Thursday, December 29, 2016

Happy Birthday to Me - Personal post by Anniek & Giveaway


Today is a day of celebration for me because it's my birthday. Becoming a year older at the end of the year is also a reason for me to look back on my blessings.

Suze and I have been best friends for a very long time. I was very excited to begin a new journey together when we started With Love For Books on the 1st of January this year. I love our daily chats about the blog and about the books we are reading. Suze had already way more experience with running a blog and she taught me so much. I feel honored and blessed that she was willing to taking this chance with me. I have met many wonderful people and have discovered plenty of new authors that I would have missed if it wouldn't have been for With Love For Books.

I also became a mom again. I already have a 3 year old son and this year my little family was completed with the birth of our daughter. Both of them are gorgeous, healthy and happy and that's all I could ever wish for.

My boyfriend surprised me with a proposal, so I'll be a bride next year. I never thought that would happen this year, but to my surprise it did. Suze has done me the honor of agreeing to be my maid of honor on my special day. We already have a lot of the day planned and I'm looking forward to be a bride. Our rings say: Semper Familia which means Family Forever and that's exactly what marriage feels like to me.

Having a job in the world of finance also means insecure times. Luckily my whole team and I survived the reorganization we had this year. I'm very happy with the work that I'm doing and I'm over the moon that we all got to keep our jobs.

I'm hoping that the coming year will be a blessed one for us all again. I would like to thank our followers and I hope to be 'seeing' you again in 2017.

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59 comments:

  1. First Happy Birthday!!! congrats on your daughter and engagement! i wish you all the best for 2017 and after
    now favourite author i have several ilona andrews, patricia briggs, tonya kappes, nalini singh but if i have to pick only one i would say Suzanne Johnson because aside for being a very talented author ( really i loved all what she wrote so if you haven't read anything by her or her penname: susannah sandlin you have to try her!!) she is also a fantastic person, attentive to all her readers and not all authors are soi put her at teh top of my list

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  2. Thank you! Suzanne is a new author for me but thanks for the great recommendation. I'll look her up! Love, Anniek

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  3. My favourite author is Jean Auel- I have read her whole series and named my daughter Ayla after the main character!

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  4. Chris Carter is my favourite author. Absolutely love his books and they always keep you guessing to a) what happens next and b) who did it and why. The Night Stalker is my favourite but have read them all several times over. Highly recommend.

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  5. Happy Birthday! Congrats on the birth of your daughter and upcoming wedding.

    The question is difficult to answer as I love so many authors. If I had to choose just one I would have to say Danielle Steel. I have read almost every one of her books and have a bookcase filled with them.

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  6. Happy birthday and congrats on expanding your family and on your engagement!

    As for authors... Too many to choose but Alexandre Dumas and Agatha Christie will always be old staples ��

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  7. Happy Birthday and congratulations! My favorite author is Mary Kubica. I love her books because there are so many twists.

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  8. Happy Birthday! I don't really have a favourite author but I do love Sue Townsend's books a lot.

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  9. I love Stephen King, Wendy Lou Jones, Nora Roberts, Anne Rae Vasquez, and many more :) . Happy Birthday

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  10. Happy birthday! Jane Austen for the stories

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  11. Happy Birthday Anniek ! I got several . Colleen Hoover , Karen Marie Moning , Robin Hobb , Stephen King , E.K. Blair , Amy Harmon and lots more . They write wonderful books .

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  12. Happy birthday and congratulations, Anniek! It makes me so happy that 2016 is a wonderful year for you. You have your little prince and your little princess just came and you are getting married soon! That is just so beautiful. And you have a best friend whom you can share everything with. You truly are blessed. Wishing you another wonderful new year!

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  13. Well, you've certainly been busy! Congrats on all these achievements :)
    My favourite author? That's a hard one! It used to be DH Lawrence, then Orwell, Hardy, Stephen Fry, Douglas Adams .... At the moment it's Tana French. Why? She writes great psychological crime thrillers! Next week it could be someone different!

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  14. Happy birthday and congrats on your daughter and on your engagement. I have many favourite authors, but since this question asks for one favourite author, I'll go ahead and say, Stephen King because he's the father of descriptive writing and his plots leave you in awe.

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  15. I have several, Amy A Bartol, Colleen Houck, JK Rowling, just to name a few.

    Congrats.

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  16. Happy Birthday!
    It's a toss up between Stephen King and Dean Koontz. I've been reading all of their books from the first to the most recent and they just blow me away. And scare the pants off me too. LOL

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  17. It's difficult to just choose one author, but I do love Joseph Boyden, Margaret Atwood, Elizabeth Hay, Jhumpa Lahiri, Anthony Marra, Alice Hoffman, and Affinity Konar. They are lyrical writers, gifted in the craft, and I fall in love with their writing as much as I do with their stories.

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  18. First of all, Happy birthday! I have too many to pick just one I think. But right now I would say Samantha Young, Anna Todd, Jay Crownover, Kylie Scott, Alice Clayton, and Jennifer L. Armentrout. :-)

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  19. Fritz Leiber for his surreal world view and his way with the language.

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  20. Sounds like you had an amazing year! Congratulations on your baby girl and your engagement, and I wish you a very happy birthday, and of course happy new year. I hope 2017 will be even better than this one for you!
    My favorite author is Colleen Hoover, I love her stories so much, each and every one is unique.

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  21. I like Morgan Matson because she's such a unique author.

    mia2009(at)comcast(dot)net

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  22. Wilbur Smith as writes so many books, all well researched but exciting.

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  23. I do love Alexandre Dumas :)
    Happy Birthday xxx

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  24. Happy Birthday Anniek! Congratulations on the new baby girl, and wedding coming up! I love Charlaine Harris and Nicholas Sparks.

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  25. Happy B-day and may 2017 be even better! I love Nalini Singh, she's never disappointed me since I started reading her books in.... 2011 I think.

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  26. My favorite author is probably Richard Yates because his stories always take me to another place and I love it :)

    I hope you had a lovely birthday & thank you for the chance to win!

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  27. jodi picoult, her books are thought provoking

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  28. Happy Birthday and wonderful news on your up coming wedding in 2017. It is wonderful to hear you had so many great blessings in 2016.

    My favorite author is Ilona Andrews. I can't get enough of the writing team. ^_^ Have a happy new year!!

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  29. Jodi picoult her writing is amazing and her stories from different angles make you question a lot of things

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  30. Harlan Coben is my favorite because his thrillers are unpredictable and have a dose of humor.
    Thanks :)

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  31. I enjoy reading books by the author Carolyn Brown. I just finished the Lullaby Sky and loved it!

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  32. One of my favourite authors is J K Rowling. :)

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  33. Congratulations on so many happy events in 2016, and more to come in 2017!
    My favorite author is Jane Austen. I love how timeless the romance, and even the humor, is.
    Dianna

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  34. One of my favourites is Nalini Singh, she was one of the first paranormal authors I read and I have never not loved one of her books.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  35. Haruki Murakami as he's so unexpected - he'll write so calmly that you almost miss some horrific things!

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  36. JC andrijeski,because I love the world she has created. The excitement never stops.

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  37. My favorite author is Stephen King :) I like that he can write horror, suspense, and mystery all in one series or book :)

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  38. My favorite author is Brad Meltzer. Met him quite a few times and he's super down to earth. Writes great books that are hard to put down.

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  39. My favorite author is Sandra Dallas, I enjoy her heartfelt stories, they are always interesting and touching.

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  40. Oscar Wilde. Because I feel his words when I am reading

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  41. My favourite author is Guillaume Musso, because his books are amazing, I never know what is going happen until the final!

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  42. I have too many to pick just one favorite author, but some of them are JA Huss, Jana Aston, Colleen Hoover, Belle Aurora.

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  43. Enid Blyton :) because her books hold so many memories for me and I still enjoy them as an adult

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  44. Penelope Douglas. She manages to hold my attention the whole time, I live her books :)

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  45. Oh that is so hard! I cannot even choose one! I love so many! Debbie Mason, Shana Galen, Vanessa Kelly, and Theresa Romain is a few of my favorites!

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  46. Brothers Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, Russian sci-fi authors. Their books are amazing! Funny and full of showing their creativity and fantasy :) Lubka

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  47. I like Roald Dahl. I read all his books as a kid and adult.

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  48. I have a number of favorite authors, including Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, and Jeaniene Frost, to name just a few. They all have amazing characters and character interactions as well as great stories.

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  49. My favoutite authors are Coelho, Ronda Byren and Jerry Hicks. I have already read their books in 3 languages! I can read them over and over again and never get tired of them!

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  50. Congratulations x3! Happy birthday, congratulations for your new baby and engagement. Thank you for sharing your good news and for the giveaway.

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  51. I genuinely couldn't choose one favourite author, but I know I will always enjoy a new book by Bill Bryson or Linwood Barclay.

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  52. Happy belated birthday!!!! Congratulations on ALL the great things which came your way in 2016. I love what your wedding rings say.

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  53. At the moment John Steinbeck, but it changes based on what I'm reading

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  54. It's really hard to name a favorite but if I had to say one, it would be Tolkien.

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  55. Oh my word, did I miss this? Belated Happy birthday, Petal. You've had quite a year. :-)

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  56. My favourite author is Jodi Picoult. I love how well written and how well researched her novels are. She really immerses you into each and every story and as they are so factually accurate and detailed you really feel part of the novel.

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  57. Happy birthday Anniek! I have a lot of favorite authors but one of them is Jennifer L. Armentrout. I love the way she writes, I'm hooked with every one of her stories. Also A. G. Howard and Sarah J. Maas because they can create unique and magical worlds, full of creativity and imagination. And Colleen Hoover is my favorite author in romance, her stories are so beautiful!

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  58. My favorite author has always been Ann Rule. The cases she writes about are so interesting and in-depth. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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