My goodness me! I can’t believe it’s five years ago today that I sent out a tentative blog post into the world and began blogging for the very first time. This post marks my 2,112th blog post!
It’s been an absolute pleasure to become so immersed in the world of books once more. I’ve lost count of the number of bookish events I’ve been invited to, the festivals I’ve been involved with, the authors, publishers and fellow bloggers I’ve met. Many of those people are now friends in real life and it’s a joy to know them. I’ve even reconnected with students I have taught who are now authors and that has been fantastic.
I’ve been sent wonderful books for review, have won awards, been a character in a book, been featured on other blogs and in magazines and have been quoted time and again in books and on the covers. It has been an incredible privilege and very exciting.
The greatest number of physical books I’ve been sent in any one day is 31 and the biggest number of emails asking for reviews or a slot on Linda’s Book Bag on one day is 212 so my apologies if I can’t fulfil all requests.
I’ve even written my own novel – not that I think it will ever see the light of day!
I love it, even when I’m feeling under pressure to try to read something in time for a blog tour or review, or when social media gets in a pickle and annoys me! I’m somewhat ashamed that I haven’t always managed to review as promised but life gets in the way at times. In fact, I have cut right back on blogging, despite appearances, so that I can deal with the everyday aspects of life. My TBR pile never seems to diminish and there are many, many books I still want to read from the 900+ on the shelves, book cases, the floor, in my book trolley, surrounding my desk, next to the bed, under the spare bed, in the wardrobes and amongst the 1200+ on my Kindle.
I WILL read them all eventually…
5th Blog Birthday Giveaway
So, to celebrate five years of blogging, to thank those of you who support Linda’s Book Bag, and to help spread the book love further, I have a small blog birthday giveaway. It’s open internationally and closes at UK midnight on Thursday 13th February 2020.
As I know some readers prefer to buy their books from their local bookshop, the winner might prefer to choose a National Book Token, but the choice could be an Amazon UK or Amazon US voucher. The value is £20 or $20.
For your chance to enter just click here.
Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog, for your support and bookish friendship. Good luck and happy reading!