A Saturday Ramble…I’m back…really! #OwningUp #BookBlog #Blogger #Books

Remember that post saying hey, I’m back?  Then I kinda really wasn’t?  Yeah…I think I jumped the gun.  But seriously, I have my 2020 calendar printed out and I have blogs typed up and scheduled to post.

I AM BACK!

I did promise myself a few things that have helped me get here…

1) I am not going to go crazy over YOUR posts.  You heard me right…YOUR posts.  What I mean is, I would read all your posts and go CRAZY with my TBR pile.  I would put my books on hold because all the books you were talking about sounded awesome…and they were awesome.  I started to feel like I would be out of the loop if I wasn’t reading all these latest releases right now.  I realize now, who cares?  If I just read all the books everyone else is talking about then I’m not sharing any different books with the world and isn’t that the point of a book blog?  To find great, different books?  Sure, there will always be new releases I’m dying to read and that I will, but I am determined to shrink down the amount of books I have now stashed around the house and dwindle them down…and then buy more, hahahaha.  I am going to promise myself to keep the books you all talk about on my TBR list and then get to them eventually.  Seriously…it has taken a load off!

2) I am not going to kill myself over my blog content.  There are times when I read a lot and times when I read a little.  It’s called life.  I wanted a post EVERY DAY.  That isn’t going to happen anymore.  Sure, it’s something to strive for and if it happens, great.  If I go a day or two without a post, awesome.  I’m not going to look at my stats anymore.

3) I’m going to dedicated a night, one day a week, where it’s me and my computer and work on the blog.  I will use the app to give myself some ideas for blogs and read your posts, but my giving myself one dedicated night where that is all I do, phew, I feel good now.  I get done what I get done and that’s that.  I am behind on writing NINE reviews from last year…and I will get to them when I get to them.  It was ten but I managed to sneak one in before this post.

4) I am not going to worry about reading books my co-workers give me right away.  Before I would let them take place of books I had on deck.  Now they go below deck and I read them after the ones I had planned to read.  I always keep the book I’m reading and the next book I want to read on my stand and these books would plop right above the book I planned.  You don’t realize how sometimes this can take the wind out of motivation to read.  It’s crazy.  And guess what…no one cares if I bring the book in 5 days or 20 days.  We just pass them along in a big circle and they make it back to the original person in a few months.  Why am I stressing?  Stress no more!

It is amazing how sometimes so simple as a blog can make you feel so overwhelmed.  I love reading and I love the book blogging world.  To be fair, I was thrown back in to the middle of my work year with no warning and it took awhile to figure things out and get things to the way I wanted them to be…all the while I was like…books, blog, books, blog.  Now that I’m settled back in, I’m ready.  Truly ready after sitting down with myself and setting some new rules/boundaries.  Side note: my Netgalley shelf is out of control and I am determined to shrink it.  Talk about a whoops…haha…no more requesting until I get through it…now THAT is some motivation!!  Haha.

Have you set any rules up for yourself or gone through something similar with your blog?

Busy, busy, busy!

WOW!  The classes I was taking ended up sucking me in and taking me away from the fun things I like to…like read and then write about it!  With this school year wrapping up and winding down I am looking forward to endless days of reading….haha, I have kids, that won’t happen either!  In all seriousness, my classes are OVER and I’m ready to take back some me time!! WOO HOO!!

Since we last spoke I have read 6 more books…yikes…that’s 6 books I need to review!

My Goodreads Challenge is currently at 17 out of 52 books.  According to them I am only 1 book behind schedule!

Here’s a preview at the books to come reviewed shortly…

Between Hello and Goodbye by Jody ClarkThe Empty Beach by Jody ClarkThe Guest Book by Sarah BlakeThe Mother-in-Law by Sally HepworthSaving Meghan by D.J.  PalmerLittle Lovely Things by Maureen Joyce Connolly

There are some pretty good books in that mix!!!  Make sure you come back on Monday, May 20th to catch The Scent Keeper blog tour HERE!

What have you all been up to lately?