Hello my awesome readers, I hope you guys are having a wonderful new year! I know that mine’s been both crazy and relaxing, I’ve been working a lot as an editor/proofreader, as well as going to school, and taking care of my kiddos. It’s been fun, but man I am glad the holidays are OVER!
I know that my reviews have been few and far between lately, and all I can really say is that there is a reason for that. I’ll try to explain what’s been going on, and tell you my plans for 2019.
In the fall of 2017, I started graduate school, which has been increasingly harder and more time consuming. I’m now in my last year and will be extra busy working on my thesis. I also moved in 2018, downsized from a 3 bedroom farm house to a 2 bedroom apartment, and everything has been crazy but very satisfying. I’m loving life right now! With that said, I have found it hard to keep up with reviewing books. I have not had review requests open on my blog for over a year now. I am still working on reading books that I’ve been sent a couple of years ago. It seems like I keep losing the passion to read, and the reason for that is I felt I was forced to read certain books, and I didn’t find joy in it like I used to.
I started reading back when my son was a baby, he’s 5 now, because it helped me deal with my depression. Ever since then I have thrown myself into books, which I absolutely love because it’s my favorite hobby. Then I got bombarded with requests, and I felt like I could never say no, I didn’t want to let some people down. That caused a back log of books that I don’t know when I’ll ever get to. Having hundreds of books to review, plus having my own shelves of books to read was daunting. I even got rid of a lot of books over the course of the move, but then I acquired a bunch due to book sales and a going out of business sale. My shelves are full, my Netgalley TBR is full, and my requests are closed. My brain feels cluttered with all of the books I need to read, and it’s almost stressing me out thinking about it.
I know it sounds like such a silly think to get stressed about, but I’m taking 2019 to get this in order. I plan to read all of the series that I own, that I have not finished, in the first part of the year. I will sprinkle in some of the reviews that I have to do, in order to get the list down to a manageable number. I work with a couple of companies who I respect and love working with, so I will continue to review those books in a timely manner, but I will not take requests this entire year, and I plan on getting my own personal books down by at least half. Chances are that I will not be reviewing every single book I read, but I would still love to share what I am reading with you guys. Please follow me on instagram @comfyreading, where I post pictures of books that I am currently reading, along with cute pics of my kids and cat. That doesn’t mean I won’t ever post a review, I do have some coming up for books I read over the winter break that I LOVED, but if it’s my own personal book, I am going to read it for my own personal enjoyment. Once I get everything settled and figured out, I plan on going back to the regular review schedule that I had set up in the beginning of this blog.
Thanks for listening, I hope you all have a wonderful day and please feel free to reach out to me for a chat!