A (long) note to preface the real post...
One of the things I love about this blog is that I can do whatever the hell I want with it. When I think it needs to evolve or adapt I sit down and decide how and I do it. If something isn't working the way I want it to I can drop it, add to it, or even ask for your input.
In the past year my page views have been dropping and dropping. Not a big deal considering how many things there are to take up your time between social media, lifestyle changes, and wanting to actually spend time reading—ya go where the good content is, totes understandable. But I think some of it could be that I've gotten a bit stagnant (not much good content) because my time to give to the blog has dropped to about 1/7th what I could give it before. That's what happens when you work and parent, volunteer and run a household. How many of you out there can relate?
Last weekend I was sitting here working on reviews and other posts behind the scenes and it occurred to me that my favorite post of the week is Weekend Reading. But it's kicking my butt to get time for because I usually start it on Thursday evening or wing it Friday night so it's accurate. My current job as a paraeducator though... 😵 totally mentally draining! On Friday nights I'm usually so tired I've been accidentally falling asleep after dinner and then waking up cloudy headed after a couple of hours... and forget to get the post up. Oops! 😳
Then I got a crazy idea...
What if I stopped doing Weekend Reading? It's one of my least viewed posts every week. But if it's my favorite and yet no is reading it... that's bad right? Not if I found a way to replace it in a way that works more to my current schedule while still letting me talk about random stuff and what I'm reading. Though it's only a trial idea for a while I decided a #CurrentlyReading post would be good still if I could post it any day when time permits. So let me know what you think of the new format. Or, if you're a fellow blogger leave a comment and tell me what you do to balance life and blogging. I'm always looking for new ways to do things and would love to be inspired.
#CurrentlyReading 📖 03.05.17
Welcome to my newest blog feature, #CurrentlyReading, which is likely to replace weekend reading in the long term.
Because my schedule is kinda bananas I wanted a feature post that isn't tied to a certain day of the week. I don't always review every book I read so I like having a post where I can talk about everything I'm reading if I want to, review or no review. So let's begin!
Shhhh! Don't look at my Goodreads profile because it's not currently accurate.
I've found myself in a position where I looked at my NetGalley and physical ARCs and panicked. I have about 30 books to read and review this month. Doh! I don't know how I managed that. I've been jumping between books like mad trying to find the one that I can tear through but to my frustration they're all that way so I can't just sit and hammer one out. 🤦♀️
This is kinda the best problem ever lol but darnit! Have I mentioned that one of my jobs is teaching reading to kindergartners? It's kinda the same type of problem. They're adorable and funny but trying to get them reading is tough, time-consuming, a patience-testing challenge. At the same time I get so excited working with them imagining them growing up and being avid readers who maybe won't remember me but learned their passion for reading from me.
But I digress...
My reads this week are majority YA at the moment. I was super lucky and landed an ARC of STRANGE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor and it is soooo good! I'm wishing I hadn't gotten an ARC though because Steve West narrates the audiobook and I would have liked to listen to it now that I've got a feel for it. If you're someone who likes audio, this is definitely one to get in the format.
I'm also reading SECRETS OF A RELUCTANT PRINCESS by Casey Griffin. One word: LARPing. That was what sold me and so far it's really cute. Be watching for Casey's guestpost coming soon!
In other reading I'm working on CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber from February's amazing OwlCrate, a gay romantic suspense novel, SINGLE MALT by Layla Reyne, and BOSS BITCH by Nicole Lapin, which has proven to be quite a read. I also just finished a couple of graphic novels that will get reviewed over at The Rhialist sometime very soon so if you like comics you might want to go bookmark my other blog.
Now's the part where I ask you what's going on in your busy life, what books you're living between the pages of, and open the comment section to your thoughts. Hope to hear from you my dear readers! All the best. -- Rhi