Life Review: Absence explained+upcoming review preview

The lovely flowers I bought today, my half finished iced coffee and a smattering of personal and review book I feel I will NEVER get to read.

Hi all.

I thought I would step waaaay outside my normal format to give you some insight into my sporadic posting of late. Basically I was rolling along at a nice, steady pace and then WHOMP… dead end, inspiration lost. I’ve been slowly working back into reviewing  (let’s not kid ourselves, I’ve still  been reading) but I feel like a sputtering engine. I’m sure every blogger has been through this so I’m here to say “Me too. I’m with you!” Bear with me everyone! I promise that I will soon get back into my usual flow. Here is a small preview of the titles I hope to review though the end of September and early October:

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Woman in the Shadows by Jane Thynne

The Ballroom by Anna Hope

Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult 

Hag-seed by Margaret Atwood

I would love to hear your personal stories of how you overcame reviewers block (that’s a thing right?)! All tips, magic spells, positive thoughts and what not are much appreciated 🙂

Read voraciously. 


14 thoughts on “Life Review: Absence explained+upcoming review preview

  1. Hmm… reviewers block… As with all illnesses, I try to ride it out! 😀
    I have this problem where I can’t start reading a new book until I’ve written at least a draft review of what I just finished. Then, and only then, do I feel like I’ve had enough closure to move on with my reading. The review could sit for a week or two or whatever amount of time until I feel like, “OK- no more slacking, I can’t do anything else until I’ve formally closed off this case!”

    Sometimes it take a really good book to overcome the reviewing block and before you know it, you’re back on track. Sometimes it takes a mundane task that helps come up with a tag line for a review and tthe spell is broken… Sometimes, do whatever it takes but never let it become a boring chore… because book reviewing/blogging should always stay fun! 🙂

    Sending your way a truckload of positive thoughts!

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    1. I think I had one phenomenal book and then a few less exciting but still great reads. I also took a “personal reading break” to read a couple books for myself and not to review which might have caused my inspiration to waiver. I think getting it out in the blogiverse has helped me come to terms with it 🙂 Thanks!

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  2. Maybe you’ve had some meh books – they’re always the hardest to write about. Also, the more behind I get, the more panicky I get and the more I don’t write reviews. Two ways round this – 1. A round-up post with short reviews, get them out of the way; 2. At least write up reviews in my paper journal so they’re there to copy out (doesn’t work if you don’t keep a paper journal).

    It’s a funny time of year, so don’t beat yourself up too much!

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  3. I’ve found the best way for me to break reviewers block is do something way out of the box – a tag (which I don’t normally do) or a graphic thing, or mini-reviews instead of a full post! I also tend to use post it flags to mark things I know I want to write about while I’m reading the next book, if I know I’m having trouble. May your slump be broken!

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  4. Hope you’ve recovered a little from your block. I find if I just sit st my computer and type, and it will be rubbish, I can eventually forge something out of it – a mini review or an idea for something else. Good luck!

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