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It’s hard to believe that it’s been 10 years since Cracking the Cover came into being.
Just a few months before, I was working as the in-house book critic for a newspaper. Then came layoffs. Then came the announcement that “talented housewives” would take over my job for free.
It was demoralizing, but it wasn’t the end. Instead, it was the start of something new. I was invited to host a panel of Penguin YA authors, and I discovered a different path.
Within hours of the Breathless Reads panel, I had my own website. I began reworking interviews, using quotes and thoughts that hadn’t been previously published. I pulled from my to-be-read pile and started reviewing the books I had.
Emails to my existing contacts came back overwhelmingly positive, and new books started arriving.
Cracking the Cover has become part of my identity. It has expanded my world view and formed connections with people around the world. It has helped me through some of the most trying times in my life and has given me a purpose.
None of it would have been possible without you. So, thank you. Thank you for reading. Thank you for supporting. Thank you for loving books. Here’s to 10 more years!