Eight (!) Years (Plus a Giveaway!)

First: for the Americans out there, Happy Thanksgiving!! (For the Canadians, I’m sorry I missed your Thanksgiving. Know that I thought of you back in October.)

As of yesterday, I have been blogging at Book Nut for EIGHT years. I have mixed emotions about this. On the one hand, I feel OLD and slightly out of date. With Twitter (which I use mainly to stalk celebrities *cough*NathanFillion*cough*) and Tumblr (yeah I have one, but I don’t use it) and video blogs (no, you don’t EVER want to see me do one of those) and everything else out there, I feel kind of like a dinosaur chugging away over her on the blog. I do know I’m a lot less involved in the community than I was a couple years ago, and I do regret that my life has gotten busy enough to the point where I can’t participate in everything that I would like to.

On the other hand, I can’t imagine life without my blog any more. Not just from a personal standpoint: I still mainly use my blog as a reference for everything I read (and yeah, I go back and read past reviews to remind myself sometimes). But, also for the sheer number of people I have met, authors I’ve interacted with, and the cool things — like the Cybils and KidlitCon and this awesome new venture called PopCircle (not to mention my very cool job at the bookstore) — I’ve been involved with over the years.

Because I am that sort of person, I thought it’d be fun to look at the numbers from my first year (2005, since I only blogged for two months in 2004) compared to this year (so far).

In 2005, I read:

14 Middle Grade books
11 YA sci-fi/fantasy books
11 Middle Grade sci-fi/fantasy books
3 YA books
20 Non-fiction books
19 Adult books
0 Graphic Novels
For a grand total of 78 books. (It took me until May 25, 2006 to read 100 total. I was so proud.)

And this year, I’ve read:
29 Middle Grade books
26 YA sci-fi/fantasy books
43 Middle Grade scie-fi/fantasy
18 YA books
16 Non-fiction books
24 Adult books
8 Graphic Novels
For a grand total of 164 books.

It’s interesting to see how much 8 years of blogging can change one’s reading habits. Some things are still the same: I read more MG than YA, I read more fantasy than regular. My adult and non-fiction haven’t changed. But the numbers have ticked up, mostly because, I think, I am no longer wandering the library/bookstore looking for the things that are good. I’ve got a whole reader full of bloggers I love and trust who point me in the direction of What’s Good, and because of that, I’m tossing fewer books back, and enjoying more books more. (The downside is that my TBR pile is always out of control.)

In short: eight years in, I’m extremely  happy that my husband encouraged me to start this little corner of the internet.

To thank you all for your part (and for being loyal readers, whether it’s been for all eight years — Amira! Is there anyone else? — or two months), I’m hosting a little giveaway: one book (of your choice), plus some assorted odds and ends I feel like throwing in  (candy, journal, pens, maybe a magnet or two) that I can find at Watermark Books. Just fill out the little form, and considered yourself entered. The giveaway will close December 1.

And now, I’m off to White Lotus for the weekend, to enjoy the amazing yoga retreat that my husband and friends gave me for my 40th birthday.


12 thoughts on “Eight (!) Years (Plus a Giveaway!)

  1. Congrats on your 8 years of blogging, Melissa. That makes me feel like a real newbie (not quite at 3 years)in comparison.
    I'd also like to thank you (since tis the season to be thankful) that you continue to blog despite your busy schedule. I like the books you read and your insights.
    Also, thanks for doing the giveaway. A treat for all us readers.
    Apples with Many Seeds


  2. I still remember seeing Russell's post somewhere on T&S about your blog starting. That was so long ago. And if your blog is 8 years old, mine will be too in a few weeks. You're still my favorite book blogger out there. So glad you're still going strong.


  3. Congrats on 8 years of book blogging. What an awesome anniversary! I've *only* been doing it for 6 1/2 and I feel the same way you do — I can't imagine my life without my blog. I love it! I hope I get to enjoy yours for many years to come 🙂


  4. I hope your retreat is DELIGHTFUL. And I should buy YOU a gift for introducing me to this wonderful world – and for ALL of the amazing books you have led my way. SO glad you're my friend 🙂


  5. Kelly — time sure does fly! It's amazing. Corinne — ditto! I'm so glad that we met via the blog. Lisa — Oh, thanks. Sometimes, I do better than others, and I think sometimes my reviews suffer because of it. But I do try.

    And everyone else: thanks!


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