, that means so much, I feel so happy to have met you and to be able to chat with you!! ❀ thank you for your constant support ❀

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  17. Congratulations on 4 years, that’s amazing! I feel exactly the same way about you when considering what blogging has brought me. I’m such an awkward social anxiety duckling in real life, you’ll rarely find me offering my option, but blogging has given me that voice and I am so grateful for that. πŸ˜€

    I didn’t even know book blogs EXISTED when I started mine and went in totally blind, but wow, I’m so glad for this amazing community.

    I like the idea of blogging being a healthy obsession. So true!

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    1. Thank you so, so, so much Becky! ❀ I'm so happy to hear that, it feels so great to be able to express ourselves that way, doesn't it? I love it SO much πŸ˜€
      Thank you so, so much for your sweet words and support! ❀ ❀

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  18. MARIE!!! I can’t believe I missed your blogiversary!! I hope you know how ecstatic for you and proud of you I am — I am so so glad you decided to start blogging four years ago and continued it until now, your friendship and support means the world to me (and I know to many others). Your content has always been amazing and your conversations always memorable, and I cannot wait to see what this new year of blogging brings you! And I know that doubts and comparisons will always happen, because we’re human, but I hope that they lessen for you, because you deserve to be proud of yourself and all that you’ve accomplished! I love you and I’m so grateful blogging brought me YOU!! ❀

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    1. May ahh thank you so, so much for everything, your words mean so, so much more than you could ever know, you’re too sweet 😭❀️ I’m so grateful to have met you and I hope we’ll keep on chatting for months and years to come, too. ❀️ I know I am certainly the worst when it comes to comparisons and everything, I can’t help it I guess, even though I’m trying to work on it. Thank you so, so, so much for everything 😭❀️

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  19. Congratulations on 4 years! It really is amazing how much can happen in a few years. I have always enjoyed your blog and it is such a welcoming, inspirational space. I hope that you continue to enjoy blogging and keep the community inspired with your lovely posts. πŸ™‚

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  20. This is actually my second book review blog! I had one in college but quit once I had a kid. There was literally zero time to read. I barely had time to bathe! Then I had twins and had even less time. Now they’re all a tad older, so I decided to start blogging again. I didn’t realize how much I missed it, and how much I missed my voice, until I was doing it again. I’m still trying to remake connections, both friends and professionally, and it’s a process. I’m not putting as much pressure on myself this time, and I get to things when I get to them. It’s been more enjoyable this time around!

    Congratulations! Four years is a major accomplishment! ❀

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear?

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    1. I’m so happy to hear you missed it enough to come back, it’s really in these moments that you realize how important some hobbies can be for us, too πŸ™‚ ❀
      I’m so happy you’re enjoying it more this time around, too. We can put so much pressure on ourselves, really, it’s better when we manage to take it slow and just remember to have fun πŸ™‚
      thank you so much!! ❀

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  21. Congratulations on 4 years of blogging! New reader here, and I can’t wait to see more of your lovely posts! I just recently started my own book blog after six months of being in the bookstagram community – I’m so excited to meet more book bloggers like you! ❀

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    1. Aww thank you so much Megan, that means a lot! ❀ and thank you for choosing my blog to stop by and leave such a sweet word! ❀ I hope you’ll have tons of fun book blogging πŸ™‚

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  22. Hello Marie ❀
    CONGRATS ON YOUR 4TH YEAR BLOGIVERSARY!!!! Wow I feel like it was just a short while ago when you were celebrating your 3rd year blogiversary- how quickly time has passed!!!
    You are such an inspiration for me! I always enjoying reading your thoughtful post and your sweet and encouraging comments ❀
    My favourite part of blogging is the community! I could be having the crappiest day and feeling super down, but once I sit down and read some posts / reply to some comments, I would have a smile on my face πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much!! ❀️ I know, I can’t believe it, I remember writing my 3rd year blogoversary posts just… a minute ago ahah time really flies! πŸ™‚
      Oh thank you this means so, so much, you’re too sweet! ❀️ I agree with you, the community always brings a smile on my face, that’s why I love it so much πŸ™‚

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  23. Congrats & happy 4 years Marie!!!! Such a huge milestone. I am coming up on my 3 year blogiversary in February 2019, which I am excited for. I find it super impressive that you are still so active & consistent after so many years. I hope 2019 will be a more consistent year for me 😦 You know how life is.

    Thank you for hosting a giveaway! Good luck to all who enter πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so, so much Amanda!! ❀️
      Oh you’re too sweet, thank you! Life has a habit of getting in the way of blogging haha I guess we can’t help it at times. What I see is that you keep on coming back to it because you love it and that’s the most important, not consistency, love for it all πŸ™‚
      You’re so welcome, best of luck! πŸ˜€

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