First Blog Birthday

First Blog BirthdayOne year ago I posted my blog welcome, as I began this new site. It’s clichΓ©d, but I really can’t believe it’s been a year already, but also that it’s only been a year!

I’ve really enjoyed sharing about the books I’ve been reading, and discussing reading-related topics with you all. And I’m looking forward to another year of all things bookish! In honor of the big date, a little retrospective ~

the most popular blog posts over the past year:
  1. 31 Days Of Great Nonfiction Reads. The home page for the series I ran last October. By far, this post has had the most hits of anything on my blog.
  2. Announcing the 2013 Reading Challenge. Apparently people like reading challenges. πŸ™‚
  3. Why to Track the Books You Read. Because “why wouldn’t you” isn’t enough of a reason for some people. πŸ˜‰
  4. Book Review: Murder on the Orient Express.My kind of classic literature.
  5. 31 Days of Great Nonfiction Reads {Day 16} Team of Rivals. Think the movie connection helped this one get some clicks.
  6. Book Review: What the Most Successful People Do on the Weekend. Love her ebooks, and how they get me thinking about my schedule and what I could change to make things better.
  7. Book Review: Young House Love. The closest this blog will ever come to the DIY niche is talking about their book.
  8. Best Books {from the First Half} of 2013. Yay for best of lists!
  9. Favorite Books of Hope and Redemption. A guest post by the lovely Darcy Wiley of Message in a Mason Jar.
  10. 31 Days of Great Nonfiction Reads {Day 1} A Girl Named Zippy. I want to make everyone read this book, even though I know her humor is not for everyone.
And, some posts that I wish got a little more attention, because I loved the book so much:
  1. Pain Redeemed. Hard to read, but such a good book.
  2. Work Shift. I kind of want to make all my graduating cousins and friends read this so they can think about this before they’re in the midst of it.
  3. Trust. Hope. Rejoice. It’s free to subscribers, and it’s a great devotional. What’s not to like?
  4. FaithGirlz! Whatever. Another devotional, but this one for tween girls. Really well done.
  5. How to Make Friends and Monsters. Super fun book.
  6. May B. Fantastic children’s historical fiction, in verse.
  7. Perfectly Unique. So so good. Anxiously waiting for my copy of her newest book. So what if I’m old enough to be a mom to her target audience?


  1. Happy First!! πŸ™‚

  2. Yaaaa! Happy Birthday!!!

  3. I am SO THANKFUL you were born!!!

  4. Happy Birthday!

  5. Happy birthday to your blog and you! πŸ™‚

  6. Happy Blogging Birthday! So glad you started your blog. I always love book recommendations.

  7. Love “The Deliberate Reader”! Thank you for this space and congratulations on a year here!

  8. Happy blogger- birthday glad I found you. I’ll check out a few of those wish for more attention books. Amy

  9. Woo hoo! Happy blog-iversary! πŸ™‚

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