Happy 5th Birthday, Because Reading!!!

Posted January 29, 2018 by Michelle in Blog News / 15 Comments

*Throws confetti*

January 29, 2013 I started Because reading with the most cringe worth post every made. (You can see it here, Good luck!) I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into but I will say it was one of the best decisions I ever made. I made some amazing friends, read some awesome books and stepped outside of my comfort zone. The book blogging community is one of the best communities to be a part of. I can’t believe it’s been 5 years, a lot has happened over the years, even getting myself an awesome co-blogger, Berls! Lets do some fun facts and stats….


  • 5 years blogging
  • co-hosting 6 challenges
  • 2 memes hosting
  • 1,862 Posts written
  • 356 Books read (since I started blogging)
  • 280 books reviewed (approx but I think it might be more)
  • adopted 1 co-host


5 Favorite books since starting my blog

This was hard but I narrowed it down to 5. These are books that I would recommend without hesitation.

5 Things I learned this past 5 years

  1. Blogging isn’t easy, it takes a lot of time and planning, don’t stress, it’s a hobby have fun.
  2. Planners are the best inventions, EVER! and you can never have enough stickers.
  3. Some of the most amazing people you will ever meet love books too.
  4. It’s ok to make mistakes, it’s how you learn and grown, especially in blogging.
  5. Be yourself and have confidence.

5 Things I learned about reading

  1. You don’t have to LOVE every book, it’s ok to DNF
  2. It’s ok to read at your own pace, no one said you need to read a book in a day.
  3. ARCs are awesome but can also be stressful
  4. Avoid a slump by reading what you want.
  5. Read for yourself, enjoy it…You don’t always have to read what everyone else is reading.

5 Genres I have read throughout the 5 years

My taste has changed a lot and recently I am going back to a genre I’ve read occasionally. I love changing things up but here is a look at the 5 I have been reading this past 5 years.

  1. Middle Grade ~ I have a serious love for this and it’s my go too when I feel a slump coming on.
  2. Romance ~ I actually stopped with the YA Contemp and now really only read Adult Contemp and NA. Erotica is nice every so often and so is Monster Erotica (no judging! This is a judge free zone, lol), I want to get back into reading Historical Romance also, I used to read them all the time.
  3. Fantasy ~ My love for this has recently resurfaced. I am looking to try some epic fantasy also. It’s been so long since I have read a good epic fantasy.
  4. Ya ~ I love YA but I prefer to stick with the Fantasy and Horror, I wish they had more YA Horror. It’s actually one of my favorites (think point horror)
  5. Fairytale – Retelling will always be my favorite. I love when they take a story and twist it around. I don’t care if it’s MG, YA, Adult, Erotic, if you take a fairytale and twist it…I want to read it. 🙂

Some of my favorite reads in the last 5 years 🙂

This has been on heck of an experience and I have enjoyed every minute of it. Thank you all that has followed me since the beginning and Thank you to those that become my friends. I know that last year I haven’t been around but please know I appreciate you all and miss the heck out of each and every one of you! Looking forward to the next 5+ years of blogging!

Thanks for stopping by!

I hope you have the most amazing day ever and Happy Reading!


About Michelle

I am a mom to two pretty amazing kids, four pretty cute fluffy children and a wife to one adorable husband. I am a gamer, reader and a graphic designer with 20 years experience. I recently started my own business "Limabean Designs" to help other bloggers, authors and anyone else create amazing things that they would be proud to show off. I have been reading since forever and started blogging because I love sharing all the awesome books this world has to offer. I am also the co-host for the COYER Challenge, Reading Assignment Challenge and the Bookish Resolutions Challenge. I try to create a warm welcoming environment on my blog where authors, readers, and bloggers will have a great time. Let’s chat books, games, blogging, recipes, design, or family over a cup of coffee and a glass of wine!



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15 responses to “Happy 5th Birthday, Because Reading!!!

  1. Happy Birthday! You have introduced me to a lot of books that have become my favorites (Lockwood & Co, Serafina and Lois Lane). And thank you for COYER! I will probably never completely clear out my e-reader, but you’ve helped me talk the pile of ebooks that have been collecting dust. I hope you have many more years of blogging fun!

  2. Happy, Happy Blog Birthday!! I’m so happy you started blogging so I could meet you. 🙂 I loved reading all you’ve learned over the last 5 years. That’s awesome-sauce. And I was happy to see a larger list of favorite books because I couldn’t believe you’d be able to narrow it down to 5 book in the last 5 years! LOL Here’s to many more happy blogging/reading years, Michelle!! <3

  3. Happy Blogoversary to you as well!!! Didn’t really realize our date is the same, ignoring the year! Lol! Yeah, my first post and the few to follow are all cringe worthy! I think I looked at them once, like 5 years ago and shuddered! Lol!! I try to avoid looking at them and they are there purely for reference of my journey! Lol! Hope we both have many more happy blogging years to come!

  4. Happy Blogoversary, Michelle! This means I got to know you more or less five years ago! And I’m so happy you started blogging so we could become friends 🙂 I love you and Because Reading to pieces, my dear!
    Here’s to many more years of blogging <3 Miss your face!! {{{BIG HUGS}}} xoxo

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    • I’m so glad we meet and became friends. I’m also love the fact we got to meet in person! I am hoping to be here for many more! I miss your face too!!! (((GIANT HUGS))) love you my friend!