Death by Tsundoku Received a Makeover!

September 5, 2016

HeaderAs I’m certain you can tell, Death by Tsundoku received a makeover this weekend! Thank you, three-day weekend, for allowing some downtime to overhaul many things. I sat down and had a conversation with many of my readers. Listening to all your feedback, this is the newest iteration of Death by Tsundoku. Some things are obvious, but some things will be more subtle.

What changed? Footer

First, you’ll notice that we have a new layout. This includes:

  • Slider displaying the most recent book reviews on the home page.
    • Feedback was it took too long to scroll down the home page to see new books reviewed.
    • This allows you to quickly see the most recently reviewed books, as well as the most recent comments.
  • Home page displaying summaries of each post, instead of the whole post.
    • Same feedback as above; this allows you to see a summary and decide if you want to
  • Two menus on the top of the page.
    • Feedback was that it was too crowded, but all the information was useful.
    • Hopefully, this will help break things up a bit and improve ease of navigation.
  • Content has been optimized for different screen sizes.
    • Feedback was that the blog was challenging to read on tablets and phones.
    • The only things that aren’t optimized are images. I am not that good yet.
  • Moar prominent colors!
    • Feedback is that sometimes the pages were boring to look upon.
    • Never fear! More colors are here!

A Poor Girl

New content will be appearing in the future!

  • I will be exploring the nuances of different genres, intended audiences, and more.
    • Questions have come up repeatedly about “What is Middle Grade?” or “I know there is high fantasy, is there low fantasy?”
    • Feedback is that people are interested in learning about this, and my opinions around it.
  • I will be participating in book tags.
    • Book Tags are weekly or monthly list-type posts that have bookish themes.
    • For example, Top 5 Authors You Are Waiting For Another Book From or Top 10 Best Beach Reads or The Books You will Never Read.
  • I will be explaining a bit more about my posts, what they mean, and how they work.
    • I’ve received this question a ton: “Wait. Why is some text blurred out on your blog?”
    • Bouncing from this, and through conversations with others, feedback is that you want to know why I write the way I do.
  • Things will be more organized.
    • Feedback is that only having three categories for my posts (Book Reviews, Month in Review, All About Me) isn’t cutting it.
    • Expect to see new categories in the future!

Header IconAs alluded to in August Month in Review, I am expanding my networking.

  • You can register for email notifications of my posts on the sidebar.
    • Feedback is that no one knew how to sign up to receive notifications.
    • One click will follow!
  • I have registered for Blog Lovin’
  • I will be asking more questions.
    • I want to start dialogues!
  • I want to know what you think.
    • At the Contact Me page you can send me anything.
    • I am looking for more ideas for bookish posts. Ideas? Requests? Send drop a line!

That’s the summary of what’s new for now! I am always looking for feedback. Don’t like something? Want to see something new? Please let me knowI always want to hear from you. In fact, what are you reading right now?

Jackie B Forman


  • Laura September 5, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    Yay! I like seeing all the changes, I’m hoping to do some more reading lately with my additional free time. I certainly don’t get through near enough to have a blog, but here’s some stuff I’ve been getting through and enjoyed in case you ever need more inspiration (ha!)

    Station Eleven: a novel by Emily St John Mandel
    Being Mortal by Atul Guwande
    Way Station by Clifford Simak (I absolutely adored this one!)
    Chaos Walking Series by Patrick Ness
    The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
    All the Light We Cannot See: a novel by Anthony Doerr

    I skipped a few with graphic violence, since I know that’s not your jam.

    Next on my To-Read list is Lamb by Bonnie Nadzam

    Excited to see what you read next, I read “The Girl With All the Gifts” due to your review, so thank you! 🙂

    • Jackie B September 6, 2016 at 9:36 am

      I am *always* looking for more books! It also makes me happy that our lists very much overlap. I’ve read Station Eleven and All the Light We Cannot See, and I adored them. They are certainly amongst my top books I’ve read this year. On the other hand… Chaos Walking I just never got into. I only read the first book, though– should I finish it? Does it get better?

      I’ve never heard of Way Station, so that is now going on my TBR! The Nightingale has been on my list for a while; I’m just waiting for the audiobook to arrive from the library. 🙂

      Thanks for the great recommendations, Laura. I hope you continue to find great books to read!

  • kimbacaffeinate September 6, 2016 at 7:38 am

    Nice layout. Are you using a responsive theme? It would automatically adjust blog/images for tablets, readers and phones.

    • Jackie B September 6, 2016 at 9:28 am

      I am– unfortunately, it’s not resizing my images, but it’s resizing everything else! I’ve reached out to the theme owners, and I’m awaiting a response. Here’s hoping!

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