Happy New Year!

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Well, it certainly was a year to remember. I learned many many things through this blogging process and I thought I would share some of them with you.

Firstly, I learned that this community is awesome. I cannot think of another group of people I love more. I have met some of my best friends through the online book community and I am so grateful for that.

Second, there is a lot of pressure that goes along with being a book reviewer. I find it interesting that to express our love for something it has become necessary to follow a lot of unwritten rules.

Third, unfortunately, I’m just NOT cut out to be a reviewer when it comes to books. I can be critical about films and about music, but when it comes to books, unless one is absolutely fabulous or horrifically awful, I find it hard to say anything. I love it, but then, I love books, so I probably was going to anyway.

All of that said, I find myself reluctant to leave the community. The people here are so great that it would take a lot to make me want to leave. But, as I was pondering this recently, I came to realize that “book blogger” and “book reviewer” are NOT synonymous! They seem to be, anymore, what with every book blogger posting reviews once a week or whatever. But they shouldn’t have to be. So, instead of shutting down my blog completely, I am hoping to try a new direction. I still want to be able to discuss books. I still want to be able to tell people about the books I’ve loved. Those aspects I will be keeping. I’ll probably start participating in memes more, as they’re great for starting conversations about books (if anyone has suggestions of memes they love or even that they host, please pass them along – I’m looking!) The main, and perhaps only difference, will be the lack of reviews.

I probably will not begin posting again right away. I still have a few kinks to work out. Please bear with me as I figure out what I’m doing. In the meantime, however, I have started a new, non-book, collab blog called The PAKt. Please come and visit me there!

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One Response to “Happy New Year!”

  1. Alexia561 says:

    You're right about the online book community being incredible! So many nice people who are very generous with their time and never mind answering questions for you! There do seem to be a lot of unwritten rules and it can be stressful at times, but I'm trying to remember that it's my blog and ultimately, I can do whatever I want with it.

    Hope you find a direction you can be happy with, and that you never lose your enthusiasm for books!

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