Linda’s Book Bag 5th Birthday Giveaway

i am 5

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!

73 thoughts on “Linda’s Book Bag 5th Birthday Giveaway

  1. Congratulations, Linda! You helped so many authors along the way, shared your valuable knowledge on so many marvelous books, I am thrilled to read that you still love blogging.
    Here’s to the next five!
    Hip, hip hooray!

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  2. Congratulations Linda on five years blogging. You were one of the first blogs I followed and have always been such a source of help and encouragement to me. Your reviews are always so eloquently written that I’m not surprised you get so many requests. Though 200+ in one day – wow!! It has been a genuine pleasure to get to know you virtually and to have met you in the real world too a few times! Here’s to the next five years!

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  3. Happy blog birthday, Linda. That’s an impressive number of posts and an amazing TBR stack. Thanks for all you do for books and authors. I hope we get a chance to meet up again before too long.

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  4. Many congratulations and here’s to the next five years. Thank you for introducing me to some amazing books I otherwise would have missed. And really good luck with your own novel. I hope that will soon be on all our shelves.

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    Blimey!! I think you need an library extension to house all that lot. Or at least a reading hut or something! Incredible.
    Many congratulations for 5 years of brilliant blogging 🙂 Looking forward to the next 5 and getting round to all those books eventually (if the pile doesn’t topple over and crush us first!) xx

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  6. Jill Currie says:

    Congratulations on 5 years. I love reading your blog. You have such a wide variety of reading tastes that I always find interesting books to read. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  7. lapsapchung says:

    Congratulations on 5 great years. Incidentally in the Rafflecopter you’ve asked us to retweet and to give the link to our tweet – but when you copy the link to a retweet, it comes out as the link to the original tweet, it’s not possible to link to a retweet so it’s going to look as if everybody has made the same tweet!

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  8. Hallo, Hallo Linda,

    Congratulations on your five years! I am hardly able to believe I am about to enter into my seventh! I’m only two years ahead of you! What a wonderful adventure this has been for both of us and I must say, it was wicked seeing we’ve both been featured as characters in a novel! I still remember my shock when I found out! Here’s to many more wonderful memories and years of sharing our bookish lives!

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  9. I just got to my 8th birthday – I was feeling quite pleased with myself for getting this far then realised I haven’t done as many posts as you have in your five years. I know its not a competition! But it’s made me think that I might have been coasting for a while…..

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  10. I have just discovered your lovely book blog. Do you accept requests for book reviews? I think your readers might be interested in my book “All That Lingers” – a novel of loss and difficult decisions, of survival against the odds and rebuilding lives set in Vienna from the tumultuous years of their 1934 civil war through the war and post-war occupation to independence.


  11. So pleased you’ve discovered the blog and enjoyed what you’ve found Irene. I do accept requests for reviews usually, but I am so inundated at the moment that I can’t accept any more for some time. Contact details are on the left for future use!


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