I am sure it is the same with everyone at the moment, this pandemic has caused a lot of us to be restless and somewhat frustrated and sad at times. Emotions are all over the place and a lot of us (me included) have had to add the fact we have lost someone we love.
In times like this, our blogs can be our safe haven or our biggest enemy depending on how you look at it. I have been seriously considering stepping away from blogging recently. So I spent quite a few days this week falling back in love with my blog by redesigning it….again. I have spent hours looking at other bloggers sites to get ideas and inspiration and ta-da here we are.
Not a lot has changed on the front page and the layout – per se, but I think you can see that fonts, colours and pictures have changed. I wanted something fresh and appealing. I have/will be adding new headers in my posts, and you will start to see an addition to my reviews where I share with you what is on my bookshelf from the author called “What’s Next on My Shelf”, plus a chance for you lovely people to discuss recommendations/books on the shelf – because I am on a buying ban (more on that later). I am changing my feature images (although Twitter does not like them at the moment *facepalm*) but I have just rediscovered my love for it – maybe because it is shiny and new again! Plus there are some other tweaks, can you spot them LOL
Moving on to books, I keep panicking with all the stupid clicking I did years ago (and still do) on NetGalley and the number of books I have on my Kindle that I have bought, yet somehow it’s like a compulsion, you just can’t stop.
I told my tribe the other day that I am seriously on a ban from buying and NetGalley, I have said this so many times, they just laughed at me – I mean I don’t blame them, and they were just like ‘yeah yeah we have heard this before’ but I am determined to make a dent. I have seen how Cathy @Cathy746 has said no to buying and I am going to do the same.
So I am declaring as at 23rd May at 9:00 am, my current NetGalley shelf stands at:- 760 (please no judging here!) and I have 6 pending from awhile ago. I did do my SOS post back in April – see here. I can say I am currently flitting between Bitter by Francesca Jakobi (which I am buddy reading with Rae @ Rea Reads ) and I am reading Lying to You by Amanda Reynolds at the same time. (Plus tours and AuthorTakeOver books). I have also got buddy reads lined up to clear more off my shelf and of course my 20 Books of Summer.
With regards to books I have bought in the last couple of months, well I can’t possibly guess. But I know I bought 12 Kindle books on the 1st of May because of the sales! However, there is one exception to the buying rule, books for my AuthorTakeOver, there will be quite a few books I need to buy in June for some of my features, and this is the only time I will break this ban.
So the total number of books on my “Want to Read” shelf today is 1131 (I do think that there are books missing!), to me this is amazing if you think about where I started before my Should I Stay or Go Feature in March 2019 it was over 2000! (I have been buying what I got rid of, hence the ban!), in April 2019 it was 1,992. So you can see in a year a lot of books have been cleared each week, so I thank you for that
Here is a combination of my books for May (bought/gifted/preordered/Kindle Unlimited and NetGalley) as at today…. (You may recognise some from April wrap up post but I bought them in May!)
Can we say issue much?
So yes, a ban, no more! I am going to hopefully lay my posts out like Cathy with a countdown on NetGalley, some of these books are tour books, but I am on a mission to clear this backlog!
Why am I telling you all this? Sometimes it is just cathartic to write it down and then it’s out my brain. I have this thing that if I write things down or text/ email etc it is out of my brain and it’s done. Same with book reviews, once I finish the book I write the review straight away to get it out of my brain and then I can move on to the next book with a clear mind. It is working so far!
Thank you for reading and taking the time to take an interest, I may stop rambling now….well I need to, go to get mini-me ready for her dance lessons!
Hope you like the new blog! If anything doesn’t work or does work – I would love to hear below. Plus if you have are on a ban, want to do some buddy read or you want to mock me…well you know where the comments are 😂😉
Until next time xxx