Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Happy 7th Anniversary to the (self-proclaimed) Book Sage!

Yep, today is the day 7 years ago that it all began.  Aaaaaahhhhh.  Okay, enough with the melodrama.   But it is my 7th anniversary.  Way back on this day in 2011 I wrote my 1st blog post.  It's been 2 years since I posted the text from that blog.  I'm going to do it again for the "benefit" of my new readers.

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.

And since I just ran a contest/raffle for 3 winners of books from my 2017 top 11, it doesn't make sense to do it again (like I did last anniversary)...oh, what the heck.  Same rules as before.  Just make a comment on the blog or on the FB Book Sage page.  We'll pick 3 names on the 23rd, and the winners can get any book from last year's reads (yes, I know I'm a softy).  And, finally, a shout-out to Steve S. who talked me into starting the blog.  I have enjoyed, and continue to enjoy, writing these posts.



On to other things:

1.  This past Sunday morning at Recycle we had the writing team of Dante Silva and Vanessa Mozes.  They have written 2 novels - Exchanged and The Druid's Gift - and 1 novella - The Dryad.  This was the 1st time that they presented their books in person to the public.  They did a great job!




2.  Here is some info about Mike DeGregorio's book, Thunder Bay:
Are you a fan of the “Titans of Mavericks” annual big wave contest, set to go off early next week? If so, you’ll enjoy reading Michael E. DeGregorio’s “Thunder Bay,” an erie anthology of Mavericks surf break and the surfers who pioneered it.  Set in Half Moon Bay, California, “Thunder Bay” is an exciting and surreal backstory of how Mavericks has become California’s only authentic big wave break, equivalent to Waimea Bay, 
Makaha, and Sunset Beach on Northshore, Hawaii, only much colder and more ominous.
Originally written in 1995, Thunder Bay’s characters are drawn from real life, and the story is strangely prophetic.

It has been edited and re-released and is available on Amazon:  











26 comments:

  1. Happy Blogiversary! I'm always impressed when someone sticks with blogging for that long!

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    1. Thanks, Angela. And I just signed up for yours. How long have you been blogging?

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  2. Happy blogoversary, Llloyd!! Seven years is a long time---such an accomplishment! I love reading your first blog post---that's a great way to reminisce!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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  3. Happy 7th blogiversary, Lloyd. Here's to many more! *Cheers*

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  4. Congrats, Lloyd! Ditto what Beth said :)

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  5. Happy 7th anniversary! I am glad to know you and look forward to many more years to come. :-)

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    1. It's been fun getting to know you too, Wendy. Onward!

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  6. Wow! Seven years and counting. A celebration's in order for sure.

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  7. Congratulations, Lloyd!! You've made a generous commitment that has been advantageous to us all. Thank you!!

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  8. Happy blogiversary to you! 7 years is a long time for a blog!

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    1. Thanks. It definitely feels long. How many years for you?

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  9. Happy Blogiversary! Kathy and I are both from 2008!

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    1. Wow. 10 years in 2018. Very impressive.

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  10. Congratulations on this big milestone! I'll be 10 years in June - not as active this past year but still having fun.

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    1. 10 years is so cool, Diane. I just learned that Jill and Kathy will also be 10 years in 2018. That's awesome.

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    2. Diane, you are 1 of the 3 winners. Here is the link to the post with the complete list of books read in 2017. Let me know which one you want. And whether you want it in print, ebook, or audiobook.

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    3. Diane, can you email me at lloydrrussell@gmail.com and give me your address? I've got your book ready to mail. And if you've already given my your address, I apologize (but I still need it again).

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  11. Happy blogiversary! I'd love to be entered into the giveaway :)

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    1. You definitely will be. It will happen later today.

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