I started Grab the Lapels on Weebly four years ago after I got mad at a book written by a man that made women look so stupid — and I was supposed to review it for a magazine. I realized most books I was offered to review for other magazines and blogs were by men, and that most reviewers with national platforms are men. So, I told writer Kelcey Parker over coffee, “Hey, I should start my own blog! And I will take books only from women! And it will be all small-press published!” And I did, the next day.
A year later, I headed over to WordPress, which actually helps bloggers find new readers. Although there have been ups and downs in my attitude about blogging, mostly over questions of whether or not what I write means anything to anyone, I’ve never quit Grab the Lapels, not even for a hiatus. I changed “books by women” to “books by anyone who identifies as a woman.” I don’t read reviewer copies so much, as I’m working through my personal collection now, but I love to get to know authors through my Meet the Writer series.
And I’ve loved getting to meet new friends across the globe — that’s the best part about blogging. I used to think Grab the Lapels was a “we,” and “we” would bring you some great reviews. Mostly, I wanted to sound like a “real” organization, you know, with staff. It’s just me, friends: Melanie.
Thank You, Friends*!
Alicia @ Kernel of Nonsense (California, United States)
Amal @ The Misfortune of Knowing (United States)
Amanda @ Cover 2 Cover Mom (Ohio, United States)
Ami @ LuvToRead (California, United States)
Anne @ ive read this (Canada)
Anne @ Tsundokist (Australia)
Bill @ Australian Legend (Australia)
Cathy @ 746 Books (Ireland)
Chitra @ Books and Strips (India)
Diana @ A Haven for Book Lovers (Kenya)
Eveline @ Avalinah’s Books (Lithuania)
Jane @ Greenish Bookshelf (not sure!)
Jackie @ Death By Tsundoku (Wisconsin, United States)
Karen @ Booker Talk (Wales)
Laila @ Big Reading Life (United States)
Lilyn @ Sci-fi and Scary (United States)
L— @ FictionFan (Scotland)
Lou @ LouLouReads (England)
Margot @ Confessions of a Mystery Novelist (United States)
Margot @ Lectito (Australia)
Naomi @ Consumed by Ink (Nova Scotia, Canada)
R— @ Napoleon Split (Texas, United States)
Savanah @ Off-Color Literature (United States)
TJ @ My Book Strings (Germany)
Vijayalakshmi @ The Reading Desk (United States/India)
*If I got your country wrong or would be willing to let me add a state/province/cardinal directions e.g. “south-east Brazil,” I would love to add that!
Please note that all Pusheen the cat images are created by Claire Belton. You should go to the Pusheen blog and buy some of the freaking adorable Pusheen stuff. If I were single, my house would be Pusheen themed. ❤