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EIGHT | Happy Birthday Blogger's Bookshelf!

Can you believe we're another year older?! Yes, Blogger's Bookshelf is celebrating another year around the sun as we turn EIGHT today!

To celebrate we're taking a quick trip down memory lane as our founders, Erin and Ria, pick out some of our review highlights from the past few years. We've covered a lot of ground here at Blogger's Bookshelf. From reviewing megastar authors at the start of their writing careers to hyping up books that would go on to become massive blockbusters, it's been amazing to see how much the book trends transform during our time.

Mr Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore, Robin Sloan 

We love a book set in the world of books here at Blogger's Bookshelf! We reviewed this one all the way back in 2013, very much in the midst of it's growing hype in the online book community. It's since entered into the literary canon as one of the staples to read if you claim to be a bookworm. 

Crazy Rich Asians, Kevin Kwan

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Who would have thought when we originally reviewed then cult fave Crazy Rich Asians back in 2014 that it would go on to become the highest-grossing romantic comedies of the decade. Not only did we get the satisfaction of seeing such a well-executed book-to-film adaptation, but the film itself, it's cast and the story became an important cultural marker for the Asian community. It showcased the importance of diverse stories and (as we highlighted in the original review) how these stories span the cultural divide. 

The Summer I Turned Pretty, Jenny Han

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We suspect Jenny Han's life was very different at the time we reviewed The Summer I Turned Pretty. Well-loved by the Young Adult fandom it wasn't until the phenomenon that was To All The Boys I Loved Before was adapted by Netflix did we see Han's star rise to where she deserved to be. The Summer I Turned Pretty is Han's first foray into the YA realm and we thought it was a perfect pick in case you've already worked your way through Lara Jean's story.

Carry On, Rainbow Rowell

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A powerful example of the power of fandom and the book community. Simon Snow was supposed to just be a plot device in Rowell's equally beloved YA novel Fangirl (which is also a firm team favourite) but fans were curious to see more from this particular boy wizard and Rowell ran with it. It's since transformed into an entire series in itself, has gained a sequel and an additional legion of fans! 

The Gentleman's Guide To Vice & Virtue, Mackenzi Lee

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One for the adventure lovers, this fun YA novel sees teenagers Monty, Percy and Felicity travel to Europe and cause a lot of chaos along the way. This is the first book in the Montague Siblings series which has gone on to be very popular not only with members of Team BB but also amongst the book blogging community too.

The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas

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One of Team BB's most-loved novels of the last 8 years and an incredible award-winning debut, The Hate U Give explores the issues of racism and police brutality and is such a powerful and important read. It has been adapted into a critically acclaimed film starring Amandla Stenberg and since it's release, Thomas has gone on to write another amazing novel On The Come Up. A The Hate U Give prequel Concrete Rose, which tells the story of Starr's father Maverick, is set for release in early 2021 and we're sure it's going to be another incredible book from Angie Thomas.

The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo, Taylor Jenkins Reid

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It may have been 2019's Daisy Jones and the Six that saw Taylor Jenkins Reid become one of the most popular authors in the book blogging community, but her earlier release The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo is also a fantastic book that comes highly recommended by Blogger's Bookshelf. Following the life of a fictional Hollywood star who feels 100% real, The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo was also a Goodreads Choice Award nominee for Historical Fiction.

Long Way Down, Jason Reynolds

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Our final pick is one of our most recently reviewed titles. Told over just a 60-second elevator ride Long Way Down is an intense and emotional read. One of our favourite things about this novel is the format as it is written in verse and showcases how Reynolds' writing has a beautifully lyrical feel. It also includes some stunning illustrations from Chris Priestley that make it feel all the more haunting.

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We hope you enjoyed that little nostalgia trip! 

Make sure you keep an eye out on the blog this week for more birthday celebrations...

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