As I'm sure most of you know, the book blogging community has suffered a great loss. Dewey of The Hidden Side of a Leaf passed away last week.
I just found out as her husband posted about it today, and I'm terribly sad, shocked, confused, and more than anything else, I can feel a big void in the tight knit online world that we maintain. I've thought about it often, how people we may never meet become such a tangible part of everyday life. As odd as it might sound to the outsider, it's true. We share our lives, our loves, our losses, and we matter to each other. This community matters.
Dewey was one of the most talented community builders in the book blogging world. From the 24 Hour Read-a-Thon, to Weekly Geeks, the Graphic Novels Challenge and beyond, she worked tirelessly to bring us all together and help us feel our connections ever more acutely. It's a sad day for us, a very real loss, and it'll take some time for things to feel right again. I hope Dewey knows that we loved and admired here and that there's no one else quite like her.