Another Blogiversary

Tonight is my FIVE YEAR blogiversary y’all! I can hardly believe it.

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Last year I considered abandoning my blog because I wasn’t sure I had anything valuable to add to the conversation. Also, I was very stressed. This year has been much less stressful, I finally figured out what works for me, and I FINALLY stopped comparing my blog to others’ blogs. Hallelujah! As I was reminded on Instagram recently (@whatkarireads), reading ISN’T A COMPETITION and blogging shouldn’t be either.

I’ve got some fun plans for the blog next year and some solid, reasonable reading goals as well. More on that soon.

I want to thank those of you who drop by and comment regularly. You are superstars and I value your bookish insights, comments, and support. Getting to be in regular conversation with you is a privilege. 

Happy New Year, bloggers. Onward!

It’s My Blogiversary!

Four years ago tonight I decided to start Big Reading Life. I didn’t know what I wanted to do here other than write about books and hopefully connect with other passionate readers. I didn’t know if anyone would ever read my blog, let alone comment. It’s been a wonderful experience these past four years! I can’t express how much joy you all have given me simply by reading my posts and reaching out to me. It’s so fun to know I have blog friends all over the globe.

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At times this year I’ve wondered if I had anything left worth saying here. But I think I’ve turned the corner on that and have found my spark again! I’m excited about my reading plans and goals for the new year and can’t wait to go on bookish adventures with you all.

To everyone who has read anything I’ve written here, and especially to those that comment, thank you. Let’s keep having fun and reading good books in 2019! Happy New Year!

Three Year Blogiversary!

Happy-3rd-birthday-Ad-RepublicJust a quick post to share that today is my 3 Year Blogiversary.  It’s still one of the best decisions I ever made, to begin this blog and attempt to share my passion for reading with other passionate readers.  I never imagine that I would “meet” so many thoughtful, kind, intelligent, interesting people out there in the world.  You all seriously save my opinion of the internet.  🙂

Thanks for reading, thanks for commenting, and thanks for creating interesting content that I love to read myself.  I’ve found so many new authors in the last three years – I’ll always be grateful to you for expanding my reading world!

Happy New Year to all my blogger friends.  I’m going to get myself some cake now to celebrate.  🙂

Love, Laila

Two Year Blogiversary!

Two years ago today I made one of my best decisions ever – to begin this book blog!  I can’t even tell you how rewarding and enriching it has been to me, although I suspect you may know this feeling if you’ve been blogging a while!  I didn’t know who, if anyone, would read my posts, or take the time to offer comments.  I just knew I wanted to put something out there (initially for myself) as a way to honor my passion for reading.  I couldn’t have imagined the wonderful bookish community that was waiting for me.

My  son’s birthday cake this year – I didn’t make it!

You guys are just the coolest people!  I never knew this kind, intelligent, thoughtful pocket of the internet existed.  I am honored to be among you all in my own little way. Though I may go through phases where I doubt what I have to say about books and reading, and I may hide for a few days or weeks, when I return you are all there with your supportive and considerate comments.  So if you are reading this right now, please know that I am deeply thankful for you!  And I hope that we all may enjoy a New Year of engaging, fun, meaningful reading and conversation together.

Hmm, I think this occasion calls for some celebratory cake!  Happiest of New Years to you all!