Hi, guys! It’s officially August, and that means… I am officially back in the blogging game! I thought a good way to get back into the swing of things would be to write a quick post about my hiatus, so… voila!
In my hiatus post, I talked a big game about getting ahead on reviews… Well, that didn’t really happen. And that’s okay! I really needed to step back from the blog and not stress for a while. I had one project especially that I really didn’t want to rush, and taking a hiatus helped that happen! I also decided to let myself read whatever I wanted, not just what was up next in my “schedule”, and thus a couple of highly-anticipated review books happened a little bit earlier than I’d anticipated, lol. I also got a few re-reads in!
Here’s a graphical representation of my hiatus, for anyone curious what went down:
You can look forward to a review for Midnight Thief‘s sequel, Daughter of Dusk, soon! Plus a tour post for Of Dreams and Rust, as well as reviews of Six of Crows (at the end of the month) and Illuminae (in September)! I’m also thinking that I should probably write a real review of Mistborn sometime… I’m going to have to figure out how to do that without melting into a puddle of incoherency, though. We’ll see how that goes… :P
(For those curious about Calamity, I’m keeping my mouth shut for now, but you can definitely expect a review closer to/on pub date. ;) )
Overall, I think my hiatus was a very much-needed break from the blogging stress I was feeling. It gave me time to step back a bit, reevaluate my priorities, and really take a look at how I need to blog in order to keep it fun and stress-free. I sound like one of many, many broken records when I say this, but when blogging is a hobby, it needs to be fun! My actual job is the only job I need in my life — I don’t need blogging turning into one, as well. ;)
That being said, I think this is a good time to talk a little bit about my…
The whole idea of a “TBR schedule” is one I’ve struggled with for a very long time. I’ve finally found a method that works best for me, but it’s still really easy to fall into the
“must read these ARC’s in this specific order” schedule pit of despair. I’m really really trying to be better about reading what I want when I want, though, as opposed to sticking to a schedule. It’s not only more fair to me, but it’s more fair to the books — if I force myself to read one book when I’d rather be reading a different one, my opinion of that forced book is going to suffer. Nobody wants that!
Anyway, this is a really rambly segue into talking about my August TBR. I’ve got a Goodreads shelf where I list all the books I’m considering reading/reviewing that month, which I use like a “grab bag” to pick the books I read. These are my choices for August!
The top row is organized by the order in which I currently feel like reading them, but the rest are basically organized by pub date. I’m so, so excited for so many of these books — as I mentioned, I’ve already started Daughter of Dusk, which is quite good so far. I think I’ll probably end up reading The Rest of Us Just Live Here next, but we’ll see what’s calling to me when I finish Daughter of Dusk.
This month, I’m also re-reading (via audiobook) Cinder, planning to re-read Mistborn book 2 (The Well of Ascension)… and maybe books 1-3 of the Throne of Glass series. Maybe. If I can bring myself to listen to the audiobooks. I tried once, and it didn’t end well (ugh, the narrator, omg).
…And now I’m thinking of making this TBR post a regular beginning-of-the-month thing, where I could also update about which books I read/which books I skipped the previous month and why… Could be fun? Yes? No? Maybe so? :P
Anyway, I’m excited to be back! I know it doesn’t take much effort to just sit and wait while a blogger gets her crap together ;) but your patience is appreciated all the same. ♥