Five Year Blogging Anniversary – My Favourite Posts

Hello everyone,

This is the penultimate post in my mini-series marking five years since I began book blogging, and here I am looking back on some of my previous posts.

I have published over 600 posts since the beginning of 2018 including over 200 book reviews. When I started and for a long time afterwards, I had imposter syndrome, unsure if my posts were any good or if anyone would read them. But the variety of posts I have written has shown how book blogging has allowed me to be creative and even sometimes innovative.

Among those 600 posts there are some that I remain quite proud of, and others which I really enjoyed putting together. Without further ado, here are eight that stand out the most – the link to each post is in the title:

Book Review – The Once And Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

This is one of the best books I have read in the past five years, and the writing was just impeccable. I take a huge amount of care and attention with every book review that I write – every word matters and I always aim to perfectly capture the essence of each book.

With this one, that applied to a greater extent and each paragraph had to be crafted in a particular way to do the story justice. It took longer to write than other reviews but I was really pleased with how it turned out.

Discussion – What Book Bloggers Love To Talk About

The year 2020 was a grim one overall, but it was also my most productive year for reading and blogging. I shared a lot of discussion posts that year, and this was a lighter one than others that made it so fun to write.

I had observed a lot of characteristic traits about the amazing book blogging community, and thought I would put them all together in a list post.

Author Q&A – Lucy Atkins

I never thought I would have the confidence to approach an author to do a Q&A for my blog, but I finally decided to go for it and amazingly, Lucy Atkins – a very talented author of mysteries and thrillers – said yes!

It was fun to think of the questions and since then, I have had Q&As with a handful of other popular authors too.

Book Review and Discussion – The Murmur Of Bees by Sofia Segovia

When I buddy read books with my friend Kriti, we often discuss the book as we go along by asking each other questions and sharing our thoughts. I included parts of our discussion alongside my review of The Murmur Of Bees, which is one of the best books we have read together, and the response from both author and translator were so positive.

Two and-a-half years on, it is my most viewed post to date.

Discussion – My Favourite Authors By Category

The idea for this post took a while to become fully fledged, but I was very happy with the outcome! I was thinking about what would make the perfect book, and considered all the different aspects of storytelling and which authors are best at each one.

It was a unique post and one that not only celebrated the variety that exists within literature, but also the ability of a number of wonderful authors.

The Strictly Book Tag

I have already spoken in this post about how blogging has given me a creative outlet, and the Strictly Book Tag I really surprised myself. There are such a wide variety of book tags out there with some great prompts, and I really did not think myself capable of creating my own. But then I had the idea for this tag and once I realised I had some prompts that worked, more started to come.

Book Review – As Good As Dead by Holly Jackson

Writing book reviews is difficult enough, but they are even harder for sequels as you have to write without giving too much away about the previous books in the series. So much happened in As Good As Dead, which is the final part of the trilogy – it was really intense! I had to be really careful not to give any hint of a spoiler away and I was very happy with how my review turned out.

Discussion – How I Write Book Reviews

My book reviews are long and usually tend to follow a particular structure, while there are lots of little things that I also take into consideration. With that in mind, I thought it would be fun to share the process of how I write them.

And there we have it! These are the posts that stand out for me, and I hope there are many more to come.

Happy reading 🙂


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