Welcome to The Quiet Pond, old friend

It is a quiet night. Unusual, you think, because you had expected that a forest this dense would be teeming with nightly music. And yet, you are here, trying to find its heart rather than escape it. You wonder, why you are here of all places. Shouldn’t you be at home, in bed, reading the pile of unread books waiting for you on your shelf? But before the question can falter you, the moonlit path on the forest’s floor seems to glow a little brighter, encouraging you to continue on.

Ahead, you see a clearing and you catch the twinkle of the moon’s wobbly reflection. As you approach, a feeling – a memory? – plucks a cord in your heart. You stop in your tracks, trying to grasp at the wisp of memory, but it’s gone. Left behind is an afterglow of familiarity; the feeling of coming home after a long journey away.

But wait! You realise you have found a pond, of some sorts. It illuminates a purple glow in the night, and you know, somehow, that it is powerful but also… kind. A scuffle of green and purple foliage draws your attention to a tortoise tending to some herbs over there, and then there’s a frog sewing a costume by the water over there. Strangest of all is a little axolotl wearing a little flower on its head – reading a book? Perhaps sensing you, the axolotl turns around and, seeing you, gives you a big goofy smile. The axolotl picks up a stick a little bigger than it is, and waddles over to your feet, smiling all the while.

“Good, you made it! I’ve been waiting for you,” the axolotl says, her voice small but certain. “I thought I sensed a good and kind heart cross the boundary. Welcome to The Quiet Pond, old friend.”


Hello friends, and warmest welcomes to my new blog, The Quiet Pond!

What is The Quiet Pond?

The Quiet Pond is book blog with a narrative. Here, you’ll find book reviews, book recommendations, and the occasional discussion post and art. It is a blend of fantasy, the magic of curiosity, compassion and pond animals — and you will get to know the pond’s inhabitants soon enough! ✨

So friend, what can you expect from The Quiet Pond? 

  • Book reviews
  • Book recommendation lists
  • Discussion posts
  • Book news
  • Fanart and graphics
  • Book influencer/writer features

But first, introductions!

In case we haven’t met – hello friends and strangers! Please call me CW; it is an acronym for my actual name but I prefer to go by CW (please call me that, even if you know my actual name)! My pronouns are she/her. I was formerly a book blogger at Read Think Ponder, but I decided I needed a fresh start – hence why I am sharing The Quiet Pond with you all today.

Outside of blogging, I was born and raised in Aotearoa (New Zealand), am Kiwi-Asian, and I am currently a postgraduate student researching in the field of Psychology. I also have a degree in Sociology, I like corgis, the colours pink and yellow, and fried chicken.

What I hope to achieve with The Quiet Pond

First, I want to help you discover your new favourite book. The joy I get from reading a good book is unlike any other joy I feel in my life. I want to help readers find books that resonate with them – so they feel seen, feel heard, and feel like their stories and identities matter and are valid. I remember feeling this way – the first time I read a book that understood me – and so my goal is to help you find books that understand you.

Second, I want to make your day a little brighter. I wanted The Quiet Pond to be more than just a book blog. The idea came to me without warning: ‘I love of drawing cute animals’ + integrate a simple narrative that involves you, the visitor + incorporate my love of RPGs and bright fantasy. I wanted The Quiet Pond to be a place that is filled with light and warmth, and a blog that you’ll feel happy and safe visiting. I don’t know if I’ll achieve this, but I promise I’ll do my best.

The books I’ll be writing about in The Quiet Pond

My reading interests are mostly young adult fiction and adult science-fiction/fantasy, though I do try and read a wide range of genres. Almost all of the books that I read are diverse books. In other words, I like to read books by marginalised authors and/or are about marginalised characters. By marginalised, I mean individuals of colour, people with LGBTQIA+ and gender diverse identities, disabled folx, and so on.

My focus on diverse books comes from ongoing dedication to supporting and uplifting marginalised voices and stories that have a positive impact on representation, youth, and awareness, and my goal is to connect readers to books that they will feel represented in and will love.

The Quiet Pond will be a blog with no rating system

During my time as a reviewer, I have considered, very deeply, the idea of rating books. Quantifying the quality, worth, and the degree to which I love or dislike a book has never felt right by me. Indeed, rating books is helpful, especially on sites such as Goodreads where we can measure books against each other, but over time, I’ve come to the opinion that rating books is reductive and isn’t in line with my approach to reviewing books. Therefore, The Quiet Pond will not use a rating system. Instead, I will end my reviews with a simple and, hopefully, more helpful message: whether I a) highly recommend, b) recommend, or c) do not recommend the book.

What will happen to Read Think Ponder?

For those of you who are not familiar with my previous work, Read Think Ponder was my book blog, one I proudly owned and ran for 5 years. However, on October 2017, I quit and thought I wouldn’t return to blogging again. (And yet!)

Long story short: I want to put Read Think Ponder behind me. I was proud of what I did on there – still am – but I want to move on and try something new. I want to do something that is unique, fun, and cute, and I don’t think I can achieve that with Read Think Ponder. Deep down, Read Think Ponder was mine, but it never felt like me. The Quiet Pond will hopefully different, and while drawing and preparing it, it felt like me — which is already a good sign.

Thank you so much for visiting!

It’s really great to be back, friends. When I quit Read Think Ponder and book blogging altogether a year ago, I was genuinely okay and felt at peace with the decision. However, after getting back into reading some months ago and reading some truly awesome books, I realised that I couldn’t support and promote them as much as I wanted. (Twitter is great, but it just didn’t have the same effect for me.)

And honestly? I really missed blogging. That was particularly clear to me during the five months or so that I spent working on The Quiet Pond. I’m really excited for The Quiet Pond and to see how it’ll develop and grow over time. This blog has been in the making for a long time, and I am thankful to all my (very) patient and supportive friends. (Special thanks to Aentee from Read at Midnight for helping me come up with this name.)

In my next post, I’ll be introducing you all to the little inhabitants of The Quiet Pond and a bit more of when you will be seeing them! I am also looking for a co-blogger, so more information and the application form will be posted soonKeep an eye out for that, if you’re interested!

Friends or strangers? I’d love to hear from you.

If we haven’t met before and we are strangers, please don’t hesitate to leave me a reply below and introduce yourself! I’d love to follow some new bloggers, especially diverse book bloggers, so I would love to hear from you.

And to my friends, welcome, and I hope you all like The Quiet Pond. Thank you, again, for being so patient with me and this process. I love you all.

Until then, take care, thank you for visiting, and happy reading. 💛

 

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99 thoughts on “Welcome to The Quiet Pond, old friend

  1. This post makes me so happy. All the animal friends and love and light and YOU 💖 The blogging world is shook. Welcome back, my friend, though you’ve never really left us, I am so happy to see you have a corner of the internet all your own again. The world is a better place for it. I can’t wait to rave about all the diverse reads with you!

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  2. Everything here looks BEAUTIFUL, CW! I love the idea of incorporating narratives in this way — I’m not very familiar with RPGs but adored the feel of choose-your-own-adventure stories when I was little 😀 I can’t wait to see what you’ll be posting here!

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  3. Welcome back to blogging, CW 💖 It’s so good to read a new blog post by you again and I am already in love with your blog’s aesthetics and gorgeous ideas. I can’t wait to read more from you and to get all of the wonderful recommendations again 💖 Welcome back again, I hope you’ll have tons of fun blogging again 💖 I missed you tons! xx

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  4. The whole concept of your new blog is so lovely, CW! I followed you on Read Think Ponder but I don’t think I ever said hello properly, so hi!
    I love that you’ve integrated your art with your blogging, and I’m excited to see more from you and meet the axolotl and her friends. Good luck on this new adventure ✨

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    • Hello Helia! It’s good to finally ‘meet’ properly! 💛 Thank you so much for your kind words, and thank you for supporting me back when I was blogging at Read Think Ponder and now with The Quiet Pond. I really appreciate the support, and I appreciate you. Thank you! 💛

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  5. We don’t know each other, but I’ve been following Read Think Ponder for a while before you quit blogging there and loved your posts. I was disappointed when you stopped blogging, so ever since I first saw you tweet about your new blog I’ve been SO EXCITED to see it, and omg it’s cute and pretty and welcoming. I especially love the axolotl, aka the most precious animal on earth. ANYHOW, I’m happy you’re back & hope this blog will be everything you want it to be. 🙂

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    • Hi Veronika!
      Aw, thank you SO SO much for all of your support throughout Read Think Ponder and now here. It’s awesome people like you that make the blogging journey so worth it.
      I’m so happy that you like The Quiet Pond and that you find it welcoming! That was what I was going for and I am so pleased. 💛
      Thank you for the warm welcome back, and can’t wait to collab in the future!

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  6. CW YOU HAVE JUST BEEN BLESSED WITH ETERNAL HAPPINESS BECAUSE I LOVE THIS

    I already feel so peaceful just opening your blog and looking at it, and I love the idea of a narration-type blog! This is amazing, your graphics are GORGEOUS (I can’t wait to meet the characters) and I love your aim with this.

    so so so excited to see more from you, CW.

    (also, I adore the color scheme!!!)

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    • Thank Alyssa! I’m excited to see what I’ve already prepared.

      AND YES. I haven’t forgotten! I’ll be announcing a feature that opens up collabs with creators and reviewers soon, though it’ll take awhile for me to prepare for it. 💛

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  7. Hello! I didn’t know your old blog but I’m already completely sold on this new one. It sounds like so much fun and it’s so creative (I love the little axolotl and I can’t wait to meet all the inhabitants). Best of luck on this new journey!

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    • Thank you so much for the warm welcome Tasya! 💛 Hehe, I’m glad that you like the concept, and I hope that you’ll like what I have prepared over the coming weeks. Thank you for being so lovely and supportive through all this time; I appreciate you. 💛

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  8. OMG I love love love your blog. Hi I’m Etinosa, a book blogger from Nigeria. I read mostly fantasy and science fiction books. On twitter I’m Melanin lily. Your intro post is so adorable 😊😊😊

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  9. Welcome back, CW! Your new blog looks so magical and cozy! I am in love with the colors and the cuteness and everything. ❤
    I’ve missed your content so much! And I can’t wait for your next blog posts.
    Congratulations for making this happen! I know how hard you’ve worked to make your space a beautiful one. 😊

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  10. CW, I’m so excited to see what you have in store for us; I love the concept, I love your art and I love your blog already. I hope this new start proves to be all you hope for. ILY, and welcome back. ❤

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  11. I follow you on twitter and when I clicked the link to get to this magical pond, I was in awe! I am so excited for you and what you have planned for this special little corner of the internet. I’ve had an idea to do something similar on my blog relating to royalty but I know it won’t be as cutely-drawn as yours. 🙂 Best of luck to you ❤

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    • Hello! Oh, thank you so much for taking the time to visit. I appreciate it! I hope you will like what I have planned for this blog. 💛 Aw, you should totally for that idea! It’d be awesome, and the most important thing is that, however you do it, it will be yours and that’s what makes it special. Rooting for you!

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  12. Welcome back to blogging, CW 😀 It is so goos to read your post after a long time. I was a new follower when you stopped your old blog so I never had that much interaction with you. But I hope to know you better now ☺️ I love your art and writing. I really hope you enjoy blogging again ❤️

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    • Hi Simant! Thank you so so much, and thank you for still supporting me even though you had only recently started following my old blog back then! And yes! I hope we can get to know each other too, so thank you for stopping by and saying hello. 💛

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  13. A big welcome back, CW! I am so excited for this blog! It’s so unique and I swear I feel more relaxed just by looking at it. I love the cute little animals and that the whole thing is going to be interactive! Your art is amazing and seriously, I could probably write a five page essay about how mindblowingly awesome this is. And you’ve only just started! I am very excited to see your future content and to meet all the cute animals! 🙂

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    • Hi Kat! Thank you so much for the lovely welcome back. 💛 I’m super super happy to hear that you feel more relaxed here; that’s what I aimed for and it makes me super happy that you feel that way. And thank you so so much for your lovely and kind comments. 💛 I appreciate them so much, and you.

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  14. Welcome back! I love your concept and thoughts behind this blog, and the art is so cute! I’ve only started book blogging myself earlier this year, so always on the look-out for new people to follow! Very excited to see where you go from here 🙂

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    • Hi Lily! Thank you so much for the lovely welcome back. 💛 I’m so glad that you feel happy and peaceful at my blog; that’s what I was going for so I’m super happy. Thank you! I am super happy to be back and I can’t wait to read more of your blog too. 💛

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  15. And blogging has missed you!

    I am really excited to see what you do with this blog. The idea of creating a whole world (your narrative writing is gorgeous!) with your blog is so interesting and creative. I have been really feeling fantasy lately which is unusual for me – I’m reading Children of Blood and Bone at the moment and LOVING it – so I’m excited for more recommendations.

    Lovely to have you back, CW xxx

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    • Lydia! 💛 And I missed you.
      Thank you so much for the kind words, and I’m really glad that you like what I’ve done so far. I’m so glad you’re enjoying CoBaB! I still need to read that one so am glad you are enjoying it. I hope you get to read some other fantasy novels, and if you ever need a recommendation, I am absolutely here for you. 💛

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  16. Welcome back to the book blogging community, CW! I wasn’t around when you were blogging at Read Think Ponder, but I read some of your posts on there and I loved them. I’m so excited to follow you on your journey here at The Quiet Pond! ✨ I love the atmosphere and aesthetics of your blog (your blog header!! 😍), as well as your blogging voice. I love that this will be a book blog with a narrative; this is such a unique and amazing concept! I love this blog already, and I can’t wait to read and interact with you on this blog! ☺️💞

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    • Thank you so much Dezzy! 💛
      Aw, I’m glad that we have met now and have the opportunity to get to know each other better. (And thank you for reading my old blog!!)
      I’m so so happy that you like it. :’) That means a lot to me and having something unique was what I was aiming for. Thank you! And I can’t wait to see you visit again soon. 💛💛

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  17. Hi CW! I am Nicoline and I blog at Bookish Stuff :)) I am excited to follow your new book blogging journey here at The Quite Pond since I didn’t knew you at Read Think Ponder. Sometimes all you need is a fresh start. And can I just say that I looove your colours here on the blog!

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  18. Honestly, this is the best idea I’ve seen on a blog in a long time. This is such a great idea for other blogger writers to do. Do you plan to create a picture book or book in general later on about the pond creatures because that would be dope.

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  19. Welcome back! I’m a bit late to comment, but better late than never. I know how much you’ve been preparing the last few months to launch The Quiet Pond and I love what you have planned. I remember I found Read Think Ponder a few months before you left and I remember how in awe I was of your of your drawing/design skills. Looking forward to following along and seeing what else you have in store for us. Wishing you all the best on your new blogging venture!

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