It’s time to say goodbye…but I’ll always love you!

Can you believe it’s been 6 years since I started this blog? Now, for sure it’s not the 12+ that SF Signal ran (overachiever ;-D), but still, many days of meeting wonderful authors, reading books (so many books!), making friends, and generally having a fantastic time.

I spent a number of months as John D.’s sidekick at SF Signal, and years contributing to SFS, started writing for Criminal Element and reviewing for Publisher’s Weekly (and among others like Library Journal and Criminal Element.)

I also was lucky enough to have Angel Colรณn (he’s an author, so go read his stuff), Amanda Byrne (also an author, hint hint), and Beth Cummings as reviewers. They are all awesome. Also, I worked with quite a few publicists over the years, and they’re pretty awesome, too. It’s a hard job. Be nice to publicists, because wrangling us bloggers must be a bit like herding cats.

But… I’m not getting any younger, and my kids are getting older, and I don’t want to miss any of it, so it’s with a bit of a heavy heart (I’m gonna miss this) I say farewell to My Bookish Ways.

I actually meant to stick around for a few more months, but it’s not cheap to run the blog, and that money saved will be sucked in to the black hole that lives in our house (aka children.)

I’ll still be around, and I’ll keep My Bookish Ways live as long as I can. The online book community is awesome, and I’m so glad I could experience this with all of you, and it’s because of you that this blog was so much damn fun!

Now, you can’t escape me completely. I’ll still be lurking around the interwebz (FB, Twitter, and such) and I’m sure I’ll bug my fellow bloggers like Andrea at Little Red Reviewer and Chelsea of Vampire Book Club, to post there every once in a while, and of course, I’ll give shoutouts about what I’m reading and why I think you should read it too (cause I’m a pushy broad.) I might even write mini-reviews on the My Bookish Ways Facebook page, but we shall see.

Thanks again for everything, and keep reading!!


  1. No! Say it isn’t so! Not you TOO!!!

    Well, May has turned out to be made of suck. I will miss your trenchant commentary.

  2. Congrats on an awesome effort, Kristin! One of the best genre sites around. No fluff, just pure adoration for genre. Sorry to see it go, but happy for your newfound time!

  3. Enjoy your freedom– you will be so missed!!!

  4. You were very good to us at the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences. Thank you so much for your tireless efforts and hard work. :^)

  5. Sorry to see you go, but I understand your reasons. Best of luck, enjoy your kiddos!

  6. You’ll always have a home at VBC. <3 you!

  7. Thanks so much, Kristin, for all your support and enthusiasm. I’ll miss you and your lovely blog. Good luck!

  8. Oh noooo! As a mother of two (albeit my youngest is going to college in the fall, so now I can really get to work), I completely understand. Thank you so much for being a valuable and supportive outlet for the SF/F community. We will miss you!

  9. Melissa (My words and pages)

    Wow. Sorry to see the blog go. Glad you’ll still be around the community in other fashions though. It’s been one heck of a haul! Maybe, when those kiddo’s are older, you’ll be back with us again. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Man, I will miss the blog and your Kindle finds every week or so. I discovered so many great books through you. Enjoy your time away but know you’ll be missed!

  11. Thanks for everything Kristin, you’ve been so great to work with!

  12. You will be missed. Thanks for all of your work over the past few years and best of luck!

  13. Sorry to hear this. Good luck!

  14. Oh noooooo!!!! Two big losses in two days!! I was sad yesterday when I heard about SF Signal and now you too? So sorry, you will be missed, but I’m a mom too and I totally get it. Your kids must come first:-) Good luck and I will be stalking you on Twitter:-)

  15. You will be missed! I appreciated the help and tips when I was first starting my own book blog a few years back. Good luck!

  16. And my Friday continues to circle the drain….

  17. Alexander Zeithammer

    What?! That’s terrible. Oh, man, how will I keep up-to-date with genre releases? ๐Ÿ™

    Best of luck for your future endeavours though. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. I’d be happy to donaye a year of hosting on my server to let the site stay up, if that would help. I run my own review blog, so I know what it all takes.


  19. Wow, surprised, Kristin. You’ve done great things here, and I will be sad to see My Bookish Ways go.

  20. I completely get it. I’m very sad to see you go, but I know last time we talked you told me how crazy things were, so I am glad you’re doing what you need to do. That family of yours is the most important thing of all, and you’ve been *fantastic*. Like John at SF Signal, you were one of the early people who helped me get a leg up in the publicity game, and I’ll always be grateful to you for that. And if we’re lucky, we can do another visit down in Denton sometime., too. <3 ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Such a wonderful blog, I’m sad to see it go but I get it. We will miss you!

  22. O-oo-oo-h No-oo-oo…!

    As someone else said, “not you, TOO!”

    For you, and for the Signal, too:

    “The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
    Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
    Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
    For nothing now can ever come to any good.”
    – WH Auden

  23. Sorry to see you go. The world is a better place because of bloggers passionate about books. Wishing you and your family all the best.

  24. Ya’ll are absolutely the best! All the love!!

  25. well, I for one shall still harass you over twitter, e-mail you at all hours of the day and night, share silly things with you on facebook, and mail you books.

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  27. You’ll be missed, but I absolutely understand the importance of having to focus on other life stuff. Best wishes in your endeavours, you awesome person, you!

  28. Good luck in your future, the blog and your reviews will be missed.

  29. Oh dear! You will be missed! Your blog is one of the few I still made sure to keep up with even as I got very busy myself, as the interviews are always great and the books you cover interesting, and I always very much appreciated your monthly must reads and ebooks sales posts.
    But as you say, life is calling and we all understand and support your decision–self/family care is of utmost importance!–but know that you and your blog are a bright spot that will be missed. I hope to still see you in Twitter, and in some capacity on the FBs ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. So sorry to see the blog go, but I hope to see you often on Facebook, etc. ๐Ÿ˜€

  31. Thanks for all your kind words through the years! You’ll be missed.

  32. i’m sad to hear you go, but family always comes first! I’ve been a long time follower of your blog, you will be missed by many Kristin! Best of luck with everything! ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Oh that’s bad news for us, as we will miss your entertaining posts and interviews, but absolutely understand the need for life outside the blogosphere! Au revoir but not goodbye my friend xx

  34. A great run. Good luck in all your future endeavors!

  35. Kristin,
    You will be missed. You ran a great site and I will always be grateful for your reviews of my work. You were there at the beginning when I started as a novelist, and I will certainly try to stay in touch on twitter and other interwebby methods.

  36. My Bookish Ways was one of the first book blogs I started reading a fews ago when I was getting back into SF/F. Thanks for all the great reviews, interviews, and giveaways! And enjoy your family time ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. I know I’m a lurker but I have to join the group of saying good-bye.
    Your presence in the blogging world will be missed. However, children are a priority and there are times we have to give up one love to focus on another.
    Happy times with your family and Happy Reading and reviewing when you can!

  38. You were greatly appreciated, and you’ll be greatly missed. You’ve more than earned your family time ๐Ÿ™‚

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