Confessions of an Addict [25]: Biting Off More Than I Can Chew.

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You all know how you’ve seen very little of me lately. I’ve been trying, little by little to catch up. At the last count (as of this writing) my Bloglovin’ posts to read stand at 1786. No word of a lie. So last week, at the risk of losing my job, I threw caution to the wind and decided to take a mini-vacation. I took Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday off. Though my main purpose was to spend some time with my husband and kids, I also wanted to catch up on blogging, reading, reviewing. It didn’t quite work out as I’d hoped.

Reviewing books have been hard; it’s like pulling teeth most days. Reading is another matter though. I’m glad I haven’t been on a reading slump. It’s the opposite, actually.  But now, I’ve got several books to be reviewed. The cherry on top was when Syrie James sent me a message on Facebook thanking me for joining the blog tour for her book that’s coming out on August 5th. Then I said, what blog tour? I believe she could tell the anxious stutter of my reply. In my defence, I never did get her book to review so I thought the publicist had already filled up my date. But then I went back to my emails and realize, that yes, I suck. I signed up to review her book on August 1st! Everything’s okay now  though. Nita of Penguin sent me an e-ARC. So don’t forget to pop in on my stop. It’s called,  Jane Austen’s First Love. I’m really excited to read it.

A month or so ago (you know, when I used to have a life), I saw a blog post over at Nyx Book Reviews about her love for The Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward. I commented on her post that I too, share the love. She is hosting an event all summer long dedicated to all things BDB. I thought, hey. This is a good idea. So then I offered to do a post , which is really not all that bad, considering I’ve read and re-read some of these books. It should be a breeze. However, I’m the idiot who thought to make it harder for myself by offering to do a post about why Phury’s book is not getting enough love. So now, I have this grave task of re-reading a book that I didn’t really like and figure out all the reasons why his book sucked. Oh! And I have less than two days to do it. Can you say, cram?

I don’t know how y’all do this. I just can’t keep up! Can you imagine if publishers actually like me? Can you imagine if I have the same impulses for requesting ARCs as I do with my book buying binges? I think I get it now; I see the benefits of having a co-blogger. Some days, I’ve thought about quitting. Just because I need some time to enjoy all these lovely books in my shelves. But I’m unable to do it. Because above all things, I like writing out my thoughts on the books that I’ve read. Granted, they’re not all prolifically written. I still like having an outlet for my thoughts. And to me, that’s important.

 

  • I think even if you have an outlet of some shape or form it might help keep you happy. And don’t say “quitting”, I had a palpitation there that I don’t want to have again!! 😀 I’ve stopped writing full reviews for every book I read. Some books were enjoyable but I don’t have tons to say about them, so I’m going to introduce re-cap reviews for a couple of books at a time… R x

  • Joy, you’ve voiced my exact opinions on how I’ve been feeling at the moment! I’ve been really stressed at work, so I’d come home most days feeling extremely tired and needing to relax. I haven’t been able to keep up with my blogging duties, commenting, visiting blogs and all of that. So instead, I delve into reading and I’ve read a lot more books than I’ve been able to review as of late. I’m glad you were able to take those few days off to relax.

  • No worries, Joy! I think everyone has a period where things come crashing down on them and it feels overwhelming. Blogging is for fun for most of us, so there’s no expectation of a daily post or a comment on every post–for anyone. You’ve got a lot going on! We’ll all still be here to cheer you on, no matter how much or how little you do. 🙂

  • Christy

    Don’t worry about it. Seriously, it’s okay if you don’t post all that time. I am so glad I cut back because I was drowning. Writing reviews is definitely the hardest part for me, but it’s something I purposely challenge myself at.

    Don’t stresssss…….

  • Girl, I feel you. It is hard to write reviews and manage blogging with real life.

  • Don’t quit! I just found you! And I have an easy fix for your bloglovin’ feed. It’s called “mark all as read,” and TRULY–it will make everything better. Well . . . maybe not everything, but it will make a LOT better. And seriously, if you can’t help but conclude that Phury’s book is already getting the love it deserves (as in, not much), no one will blame you, b/c none of us liked it 😉

  • Aw, hugs 🙁 I’m sorry it is a bit busy for you. <3 Yeah, it's hard to catch up sometimes. And omg. That sounds a bit stressful. Best of luck, though. <3 You can do it 😀 But aw. I don't want you to quit blogging. Sniffs. But I do understand if you do. <3 BUT DON'T, lol 🙂 Thank you for sharing about this Joy. <3 You are awesome.

  • I’ve done this a LOT where I have ARCs and guest posts and interviews and just too much lined up. Like you said, reviewing is hard–but I still want this outlet for my thoughts!–and though reading is easy I’ve learned to just breathe this year. I’ve learned that it’s OK if I don’t review every book I read because, honestly, some books are just alright and a sentence or two about them is fine. It’s OK if I don’t review all my ARCs because the worst that can happen is that a publisher won’t grant me access the next time and I’ll have to wait for two or three months to read a book I want but I’ll still eventually read it. ARCs have become such a looming terror for me, lately, because I feel obliged to review everything I download when, a lot of the time, I’ll download an ARC in excitement and then read some reviews and realize it’s not for me and forcing myself to read a book I know I won’t like is such a counterproductive concept. I hope you’re able to balance everything out better–I think you’re doing a GREAT job!–but definitely go easier on yourself. Remember: this blog is for YOU and no one else except yourself can dictate how much content, how fast that content appears, or what content should go up on your blog.

  • It can be hard to keep up some weeks even months so I hear ya. I think at some point in time we all feel over whelmed with blogging and/or writing reviews and trying to reply to all comments and visit every blog that we love.

    Hang in there. I wish I could say it gets better but you know, it doesn’t really just maybe more manageable some weeks over others. 😉

    And hey, at least you found out about the blog tour with enough time to still read the book! It would have been terrible if not and you found out the day of. 😉

  • I totally get what you feel Joy. Especially on review copies and reading them fast enough to review, yet you also want to enjoy them. Then you also want to read a book to get you out of that reading slump. Just know everyone has experiences too, your not the only one! You’ll definitely get through it!

    Happy Reading!