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In Which I Say Thanks and We Give Away Books

Sometime last week, I realized that this week we would reach over 1 million page views.  And because you have to have goals in life, it suddenly became mine.  I don’t know why, but you know, you have to have something to obsess about.  Late last Tuesday night, we did it!

I felt like I had just walked onto a spaceship.  Full of dinosaurs.  It was epic. (Yes, that was a gratuitous Doctor Who reference.)

Here’s the thing.  I started TLT at a very scary time in my life.  Our old town had just flooded and we had lost almost everything. Well, a lot.  But more importantly, we learned the true horror that life can throw at you.  At the same time, we were getting ready to move because of The Mr.’s job & well, we all know what is happening in the library world, I didn’t know how easy it would be to find a job.  So I started TLT because this is what I am: a librarian.  This is my passion, my calling, my love.  And I needed to find a way to keep doing it, even if I couldn’t find a job in this scary new land we were moving to.

Karen and Her Favorite 5-year-old.

It has been a little over 2 years now.  I do have a part-time teen librarian job.  But TLT has turned out to be such a major blessing.  You see, because of TLT I have met an amazing number of passionate librarians, authors and teens and it has been epic. Truly, amazingly, life-changingly epic.  Plus, I now have Christie, Heather and Robin in my life. (I miss Stephanie, sniff.)

Christie and My Favorite Pre-Teen

So we have over 1 million page views, and we could not have done it without you.  So many of you have shared your passion, often in guest posts. You have shared your stories and your favorite books, your heart and your dedication.  I have found my people – and you rock.

So thank you.  Thank you for reading, thank you for writing, and thank you for demonstrating time and time again the basic goodness that can be found in this world.  And thank you for joining me in the fight for reading, libraries and teen advocacy.

Sincerely, Karen

So let’s give stuff away . . . 

As a thank you, we are giving away books.  Christie, Heather, Robin and I are each giving away 1 small box of books/ARCs that we have accumulated (probably around 5 books in each box).  So that means we’ll have 4 boxes, so 4 winners.  Do the Rafflecopter thing.  We’ll choose 4 winners and each of us will send a box in the mail.  Sadly, because of the cost of shipping, we are asking for U.S. residents only and I am sorry. We’re taking entries until Friday, December 6th.

We really do appreciate your sharing this journey with us.


  1. We love free books! But we really love passionate and inspiring librarians and library blogs, tweets and conversation. Thanks for that!

  2. Yay free books! But seriously, thanks for running this blog. It's been my friend and go-to resource since I found it several months ago. It's awesome, and very inspiring for a new librarian.

  3. I've been following you on Twitter for a while now, and I find your tweets interesting and useful and retweetable. You are very tweet. Thank you.

  4. Love this blog – congrats on reaching 1 million hits 🙂
    You guys do great work!

  5. Thanks for the chance to win books, but just so you know- we are truly grateful for you ladies and this site. Happy Thanksgiving! Also, as my make up your own entry I wrote I heart TLT on the steam on my front window (as the pies in the oven are heating up the house).

  6. Hurray for libraries and librarians!! After I read a book I always give it to my local library. It's small, opened in 2008 and doesn't have a big budget so I love to pass on books for them to stock or sale. This week I gave them Vicious by V.E. Schwab and told them it was a keeper 🙂

  7. Thank you!

  8. I am an academic librarian, but my passion is for children's and young adult lit. I read TLT on a daily basis, and as a result, have over 500 titles on my Goodreads to-read shelf, most of which are the first book in a series. Thanks for doing the work to read, review, and share the abundance of great books! I am so appreciative of this blog and all of you who run it!

  9. Christine N. says:

    I am an 8th grade teacher and am constantly looking for awesome books to share with my students!

  10. hgfhgfasgsahgf what an epic giveaway!~

  11. Congrats on the One Million Views!!

  12. Congrats on 1 million+ views! 😀 I'm actually really, really tempted to begin watching Doctor Who in the near future (winter break?) because of your posts here at TLT!

  13. I am a new teen teen librarian in a small town, and I've been quite thankful for your blog for program ideas and to keep up with trends and new books. Thank you!

  14. I am a youth parapro who usually focuses on the younger of our patrons. Your blog inspires me and helps me to connect with my teens and tweens!! Thank you for the inspiration!! 🙂

  15. Because I am a librarian, I love free books. However more than that I LOVE TLT. I read it everyday for awesome book reviews, programming ideas and just read the excitement and love you have for your job!!

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  17. Not entering, since I have a TON of books still sitting on my shelves – waiting for my attention. But I wanted to tell you how much I love you guys 🙂

  18. Congrats! I love this blog. 🙂

  19. Since I became the Youth Librarian, this blog has blessed me. Thanks for having the passion to do this/

  20. congrats on reaching 1 million hits!!!! Time for a Dr. Who marathon!!!!!

  21. Love your site and thank you for giving away books!

  22. One million views?! Karen, that's incredible! Congratulations to all you TLT ladies! I'm so glad I am able to call you friends. *hugs*

  23. Congratulations on your 1,000,000 views! This blog has been a bit of a lifesaver for me (plus entertainment!). I was thrown into being in YA and while I'm discovering that I LOVE IT, it's been great to read the articles on TLT and look at the programs. Thanks for doing this!

  24. Wow 1 million views! That's awesome

  25. Congrats, Karen and team. This site is such a huge accomplishment. I'm honored TLT will be featured on THE WARRIOR! Woot! NOW GIVE ME ALL THE BOOKS!

  26. Congratulations for being such a fabulous team and thank you for the giveaway!

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