What is the best of the Emerald City Book Review?

Posted December 8, 2020 by Lory in discussions / 20 Comments



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:

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?

Linked in the Book Blog Discussion Challenge hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight!



20 responses to “What is the best of the Emerald City Book Review?

  1. Lory, I’m not going to lie. My heart is a little broken. While I wholeheartedly support growth and change and the need to move on in general, specifically the end of the Emerald City Book Review is tough for me.

    I think ECBR was one of the first book blogs I started following when I began Relevant Obscurity 5 years ago. Within a few months you’d announced Reading New England, the first reading challenge I entered. What I read, learned about classics and myself from that experience has followed since. I discovered HP Lovecraft, Sarah Orne Jewett and Nathaniel Hawthorne. I read my first Edith Wharton, a writer I’ve come to love, with my own personal reading challenge. My participation in Witch Week 2017 with my piece on King Arthur’s Round Table was also a highlight for me.

    I bid ECBR a fond farewell. It did its part in advancing books and community and you should be proud!

    • Thank you Laurie. Your kind words mean so much to me. I hope you can see this transition, as I do, as more of a metamorphosis than an ending – I’m definitely still going to keep book blogging and I have even more exciting ideas in store! I am grateful you’ve been a part of the adventure so far, and the points you mention are some of the highlights for me too. There will be more to look forward to, in future.

  2. I’ve enjoyed following ECBR over the last few years, Lory. I would probably never have tried Elizabeth Goudge or Robertson Davies if it hadn’t been for your reading weeks!

  3. What a lovely idea to create a compilation – and harder than it looks – my first book was created from my blog although that was more of an ongoing story rather than a collection of reviews. I will follow you over to the new blog and will be pleased to see your continuing book reviews.

  4. Of course my favorite things have been Witch Week and Elizabeth Goudge Day. ECBR has been a wonderful institution in my little bubble and I’m looking forward to what you do with Enchanted Castle. πŸ™‚

  5. wow, looking forward to see The Best of the Emerald City Book Review. I’m sure glad you are just movie, and not disappearing!!! I love your reviews and would definitely have a hard time if you stopped them. Now I’m curious to see what else is coming

  6. Congratulations on seven years! That’s awesome! (And I am always selfishly glad when bloggers don’t quit because it is the worst to be following someone’s blog and then have them disappear!)

    I totally relate to the rough beginning, too. I think we had like 5 views a day when we started….

  7. Seven years! I don’t remember when I started following your blog, but I know I start book blogging just a few months after you, so maybe it’s been awhile πŸ™‚ When I enjoy most about your posts here is the thoughtful way you seem to approach everything you write about. I have been enjoying that on your ‘new’ blog as well and am happy to continue reading there.

  8. So funny – I remember when you just started and it seems like seconds ago – where have the last 7 years gone?? I have always valued you as an online blogging connection – I’ve never felt completely rooted in the community, I get too caught up in my offline life to keep up with commenting so the contacts that I do have are particularly important. So glad you’re just moving, not disappearing πŸ™‚

    • I couldn’t stop blogging, it’s become one of my great pleasures in life! πŸ™‚ But it’s also been a pleasure to look back on the past 7 years — indeed, where did that time go? A large part of it was spent with a lot of great reading and discussions, and that is a good thing to focus on in these times.

  9. Well, of course, I’ve enjoyed your discussions over the years! That’s one of the things I love about the Discussion Challenge—even though we don’t read many of the same types of books, many discussions cover ALL types of books, so it’s still a great way to connect!

    • Yes, that’s part of what makes it such a great challenge! (I have to admit I don’t consider it much of a “challenge” because it’s so much fun. But it’s a great way to link up and connect.)