I disappear yet again. huh? I really have been slacking at this blogging thing lately and I’m not sure what to tell you about it haha, but I have what I think are valid reasons I will get into in the rest of the post.
This month was a really good one in *most* aspects. My mental health did a 180 and is pretty great right now. I don’t know why or how it happened and I won’t be questioning it too much but I’ve just been feeling really good lately. I had such an incredibly fullfilling but also extremely busy month and that explains why my posts trickled until they disappeared altogether again.
First things is I’ve been going out almost everyday in July, my friends and I just kept on making plans and even when I considered staying back to schedule things or just stay at home and read (like I’ve done in the past) I didn’t feel like doing it at all because I genuinely have fun everytime and I didn’t want to miss out on that. Especially since I don’t thing I have 100% recovered from my blog burn out yet. And I don’t want to force myself to do anything that would make it worse. The time I did stay at home was divided between my blog, booktube, bookstagram, chores, reading and writing.
OH! And that’s a new thing too. Remember how I said I wasn’t interested in writing many times before? Well. Let me go get my clown shoes because I’m boo boo the fool. So to make a long story short, what happened is that one day in mid-July while I was minding my own business getting breakfast, I was hit with this book concept that would not leave my brain. Then as the day went on, little pieces started adding themselves to that initial idea and by the time the day ended, I had something that resembled a book idea. I tweeted very vaguely about it and was encouraged by so many people to actually write it. So here I am, a little less than two weeks later and 10k words into a WIP I never thought I would write. If you want to follow my adventures, check out #QueerResistanceWIP on twitter.
This means that I have way too many things on my plate right now and I’m struggling to juggle everything. I realized that juggling everything “well” means, for me, that my mental health will need to be sacrificed, because it’s just too much pressure. And I’m finally at a place where I can recognize how unhealthy that is and decided against doing it. This is just another reason my blog went to the backburner in July as I try to figure out how to do everything while staying sane. I’m not there 100% but I’m getting there and I’m taking strides towards fitting everything together while taking care of myself. Because I care too much about everything I’m doing to give up on anything.
Oh I was also in a weird slumpish mood for 75% of the month, so that’s great.
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I read 8 books this month, two of which were leftover from June that I was already almost done with, and three I finished in the last week. So, yes, weird slump.
- Birthday – heartwrenching, hopeful, trans coming out.
- Gideon the Ninth – Funny, snarky, needs more development.
- That Kind of Guy – Filled my heart with love.
- Sister Outsider – Revelevant, repetitive, lacks intersectionality.
- Ruse – Slightly disappointing but still good.
- Foul is Fair – Murder revenge story, gutting, haunting.
- Brown Girl Dreaming – Memoir, brilliant writing, in verse.
- The Right Swipe – Heartwarming, second chance hook-up scenario.
If you want to know more about my opinions on any of these books, watch out for my wrap-up, which will be up on my Youtube channel SOON.
You can find my YARC 2019 progress post here. I read 2 BOOKS that fit the challenge this month!
- July 5th: To sum-up: June 2019.
- July 11th: My -humble- 2019 Book Blogger Awards Nominations.
- July 12th: The Black Veins Blog Tour – Excerpt.
- July 15th: 30+ anticipated releases for the second half of 2019.
- July 21st: #DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss: More than Enough
Hopefully me getting my shit together and going back to being consistent with my posting? I miss it to be honest, and I feel inspired to post again. This week though, I’m away spending a few days with my best friend and after that it’s Eid so it might take a little while before I’m 100% back in the swing of things but I will try my best to schedule posts for Eid week before it gets here so I don’t fall behind and give up yet again haha.
Speaking of scheduling, I will be going back to my 3 posts a week instead of 4 I’ve been doing for the past few months. With discussion posts and #DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss alternating every monday. So each will be happening every other week, instead of on Mondays and Sundays respectively every week. Since discussions take the longest to plan, write and format that should take a considerable workload off my shoulders and make it manageable again. Technically though, you’ll be getting my content 5 times a week, because I upload two videos a week, on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
I’m also still playing catch-up with months worth of comments on my posts so that will also be happening, and need to update the Trigger Warning Database and uhhh…a few other things I’m sure I’m forgetting. Like I said, maybe I’ve taken on one too many projects. Oops.
That’s it until next time.
Did you read any of these books? What did you think of them? What books did you read this month?
Oh! And if you have any posts you think I should check out, leave them in the comments.
Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.