Seven years ago, this coming week, I claimed the domain name The Novel Approach Reviews. The site began without any real plan or focus, just me and a hodgepodge of reviews and random things I shared. But then, eventually, it became something so much more. The blog gained a focus and a purpose, and it has since evolved into a place to not only share the love of books but to welcome the authors who write them. It’s become a place I’m so proud of, intermingled with the mass amounts of respect and admiration I hold in my heart for a team of reviewers who, day after day, week after week, have consistently brought their all to sharing the vision of what a review site is. Or, what I think it should be.
But, as all good things must, it’s coming to an end. At least for now…
It’s such an odd juxtaposition that grief and relief can coexist within the context of the same event, but I suppose that’s the literal definition of the word bittersweet. It’s with no small amount of sadness that The Novel Approach will be signing off on December 31st, but there’s also no small amount of relief in it as well. There is no other motivation to this decision than the fact that I’m…tired. I need to recharge my batteries because there’s still so much work to be done, and I have significant motivation to carry on with it.
I’ve always said that one of the greatest ironies of running a review site is never having time to read, so that’s going to be one of my first orders of business—being entirely selfish and catching up on my reading, and who knows what else. We’ll also still be hosting our Best of 2018 Book Picks and Giveaways, so be sure to check those out! It’ll be the last big hurrah before the so long for now. And there will be overflow reviews into January too, as we continue to wrap things up.
I know some of the other reviewers from the team are already signed on to review elsewhere, so do watch for them. Jeff Adams and Will Knauss have also graciously invited me to continue contributing to The Big Gay Fiction Podcast from time to time, so I’ll be like that annoying bit of gum you can’t quite entirely scrape off the bottom of your shoe.
All my love goes out to this community that has given me so much and asked for so little in return. It’s with massive amounts of gratitude that I thank you for all your support, encouragement, and participation in the site over the years.
I hope to see you back here in the not too distant future 💗