Catching up…

I was going to start this blog with an apology but then I had to stop myself. It is pretty pointless to apologise for things I can’t control, and I certainly haven’t been able to control the fact that life has just got in the way of blogging recently.

A new job, the inevitable Christmas term mounting chaos means that blogging has had to take a back seat. It is as simple as that.

Well, almost…

You see after a few weeks back at work, when the lazy hazy days of summer were firmly behind me I started to feel the pressure of blogging. Trying to fit in great reviews was a challenge and suddenly reading started to feel like a bit of a chore.

For the first time since my university days I looked around at the mounting pile of books and began to feel overwhelmed. Usually I will quite happily hoard reading material without any real thought of when or how I am going to get it all read; there is something liberating in just have a huge choice of books around me. But suddenly the liberty was vanishing and I was feeling the pressure.

The pressure was probably self imposed but it was real. I was waking up feeling guilty about ARCs I hadn’t read, I started avoiding reading certain books because I didn’t want to have to make notes or erudite comments.

In short reading was in danger of becoming a job, not a pleasure.

And that is something reading has never been to me.

And something I never want it to be.

So for a while I had to stop. Not stop reading but stop blogging.

I have kept up with my blog tour commitments, and will absolutely continue to do so but I have dramatically cut down on agreeing to others.

I haven’t requested an ARC for over two months. I won’t lie this has been HARD! On a superficial level I miss the thrill of book post and the chance to have a sneaky peek at greatness to come. So many times I have logged to Twitter and seen beautiful books by fabulous authors and my fingers have twitched over my email. But have restrained myself. I often have to have stern words, telling myself the book trolley is full…and the night stand…and the book shelves. I have to tell myself that I can’t read everything.

What I haven’t done is stop reading. I have given myself permission to read away from the pile, to read out of my self imposed order and to remind myself of the love of books again.

I feel like I have pulled myself back from a bit of a brink. There is no doubt I love blogging but I love reading more. And I don’t want to lose sight of that.

As a blogger I fully intend to stick around, but I have to admit to myself that I can’t take on every book written and sometimes a pause is a necessary thing.

In the last month I have read some cracking books, and I fully intend to write a catch up blog very soon. But if I don’t then the world won’t end…

Thanks for joining me on my Sunday ramble…


Rachel x

6 thoughts on “Catching up…

  1. I love this post and I’m happy to have stumbled across your lovely blog. I’ve drastically stepped back from blog tours and ARCs lately as well because I just wanted to read what I wanted – I don’t need or want the pressure either and I still love blogging.

    I’m looking forward to getting to know your blog better 😀


  2. I love this! And in particular your honesty. Self awareness is a powerful, powerful thing and getting back to your ‘why’, the love of books and the reason why you started blogging is such a great example to us all. I’m a huge believer in spending as little time as possible on ‘shoulds’. Life definately is too short for them. Thank you for sharing and happy reading!


  3. Hi Rachel,
    I’ve burnt out as a book blogger. I have agreed to one thing in Dec, one in Jan, one in Feb. The reality is, I want to write and book blogging is making that impossible. Have managed to write one short story over October, and intend to write one in November too…it may have a watery theme 😏 I totally hear, and feel what you are saying because I am there xx


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