3 Years of Genie in a Novel

Three years ago today I made my first post on this blog – Bibliophile Defined. It was a post I’d done on an earlier blog, but decided to take it and use it as my introductory post here. While Genie in a Novel is only three years old, I have had multiple blogs over the course of 12 years. My earlier ones were more regular lifestyle posts, or my attempt of niche blogging as a reviewer of books/movies/tv, as well as a short-lived photography blog.

Soon enough my long-standing lifestyle blog, orangeowldiaries, became more focused on books and my life as a librarian. However, because of my sentimental attachment to the name, I did not delete the blog, so it’s still there for viewing if anyone comes across it. But seeing as my favorite colors shifted from orange to purple and green, and my blog didn’t have a bookish name, I started a search for names that weren’t taken and were also a bookish pun. Genie in a Novel came up by chance, and thankfully, no one had claimed that, so I grabbed it while I could.

And here we are!

So, to commemorate my blog’s three year anniversary, I want to share some of my personal favorite posts about the bookish life, as well as some of my favorite reviews I’ve shared (or favorite books that I’ve reviewed).

Favorite Bookish Posts

A Sticky Situation

Dear Bookstores, Walmart, Target, Libraries, and Any other place that sells books, Kindly leave your stickers off the front of books. I get that you want to show off the…

Discussion: Manga as Literature

If you were to have asked me five years ago about this, I would’ve been on the side of the line with those who say, “They’re just comic books. It…

Meet the Blogger

I’ve been blogging on here for a little over two years now. I’ve had other blogs before, but they were more random, day-to-day sort of posts with some bookish things…

Thoughts of an Introvert

I thought I’d do a non-bookish post for once, but it’s something I associate with my bookish-ness – being an introvert, and the thoughts that come along with being one.…

The Art of Writing Fanfiction

Let me start off by saying, writing fanfiction is not a waste of time. But more on that later. Fanfiction (commonly known as fanfics) is yet another genre of writing that…

How to Speak Book Nerd

Is it really a surprise that the bookish community has its own language? No, not really. After all, we read a lot, so why wouldn’t we have our own bookish…

We Need to Stop Calling YA a Genre

I’m guilty of doing this, so I’m not coming down on anyone. For the longest time, actually, I would just refer to Young Adult books as a genre of books.…

A History of a Bookworm

Reading is something that I’ve loved for, well, as long as I can remember. I know that I was reading well ahead of my years before I even started school…

Perks of Working in a Library

I’m sure most of you know based on my profile bios across social media that I work as a librarian at my local library.  This job was a blessing that…

Books I’d Love to See as Films

As readers, we always prefer the books over the movie. However, that doesn’t mean we don’t like to see our favorite characters and stories come to life on the big…

Favorite Books I’ve Reviewed

Review: Let Them Eat Pancakes

Craig Carlson set out to do the impossible: open the first American diner in Paris. Despite never having owned his own business before—let alone a restaurant, the riskiest business of…

Review: Eliza and Her Monsters

Eliza and Her Monsters focuses on Eliza Mirk, a shy loner who would rather escape the real world into her art.  She also happens to be famous online as LadyConstellation,…

Review: And Then There Were None

Ten strangers are summoned to Soldier Island by a millionaire known as U.N. Owen. Then at dinner, a recording plays that airs out secrets each of them had been keeping…

ARC Review: The Words We Keep

It’s been three months since The Night on the Bathroom Floor–when Lily found her older sister Alice hurting herself. Ever since then, Lily has been desperately trying to keep things…

Review: Gone With the Wind

This is the tale of Scarlett O’Hara, the spoiled, manipulative daughter of a wealthy plantation owner, who arrives at young womanhood just in time to see the Civil War forever…

Review: The Plot

Jacob Finch Bonner was once a promising young novelist with a respectably published first book. Today, he’s teaching in a third-rate MFA program and struggling to maintain what’s left of…

Review: Sorry Not Sorry

Navigating through youth and young adulthood isn’t easy, and in Sorry Not Sorry, Naya Rivera shows us that we’re not alone in the highs, lows, and in-betweens. Whether it’s with love…

Review: Standing By

After his parents divorced, Eric Hudson vowed that he’d never let himself fall in love. Love will only lead to a broken heart. So it’s fortunate that Eric is just…

ARC Review: The Secret Recipe For Moving On

Ellie Agresti’s not sure anything could be worse than being dumped by her boyfriend, Hunter, the first day of senior year.But sharing a “life skills” class with him and his…

Review: The Van Gogh Deception

When a young boy is discovered in Washington DC’s National Gallery without any recollection of who he is, so begins a high-stakes race to unravel the greatest mystery of all: his…

I could probably keep on listing posts that I enjoyed writing as well as past favorite books I’ve reviewed, but then I’d just be listing my entire blog! Luckily, I do have a convenient Book Review Index page where I list all my book reviews at, and as far as favorite past posts… well, I don’t have a list for that yet. Maybe I’ll make one in the future.

I’m very happy to have started this blog three years ago, and my only regret is that I didn’t start it sooner! I’ve made some great friends and connections through blogging and my bookstagram/booktwitter accounts, and I’m happy to continue sharing the book-web with y’all!

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