One Year of The Voracious Bibliophile

I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for a whole year. I can’t believe my ADHD brain allowed me to *consistently* blog for a whole year. Shoutout to Adderall! Normally, I’d be of the opinion that self-adulation is a major faux pas (just kidding, I’m a borderline-narcissist) but I’m going to take a minute here to pat myself on the back and give myself a high-five. I feel like I’ve carved out a cool little niche for myself here on the blogosphere, a little space where I can talk about books, yes, but also anything else that tickles my fancy. I designed my own logo and create the majority of my own graphics. I’ve managed to steadily increase organic traffic to my site and keep growing my follower base all while working a full-time day job. I’m kind of a superhero. We’re all kind of superheroes.

Looking back and reflecting on the past year, I am incredibly grateful for everyone who’s given my blog a chance and for all of the other bloggers I have grown to admire for being the shining examples that they are. I hope all of you will continue on this journey with me and that I’ll pick up even more follower-friends over the next year. Thank you so very much.

Bonus

If you want to go back to where it all started, here’s a link to my first-ever blog post from one year ago today: Audiobooks Are Book-Books. Enjoy!

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Eternal Summer

Eternal Summer by Fred Slusher

they only know what they have been given, which is a land maligned, a land deprived of its beasts of change.

sometimes i can just feel it:
warmth & all the other things
i’ve never asked for seeping
into me, a violation to the x
degree. what is wrong in a
world where one can’t shed
the shackles of summer &
sink into the blissful autumn
like a child into a mountain of
leaves? these children don’t
know the seasons. they only
know what they have been
given, which is a land maligned,
a land deprived of its beasts of
change. if i had been told i’d
be forced to live in an eternal
summer, i would have remained
in embryo, in ectoplasm, in
a dream had right before waking.
when i see someone wearing a
coat it pisses me off. i want to
ask them what it is that chills
them in a world on fire? i want to
slap their smug self-satisfied grins
until their ears ring. is speaking
the truth now an act of unspeakable
violence?

Haiku season is (temporarily) over, so I’m back to posting original non-haiku poetry on here. I wrote Eternal Summer in a fit of rage. I was sitting in my living room reading reports of the devastation caused by Hurricane Ida alongside reports about record-breaking temperatures on the West Coast and the increasing likelihood of more wildfires. We are seeing the first waves of the effects of climate change on our ecosystems, and some days I can’t help but feel a sense of utter despair over it.

We are seeing the first waves of the effects of climate change on our ecosystems, and some days I can’t help but feel a sense of utter despair over it.

Rather than acting expeditiously to help the world reach net zero carbon emissions, most governments, municipalities, and MNCs seem content to pay lip service to sustainability and clean energy initiatives while acting as if they have decades to figure this out—they don’t. Others seem to be banking on nascent carbon capture technologies to act as their get out of jail free card when what we really need is aggressive action now. Not tomorrow. Not in the next decade. Now. Our lives quite literally depend on it.

Wow, so this post is a prime example of how my ADHD brain works. I started off sharing a poem and ended on an urgent call-to-action on curbing the effects of climate change. All in a day’s work, my reader-friends.

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Eternal Summer © 2021 Fred Slusher. All rights reserved.

Haiku I-XVI Available on Wattpad

For those of you who enjoyed reading my haiku on here, all sixteen of them are now available in one place on Wattpad. Enjoy!

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Haiku XV

Haiku XV by Fred Slusher

It’s there on the roof 
Personification of
Your wildest dreams, dear

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© 2021 Fred Slusher. All rights reserved.

Haiku XIV

Haiku XIV by Fred Slusher

How long is the night?
Ain’t no preacher knows the way.
Water make me clean.

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Haiku XIII

Haiku XIII by Fred Slusher

Electric city. 
Love boats made planks on the rocks.
Ruin, my one song.

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Haiku XII

Haiku XII by Fred Slusher

Window pane on fire. 
Darling, where’s my wedding gown?
Pain, bring me a pyre.

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Haiku XI

Haiku XI by Fred Slusher

War memorial: 
A hurricane of lilacs;
Big wind, pray for me.

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Haiku X

Haiku X by Fred Slusher

Poignant memories 
Bitter like forgotten dreams
I’m always awake

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All Aboard the ARC: Dad Bakes by Katie Yamasaki

Dad Bakes by Katie Yamasaki

Review

***Note: I received a free digital review copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.***

Katie Yamasaki has gifted us with a heartwarming story about a devoted father, his beloved daughter, and the delightful activities they enjoy doing together. It’s evident that Yamasaki’s work as a muralist informs and influences her work as a picture book author and illustrator. Her uncluttered, dynamic, and vibrant images leap off the page and drive the narrative forward from the father’s early morning shift at the bakery before the sun rises to the time in late evening when he finally gets to rest.

Dad Bakes is due to be released on September 28th, 2021 by Norton Young Readers and is now available to preorder wherever books are sold.

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