Wow, um it has been one year and two days since my last post. Sorry about slipping into oblivion. It would be a bit of an understatement to say that the second half of 2019 was a bit of a doozy for me and 2020 has been… well it has been. A quick update on my end: I wrote my dissertation, defended my PhD, interviewed for jobs, moved across the country, made a baby, made it through a liver disease, and can count on one hand the number of times I have left my house in the past 5 months. With all of the chaos and excitement, reading and blogging slipped through the cracks. But now is as good a time as any to get back to reading and blogging. I miss the blogging community and feel I need to scream into the void about topics that aren’t as serious as everything else happening around me.
I’d be lying if I said my backlist of reviews didn’t bother me. When I open the list of reviews I need to write from the last *cough* year or two (oh gosh how did I let this get so bad?!) I get this mild feeling of anxiety. But then I go straight to NetGalley and request more books. It’s a vicious cycle. But it’s time. It’s time I face my book demons and put down my thoughts in words. At least the thoughts I remember……. It is time to be a responsible book blogger!
Seeing as this is my first post of the year, I thought it would be a good idea to lay out some goals for the last 5 months of the year. I am going to be a little less ambitious than I have been in the past, since I am preparing to teach courses online this year and have been really struggling with the baby blues. So tentatively, the goals I am shooting for this year:
- Review all of the backlist books I have read (this is currently sitting at 33 I think)
- Bring my NetGalley ratio up to 80% (honestly, I am really close with this one, just need to sit down and write some reviews!)
- Read at least 30 books this year (I’m only at 6 so I will really need to hustle with this one)
- Read the books on my Book of the Month Shelf (seriously, whomever came up with a book subscription service was a genius. It’s like my kryptonite.)
I think that’s all I’ll say for the moment, I better get working on my reviews and whatnot, so I hope you look forward to it!