Hey y’all 😀 It’s been a while. I know that I’ve been posting sporadically or not at all over the last three months. I’m sorry for that. Today I’m here to tell you why. I have been an avid reader since I was a little girl. I enjoy reading everything from the classics to hard science fiction to high fantasy to contemporary romance. I honestly love it all. I always have. It’s only one of the reasons I decided to start the blog in 2014.
Over the last year though, I’ve really struggled. As the title suggests, I’m burnt out on books. That’s something I never thought would happen. To just give you a glimpse of my current feelings on books: I’ve DNFed (did not finish) 8 of the last 12 books I’ve read. Y’all!!!! That’s more than I’ve DNFed since I started blogging four years ago. I average maybe 2-3 books a year. But 8 in the last two months?! That’s ridiculous. Not to mention that I’ve only finished four books in that time, one of those I admittedly skimmed because I just wanted to know how it ended. To me, that’s not acceptable.
Books are supposed to be fun, a safe haven for those that want to escape reality. Not a chore and never a burden! But y’all that’s exactly what books have become for me over the last year. There are very few authors that I actually enjoy reading anymore. I’ve become cynical about my books. I find excuses to not read. I deliberately go out of my way to prevent reading. Not cool y’all. It’s just not cool!
With that said, I’ve taken the last week or so to really examine why I feel this way. And it keeps coming back to the blog and ARCs (advanced review copies) and schedules. I’ve always been a mood reader, meaning that I read whatever I’m in the mood for whether that be a sweet romantic comedy or a post-apocalyptic thriller. I read by what I’m in the mood for. When the blog was still young and ARCs were few and far between, it was easy for me to balance my mood with my blogging schedule. Now not so much. Now I’m drowning in ARCs because I’ve lost the desire to read. Some of that is my fault in requesting a book on Netgalley. Some of that is not being able to say no when an author makes a request. No matter the case I need to find a balance again which leads me to the reason for today’s post.
For the summer, starting today, I will no longer be blogging. Instead I’m going to take the summer and really examine why I lost my joy in reading. I’ll be focusing on what I love about blogging and what is a chore. I’ll be working on coming up with a way to manage my mood reading with my schedule. And I’ll be revamping the blog to match what is important to me going forward. My goal is to return with a fresh outlook in September and lots of books to share.
During this process, I hope you don’t forget me 😀 I’ll still be posting on Twitter and Facebook, and occasionally Instagram (still figuring that one out). Below are some questions I have for you that will help me in this revamp. Please answer them and if you have more to say (or book recs) shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
See you in September 💋