Sunday, 1 March 2015


Once upon a time in a land not too far away, a young bibliophile dreamed of having her very own place to discuss her love of the written word.

One year ago today, she made that dream come true.

On this very day last year, I launched The Girly Geek, a project I'd wanted to pursue for a while, but had only started working on three days prior. I had no idea what I was doing, (I still don't), but what I did know was that I loved books, and sometimes I felt I had nobody to share that love with. I sat at this very same desk, on this very same laptop and penned a post titled 'Why I Love Reading.' After umming and aahing for a fair few hours, I hit the little orange 'publish' button and thus, The Girly Geek was born.

A lot has unfolded in this past year, and while in my personal life there have been many tears, blogging has brought me nothing but smiles and laughter. Reading books, reading posts about books, talking about books and bonding with others about books are some things I'd never imagined would bring me so much joy, but they have. And I couldn't be more thankful.

Though, yes, The Girly Geek hasn't exactly sky-rocketed to success, that was never what I wanted. I wanted this: a place to share my thoughts, my reading, and someday, my writing. I wanted an opportunity to meet (online) new people and make wonderful friends. I got it, and I couldn't be happier. So here's to all of you, readers, writers, and ice-cream eaters, for making this past year pleasant!

To say thank you I thought I'd do a little something special, a giveaway! I know, I know, giveaways aren't all that special, but I've never done one, (It's hard when you're a student and have about $13 dollars to your name), and this seems like the perfect opportunity to give back.

This is open internationally, and the winner will get to select TWO books of their choice from the list below. The list is made up of books that either I've loved in the past year, or books that some of my friends have loved in this past year. I tried to mix it up a little so there are a variety of genres thrown in there.

The books include:

  • The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
  • Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger
  • The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel
  • All Fall Down by Ally Carter
  • The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
  • A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
  • The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider
  • Every Breath by Ellie Marney
  • The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder
  • Girl Online by Zoe Sugg
  • The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
  • The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
  • The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
  • Panic by Lauren Oliver
You can enter the giveaway here:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thank you for all the love and laughter you've given me in the past year. I look forward to many more to come. Happy reading!


  1. CONGRATS!! I'v been following you for a while now and i don't read alot but you defiantly inspire me to read! I hope i win this so I can start off with some good books!

    P.s I love your insta and it be cool if you followed me! - Kimmy xx

  2. Thank you, it truly means a lot to me! I'm glad that you feel inspired to read more, reading is a wonderful thing to do. I will make sure to check out your instagram, too. Thanks for all the support, Kimmy! :)

  3. Happy birthday to your you and your blog, Maddie! Your blog is fabulous especially its pink-y atmosphere. It's really refreshing! You succeed in making a space and outlet for your thoughts and for everyone out there who wants to share their thoughts and experiences and I think that's the real happiness of blogging! More years to come for The Girly Geek! :D Thank you for the giveaway :)

  4. Happy blogoversary Maddie!
    I love chatting to you on twitter and visiting your lovely blog. One year is a awesome achievement! All the best for years to come x

  5. Happy birthday to The Girly Geek! I definitely agree with you about the happiness that book blogging brings. I have met so many amazing people, and have had so many wonderful discussions. I really cannot imagine my life without book blogging now! What did I do with my time? XD

    Having a blog for one year is such an amazing achievement, because it means that you've really stuck by it :D And I'm sure you'll stick by it for heaps more years to come ^.^ <3

    And ALL giveaways are special! They involve books, don't they? ;D

  6. Wow happy blogoversary Maddie - you have a wonderful blog with such great posts and a beautiful design. Hope next year is full of more awesome posts, best wishes! :)

  7. Happy blogversary!!! Wow, one year blogging! <3 This month it'll also be mine, my blog is turning 2 years! *-*
    All the best luck to you and your lovely blog! <3

  8. Happy blogoversary, Maddie! <3 Sorry if I don't comment a lot, but I promise to try and leave you some comment love whenever I can, since I know you put out some really good content.

    Have another awesome year ahead! :D

  9. Happy blogoversary! I hope your next year of blogging will be even better than the first one :)

  10. Happy blogoversary Maddie! I'm so happy I found your blog and met you because you're truly a wonderful human being and all the effort you put really shows through in your amazing posts. Here's to many more years ahead! <3

  11. Congratulations, and Happy Blogaversary.

  12. MADDDDDDIIIEEEEE!!! HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY!!! <3333333 You deserve all the love and cupcakes in the world! Hopefully we get to meet abit more in 2015! I've missed you! <3

  13. Thank you so much for all your kind comments! You don't know how happy it makes me to know that you feel free to share thoughts and experiences here. And you're 100% right about the happiness of blogging. I look forward to more years of blogging! You're welcome! :)

  14. Thanks Sunny, you're the kindest! It's so lovely to have made friends like you in the past year! <33

  15. SO MUCH HAPPINESS AND SO MANY LOVELY PEOPLE! Thanks for all the sweet words, Chiara!! <33 :)

  16. Thank you for all your kind words, Eugenia! I love your blog and such comments mean a lot coming from you! :P

  17. Thanks Frannie! <33 What date is your blogoversary?

  18. Thanks, Aimee! And don't worry about it, we all have lives that we must attend to! I'm so happy that you enjoy me content. I hope you have a wonderful year too! <3 :)

  19. Thank you Lucia, for always being so kind! I truly appreciate your lovely comments!

  20. Awwwww, thank you so much Annie! I am also very glad to have 'met' a lovely person like you, and I am so thrilled you think my posts are amazing! You're the best! <3

  21. AWWW, JESS! THANK YOU. I love cupcakes! And yes, we should definitely catch up sometime soon! I miss you too! How's life treating you lately? <3 x


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