Thursday, September 26, 2013

3 Years Worth of Blogging & Reading

Three years ago, I posted my first review here at GReads!  Little did I know what it would become today... an expression of my passion for reading, a community through which I've met my closest & most dearest friends, and perhaps a stepping stone for where my ambitions in life may take me.

It's been an incredible journey, discovering books that I never would have known about if not for this community.  I just want to say THANK YOU to those who love books & love to read as much as I do.  It's something I value in myself and truly respect in others, too.  I also want to say THANK YOU to those who have stopped by my blog, even if today is your first visit or if you've been a faithful follower since the early days. YOU make this experience what it is and I truly appreciate it.

1. Read as little, or as much as you want. Challenges are great, but sometimes life gets in the way and books have to take a back seat.  And that's OK.

2. Don't be afraid to try something new.  My heart was set on YA for so long that anything Adult scared the crap out of me.  But then I discovered this little world of Adult Contemporary Romance and often I find myself not being able to put them down!

3. Books are powerful tools.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think that books could bring such joy to my life.  I've been introduced to countless people who have made an impact on my life.  Their stories inspire my own.

4. You can always count on someone else to love a book as much as you do. I get so giddy over books sometimes & it makes my heart burst when I can share this enthusiasm with someone else & they just get it.

5. The best feeling in the world is when someone says they read a book because you recommended it.  I understand that not everyone will agree with my thoughts, but it's such an amazing feeling when I can inspire someone else to pick up a book.  It's something I hold close to my heart.

6. Always be thankful for the gifts of this community. I have been blessed with generous friends who share their books with me, both professionally and personally.

7. Not only do I love to read, but I also love to write.  Writing has become a creative outlet for me to express thoughts about stories I want to read.  Maybe one day others will be reading them, too.

8. I am still just a small fish in this big pond of book blogging.  I am constantly coming across a new blog, or a new author.  As long as there are books, this community will keep growing!

9. My most favorite book will always be changing. Just when I think I've come across a story that embodies everything I love about literature, another will come along and blow it out of the water.

10. I can always count on this community to remind me why I started my book blog. There are times when things are slow and my inspirations are lacking.  But I know that I can always rely on this community to bring me back to my purpose and remind me why I love to share my thoughts on books so much.

Yes, the BOOKS have been amazing along this three year journey of blogging, but it's actually been the RELATIONSHIPS I've made with other readers who have impacted me the most.  If someone were to ask me, what one thing could you take away from this experience as being the most valuable -- it would definitely be the friends I've made.  I cherish each and every friendship that has been born due to this little hobby of mine. 


So tell me, if you're a BOOK BLOGGER: What have you discovered along your own personal journey that's made this experience what it is today?  Or if you're just a FAN OF BOOKS: What keeps you reading? Which books have impacted you the most? 

Thank you, again, for making this blog such a special place for me -- here's to many more years of reading & having a place to talk about it all.


  1. Happy Blog Birthday! Great post. Your captured the WOW of the blog & book journey. The great books & great people I'd have never known otherwise make the whole experience beyond words.

  2. Happy birthday ... bloggie birthday that is :-) And great points about what you've learned. My blog is 2 next month - and I think the first year I spent getting a routine down and figuring out what didn't work for me. The 2nd year I spent figuring out my bloggy identity, through experiments; and the 3rd year ... we'll see :-)

  3. Happy Blogoversary!!! Your blog (and Jaimie's) is one that I've been reading the longest :). I've discovered a lot of great reads through you (although I often forget where I first heard about a book, and therefore forget to come back and say thank you!) but I know that Rainbow Rowell is one author that I've picked up because you loved her :). So thanks!

  4. Happy 3 years, Ginger! Your blog was one of the first book blogs I started reading and has turned into a blog I read every day! <3

  5. Happy Anniversary G! <3

  6. Happy 3 years! I love blogging about books as a way to keep track of the books I read, but also my feelings and thoughts on them.

  7. Totally agree that the relationships have been the absolute best part of book blogging. So glad books brought us together - you're an amazing friend <3<3

  8. Congrats on three amazing years and thanks for this lovely post!

  9. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed reading through this post, Ginger! Your three years of experience is invaluable and because I'm still a relatively new blogger, I'm always on the lookout for any wisdom I can glean to make my own experience that much more enjoyable and special :)

    I couldn't agree more with your choice for number five. I recently had a friend in real life tell me that, unbeknownst to me, she had been reading Pop! Goes The Reader since day one and since then had purchased at least three separate books I had reviewed because of how much I loved them, only to have an equally positive experience reading them. To think that I helped even a single person find the right book for them made me happier than I could ever express, and reminded me of why I adore book blogging so much. The idea that I inspired a rather reluctant reader to pick up a novel she might not otherwise have looked twice at meant more to me than I could ever say, so I know precisely what you mean! :)

    I think you really hit the nail on the head when you stated that it's the relationships that make blogging truly worth it. Nothing has touched me more than the bloggers who were willing to embrace and support me in the earliest days of my blog, and each day I look forward to discussing the books I'm reading with friends who are as passionate about reading as I am! I feel so blessed in gaining your friendship, and I am thankful for every single friend I've made since the launch of Pop! Goes The Reader a mere three+ months ago! I can only hope it will get better from here :D

  10. Happy blogaversary! I've loved discovering blogging and the book blog community! I'm still new to it but I just love that I have met awesome people to talk books with! It's fun to share my thoughts and chat with others and share in our love of books! Love the friends I've made!

  11. THAT LIST!! : ) : ) It encourages me even more to start a book blog. Ever since I discovered your blog and others, I've wanted to start my own. I've seen the friendships y'all have established and I think it's amazing! Thank you for sharing such wonderful insight about your blogging experience! And I'm certain that one day we'll all be reading your debut! : )

  12. I'm late to the party but <3 <3 <3 <3 happy happy three years. Love you! Also, let's discuss how many times this has happened between us: "The best feeling in the world is when someone says they read a book because you recommended it." I read EVERY book you recommend ever hahaha!

  13. HAPPY 3 YEARS, GINGER!! I'm totally late on this post, I'm sorry. But I wanted to make sure and congratulate you here, on your beautiful, inspiring blog. You're still one of my favorite reviewers ever, and one of my favorite friends EVERRRRR! :D As always, I'm so glad blogging brought you into my life.


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