I’m partly kidding. The last time I did a wrap-up post was way back in February. After that, I started to gradually decline into a blogging slump due to college struggles and org-related work. You know how it is. With that said, since it’s halfway through the year, I thought this would be an opportune time to sum up everything I’ve missed and everything I’ve done so far. Additionally, I’ve also come to realize that a few of my plans have to be publicly announced as well.
Yep, okay. Here we go!
Books I’ve read and reviewed!
Note: The book reviews are arranged according to post publication date.
- Defiance by C.J. Redwine
- Defects by Sarah Noffke
- Forgetting August by J.L. Berg
- Sever by J.M. Miller
- Everealm by J.D. Wright
- Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen
- The Light of Day by Kristen Kehoe
- Schooled by Piper Lawson
- Scarred by Erica Hayes
- Rikki by Abigail Strom
- The V Girl by Mya Robarts
- Mayan Blood by Theresa DeLayne
- Homewrecker Incorporated by S. Simone Chavous
- Can’t Lose You by J.R. Brown
- Gambit by C.L. Denault
- I’ll See You in Paris by Michelle Gable
- The Billionaire’s Deal by Crystal Kaswell
- Resist by Missy Johnson
- Gifted by Helen Harper
- Angelborn by L. Penelope
- Every Beat by Samantha Rey
- The Selection by Jayne Faith
- Gyre by Jessica Gunn
- Ugly by Margaret McHeyzer
- Always Kiss Me Goodnight by Megan Gaudino
- False Idols by Alexis Grove
- One of the Guys by Shiloh Walker
- Hell School: Fresh Meat by Heidi Angell
- The Lunam Ceremony by Nicole Loufas
Books I’ve read but have yet to review!
- Significance by Shelly Crane
- Defiance Rising by Amy Miles
- You Were Here by Cori McCarthy
- Playing Defense by Cate Cameron
- Girl of Myth and Legend by Giselle Simlett
- Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
- Marry Your Billionaire by C.J. Anaya
- Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire
- When You’re Ready by J.L. Berg
- The Billionaire’s Need by Crystal Kaswell
- Fair Play by Tracy A. Ward
- Adorkable by Cookie O’Gorman
- The Arrangement by Brandy Ayers
- Surviving High School by Lele Pons
- Painting Sky by Rita Branches
- Undecided by Jullianna Keyes
- Cloaked by T.F. Walsh
- Speaking Greek by Selena Laurence
- The Randy Romance Novelist by Meghan Quinn
- Rebels by Sarah Noffke
- Warriors by Sarah Noffke
Plans for the next half of the year?
For what feels like the longest time, I’ve been wanting to redecorate my blog because I am immensely dissatisfied with the current layout. For one thing, the navigation isn’t quite as easy and accessible as I want it to be. Also, I personally find minimalist layouts a whole lot more appealing, aesthetically and spatially speaking. And there are plenty more reasons as to why I dislike how That Bookshelf Bitch is designed.
Upon further contemplation, I started asking myself, why stop there? Why stop with just changing the overall layout of the blog? Why stop with just switching to another WordPress template? Why stop there? And then came (what feels to be) an overdue epiphany. With six months of blogging under my belt, it is now the opportune (and arguably, the most crucial) time to establish the identity and brand of That Bookshelf Bitch. I know that I am not a professional—well, anything, really. And I realize that blogging is, for the most part, just a hobby. But who’s to say that that should stop me from shaping my blog — a space that is solely, wonderfully mine, by the way — into whatever I want it to be and elevating its potential? Who says I can’t integrate my skills in marketing and in secretariat work into the development of my blog? I consider That Bookshelf Bitch as more than a hobby; I perceive this blog as an extension of myself. And really, what’s wrong with wanting to improve myself, yes?
This is exactly the line of thinking that has led me to this decision. I will be taking my blog down on July 8th. This will be done so that I can work on reconstructing, redesigning and ultimately redefining my blog at my own pace and as I deem fit. This will be a transformation that will demand a lot of time, effort and reflection on my part.
Aside from completely tearing down my current layout and whipping up an entirely new one, I will also dedicate a portion of my time in refining the new blog features I have in mind. You see, when I started blogging, I wanted an online platform that would cater mainly and solely to books and book-related discussions. I never planned on sharing so much of myself and of my personal life online. But that has changed. I no longer want a blog that revolves around books and literature; instead, I want to refocus my blog into highlighting the writer in me. I can’t quite put this in the right words. But that’s what I want. I want this blog to better reflect who I am and what I’m trying to accomplish here.
Furthermore, I want to provide an altogether different service for underappreciated and emerging authors. I want to promote their works in ways writing book reviews cannot fully achieve. I hope to do this by finally establishing Project IDEA: Independent, Deserving, Emerging Authors. This is still a really rough work in progress so I’m hoping that I’ll eventually figure things out. I’m also working on a discussion-type series regarding tips for book blogging.
In addition to the things I’ve already mentioned, I think it’s pretty obvious that I’m still way behind on my book reviews. Which is just frustrating. I typically get distracted by blog posts and reviews about other books, so I’m hoping that by taking some time off, I’ll be able to get to them, consequently putting myself back on the right track.
Finally, I have some other sideline projects and tasks that I have to finish as well. Basically, I guess what I’m trying to say is that it will certainly take time for me to achieve all these goals and objectives. With that, I believe that this is a necessary course of action to take. Definitely, That Bookshelf Bitch will be taken down this July 8th and will be relaunched some time in August (hopefully before my birthday).