We've had a long and fun run since June 2011 when I first discovered the amazing online world of book blogging. It took me a while to figure things out, but soon enough, I had created this little space of book heaven to share with the world. 2012 was all kinds of awesome. I did giveaways, interviewed debut authors like Marissa Meyer, A.C. Gaughen, Robin LaFevers, and Helen Keeble who have produced some of my favorite books and book series, featured my amazing Seton Hill Classmates, participated in book tours and promoted talented self-published authors, and gained a substantial amount of followers (I'm still in awe of the number ♥ ). But as the demands of grad school grew, I had less and less time to read and much less time to review. In 2013, I tried to keep up with the demands of everything, but my frustration grew as the weeks passed. I knew I wasn't giving Amy's Book Den the attention it deserved, but I just didn't have the time or mindset to work with it anymore. I'm very thankful to Mary who came to my rescue and did some reviews to share here with us while I decided on what to do...
And my final decision was to close Amy's Book Den.
It wasn't easy coming to that conclusion, but I've made up my mind and this is why...
After two years and a half of pursuing a MFA degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, I finally graduated this past June 29! *throws confetti* I've grown as a reader, a writer, a bookworm, and a person. I've achieved my goals, but that just means now I have new ones, and unfortunately they do not include keeping up with the daily demands of a book blog. I want to do so many other things--write more novels, explore other genres, read more, pursue publishing, apply for an editing or translating jobs, actually maintain my author blog--and spending hours keeping up with all of this here will not help me achieve any of those.
I am extremely thankful to all the readers and followers of Amy's Book Den, to all the authors who let me feature them and their work here, to Xpresso Book Tours and her extremely well organized tours, and to NetGalley for providing me with delicious ARCs. Amy's Book Den would not have been the same without all of you!
While I will no longer be updating Amy's Book Den, I will keep the facebook page, where I'll continue posting random bookish things occasionally, and my Goodreads account, where I'll keep rating books even if I don't write full reviews for them. You can also check out my Author Blog for random movie reviews and my writer thoughts.
Once again, thank you all so much for this experience!