Tap Tap… is this thing on? Is anyone there?
We admit… it’s been awhile. If you’re still hanging around, or if you’re looping back to hear what we have to say, let us start by saying thank you for being here. You’re the main reason we’re writing this post today. Let us explain:
We took some serious time this fall and into the holidays to do some She Reads soul searching. We’ve been doing this gig for lo these many years (ten to be exact) and… we were tired. Publishing multiple books, raising our respective children (many of whom are teenagers now– gulp!), taking on the role of event planners for the #Read event, and trying to keep up with She Reads left us overwhelmed.
In November we announced we were retiring our book club. And that brought a great deal of relief. But there was something we were missing still. We landed on what it was as we have landed on many things; accidentally and quite unexpectedly:
What if we got back to what we once were?
And so, we have decided to move forward with She Reads, by going back.
Back to those two moms who used to call each other to talk about a book we just read because we had to talk about it with someone.
Back to where we aren’t busy with the wrong things (numbers and promotion) and are focusing on the right ones (great stories).
Back to buying books with our own money that we want to read instead of getting buried under an avalanche of free books that have arrived at our house that we feel obliged to do something with.
Back to reading slowly, to savoring stories.
Back to simple and meaningful.
Back to connection, which is why we started the site in the first place– to connect with other readers out there who, like us, loved to read and wanted a place where they could talk about and share those great stories.
And so, that is what we are doing; that is our new direction for 2018. We are going back.
In the coming weeks we will be sharing in more detail what that is going to look like. We hope that you will join us. And if you are not already, please follow us and leave comments over on Instagram, as that is where we both spend a lot of time these days. You can also follow our personal accounts: Marybeth Whalen and Ariel Lawhon.
As we said, stay tuned– lots more to come! We are happy and at peace with this new direction and we hope that happiness and peace is evident as we go back, and forward. No matter which direction we’re going, we hope you’ll be with us.