Read at Midnight 1st Blog Anniversary & Giveaway


I can hardly believe it, but it’s been one entire year since I started Read at Midnight. Thank you so much to everyone who has visited, interacted, and supported this blog in these twelve months. Every day, I wish that I started blogging sooner and found all my like-minded bibliophiles a little bit earlier!


  • Never be afraid to interact with new people, even that super uber popular blogger you admire from afar is a person, and they would love a chance to connect!
  • I blog best when there are no schedules or demands, it’s OK to not read for a week, or to disappear and not post for a month or so – people will understand.
  • Social Media is a black hole, as much as I love twitter and Instagram, sometimes it’s good to step back. I don’t have to comment on every single *~drama~* of the day.
  • It’s incredibly rewarding to give back to the community. Recommend a new blog, rave about a lesser-known book, comment on a post you love, donate some books, create fan work, it will open doors to so many opportunities!
  • Don’t stress too much about those ‘guides’ or ‘how-tos’ about blogging, if what you’re doing feels right – then keep steaming full force ahead.
  • The people is always my favourite part. I have loved talking to you all, meeting some of you in person, and fangirling over books with you these past months.


  • I am blown away by all of the growth for Read at Midnight. It is all thanks to you lovely people and I cannot stress this enough. Within this first year I’ve seen:
    –  857 WordPress and Email Subscribers
    –  312 Bloglovin Followers
    –  48,890 Views on the blog
    –  1986 Followers on Twitter
    –  880 Instagram Followers
    Ultimately, it’s all a testament to how wonderful the community has been to this blog. I love you all!
  • All the support that has gone into my small business ventures such as the Society 6 store and Graphics Design service. I’m still blown away that people like my graphics enough to want to buy them.
  • Thank you for all the friendships I have fostered, there are too many to name and I am terrified of my scatter-brained leaving someone I adore out. You know who you are and trust me when I say I adore you ❤
  • I am so grateful to rediscover my love for books. Prior to blogging, I was reading one book a month. If I was lucky. I read at least 100 over the past year, which is at once terrifying (because omg my poor wallet) and wonderful (because omg books). This community makes me want to read everything ever and it is amazing!
  • Whenever blogging gets hard, I just have to go and read one of your well-written reviews or discussion posts to get right back into it again. Thank you for keeping my passion alive.


  • I am currently hosting Potterhead July, a blog event aimed to bring together Harry Potter fans and mingle old and new blogs alike. I want to do more of these events in the future to connect and meet fellow book lovers!
  • I have recently become completely obsessed with Bookstagram, I wish I became active in the community earlier. I revived my account about a month ago and I am having so much fun taking photos and mingling with bibliophiles in a new setting. Join me there?
  • Although I will still be reading loads of YA and fantasy, as usual. I also want to broaden my reading horizons because there are so many genres out there and I don’t want to be limited to a single section of the bookstore.
  • To expand my graphics store and skills, I love creating fan graphics for all the books I love and all the beautiful blogs out there!
  • To maintain a connection with each and everyone of the lovely people who visits this blog. I know I have been a bit behind on commenting lately, but I promise I will get back to you ❤


As a thank you to all my followers, here’s two giveaways!


  • 18 years or over, unless you have parental permission.
  • International as long as Book Depository and Society 6 ships to you.
  • No giveaway accounts, I’ll know which you are.
  • Products will be delivered to you by Book Depository and Society 6. I will not be accountable for lost or damaged products.
  • There will be one winner per giveaway. Drawn on 15/7.
  • If winners do not respond within 48 hours, I will pick another.

GIVEAWAY ONE: $30 AUD Book Depository Order.
Note: Australian residents can also claim a Dymocks, Bookworld or Booktopia voucher of equivalent value.


Click HERE for your Rafflecopter Giveaway!


GIVEAWAY 2: $15 Mug from My Society 6 Store.
I also have a twitter giveaway for the same prize, if you want another shot at it.


Click HERE for your RaffleCopter Giveaway!

I want to thank you all again for making this year so special, and good luck with the giveaway!

82 thoughts on “Read at Midnight 1st Blog Anniversary & Giveaway

  1. Congratulations hun! It’s so nice to see you celebrating! You make such lovely points in this post and I’m so proud of you! (I get emotional over anniversaries.)
    Giving back to the community is awesome, and I so agree: the people are the best part ❤

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    1. Thanks so much Mogsy! My dream is to be an eloquent reviewer like yourself one day ☺️💕


    I'm so grateful for whatever forces led you to becoming a blogger and tolerating my presence! Congrats on 1 year and I hope you'll be here for a very very long time.:D
    I adore you and your blog and your designs!


    1. I LOVEEEE YOUUUU TOOOOOOO! Your support for me and this blog has been too amazing and you’re one of the people that makes all the effort worth it *clings to you forever* 💕


  3. Huge congratulations, and happy blogoversary once again, Aentee! I am forever amazed by your writing, reviewing and designing skills, you are one of the blogging queens out there, really, I am so grateful to be able to follow you and talk with you ❤
    And thank you so, so much for these giveaways! ❤ To manyy more, more months of blogging and awesomeness ❤


  4. Oh my gosh, this is so wonderful, Aentee! ☺️🎉🎉 Happy one year to you and Read at Midnight! I’m really happy for you, and even happier for the friendships and opportunities you’ve gained since beginning this journey. To many more years of happy reading and (hopefully) blogging! ❤


  5. First of all, MAJOR CONGRATS on your blogoversary 😀 1 year is a big milestone and it means that you endured and stuck through it more than most! Second, this post was great but it feels like you were just always part of this community! I love your posts and designs so much!
    Now, concerning the question from the giveaway, I have no idea what I would like to see on your blog in the future. Just keep doing what you are doing, because it sure seems to work for you 😉


  6. Congratulations on a fabulous first year of blogging Aentee! I’m so happy for you and for all you have achieved, your blog posts and design are absolutely stellar and your presence is always so friendly. I still can’t believe that a blogging queen such as you lives in the same city as me haha 🙂 Here’s to more fantastic books and blogging in the future. ❤ And from the bottom of my heart, you don't need to change a thing here. It's perfection already!


  7. OH OH CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR 1st YEAR OF AWESOME!! *cheers for you* *tosses cake crumbs in the air like confetti* And we’re like only a few weeks apart in blogversary days! YAY. We cool kids. 😉
    And zomg your instagram is GORGEOUS. Okay, actually your whole blog and creativity levels are gorgeous. ❤ I'm in awe of your talent, Aentee!!
    I HOPE THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING OF MANY YEARS OF BLOGGY AWESOME. (Also your tips are definitely golden.)


  8. EEK HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY!!! ❤ I love your blog so, so much and I think it's incredible how much you've accomplished in your first year of blogging and I look forward to reading your future posts! ❤
    Also, to answer how you should improve your blog, I don't think there's anything to improve on – it's perfect! x


  9. Happy blog anniversary Aentee! Your blog is truly amazing, I love everything from posts to design💕 Your creativity always amazes me 💕 Keep up the amazing work, can’t wait to read your future posts! ❤❤❤


  10. Happy blogversary, Aentee! I just stumbled across your blog through Twitter and I’m grateful to get to know you! Your designs are so beautiful. That was the first thing I noticed. Keep up the amazing work! Like you said. Never be afraid to interact. I mostly read, but never interact, which I should change. I’ll work on that. 🙂


  11. Happy blogoversary Aentee! I am so happy that you have joined the blogosphere and that I can call you one of my best blogging buddies. I am constantly in awe of your talent to create beautiful artwork and in-depth reviews! I hope for many years of blogging together ❤ Congratulations!


  12. Happy blogoversary ❤ Congratulations on all of your success. I’m so happy that I found your blog.


  13. HUGE CONGRATS!! Reaching One Year is such a great milestone and I love how much thought you put into this post, including your tips. I wish when I was still that early on into my blogging life I had someone tell me these things – instead of full stressing about it. Still, it’s so good the community has experienced people like you to really let them know that having an off day, week, month etc. is okay!

    You’ve accomplished so much I hope you continue to do so as well! I’m super excited to take part in your Pottered July event, keep an eye out for that!!

    Hope you’re enjoying your blogversary!


  14. Aentee!

    I’m so happy for you. Remember way back when we were blogging noobs and we used to talk about how long we thought we would blog for? Our answers were for however long we can. Now we have both hit our 1st Blog Anniversaries.

    What a great year it has been. I’m happy that you were my first true blogging friend and that we could take this journey together. Let’s keep up all the amazing work and keep having fun. Here’s to many more blog anniversaries!!


  15. Happy Blogoversary Aentee! That’s actually a really great stats for just one year of blogging. I also adore your design skill and wish I could do that too xD Anyway, hope you have a wonderful day and here’s to more year of blogging ❤


  16. Congratulations, Aentee!
    I enjoyed all of your points about blogging.
    No, I do not have any thoughts on improving the blog, just keep following your instincts.
    Happy Reading!
    ~Icky. 🙂


  17. Congratulations on one whole year Aentee!! That’s amazing. You were one of the first blog’s I ever followed and I’m so happy that I did. You’re so creative and inspirational and I always seem to look to you when it comes to blog style, only because you do it so well. I hope you have many happy blogging years to come!


  18. AENTEEEE your lovely designs, reviews, discussions, blog, personality, and face ALWAYS BLOW ME AWAY. ❤ I'm so happy you've managed to survive through a WHOLE YEAR of blogging (like what??), and have managed to make so many great friends and learn so much from it.

    Here's to an even better year of blogging and reading, you glorious person. *raises glass (even though I am still under the age limit here)*


  19. Omigosh you’ve only been blogging for a year?? Those are some amazing accomplishments in that time! And that’s on top of the already amazing accomplishment of committing to a blog for a year. But I can completely understand it because you have great engagement with people on your blog and other blogs. I’m sure you’ll do fantastic with your upcoming goals 🙂


  20. Congrats, I thought you’d been blogging for longer for some reason! 😀 I really like your what I’ve learned section – it’s super important not to stress about blogging and relax every once in a while. 🙂


  21. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! Your blog is so amazing, and it’s one of the ones that inspired me to start my own! I love love love your designs!!!


  22. CONGRATULATIONS. I can’t believe it’s only been a year. It feels like longer. You have definitely made your mark on the blogging community and I have to thank you for being so welcoming when I started my own blog.

    Those are definitely some great blogging tips and I am constantly in awe of your skills as a writer and designer. Seriously, if I wasn’t saving up I’d be splurging on all your society6 designs.

    Here’s to a wonderful year and many, many more to come. 😀


  23. Aw, this is wonderful! Happy blogiversary! ❤ ❤ I'm so happy for you! One year is a significant milestone. Here's to many more 🙂


  24. Congrats on your one year blogoversary!! I’m so happy to be able to call myself your blog twin 🙂 It’s so cool that we started at the same time and met really early on in our blogging lives. May we have many many more years to come. I shall keep motivating you 😀


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