Monday, June 22, 2015

A Word About the New Look

Wait, wait, wait! You're in the right place. I know everything looks different, but don't worry, it's still Jen's Book Thoughts. After quite a few years with my femme fatale, I have decided to make a change. Several reasons played a role in my final decision to work on a change. The first being I like to play with the blog's layout. Luckily, it's a bit laborious or I might be doing it all the time.

Another reason, a tad more important than my desire to try different looks, is the fact that my reading has branched out within the last year or so. I still adore crime fiction and you can plan to see plenty of it here--I'm not jumping ship--but I'm also reading more non-fiction on topics that interest me as well as other types of fiction that spark my curiosity. I hope I can pique some of your interests with those books as well.

But the biggest reason I made the decision to change the look of the blog is my growing concern about the gun culture in the United States. I'm an advocate for stronger gun laws, and I've never been shy about admitting that. Rationally, I've always separated the reality of firearms and the fiction of their portrayal in the books I read. However, I do not want to glorify guns in any way, even the smallest way. I want to glorify reading. That's always been the point of this blog.

I remember the realization I had about the damage a racial slur said in ignorance can make. Phrases in our language are full of them and we continue to propagate (often hateful) stereotypes by using them, even when we don't realize we're doing it. We learn the language from others around us and use it blindly. I began to feel that way about my femme. The art is wonderful and it got attention, but I want to be clear about my own message and that's a great dislike for what guns have come to represent in this country.

So, I hope that you'll enjoy my new header--I made it myself. I'll probably still be doing some minor tweaks here and there to get the whole blog in sync with the new header, but for the most part it's set.

Thanks for continuing to share a love of reading with me. It means the world.

Happy reading!


J. Kingston Pierce June 22, 2015 at 11:07 PM  

The new header looks great, Jen. Good job! And I'm glad to hear that you haven't lost your interest in crime and mystery fiction. There's so much great work being added to the field these days.


Malcolm Avenue Review June 22, 2015 at 11:25 PM  

Awesome, Jen! I love that you change things around and while this look is vastly different, it's just a different side of the same wonderful person. Looks great!

Kay June 23, 2015 at 7:56 AM  

I like it! And I do understand your reasoning for changing it. Plus, it's just nice to do a redecorate now and then. I had noticed that your reading was becoming more varied. And that's also a fine thing. I say we should all read what speaks to us. Have a good week!

le0pard13 June 23, 2015 at 9:49 AM  

I love it! Like you, it looks great!

Jenn Lawrence June 23, 2015 at 9:51 AM  

Love it! While I loved the gun-toting lady from before, I understand your decision to change.

jen_forbus June 23, 2015 at 10:03 AM  

Thanks everyone! A few comments didn't come through for some reason...I guess Discus is being finicky today...but I've seen them, I'm promise. And I appreciate everyone's kind words. It means a lot!

jen_forbus June 23, 2015 at 10:03 AM  

Thank you, my friend! xo

jen_forbus June 23, 2015 at 10:03 AM  

You are wonderful and I miss you!

jen_forbus June 23, 2015 at 10:04 AM  

Thank you, Miss Jenn! I'm so happy to be reading all the great news about "the teen"! :-)

John Bychowski June 23, 2015 at 10:57 AM  

The new header looks great, Jen; nicely done! I also can appreciate your decision to make a change based on your sensitivity to the existing gun culture. Good for you!

kristine hall June 23, 2015 at 12:13 PM  

FABULOUS! Glorify reading! As readers, it's only natural that we evolve and I love that you're embracing that and making a stand for what you believe is important. I agree with you wholeheartedly and think that a whole bunch of little steps are just as important as the big ones. Cheers to your new look!

Pop Culture Nerd June 23, 2015 at 3:35 PM  

Love the renovation and your main reason for doing it, Jen. Some good titles in that stack of books in the header!

Naomi Johnson June 23, 2015 at 4:47 PM  

It's always good to freshen up the decor. I'll miss the femme fatale a little, but I love seeing some of your favorite books in her place.

danakaye June 23, 2015 at 5:49 PM  

It's beautiful, nice work!

lawyerhwy154 June 24, 2015 at 7:49 AM  

I like new things, and I like your new header! How long did it take to decide on the books to showcase? What is the open text?

jen_forbus June 24, 2015 at 9:54 AM  

The books didn't take too long, not compared to figuring out how I wanted the layout to go and what to include overall. :-) The open text is the Backman book--My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry.

BethFishReads June 29, 2015 at 11:26 AM  

Love the new look!! And totally get the decision to make the change.

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