I’m Baaaaaack

Yesterday afternoon, I arrived back in real life after a vacation to Europe. My trip was fantastic and I am going to miss Lenore Appelhans and her kitties so so much. I also got to see Debby (Snuggly Oranges) and Ellis (Finding Bliss in Books/The Random Transliterator), both of whom are lovely and basically all three of these people need to live closer to me. Also, thanks to Lenore, I made some new friends: Jeremy, who let us crash on his futon in London and Sandra Nickel, who showed us the best time in Switzerlamd. If I’m not lazy, I’ll write more about the trip itself and include pictures, but that’s actually not the focus of this post.

As always, I had big plans of doing more reading than usual on vacation. HA. Yeah, no. That did not happen. I think I read seven books over the slightly over two weeks. Sure, I could have, but I would have had to ignore Lenore and Europe and then why the fuck did I fly there? Thus, I ended up taking an unplanned blog break, my first in three years, I think. What I realized is that I NEEDED the break, even if it was only five days long. Post-vacation, I’m now super behind, but maybe I needed it, even if my pile’s now a mess.

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During the trip, I gave myself the freedom to read whatever I wanted, without really considering release date. Some backlist stuff and some books not coming out until 2015. That felt SO good. I definitely need to make sure I give myself more freedom to free read, even if it means I get to less of my review copies. This is my HOBBY and I need to have fun. Of course, I don’t have a new plan yet. I’ll probably continue with my old system, but there will still be some changes coming. I’ve been posting six reviews a week and that’s something I can’t sustain with my current reading pace, so I’ll be cutting back from that for example.

gif arrested development huge mistake

Finally, after several years of blogging, I’m finally starting to become okay with the idea that I won’t get to every review book I receive. I physically can’t, and, even if I could, I’m not sure I could sustain my sheer joy in reading that way. I’ll continue to try really hard, but I need to keep fun in mind. I’ve been stressing myself out a whole lot and I need to stop. It’s not healthy andย  I’m making blogging feel like a burden. I need to stop doing that.

gif arrested development stress

You’ll definitely continue to see me DNFing more books, because I do not have the time or energy to force my way through books that don’t grab me. That doesn’t mean I won’t be posting negative reviews anymore, but there will be less. Speaking of, I’ll be doing a round up of those soon. As soon as I’m not lazy. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway, I am back now and will hopefully find the right balance for me right now. If you’ve found the perfect balance, tell me your secrets.

12 responses to “I’m Baaaaaack”

  1. Arrested development GIF’s. I’m currently watching this series ๐Ÿ˜€ My perfect balance is: post whenever I feel like it and only review the books I want. Sometimes it means I write a very short review, sometimes I only post some thoughts on Goodreads. It’s my blog, so I can decide whether I want to review a book or not ๐Ÿ™‚
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  2. WELCOME HOME! I used to obsess over making sure I had all the posts in all the right places, but lately? Meh.

    Blogging is a hobby. I’m not being paid. It’s supposed to be fun. Once I adopted that mentality it took a lot of pressure off. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Heather says:

    Ahh, I want to hear all about your trip ๐Ÿ™‚

    lol it seems like the only time I can get a lot of reading done on vacation is when I go to Northern Michigan, mainly because there is no internet/cell coverage where I go, so I have plenty of time to read and relax (which is my plan from the start, and why I love going up there so much.) If I’m going somewhere else, though, I’m lucky if I get one book read because, as you said, I want to explore!

    I’m glad you aren’t feeling super stressed about this anymore. You’re right: this is your hobby, and it should be fun!

  4. Angie says:

    YAY WELCOME BACK WE MISSED YOU.

    I’m so glad you had an amazing trip. Hopefully you find a balance that works for you soon so you can read all the things without losing the fun.

    ALSO YAY FOR ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT GIF USUAGE. I need to rewatch now.
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  5. WELCOME BACK!!! And yay, I’m glad you had fun (so jealous) and are allowing yourself to relax more. You do a great job with the blog, m’dear, and letting yourself breathe and have fun will only increase the quality, not decrease it. ๐Ÿ™‚
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  6. Gillian says:

    YAY HI YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY *tosses confetti* *tosses snacks* *panics and tries to catch all the snacks because who the FUCK tosses snacks?!?!!?* I MEEEEEEEESSED YOU
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  7. Meg says:

    HI CHRISTINA WELCOME BACK IT’S GOOD TO SEE YOU YOU’RE LOOKING FABULOUS DID YOU DO SOMETHING NEW WITH YOUR HAIR? I’m glad your break was beautiful and break-shaped and filled with Europe and awesome.

    (believe it or not, I’m not actually competing with Gillian for most nonsense comment)

    (or maybe it’s just that I would’ve said this anyway)

    (I don’t know)

    (I missed you and I’m glad you’re back)
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  8. You deserved the break ๐Ÿ™‚ No worries! If publishers have a problem with it they can just DEAL WITH IT. They’re sending you so many review copies, the only way it would make sense for you to set aside everything to get through all of them would be if they PAID you. This is still a hobby, so yeah.

    ANYWAY I MISS YOU BUT ALSO YOU WILL BE ON TWITTER MORE NOW AND YAYY.
    Debby (Snuggly Oranges) recently posted…Monthly Wrap-Up: September 2014My Profile

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