Welcome to 2017. Wow, it feels weird writing that, doesn’t it? I can’t believe it’s the New Year already!
For me, 2016 was a really tough year. Both of my kids have chronic medical conditions, and, for my older son, things got much, much worse. Thankfully, he is on the mend now, but I spent a lot of time in hospital waiting rooms reading books. Books were a lifesaver for me as they would allow me to escape the stress and worry that comes with having a child with a serious medical condition, especially when there isn’t much you can do to ease their pain. Thankfully, he is on the mend now.
For the first time, I joined the PopSugar Reading Challenge in an aim to expand the books I was reading. I was getting in a reading rut, reading books by the same authors or in the same genre. I also wasn’t making reading a priority in my life.
I half-heartedly started a reading blog to share my observations about reading, but it ended up being a copy and paste from my GoodReads reviews… not really what I wanted to do. Meanwhile, nothing was being updated here, apart from the odd post when my second book was published!
Over the Christmas break, I got the idea to rebrand myself – Melissa Gijsbers, author, speaker, book lover – but wasn’t sure how to go about it. After a week away last week, reading four books, and listening to two audio books, I was asked a lot of questions about reading… and the idea of rebranding this site as a place I can share my love of books – both the ones I’m reading and the ones I’ve written – seemed to be a good idea.
I also have a newsletter list that I rarely send emails to, mostly because I have no idea what to say to people. By rebranding this site, I can also rebrand my list, and I will have something to share regularly.
So, over the next little while, I will be giving this site a facelift, adding new content, and, hopefully, some of my favourite authors will stop by to share their love of books and reading.
I hope you enjoy my new look site and enjoy sharing my love of books with me.