Today is the 8th anniversary of BooksPlease. Eight years ago I’d just left work and had more time to read and write about books, so I began this blog partly to help me remember what I’ve read and also to extend the pleasure of reading and to record what I thought about the books. And so ‘˜BooksPlease‘˜ was born.
I thought of calling my blog ‘˜Books Matter‘˜, or ‘˜Book Matters‘˜ but decided that it should be ‘˜BooksPlease‘˜ because they do and also because if somebody asked me what I wanted for my birthday or Christmas when I was a child I always said ‘˜ooh, books please!‘˜
Right from the start it’s been more than just a book blog and I’ve also written about art, pets, places I’ve visited, personal anecdotes or thoughts, cookery, walking, travels and holidays, and about crafts, such as knitting and cross-stitch ‘“ and well, anything else that interests or pleases me.
On the book front a recurring theme over the years has been ‘what to read next‘. Choosing what to read next is almost as pleasurable as actually reading the books.
This is the first photo I posted showing a pile of some of the books I had waiting to be read in April 2007. It seems so long ago now!
I don’t always manage to read all the books I list as possibles but in this case, although it took me a while, over the years I have read these books (with one exception, The Sound of Paper by Julia Cameron, although I did start it – my bookmark is still at page 61).
I really enjoy blogging – the contact with other book bloggers, exchanging views on books and finding yet more books to read makes it even better. I love reading your comments and hope you’ll continue visiting and commenting on my blog – I really do appreciate it.