Monday, April 28, 2014

The End Of An Era


About six years ago, I started my book blog Penelope's Romance Reviews. I was a super enthusiastic romance reader who loved to chat about books.

I still am a super enthusiastic reader who loves to chat about books.

Unfortunately, the other part of the book blogging community--the part that is essentially an industry-driven business--is not really my cuppa tea. And the associated ruckus and melodrama that's going on constantly--about plagiarism, badly behaving authors, reviewers, publishers, etc--is a huge downer.

And so I've decided to "officially" hang up my book blogger hat. I'll still be here as Penny Watson. But Penelope, the Book Blogger, is retiring to Florida, to live out the rest of her days in a retirement community with shuffleboard and cocktails by the pool.

 HAPPY RETIREMENT!

I'm replacing "Penelope's Romance Reviews" with "Penny Watson, Quirky Fiction." This will now be a personal blog that continues to explore ground-breaking topics such as dachshunds, lumberjacks, alcoholic beverages, assorted reading material, 1980s music, and any other fun bit of business that strikes my fancy.

Who wants some retirement cake? ME! ME! I WANT THE CAKE!

I have more or less already made the transition from book blog to personal blog. Just wanted to make it "official."

My reading goals have definitely taken a turn towards quirky, innovative, unique, creative. I'm tired of the bandwagon copycat books in romance. Now I'm reading humor, mystery, short stories, horror, and romance that is pushing the boundaries with a creative flair.

I read some great books over vacation, and will post some reviews when I get the chance.

Happy Spring Day To All!
Penny


18 comments:

Steph from fangswandsandfairydust.com said...

It is a tough job. Will work for books. Seriously, good luck in your "retirement." If you want to guest review, let me know.

Darlene Marshall said...

Sorry to hear you're retiring from reviewing on PRR. We need thoughtful reviewers to help readers make good choices about how they spend their valuable reading time, and you'll be missed.

On the other hand, cocktails by the shuffleboard court certainly sounds appealing. Don't forget your sunscreen!

KB/KT Grant said...

As long as you post about hot men in beards and cute dogs, it's all good! :P

Julia Barrett said...

Change is good! Time for new things.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Bummmmmer.

But I feel ya. I try to stay away from it all.

So glad you're not leaving. I love your personal notes anyway.

Geek Amicus said...

I'm with KB/KT. Hot men, good books and alcohol. That's all I really ask out of life in general.

Nicola O. said...

As long as you're still around, chatting about books and stuff, that's cool. Reviews are good, but not the only thing.

You've had a great run!

Penelope said...

Thanks, Steph.

Penelope said...

Hi Darlene! I will continue to read and review, just no longer as a "book blogger" on the clock. Hee hee!

Penelope said...

Hi KT! WEENIE DOGS 4-EVER!

Penelope said...

Thank you, Julia. Change is good and necessary.

Penelope said...

Hey Juju...I'm still here! Minus the industry-ruckus. :^)

Penelope said...

Hey Geek! It's the triumvirate of life!

Penelope said...

Thank you, Nicola. Being a "chatty reader" and a "book blogger" used to be the same thing, but not anymore. I'm just heading back to my reading roots!

chele said...

Just continue writing please! Loved Lumberjack in Love. Loved Apples Should be Red even more.

Aloha from one of your fans :)

Penelope said...

Hi Chele! Thanks for stopping by. Don't worry...I'm still writing! Next up is A TASTE OF HEAVEN about a reality TV cooking show.

JenM said...

I'm with Chele, as long as you keep writing, it's all good! I'll still be reading your blog, whatever format it's in. It's always fun to see what you are going to read next, photos of beardy guys, wiener dogs, etc.

Penelope said...

Thanks, JenM! :^)