Reading For Fun

As a book blogger, I have so many opportunities to read books early. While it’s a wonderful thing that I feel so lucky to be able to do, it’s also hard because I no longer have the time to read the books I really want to read. I have schedules to think about, deadlines to meet and publishers to connect with. While I do love what I do, I sometimes have to put the brakes on things and admit that I’ve had enough and that I desperately need to throw away schedules and deadlines.

And sometimes I just need to read some “me” books for awhile. No matter how many review books I have waiting for me. No matter the deadline or the schedules. Reading books just for me allows me to remember how much I love reading a book with no review expectations. It’s freeing and definitely something I still enjoy.

Recently, I got a new library card and have been reading only my library books for the past week and a half. It has been truly awesome to read books just for me. I thought it would stress me out not reading review copies, but it hasn’t. Actually it’s made me more excited to read upcoming books. I haven’t stopped loving to read, but the excitement had definitely faded recently as my review list has grown steadily. Reading books just for me has actually succeeded in reducing my stress, which I think is totally awesome.

Book bloggers are often under a lot of pressure. Pressure to read, read, read and then to review, review, review. Not to mention building and keeping contacts with publishers & authors. And for most of us, we do this for fun. Most of us have jobs, school & other obligations. Book blogging isn’t all we do and we aren’t just book bloggers. We have a life outside of this fun hobby.

So, remember that it’s okay to break from your reading schedule to read a book just for you. If you need to throw out a schedule sometime to get your reading mojo back, just do it.

What I Hate About Book Blogging

Okay so this feature used to have a name but I am no longer liking the name. So this weekly thing will just be a typical discussion post with the title of the discussion being the title of the post. The day it will be posted will stay the same so no one has to feel confused.

I sometimes struggle with coming up with a discussion post. It’s usually something that has been done to death or it’s something stupid. Thank you to Jenni of Alluring Reads who helped me with this decision. Several days ago she posted about what she hated about blogging. I thought it was a great topic because so few people realize and admit that, yes, there is a dark side to book blogging.

Number one is the pressure. I never in a million years expected to feel any kind of pressure when I first started this thing four months ago. I was simply looking for something fun that would combine my love of reading with my love of writing.Plus having a few friends that were already into this,definitely helped.

As a newbie book blogger I was surprised when people casually mentioned the pressure they were under. It wasn’t until I started to get emails from authors/publishers and discovered Netgalley. I swear Netgalley is the devil.  I realized how pressure inducing it was. Several times I have had to put myself on a Netgalley ban and a ban on accepting emailed requests.I never in a million years expected to be receiving requests on a regular basis. I was under the impression that only semi-seasoned and seasoned book bloggers (those who have been doing it at least six months) would be getting these emails.

Before I knew it, I had 8 hard copy books and around 12 Kindle books. I have never felt that kind of pressure before. Thankfully, right about that time our internet went out for a week and I was able to finish 11 books. A month later things are building up again and I’m drowning in a sea of books. The pressure is rough but thankfully I have surrounded myself with people who get it. Other book bloggers who totally get what I am feeling.

Now that I am following so many blogs via multiple different ways, a new sort of pressure is rising. Comment, comment, comment. My brain screams that at very inopportune moments and I have to beg my brain to shut the hell up. People have told me that the only way I’ll get more blog followers is to comment like crazy on other blogs. Then I just have to ignore them because just because I am not in school right now, doesn’t mean I have all the time in the world to comment like a crazy lady.

Writing reviews, I don’t think I am the only one who struggles the most with the books they loved. I literally spend 3-4 paragraphs gushing over a book if I loved it. If I didn’t like it, I am able to be so much more critical and those are the reviews that can, on a good day reach 7 paragraphs. Yes lengthy but overall I do write fairly long reviews.

The hard part about writing negative reviews is letting the author or publisher know that you didn’t enjoy the book and sending them a link to your review.If you’re like me, you feel terrible about doing that even if you know that it’s the right thing to do. Even if you make absolutely sure that you did not attack the author in any way,it’s still hard to let the authors and publishers know that in your opinion, the book was not good.

So what things do you hate about book blogging? Let me know in the comments.