When I first started Book Reviews & More by Kathy in September 2011, my plan was to post three reviews of books I owned every week. I was also going to post a couple of contests a week. Then blog tour companies and publishers came a-calling and well, the rest is history.
During the past twelve years, much has changed in the publishing world. Small, independent publishers imploded due to malfeasance and dwindling profits (such as Ellora’s Cave & Samhain Publishing). Other independent publishers ended up with major problems but they are still limping along. The New York publishing world has also changed due to the explosion of self-published authors. eBook prices have dramatically risen as has the price of hardback and some paperpacks.
The world in general has also undergone tremendous upheaval and change. The Covid pandemic resulted in a tragic loss of lives world wide. After everyone resumed their lives after shutdowns and lockdowns, “normal” looks different . It is hard for me to remember my life before all of the worrying about my friends’ and family members’ health.
In the wake of my own non-covid (I have managed to avoid catching it, knock on wood!) health problems, we moved to a warmer town in New Mexico. Due to a cascade of health issues, I gave up reviewing full-time and changed my website’s name to Book Talk & More with Kathy. I greatly enjoyed returning to reading for pleasure and no longer hosting blog tours. My health is now greatly improved and I love being “me” again.
Not too long ago when I was setting up my posts for the week, the thought “I don’t want to do this anymore” popped into my mind. I wasn’t sure if that was just a transitory feeling but when it happened again, I knew it was time to pick a date to say “The End”.
I would like to thank everyone for their support over the years. Many of you have been with me right from the beginning and my appreciation is beyond words. I wish nothing but good health and happiness for all of you in the future. And, of course, happy reading!
So, like Carol Burnett ended each episode of her show, I’ll conclude my final post with “I’m so glad we had this time together”.