My blog is eight years old today!
It started off at Blogspot as Gaskella on September 15th 2008, eventually moving to WordPress. It was still called Gaskella at that stage, but later I changed the title to Annabel’s House of Books. Then, last summer I took the plunge and bought my own domain – annabookbel.net. I paid WordPress to redirect my old blog to the new one.
In June I hosted the second Beryl Bainbridge Reading Week – a real highlight for me.
All was going swimmingly until I decided to change webhosts as I was unsatisfied with the page loading times etc of the company I initially signed up with. I did everything I was meant to but when I rebuilt the blog with the new webhosting company, the export file had lost large chunks of the posts including all the recent Beryl ones. All the links back to my old blog were lost too.
I also had to rename the blog again – this time changing to AnnaBookBel, because the template I wanted to use didn’t allow punctuation marks in the title – and I couldn’t bear to have ‘Annabels House of Books’ sans apostrophe! Since the beginning of the summer, I’ve republished some of the lost blog posts; primarily all those from this year, and then any others I needed to link to plus a couple of series I’m particularly fond of. Now the WordPress.com redirection subscription has ended, which means my old blog is available again separately and I can recover/republish/relink back easily all the other lost content up to last summer that I couldn’t access with the redirect in place. I’m hoping that with my recent webhost move, I’ll be staying put for a long while!
* * * THANK YOU * * *
to everyone who has visited, (and especially those of you whose inboxes have been filled up with all those republished posts recently.)
I’m going to celebrate with a giveaway!
Below are eight of the best books I’ve read this year. Leave a comment saying which you’d most like to read and why. I’ll randomly pick some winners who’ll get the book they chose.
This giveaway is open to any country that the Book Depository sends to (check here), and will close at teatime Sept 22nd (4pm GMT).
Here are the books. Links to my reviews:
- Asking For It by Louise O’Neill. Hard-hitting older YA about web-shaming.
- The Night Manager by John Le Carré. The original novel – supberb!
- Fever City by Tim Baker. JFK’s assassination and conspiracy theories.
- Jonathan Unleashed by Meg Rosoff. Her first adult comedy novel – lovely.
- Golden Hill by Francis Spufford. New York in 1746 – an amazing story.
- To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey – Alaskan adventure.
- My Last Continent by Midge Raymond – Antarctic and penguins.
- The President’s Hat by Antoine Laurain – Full of Gallic charm.