2015 is slowly coming to an end, and I would like to take some time to say thank you to everyone who has supported Books & Reviews all through this past year, with its ups and downs. Last May some people approached me at CrimeFest15 to ask me if the blog was still going on. I never had second thoughts on this, and out of my mouth always came a straight ‘Yes! Of course!’. However, I am aware that I have read less than I intended, and I have reviewed even less. As I am writing this, I still have two reviews to write and a lot of your blog posts to read. Bear with me, I’ll get there.
And all this has an explanation. One of the beauties of life is that unexpected things happen and you have to deal with them. They won’t wait for you to be ready, nor should you sit patiently waiting for things to happen. In my case, in 2015 I broke a 8-year relationship and I took a lot of time off to figure things out. This meant much travelling, and much time out with a bunch of lovely people, especially women, who took great care of me. And, obviously, less time for reading. But it’s OK. This is how life is supposed to be, and I have enjoyed the ride like I thought I never thought I would.
And now is when I go all cheesey: To my Mum, Dad, Brother and Puppy, I could not have done this without you. To María S, Laura, Sandra, Ana and Karixia, I owe you the world. To everyone in the UK and the US who made it possible for me to change places and come out of my arrested development were it online – Leah and Naomi – and/or in real life – especially Mrs. Peabody -, thank you, thank you, thank you. For M I have only two words, and they are my Dad’s: ‘about time!’.
And, finally, to everyone who is still subscribed to Books & Reviews, I can only say thank you, and the show will go on. I can’t think of my life without books, and I can’t think of reading without writing and sharing it.