When I started writing book reviews, my intention was to champion the amazing authors who keep me excited about books. Like so many people who start book blogs, I thought I had a unique viewpoint and just enough hubris to put it in writing. And when I finally created a platform to showcase my bookish enthusiasm, I had one goal: keep it up for a year. Commitment was key.
This week officially marks one year of Plucked from the Stacks.
In that year, I’ve read so many books, written a host of reviews, delved into some literary history, and had a lot of fun. It’s also been a learning experience. I’ve experimented with website layouts only to change them a week later. Features I thought I’d enjoy writing weekly have come and gone. I’ve overcommitted to timely reviews …
But the most surprising thing has been you, the reader.
When I published my first review*, I knew someone would read it. Certainly, if you publish it, someone will find it. What I did not expect was the amazing community of book lovers that would be so welcoming. From comments to emails to Twitter interactions, from authors to readers to publishers, I have been floored by the outpouring of love for all things books. While it’s true that there’s nothing like a great book, there’s also nothing like sharing a great book with others.
So for any of you currently reading this: thank you for sharing in all things book-related and for an amazing year.
Here’s to many, many more.
*Moonlight on the Thames by Lauren Westwood, which also happens to be a great read for winter (or any time of year, really).