So much has changed since the last time I posted, both in my life and in the blogging world. My last few posts lacked substance, and I figured that if I was losing interest in my own blog, why would anyone else want to read it? When I began a new job, the last thing I wanted to do when I came home was read. Review copies piled up and the blog added stress. Blogging was just supposed to be fun--an outlet where I could share thoughts and ideas and be able to discuss my favorite stories with other people who shared similar interests. In the end, it became an obligation. I realized that I wasn't reading to read. I was reading to promote.
While I loved being able to help authors by spreading the word about their new books, release dates hung over my head and I knew I couldn't keep up. I wasn't in it for the fun anymore. At first I thought that I would take a short break. Just enough time to catch my breath, focus on another hobby, and come back feeling refreshed. I left, but as you can see, it took me nearly two years to feel confident that this is what I truly wanted to do for myself.
As of right now, I'm reading a little book that you may or may not have heard of by now. It's only been collecting dust on my shelves for the past 3 or 4 years. That book is called Divergent by Veronica Roth, and I can gladly say that it has restored my love in reading. I want to consume more stories that make me feel similar emotions. I want to read for pleasure again. I will no longer waste my time on books that don't captivate me, because this is what I end up missing out on.
That being said, you probably shouldn't expect to see daily posts from me anytime soon. I'm going to take this slow so I don't get overwhelmed again, but I'll also try and add new features to the blog in order to keep things exciting! I can't wait to dive into new worlds, meet new characters and take you along with me. Thank you for sticking around this long!