It's no secret that this blog hasn't been very active for a long time now. Up until today, I hadn't posted anything for nearly six months, and reviews have been sporadic for over a year. If anyone's been wondering why I've been so inactive, or worried about my sudden radio silence, here's the story:
I love reading, and I love writing book reviews. I loved doing this blog. But eventually I started to feel like I was reading so that I could review - picking books apart instead of enjoying them; feeling pressure to finish them faster and read more; feeling like I should be reading certain types of books, or the books that were popular at the moment. Between piles of school work, commitments to after school activities and community organizations, and a handful of health problems, I kept falling behind on my reviews and feeling guilty about it. Basically, reviewing books started to feel like a job, and one that I wasn't doing particularly well.
So I stopped. I've still been reading, and occasionally posting a review on Goodreads if I felt particularly opinionated about a book, but I haven't been posting anything here. I've been able to get a better handle on the myriad things I have to and want to do with my time, and I've started to enjoy reading the way I used to again. So now I'm considering coming back to reviewing - on a part-time basis.
I can't promise I'll have updates regularly or for every book I read, and for now I'm not going to bother with pretty much anything under Features. For now, it'll just be a few reviews a month, when I feel like I have time and something valuable to say about the book. I'm going off to college in the fall, so I'm not sure how much time I'll have, but I really want to start reviewing again, so hopefully changing these things will help me keep this blog active without going insane from stress!
To anyone that's been checking this blog, or is even still interested in it, thank you! If you want to receive more regular updates from me, feel free to friend me on Goodreads. Thank you for reading!
I've been completely horrible about staying on top of reviews - I don't think I've even posted anything since November. I've been busy and sick a lot, and to be honest I take far too many naps. I'm trying to get back on track with reviews, but bear with me. I have a lot on my plate, and this blog can't always come first.
I'm not sure if the gods are smiling upon me or if they're testing out their latest plague on me, but I have the week off from school due to my lungs not being very good at their job. I've done a ton of reading (finished three books, hope to finish 2/3 more) and caught up on some of my reviews. There's more coming, though! I'm going to try and crank out at least two more (maybe 3?) tomorrow, but that depends on whether or not I can breathe.
Hopefully I'll be all better and completely caught up soon!
Most of the delay in reviews was because I'm a skilled procrastinator. The rest of it was due to the confusion of starting school, my grandmother's death, and an untimely power outage.
I appreciate your patience. The remaining two reviews will be posted tomorrow, and I will not miss On the Lookout this week.