Happy New Year dear readers! I’m kicking the new year off with a blog post on an exciting topic. That’s because it’s the 5 Year Anniversary of Brilliant Bookshelf and I can’t wait to celebrate with you guys!

5 Year Anniversary

The idea to start a blog on books came when I was still in high school. At the time I was already reading tons of books, but it never occurred to me to do something with it. Inspiration struck while I was taking an IB course on language and literature. I learned so much in that class that I used the knowledge to occasionally write reviews on the books I read, which I then posted on Goodreads. I continued doing that for quite a while until I decided to start a blog on Blogger. This was partly inspired by the baking blog my sister had at the time. She’s long since departed from that topic and now has a great blog about parenthood and lifestyle, check it out here. And so Brilliant Bookshelf was born!

Quite frankly, I can’t for the life of me remember how I came up with the name, although I do remember that I wanted something with an alliteration in it. I’m still really happy with it (phew haha!). Even though the name has stayed the same, lots of things have changed over the years. I started out with reviews and book hauls and the blog has since evolved. For example, the blog features recommendations, fanmix fridays, book vs. movie comparisons etc. Ever since I’ve started, I’ve received a lot of free books in exchange for honest reviews which is extremely fun. I made an Instagram account in 2014 and have become active in book photography. Last but not least, Brilliant Bookshelf got a custom domain and a brand new website on the 6th of October in 2015. I have discovered amazing books and have met and talked to the kindest people, so I’m incredibly glad that I started this blog five years ago.

12 Giveaways

Naturally, an anniversary calls for a celebration! Because my blog and Instagram wouldn’t be anything without the support and enthusiasm of my followers, I’ve decided to thank you all through a series of giveaways. All giveaways will feature books or bookish items. Every few months a new giveaway will go up that you can participate in and the winner(s) will be announced at the end of the month in question. More info on the January giveaway will follow tomorrow! Should you want to contribute or collaborate for the giveaways, send an e-mail to brilliantbookshelf@gmail.com.

I’m beyond excited about the anniversary and the giveaways, so I hope you are too. Stay tuned for more!