Is This Thing On?

It’s ridiculous how bad I am as a book blogger. Especially since I am great as a book reader. And I was also a really good bookseller.

But writing/blogging and I don’t get along so well. If you ever invite me out to lunch, dear reader, I will gladly sit with you for hours and discuss everything I’m reading, have read, or hope to read soon. Not just because your feeding me (because you will have to pay for lunch; it’s not in my budget), but because I could TALK about books all day. Writing all day? Nah…

Maybe I’m intimidated by all the great writing I’m exposed to. Maybe I don’t think I’m as good as other bloggers. Maybe I’m lazy. Maybe I don’t have time for a blog.

All of those things are false, of course. I’ve read enough self help books to recognize “negative self talk” when I hear it. Recognizing it is easy, fighting it is harder. But I must try. I’m not a bookseller anymore, but I’m still an avid reader and I need to share with others – the good and the bad.

So let’s try this again, shall we? I’m going to read something then I’m going to tell you what I thought of it. Sometimes I will force you to drop what you’re doing and go buy a book. Other times I will invite you to join me as lament having to give up on a book (and maybe it’s author, too). And I’ll continue to try and find my authentic review voice that I hope you will enjoy reading.


My name is Toni and I read.

That’s the reasoning behind the new name of my blog, Toni Reads.
When I first started blogging I was inspired by the renewed interest in sewing and all of the great blogs that popped up because of it. At the same time I was reading a boatload of self-help books to help me navigate a rough patch in my life. Hence the previous name: Sew Transformed. Oh, the garments I planned to sew! Oh, the life changing anecdotes from my reading I planned to share!

But what had happened was…

The rough patch resulted in weight gain and a new body I didn’t know how to sew for. The self help books started to seem repetitive and started to get on my nerves. I kept reading other genres of books , though, and sharing my thoughts about them (sporadically).

Recently, I was listening to someone speak about “branding” and it hit me that the blog name had nothing to do with what I was currently offering. Now, I don’t think about branding much because I don’t really think of what I do as a business or anything close to it. I read because I love to and I’m occasionally compensated for it with free books from authors and publishers. But part of the joy of reading is sharing and if someone is looking for a blog of book reviews, Sew Transformed doesn’t convey that. Toni Reads does.

I’m hoping that the name change will also keep my blogging mojo going. I’m so behind on my tbr (to-be-read) list and I have so many reviews of books I’ve read recently to share. I love to read. Writing? Not so much. Maybe I should find a self help book on that…

My name is Toni and I read.


We’ve already established that I’ve neglected this blog while my internet was disconnected. Now that I am back in contact with the outside world, I really need to get back in the swing of things. So I have joined the 31WriteNow Challenge sponsored by Awesomely Luvvie. The challenge is to just post something for the next 31 days. Believe me I have more than enough books to review if I just focus on that alone. So here we go…