I think that every person has a moment in life when they’re ready to let go of something that once meant a lot to them, and start over with something new.
I’ve reached that moment.
And that’s why I’ve decided that it’s time for my role with Let’s Talk Bookish to end.
I have not been a good host for LTB in a long time – pretty much since the summer of last year. I told myself with each passing Friday that I failed to participate that the next week, I would do better.
I did not do better.
LTB became a source of shame for me and as the months dragged on, that shame intensified and contributed to my growing resentment and apathy towards my blog. I wouldn’t blog at all partly because I didn’t have the time, the mental capacity, or the creativity to do so, but also because it made me feel so guilty to write much about anything else when I was neglecting the one responsibility that I needed to maintain.
I always tried to come back, always apologized, always said I’d do better, and then proceeded not to and disappear again into that feeling of shame.
Well, I’ve decided that no more. If I can’t find it in me to be responsible for LTB and to be a good, consistent host for it, then it’s time that I let it go. It’s not fair to those who love and participate in LTB to have a person who doesn’t feel excited or passionate about it be running the show. You all deserve so much more from a host.
However, just because I’ve decided to step back from LTB doesn’t mean that LTB has to come to an end.
I reached out to someone who has been participating in LTB almost since when LTB first started, and has been a long-standing participant ever since. I knew her from when she first started blogging, back in good old 2019 and she’s always been such a wonderful and kind person. She’s offered her assistance with LTB before and has helped me catch some mistakes I made here and there.
I’m forever grateful for her support all these years, and that’s why I’m so happy to announce that Let’s Talk Bookish will be finding a new home with her: Aria @ Book Nook Bits.
Aria will be the new host for LTB, and she’ll be running the meme starting today, with the announcement of May 2022’s LTB topics. I would like to say that this was a very unplanned situation, and it’s completely coincidental that this is all happening right before the very first Friday of April. But honestly, it couldn’t have been better timing.
You’ll be able to find the discussions and link-ups on her blog starting this Friday and she’ll also be managing her own archive for LTB topics. The current archive (from August 2019 to April 2022) on my blog will remain available, but I will no longer be updating it with topics for future months. The header images will also be changing to reflect that Aria is now the new host (and guys? those headers are gorgeous).
Be sure to check out her introduction post + the topics for May 2022 on her blog, and please do show her some love! I know she’s going to be an amazing host, and that LTB will do well under her care.
I’m honestly so relieved that I’ve decided to take this step. I may have been the one to first come up with the idea for LTB and been the one to host it, but that doesn’t mean that I have to be in charge of it forever.
I won’t lie, it’s kind of sad since Younger Me was so very passionate about having her own meme and running it, and I can see for myself how that passion died over time. I’ve now reached a point where I’m not just ready to give LTB up, I’m relieved that it’s no longer my responsibility.
And that relief also stems from the fact that I know that LTB will be in very good hands with Aria.
I would to thank Dani @ Literary Lion for being my cohost since May of 2020. It’s been a long while, and honestly, LTB might not have lasted this long if it hadn’t been for her. So thank you, Dani, I’m so grateful for your support during these years ❤️
I would also like to thank everyone who has ever participated in Let’s Talk Bookish, either by writing a discussion or suggesting a topic, for sharing the vision that I had for this meme.
For being patient when I fell behind.
For being so kind and understanding through everything.
You all mean the world, and I thank you so much for being with me during this journey. 💕
Until next time,