A big thank you to anyone who’s still popping by my blog and reading any of my book reviews.
A few months ago I was forced to make the decision to stop reading and reviewing ARC books. This was because my health has taken a nosedive and has left me unable to read most days; for perspective it’s taking me on average a whole month to get through a standard length novel compared to the four novels a week that I used to read.
Since then I’ve been thinking about what I want my blog to be.
When I created this blog I wanted it to primarily be somewhere that I kept record of the books I read.
But along the way I happily got caught up in the everyday goings on in the book blogosphere and I spent a lot of my time writing posts for bookish memes and tags.
I also started writing weekly updates about my life, my chronic illness, things that were going on in the world around me etc etc., and I wrote a number of discussion based posts.
My life now has changed.
And I have to accept that change. My health just doesn’t allow me to be that type of blogger anymore.
It’s pretty devastating to admit it.
My blogging life was something I loved so much. I loved feeling like I was part of a community, that I had many friends whose blogs I loved to read, that I had friends who enjoyed popping by my blog… I loved being an active user of Twitter, of Goodreads. I had fun dabbling in bookstagram and Pinterest.
But sadly I have to let all of that go.
This blog for the foreseeable future is just going to be a space where I post my book reviews.
There will be no set schedule.
There will be times when I won’t post anything and times when I will post a lot.
Ultimately I want this blog to be my reading record as I begin to disentangle myself from the Amazon focused world of Goodreads where I’ve been a member for well over a decade.
I’m so sorry that my health doesn’t allow me to bloghop and communicate with you all these days. My heart is so heavy with loneliness from missing all of my online friends.
But I’m simply too unwell. The fatigue, the pain, the illness… It’s besting me right now.
However, I’ve been chronically ill for three decades.
And if this current down-period is anything like the past then I know I will get through it. My health has always ebbed and flowed. So hopefully the rise is on the horizon and I will soon return to being the kind of friend and blogger I want to be.
Until then I send you all my love.
PS If for any reason you want to get in touch with me you can use the contact form on my blog.