After discovering this online book community, I also began accepting books for review from publishers and authors. I have discovered some authors that I would never have discovered otherwise. I have explored some new avenues. And, I have enjoyed it!
However, I feel that it is time to remember my roots, of where and why this blog began. This past year has been an exciting ride . . . BUT, it has come time to re-evaluate as the new year comes to a close. This is what I have come to realize . . .
With my Type A Personality, I feel that I need to be able to provide those who have requested reviews a quick turnaround time in regards to my thoughts.
When I do not follow through on this quick turnaround time because life simply gets in the way, then I feel bad . . . horribly bad.
And, this has not been motivating me to get through them faster!!! Normally, it would actually . . . but this year has been a very chaotic one for me!! My normal has simply turned to abnormal!!
Maybe it has been all this chaos . . . maybe not!! BUT, whatever the case may be, I have decided to return to my roots! I am going back to reviewing those books that I acquire through personal purchases or as gifts (I include giveaways in this category). I will no longer be accepting copies for review from publishers or authors.
The weight that has been lifted off my shoulders has been amazing! I feel that I can now sit back and enjoy the ride instead of screaming at the top of my lungs through all the dips and dives, just trying to hang on to all the craziness and fulfill all the roles and duties in my life.
Blogging has been my release. It has been my way to de-stress after a long day. It has been my constant through a multitude of moves, a place I can turn to relax and release, and share my joy with others.
Many may also be asking if this has something to do with the new changes being implemented by the FTC. Honestly, it was not a huge factor, but it may have been what has pushed me over the edge.
Now for just a couple of final thoughts . . .
For my readers . . . I will be sticking around for quite some time! I will be posting on a more regular basis again! And, I will be here to talk books, my favorite topic next to my family!! And, I have some new changes coming in the new year that you will not want to miss, including a meme, monthly giveaways, and maybe even a little surprise!
For authors or publishers . . . Please do not consider this an end to our personal communication! I encourage you to still send me information on your books! I may not know of you otherwise!! If your book intrigues me, I will be adding it to my Wish List (my list of books that I wish to read). I will be revising my review policy in the next week, and all of this will be listed in my permalink in the menu above. This is a positive change! Afterall, I am one of those who likes to own the books I read . . . this could lead to my support by actually purchasing your books instead of you sending me free ones!! All in all . . . money in your pocket, NOT out!! If you have already sent me a book, ALL books will be reviewed by the end of the year.
Well, now that I have rambled enough, it is now time for me to sign off for the evening. I will be heading up to my favorite reading spot, curling up with a good book, and getting lost in the world of Panem! Until next time . . .