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  1. Cindy D'Silva
    March 16, 2024 @ 8:36 am

    Not a book blogger but I can understand your association with time management for the same. I have not indulged in reading other genres because I get bored easily. I have tried, but I like to focus on my genres alone.

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  2. Priya Singh
    March 16, 2024 @ 3:43 pm

    Your journey as a book blogger is truly inspiring!
    Your experience underscores the positive impact of book blogging and social media on reading habits, contrary to common beliefs. It’s a beautiful reminder that reading can be both a personal pleasure and a shared joy. Thanks for sharing your story and the lessons you’ve learned along the way.

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  3. Harjeet Kaur
    March 18, 2024 @ 1:03 am

    Book blogging and social media have truly enhanced your reading journey! Tracking your reads, connecting with fellow book lovers, and discovering underrated gems has made you a brilliant reviewer . Looking forward to reading more about your journey as a book blogger.

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    • Kaveri Chhetri
      March 20, 2024 @ 2:08 pm

      Congratulations Ritu for completing 5 years! wow! you have come a long way in book blogging and it is evident in your posts. Being in a full time job and being earnest to your passion at the same time with equal rigour is commendable.
      I hope that you read more and review more and enjoy yourself more in the process.

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  4. Zenobia Merchant
    March 18, 2024 @ 1:45 pm

    As an avid reader and a bookstagrammer who has kinda upped her game in the last 2 years, I feel every word you’ve written. I am still unaware of SM rules and algorithms and read and post as I please. The burden or drawback of so many book bloggers on Instagram particularly has led me to FOMO. Not always I like the recommendations and I miss out on the type of books I generally like to read. Hence, I do not follow the media game and do (read) as I please.

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  5. Pamela Mukherjee
    March 18, 2024 @ 4:12 pm

    For me, writing and reading about books and reviews on a blog has been a rewarding experience. It takes patience and a habit to read the books very mindfully. Lovely read.

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  6. Ambica Gulati
    March 18, 2024 @ 6:34 pm

    My journey in blogging also helped me align my vision to a lot of things. It brought in clarity and it changed my perspective in many ways. I don’t follow any one person per se for any niche, but I enjoy multiple genres and books, movies, travel, and a lot more!

    Congratulations on turning five! and you do have awesome recommendations, I enjoy the format you have adopted.

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    • Sivaranjini Anandan
      March 20, 2024 @ 8:14 pm

      Every journey has pitfalls the passion you have for reading has made you one of the best book bloggers and that is my opinion. You inspire me to read more.

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  7. kanchan bisht
    March 19, 2024 @ 1:26 pm

    I absolutely loved reading about your journey as a book blogger! It’s so inspiring to see how you’ve evolved and grown through your passion for books and blogging.

    I completely agree with you that book blogging and social media have tremendously enriched the reading experience. The way you’ve embraced platforms like Twitter and Goodreads to connect with fellow book lovers and discover new reads is truly commendable. It’s incredible how technology has transformed reading into a communal activity rather than a solitary one.

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  8. Neeta Kadam
    March 19, 2024 @ 10:21 pm

    Your journey is inspiring. I always wonder how book blogger read so many books and review? After reading your journey I understand that patience and time management. I was in mh reading but currently unable but yes reading lots of blogs. Hope to join TBR asap.

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  9. Manali
    March 20, 2024 @ 12:04 am

    ‘Book blogging and social media have enriched my reading experience’, I totally agree and relate, and would like to add that it has also helped my books and writing find a wider and newer audience. Book/Reading tracking+connecting with the bookish community is something I’ve seen change and grow in me as a reader too. In the pitfalls, a BIG YES to everything you mentioned but also another add on how overwhelming it all can be, especially for new readers, for those who are in a reading slump, or those who don’t feel the need/comfort to talk about the books they read on social media.
    Having said that, it definitely is more a boon than a curse, in my personal experience. Looking forward to read more posts in this series and learn more from your experiences.

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  10. Sindhu
    March 20, 2024 @ 1:22 am

    Your blog posts have always been a learning place for me. Be it the reading lists of recommendations or reviews I love to take time to read it twice or thrice. This was indeed inspiring of where it all started.

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  11. Janaki
    March 20, 2024 @ 7:42 am

    congratulations on completing 5 years. Indeed, when you begin book reading seriously, it changes the way you look at books, the publishing process and the authors and editors who work hand to get books to us. I love your book recommendations and I always add books to my TBR from your list….ever grateful to you for that.

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    • Swati Mathur
      March 20, 2024 @ 3:03 pm

      A big congratulations for completing 5.years of book blogging. You are truly an inspiration. I just love all your recommendations and would love to know your journey. Looking forward to read more from you and knowing more about you.

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  12. Preeti Chauhan
    March 20, 2024 @ 11:15 am

    Congratulations Ritu, 5 years is huge and hope you evolve more and more in the coming years.I would like to add that you gave us a very balanced view of being a book blogger,
    While being a book blogger may sound heavenly at first and also a great learning curve it also gives us panic attacks when we see a mountain of books still to be read and written about the editing which takes the longest time and the guilt when you rush through even a good book because there are deadlines to meet.

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  13. Neha Sharma
    March 20, 2024 @ 11:16 am

    I really enjoyed reading about your journey as a book blogger. It’s amazing to see how blogging has changed your approach to reading, from tracking what you read to connecting with fellow book lovers online. I love reading your book reviews. Congratulations on your blog anniversary!

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  14. Samata
    March 20, 2024 @ 5:58 pm

    Dear Ritu, First of all congratulations for your anniversary as a book blogger. I am really proud of you. I started some 10 years back as a book blogger only. I used to have a free wordpress blog where I used to blog about books and then slowly and steadily authors get to know me and start sending their copies to me for review, that was when I started reviewing with a professional outlook and few years later Indiacafe24 was born and I realized that I can write beyond books also and so one by one the different segments in the portal came into existence. After this long journey of blogging I will still say that I love talking about books more than anything else. There is a sad small story of book blogging for me. In my initial days I gave many authors the first ever online presence as an author when no one was aware of them. Few of them are now bestsellers. Some still respect and accept that I have been instrumental in their growth and progress and plenty more just dont even remember me …. It pains and I cant ignore it. You will be surprised if I name a few among them…….

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  15. Felicia
    March 20, 2024 @ 9:02 pm

    It’s incredible how you’ve evolved over the years and found so much joy in connecting with the book community online. Your passion for reading really shines through!

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  16. Varsh
    March 20, 2024 @ 10:18 pm

    Like you in the past, I’m not keen to log or review every book I read. It’s a cherished hobby and the sheer hard work needed to create content around books is overwhelming. One thing though, have seen too many book snobs but you’re one book blogger I truly admire for your honesty.

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  17. Ishieta
    March 21, 2024 @ 3:54 am

    Congrats on 5 years! Your evolution is an interesting read, and it is so nice to know that i am not the only one with more books on my TBR than I know what to do with.
    sadly, neither is my social media game strong nor is my time management where i need it to be to juggle life and reading. I just read what i like and only blog on the books that i want to talk about – this has helped me keep my love for reading alive. a lot of the popular books turn out to be not to my liking, so i stick to books i like/catch my fancy.

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  18. Sakshi Varma
    March 21, 2024 @ 10:29 am

    Thanks for the interesting post and after reading your posts and of other book bloggers I have thought about some book blogging myself! I am an avid reader too and picked up on my reading last year, but like you 5 years ago, I neither keep track nor do reviews. Am thinking about it now!

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  19. Raghav Dudeja
    March 21, 2024 @ 10:30 am

    An honest question ma’am. At what point/pace of reading should one consider joining a community/goodread? I am a purely non fiction reader completing roughly 4 books an year. Do you think there will be like minded folks interested in something like that?

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  20. Sadvika Kylash
    March 21, 2024 @ 12:05 pm

    For me reading was all fun. Ultill I took it seriously few years back. Connecting with fellow readers and joining the reader community was the best of all.

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  21. Shifali
    March 29, 2024 @ 12:19 am

    Congratulations for completing five years of your journey as a book blogger. I can understand the time devoted and how disciplined one should be to complete books and then be critical in writing book reviews. Great post. Looking forward to know more about your journey.

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  22. Caroline
    April 1, 2024 @ 5:24 pm

    A very inspiring post and congratulations on your 5 years journey. Your post truly summarises all the hardwork and dedication that a blogger goes.

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  23. Modern Gypsy
    April 1, 2024 @ 7:29 pm

    Congratulations on completing 5 years, Ritu! It’s very interesting to see how book blogging has helped you become a better reader. I also enjoy Vivek’s recommendations, though some of them are quite out of my comfort zone at this time — maybe because I’m really busy juggling multiple things, and want my reading to be mostly light easy. Not that that stops me from reading some heavy hitters — philosophy, psychology, etc. But for some reason, I’ve fallen a bit out of love with literary fiction, which used to be my favorite a few years ago. But then I guess, as readers, our tastes are also constantly changing!

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  24. Tarang
    April 4, 2024 @ 11:11 pm

    Such a wonderful post.

    I set a reading goal every year. Track my reading. But, for me, reading is still a solitary activity. I read at my own pace. And read what I want to read.

    Critical reading: yes. This thing has changed. Recently, I was rereading a book by Debbie Macomber (she writes delightful love stories). And while I enjoyed that book again, but this time, I couldn’t help thinking about some negative points.

    And overflowing TBR…oh god yes!

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  25. Anuradha Sowmyanarayanan
    April 5, 2024 @ 5:05 pm

    Book blogging is a wat to share our love of reading with others. Writing about favorite books, authors and genres, and sharing thoughts and opinions on what we are reading is an energizing experience. A fine way to connect with other book lovers.
    Congratulations on completing 5 years.

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  26. Preeti Chauhan
    April 12, 2024 @ 11:33 am

    Reading not just for oneself but sharing your experience and thus creating a book-loving community – Bookish League is not only an achievement Ritu but it is also a gift for the community because we learn so much from each other. Congratulations Ritu!

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