I have had my blog for over three years now. I started on blogger and switched over to Weebly. I started my blog as a way to connect to others while I was reading. Except there is not much connecting with a blog.
I have been thinking about moving my site again. This time to WordPress. It would be a massive project. I would have to move everything by hand basically.
My other thought is just to cancel my blog. It seems like blogs are so old school. I should be moving to BookTube. Except I do not want to. I am a writer. I have no desire to see myself on a screen. I also do not even have a home computer, so editing software would be difficult.
I could stay on Instagram and other social media, spending more time on Goodreads.
I could also also keep my blog. It just seems like a lot of work for something no one reads. My numbers have been declining. I was almost at 2k weekly views and now maintain closer to 700/800.
I have enourmous amounts of requests to review to review books or to participate in book tours, but that is about the only contact I get. I had to stop responding to the requests when it became overwhelming.
I have not decided what to do. I may just take a break for a month to make my decision.
Any thoughts would be appreciated.
Waiting on Wednesday is a series that is hosted by Breaking the Spine. Each Wednesday I will present a new book that I am waiting to be released. This is a way to help me to stay current on my favorite authors and to let you know what to expect in 2019 and beyond.
I know that November is still a long way out. However, I was so excited yesterday when the release date for the sequel to Girls of Paper and Fire was announced. I received the original book from a book box subscription.
I had no idea what to expect, but loved the cover and premise and dived right in. The book ended up being a five star read for me. I went back and read all of Ngan's work. I saw growth in her writing, but there was always talent and amazing story plots.
If you want a fun author to follow on Twitter you should check out Natasha Ngan's twitter. She is one of my favorite to follow. There have been teasers for the sequel for months now, the anticipation has been built. So, I kind of fan girled when the actual release date was announced. I love the cover and the title also.
If you have not read Girls of Paper and Fire I highly recommend it. It is about a girl who was taken against her will to be a consort for the king. There are themes of sexual assault that may trigger some, I thought they were handled well and if anything did not quite portray the emotional impact of the situation - but respected that decision by the author. The world is ruled by demons. Humans are the lowest social class with minimal rights and in the middle you have half demon/humans.
When the world is unjust the people fight back. The first book in the series was about them fighting back. The second book will be a continuation of this rebellion. Also, a continuation of on of my favorite love stories. There is just something so cute about Lei and Wren.
February ended on Thursday of last week. I only had finished ten of my twelve books on my TBR. The two books not finished were both in the Temeraire series by Naomi Novik. The thing with reading series is if you do not finish the first book, then you can't even start the second. I am not sure what I plan to do with this series. The book is so slow, but I want to at least give the second book a chance. For now I have put it aside and am working on The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders. Also, I am listening to the audiobook of Becoming by Michelle Obama.
Reading is not going so well. It is not that I am in a slump as much as real life is crazy busy. It is my busy period at work. Then at home we are reorganizing and cleaning the entire house. All of this on top of the everyday stuff that still needs to get done.
Reading is my mental health break. It is the thing that keeps me steady while raising special needs kids. It is the thing that has kept me steady while navigating the world with Aspergers. So, when life gets to busy to read it kind of sucks. I try and squeeze in a chapter here and there to ground myself and then go back to getting done what needs to get done.
Thankfully our home should be finished by the end of next weekend and things can go back to being the same. Work. . . well it will always be busy. However, busy at work sometimes means more reading. I throw in my earbuds and listen while plugging away.
How is your reading going?
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