January Hiatus

I’ve been posting daily book reviews since February 20, 2015, and I’m ready for a break.  I love doing this blog, but as you can imagine, it’s time-consuming to read and review a book every day.  For the last few weeks, I’ve been thinking about shutting down, but I’m not ready to call it quits for good.

I’ve decided to take the month of January off.  It’s a good time, since I’ve read and reviewed most of the 2016 books I want to, and it will be a few weeks until I can start getting my hands on 2017 books.  I’ll use the time off to decide whether or not I’ll continue reviewing in 2017, and get back to you no later than February 1.

In the meantime, I’d love to hear feedback about the blog, so please feel free to leave a comment or email me at jkdhamilton@gmail.com.  Thank you so much for reading my reviews, and I will be back in a few weeks!

26 thoughts on “January Hiatus

  1. Janet, I look forward to your recommendations so much! Selfishly, I’m wondering if you could post once a week instead of once a day. Your reviews are incredibly valuable and I order everything you recommend from the public library to read myself before ordering for my school library. I just discovered you this past summer. I can’t imagine how much work it is for you, though. Enjoy your well deserved break! And thank you for all you do!

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  2. Love your blog and it helps me decide what new books to purchase for our school library, so thanks for all the effort.  Enjoy your time off!!  Gail Heaslip

    From: A Kids Book A Day To: heaslips@sbcglobal.net Sent: Sunday, January 1, 2017 9:58 AM Subject: [New post] January Hiatus #yiv0121719008 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv0121719008 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv0121719008 a.yiv0121719008primaryactionlink:link, #yiv0121719008 a.yiv0121719008primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv0121719008 a.yiv0121719008primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv0121719008 a.yiv0121719008primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv0121719008 WordPress.com | Janet Hamilton posted: “I’ve been posting daily book reviews since February 20, 2015, and I’m ready for a break.  I love doing this blog, but as you can imagine, it’s time-consuming to read and review a book every day.  For the last few weeks, I’ve been thinking about shutting d” | |

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    1. Thank you, Gail!  It’s so great to get positive feedback, and is making me want to get back to the blog in February.  I sometimes feel like I send my posts into a black hole, and I have no idea who is reading them, so it’s nice to know they’re useful.  Thanks again!

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  3. It’s a ton of work, Janet, and although I read your posts every day, I don’t comment often enough for all of the effort you put into them. Thank you & enjoy your well-deserved break!! Happy New Year!

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  4. I love your reviews, and I have often thought “this blog must be a ton of work for her!” So, that said, I’d understand and love to see sporadic reviews in 2017 and beyond. Maybe just books that made your say “wow!” in good or bad ways.
    Happy New Year. Your hard work has been a helpful guide in my kidlit reading life. Thanks!

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  5. Thank you, Nancy!  It’s so great to get positive feedback, and is making me want to get back to the blog in February.  I sometimes feel like I send my posts into a black hole, and I have no idea who is reading them, so it’s nice to know they’re useful.  I’ve appreciated you posting so many of them on Twitter; I often get people looking at the blog after your posts. Thanks again, and happy new year to you, too!

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  6. Say it isn’t so!!!!

    Please do NOT give up-we (School Librarians) need you!

    Take some time for YOU, eat a cupcake or two, take a long bath then get back on the horse again!

    You are valued![😠][😉]

    Thanks,
    [Keep Calm, Carry On, Poster, Keep Calm and Travel On, Keep Calm and Carry On, Blue 5×7″]
    Debbie Remington, M.S.
    Manatee Academy
    1450 SW Heatherwood Blvd.
    Port St. Lucie, Fl 34986
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    ________________________________

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  7. Hi Janet. My name is Holly … I’m a Youth Services librarian in NJ and I truly appreciate your thoughtful reviews. I am responsible for EF-JF collection development for my library system and your blog has helped me find some real treasures that were not reviewed in Booklist or SLJ. So, thank you for your time, hard work, and expertise. Best wishes to you in 2017!

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  8. Hi Janet — Enjoy your much deserved break. I read children’s books to inform my own writing and keep up with the market. I love your blog because it helps me add books to my “want to read” journal.

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  9. Hi Janet,
    I love reading your blog. It’s helped me a lot as I decide which children’s books to buy for my public library. I understand that it’s a ton of work, though! Even blogging once a week instead of every day would be so helpful.
    Thank you,
    Kate

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  10. You are amazing! Enjoy your January! You certainly deserve a rest! I join others in giving my heartfelt thanks and appreciation for this blog! I work in as an elementary school librarian ….. and I want you to know how deeply I appreciate your reviews….. more than you will ever know!! Thank you! Linda

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  11. I agree with all the comments before mine! Your reviews are very much appreciated and, I know, very time consuming for you. You obviously LOVE what you do! If you decide to cut back, I would love to see one or two a week? Happy January and Happy New Year to you!

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  12. Janet – I love your blog and find it SO helpful in getting to the good new stuff. I totally understand if you need to give it up, but just know there are tons of us out there who truly appreciate your efforts and think you’re great!

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  13. I love your posts, and they are very helpful in selecting children’s titles for our library district!
    Enjoy your break, and take care of YOU!

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  14. I love your blog and use your review to decide if I should get a picture book for my Kindergarten class or a YA book for my nephews. Thank you for all you do. I hop you return at least part time,

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