Good to be back

On January 29, 2012, in Books, fitness, Twitter, by Milo

I have to admit, it’s great to be back in the world of make believe, fiction, crime, history, intrigue and of course twitter following a two week break and self-imposed exile! I’ve missed the camaraderie the book world and twitter affords and I have most definitely come to the conclusion that my daily life would be the poorer without the connection, there’s only so much training six days a week after work you can take without any mental stimulation and friendly banter.

Over the last 16 months I have loved every minute of reading, reviewing and getting to know authors, publicists and reviewers alike but I knew towards the end of last year there was no way I could continue to read and review on the scale I had been. I decided, before burn out occurred and I began to detest picking up a book, the best course of action would be to take a break. This is after all a hobby for me and something I try to fit in with my training and daily work life. Training and fitness is possibly the most important thing in my life right now, those who know me well will know what a struggle the last few years have been – that I will not give up!

Before I began reading in earnest towards the end of 2010 I can’t remember the last time I’d picked up a book to read. I knew nothing of the crime genre, in fact I knew very little about fiction full stop and was totally unprepared for what was about to hit me. 16 months later I’m still learning and discovering new authors every day, whether established veterans or relative newcomers, most are new to me and it will take years before my knowledge is half what it is to some reviewers in the field. The word journey tends to be overused these days but to be honest I can’t think of a better word to use.

One thing I promised myself when I began reviewing regularly was to remain true to myself and be honest in my reviews. I’ve never had any formal training in writing, as my reviews clearly show (!), and it is important to me and for people I know and who trust me that what I write I mean 100%. There are many who will read the same book and totally disagree with me, what’s the point of everyone agreeing with everyone else? There isn’t, it’s what makes the world go round. I do try to remain positive about a book and do look for the positives and if I find something negative to say I try my best to balance that out with something positive. If I’ve enjoyed a book and it has allowed me to escape for a few hours a day, I’ll say so.

Shutting down the blog for a few weeks was a lifesaver and although for a number of reasons, some of which will remain private, I hope I can now move forward and renew my passion for reading and commenting on the books I read. There are so many wonderful reviewers out there across a number of genres and I can hand on heart say that it is a privilege to be part of the community. I have a lot to learn and I am only on the first rung of the ladder but it’s a wonderful place to be.

Over the past few weeks I have been incredibly touched by the numerous messages, emails, texts and phone calls I’ve received from people checking in to make sure everything was ok and my silence from twitter and the blog was temporary and not permanent. I cannot tell you how much this has meant and it is thanks to your support that I came back a lot sooner than I had anticipated. My initial intentions were to take a few months off, maybe more! These actions confirmed my suspicions that the publishing world is – on the whole – a wonderful and caring community and one I definitely want to be part of, no matter how small my contribution.

Unfortunately there are far too many people to thank but you know who you are and I do appreciate the kind thoughts. So I guess this is onwards and upwards, a little more sedately than before, who knows where 2012 will lead!

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9 Responses to “Good to be back”

  1. Jazzmine says:

    Glad you’re back. What would we do without you? xx

  2. Nikki-ann says:

    Glad you’re back. I’m looking forward to your next review :)

  3. Alison Barrow says:

    Hi Miles. Welcome back. You were missed.

  4. Alison Bruce says:

    Well Miles, in the week or so you’ve been away I’ve thought about what’s missing without you on Twitter and without your blog being around… There were a few… but here’s my top 3 :
    1. Friendly and welcoming Twitter conversations, great for any Twitter newbie like me.
    2. Intelligent, insightful and beautifully presented book reviews… my current read is thanks to you.
    3. And a great line in Elvis lyrics…
    Welcome back, me and 1857 followers can’t be wrong x

  5. Wendy says:

    Milo – good to see that you are back on board. Onwards and upwards! Looking forward to reading much much more, thanks to your fab reviews. cheers Wendy

  6. Matt Hilton says:

    Welcome back, Milo. Good to hear you’ve regained your reading and reviewing mojo.

  7. I am very glad you are back. I had wondered what had happened. I am a lurker but really like your blog and now and again the best things for a book blogger are either a break or a book clean out, I have just done the latter and its been really freeing.

    Two things I have learnt from some blogging greats…

    1. Only blog what you want to when you want to.

    2. If people like it they will wait if a blog goes quiet a while.

    Anyway, welcome back.

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