Half a Decade!

That’s right – today Stuck-in-a-Book is five years old!

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Thanks everyone who has made this such a fun and valuable part of my life over that time, whether you’ve been with me since day one or discovered me last week.  And, of course, thank you for making the whole bookish blogosphere such a joy, whether as bloggers or commenters or publishers.  To quote Miranda’s Mum – such fun!

65 thoughts on “Half a Decade!

  • April 9, 2012 at 11:53 pm
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    Congratulations & happy blog birthday, Simon! Here's to the next five years!

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  • April 10, 2012 at 12:34 am
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    Happy Birthday. I hope you eat cake along with the Easter chocolate. Looking forward to seeing which book you buy first now that Lent has finished. All the best, Pam

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    • April 16, 2012 at 1:47 pm
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      Since I eat cake all year round, I should have found something better, shouldn't I?

      My first book was actually Loving Without Tears by Molly Keane, in the Oxfam by work.

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  • April 10, 2012 at 12:40 am
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    Congratulations. (We're just one year behind you at Shelf Love.)

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  • April 10, 2012 at 3:17 am
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    Wow. Congratulations. I hope you are having cake with lots of frosting.

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  • April 10, 2012 at 5:29 am
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    Here is to the next five!! Well done and I find this blog very interesting and it has expanded my reading knowledge and decreased my purse!

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  • April 10, 2012 at 7:09 am
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    Well done, Simon!! I love your blog and look forward to the next five years as you reach for a decade of writing so engagingly about reading.

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  • April 10, 2012 at 7:30 am
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    Congratulations Simon. Your blog has provided me with so many new titles to request from my library and buy from my local Hard To Find Bookshop! Thankyou for expanding my horizons. Looking forward to many more years of wonderful blogging.

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    • April 16, 2012 at 1:49 pm
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      thank you Karen – one of my main inspirations in starting out!

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  • April 10, 2012 at 8:22 am
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    Congratulations, Simon – half a decade, sounds so long and it seems like only yesterday. Here's to the next half decade!

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  • April 10, 2012 at 8:28 am
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    We remember when you you were five Si! Safe travelling up to Nottingham and then on to Durham.

    OV and OVW

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    • April 10, 2012 at 11:06 am
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      (Ooops! for Durham read Newcastle!)

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    • April 16, 2012 at 1:49 pm
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      Haha! and even a bit before five (even if we all fail when identifying photos)

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  • April 10, 2012 at 8:42 am
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    Happy blogging birthday. Yours was the first book blog I encountered and it opened up a whole world of books for me. So thank you very much.

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    • April 16, 2012 at 1:50 pm
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      I really love it when people say I was the first they found – I love the idea of being a gateway into this wonderful world of blogging :)

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  • April 10, 2012 at 8:47 am
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    Congratulations! – you have a blog to wich I return time and time again to find wonderful things to read.

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  • April 10, 2012 at 8:48 am
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    Happy Blogiversary! Yours one of the first blogs I discovered around four years ago, although I lurked for ages. Well done Simon. Here's to the next years.

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    • April 16, 2012 at 1:50 pm
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      How lovely that it helped lead to your own wonderful blog, Annabel!

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    • April 16, 2012 at 1:50 pm
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      thanks Sakura! It's been really lovely meeting you through blogging.

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  • April 10, 2012 at 12:26 pm
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    Congratulations! That's excellent. I love reading your blog (if my commenting is sometimes erratic) and look forward to the decade celebration. ;)

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    • April 16, 2012 at 1:52 pm
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      I always love hearing from you, when you have a chance to pop by :)

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  • April 10, 2012 at 1:12 pm
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    Happy Birthday! Five years is a huge milestone in blogging terms. It's been a real pleasure to get to know you better this year, too.

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  • April 10, 2012 at 2:06 pm
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    Happy fifth blogiversary! I thought I would have a quick search on Librarything for appropriate books with a half-decade connection. I'm guessing that you wont be rushing out to read "Bus deregulation five years on"?(Chances are that your local charity book store will not have a copy of that for some time, but three will then turn up together.) There are quite a few books about the first five years in the life of a toddler but that does not seem quite right either. I have a feeling that you might like the cover of "Deep Country: Five Year in the Welsh Hills" but doubt that non-fiction wildlife books are really your thing? Charles Astor Bristed's "Five Years in an English University" sounds quite fitting, but I'm only going by the title. In the end, the most fitting title I came across, which does not appear to be available here off the coast of mainland Europe, was called "Five Years of Great Writing from The Believer": this appears to sum up your blog quite neatly, given your writing, your faith and your belief in literature. All the best for the next five years.

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    • April 10, 2012 at 4:49 pm
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      How about the Famous Five?
      The titles which spring to mind are:
      'Five have plenty of fun' and 'Five have a mystery to solve'
      I cannot find one with the title 'Five hide away in a book shop' – but it would be perfect!

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    • April 16, 2012 at 1:53 pm
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      thanks so much, David! I think the Five Years of Great Writing from The Believer title is very intriguing… but might still take recourse to Five Children and It ;)

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    • April 16, 2012 at 1:54 pm
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      Gosh, there's a tall order! But I suppose I would only be 51, and just entering my blogging prime.

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  • April 10, 2012 at 8:09 pm
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    Congratulations, Simon, & thank you for providing so much interest & pleasure to your readers over the past five years.

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    • April 16, 2012 at 1:54 pm
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      what a lovely thing to say! I definitely wish to thank everyone who reads SiaB, and makes it a pleasure to write.

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  • April 10, 2012 at 10:06 pm
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    5 years you say? Why the blog doesn't look a day over 4! Congratulations and many happy returns.

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  • April 11, 2012 at 6:24 am
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    Hi , i like reading ebooks.
    your blog seems well designed !

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  • April 11, 2012 at 6:24 pm
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    Congratulations! May there be many more years of book blogging to come!

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    • April 16, 2012 at 1:59 pm
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      fingers crossed there will be – I'm not planning on going anywhere just yet!

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    • April 16, 2012 at 1:59 pm
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      I don't quite know how long I expected it to go when I started, but probably not five years – I'm so grateful that people read it and make it fun to do!

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