Saturday, January 16, 2016

Today Is My 5-Year Blog Anniversary!

Back on this day, 5 years ago, I posted my 1st blog.  Here it is:

Greetings to all you book lovers.  This the first blog for The Book Sage.  My goal is to create a dialogue with those of you who want to talk books.  I hope that we will all learn about new authors and new books and that more reading is the end result for everybody.  I know that our mutual love of books (whether they be in hardcover, paperback, or on an ereader) and this give-and-take will lead to more people reading more of the time.  If you're looking for any intellectual discourse or deep philosophical discussions, you've come to the wrong blog.  This blog is for the readers who want to enjoy their books.  I don't want it to feel like a school assignment.  All of us have to make time to fit our reading in, and it should be enjoyable.

In the coming posts, I will discuss different genres and some of my favorite books from those genres.  I will want to know what your favorites are too.  Everybody benefits from these lists.  Let's start by hearing any comments that any of you may have about the direction you would like to see this blog go.  Although I have no problem with (trying to) impose my will on everybody (and it is, in fact, my blog!), I would actually prefer to make it more interactive.  Your comments will always be welcome.

Let the games (and books) begin.

The only change I would make to this introduction is that I would now include audiobooks.  I know quite a few people that do all of their reading through audiobooks.  And that counts the same as print (paper or digital), as far as I am concerned.

I also wanted to give you my annual reading totals for the 1st 5 years.

2011 - 68 - 24,901
2012 - 71 - 26,034
2013 - 77 - 24,973
2014 - 72 - 23,232
2015 - 65 - 22,890

This past year I had my lowest total of books and pages since I started my blog.  Don't know why and don't really care.  I'll just keep plugging away.

I hope to being celebrating with all of you when my 10-year anniversary comes along. Remember, whether you read print books, ebooks, or audiobooks...KEEP READING!


  1. A very happy blogiversary to youuuuu.

  2. Happy 5th! I always enjoy reading your blog (even if I don't necessarily comment!)

  3. Congratulations! Five years is an achievement!

    1. Thanks, Laurie. I can't match your 8+ years, though!

  4. We love you Lloyd! Your support of authors and encouragement to readers is inspirational! Here's to another 5 years! Kate

  5. Congratulations!! I love your energy and your attention to local authors. Well, that and the fact that you are a great commenter and supporter. If we ever get out that way I can't wait for you to show me around all the great book shops!

    1. Thanks, Stacy. My #1 goal before it's all said and done is to meet you somewhere, some time. I connected with you right from the start. I have enjoyed reading your reviews/posts and learning about Gage.