The Blogger Recognition Award Sparkle Sparkle

So the lovely Emer (alittlehaze) nominated me for this amazing award. She and her blog are absolutely amazing. I believe she was one of my first follows and I can’t speak enough praise.

The Rules

  1. Thank the blogger/s who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Write a post to show your award.
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  5. Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  6. Comment (or pingback) on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

Let’s go get it


Long ago in a distant land, I, Aku, the shape-shifting Master of Darkness, unleashed an unspeakable evil!

Blog Birthdate: 06/30/2019

My first post: ARC Review: Shepherd’s Warning by Cailyn Lloyd

Okay, so I started this blog for one purpose and one purpose alone:


I had just learned about Netgalley and was like you know what I need this in my life. Books are expensive and I want the in on free books that have yet to come out.

Thus, my blog was created. I’ve always had a blog or two in my life since my early days on the internet trolling neopets, making friends in AOL chat rooms but in my later years that diminished. Not completely, I do have a private blog where I just scream but I’ve never had a blog like this where I interact with so many people and it’s nice honestly.

Not only have my approval rates on Netgalley gotten better but I feel good about putting thoughts to words and growing my following. I love posting and crafting a post, I love yelling at ya’ll about my faves and not so faves. And I adore the people I have met through this! You’re all awesome.

I’ve talked about my depression before but this has helped so much in this transition of my life. This summer has not been easy for me. Ex boyfriend broke up with me and two days later my grandmother died. Two of my pets have also passed away. It’s just been rough. This has helped me so very much.

Thank you all for your support and love 🙂 I especially want to thank my boyfriend for making me cry with his sweet comments and also my friends on twitter and social media for being so kind and reading my crazy words.

Oh also this blog name comes from my first and middle name. Amanda Estelle and then I added my beloved daughter’s middle name Lily 🌸🍃

Two Pieces of Advice for Blog Post

This is tough lol because I don’t think I’m well established enough to give advice.

I will say this, post as much as you can as passionately as you can. Post what interests YOU. That’s all that matters.

Also, follow other blogs. There’s so many great people I know and now adore because of this! And you get so many great ideas and recommendations from followers. Never be scared to press that follow button.

Okay, so here are my nominees…

  1. Dini
  3. . Sammie @ The Writerly Way
  4. Chocoviv
  5. Ally Writes Things
  6. bwreviews
  7. . Yvonne
  8. TheQuirkyBookNerd
  9. –A Court of Books–
  13. omgkaciereads
  14. E. Pasternak
  16. YOU

Thanks again Emer 🙂 And I don’t expect everyone to do this but I just want to say I admire ya’ll all dearly. And I love this blog sfm! I’m proud of myself.

11 thoughts on “The Blogger Recognition Award Sparkle Sparkle

  1. Yaaas, your blog is awesome and you’re the best! 😍 Thanks so much for the nomination, Amanda! I’m so glad to have found your blog on here. You’re one of my fave bloggers on here and I love interacting with you so much! 🥰

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  2. I love your honesty ❤ I mean… who wouldn't want free ARCs??! I enjoy your blog, so congratulations on being nominated! 🙂


  3. I love your blog and its great to see why you created it. Honestly, I kind of made my for the same reason, haha.


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