It’s been almost seven years since I hit “publish” here at the Emerald City Book Review. My first posts were taken from some that I’d written for the now-vanished online magazine, The Green Man Review — starting on January 1, 2014 with this review of Howl’s Moving Castle. I didn’t have much of a plan for the coming months, except that I thought it looked like fun to write about books and connect with other readers.
It took quite a while before those connections were made. After the first month I was discouraged that no one was coming to look at my brilliant words. I didn’t post at all for the month of February, but then I decided to try again. I participated in some events and challenges, commented on other blogs, requested review copies and joined blog tours. I kept writing, sharing my enthusiasm for books I really loved. And readers started to come.
Since then, there have been so many highlights and great experiences, I hardly know where to start. Here are a few of them:
- Hosting Witch Week for four years and having it taken over by two other wonderful bloggers after that
- Moving to WordPress and a beautiful new blog design by Stephanie of These Paper Hearts
- Hosting the year-long challenge Reading New England
- Getting to review books from The Folio Society
- Being told by the folks at Slightly Foxed that my blog was “very SF”
- Hosting Elizabeth Goudge Reading Week / Day
- Hosting Robertson Davies Reading Week / Weekend
- Being a Nonfiction November co-host for two years
- Participating in the Book Blog Discussion Challenge every year
- Being part of the Classics Club and finishing my list of 50 books
- Having some of my reviews published in Shiny New Books
So many memories! And I would not have been able to do any of it without you, dear readers. I am very grateful to you for being here and sharing this journey with me.
As I prepare to bring ECBR to a close and transfer over to my other blog, Entering the Enchanted Castle, I’ve been compiling a book of my own: The Best of the Emerald City Book Review. I’m excited to share this with you soon.
But I’d also like to hear from you: What have you enjoyed most about ECBR? What should I keep doing? What are your favorite memories?