You would be referring to “Book Buddy”, as shown below:
When I launched this site in beta on January 1st, 2023, Book Buddy was all over the site. I thought it would be fun to have on the site, and brighten it up. So many sites I find are boring, and I thought a book-related mascot would liven things up.
A few months into the launch of the website, my friends wife registered. The first thing she asked was “Isn’t this site targeted towards adults?” and then said that she felt she was on a kids site, due to Book Buddy. Shen then backed it up by providing a book newsletter from her daughters school, which had a similar mascot on it.
It was one of those things where I thanked her for the feedback, but didn’t plan on changing it. I had the idea for “Book Buddy” years before I even launched the website. I wasn’t going to change the entire site due to one persons opinion. I had videos made featuring Book Buddy, and had various plans involving the mascot.
Then I slept on it, woke up the next day and realized “darn it, she’s right”. I completely understood. So I’ve pulled Book Buddy back from most areas of the site. Book Buddy will still appear in a few small areas around the site, but is for the most part dead.
Thanks for killing Book Buddy, Alana. You killed the child inside me as well. Next time I come visit, I’m not bringing any timbits.