A Decade of Savidge Reads

Dear lovely reader of this here blog,

Yes YOU looking at this screen, I do mean you. This is as personal as I can get through the ether to speak directly to YOU.

Today Savidge Reads turns ten whole years old, which (obviously) means that I have now been banging on about books on the internet for a whole decade, which just seems madness. Who would have thought it, eh? Certainly not 25 year old me when I first pressed published back in 2007. Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me, happy birthday dear me, happy birthday to me!


Last year I had a cake, this year I don’t but if I did it would be this one.

To commemorate this milestone I thought it would be nice to do three things (I wanted to do ten but some of them involve that figure so bear with) to mark the occasion over the next year. Yes, the next year. And one of them involves you as I think it would be lovely to hear more from you lovely bookish lot. After all it is thanks to lovely readers like yourself reading this now, that have made this blog what it is and I am super-duper grateful for that. I don’t know if I say it enough, thank you, you all mean and have meant a lot.

The first, which is all me, new content. Woohoo! Really I should have done my relaunch now, what a silly sausage. Life, it gets in the way sometimes doesn’t it, like that pesky thing – work, ha! Anyway, I will be backdating the blog with content now that a WordPress glitch has been fixed. I will also be bringing some new features and series onto the blog which I have been working on a while. I am still tweaking these but one will be a book club with the wonderful Sarah Schmidt where we choose a dark/gothic/creepy/unsettling book each month (launching the first six in advance soon)  for you to read along with us which I am super excited about.

The second, which will happen over the next few weeks/months, is that I would like you to suggest various lists of tens that you might like to see. I asked on Twitter what I should do to celebrate ten year of the blog on the blog and, apart from the obvious ask of actually write a blog) people came up with the following of which more suggestions are most welcome in the comments down below so get suggesting…

  • Top ten best things that have happened because of the blog.
  • Top ten tips for blogging.
  • A blog on blogging, ten highs and lows.
  • Top ten books of all time.
  • Top ten writers.
  • Top book from each of the ten years.
  • Top ten book to film adaptations.
  • Top ten authors or books I discovered because of the blog.

Now that last bullet point links into my third idea of celebration which all comes down to you. I would love, love, love, love, love for you all (yes ALL, ha) to email me with a favourite book that YOU have discovered because of this blog and give me a paragraph or two on why you loved it. So we all keep spreading the booky LOVE. Lovely. And as a thanks I will pick someone every so often at random who will win a book or two based on the book you loved and why you loved it. Does that make sense? Basically email me your thoughts on a book you found from Savidge Reads and then loved to savidgereads@gmail.com with ‘A Book of the Decade’ as the title and you could win a book or two at any point through the next year, and with that a new series was born.

I hope that seems like a nice set of ways to celebrate? As always I would love your thoughts on anything else you would like to see and the like in the comments below, let’s get book chatting. And thank you again for a decade of delight. It has been ace.

Here’s to the next ten.

Simon xxxxx xxxxx


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25 responses to “A Decade of Savidge Reads

  1. Happy Blogging Birthday, Simon! I think I’ve known you for about 5 of those 10 years, which is an eternity in internet terms! I discovered Gone Girl thanks to you – and before the whole hype, the film release and all the endless variations on the Girl title. It is a far more accomplished and thoughtful piece of storytelling than we give it credit for – but you spotted that and highlighted it.

  2. Gina Thomas

    Ten Years, Congratulations!!!!!!!!🥂🍾🎉 What an amazing accomplishment…what incredible people you’ve met along the way. Thank You right back, you have enriched my bookish life and you are simply a lovely lovely person❣️ I’ve read so many of your recommendations, I will definitely pick one and email soon. 🤓💚📚

  3. Here! Here! To the Next Ten!!!

  4. Congratulations Simon. I look forward another 10 😁

  5. Happy book blogging birthday! Hope the next 10 years are just as marvellous as the last 🙂

  6. Congratulations Simon!!! What a huge achievement! I hope you keep doing this for a very long time!

  7. Annabel (gaskella)

    Happy Blog-Birthday! You’re 10, I’m 9 today too. It’s been a long time hasn’t it, but so worth it. xx

  8. Kimberly

    Would love to know the top (or bottom??) ten WORST books you’ve read/reviewed for the blog!

    Happy blog birthday 🙂

  9. Kristen M.

    I can’t believe it’s only been 10 years! I know that’s a funny thing to say but when I started 9 years ago and found you soon after, you seemed like such a veteran/pro. I guess you just had a natural talent for blogging! Congratulations on the milestone, Simon. 🙂

  10. Ann

    Simon – your cake looks delicious — yum

  11. Congratulations and well done. A trailblazing effort!

  12. Congrats on keeping going for so long when so many other blogs have fallen by the wayside. As for the suggestion of a list of ten, how about turning the tables on you and asking you to list 10 books you discovered because of another blogger.

  13. Happy blog birthday, Simon! Here’s to 10 more and 10 more after that! I’m not a regular visitor but now that you mention “a dark/gothic/creepy/unsettling book each month” I’ll try to stop by more often.

  14. komal

    Happy blogeversary, Simon! Wow, 10 years. Here’s to many many more years of SavidgeReads. Really looking forward to the new posts by you!
    Would love to know the top ten best things that have happened because of the blog, top ten favourite writers, and top ten book to film adaptations.

  15. kateg

    Congratulations Simon! Email sent, but I wanted to publicly thank you for adding so much to my reading life!!

  16. Victoria Goodbody

    Congratulations ! I’ve discovered lots of writers that were new to me since reading your blog. I’m looking forward to your top tens of favourite writers, ten favourite encounters with writers and also opportunities that have come your way through the blog,

  17. Kate (Sydney)

    Happy 10th anniversary – I have no idea how long I’ve been reading your blog but it’s probably 10 years…… You’ve brought so many books to my attention that I never would have seen so thank you. One that springs to mind is At Hawthorn Time by Melissa Harrison. I loved that book and it certainly wouldn’t have crossed over my radar here in Sydney I don’t think if not for you. It was so beautifully written, the characters were real and the place setting was perfect and the story wonderful. Oh – and another one was Catherine Hall’s The Proof of Love – again I read it quite a few years ago but can still remember it – beautiful! I would like to see your Top Ten books of each year!!

  18. Congrats on the 10 years! If I’m honest I still have a lot of the books you’ve made me want to read either on a list or on my shelf waiting to be read :-0

  19. Dot

    Congratulations on 10 fantastic years Simon!

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