Wednesday 2 December 2009


I know I've been MIA (missing in action) lately. I've had a disturbing comment or 2 on my blog, and then emails from a BIG book blogger...a REALLY BIG one...that weren't very nice. So it has put me off a bit and made me a bit sad about it all.

I started this book blog because I love to read and my family & friends were always asking me for recommendations. I decided to just put them all in a blog so they could come to one place and see my choices for them. I'm not doing it to copy anyone or try to be the biggest. I like it the way it is. If no one came I'd still do it. I'd do it for myself and my family. I love reading. I want to give away books, even if I have to pay for them, because I want everyone to have the opportunity for good books.

Some people can be mean and hurtful. I promise I'll be better at posting. I've just not felt like it for fear of criticism and rude comments.


  1. You are The Sweet BookShelf which means you are sweet! and always have been very nice and enjoyable to read and gracious and giving.

    Poo on the BIG BLOGGER, you are only as BIG as your actions, so there.

    I am a loyal follower and think your blog is neato!

    Cheers to you!

  2. Forget those rude people. I really enjoy reading what you have to say and have picked up several books on your high recommendation. Keep it up!

  3. I'm really sorry to hear about that, I think it's just so mean! I really enjoy your blog. Keep doing what you love to do and forget what others say! You rock and your blog does too!

  4. That's awful! I'm so sorry and I hope it doesn't stop what you're doing because I think it's great. If you love it keep it up and never be afraid to ask questions if you have them, we're all here for you!

  5. Sorry to hear that people have been raining on your parade, it's a shame when people can't keep their negativity to themselves. I'm glad your back though, and look forward to your posts!

  6. Sorry to hear all of this has been going on.
    I don't know about the politics involved in blogging, I simply love reading blogs to get ideas about what books to read next.

    I love your blog and hope you will continue at it.

  7. Ugh - sorry to hear someone was a jerk! People suck sometimes!

  8. WOW that makes me really sad - as a new or mostly new book blogger - wow that's just sad :( I am so sorry you had to deal with that, I hope you keep blogging I really love your thoughts and reviews!

  9. We love you Mary! I'm happy to hear you will be posting again :)

  10. Their meanness leads me to believe that you must be doing something right and they are worried about not being good enough.

    Don't worry, sweetie. Just keep blogging. Those who want your words/ book lists will keep following you....the others will take the hint and get lost.

  11. Seriously? What shit heads.

    People who do that really piss me off.

    I hope you find a way to get beyond the criticism.

    I'm here to back you up. You need me to pounce on someone else's blog? ;)

    You do what you want. It's your blog!

    Hugs chica! Keep your head up!

  12. I'm so sorry this happened to you! I love your blog - just keep your chin up, keep on blogging and try to ignore negativity =)

  13. Some people need to just take a breath and stop being so b***chy, ya know what I mean? These blogs are all about fun and sharing the love of books. Unfortunately, some people don't share that feeling. Keep on doing what you're doing!

  14. Darling I don't know if you remember my post "Mean Girls"
    but it seems to come with the territory. The more popular you become the more open you are to some big and nasty butt head to say something mean.
    Delete them.
    Ignore them.
    Keep trucking.
    You are the sweetest and have the greatest blog. Please don't let a hater keep you down.

  15. Ok I'm totally dying to know which big blogger picked on you...
    email me if you want to talk or share:

  16. I'm with Juju. I really want to know too. Because it's just not right. I want to hate w/ you too.

    You may email me too.


  17. Hey Mary- I'm sorry to hear about the hard times. I truly appreciate your blog and your recommendations. It has been very beneficial to me. I started Catching Fire and WOW it's so GOOD. Thanks for recommending me to go get it. Great advise! Keep your chin up! You're amazing! And so strong- this will only make you stronger. Love ya!

  18. I kinda want to know who it is too cuz I'm very nosy and enjoy juicy gossip like this, lol.

    But seriously, that is not right and while I know I don't comment much (if ever), I have your blog in my reader and I read it every time a new post comes up. You've got a great blog going here, so just ignore the negativitiy (which can be hard) and focus on continuing to do what you love. The best thing to do is to show that you didn't let their meanness get to you and to keep posting and working hard on your blog.

    *hugs* Like others have offered, if you need someone to talk to, I'm always here too for whatever you need- bookchicclub-at-gmail-dot-com (and feel free to email me about this big blogger who said nasty things to you)

  19. Awwww! This post is soo sweet! And its the exact same reason I blog too! :)
    Gorgeous blog! Forget about that nasty big blogger, they are just jealous! Keep it up babes :) X

  20. By the way, if you want to talk I am here - xxpradaxx AT hotmail DOT co DOT uk
    *another hug!*

  21. Mary, please don't let one person's negativity and jerkiness keep you from doing something you love and that you started out of the sweetness of your heart.
    I have always enjoyed your posts and appreciate your recommendations and frankly, I cannot imagine what anyone could get snarky about.
    Regardless, I support you and your blog. Hang in there!

    If you choose to share, I would only like to know the blog that was so ungracious to you so that I don't patronize them any longer.

    [email protected]

  22. Hey Mary! You know I am on your side if you ever want to chat :)

  23. I'm with Lori. I want to know because I will NOT support someone who is attacking other bloggers and I'm sure a lot of bloggers would agree with me.

    Maybe this "big blogger" wouldn't be so big if everyone knew what a Negative Nancy they are. Hmm?


  24. Mary,
    I am thankful you started your blog. I am making my way through Shannon Hale's books because of you. Thank you!
    Keep up the good work!

  25. Jessica's right. 24 hours later I'm still thinking about it. And I second her emotion, "I want to know because I will NOT support someone who is attacking other bloggers"
    Amen sister!

  26. Juju - Another great minds think alike moment!? ;)

    It doesn't look like Mary's going to spill though. :( Too bad, because I am so willing to unfollow that blogger because if they are a "big" blogger then chances are I'm following them and that kinda makes me mad.

  27. Well, I think you're awesome and that your blog is very much you all over it. It's fantastic and the reason you have so many followers is because both you and the blog are fantastic.

    If a librarian's Thumb's Up isn't good enough, what it? :-)

    Love you!!!

  28. Amen Jess! Amen. It bothers me that I could be helping someone with such contempt for her sister bloggers.

  29. Easy for me to say-ignore them-but some people can say things behind your back but could probably never say them to your face. Sorry to hear people have to be rude. I like visiting you.


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