Hello dear readers! I’m writing today to say that I won’t be doing the Book a Week blog in 2024. I have a few reasons why, if you’ll indulge me.

1. I enjoyed sharing my reading adventures with you, but I realized that it was affecting my book selections — and not just because I matched my nail polish to the covers! I would think “how will this work on the site” when picking my next book, which sucks some of the joy out of reading. There are also books I want to read but not talk about in depth.

2. I revived the blog to spur my creative writing again, and it’s worked. Hooray! But it’s also taking up time that I want to spend on [deep breath in] the novel I’m working on [deep breath out]. That’s not to say I’ll finish it, or that it will sell if I do, but I’ve been noodling with this idea since 2021, and decided it’s time to run with it.

That doesn’t mean book reviews will go away entirely. I’ll be including short reviews on my Notes from a Hired Pen newsletter. I recently move that over to WordPress and am going to run it as a blog and newsletter. You can subscribe via that here – and it’s 100% free. And if I do decide to pick up this blog again again, you’ll be the first to know here.

Thank you again for riding with me. I’ve enjoyed writing for you — and hope you’ll join me over at Notes from a Hired Pen.

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Jen Miller

Jen Miller

Jen A. Miller is a an author and freelance writer. Her memoir, Running a Love Story, was a Philadelphia Inquirer best book of the year. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, SELF, Buzzfeed and the Guardian, among others.


  1. O. Julian Plys on January 7, 2024 at 12:48 pm

    Wishing you so much success and drive to finish your novel. Very excited to hear you are going for this. I will be first in line to get an autographed copy! You have such a unique and wonderful voice in your writing. Definitely would want to read more. Go for it!!

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