Mon, January 12, 2015

Adieu

Dear friends,

It is with a heavy heart that I tell you I’ve decided to step away from book blogging.

This four-and-a-half-year experience has forever altered me for the better, and I thank you all wholeheartedly for that.

Thank you to the publishing community for your partnership and the many once-in-a-lifetime experiences you’ve given me. You have taught me so much and I am forever grateful for your support.

Thank you to the many authors who have shared their stories with me, especially those who have contributed posts to this blog. I hope you know how very much your work is appreciated and that while your relationship with some book bloggers can be contentious, most of us do this out of pure love, pure love.

Thank you to my fellow book bloggers, past and present. You are my people and I love you. Please be good to each other.

Thank you to my readers for caring about what I have to say, for the book recommendations and for helping to bring my hobby to life. You’ve made reading an active, exciting, participatory experience, and I so appreciate that.

Part of the reason I’ve decided to step back is that I feel I’ve been less creative for you, and you’ve been less responsive to me in the past year or so as a result. I totally get that. That, combined with the increasing negativity in the community, means it’s time for me to try something new.

Don’t forget I’m still there to talk books on Twitter and Goodreads — and I have a week of reviews still scheduled through next Monday. But I’ll miss you. Work hard. Be nice. And remember that life is too short for rude people, negative thinking and bad books.

Happy reading.

xoxo2-1

PS: Marcus Flutie 4-eva.

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  1. Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader said:

    Oh, Anna. I would be lying if I said I weren’t absolutely crushed and even a little teary as I read this post. Your blog was one of the few I read regularly before I launched Pop! Goes The Reader and was directly responsible for inspiring me to start my own. Your kindness, your creativity, and your sheer enthusiasm and love of reading was an constant inspiration and made me want to capture even a little of the joy you seemed to get from the book blogging experience. That said, you need to do what is best for YOU. If blogging isn’t working anymore, for whatever reason, you need to take a step back. In truth, I can completely understand your reasons, however much your contributions to the community will be sorely missed. In light of recent events, the landscape of the MG and YA community has certainly shifted, and not always for the better. I’ve noticed a troubling increase of negativity on my own Twitter feed, however much I try to surround myself with forces of positivity and good, and a growing discord between some authors and bloggers. It has been really disheartening to see and as much as I’ve tried to distance myself from it, it’s hard not to let it eat away at you, bit by bit. For whatever it’s worth, while I didn’t always have the time to comment, I visited and read Anna Reads every single day without fail, and your blog was always one the bright spots in my day. Your work was greatly appreciated and no-one will ever be able to take your place or re-create what you shared here. Should you ever decide to begin blogging again but don’t want the hassle of running your own website, please know that there will always, ALWAYS be a place for you on Pop! Goes The Reader. In the meantime, Iโ€™m sending all the love and positivity I possibly can, and Iโ€™m so thankful that blogging allowed us to meet and become friends. My life is better and brighter having gotten to know you even a little over the last two years. Thank you. So much.

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  2. Judith said:

    This makes my heart heavy. I am so so sad to hear that you will no longer be blogging, Anna. Your blog was one of the first I ever saw and one that inspired me to start blogging in the first place, and one of the few that I’ve read regularly over the past few years. The negativity in the community lately has been awful and I decided to just unfollow everyone who’s being rude because I’m not here for that. But I get that you’ve had enough. I will miss your blog so much and I very much hope that you will still be around on Twitter and that we can still talk books on there! Take care <3

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  3. Bailie @ The Hemborg Wife said:

    I will miss your blog as well, quite a few books on my shelf are thanks to your wise words. Best of luck in whatever new endeavours you take on and know if you are ever feeling the need for a stick figure drawing you have an audience in me.

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  4. Ginger @ GReads! said:

    All good things must come to an end, yeah? When I look back on the last four & a half years of reading, blogging, & this community, SO much of it is filled with YOU. I am forever grateful for this experience bringing you into my life. I am sad to see this blog come to a finale, but in no way is this goodbye to us. You have so much to be proud of for what you’ve created here. So much. Love you! xo

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    Hazel @ Readarella Reply:

    Agreed! The last 4-5 years of book blogging are filled with both you Anna and Ginger. I’m sad to see you are going, but it seems like those of us who have been here for the last 5 years are slowly starting to step away from our blogs.

    I wish you the best in whatever you find next and I’ll be sure to follow you there as well!

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  5. Rebecca said:

    You’ll be missed! I still remember following you in my early blogging days and even sending you an email because I didn’t seem to be able to follow you via GFC. That is how badly I needed to be able to follow you, ha! Whatever you do next, I wish you the best.

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  6. Lori said:

    Oh, Anna! I’ll miss your blog so much. I’ve been pretty absent for the last year and a half but your blog was always one of my favorites. Your posts have made me laugh a lot. Thank you!

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  7. laetitia said:

    This is so sad, I’ll miss your blog, your fantastic reviews, and most of it I will miss you greatly. I don’t know you personally and still you feel like a pen pal to me ( I live in France). Thank you for your great work your dedication and most of it thank you for your personality because your posts often brought a smile on my face. Have the best book lover life, like all of us reader deserve to have! See you on Goodreads

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  8. Liza Wiemer of WhoRuBlog said:

    Dearest Anna, I keep writing/deleting/writing/deleting and rewriting. Because what I want to say feels so insignificant. So, I’ll just convey what’s in my heart. We’ve shared some very special moments over the past years. I think about your drawings on some of your blog posts, and have loved them! I think about you meeting Megan McCafferty at the Rooftop Party, and how that was such a special moment for both of you and for all of us, who had to the privilege to see it. I think about seeing you and Tara at the IF I STAY premier with Heidi, and how that moment made everything so much better, joyful. I’m so grateful. Every time we connected, it felt like light was added to this world. I have NO DOUBT that whatever you do, that will be the end result. Adding something better to this world. I wish you only the very best and tremendous success in whatever you do! I hope I have the privilege to see you again soon and give you a hug. You may not be blogging, but I hope our paths continue to cross. (And as long as Heidi and I co-host the Novel Cuisine Luncheons, those invitations will be yours! Because you’re important to us.) xoxo With love and gratitude, Liza

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  9. Jamie said:

    I can’t. I’m so sad still. But after all the pro/con lists and the real talks we’ve had about it….I get it. I do. I’m happy for you and care more about your happiness.

    If there’s anything that ever comes out of all this blogging it’s that we met. I knew from the first BEA that we would always be close by the way we looked at each other and sobbed when we had to say bye. So many of my best memories in all this include you. I’ve loved all of our adventures and can’t wait for more of them…bc there will be more. You are one of my best friends and not just a blogging BFF but a real one.

    The community makes me so sad lately and I fear what losing a positive and kind person like you will do to it. You can be proud of yourself — you always did you, were kind to all, have always been beyond passionate about the books you love and your readers trusted you implicitly! <33

    I love you Anna!!!!!!!

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  10. sarah/appifanie said:

    I just suck at being responsive to everyone! It’s not you, it’s me!!!

    <3

    Thanks for teaching me that it's okay to read YA, even if you aren't a teenager. You've altered my life so much, and all for the better.

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  11. Steph Sinclair said:

    This is a sad day. ๐Ÿ™

    I completely understand your decision to leave blogging behind and you’ll truly be missed. But I’m glad you’ll still be around on Twitter and Goodreads!

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  12. Abi said:

    Oh this is so sad! I’ve been reading your blog for a year now? This is the only book blog I read. Your reviews are so short and get to the point. When you don’t like a book I usually don’t either. Have fun on your new journey! I’m glad that you’ll still be on goodreads! (so I can stalk what you think on books).

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  13. Ana said:

    Dear Anna,
    First of all, I’m sorry for my poor English. I’m from Brazil, so I already apologize for any grammar or spelling mistakes.
    I have to say that I was very sad to hear this. And felt a little guilty. I have been reading your blog for so many years, but Iโ€™ve never been a very responsive person. And now youโ€™re going, and I couldnโ€™t miss the opportunity to thank you. Thank you for your words. Thank you for not making me feel like a weirdo because Iโ€™m a grown up who loves high school romances. Thank you for making me laugh and for the great books recommendations.
    I truly hope that you know that there are a great amount of people that were inspired by you and admire you. Your blog was a great companion when I was struggling with depression and your books recommendations were life savers. I know they werenโ€™t written by you, but your way to see the life and pass that to other people was very inspiring. I hope youโ€™re fine, and I also hope that someday youโ€™ll come back. Iโ€™ll be here to read it. Thank you. Best wishes. Good luck.

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  14. Carla said:

    loveliest anna…what can I even say that’s not already been said. my book twin, my friend, I am going to miss this blog more than I miss my own. Thank you for making me laugh until my sides hurt, for making me smile even when I felt down and for making this whole blogging community such a joy to be a part of. You are one of the reasons why I felt so proud and happy of my own blog was that it brought me to you (and the rest of our little crew). I honestly don’t know what I would have done without you all surrounding me in a bubble of happiness. You are a wonderful person and I whilst I am sad to see this amazing corner of the internet come to an end, I am sure there is something even brighter for you on the horizon.

    Thanks for the pinkberry giggles and the snort laughs in the Richelle Mead line.

    Sending love from one book soulmate to the other.

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  15. Heidi @ YA Bibliophile said:

    So sad to hear this. You are one of my very favorite things that blogging has brought to my life. I look forward to many more bookish chats on twitter and at book events. You know I support you in whatever you do ๐Ÿ™‚

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  16. Tammy said:

    I will miss your blog but I will still talk books with you on Twitter. Thank you for your contributions and steering me in the right direction for good books to read.

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  17. Priscilla said:

    Wow. I don’t know what to say. I’m so, so sad that you’re leaving. You were definitely one of my favorite bloggers to follow regularly, even though I didn’t express it with comments all the time, I really felt home here. Your blog was a little heaven for book lovers and I’ll never forget it!
    I understand your choice as blogging is not an easy task and requires a lot of free time. So I really respect what you’re doing right now and be sure I’ll be following you even more on Twitter to keep an eye on your latest reads ๐Ÿ™‚
    Love from France

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  18. Katie w/ Mundie Moms said:

    Anna, you have done something amazing in the YA community that can not be replaced. I am so sad to hear you’re leaving. I understand why, as I’ve had similar feelings to what you have shared today. You have been a huge influence in the YA community, and I thank you for all you’ve done. I am so thrilled that I had the chance to meet you. You will be missed, greatly! I’m glad you’ll still be around on Twitter. I’m looking forward to finding out what your new adventures await you.

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  19. elena said:

    I clicked on this post hoping it wouldn’t be what I thought it was but it was. :'( You were one of the first book blogs I discovered (I remember your old layout and stick figures!) and I am so sad to see you go! I’ve been wondering if it’s time to close shop too and blogging just ain’t the same anymore. I will always remember meeting you at BEA and how KIND you were! You were one of the good ones and will DEFINITELY be missed. <33333333333 LOTS OF LOVE

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  20. Liz said:

    Anna, I’ve always enjoyed reading your blog, and everything that you have to share with us. Thanks for everything you’ve done for the community and for the friendship. I hope we stay in touch via social media!

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  21. Jackie Lea Sommers said:

    Seriously going to miss your blog, Anna.

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  22. Raquel said:

    I’m going to miss your blog a lot Anna. You are one of my favorite book bloggers and it was always such a treat to interact with you whether it was online or in person at BEA. You did a wonderful job with your blog! Kudos to you. (I’ll miss your stick drawings!)

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  23. capillya said:

    Why yes I’m crawling out of my internet hole to comment! I honestly can’t remember the last time I commented on a blog. But it’s been such a pleasure getting to laugh with you and read your thoughts on books for the last few years. Yay internet! And yay books. I remember your posts and tweets always bringing a smile to my face. We may not talk often, but I do believe in my heart of hearts that you’re definitely one of those people who I will never ever lose contact with. You’re one of the keepers, Anna. Love what you said about working hard, being nice and not having time for the negativity. I wholeheartedly agree. xoxo

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  24. Jahnelle said:

    You are my very favorite book blogger. I will miss your updates! May you find a soft landing in a new venture.

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  25. Jenny said:

    In my last 4 years as a school librarian, I have looked to your site for advice on good books to read and to purchase for my library. I did not have much experience with YA at the beginning, and I enjoyed your blog posts and your real opinions about what was good and bad. I also loved it when you gushed about books and authors ๐Ÿ™‚ I will miss you, but will definitely continue you to follow you on social media. Thanks for 4 years!

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  26. Lisa @ Bookish Broads said:

    I respect you to the moon and back. All my thoughts were shared via email milliseconds ago, but I wanted to put out here in the comments for the whole world to see that I Love Anna and what you have to say is absolutely important today and always. May this community take your advice and wisdom to the deepest chambers of their hearts.

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  27. Tara said:

    Book blogging brought us together, and for that I will always be thankful. Here’s to new adventures! xoxo

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  28. Jess @ Gone with the Words said:

    TEAR!! We’ll definitely miss you around here! But I’m so glad you’ll still be around on twitter and GR.

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  29. Shannon said:

    I am so sad and got teary eyed reading this! I love your blog and seeing your pictures of what you did. I have been following you every since I seen your VA stick drawing. lol I loved it. Thank you for all the great books you have recommended and shared. You will truly be missed and stay positive because whatever you do you will be great at it!

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  30. Lisa@Read.Breathe.Relax. said:

    Anna – You are so awesome! I’ve appreciated your creativity and honesty in this community. I wish you the best in your new adventures, but know you’ll be missed here. YOU ROCK!

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  31. Sash @ Sash & Em said:

    I totally, TOTALLY, get this. We’ve been stepping back a little bit lately as well – life is crazy! But definitely know that you will be missed! You are irreplaceable.

    xoxo

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  32. Farrah Penn said:

    Although I’m sad to see you go, I’m glad you’ll still be hanging around Twitter because you were always one of my go-tos for book recs! Good luck in your future creative projects <3

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  33. Jen @ YA Romantics said:

    I’m sad to read this but I completely understand. I don’t know you well (we met at some BEA events the last two years) but ever since I started blogging three and a half years ago, you have always been a blogger I admired. Your friendliness and positive attitude and enthusiasm are a breath of fresh air in the book world. You will be missed!

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  34. Sana // artsy musings of a bibliophile said:

    Yes, there have been a lot of changes in the blogging community during the past four years and some of it has been really negative and crushing. So I can understand your reasons for taking a step back from it all. Books are what we read to feel good and when something threatens that feeling, it starts feeling like a burden of sorts.

    Anyway, your blog will be surely missed but blogging is what one does for oneself. I hope you can find your way back to feeling good about reading. I’m glad you’ll still be on Twitter.

    Much love.

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  35. DJ said:

    Hi Anna,

    I am so grateful for the thoughtful reviews, tweets, and conversations you’ve shared with all of us over the past few years. But I’m most grateful for your friendship. The first time we met, you organized a blogger dinner before an event at Anderson’s and it was lovely not only to be included (I was still a bit of a newb back then, ha), but it was also so great getting to meet you and the others. Thanks to you, I made a handful of new friends and I finally felt like I found my place within the community. In short, your kindness has always been appreciated.

    So, best of luck as you move forward and I hope to see you soon!

    Love,

    DJ

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  36. Andi said:

    Sadness! I was hoping you would change your mind, but I get it. Glad to hear we can still chat books and the like on Twitter and Goodreads.

    Stay cool Anna!

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  37. Shannon @ Rex Robot Reviews said:

    Noooo!! Obviously, you need to do what is best, but I will definitely miss your pithy reviews. I hope you will continue to share reviews on Goodreads at least. Thank you for all the reviews and book recommendations!

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  38. Sue Holmes said:

    Anna, I am going to miss your blog, you we the first book blogger to inspire me when I started blogging a year ago. Thank you! Take care and keep reading. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  39. erinf1 said:

    Anna, I’m sorry to hear that!!! I’m sending you best wishes and thoughts! I totally understand, but I’ll miss seeing your blog in my inbox! Thanks so much for all of the thoughfulness and hard work you’ve put into this blog! I’ll miss you!

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  40. Amy said:

    I am so sad! You are the only book blogger I read, and I have read SO many good books thanks to you! You have made a difference in many lives and you will be missed. I will just have to look at your reviews on Goodreads! HUGS!

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  41. Amy said:

    PS- Can you recommend someone JUST like you I can follow now?? ๐Ÿ™‚

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  42. Pam@YAEscapefromReality said:

    So sad, but if it’s not fun, you should definitely do something else! I have to tell you that your blog was the first book blog I started reading on a regular basis and you inspired me to start one! I love your reviews. I will follow your reviews on Goodreads now!

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  43. Madelyn said:

    So sad to see you go! Your blog is the only book blog I read regularly because it is by far the one I can relate to the most! Thank you so much for the time you put into such a great blog! Best of luck on your next adventure!

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  44. Kimmy said:

    I love your blog, and I’m sad to see you go, but I look forward to following you via Goodreads still!

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  45. Megan said:

    I only found your blog about a year ago but right away you felt like a friend. I am also an adult who reads YA so I enjoyed your reviews and recommendations. Good luck on your future endeavours. Thank you!

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  46. Kyle said:

    Sad to see you go, Anna, but I totally get it. I haven’t blogged in quite a while (although I think about it sometimes) but I wanted you to know that yours and Tara’s and Makeshift Jen’s and Jamie’s and Heidi’s were the first book blogs I’d ever read and for that I am forever grateful. You are all wonderful, amazing people that I’m glad to have gotten to know/meet online and in real life. Talk to you on twitter ๐Ÿ™‚

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  47. Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know said:

    Yours was the first book blog that I ever stumbled across. I didn’t even know book blogging was a thing until I found your blog. I follow you via email and I read your posts every day. I don’t comment much, but that’s because there’s just not enough time in the day.

    I’m sure that other factors played into your decision to stop blogging other than the negative things going on in the community. It can be really hard not to let all of that get us down, but I try to stay out of it when I can. It’s hard to know what to do or say–if anything. I don’t want to be silent and let bad behavior continue, but at the same time, when the positive voices keep silent (or die out) then the negative ones only become louder.

    As a reader of your blog, I’m sad to see you go, but as I feel you’ve got a good head on your shoulders, I want to support your decision at the same time.

    Good luck with whatever you choose in the future.

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  48. Ashley said:

    I’ve been reading your blog for a few years now and I’m sad to see you go. I’ve enjoyed reading what you’ve had to say and like many other commenters, many of the books that I’ve read have been partly thanks to your blog. Thank you for all the years of reading and discussion.

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  49. Jenny @ Supernatural Snark said:

    So sad to see you go Anna!!! I completely understand your need to step away though, it’s been incredibly disheartening to watch this community tear itself apart over and over again these past couple years, and the constant negativity and need to perpetuate perceived drama is a heavy burden to bear with something so many of us started simply because we love it. I’m so glad I’ve had the chance to meet you in person on a number of occasions, you always greeted me with a giant smile on your face and made me smile in return. You will be missed! <3 <3 <3

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  50. Karen H said:

    ๐Ÿ™

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  51. Marcela said:

    Anna,

    I don’t read many other blogs – generally I just check yours. I don’t know what sort of BS happens in the “blog world,” but just know that from someone who is not in that world, I have really enjoyed reading your thoughts and recommendations, even the short ones. I appreciate you sharing your thoughts on books as I have discovered many new and enjoyable reads because of you. I hope you change your mind! Either way, I send you all my best. <3 Marcela

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  52. Carol Nicolas said:

    Anna, I’m sad to see you leave the blogging world, but I understand. It takes a lot of commitment and time to keep a blog going, and then one doesn’t have that time to write. I have enjoyed your blog, and I have appreciated all the book recommendations. Good luck with all your future projects.
    Carol

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  53. Morgan said:

    You will be greatly missed! Your blog is one that I always get excited about reading, and I always trust your opinions. I understand where you are coming from though. Best of luck to you.

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  54. Allison said:

    Although this is sad news for me I completely understand where you are coming from. I’m so glad that I joined April as part of this community and was able to meet you. You welcomed me with open arms from the very beginning. I’m going to miss your reviews but I know that our friendship will continue outside of your blog. Thank you so much for all of the memories, laughs, and good times. Best of luck in all your future endeavors! <3

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  55. Maddie said:

    Hi Anna, I’ve never really commented on your blog posts before, but I just wanted you to know that I read everything you’ve posted over the last year and you’re my favourite blogger ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m sad you’re leaving the blog, but I wish you all the luck in the future xx

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  56. kristen the teacher said:

    Your book blog was the first and best one I came across when I google searched young adult book blog. I’m so glad I got the chnace to read your blog while you had it.

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  57. Erin @ The Hardcover Lover said:

    I’m sad to see you go. I’ve loved reading your Tweets (for only a short while). Good luck with everything you do. <3

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  58. Anna said:

    Anna,

    I hadn’t written many comments, but just wanted you to know that I’ve followed your blog for ages and loved your opinions. Don’t know what I’m going to do without this ๐Ÿ™ I’m sorry that negativity got you down, and I hope some day you come back to this and that it brings you happiness once again! Either way, thank you so much for all you have done.

    -Anna

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  59. Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit said:

    I am SO sad about this, Anna. I’ve been a long-time reader and not a very good commenter, but I have loved your blog and your positivity (and seeing your book nook at home!). I hope you know that you are very loved in this community. I’m so sorry that it’s not what it used to be, but I hope that you’ll still be active around the community. Good luck on your next endeavours!

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  60. Krista said:

    You are the first blog I read and it changed my reading life completely. Thanks for loving YA and inspiring me to not be ashamed for my love for it as well. Maybe one day you will blog again. Until then good luck in your future ventures!

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  61. Hannah said:

    I’m very sad to hear that your blog won’t be continuing…I love your reviews! I swear we’re book soul-mates! Thank you for blogging and reading and convincing me to pick up some new reads. I hope someday I can have a blog like yours! Good luck with your next adventures! -Hannah — Who Reads sometimes, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  62. Trish @ Between My Lines said:

    This post makes me feel so sad. And guilty. For some reason even though I love your blog, I never really comment here. I kind of felt that you are one of the big blogs and that always intimidated me a little and I feel bad now that I never took the time to tell you how much I love your reviews.
    I love that they are short but thoroughly insightful. And you were the blogger that inspired me to start blogging. So I’m belatedly thanking you for all the inspiration and the great books that you have recommended and the not so great ones that you steered me clear of.
    I’d love to think you would reconsider in the future as I’ll miss your blog. But either way, I wish you nothing but happiness in the future xo

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  63. Maggie said:

    I will miss your blog! Thank you for a the wonderful books I’ve read. Most of them I’m sure I never would have come across on my own. Thanks again

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  64. Gloria said:

    Oh, Anna, this is so sad ๐Ÿ™ but also completely understand and respect your decision. But I wanted to let you know that I adored your blog and this was the one blog that I always bookmarked and came back to check regularly. Hope you’re okay and thank you though for your dedication and I loved your reviews! But thank you

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  65. Sarah C. said:

    Awww, Anna, I will very much miss you and your blog! It was the first YA book blog I found and one of my favorites! I wish you all the best of luck with your future pursuits!

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  66. Allison said:

    Not usually a commenter, but just wanted to let you know how much you will be missed! I am glad that you’re doing what’s best for you, and hope that it makes reading feel more fun and less like an obligation… the absolute last thing it should ever feel like. Thank you for the many amazing book discoveries you’ve helped me find over the last few years!

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  67. Alexa S. said:

    I totally understand the reasons you feel like stepping away from this blog, and starting something new.While it really makes me sad that I won’t be seeing new posts from you pop up in my feed, I want you to know that you’ve been one of the nicest, kindest people I’ve met through book blogging. No matter what, there will always be Twitter + email + Goodreads for flailing and discussing books (particularly Throne of Glass). Lots of love for you <3

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  68. Anastasia said:

    Anna,

    I just wanted to say THANK YOU for making me laugh, bringing me up, and turning me towards some really good books. I’m sad to see you go, but you deserve to do what makes you happy. I don’t know what I’ll do now that my most visited webpage is gone, but I’m happy to have kept up with you over the years. Thank you for everything.

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  69. mindy said:

    Nooooooooo you can’t quite! I love your blog, its fun and positive and gives me great ideas for my next book to read. You can’t stop!

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  70. Sarah J. said:

    I’m really going to miss finding emails with recent blog updates from you, Anna! But I understand that it’s time go if you feel like you must. I’ll definitely be stalking you on GoodReads.

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  71. Kelly said:

    I’m obviously late to the game on this, but I agree with you on so much of this. I’m not blogging anymore for the same reasons. I’ll miss reading your blog, but I’m glad you’ll still be around on Twitter and Goodreads.

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  72. It's a Wrap | January @ Rather Be Reading said:

    […] It was a sad day when our blog role model Anna Reads decided to close up shop. […]

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  73. AMT said:

    Anna! Wow so sad to see you go. You were the first YA blog I ever read and I have always trusted and LOVED all of your recommendations.

    I feel bad for not leaving more comments throughout the years. I am not really in the YA book community so I am sort of nervous to say my opinions! But you really did inspire me to read more and thanks to you I have read so many enjoyable books the past few years!

    I am glad you will still be on goodreads though ๐Ÿ™‚

    best wishes!

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  74. Rif said:

    Hi Anna.

    Just wanted to say that I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog and am going to miss your warmth and excellent reviews.

    All best wishes for your future endeavours.

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  75. Maggie said:

    You made me want to be something bigger and better, because finding books to read and people who u can share it with is amazing. Your blog is creative and unique, you inspire a lot of young people aspiring to be bloggers. I hope you can still review on good reads and recommend authors and novels. Good luck, you will be missed.

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  76. Amanda said:

    Wow, I’m so sad to see this has happened. In the past year, I haven’t had a lot of time to read books. Recently, I have gone on vacation and decided I needed some help choosing a new book, automatically I came here. So sad to see that this blog had come to an end nearly a year ago, you’ve missed, you’ll always be missed.

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  77. Kenny (yes, I’m a girl) said:

    It’s unrealistic. In every YA book you read, the characters curse within every 3 pages. It’s insane. I’m a teen. I haven’t cursed once in my life. I have friends. The vast majority of my friends don’t curse either. It’s very frustrating when I read a book and it’s like the author decided to look up the entire curse word library. Let me make a point. YA books are for teens. At worst, they should be PG-13. But many very good books that I’ve read make me angry because they should be rated R. Or X-17. Which is not okay. And people wonder why teenagers behave badly. They look up to these characters! I know I do. What girl doesn’t want to save the world like Tris? It’s high time the authors got with that program. If you agree with me, shout it out! Take the vulgarities out of teen reading!

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  78. arzoo said:

    https://amaterasureads.blogspot.com/2016/08/recap-our-book-blogging-101-panel.html?showComment=1476787995875#c8710078524913759536

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  79. Michelle said:

    Sad to see this blog going to an end. As a blogger myself, I know too well the frustration. We will miss you, Anna.

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