New Year, New Blog!

Happy New Year, everyone! Now that the holidays are over, it’s a great time for a fresh start. That means that this blog is getting a fresh start, too.

Over the past two months or so, I’ve barely posted at all. This wasn’t due to a lack of motivation, but rather because I suddenly got so busy that I didn’t even really have time to read, let alone to write about the books I was reading. However, things are winding down now, and I’ll have the time to start posting again.

One thing you may or may not have noticed is that I’ve gotten a bit of an upgrade and sprung for a proper URL. Instead of a cluttered series of numbers, I am now at the much sleeker letsbookit.blog.

I’m currently reading A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers, and I’m also starting a new feature where I write about short stories. Look forward to it!

What are you up to this new year? Any big resolutions or changes? Tell me in the comments!

Going IndieBound: What Does That Mean?

Up to this point in my blogging career, I have reviewed and written about many books, but never have I linked to a bookseller. The purpose of my blog is to discuss books, not to sell them. My blog’s purpose has not changed, and neither will the fair and honest eye I try to bring to literary discussion.

I have elected to become an affiliate for IndieBound, an organization that brings together independent bookstores and supports local businesses. In a world where wealth is so stratified, I consider it my responsibility as a book blogger not to link to Amazon, a company headed by Jeff Bezos, currently the wealthiest man in the world with a net worth of over one hundred billion dollars. Instead, I choose to affiliate myself with a company whose purpose is to connect readers with local bookstores.

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As an affiliate, though, I will in a technical sense be “selling books” through my blog. Here’s how it works: when I write about a book that is available through IndieBound, I will link to where you can find it on their website. That link is a specialized link. When you follow a link from my blog to buy a book, you will pay the exact amount for it that you would otherwise, but I will gain a commission fee from it. That’s it!

I’m not trying to sell you anything. I encourage you to only buy books that you are interested in buying. My reviews will not be polished up in hopes of convincing people to buy a book that I didn’t like.

That being said, if you are a friend or acquaintance of mine, or if you simply want to help support me, here’s what you can do. The next time you want to buy a book, contact me (through my contact page or otherwise) and I will send you a specialized link for that book. You buy a book that you were going to buy anyway, support local business, and send a bit of money my way in one fell swoop. Three birds with one stone!

Check out my masterlist for the rest of my posts and reviews!

What’s This?

In my freshman year of college, I fell into a pattern common to many young, overwhelmed book lovers. Life got busy, and I stopped reading for pleasure. Everything I read, even if I enjoyed it, lost a bit of luster by virtue of being read for a class. There were deadlines, essays, presentations. I didn’t have time to enjoy things.

Sound familiar?

Luckily, over the past couple of years I’ve gotten back into my groove, picking out books that I genuinely like and that challenge me mentally and spiritually– and actually reading them. For my own sake, not anyone else’s.

Now what I’m looking for is a place to talk about them. My blog posts are where I’ll be spinning out reviews. They’ll give a sense of why I chose the book, the perspective from which I’m reading it, what I thought of it, and who else I think might enjoy it.

I’m hoping to meet other people who have read the same books so we can discuss them, but also to inspire and give suggestions to anyone out there who’s interested in my thoughts.

Now let’s book it!!