Yes - it's true! Shirley Marr has packed her suitcases and is now catching the next unicorn outta here!

So as such, this will be my very last post and I will be online for a few days to field any responses and just to round things off.

There has been a singular incident which has made me make this decision, but as my mantra has always been "Keep it classy (BB)", I decline to publicly divulge any details. Just know that it definitely did not occur on Goodreads itself and was definitely not caused by any member of Goodreads.

The incident did make me think about the nature of authors using Goodreads as reviewers and although I have no problem with this concept - and I suspect many of you don't have an issue with me doing so either - I am after all, part of the "industry" and it be best that I commit 100% to being on that particular side and no longer blur the boundary.

But my time here was incredibly fun and I will miss all my friends, especially the little Aussie contingent, the group of "Moll Dolls". Just wipe a tear away then. Silly Shirley.

Do understand one thing:

Two years ago, I sat on the panel on the topic of social media at a writers festival and I publicly denounced Goodreads to a sold-out room that included bloggers, industry insiders and members of the media. Yes! I denounced Goodreads! I said that Goodreads scared me, the members scared me, the reviews scared me and I would never touch it with a barge pole.

Later on… back on the ranch... I decided that I needed to face my fears and understand why "peoplz were so meanz" so I joined Goodreads as a Goodreads Author and I got down to business. I don't know what I expected. To put on my David Attenborough and prove that the site was full of savages I suppose.

But instead, the very first few people I friended (which incidentally turned out to be the Aussies) were really nice, made me feel so welcome and were actually... wait for it... in it for the books. YES. They didn't get paid, they did it for the love. If they loved a book they shouted it from the rafters and they didn't receive the salary of a publicist, while doing something utterly more priceless. And once in a while there's a bung book so they just say it because dammit, they're entitled to that too.

As I forced myself into the shoes of a reviewer, I surprisingly found myself understanding "how things worked" and one day - I finally understood it. I "got it". I got the whole freedom of speech thing, I wanted to write smartass entertaining reviews, I wanted to be truthful and…

OMG I THINK I FOUND MYSELF!!11!! I r a reviewerz! Gah! Are my author friends going to think I am a traitor? (as it turned out, I had none, so that was an easy question to answer. And regardless, the answer turned out to be yes).

I don't care if people give me one or two stars anymore! (especially if they are as cute as this one. Aww). At the beginning I only wanted to rate books 3 stars and above. I found that this is IMPOSSIBLE. Full stop. So I quite naturally, through the process, evolved into a reviewer that gave anything from one to five stars.

If only every author did what I did, then they would understand Goodreads as well as I finally understood it. And if I was ever invited back on that writers festival panel I would say that not only would I touch Goodreads, I would touch it all over in a completely tasteful way.

I've learnt a lesson. I hope that I've been a good author and taught you that there's hope for "us" yet.

So thanks for the memories. I'm kinda proud I'm leaving Goodreads on a sweet note, on my own terms and not because I'm running off on a criez or being forced out (is that a first?)

If I could go back in time and do it all over? Yes. Yes. YES

I won't delete this account. I might come back in a year or so if I have a new book to do a write up on. But I will no longer be an active member. I will leave all my reviews intact for posterity and if you read and like them, then I thank you in advance.

Lastly: I got interviewed here and referred to myself as the David Bowie of YA (LOL). Anyway, you remember how he killed off Ziggy and everyone thought it was the end? Well, David Bowie is more than just Ziggy Stardust. I'll leave you with that thought ;)

To shamelessly quote myself -

"This is not goodbye; this is just see you later. So I say see you for now. I just don't know how soon is now. I sit in the middle and I wait."

I love youse all!
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message 1: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Boo!

I love your presence in my feed and the level-headedness you bring to every discussion. I know we haven't interacted much, but I wish you all the best in the next phase of your internetdom.

message 2: by Emily (new)

Emily No, I'm not crying. There's just something in my eye. Like a twig, you know, or a branch.

You will be missed Shirley!!! *all the awkward hugs*

message 3: by Reynje (new)

Reynje I'm not crying, it's just raining on my face.



message 4: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Shirley it has been such a pleasure to have met you through GR and to have interacted on some very interesting threads ;)

I think we all need a GROUP HUG!

I'm gonna miss you Shirley xxx

message 5: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Shirley! I am so sad to see you go. But I understand what you're saying and respect your decision. Still, I'm going to miss seeing your updates and reviews. I'm not crying it's just been raining on my face ;~;

message 6: by Sarah (new)

Sarah You'll be super missed around these parts, Shirley--I'm definitely going to miss your reviews. **HUGS**

message 7: by Rose (new)

Rose We'll definitely miss you, Shirley. It's been a pleasure meeting and interacting with you on GR, as well as reading your reviews. *hugs*

message 8: by Steph (new)

Steph Aw, no! Shiiiiirley!

You are indeed one of the good ones. Keep on keeping on, sister.

message 9: by Nicole (new)

Nicole Count me among the people with something in their eyes. I'll miss you so much, Shirley! I wish you'd stay on in a non-reviewing capacity, even, but I suppose this is what you must do. I hope you'll come back!

message 10: by Isamlq (new)

Isamlq Aaw.... I've enjoyed your reviews, and I also got a kick out of the the few times we did interact. Bye.. for now!

message 11: by Bonnie (new)

Bonnie You'll definitely be missed Shirley. Take care! Bye!... for now? :)

message 12: by Shirley (new)

Shirley Marr I promise this is not the end. It will have a romantic comedy ending - girl from Big Bad Author Land is sent to infiltrate Goodreads. Girl actually grows to love Goodreads and the friends she makes. Girl is forced to go back to Big Bad Author Land. But she will continue to love and see you all. Promise.

Thanks for the beautiful comments. And NO crying!

Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews) This makes me sad. You're one of the authors I always think of as rock-solid, intelligent, funny and down to earth. I never got to know you as well as I'd liked (and planned), but you are one of the good ones, Shirley, and GR will be the poorer for not having you.

I'll keep my eye out for your books and hope to see more from you soon.

Be well. :)

message 14: by Flannery (new)

Flannery "And if I was ever invited back on that writers festival panel I would say that not only would I touch Goodreads, I would touch it all over in a completely tasteful way.

Liar. I know you'd touch it in inappropriate ways.

We'll miss you around here, that's for sure. Or at least I will:-/ xx

message 15: by Wendy (new)

Wendy Go forth and spread joy!!! :)

Thanks for being sane, gracious and classy. Many authors could learn a lesson from you.

message 16: by Lisa (new)

Lisa I'm going to miss you around here, Shirley. It's been a pleasure reading your reviews and discussing books with you. You've been the model of what authors should be on Goodreads. I've always appreciated your candor and insights. I'll always be on the lookout for your books. :)

message 17: by Rachel (new)

Rachel Going to miss you, Shirley. You'll definitely be missed around here. :)

message 18: by Jenna (new)

Jenna Nooooooo. Shirley! Pile up on Shirley! Don't let her go!

OK OK if you must. Excuse me while I get this dust out of my eye...

Shirley, I'm honoured to have gotten to know you a little here on GR and on your blog, and love that you do things on your own terms. Including this. You're an inspiration and I respect you so much.

Moll Dolls 4 lyf.


message 19: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling Oh NO. I'm so sorry you're leaving, Shirley, you are one of my favorite people here--author or reviewer.

I am really glad you're not deleting this account, however, and I am going to cross my fingers that you decide to come back someday. In the meantime, you know who you can call if you need cinnamon bears shipped from the U.S.

xoxo Love to you. I will hunt you down if I'm ever in Perth.

message 20: by oliviasbooks (last edited Jul 24, 2012 10:30PM) (new)

oliviasbooks Huuuuuuuuuuuh? I am speechless, Shirley. I thought you were reviewing books on your blog even before joining Goodreads. You were THE author who stayed herself. And before I joined the community in 2009 primarily to list my reading history somewhere I had not heard anything about it that sounded remotely like «mean people».

message 21: by Zoë (last edited Jul 24, 2012 10:39PM) (new)

Zoë I swear I am not going to cry.


I'm going to miss you Shirley so much. I really enjoyed the Puberty Blues read along.

I hope you come back someday :)

message 22: by Limonessa (new)

Limonessa What a sad day it is Shirley. I haven't been around much either lately but I will miss your reviews for sure. Let's look on the bright side: does that mean you'll have more time to write?! I want more books by Shirley Marr!!

message 23: by Kat Kennedy (new)

Kat Kennedy Oh no, Shirley! I am so sorry to see you go! I will miss you, dearest!

message 24: by Experiment BL626 (new)

Experiment BL626 As much as I dislike this I'll support you in this decision but I'm sure going to miss you. Farewell.

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message 25: by aidanadia (new)

aidanadia Will miss you, Shirley! I loved reading your reviews, they were brilliant (and so are you). I look forward to reading everything else you write in the futures.

From one Aussie to another, cheers mate. :)

message 26: by Katya (new)

Katya *lip trembles* But I'll miss you.

message 27: by jesse (new)

jesse :'(

message 28: by Maggie (new)

Maggie Time for the super cool, secret Ostraylian handshake you taught me. Ready? *Kangaroo paw*

I'll miss you, Shirley Marr! I didn't even get to tell you about the time I semi-stalked Craig Silvey at ALA in your honor, or honour.

message 29: by jesse (new)

jesse @shirley: alright, then you're not going to be active in goodreads, but you're still going to keep reviewing on books on marrs, right?!
x joe

message 30: by Beth (new)

Beth ^ The answer to joe's question better be yes, shirley!

You are one of my favourite reviewers on here, writer or otherwise, and I'm genuinely very sad to see you go. *blinks very hard and fast*

message 31: by BiblioJen (new)

BiblioJen Shirley - you will be very much missed! I hope the road you are traveling brings you back this way soon! :-)

message 32: by Steph (last edited Jul 25, 2012 05:31AM) (new)

Steph Sinclair NOOOOooooOOOOOOoooooOOOOO! <==That was the "no" from Darth Vader.


message 33: by AnnaLund (new)

AnnaLund see, I don't know you at all, but this post? makes me want to read everything you've ever written.

authors, take note.

message 34: by Catie (new)

Catie This is a very sad day. I'm so thankful that you braved the savagery of goodreads and gave us all a chance. ;) For my part, I want to say that you are one of the few authors here who have proven to me that authors can be fully-functioning, critical-review-writing members of goodreads. I hope you don't stay away forever - don't be a stranger!

message 35: by Eyehavenofilter (new)

Eyehavenofilter This is very depressing... I feel a little angst... And a lot sad.

message 36: by The UHQ Nasanta (new)

The UHQ Nasanta I haven't read any of your books (not much of a YA reader) nor your reviews (I think) but I'm sorry you are leaving. Good luck with everything!

message 37: by Noelle (new)

Noelle Aw MAN. This bittersweetly blows, but I understand--I GUESS ;) Will miss you on here for sure, Shirley!

message 38: by Kate (new)

Kate Copeseeley I have several author friends who've done it and I don't blame them. I've thought about it myself, but for some odd reason I just keep coming back. Maybe someday I'll make an anonymous acct for myself so I can "leave" and still follow all my favorite reviewers.

Good luck on your exodus!

message 39: by Shirley (new)

Shirley Marr Thank you, every each one of you.

To answer the question, I will no longer be updating my reviewing site. Unfortunately, I now agree with my aggravator that I am not the good Aussie YA ambassador I thought I was, and instead am irresponsible, unkind and ruining people's careers.

So I will now refrain from making any public comments on other people's books, in either a positive or negative capacity. Sure I could stay on and only post positive reviews, but as you know, positive reviews almost always contain critical elements too and I do not want to post censored, fake sounding reviews.

Don't be sad. I will direct all my energies into creating a nice emo novel for you and I hope you can enjoy it next year, which is not really that long at all :)

message 40: by Amanda (new)

Amanda If I send you more Twilight bars, will you stay? :(

message 41: by [deleted user] (new)

I agree with Archer. :(

But clearly, Miss Marr, you are one of the classy ones!! (And an Aussie too! Feeling proud, yep, you bet:))

message 42: by Nicole (new)

Nicole I agree with Archer too. But I look forward to the time you fly back upon your magical unicorn and grace GR with your presence again!

Now get cracking on that book, lady! x

message 43: by Shannon (new)

Shannon Shirley wrote: "Unfortunately, I now agree with my aggravator that I am not the good Aussie YA ambassador I thought I was, and instead am irresponsible, unkind and ruining people's careers."

If you're irresponsible, unkind, and ruining people's careers, then I don't even want to know what I am.

You will be missed, dearly.

message 44: by Shannon (new)

Shannon Archer wrote: "You're the grand high queen meanie...."

Am not.

message 45: by Shannon (new)

Shannon Archer wrote: "Are too :p"

Am not :<

message 46: by Brooke (new)

Brooke But, but Shirley! Noooo, you can't go!


Thank you for being your fabulous self around here, I will definitely miss your cool quirkiness and astonishing wit ;o) Haters guun hate, if only it didn't come to this.

*big hugs* xx

Barbara (VampAngel) I'm sorry to see you go, Shirley. You're a really class act and you WILL be missed. *hugs*

message 48: by Jenna (new)

Jenna Shirley I think you're an AWESOME Aussie YA Ambassador, I've discovered so many Aussie YA I want to read through you!

But what would I know. I'm just a readersheep.

message 49: by rameau (new)

rameau *pouts* I'll miss you.

message 50: by Lisbeth Avery {Domus Libri} (last edited Jul 26, 2012 06:39AM) (new)

Lisbeth Avery {Domus Libri} I will miss your reviews but at least you'll be able to write a new emo book faster...
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