I started reviewing shortly after I rediscovered romance (although my flirtation with the genre when I was a teen was very brief). Because of this, and the snail's pace I tend to read at, readers are always shocked by how many Big, Huge, Colossal Authors I have never, ever read. Hey, I'm sure Julie Garwood is great and all, but I have this pile of midlist and debut writers I need to read and write reviews for thankyouverymuch. But it was fun. I discovered great authors (Susan Wiggs, Maggie Osborne, Emma Holly, Maureen McKade, Megan Hart, and many others). I also read very good books that I probably wouldn't have discovered on my own (mostly romantic comedy or books with cartoon covers). The flipside is that I slogged through books that made me want to stab my eyes out with a spoon.
But for a while the good did outweigh the bad, and frankly it looked great on my resume. Plus when I was
But now? Now I'm just tired. After almost ten years it's become too much like a job. I love my kick-ass library job (buying fiction for 33 libraries is no hardship), but I'm currently suffering from Death By Committee (the un-fun part of this job). Seriously, my brain is draining out through my ears. I also have succumbed to a serious case of TBR anxiety. I think the time has come to read through some of the books I've collected over the years - and to, oh I don't know - read what I bloody well want to.
The Boyfriend thinks I should keep on chugging along with the reviewing gig - mostly because of the whole "looks good on your librarian resume" thing. And he has an extremely valid point - but it doesn't make me any less tired. I used to look forward to getting review books in the mail - now I have this overwhelming sense of dread and exhaustion when I see a package sitting up against my front door.
And how wrong is that? Getting books in the mail is supposed to be fun!
I'm not saying I'll never go back to reviewing in some sort of official capacity. It's just for now I'm taking a very long, possibly permanent, break from it.
But you're probably wondering - what does this mean for the blog? Well I'm still going to be reading, so I'll still be posting reviews here. It's just for a while you might not see a whole lot of "new" books featured. I really, desperately, need to get my colossal stack of books under control, which means reading through some of the backlog I've accumulated. Hey, which could be just as fun because not all the books I have at home are out-of-print and who doesn't love adding to the used bookstore shopping list?
Will I be taking review requests for the blog? Maybe - but I don't suspect I'll accept very many, and it's something I don't suspect I'll instate anytime soon. While I admire what Jane and Sybil are able to feature on their blogs, I'm one lowly little librarian (cue the violin) - one who is freakin' exhausted. So if you're an author, feel free to e-mail me (see sidebar), but I might turn you down. It's nothing personal. Either way, I really should post some sort of "review guidelines." For the time being, the grading scale on the sidebar is just going to have to do.