Tuesday, January 24, 2017
The Return of the Reviewer
Several years ago, I decided to start a book review blog. It was great. I got connected with a terrific book review group "Novel Teen," was sent ARCs, got to interact with some of my favorite authors, and connected with some wonderific bloggers and reviewers. (I know, I know. "Wonderific" isn't a dictionary-approved word. Yet. But let's just go with it.) Well, then life happened, and for various reasons, I had to step back from blogging and reviewing to focus on other things.
In that short amount of time, Tumblr happened, Reddit happened, Instagram happened, BookTube happened. Now twiddly little blogs like this seem old-school.
Good thing I'm an old-school kinda girl.
Also, in that short amount of time, my first novel, Breathe, was published, and I had the amazing opportunity of working with other local creatives on the web series, See Blue Run.
Now, I've finally decided to return to My Story Shelf. Why now, you may ask? My passion for blogging is returning. It's a new year. I'm working on more projects I'd like to share with others. And simply, I have ideas and I've had thoughts. About books, about tv shows, about movies, about music, about creating, and I just need a place to write them down. What better place than my cozy, little blog I love so dearly?
WHAT TO EXPECT:
I'm still feeling out what I want this blog to look like and how often I can post, so please bear with me through the process. In fact, I'd LOVE to hear your input on what you'd like to see. Below, I'm listing topics that interest me and will definitely pop up at one point or another. Let me know what interests you most!
Book Reviews/Discussions: This one is a given. But how I share these book reviews may vary. I might fluctuate between brief teaser reviews (hitting the highlights) and long, in-depth reviews. What do you like to see in book reviews? Ratings, etc.?
Other Reviews/Discussions: This includes reviews and discussions of movies, tv shows, and Broadway soundtracks.
TBR Pile: These posts will give you a glimpse of my to-be-read pile. Maybe you'll find some books that interest you too, and we can discuss!
Cover Love: It's pretty much a lie if I said I don't judge a book by its cover. I totally do. These posts would involve me sharing some of my favorite covers of old and upcoming releases. What makes these covers so interesting? What do I think the book is about? Does it do a good job at conveying the feeling of the story? And so on.
Updates on my current projects: These would be small talks about my writing projects and film projects. Behind the scenes stuff.
Miscellaneous Ideas: Seasonal Reads List (best books to read during the Summer, best Valentine's Day books, etc.), slow burn books vs. instalove books, classic lit series (my thoughts on certain classic stories well-known and obscure), author interviews, interviews with other creatives, etc.
Any other ideas? Shoot me a comment below!
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