June has come – and hopefully some warmer days and bluer skies with it, right?
I have an important update about the Bibliophile Support Group to share with you.
Before I give you the update, here’s some background that brought me to this decision:
After a rather tumultuous year, I now have a new job – full-time, of course – and it is a place I am happy to be, to grow, and to hopefully build a career in. Unlike some of my previous jobs, I will not have as much of an opportunity to read during my work day. Not that my lunch and relaxation breaks won’t be stuffed full of it, they will, but during my working hours I will be, well, working.
Over the last couple years, I have noticed more and more that I feel rushed when I’m reading. Before I started blogging more heavily, I never felt this way. Now, in the back of my mind I’m figuring out how behind I’ll be if I don’t finish this book by this time, etc. I haven’t reread a book in a long time, even when I really, really want to. Sometimes it really makes me sad.
At the same time, I love blogging – sharing my thoughts on books I’m reading is fun and gives me a foothold in a community that will always be my primary passion. So, stopping blogging would not only be irresponsible (I still have a gazillion books to review), but I would miss it dearly.
I just need to scale back. I hope you can understand this.
I do not want reading to feel like a chore, like a job. This is an absolute horror of a thought to me, as I’m sure you can appreciate.
So, my first step is to cut down on the amount of reviews I post. Instead of there being a new review every Monday, Wednesday and Friday – with sometimes two on Friday – it will a new review every Monday and Friday only – with an occasional Wednesday review.
From 3 to 4 reviews a week to 2 to 3.
Not a huge difference, but I’m hoping it’ll make positive changes in my reading life. If this still continues to be too much, I may cut down to only 1 to 2 a week, but we’ll not worry about that right now. I want to take it one step at a time. If that happens, I’ll let you know.
This does mean that my humungous, overwhelming piles (yes, that is plural) of To Be Reviewed books will take a little longer to get to, but I’m hopeful that every publisher, publicist and author who has been kind enough to send them can understand that I need to reduce the pressure and give myself time to truly enjoy and absorb these books – not to mention maybe watch a movie sometimes! Ha ha.
In the end, I don't want to pull my hair out because I get home from work and I'm so tired I can only read fifty pages. That's no fun, and I don't want it to be that way.
These changes go into effect immediately. I hope all of you wonderful followers and readers continue to read and enjoy my reviews and follow me into what I hope will be a much more relaxing year of reading for PLEASURE not obligation.