Hey book friends!
Judith here. I’ll be honest, this is perhaps the most difficult post I’ve ever had to write on Binge on Books. That very first post way back in 2012 was a cinch. The site was still called I Love YA Fiction then and we hadn’t met any of you or read any of these amazing, funny, sweet, reverent, sexy, and endearing books. Writing that post was the easiest thing in the world. The words flowed and everything about it was effortless. Words and emotion on paper. Fin.
Today though, it is heavy and momentous and halting. There is meaning here that can’t be put into words. Emotion I can’t even articulate.
Binge on Books is closing. I have adored and treasured all my time reading, writing, and discussing books with you here. I will miss the site but will still very much be active in the community through my work with A Novel Take PR, Open Ink Press, and my columns on Teen Vogue, HEA USA Today, and The Mary Sue.
I am so very grateful for the times we had, you and I and the books. So very grateful.
To my reviewing team past and present – I thank you. You are, all of you, amazing.
Please note: there might be one or two more straggler reviews that go live between now and June 30. (Alex is a reading machine!). All reviews and the site itself will stay active until further notice.
Dear friends and fellow binge readers (as if the two terms didn’t mean the same thing),
If you come to Binge On Books, I imagine you as a devourer of words. As am I.
Since I’ve joined the BoB team, I have read and shared some books I will treasure always. If you have read my reviews, thank you. If you have shared your enthusiasm for books we’ve both enjoyed, thank you. If you have pressed me to try something new, thank you. If you were brave enough to do a buddy read with me, thank you. If you happen to be Judith–amazing founder of Binge On Books and a bazillion other most wonderful things–I cannot thank you enough.
Binge On Books may be ending but I shall continue to read. I hope you will, too. Please hit me up on twitter if you want to chat about new and old finds or — better yet — need someone for a buddy read.
When Judith told me she was closing Binge on Books, I completely understood. Running a blog is a lot of hard work. It requires time, energy, and organization, and even though it seems like Judith has enough of those things for ten people, apparently she’s human like the rest of us? Weird.
However, even though I understand why, I can’t help but be a little sad about it. I haven’t contributed to the blog in a long time, as life circumstances and world circumstances have significantly derailed my reading, but this blog has had an enormous impact on me, and I wanted to talk about that a little before it closes its doors.
Writing for Binge on Books introduced me to the wide world of romance writers and book bloggers, many of whom I now count as close friends. It led me back to writing and connecting with my own voice as a writer, which is a gift I thought I’d lost. Writing for BoB helped me branch out to find new authors and new genres, and to push myself outside of my own reading comfort zones. I joined BoB during a difficult time in my life, and I am immensely grateful for the home I found here, for the kindness and enthusiasm I found from Judith and from my fellow reviewers.
I’m not a long-winded person (ask Judith, when she edited my first reviews, she was always like “…maybe a little MORE? A little longer?”) so I’m going to wrap it up here. Binge on Books was a place I was happy to call home, a place I was happy to contribute to, and my work here is something I’m very proud of. I’m not sure what the next phase holds for me, but I wish Judith and A Novel Take PR the very best, and I will see you all on Twitter!