April 12, 2013

New Look on Book Labyrinth + Giveaway

If you've visited Book Labyrinth over the past couple of weeks you may have noticed that my blogspot address is officially redirecting to http://www.booklabyrinth.com. Yes, I officially have my own domain!! I've actually been wanting to use booklabyrinth.com for a LONG time, but first it was already taken, and then it was snatched up by one of those services who want to sell you a domain for a zillion dollars. So when I checked the availability again on a whim and found it available? You better believe I snatched it up.

If you've visited the blog over the past couple of days you may have noticed Book Labyrinth's all new look. It's still the same colour scheme, because I love the colours, but I've changed up the layout and header. I always want to keep the blog looking very simple -- clean lines and easy to navigate.

I've added a Links page with some of my favourite blogs, where I'm listed at, etc. I've also added anchor links to my Reviews page, so people can click on a letter at the top of the page and be brought directly to that letter. Giselle from Book Nerd has a great tutorial for that at The Newbie's Guide to Book Blogging: The HTML.

I'm not able to do giveaways very often, but I can right now, so what better way to celebrate Book Labyrinth's new design AND reward you guys for your awesome support??

You can see the prize details on the Rafflecopter below, but just to be clear -- there will be 4 winners. The first two chosen will each get $10 to spend at Book Depository (open internationally, where they ship for free). The next two winners will receive swag packs. One will be mostly bookmarks and whatever fits in a small envelope (open internationally), and the other I'll try to fill a bigger envelope, maybe with some buttons, etc (open US/Canada only).

So thank you for visiting, and for celebrating my new look with me. May the odds be ever in your favour. ;)

a Rafflecopter giveaway


72 comments:

  1. The new look is awesome! I love all the shades of blue :)

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  2. Love the new look and congrats on picking up the domain name you wanted! That is something I've thought about doing myself.

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    1. I'm really glad I did it, and if you look for coupons it's VERY inexpensive.

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  3. I think this looks gorgeous! Very easy to find things, there's nothing to distract me from your actual content. And the colors are very pleasant, I have to agree. Congrats!
    Oh, and thank you for the giveaway, of course. :)

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    1. I'm so glad, that's exactly how I want it to be. And you're very welcome! =)

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  4. It looks great! Blue's my favorite color. :) I've been thinking about getting my own domain too.

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    1. My favourite too. =) I thought about going to purple, but I like these colours way too much.

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  5. Aahhh, yay! So glad you made the leap to the new look. I love the header, the two fonts overlaid on top of each other. And congrats on the domain! That makes you seem exceptionally professional. :D

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    1. Thanks!! I've had it in my plans (with that type of header) for SO LONG... I'm just very lazy, hence having the same layout for forever. =b

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  6. I love the new look! And that's awesome that your domain name opened up ... it's fate! :)

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    1. Thank you =) And yes, and it worked out perfectly!

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  7. Love the new look! I definitely think simple is better.

    And the best book I've read recently...that's a tough choice. I just finished When We Wake and really really enjoyed it!

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    1. Ooh... that one sounds incredibly interesting!

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  8. I like clean and simple too. It looks lovely!

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  9. So happy you were able to get your domain name not for a crazy amount of money! I love the new look, simple and sophisticated, love it!
    Also, thanks for the wonderful giveaways, Ashley! :)

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    1. Yes, I'm super glad for that!

      You're so welcome =)

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  10. Congrats on getting your own domain name, Ashley! Love the "handwritten" sort of font you've got going on in your header :) Very classy!

    As for best book I've read recently... I really enjoyed The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron, and was also quite impressed by The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna.

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! :)

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    1. Oh I loved The Lost Girl!! Avery and I keep saying how underrated that one is.

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  11. I like the blue, it is pretty... and the header with the shadows is nice

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  12. Clockwork Princess...I cried and I'm not ashamed to admit that I wrote poetry in my sadness :P I really like the new design, the header is really cool and I like this shade of blue :D

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    1. CP2 was sooo good! I don't blame you for crying, I definitely did too at a couple of points.

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  13. I love your new design! And I have always loved your colour scheme, so I'm happy you kept that. ;) Congrats on the domain name!

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  14. Congrats on your new domain name and blog facelift. I love it!! It's so pretty and clean.

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    1. Thanks Lucy!! That's definitely what I was aiming for.

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  15. I love the new design! It's a nice blue, very nice on the eyes! MY recent fave would be Drowning Instinct by Ilsa J. Bick! So beautiful yet kinda messed up!

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    1. Oooh... I haven't read anything by her, but I've heard they're pretty atmospheric/creepy.

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  16. I like the design because it's very neat and easy to read. Recently- If He Had Been With Me was pretty good!

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    1. Ohhh I think I've heard that title, but I can't remember what it's about. I'll have to look it up!

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  17. I love the new look! It is very clean and easy to navigate.

    The best book that I have read would be Cocaine Zombies this was a pretty great book. Once i started reading it I could not put it down. Thank you for the giveaway!!

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    1. Wow, that's an interesting title, haha... I'll have to check it out on Goodreads.

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  18. I love the new design, the shades of blue are awesome.

    The best book I've read recently is Where She Went by Gayle Forman. It's certainly one of the best male POV books I've ever read.

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    1. Adam!!!! Gah, I love that book so much. Probably even more than I loved If I Stay.

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  19. I came here for the giveaway but the books you review actually seem interesting. I'll keep following.

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  20. The new look looks really lovely =)

    The best book I've read recently was Amity & Sorrow by Peggy Riley =)

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    1. I haven't heard of that one, but the title is great... I'll look it up.

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  21. The new look is simple yet beautiful :)

    The best book I've read recently has been Hopeless by Colleen Hoover:) thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Oh I love her books! So emotional, and great characters.

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  22. i really like the new look of the blog.

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    1. Thank you! =)

      (going to delete the accidental double comment, btw)

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  23. Hi Ashley,
    your new design is simple and elegant. I like that! I often find myself overwhelmed by too many colours or too much sidebar stuff, but I'm glad that you allow your readers to concentrate on your content in the first place (which is always awesome btw;))

    For the giveaway q, my favourite book in 2013? Clockwork Princess *sigh*

    x

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    1. Yay, thank you! =)

      Awww Clockwork Princess.... SO GOOD!

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  24. I really like the color! It's so pretty! The font at the top is beautiful! :D

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  25. I really like the new look, Ashley. It's super clean and loaded really fast - not that that wasn't the case before either.

    Uh, I wasn't your GFC friend before? But I can see your blog in my feed ... So very strange!

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    1. Ooh I'm glad it's fast... I do think it's a bit faster than before, but yeah, I don't think there was ever issues.

      Zahida!! I am so ashamed of you!! ;) Hmmm very strange indeed.

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  26. I love the new design! Especially the fun font on the header. =) The best book I've read recently would probably be The Fault in Our Stars. I know, I know...everyone's read it by now, but I just got around to it, haha. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. It's okay, it took me forever to read TFIOS as well. =)

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  27. Very nice layout, love blue! Favourite book I've read recently is The Book Thief. Thanks for giveaway!

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    1. Ooh that one has been on my TBR list for way too long. I need to get around to it at some point.

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  28. Best book I have read recently is Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. Thanks!!

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    1. That's a popular choice lately! Glad you enjoyed it. =)

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  29. best book I've read is The Fault in Our Stars :D

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  30. I love the new look of your blog.

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  31. I really like the new look of the blog. It's simple and I like the color :)
    The best book I've read recently? Panedmonium by Lauren Oliver!

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    1. Ooh... I must say Delirium is still my fave book of that trilogy, but they all have good parts to them.

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  32. New follower here and love the blog layout- it's very simple and the colors are nice.

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  33. Simple and classy! The best book I've read recently is Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi! :)

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    1. Ooh love that series... very anxious for the 3rd book.

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  34. Wow, so they let go of the domain just like that? Cool!

    The monochromatic color scheme of the layout could benefit from accents.

    As for the book, I haven't read anything in two weeks! And the last ones I read were pretty mediocre.

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    1. I agree re: accent colour... I tried to see what would look best, and ended up liking the tone on tone, but it's something I'll think about again in the future.

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