Sunday, 29 January 2017

My First Blog Birthday!


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A year ago today, I sat down at my computer and decided to start a blog. I had never been on Twitter before, I had never set up a webpage before, I had never written book reviews before - well, not for public viewing anyway! But on a whim, I set up a twitter account, a blogger page and wrote my first ever review and suddenly I discovered a whole new world of book bloggers, TBR piles, acronyms, blog tours and - the most coveted prize of all - advance reader copies!! 

I have had such a blast this year! I have "met" so many lovely, friendly, generous book bloggers who all share my passion for books and I genuinely look forward to chatting with. I have had "conversations" with authors who I admire and adore and with some great people from the world of publishing. I have read more than ever and my screams of delight can still be heard at the end of the street the when I'm approved for an ARC or I receive some book post! Sadly for my neighbours - and my very confused children, I don't think I will ever stop doing that - it's just far too exciting! 

So here are a few highlights from the last 12 months! No, I cannot tell you my favourite book or author because quite frankly that is impossible!

Here is my Top Ten Most Read Posts - click on the link to read the review!

The Girls by Lisa Jewell
Local Girl Missing by Claire Douglas
My Sister's Bones by Nuala Ellwood
Watch Me by Angela Clarke
Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller
What Alice Knew by TA Cotterell
Glass Houses by Jackie Buxton
The Easy Way Out by Steve Amsterdam 

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My very first Book Review was Still Alice by Lisa Genova
Still Alice by Lisa Genova

My very first ARC via NetGalley was Unforgotten by Laura Powell
Unforgotten by Laura Powell

My very first Festival was the Killer Women Crime Festival in October
Killer Women Festival: Fresh Blood
Killer Women Festival: History and Mystery
Killer Women: How to Write a Thriller
Killer Women: Inside the Killer's head
Killer Women: Silver Scream- book v film?

My first quote in a paperback was for "The Good Mother" by A L Bird
The Good Mother by A L Bird

My first "live" event was when Deborah O'Connor (My Husband's Son) came to our book group:
My Husband's Son by Deborah O'Connor
Bibliomaniac's Book Club: Deborah O'Connor

My first Bibliomaniac's Book Club event was only held on the 18th January 2017:
Bibliomaniac's Book Club: Criminally Good Books
A review of Criminally Good Books

My goals for the next year?

  • To run another Bibliomaniac's Book Club live event! (Dazzling Debuts)
  • To run Bibliomaniac's Book Club via this blog with suggested reads for each month providing questions and ideas for any book group to use
  • To attend more festivals! 


And most importantly -

  • To carry on enjoying book blogging, sharing my passion for books with anyone who will listen, chatting away with all the fabulous book bloggers, authors and publishing peeps I have got to know over the last 12 months, hopefully meet a few more and whatever else happens, to carry on reading, recommending and reviewing as many books as my bibliomania can manage!! 


There are so many of you out there to thank - far too many to mention but I really would like to say a huge thank you to anyone who reads my blog, retweets, shares, comments and likes my posts, and an enormous thanks to the authors and publishers who are generous enough to send me ARCs!

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And to show my thanks, here's a giveaway! A mystery prize for anyone who loves reading!! Enter below if you'd like to be in with a chance of winning! Ends of Friday 3rd Feb 2017.


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If you'd like to see how I get on in the next 12 months of my blog then please follow me on Twitter @katherinesunde3 (bibliomaniacuk) 

8 comments:

  1. Congratulations and many more happy reads. x

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    1. Thank you! Thanks for reading today's post!

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  2. Lots of interesting reading links. Happy Blogging Birthday, :)

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    1. Thank you! Hope you find something to read from it!! Thanks again!

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  3. Lovely generous post, very fitting of your first blogging birthday. Here's to many more!

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  4. Congratulations Katherine 🎂❤🎉

    Emma @damppebbles

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  5. Happy Blogiversary Katherine 🎉🎉🎉

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