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My Favorite… Gift Ever. And Why I Know You All. A Thank You Post

There’s this meme on Maureen’s blog I’ve been eyeing for a while, it comes out every Wednesday, and this Wednesday… It had a theme I couldn’t pass up. It’s about your favorite gift, and it so happens that that gift is related to the blog, so I just couldn’t miss my chance. If you want to know more about the meme and join it, here’s more info.

So what am I going to talk about, actually?

Alright. I’m not actually going to talk about my favorite gift. I’m going to talk about the giver. Because that’s infinitely more important, isn’t it? It’s high time I dedicated a post to someone who has been very influential in my life, and that person is my sister. If it wasn’t for her in the long run, I might not even have a blog. Because my sister was the one who equipped me with my year-long dream at the time – my first Kindle. Without the Kindle, I would have never been able to read books in English. Would have never been able to get ARCs. And would have probably never started blogging.

There’s a funny story behind this too…

First of all, let’s transport back to good old 2005. When I was still in highschool, I was kind of a nerd, and I was always very ecologically geared. So naturally, when I first heard of e-ink paper? This was pretty much what I looked like:

I was like.. I must have it. But then… You might not understand this, because the majority of you who read this blog come from a well developed Western country. Back then? We had probably only joined the EU for a year! There was no shipping, no buying from other countries… (that’s why I still tend to think there’s no shipping even now, although there is xD) Basically, yes, I read that Sony was developing an e-reader. But I knew that it’s just as reachable to me as the moon. It was a far off dream that I could probably never have. But I never stopped thinking about it.

The funny thing is, I even wrote a report for physics about how e-ink works. And then I wrote another one for university. Not kidding! Imagine me presenting that.

Years passed and first Kindles appeared. I had no dreams of even getting one. It would have cost 5 times its actual market price to get it here. I could even have asked, I had a sister living in America. I had a boyfriend who was American (that’s a long story for another day maybe…) and yet I didn’t even think of asking. It was so far removed from the scope of my life I didn’t even ponder it.

But something happened…

I don’t even know how it began. It was my year of winning things. I… Did this weird “let’s program your subconscious” thing where I said I would win something every month that year. (Surprisingly? I did. I won 15 things that year in raffles, and I’ve never done that before or since!) And… Maybe it just put me in a winning mood? But I noticed this random contest one website was holding, and it went like “give us a dream of bettering yourself and we will make that dream come true”. And I was like BRING IT ON.

It was one of those Facebook voting contests. I believe at that time, it was already like 2013, maybe. Maybe 2012. I made like 200+ people vote xD among them… Was my sister.

Did I win?

Yes and no. No, I didn’t win the main prize, which means… I didn’t win them buying me a Kindle (LOL I know! Who won? This random girl won a nail art class! A nail art class! Bettering yourselves..? Nail art over reading?!..) But… I did win second place 😀 I won a voucher for trousers I still wear. But that’s beside the point.

Because… When I didn’t win, my sister was all like… “Hey, why didn’t you tell me you wanted a Kindle? It’s like 99$! I could have got you one ages ago?? I keep having to come up with present ideas!”

And that’s how it all started. How I started reading English books. How I realized later that there was this thing called NetGalley. That you could get unpublished books. That you could blog. Years later I only started blogging because someone made my dream come true. A dream I had thought was so far out of my reach that I didn’t even dare dream of it much.

So I want to say…

Thank you to my sister.

If it wasn’t for you, I would not be here blogging right now. I would not have people reading my words. I would not even have had the opportunity to read half of the amazing books I’ve read, because we don’t have them all in my country. But even more than that… I wouldn’t know that dreams you’ve had since highschool can even come true.

That’s enough touchies for today. Maybe one day I’ll write a post to thank my mom for teaching me to read. That’ll be a big one. Do you have anyone who has influenced your life like that? Share with me in the comments!

I’m Evelina and I try to blog about books that matter, with a bit of fun there too! Disability and equality will be topics you see a lot, but there’s also a lot of scifi, fantasy and… GIFs. I’m also the proud founder of #ARCsAnonymous.

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Paul Liadis
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This is like the cutest blog post ever!

Sometime us in the West don’t realize how good we have things when it comes to technology and access to literature.

We all benefited from your sister’s gift, which gifted us this blog!

That cat gif at the top of this post is all too real to me. I have a ginger cat that looks just like that and would also swat me like that 🙂

Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy
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That was a great story! I don’t know what country you live in, but I love that you used your Kindle to learn to read English. I would say my mom was my biggest influencer growing up, because she encouraged me to read and allowed me to go down my own reading path, without dictating what I should read.

Erica
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This is so lovely!!! <3

Lyse
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This is so sweet!! Sisters are the best 😀

DL Jung
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What a touching post. Thanks for sharing! My Kindle was a Christmas present too and I love it!

799books
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Haha, great story! Thx for sharing!

Marta Pascual Pérez
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This post was lovely!! It’s really nice that you can count on your sister and than thanks to her you are blogging now. I guess all of your followers must also thanks her .
My biggest influence was my mum cause she will push me to read by “no reading” to me. I was constantly asking her to read more and more to me; eventually she “stopped” and I lerned to read within two months .

Michelle
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I loved this post!!! And yay for your sister giving you the Kindle! My brother and sister-in-law are the people who help me keep my dream for my blog alive! They’ve done so much for me, including paying my hosting fees for me one year while I was out of work, and just overall providing support! It helps that my sister-in-law is the only other book dragon in the family.

Sim @Flipping Thru the Pages
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This is a great story Evelina and trust me, you are a gifted writer. You should probably try writing your own book? 😀
You know, what’s common between us? My Kindle is also from my sister 😛 but it isn’t gifted. It just happened then that a friends of her gifted it to her but she didn’t actually used it ever. So when I got married and moved to different city, I just grabbed it and she didn’t mind 😛

Really a great post. Actually, my eyes were little teary at the end? 😀

Trish @ Between My Lines
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Aw that’s so cute. Your sister is the best!

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
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I have been suffering from horrible anxiety lately from worrying about a family member(s) and this was just the feel good story I needed. Thank you for sharing it.

Maureen Bakker
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Wow. That’s such an amazing story! I’m glad you decided to join this week! 😉
We in the West definitely don’t always realize how good we have it. And I love that you Sister brought you this gift. That’s just beautiful! I love your blog and I think you’re amazing at this blogging bit. Keep up the good work! 😉
Thanks for signing up and sharing your favorite gift!

Lashaan Balasingam
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Such a wonderful origin story to your life as a blogger! I’m glad your sister ended up giving you that one thing that opened up the world for you. That e-reader is definitely a life changer in this case. And man.. Trousers.. Definitely better than nothing! Thanks for sharing, Evelina. 🙂

Emma
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What a great story. It’s so interesting to hear how people got into blogging.

Sam@WLABB
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This is an awesome story and I love that you dedicated it to your sister. ❤️

Cam
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This is a very cute post! I’ve been wanting to write a similar one as well. My boyfriend gifted me a Kindle a few months back and without it I don’t think I would have ever been able to blog! I honestly didn’t even know things such as ARCs existed haha so imagine my great shock! Many people might think it’s not very bookworm of me to love my Kindle, or to sometimes prefer it over books, but I don’t have the finances or resources to buy paperbacks all the time and my Kindle has saved me a lot on… Read more »
carol
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What a great story! Your sister sounds wonderful – and we’re all glad that she gave you that kindle.

Laura Thomas
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Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful post. Your sister is awesome and I had to laugh at her comment to you. I could see her shaking her head, thinking of all those gift ideas and it was as easy as a Kindle. LOL My hats off to her. I might never have got to know you otherwise!

Vlora
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I loved reading this post! And clearly you have a great sister. I only get ARCs on netgalley too because I don’t live in an English-speaking country but I blog in English, but I always had enough money for books (well, not always, but we had a library), so I guess I can count myself as pretty fortunate! I’m happy you found your way to reading and blogging eventually!

Cassie Winters
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This is about the most beautiful thing I have read on a blog ever. Mad love to your sister for helping you with a dream!

Rachel @The Readers Den
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I’m amazed by your story! I forget that just because here in the Western world most things are readily available doesn’t mean that’s the case in other places. I’m thrilled you got a Kindle to expand your reading world! Yay for a wonderful sister!

Reading books in another language sounds daunting, so bravo for reading in English! Netgalley is the best, right?

Big sis
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Dear sister, thank you for dedicating this pose to me. It brings me pleasure to make you happy and when I’m far away, gifts are one way to make that happen. Even if they are small or random, i hope they bring a smile to your face when you get them 🙂
However, I think I got an even better gift, I got a baby sister. A sister that looks up to me! What better gift can one ever ask for? I guess I should be writing a thank you blog to our dad 😉

Love, Nora

Annemieke
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Aaaaw that is so sweet. <3

Chrissy
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That is an amazing gift! Your sister is fabulous! And this is a great post.

Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard
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That’s an absolutely lovely story! Kudos to your sister for enabling your love of reading, and to you for following your dreams!

Lola
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That’s a pretty awesome story. And yes sometimes things are possible and you just don’t even realize or think about it. That’s great your sister got you a kindle and that started your reviewing and blogging journey. For me starting my own blog and getting my Kobo e-reader did much the same. If you don’t live in the US it’s hard to get physical review copies, so having an e-reader is a must if you want to receive and review ARC copies of books.

Karen Blue
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Awe Evalina! That is just so awesome your post has actually made my day. Thanks so much for sharing. Thanks to your sister to because it has been so cool getting to know you through your blog.

Jane
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This post is so relatable in terms of ~not~ having an e-reader when maybe the “rest” of the world does. It’s on my list, though it’s never been as much of a priority until now. In 2013, I had a winning streak for every giveaway I entered except the technological giveaways, including for Kindle devices and iPads. It was so frustrating! I know they’re fairly inexpensive, but I’m also frugal and really prioritize my spending based on what I absolutely need in that moment! I currently make do as I can with the desktop Kindle software, but…it’s frustrating having to… Read more »
Shannon
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Oh my goodness! I love this post so much! *^-^*

Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction
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Yay for your sister, who bought you the best gift ever! We are thankful to her too, since she enabled you to become a book blogger! 🙂

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