Happy 2 Years!

A lot can happen in two years.

I moved to New York City. I made new friends and kept in touch with old ones. I started working at a job that I love, and I can’t imagine doing anything else. I finished a draft of my novel.

And this whole time, BiblioSmiles has been growing with me.

Two years ago when I shared my first post here, I wouldn’t have imagined that this blog would take off to where it is right now, featuring work from about 40 contributors, all with their own unique stories to share.

My “must read” list has grown exponentially since people started sharing their book reviews and essays. I’m always so happy to hear about what people are reading and loving.

Today I just wanted to take the time to say thank you to everyone who has written a post, read a post, commented, or shared a link on social media. And since it’s so close to Valentine’s Day, I’ll say this, too: I love you, bookworms.




Danielle Villano is the editor of BiblioSmiles, and she is really glad you’re here. Learn more on the About page.  Tweet @daniellevillano.

Giveaway + Celebrating a Year of BiblioSmiles!

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If you had told me a year ago that my little dream of a blog would have twenty-plus contributors, I probably wouldn’t believe you. But here we are: a year since I wrote The First Chapter, and so many wonderful people have contributed their voices, their ideas, and their bookshelves to make this little dream of a blog a success!

I’m not going to run through a recap of all the posts that have happened in the past year, but I urge you to click back in the archives and see what we have to say. You can also look at my “Looking Back at 2014” post that went up on New Years Eve, as I tried to sum up the year then.

Today, I want to take the time to thank all of my dear friends and contributors for supporting the blog and spreading the joy of reading. And I also wanted to announce a little GIVEAWAY I’m hosting to say thank you for reading!

One winner will win a book of choice ($15 USD or under) from Book Depository!

It really is a magical website.

It really is a magical website.

How can you enter to win? You have three chances to snag a prize! And remember: be sure to comment with a valid email address so I can email you if you win!

1) Comment on this post and tell me what book you’d pick from Book Depository and why you want to own it.

2) Comment on this post and tell me about your favorite BiblioSmiles post from the past year.

3) Tweet about the giveaway and share the link in a comment below.

Whether you choose to enter once or all three times: may the odds be ever in your favor!

The giveaway is open internationally and will close on Monday, February 16th (a week from today).

Thanks for reading! Here’s to a new, great year of bookish blog posts!

Danielle Villano is the editor of BiblioSmiles, and she is really glad you’re here. Learn more on the About page.  Tweet @daniellevillano.

Celebrating 6 Months + A Giveaway! (Closed)

BiblioSmiles HeaderTime flies when you’re having fun! Tomorrow marks six months since my BiblioSmiles introduction post, and I’m blown away by all of the positive feedback, the growing number of followers on social media, and the amazing contributions from bookworms of all ages.

Six months.

Six months of book reviews. Have we helped you find your next read? You can now find a list of all of the books that have been reviewed here. Help us add to that list!

Six months of silly posts. Remember my Valentine’s Day post on books and tea? Or Izzy’s list of ten reasons bookworm life is tough?

Six months of thought-provoking personal essays. Check out Andrew’s post on Neruda, and Samantha’s struggle against the e-reader.

Six months of cool, practical advice. Alyson’s Reading for Teachers is full of little gems. Shauna’s recent post on public speaking and promotion is great, too.

Some of us attended the first ever BookCon in New York City, and that inspired us to write a whole slew of recaps.

I should also mention that Gabriele has written enough posts to fill a book, and I am eternally grateful to her for that. Gaby, thank you for everything you’ve done to help me make this little dream blog of mine successful. I know all of our readers love your posts, which are always so full of excitement and character. Never stop writing, and never stop reading! You rock.

More recently: we’ve started featuring interviews, which I hope you find interesting and entertaining. We joined Instagram, where you can follow us for book-ish photos. For those of you who use Bloglovin, you can follow us there and never miss a post! I’m hoping that the Anatomy of a Bookshelf series gets some more attention in the next few months – show off your bookshelves!

Thank you, everyone, for reading BiblioSmiles! I hope the posts have made your days a little brighter. I hope they’ve inspired you to pick up a book and read, whether it be fiction, nonfiction, a graphic novel, or a magazine; words are beautiful things.

photo 3 (17)While I wish I could invite all of you to celebrate and have a drink with me this weekend, my apartment is just not big enough! So I wanted to give one reader the opportunity to win a little treat I picked up just for you: one of my favorite tote bags from the Strand Book Store. And who knows – maybe there’ll be some extra goodies stuffed inside!

You can enter via the Rafflecopter link below. The giveaway is open worldwide, and it will run for two weeks, until August 22nd.

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Thanks again – happy reading!

Danielle Villano is the editor of BiblioSmiles, and she is really glad you’re here. Learn more on the About page.  Tweet @daniellevillano.

One Month of Literary Love

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It’s been exactly a month since I posted “The First Chapter,” introducing BiblioSmiles to the world.

And, oh, what a wonderful month it’s been!

The message of BiblioSmiles is simple, and it smiles at us from the sidebar: Reading may be a solitary experience, but the joy we receive from it should be shared.

In the past few weeks, my wonderful contributors have helped spread that joy.  Here’s a recap of the posts that have gone up on BiblioSmiles so far.  Take a look, share with friends, and maybe even get inspired to write a post of your own!

Gabriele Boland

“Literary Spirit Animals” – Gabriele finds motivation in some of her favorite fictional characters.
“Reading Adventures: Library Way in NYC”
Take a tour of Library Way, a gorgeous literary tribute outside of the New York Public Library!
“Ink Addiction: The World of Lit Tattoos” – Gabriele discusses true bookworm dedication in the form of book-inspired tattoos.
“Create a Book-It List” – A guide to the bucket list of a book lover.

Alyson Lopez

“Reading For Teachers” – Alyson, a student teacher, shares some of her tips and tricks for embracing the bibliophile life, even while tackling a full schedule.

Andrew Marinaccio

“Neruda and Loves Long Past” – Andrew offers a beautiful analysis of Neruda’s poem, “I Remember You As You Were.”

Spencer Schilsky

“Being Patrick Bateman” – Spencer reviews American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis.

Izzy Skovira

“Ten Reasons Why Bookworm Life is Tough” – Izzy tells it like it is.
“Ole Man Berkins: Breckenridge, CO” – Take a visit to a charming bookstore in Colorado.
“John Green’s #TFIOS Hangout” – A recap of the Google Hangout that author John Green hosted, on the topic of the upcoming movie version of The Fault in Our Stars.

Emily Verona

“Literary Landmarks: Books That Made Me” Emily discusses the ten books that shaped her as a writer, a reader, and a human being.

Danielle Villano (that’s me!)

“Review: Accabadora by Michela Murgia” – A review of Murgia’s English-language debut.
“Dream Pink: The Appeal of Lolita – A meditation on aesthetics and attraction in Nabokov’s controversial novel.
“Books That Made Me Sob Recently” – In case you’re looking for a little catharsis.
“Love is Brewing” – In honor of Valentine’s Day: matching up best-sellers with tea blends.  What’s better than a book and a cup of tea?

Samantha Yellin

“A Concession”Samantha was absolutely against e-readers… and then she moved to South Korea.

I want to thank my contributors for sharing their thoughts on BiblioSmiles.  I also want to take the opportunity to thank everyone who has read, commented on, tweeted, liked, or shared one of these posts.  I am so optimistic for the upcoming month – and every month after – because I now know there are others out there who are just as in love with the reading life as I am!

Once again, I urge you to share this site with friends, follow us on Twitter, or follow us on Facebook.  And don’t be shy – submit something!  Keep on reading, everyone.

Danielle Villano is the editor of BiblioSmiles, and you can read more about her here.  Tweet @daniellevillano.