Three years ago, on January 16, 2016, Whiskey With My Book was launched. The post – a review of The Viper and the Urchin by Celine Jeanjean.
Since then, there have been 456 additional posts: book reviews, features, art and other miscellaneous topics (like whiskey). But mostly reviews. 457 posts, counting this one.
The top posts are KJ Van Houten’s February ’17 review of Feversong by Karen Marie Moning and my December ’17 editorial/review on Why The Chronicles of St. Mary’s is as Good as (Maybe Better Than) Doctor Who. Both of these posts continue to get hits every week, sometimes every day.
As I write this article, WWMB has had 19,503 visits. There are 213 very intelligent followers, who are the cream of the reading crop. You know who you are!
I am a reader. The older I get, the pickier I get about what I put my eyes to. Also, I get more astute in picking out the good books. So, usually, when I decide to commit to a book, it turns out to be a marvelous reading experience. IMHO.
That is how I got started blogging. Well, first came reviewing. Then came blogging. The idea is, if I think a book is great, maybe someone else will love it too. I am here solely to share some good books with you. You know, persuade you to read a really great story. I love hearing that someone read a book based on my review and that they loved it.
As a reviewer, I’m not really all that critical. Like I said, I have an eye for the great books, so that helps me avoid the flops. And I look for the good in all the books I read. Oh, sometimes, there are things that bother me and I do write about them, but if I can’t give a book 4 or 5 stars, I really don’t want to put it on my blog.
Review contributor KJ Van Houten seems to feel the same way and, from my perspective, loves to write glowing reviews. She fits right in here at WWMB.
This past year, I’ve concentrated on doing mostly reviews. There are occasional guest posts, cover reveals and features of upcoming books, but they are inevitably books that I will read, or by authors I have worked with before.
These days, I grant fewer review requests than I did when I started three years ago. I only accept requests for books that I would not hesitate to read anyway. Some would say I am narrowing my view. That I am not expanding my reading horizons. Don’t care. I read what I like. Let me say that again. Don’t. Care. I. Read. What. I. Like. And still manage to expand my horizons (she said smuggily).
Still, I hate to turn anybody down. But there are so many books out there that I want to read. And most of them don’t come to me as a review request. So NetGalley has become a bigger source of review books. Plus, sometimes I beg authors (it works). And I do purchase books myself. I spent my own cash on all the books I reviewed this week.
There are a favorite handful of authors that always send me their books and I love them for it. Yes, I do play favorites with certain author’s books. It is my right as a reader. There are reasons they became favorite authors. So their books are welcome anytime.
I’m going to circle back round to Celine Jeanjean, who is, by the way, one of those favorite authors. I’ve read (and reviewed and loved ) more of her Viper and the Urchin series. It is appropriate, as the author of the first book I reviewed on WWMB, Ms. Jeanjean will be releasing another book in the series this month. Book 3 is The Slave City. Look for my review next week. And the last week of this month, I’ll have an interview with the author. I am very excited about both the interview and the book!
So, three years of me trying to persuade you to read a book that I really liked. Did it work on you? Don’t answer that. In case the answer is ‘no’. Regardless of what your response is, I am going to keep reading books. And trying to get you to read the one ones I like. I hope you, occasionally, find a book you want to read.
Thanks for following Whiskey With My Book!
PS: You can also follow me on Goodreads. What you see there, in addition to the books I review on WWMB, are the books that I read, but don’t review. Like a lot of audiobooks. Also, this blog feeds to a Facebook page for Whiskey With My Book. If you follow that page, you will also get some of the extras I post like sales on favorite books or a cool book, tea or whiskey meme.