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April 19, 2015

The Relentless Weekly Wrap-Up 04/19/15

I started to wonder whether or not I could continue to call myself a book blogger...the answer is yes.

I finished Life From Scratch (delightful and much deeper than I expected), I re-read Dept. of Speculation for an upcoming chat on The Socratic Salon, and I gobbled up a couple of graphic novels that I'll share tomorrow in my Monday post.

There was a lot of sticking to your ribs sort of food around here this week: Chicken Tetrazzini and a Baked Potato Casserole. Both recipes were from Taste of Home magazine. I'm so glad to have kept up that particular subscription because YUM.

Daredevil, of course! AMAZING. My husband is watching it with me. We'll be finishing off the final episodes today. Then we'll join the masses in impatiently waiting for the next season.

If you're friends with me on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter, you might know that the LGBT kids in my town are in a constant fight with the powers-that-be at their high school. It became more intense this week when the kids signed on to participate in the National Day of Silence. The high school administration discriminates, there's no other way to state it. They wanted to silence them on the Day of Silence which is protesting the constant silencing of LGBT kids. (IRONIC MUCH??) The kids pushed back with the knowledge that they have the law on their side. Supporting these kids has quickly become very important to me. I'd like to thank ALL of you for your kind words and support over the last few days. My daughter appreciates it too!

My son, Carter, was chosen as a Senior Rep for Slice of Life Photography. Some of the photos from their first shoot have come back. They are SO. GOOD. Awesome photos from an awesome photographer. Hooray!

What are you loving, reading, watching? Tell me, I'm listening!

April 16, 2015

Am I a Book Blogger?

When I first started The Relentless Reader I thought I knew what made a book blogger: book reviews. Lots of them.

But after a couple of years I noticed that I didn't like to write book reviews. I found myself being repetitive and trying to force a new spin on a book that may have been reviewed dozens of times. I began to feel stale, unoriginal, uninspired.

On top of that I noticed that review posts received almost no love. Comments were few, shares were nearly nonexistent.  I felt as if I were speaking into a void. Reviews take effort, as you know. It seemed to be for naught.

So, if I didn't like writing them and people didn't bother reading them I was left with this question: Why bother?

Do I have to write formal reviews to call myself a book blogger? My last few reviews were few and far between. My very last was months ago. The world didn't stop turning. My bookish peers haven't excommunicated me. I still receive books in the mail.

I feel like a more effective book pusher when I'm talking with people instead of at them. That's what works for me. It's immeasurably more rewarding to talk about books on TwitterFacebookInstagram, or The Socratic Salon.

What will the future look like here on The Relentless Reader? I don't know. Maybe one day I'll go back to formal reviews. Maybe not. The beauty is that I get to define who I am. And I am a book blogger. 

I just want to talk about books. I sure hope you'll indulge me.