Quick Thoughts on Nine Years of Book Blogging ~

It’s hard to believe that it’s been nine years since I launched my book blog! On Saint Patrick’s Day back in 2010, I threw together a quick “hello” post, not even sure if I was serious about blogging. Before the day was done, I had a couple of followers, and the pressure was on to post some book reviews!

All in all, running Book of Secrets has been great fun, and I’m glad I stuck with it. The book blogging community has changed over the years, maybe waning in popularity a bit. Some bloggers I’ve followed have slowed down or stepped away, and that’s understandable. It can be very time consuming, and I’ve taken a few blogging breaks over the years to catch my breath.

It seems there’s been a shift from traditional book blogs to Instagram, and I follow lots of Bookstagrammers. My photography skills aren’t the greatest, but it’s still fun! About other social media places: I still love Goodreads, and I’d be lost without it. I’m on Twitter, but mainly to share review links. Pinterest has become my new online obsession. And finally, no more Facebook, personal or blog page. We were long overdue to part ways.

I’ve read hundreds of books over the past nine years (wow!), and it’s very difficult to narrow it down to one favorite per year. Here is my attempt to do that:

2010: GOODNIGHT TWEETHEART by Teresa Medeiros (So sweet)
2011: WILDFLOWER HILL by Kimberley Freeman (A dual timeline tear-jerker)
2012: THE KINGDOM by Amanda Stevens (A creepy modern Gothic)
2013: THE SECRET KEEPER by Kate Morton (I’m still wowed)
2014: YOU by Caroline Kepnes (Listen to it on audio)
2015: THE STORYCATCHER by Ann Hite (A Southern ghost story)
2016: I LET YOU GO by Clare Mackintosh (I did NOT see that coming)
2017: THE MARSH KING’S DAUGHTER by Karen Dionne (Disturbing and fascinating)
2018: WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens (Deserves ALL the stars)

Have you read any of these? Agree or disagree? Thoughts on book blogging & social media? Please share! Thanks so much for visiting my blog & Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! ~ 𝓓𝓲𝓪𝓷𝓪


15 thoughts on “Quick Thoughts on Nine Years of Book Blogging ~

  1. Congrats on 9 years of blogging! Of the list of favorites you shared, I think I’ve only read I LET YOU GO. I remember liking it a lot. Social media and I do not get along and so my blog is the only place you’ll find me. Facebook and I parted ways a couple of years ago. And my blogging has waxed and waned over the years and will continue to do so I suspect. I’m a big fan of taking breaks when they seem a good thing for me. I always enjoy reading what you share about the books you’ve tried. And on we go, right?


    • Thanks, Kay! It’s hard to find the right balance with book blogging. Early on when I was a stay at home mom, I had more time to be involved in the community when the kids were at school. I’ve been back at work for a couple years now, and it’s not as easy. Ah well, on we go! 🙂


  2. Congratulations on 9 years!!! That’s outstanding. I see quite a few of my favorites on your list. I’m with you about Facebook. I still have my Personal for family connecting only and wish there was another platform where we could switch to.

    Here’s to many more years🎉


  3. Congratulations on nine years! Wow. I agree with your observations about how book blogging has changed. I’ve been blogging since 2012, and while I still do it, I’ve slowed down. The community still exists, but it doesn’t feel as vibrant as it once did. I haven’t made my way over to Instagram, but I am more active on Twitter than I ever thought I would be.


  4. I’ve read The Secret Keeper and Where the Crawdads Sing, and I’m in total agreement with you. My oldest daughter read Wildflower Hill and absolutely loved it. She wanted me to read it and even brought her copy home for me to read, but now I can’t find it. She must’ve taken it back to Baton Rouge with her.

    CONGRATULATIONS on NINE years of blogging!!!

    I love Bookstagram, but it isn’t as intimate as blogs, I don’t think. And I also parted ways with FB…..and I’ve never been happier. I don’t participate in Twitter that much….I only read a few folks’ posts that interest me.

    I would love to know more about your obsession with Pinterest. I need to follow you (not sure if I do or not). Will you consider writing a post about it and tell us how you use it (especially as a book worm)???

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!



    • I agree that Instagram isn’t as intimate as blogs. It’s very fast – a quick glance & a quick like. As for Pinterest, it’s just filled with so many interesting things! I have a few boards for my favorite books from each year, but most of my pins are other things. I’m on Pinterest under @bookofsecretsblog 🙂 Your boards are gorgeous, Ricki! I want to live in them!!


  5. Congratulations on 9 years of blogging. I enjoy your posts and reviews. I am starting to look at other social networking areas as well and stopped my facebook, blog page. BTW, Happy St. Patrick’s Day (belated!)


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