Hey bookish friends,
I’ve had today’s date stuck in my mind and I thought it’d be nice to do a post marking my 3 month anniversary in the blogging world. While it’s flown by so quickly, it’s been a fun journey and one I’m excited to continue. I’m forever grateful to those who take the time to read, comment and share my blog posts. It’s reassuring to know someone out there is reading and hopefully enjoying my blog.
Last month, I received two notifications that put a huge smile on my face:
Today I have 134 followers, a total of 4,000 views, and almost 900 likes. I know some of you hit that target weekly but shh, let me have my moment haha! I’ve discovered some great blogs along the way and made some new friends. Shout out to my blogging BFF – Sam at Clues and Reviews, we talk almost daily, her blog is slightly newer than mine and it’s been lovely to have someone to talk about this journey with, recommend books to each other and generally keep each other sane in this crazy book world!
So here’s my mini shout of session:
Kate at Bibliophile Book Club (blogging goals!), Kate knows I stalk her book post and reviews, if you’re not following this blog, ask yourself – is this the life you really want to live?
Renee at It’s Book Talk, another newbie like me to this blogging world but a blog I’m enjoying watching grow. Renee has recommended a few books to me, and she shares my love for Criminology! I particularly like her Throwback Thursday feature of books she has previously read – books have no expiration date so it’s great to see older books getting some love too.
I could work my way through all the blogs I follow as I think they all bring something great to the book community, but in the interest of keeping this short and sweet, I’ve given you 3 already – lets go for a Top 10, so here’s 7 more must-follow blogs:
Annie at The Misstery
Jo at My Chestnut Reading Tree
Jo at Jo’s Book Blog
Jill at Jill’s Book Cafe
Emma at Damp Pebbles
Lorraine at The Book Review Cafe
Cleo at Cleopatra Loves Books
Wendy at Little Bookness Lane
Megan at Bookslayer Reads
Amy at Novel Gossip
Okay, I’m well aware I’ve exceeded 10… O I forget, Kerry at Chat About Books…. clearly it wasn’t smart to start this as I have no self control and would be here listing the 100+ blogs I follow…. But Tam at Mystereity Reviews needs to be on the list too! Basically there’s loads of fantastic blogs out there in the world for you to find and follow! If I’ve missed you off this list, I apologise, but I follow your blog so that must tell you I think it’s awesome 😉
I continue to reach crazy excitement levels when I receive a physical book from a publisher/author and I’m so grateful for each one I have received. I’ve got a few more on the way and every time the post arrives, I’m like a fiend running to the door to feed my book addiction! Bloggers, we know about Netgalley, when I get that email saying your request has been accepted, I feel I can breathe a little easier haha, although I rarely ever request more than two books at once, I’m not a pro yet.
Mystery Thriller Week
I will be participating in Mystery Thriller Week next year in February (12th-22nd), which I’m super excited about, you can read all the information on their website. In short, it’s an annual celebration of mystery, thriller, crime fiction books and bloggers share a number of posts (reviews, Q&A’s, extracts, etc) during the week. Sign ups are open for authors and bloggers now.
Two of the books I will be reading for sure are: Portraits of the Dead by John Nicholl and Medea’s Curse by Anne Buist – hopefully I can fit in a few more.
Am I ‘official’ now that I have a few blog tours coming up? I love telling my friends about blog tours as they have no idea what they are and I just allow them to believe I made it, I am a celebrity in this book world – they come to my house, see my mounting TBR piles and fully believe it haha!
Some blog tours I’m featuring in, in the coming months are: Scared to Death by Rachel Amphlett, Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson and Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents by Lee Cockburn.
End of Rambling
In the hope of not going on and on about how much I love blogging and being a part of the bookish community, I have to remember this is a rambling, not my life story. I just want to thank each and everyone one of you, who has taken the time to read, comment, share any single one of my posts – THANK YOU!