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Read.Breathe.Relax. 5 Year Blogiversary + Giveaway!

WAT. Is this real life? I’ve been talking about YA books here for 5 years?!

And you guys are still reading my crazy thoughts?! Thank you! Also….why?

RBR Blogiversary + Second Annual Embarrassing Trip Down Memory Lane

read breathe relax blogiversary 5 years

Here we are again. Another year under the blogging belt. If you’re new here, a casual reader or just clicked here once for the free stuffs, THANK YOU.

I remember when my blog was something only myself and my mom read (she still comments on Uppercase’s Facebook page and is pretty easy to spot if you’re looking…). That was ok with me and would be ok with me now, but I love that I have connected with so many people in real life and online through Read.Breathe.Relax.

Thank you so much for the support and love over the years!

So…Last year, I embarrassed myself by highlighting some RBR-original features that totally bombed. It was so much fun – and I have so much material – that I decided to do it again this year.

  • Crafty Reader: Circa 2014. I decided to make a clutch out of a fancy book, and thought, “You know what? I can do some bookish craft project once a month!” This post series was so successful, I did it all of ONE TIME. I have since come to the realization that 1. I’m straight up awful at DIY and 2. Should never attempt book crafting again.
  • Book Nerdspiration: Circa 2013. I really loved the idea for this feature: highlight fellow fictional and famous book lovers! The problem is after Hermione Granger and Rory Gilmore, it got harder and harder to fill a WEEKLY spot with new and interesting book nerds. I don’t blame myself for this one – I blame Hollywood and Netflix for not creating more book-obsessed characters. You had one job, people.
  • RBR Throwback Reads: Circa 2014. Oh gosh. This one really is pretty embarrassing. So, yeah, I thought it would be a great idea to create my own monthly bookstagram photo challenge WITH A TWIST. The twist, though, was very complicated and hard to follow. You know, Throwback Thursday on Instagram? My idea was to do that but with books – so you can post a book you read last year but according to a monthly Thursday list I created. So more like Top Ten Tuesday but for photos of books on Instagram…It was confusing and weird to follow and it just tanked like the sad whale it was. RIP, photo meme.

Looking back at these makes me seriously laugh and strangely proud. I like trying new things; they can’t all stick. It pushes me creatively, so it wasn’t all in vain.

If you were around for those posts, thanks for giving RBR another shot 🙂 .

Blogiversary Giveaway!

Now for the good bit: Open to US only. Must be 18 years of age or older.

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About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Emma A

    Congratulations on 5 years!
    You have had so many amazing accomplishments over the course of your time blogging!
    Sounds like you have a lot of fun digging up old memories 🙂

  • Kaitlyn

    Congrats on your blogoversary! I just celebrated my first blogoversary and it was a pretty awesome feeling! I can’t wait until I get to five years!!

  • Congratulations!!!! Amazing! I’m new to RBR, but loving it! Already subscribed and followed! Thanks!

  • Libby

    Congratulations on 5 years!!!! 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉

    *cheers for another many more*

    I wish you all the best! & thank you for creating & doing Uppercase! I look forward to it every month. 😄

    Your blog is awesome & I look forward to reading more of your reviews/recommendations.

    Wishing you all the best! 💜

  • Amy Oliver

    Congrats on 5 years- this is so exciting!

  • Susan Light

    Congrats on your BIG anniversary. I have loved following you.

  • Classy_Girl

    Wow, 5 years! I’m a relatively new addition, a little under a year, but I’ve read tons of your past blogs and loved them all. Here’s to many more years to come!

  • Wow, five years! Congrats! That’s big! I love reading about your failed ideas hahaha they sound like so much fun. I hope you never stop trying to add more! 🙂

  • EdyeNicolesMakeup

    Hi! Happy blogiversary <3

  • DisneyAngel55

    Hi Lisa! Congrats on 5 years!!! Cheers to many, MANY more! (Because quite frankly your blog is the BEST!!)

  • Happy blogaversary!!

  • Congrats on 5 years! I love reading your posts each week 🙂

  • Red

    Congratulations! Five years is an incredible thing. I’m so glad that you’re still having fun with blogging and reading. I appreciate it all. Thank you!

  • Nina

    Happy 5 year anniversary Lisa!

  • Jessica DiFelice

    Yay for 5 years! I always love reading your reviews and I have loved every Uppercase box I’ve gotten 🙂

  • Kristen

    hello….just found your blog….

  • F. Lewis

    Good luck on your five year anniversary. May you keep writing for many more.

  • Kelly

    Thank you so much for the posts and the giveaways. Love your blog!

  • Amy Jo Green

    Wooooo congrats on five years! I’m so glad we have the same taste in books, I just have to read what you think and I know whether to invest the time or not <3

  • Jennifer Essad

    hope you celebrate in style congrats on 5 yrs of blogging

  • emily__lynn


    Congratulations! Here’s to many more.

  • Jaime

    Happy 5th Birthday! Congratulations! Your blog is amazing. Hope to see Happy 6th Birthday next year