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Friday Review: A Fresh Start

It’s been a while since I posted a book review, for that matter it’s been a while since I wrote regular posts. 🙁

Life’s been a little crazy and now that things are settling down I hope to remedy that. Hmmm I had hoped to remedy it two weeks ago but I woke up one morning to the discovery of my blog being hacked. All I saw was the WordPress White Screen of Death. 🙁

I paid Sitelock to locate and fix the problem but it seems like there are still some bugs / malicious code and Sitelock keeps sending me emails about it. I’m not sure if they just want more money or is it a genuine problem. That said I guess I will have to figure it out and do a fresh install but that’s a topic for another day. For now, the white screen is gone and text is visible here again. 😀

But coming back to books. I’ve been a bit busy and haven’t been reading much in this year. I’m way back in my GoodRead Books Challenge and the number (don’t even ask what it is!) just makes me feel terribly guilty. I’ve also been thinking about why I haven’t been reading and after mulling and sulking over it for months I’ve realised that it’s the reviewing that’s killing my reading.

Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy reviewing books but I find it so difficult to say no that I seem to have accumulated a lot of books. The books seem nice but I just can’t find the enthusiasm to read them. And the fact that I have to read them with a review in mind just makes it that much more boring.

I miss reading books that I want to read for the sheer joy of reading them with no need or requirement of a review. Maybe that’s where I went wrong, I stopped reading books that I wanted to and I shouldn’t have done that. I should have balanced the two, and made time for both books of my choice and books for review.

But that’s all water under the bridge I guess and it’s time to start afresh. If you are an author or publisher who has sent me a book and are wondering what happened to it, now you know. I’m sorry for the delay and I promise there will be a review, but it will be a bit delayed as I fight my way to getting it done.

I’m not accepting books for review as of now, at least not until I have finished with my currently existing TBR pile. I also intend to read more of the books I want to read and may not even review them, I’m going to read simply for my reading pleasure.

So every week from here on there will be a Friday Review post which will not necessarily be a book review but can be a review of a book, website or product. I’m taking the pressure off of me and taking time to enjoy myself a bit. 😉

Have you ever buckled under the pressure of reviews? Lost the joy of reading momentarily? Been put off by reviewing and the large TBR pile? Found it difficult to say no? Let me know your thoughts, I’d appreciate all the help I can get. 🙂

Now that all that’s off my chest, here’s looking forward to many hours of happy, joyful, and guiltless reading. 😀

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