I really wanted to avoid the whole “new year, new me” stuff but then life got busy so here we are.
This year I’ll be taking The Unfinished Bookshelf in a slightly new direction.
For the past few years, I’ve featured anything I was reading with no real direction.
But I’ve changed so much as a person since I started blogging at university and, naturally, my reading interests have also evolved.
I’d like to continue this with a new style of ‘review’, exploring these themes through discussions about books, films, television, and podcasts.
I’m going to be more selective about what I review on The Unfinished Bookshelf. I’ll be focused on expanding my reading, to read beyond my privilege.
This means I’ll be more selective in the reviews I post, but I’ll also be writing more recommendation posts with books or media grouped by theme so I can continue to shout about books I love even if I don’t dedicate a whole review to them.
This new niche won’t necessarily extend beyond the blog.
If you’re following me on Instagram, you can expect to see more mini-reviews of all the books I’ve read and if you listen to Better Words, you’ll hear me talk about books I’ve enjoyed which don’t necessarily fit into this new blog niche.
Basically, I want to use this platform for more: to discuss intersectional feminism and health and wellness in more depth, to share my own experiences and amplify the voices of others.
Late last year a friend sat me down and made me watch Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette.
Apart from also identifying as tired, I was struck by many things Hannah said, including: “I believe we could paint a better world if we learned how to see if from all perspectives, as many perspectives as we possibly could because diversity is strength, difference is a teacher. Fear difference and you learn nothing.”
I hope you’ll join me on this new journey on The Unfinished Bookshelf.