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Ten years of the Ramblings – oh my!!!!! πŸŽ‚πŸŽ‚πŸŽ‚ #bloganniversary

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Rather incredibly, today marks 10 years of Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings!! On 6th June 2012, I took my first tentative steps into the world of book blogging, not really having any idea of what I was doing but just wanting to connect with other book bloggers and give back some of the joy of reading and sharing thoughts about books. The years seem to have flown by in many ways…

During the lifetime of this blog, I do feel I’ve learned to engage with books more deeply; certainly having to write about them has made me concentrate more on what I’m reading rather than just gulping books down. I’ve read and written about some marvellous books, some beloved authors and fortunately not had too many bookish disappointments!I

I’ve also, most importantly I think, had wonderful interactions with other readers and with authors and translators; sharing thoughts on books, having those discussions and sometimes differences of opinion (but always good natured!), has been a real joy. I don’t meet many bookish types in real life, so to be able to have these exchanges has been a real boon! Thanks to all of you who’ve visited, engaged and commented over the years – I always love to interact with other readers!!

A little message Mr. K sent me – he knows my taste in classic detection!! 🀣❀😊

There are often reports of the death of the book blog; I’ve no idea if that’s true or not, but whatever the case I shall continue to Ramble away here about the books and authors I love as long as I get pleasure from it. Here’s to the next ten years!! (if I make it that far….🀣)

Nine years of blogging – oh my!!!! #blogbirthday

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Today, rather amazingly, sees the ninth anniversary of my commencement of the Ramblings – which really is a little mind-numbing (where have the years gone???) I often tend to miss the occasion, randomly stuck in the middle of the year as it is, but something in the back of my mind nudged me this year – which *is* a bit surprising, as during the pandemic era, I have rather lost track of time with one day blurring into another!

I started blogging, really, in response to all the other wonderful book blogs I had started to discover back in 2012. They were a source of such joy, and also great (and very dangerous!) book recommendations. I had also become part of the LibraryThing Virago Modern Classics group community, many of whom had their own blogs, and taking part in group reads and the like fired my enthusiasm to join in with more talking about books.

I think the word ‘community’ represents what I love most about the online bookishness I encounter; whether it’s on blogs, Twitter or Instagram, I just adore sharing my love of the printed word, favourite authors, book hauls, new discoveries or old classics. Books have always been one of the most important things in my life, and so to be able to spend time sharing that bookish love is just wonderful. I always get great joy in interacting via comments, too – so carrying on with my Bookish Ramblings has brought me much happiness over the years.

So thank you to everyone who reads, likes and comments on what I put up here – I’m always happy to hear what people have to say, and long may our love of books continue! πŸ˜€

A Scary Statistic…

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So, WordPress just reminded me that it’s 5 years ago today that I uploaded my first post to the Ramblings!! And that’s pretty scary because I find it hard to believe I’ve been babbling on about books here for that long – it seems only yesterday…. πŸ™‚

I confess I’ve enjoyed every moment of that five years of blogging: as well as taking pleasure in sharing my thoughts about books in general, actually sitting down and reviewing them has not only deepened my enjoyment and engagement with them, but has also helped fix them more in my mind (and given me a good reference tool for what I’ve read!)

But I think one of the most delightful parts of blogging has been meeting, either virtually or in real life, with other bookish types. Some of these have been from the Virago LibraryThing group and others who have blogs, or just follow what happens on them. It’s a real joy to share bookish love and so I wanted to thanks everyone who’s ever taken the time to read my witterings or leave a comment – these latter are always appreciated as I love to interact with anyone who loves books as much as I do!

Onward and upward – here’s to more reading and sharing our bookish love!

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