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I've recently read a ton of graphic novels and memoirs - some I loved and others not so much but were still a thrill to read. Guts by Raina Telgemeier I am always on the lookout for Raina Telgemeier's comics, so when I found Guts available at my library's Overdrive catalog last year, I had to request it right away. Her comics are always delightful, designed for the middle-grade audience, and written very well. Guts is a continuation of her Smile nonfiction graphic memoir series (see Smile and Sisters ) and recounts a period in her childhood when she experienced IBS for the first time. When Raina wakes up one night with an upset tummy, she just assumes it's a stomach bug as her mom is also showing the same symptoms. But when it doesn't go away soon but is instead influenced by the daily highs and lows of being a middle grader - good friends, not so good ones, and then the bullies, she realizes there's something else going on. If you have not read the previous

Happy Blogaversary to me...



I just accidentally discovered that as of today, I have been blogging for three years! Wow, time flies! When I started my blog, I was filled with so many opinions, thoughts and ideas about books that I couldn't wait to just put them into words. Since then, my whole focus and intention of blogging have changed many times. I've also changed blog styles, post styles and post topics countless times. For the first year since I began blogging, I believe I blogged almost every day. Then it tapered down to a few posts a week, but this year, it has been much less frequent, understandably because of how many changes there have been in my life this year.

Some stats, because we all love stats, don't we? (Format borrowed from Kim @ Sophisticated Dorkiness)
  • 581 posts published
  • 8068 comments written and received
  • 174 reviews posted, of which 147 are about fiction books
  • 201 = Books read
  • 60,621 = Visits since I started tracking with Google Analytics in August 2010
  • 201 = Most visitors in a single day (September 9, 2012)
  • 901 = Twitter followers (@rainydayreading)
  • 3,237 = Tweets sent
  • 3,443 = Views of most popular review, The Lottery

I have never done a blogaversary post previously, mainly because it always falls during the holidays (like now), and I remember it only once the new year arrives. So it is three years' worth of thanks that I want to offer now - to anyone who reads my blog - thanks for sharing my blogging journey with me, thanks for checking in and posting comments. If you're a blogger, thanks also for all your wonderful recommendations - I know I've read and liked many a book chiefly after hearing about it on your blog.

I can't wait to continue blogging for as long as this invigorates me!

Comments

bermudaonion (Kathy) said…
Happy blogiversay!!
Helen Murdoch said…
Congratulations on 3 years! I just realized that my 3-year passed in November without me noticing! Oops
Athira / Aths said…
Yay! Congratulations to you too! It doesn't feel like three years!
JoV said…
Happy Bloganniversary to you Aths. Hope there are many more years to come!
Athira / Aths said…
Thank you! I hope so too!
softdrink said…
Happy blogaversary!!
Alyce said…
Congrats on three years! Merry Christmas!
Athira / Aths said…
Thank you! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!
Yay! Happy birthday Reading on a Rainy Day!
Tea Time with Marce said…
A holiday blogoversary, yaaaaay, congrats lovely. I look forward to continuing following you and seeing what you review.
Happy Blogoversary to you!!
Kelly TheWellReadRedhead said…
Happy Blogaversary! Those are some impressive stats! :)
Kim Ukura said…
I'm so behind reading blogs -- congrats! Blogging for three years, no matter the pace or frequency or whatever, is a big accomplishment. I'm glad you've stuck with it :)
Marie said…
:-D Happy Blogiversary!!! :-) I wish you lots more years of blogging fun!
Athira / Aths said…
Thank you! :) I'm looking forward to more wonderful years of blogging!
Athira / Aths said…
Thank you! :) I'm surprised it's been three years already!