Seven years ago, I started blogging here! Open the champagne! Bring the canapés and petits fours! Take a few macarons from Ladurée and let’s celebrate at the Eiffel tower! Oh wait, perhaps I should not disclose my old age that publicly? Does 7 make me a grandmother on the ever-faster Internet pace? Or even a dinosaur?

Yes kid, I remember the time when blogs had no or very little pictures and awkward layouts, back when you had a few MB free storage and it seemed huge, back when it was odd and new to try to make money or publish a book out of a blog, when nobody talked about branding when it came to blogs. The equivalent of Middle Ages, probably. I feel lucky to have started blogging at that time, because blogging has changed so much over the years that I might have second thoughts starting just now.

Looking back, not so many things changed around here, but in real life, I gave birth to a boy and am pregnant of another, and I took steps to change jobs. I still wish to keep this space separate from my professional life, but I was lucky enough to meet in real life with a few regular visitors here (I call them friends now). The program hasn’t changed much either: reading and writing, but obviously I’m much more successful at the first part than at the second. I’m not going to make ambitious plans now a few months away from getting back to the exhausting newborn phase, I have plenty already on my plate, and I have to be content with some journalling on the side for the moment being.

To celebrate this blogiversary, I’ve exhumed my lists of favorites books for every year, and I give you the best of the best!

There was much agonizing over titles (don’t worry, it was fun as well!), and of course there were many many beloved writers, but whenever I wavered, I tried to take the less obvious choice.

2006: A.S. Byatt, Possession (read back before I started the blog!)

2007: Philip Roth, The American Pastoral

2008: James Salter, Last Night

2009: Nathan Englander, The Ministry of Special Cases

2010: Sylvia Townsend Warner, Lolly Willowes

2011: Hillary Mantel, Wolf Hall

2012: Daniel Mendelsohn, The Lost

If you ever get stuck in your reading, you can’t go wrong with these 7 books! Now, I hope that in the next few years, I’ll be getting back to these wonderful writers and discover what else they’ve been writing!

6 thoughts on “Seven!

  1. Congrats on 7 years! Time has flown! Seems like I started my first blog (also back in 2006) eons ago. I, too, would not be likely to start a blog if I were just doing it now, but I’m so glad that I wasn’t intimidated by it way back in those early days of the blogosphere. Am so glad that I did because of all the wonderful people I have met, both virtually and in person – including you!

  2. Happy Bloggiversary! I can’t believe how long its been – my blog will be 8 next April, so we began not that far apart (and Cam too, I see). It’s lovely the way that the group of friends we made in the early days has stuck together through thick and thin (you can consider those pregnancies in your case if you like!). Looking forward to many more happy years as your virtual friend and to hearing all your news, bookish and otherwise.

  3. Happy Bloggiversary! I will have to check and see how long i’ve been blogging – I think I am a year or two behind the rest of you, but no more than that! I am so glad you’ve continued to blog and share your thoughts on the books you read – your blog is always a source of wonderful reading material. And it’s been fun to get to know you personally as well!

  4. I’m so behind in my blog reading which makes me late here too. Congratulations on seven years! I am glad you are still blogging and I hope there are many more years to come!

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