Bookish Posts · Posts 2018

Blogging – My First Year – Reflections and a Giveaway!


This post is a few days late, Emma’s Bookish Corner turned one at the start of the week but due to a poorly toddler and then a poorly me things have been delayed. Anyway, my blog is one! YEY! How that happened I don’t know! I’ve loved my first year in blog-land and I look forward to another successful year.

The first thing that became apparent to me when I started this book blog was the friendliness of the book blog community. You guys have been warm, welcoming, supportive and great for a giggle. I like to think I have found some new friends and as my blog gets older I hope those friendships grow. To everyone that has shared, followed, commented THANK YOU! You are all wonderful. I love being a part of the book blogger gang.

Bookstagram has also been something I have thrown myself into with my blog. I love taking pictures of books and I always like to include a photo with my reviews. I like that it makes my reviews a little bit more unique and adds interest.

I have also discovered the world of book boxes since I started blogging. And I have become a little obsessed with them! The majority cater to Young Adult and Fantasy readers but My Chronicle Book Box (My November unboxing can be found here) offers a choice between crime and mystery OR sci-fi fantasy. These boxes have been perfect for me, I love crime and to find a box that suits my tastes has been wonderful.

I’ve also received an Illumicrate box (My unboxing is here) which although veers slightly more to fantasy the books I received are ones I will read (one I already have). My Chronicle Book Box is a new to the book box world and I am looking forward to seeing it grow, Louise does a fab job of sourcing bookish treats and I’ve enjoyed shouting about it.

I have come to learn what a Blog Tour is! I have been a part of a few now and I love it. It’s a great way of getting the word out about a new release, I love seeing other bloggers reviews and other blog tour content. I have a few planned already for this year and I can’t wait.

I have found one major downside of blogging and that is ‘blogger-guilt’. We all have lives, jobs, some have children, we all have other things that require our attention. So why do we end up feeling so guilty that we can’t blog everyday? I have definatley suffered with ‘blogger-guilt’ this week, I’m behind on posts, I haven’t been active on Twitter or Instagram, I haven’t kept up with reading and sharing other bloggers posts and I’ve been feeling really bad about it. I’ve had the worst cold of my life and my little one had to spend the night in hospital (he’s fine now) but still I felt guilty that I’d abandonded the blog world. I know I am not the only one who suffers with the guilt!

On the flip side of this, a couple of times over the last year I have taken a little review break. It does get too much sometimes trying to review every thing I read especially as I read sooooo much. It’s hard coming up with new words and new phrases in a review. I feel a lot of the time I repeat myself, so now and again I take a step back and read things I don’t feel pressure to review and come back refreshed.

Overall, I have loved my first year. Sharing my love of books is something I love and I hope to grow my little blog over the next year to come. My favourite posts are below, these aren’t necessarily the posts that had the most views or the most interactions, they are the ones I enjoyed writing the most.

Being A Bookseller – The Good, The Bad, The Ugly and The Weird.

Why I Read

Book Review – ‘Three Things About Elsie’ by Joanna Cannon

Review – ‘Strange The Dreamer’ by Laini Taylor

Review – ‘The Keeper Of Lost Things’ Ruth Hogan

Review – ‘Happy Mum Happy Baby’ by Giovanna Fletcher

The British Library Crime Classics

Review – ‘Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine’ by Gail Honeyman

Review – ‘Death Makes A Prophet’ by John Bude

Review – ‘A Dangerous Crossing’ by Rachel Rhys




Now it’s time for the best bit –  giveaway! To celebrate my blogiversary I’m putting together a little package for one lucky person. It will include a copy of the latest British Library Crime Classic, a copy of ‘Red Rising’ by Pierce Brown and another surprise book. There will be a bookish tote bag, some surprises and of course, chocolate. To enter comment on this post and tell me what book I’ve inspired you to read. Easy peasy – good luck!


26 thoughts on “Blogging – My First Year – Reflections and a Giveaway!

  1. Happy blogiversary Emma! I think the first year is the best year, where you learn so much about the inner workings of the blogging world, like blog tours… and blogger’s guilt. Ah yes I think everyone suffers from that one :-). Ah I still remember your being a bookseller post, such a great one! I’m interested in the bookboxes too, I’m still trying to find one that is the least expensive but the most interesting haha. I’ll check out your post and lucky me, I just love seeing unboxings from other people (not on youtube though, all that talk is not for me ;-)). Wishing you a great next blogging year!

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  2. Happy first blogiversary Emma, I always enjoy reading your reviews and it was your posts and gorgeous Instagram pics about the British Library Crime Classics that got me interested in these.

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  3. Happy blogiversary Emma! I love, love you blog – keep all your fun posts coming 😀

    You’ve definitely inspired me to read some of the British Library Crime Classics & your review of Snowblind has got me super excited to read that book!

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  4. The Keeper of lost things, I bpught it cos I kept hearing about it. Will bump it up the tbrm for sure.

    I love book boxes, got a new one coming Feb. I use my book jar challenge monry for them. Wee splurge for me and supporting small businesses xxx


    p.s I love the whole bookstagram too, whats your name on Insta? I am Always_reading

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  5. Happy Blogiversary! And I’m so glad you linked to your crime classics post, I hadn’t seen it before! You certainly make me want to step up my crime classics game, so far, I’ve got two – Mystery in White and Verdict of Twelve, and *covers face* I haven’t read either yet.

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