Two Years Of Blogging: Going Forward

This blog is two years old, and in this two years, something that has never changed is that I still don’t know how to start a post.

On What Is Happening

In these last two weeks I was rarely on here, not writing any new posts, and barely reading. Nothing unusual is happening, apart from two thankfully now-past exams – it’s just the anxiety.
That’s nothing new, but if I know I have anxiety and it manages to get in the way of a lot of things already, adding deadlines for something that is supposed to be fun is really not the best idea for me.

Acquadimore Books started as a way to talk about books with people who are interested in the same kind of content I am (books written in English); it did not start to exist in my life as another source of stress.

And I know I still want to be there. I love reading and talking about books with other people, and reading their blogs – my experience with the book blogging community overall has been really positive. Like every place, it does have its occasional problems (mostly plagiarism and bad discourse) but it is fun to be there, most of the time. I don’t want to ruin it for myself.

Going Forward

A few things that will change:

  • ARCs. Of course I’m still going to request and review some ARCs, but I’d like to start not requesting as many of them. It’s not that I have an overdue ARC problem (I don’t; I’m pretty reliable on that, at least) but I do feel the deadline pressure. And I don’t want that. I want to be able to read things at a pace that feels more natural for me, which I can easily achieve by requesting less ARCs.
  • TBRs. I think I’m going to keep making them, at least until the end of this year, but I think they’re going to be smaller than nine books – maybe six, like the last September TBR. They’re useful, but I want to have space to be a mood reader sometimes. In these two weeks, I’ve been reading something not for review or for a TBR, and it’s been so refreshing. It shouldn’t feel that way, which is why I want to change things a little.
  • Schedule. I might not be posting as often, or exactly on the same days. I’m not sure how much it will change – what matters to me is that, just I don’t want to push myself to read, I don’t push myself to write either.

What I’ve Been Up To

40794181I’m currently writing a new Out of My Comfort Zone post about what I’ve been reading lately, so I don’t want to spoil it, but it will be about the thing I’ve read not for review or for a TBR and it will, hopefully, be up soon.

I’ve also been slowly making my way through The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow. Due to exams and getting really distracted by that other thing (though this book’s pacing didn’t help, there’s that), I haven’t made much progress, but now I feel like I finally got into the story, and I hope I’ll be able to post a review soonish. For now, I will tell you that the writing is beautiful without drawing that much attention to itself, and that it would probably sound amazing on audiobook.

My plans for September remain pretty much the same; I’d really like to get to most of the books on that short TBR, especially Steel Crow Saga (I have heard it’s Pokémon inspired, so, how could I not). The only exception might be Gideon the Ninth, because the universe seems to be conspiring against me on that. For the rest, I plan not to make any more plans for this second half, and go with what happens. If I end up not reading that much, I’ll try to not think of it as a problem.

How do you feel about ARC deadlines?

13 thoughts on “Two Years Of Blogging: Going Forward

  1. I just finished THE TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY last night, and I absolutely loved it! It’s very hard to put down in the second half, because so much happens. And I agree, I think it would be amazing on audio.

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    1. I agree, the second half was definitely more compelling than the first one, I ended up reading it in less than a day when the first one took me weeks. Anyway, I’m glad you liked it!


  2. Happy Two Years! I’m glad you are setting realistic goals for yourself because you’re right – this is supposed to be fun. It’s soooo easy for it to turn into a chore though and we’ve all been there. I’ve running into the ARC thing as well. I love ARCS, but sometimes I just want to read my own books and then I start feeling frustrated that I put myself in that position.

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  3. Congrats on two years of blogging! Ultimately blogging is supposed to be fun, so whatever works best for you is what you need to be doing and it doesn’t matter if that means posting less – we’ll all still be here ready to read whatever you put out! 😀

    I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying The Ten Thousand Doors of January, I really want to get to it this year, and I’m a little heartbroken that I had to cancel my pre-order of Gideon the Ninth to save some money. I’m hoping to pick up a hard copies of both of these as birthday treats to myself next month instead!

    I’m very, VERY behind with my ARCs from NetGalley – it’s embarrassing – and one of my reading goals for this year is to get an 80% feedback ratio, so I’ll be reading a lot of ARCs in the coming months.

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    1. Thank you!
      I was mostly enjoying The Ten Thousand Doors of January when I was around halfway through (which was when I wrote this post) but I finished it today and a few things that happened near the ending didn’t make me enjoy it as much. I still think it’s really well-written and that it has a great message, though.

      And good luck with your ARCs!

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  4. I hear you on the ARC deadlines. I’m such a mood reader that me and ARCs really just don’t get along well. Plus I still have a ton of backlist titles I want to get to! And sometimes I request stuff that I really do want to read, put it off until closer to the release date, and then totally don’t feel like reading it when it’s due. But I have to, because that was what I agreed to, and end up enjoying it less (or maybe I don’t, hard to tell).

    What’s important is that you enjoy what you’re doing- so do what feels right for you.

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    1. Oh, same. The books I request are things that I want to read, but I might not be in the mood for them when it’s time to read and review them, and I feel like that’s not fair to the books. I can’t be sure I would have liked them more in another moment either, but the “what if” feeling is there.
      And backlist! I’m terrible at backlist, and there are so many interesting novels I’m ignoring just because of ARCs, and I really shouldn’t.

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