This Wednesday - 19th March 2014 - marks my 5th Anniversary as a book blogger. Five years! It's gone so quick, and yet it also feels like I've been doing this forever. God knows what I was doing with my spare time before I discovered the joy of writing about the books I love so much. Probably reading :)
I as a blogger and this blog have evolved a fair bit. You'll notice I'm calling this a Bloggerversary, rather than a Blogiversary. On Wednesday, I'll have been blogging for five years, but technically, Once Upon a Bookcase will turn five in June. Those who have been my readers and my blogging friends from the very start will recall I originally had a fantasy blog called Ink and Paper. That blog was started on 19th March 2009. I started this blog in June of the same year specifically to host Sex in Teen Lit Month, after a discussion on Ink and Paper about how sex was presented in the few YA fantasy novels I had read. I was implored to read more YA in other genres that deal with the topic, and had lots of recommendations, and so that's what I did. This blog was originally called Ink and Paper Specials, as at first my intention was for this blog to simply be a place to hold special blog events, as most of my readers back then preferred fantasy over YA in general. But with Sex in Teen Lit Month, I grew to love YA novels, and couldn't stop reading them. So two blogs, one for a genre, the other for a category. In 2012 I made the decision to amalgamate those two blogs to one, bring over all my reviews from Ink and Paper, as well as some other posts. And now we have the Once Upon a Bookcase you see today.
And five years has now gone by. I think that's quite a landmark anniversary, don't you? Quite an achievement. There's been a few hiccups and issues along the way - like my four month hiatus at the end of last year where I just couldn't bring myself to write a review. Thankfully, I'm now completely in love with the whole blogging experience, and for my fifth anniversary as a blogger, I'll be celebrating with a week of posts at Once Upon a Bookcase. Here's what you can look forward to this week.