So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Good Night!

It’s been almost two months since I put my blog on pause and almost three since I left my internship and started my job at Bloomsbury. Originally, the plan was to go on break, take a handful of weeks to figure out my life and rejuvenate, and then pop back into great with fingers blazing and engines roaring.

Well. The best-laid plans, eh?

I took longer than a few weeks, obviously, but these past two months have been AWESOME. I have two new roommates, a new apartment (with bookshelves!), and I’m settling in nicely at Bloomsbury. I have lunch buddies now! And access to a walk-in closet full of books! I live like two blocks from blocks of actual houses with actual front lawns and wrap-around porches! And you know what? As great as these things are, I wouldn’t have been able to enjoy them as much without the break. Because let’s be real, change—even fantastic, wonderful, mind-blowing, wish-fulfilling change—can be stressful. These two months have been full of so many emotions and experiences, like:

and

and

and

because let’s be real, food is a big deal in publishing

but sadly none of this:

because publishing is not kind, romantically speaking, to straight females

I love talking about books. I will ALWAYS love talking about books. I don’t think a power on this earth could shut me up once I get going. But at this point in my life, I don’t think blogging is a wise call for me anymore. I like having free time. I like not having to pound out five or six posts in a weekend. I like the thought of not having to second-guess bad reviews just in case I might someday have to work with the author.

So after almost four years and a bajillion posts and memories, I’m done, at least on here.

I’m still open to guest posting places or even teaming up elsewhere as a minor co-blogger (hit me up!), but I can’t run this blog on my own anymore, and I know if I try to bring someone in here under my name, I’m going to micromanage the sanity out of both of us. But don’t worry!

I’ll still be on Twitter and Tumblr, and I’ll still put up (short sound-bite-ish) reviews on Goodreads and Amazon—because again, you just can’t shut me up about books I love. But it’s time to put this blog to bed.

All that’s left is to say thank you. Thank you, guys, for sticking with me. Thank you for letting me be a part of this community. Thank you for squealing with me over book boyfriends, ranting over literary injustice, and pushing as many books on me as I pushed on you. And that goes for everyone I’ve met through this blog, from readers to fellow bloggers to authors to industry professionals. I literally would not have the connections and friendships that I have and be where I am without you all.

Peace out.

P.S. I’ll still check the email associated with this blog from time to time, but if you really want to reach me, use either Twitter or contact me for my personal email address. Don’t y’all dare lose touch!

18 Responses to So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Good Night!

  1. Zareena @ The Slanted Bookshelf August 20, 2015 at 5:59 am #

    I’m sad to hear you’re leaving but you’ve got to do what’s best 🙂 It sounds like you’ve had a heck of a lot of amazing changes in the last few months and I’m happy to hear it’s all going well! Good luck with everything!
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    • Shae August 21, 2015 at 2:47 pm #

      Thanks so much!

  2. ewein2412 August 20, 2015 at 8:16 am #

    WELCOME TO MY WORLD. Now you know why authors don’t blog more… I will definitely miss this blog, my goodness! I’m so glad that you’re busy and HAPPY.

    xxx

    e wein

    • Shae August 21, 2015 at 2:48 pm #

      <3 <3 <3 <3 x a million, as always. :)

  3. Grace August 20, 2015 at 9:54 am #

    Ahhh we’ll miss you good luck with your job!

    • Shae August 21, 2015 at 2:48 pm #

      Thanks! But I’ll be around. 🙂 Come find me on Twitter!

  4. Kyra @ Blog of a Bookaholic August 20, 2015 at 12:53 pm #

    Aww, I love your blog so I’m sad that you won’t be posting anymore but I understand that you have to do what makes you happy and what’s best for you! Good luck with all your new ventures! 🙂 x
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    • Shae August 21, 2015 at 2:48 pm #

      Thanks. 🙂 I’ll definitely miss having it, but I think it’s for the best.

  5. Christina (A Reader of Fictions) August 20, 2015 at 12:54 pm #

    Awwwww, I’m sad to see you go, but also really happy to see you leaving on such a high note. You’re focusing on your career and keeping reading fun. Working in publishing, I feel like a book blog would feel like double the work. Also, just make sure you stick around everywhere else. DON’T YOU LEAVE ME. *hugs tightly*
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    • Shae August 21, 2015 at 2:49 pm #

      Pshhhh, I’m like those awful cockleburrs. You can’t get rid of me. *CLINGS*

  6. Elizabeth Fama August 20, 2015 at 3:33 pm #

    Adieu! Adieu! To yieu and yieu and yieu! Thank you for the wonderful ride, Shae!

    • Shae August 21, 2015 at 2:49 pm #

      Heh, more than anyone, YOU certainly can’t get rid of me. Too many ties. 😉

  7. Anya August 20, 2015 at 5:47 pm #

    *sniffles* understandable and you’ve got exciting things happening! Stay in touch <3
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    • Shae August 21, 2015 at 2:49 pm #

      *places hand over heart* We’ll always have Twitter.

  8. Alexa S. August 20, 2015 at 8:20 pm #

    I’m never going to stop flailing with you over amazing books, FYI. But I’m so proud of you and thrilled for you, and I’m so excited to see where your life in publishing takes you! <3
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    • Shae August 21, 2015 at 2:50 pm #

      Thanks, love. <3

  9. Destiny Skye August 27, 2015 at 6:30 pm #

    I will miss this blog. Basically any book you review well, I read, so it could be that I start reading a lot less… 🙂 I wish you success in your job and all your future endeavors.

    Ave atque vale, my friend.

    ~D. Skye <3

    • Shae September 28, 2015 at 7:23 pm #

      Aw, you’re so sweet! Well, if your stock starts running low, go find me on Goodreads. 😉

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