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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Well, darlings, my blogoversary is winding down. There will be one more epic post tomorrow, with an absolutely fabulous giveaway that I just know that you will love. Seriously.

But, well, today is officially the last day of my blogoversary week. Let's take a look at some of my stats since then.

(Actually, since I'm scheduling this post ahead of time, they won't be totally accutate, but they'll be close enough.)

Sparkles and Lightning by the Numbers
83200 pageviews
1194 blog followers
506 email subscribers
312 posts
122 reviews
13779 tweets
1680 twitter followers

You guys, this is unbelievable. I'm actually tearing up right now. You guys are truly fantastic. You are so awesome. I mean, you people make my life. I honestly sometimes have no idea what I would do without y'all. You guys mean so much to me and make all of this worth it. I love you all so, so much.

With all you guys do for me, you know that if you need something all you have to do is ask, right? Well, you do now.

*sniffles* *rubs away happy tears* *blows kisses all around* Love you. xx

Okay, so before I melt into a puddle of mush and rainbows, I guess I should set up today's giveaway, huh? I suppose all of you are looking forward to that!

So, today the giveaway is US and Canada only. Every single other blogoversary giveaway has been international, and tomorrow's awesome giveaway will be international too. But for today, the giveaway is going to be US and Canada only.

So, what I'm giving away is a gift card for Barnes & Noble! I'll be giving away five gift cards of mystery amounts. One is $5, one is $10, one is $15, one is $20, and one is $25. And you won't know how much you got until I send you the card and you go to redeem it!

Of course you can cheat and find out but that is mean. >.<

Anyway, please read my Giveaways page before entering. I would appreciate it very much. Thanks, loves.

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Okay, well, good luck, roses! I can't wait for the last day of my blogoversary tomorrow, but then I can hardly believe that it's almost over! It's been an awesome experience and I have you guys to thank.



  1. What would I spend a $1000 on? Definitely my son! I'd grab him and go on a train journey to a big, big Zoo. He loves animals! After that, I would see if I could take him to an NHL hockey game - if they ever play again. ;)

    Thanks so much for all your wicked giveaways! You rock!!! :D

  2. This has been a fantastic blogoversary! Congrats on all your accomplishments!
    I would probably spend the money on clothes, books, and maybe a day trip and partying. I haven't done anything fun lately so going to an amusement park or something would be great. Thanks!

  3. If I had $1000 I would go on a book rampage and buy all the books I've been wanting to read for awhile XD

    P.S. Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Hmm $1,000... books of course to start with. I'd use some of it to finally have my first giveaway. I'm not sure what the rest would go to. o.o Thanks so much for all of the amazing giveaways! Don't forget we love you just as much and feel that what you do is even more awesome and impactful. <3

  5. I don't even have to think about it... I'd probably spend it all on books easily!! I should probably say I'd do something responsible with it but it just wouldn't be true -___- Thanks for the giveaway!! :D

  6. GAH! Probably add it to my car money, to that wonderful Mazda RX8 that I want. But of course, I would spend at least $100 on books. I have a LOT of books to preorder. Thanks for the exceptional giveaway!!! Happy to be a USA blogger/reader :D

  7. I would love to say I'd spend the whole thing on books or on something fun for my husband and I, but unfortunately money has been tight for us lately and $1,000 could go a long way to helping with a month of bills and or upcoming Christmas gifts.

  8. I would probably buy an Ipad and books.

  9. A book buying rampage! haha But no really, I would put it towards my college textbooks since they're going to be incredibly expensive.

  10. I'd spend it on a flight to somewhere I've always wanted to visit! and any extra money would be to books!
    Thanks for the giveaway (:

  11. This has been an amazing blogoversary celebration! Congrats on all your accomplishments!!! =D You worked hard for them ^^
    I'm not entering in this one but that doesn't stop me from commenting lol just to say thank you for sharing so much with all of us.

  12. Hmm... I would definitely spend some of it on Christmas presents for my family and friends. The rest would probably go to paying bills or into savings. Of course, I would have to have a small book buying spree! :)

  13. I'd be tempted to buy 1000$ worth of books, but I'd like to think I have enough self control to prevent me from doing so. Instead I think I'd buy things for my friends and family, put some into savings, and the rest... well, I'd allow myself to buy some books :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. Books! I just went to the bookstore today and found about $1000 of books that I want! :D I love bookstores.....

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  16. Give my car a much needed tune up and treat myself to an e-reader, maybe a kindle or a nook!! :D

    1. Commented on your review of Beautiful Redemption as deasuluna!!

  17. I would probably spend the biggest part on my family. My nieces & nephews, parents, brother, sister, etc.

  18. Aside from books? Yeah I would probably buy myself a new kindle since my old one is broken. Or put it towards some kind of vacation. In reality, I'd probably save most of it.

  19. I'd use a lot of it for books, buy a kindle, spend it on gifts, and since I'm kinda boring, put the rest in the bank :)

  20. This Blogoversary has been amazing-congratulations!

  21. I would probably spend about $100 on books and put the rest in the bank.

  22. I'd probably feel compelled to put most of it on my credit card or in savings, but I'd definitely buy some books for myself and some new toys for my nephews! Congrats on all your accomplishments, and thanks for yet another amazing giveaway! :-)

  23. Mostly books but maybe a new coat too!

  24. I would probably spend 1000$ on a laptop (I really need one!), a new phone and the rest I would keep for university.

  25. I would spend it on Christmas for sure! Happy Blogoversary!

  26. I would spend it on gifts for the people that I love :)

    Thanks for a wonderful giveaway! :)

    songbird1613 at yahoo dot com

  27. I would spend it on a ticket to Korea and then the leftover to go on a book rampage :D

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  28. I would spend $1,000 on books and more books!

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  29. I would love to spend it on early Christmas shopping! (and, of course, MORE books lol)
    Thank you for another wonderful giveaway! <3
    Mary DeBorde (M.A.D.)
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail dot ocm

  30. I would pay off the rest of my LASIK surgery bill, buy a new battery for my laptop, and then books with whatever is left over.
    <3 Em :)

  31. First I'd probably pay for the upcoming companies and trips I want to take and then the rest I splurge on BOOKS! WAHAHA! :D

  32. I would surprise my husband with an iPad because he wants one so much. I would get myself some books and movies and then I would put the rest in the bank.

  33. I would buy a bunch of books, and also clothes and shoes. But the one thing I would really want to do is take a trip to Florida with my boyfriend so we can go to Disney World and the Harry Potter theme park!

  34. There are a few books and other things that I would like to buy for myself and then of course finish my Christmas shopping. The $1000 dollars would be put to some good use, that is for sure. :)

  35. I would buy a Kindle Fire,pay bills,take a vaction and raid the bookstore with $1000

  36. I'd get a new lens for my camera, some new clothes for Winter and of course some new books! Thanks!

  37. I would have to use it on vehicle repairs unfortunately.

  38. books would definitely be my #1. Have no money to buy them myself and my parents don't buy books for me often :P
    #2 would be some clothes haha.
    and then i'd buy and ereader...i've always wanted one.
    then whatever is left, i'd just give it to someone in my family.

  39. I`d buy all the books on my wishlist

  40. So much stuff~ books for me, my mom, my book bff~ a Kindle Fire HD! Maybe a new gaming console~ definitely a few videogames~ then I'd probably save the rest for a vacation fund~ assuming there's any left. ^__^

  41. I would fix the roof.


  42. Books and maybe some shoes :D
    A girl can never go wrong with books and new shoes!

  43. Books, clothes, shoes...the necessities ;)

  44. I would save it - still trying to save enough for a down payment on a house!


  45. I would like to spend it on all the books you've compelled me to add to my wishlist...but I think my conscious will catch up with me and I'll end up donating some to charity.

  46. Oh DEFINITELY a trip to Europe...or maybe Australia. But. Either way - a TRIP! :)

  47. I would probably use it to buy Christmas presents and then save the rest!

  48. New clothes, books, and Xmas gifts. Thanks for the giveaway!

  49. I would pay bills and purchase Christmas presents :) Thank you!!

  50. I read a lot of manga, in addition to regular novels, and when manga goes out of print, each volume becomes exorbitantly expensive ($50-100), so if I had $1000 I would probably buy some rare OOP volumes. Then save the rest!


  51. I would pay for my daughters wisdom teeth removal that she has to have on Monday first...then save the rest for Christmas (probably sneek in a few books)

    Thanks so much!

  52. Happy blogoversary!!

    I would spend it on Christmas gifts for loved ones!

  53. I would probably spend most of it on books! My wish list on amazon is a little ridiculous :)

  54. I'll save some for next year then some for presents this year. :)

  55. Holiday gifts and books!

    kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

  56. Well at the moment I could use that money to put towards Christmas gifts. :) Thanks for the giveaway!

  57. I would buy Law School textbooks for next term and probably have a little bit left over for books I actually want to read!

  58. I'd probably use it for rent, but maybe save $100 or so for fun purchases like books or Christmas presents. :)

  59. Either rent+expenses or a plane ticket to Taipei next year so I can see my grandparents.

  60. I would pay some of my bills and buy some books and new toys for my kids!

  61. I would spend $1000 on college.


  62. I would buy some books but save the rest for gifts for my sibling and mother :)


  63. I will spend it for books, clothes and travelling

  64. I would buy lots of books, but probably most of it would go to college... ;)


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