It’s been a while since I’ve written in a weekly update; I haven’t also been updating my bookstagram recently and with most of my posts being scheduled it felt as though I was on hiatus. During these quiet, no social media days, I realized how important it is for us bloggers to take a step back from the constant whirl of our community. I found it funny that although I was taking more days to read a book, which you should know is very interesting, I was enjoying it more.
I reduced my reading goal for the year. Even though I’d read more than 70 books in 2017 and could have just easily done the same this year or maybe even achieved 100 books, on the advice of my boyfriend, I decided to stick to a simple 55 books. This would not only allow me to be more mindful of the ARCs I request – no more! – but also to tackle the books on my backlist.
Speaking of which, I’m currently working on removing books from my Goodreads To Be Read pile. Looking through the 200+ books I found that I didn’t recognize many of the titles I had saved! To be honest, I hated seeing the number rise on my TBr. It felt cluttered and served no purpose besides frightening me. A book I may have been eagerly waiting for in 2016 will no longer interest me, so why not just do away with it. So far I’ve removed, maybe 20 books (?), and let me tell you – it feels good! It’s the similar feeling you have to decluttering your wardrobe. I now know which books are ones I actually want to read and having a smaller TBR pile will help me pick out books to buy rather than simply splurging.
This month I participated in a blog tour for Rachel Lynn Solomon’s You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone. The author also contributed a guest post of writing tips she used while penning her novel. It deals with writing emotionally heavy books and also remaining sensitive when writing about an illness.
And finally, I contributed a blog post to Quite The Novel Idea where I listed six 2017 reads I missed and plan on getting to this year.
Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality where we showcase our weekly additions to our ever growing bookshelves!
Just starting out with NetGalley and/or Edelweiss? Evelina from AvalinahsBooks answers introduces you to them as well as answers some beginner questions.
Cait from Paper Fury provides a dose of advice on 10 bad bookworm habits we should leave behind
Lia from Lost in a Story provides us with a guide to getting ARCs, besides the usual NetGalley and Edelweiss
Austine from Novel Knight writes about the importance of knowing why you blog
How has your week been? Are you back at work or school? What are your current reads?