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!