I’m winding down now after joining in the celebration of Book Blogger Appreciation Week. The timing was less than ideal for my participation–I tend to be especially busy at work mid-month, and that’s even more true during the winter and spring months when I’m doing audit prep–but I’m really glad I didn’t decide to opt out! In case you missed it, here’s what I posted:
- An Introduction to Me as a Reader
- An Interview with Christy from A Good Stopping Point (our first meeting, but it turns out we have quite a few blogger friends in common!)
- Book Blogger Superlatives, and Defining Books (the actual “introduction” topic from Monday)
- Connections and the Community
- Battling Book-Blogger Burnout
I met some new bloggers, I reconnected with long-time blogging friends, I left comments and I had conversations on Twitter. The week was everything I could have hoped for (aside from the minor disappointed of not being anyone’s “superlative” anything).
— Florinda PVasquez (@florinda_3rs) February 19, 2016
Some of the best posts of the week were Friday’s thoughts on handling burnout, where “let go of guilt/expectations,” “blog how you want,” and “read what you want” were all common threads. The topic inspired me tweet out my Blogger’s Credo and the link to my “Superwoman Is Not A Book Blogger” post from about a year ago.
I want to ponder further on the “read what you want” idea. I’ve mentioned that I’m on a break from paid reviewing, and since I don’t take review books from many non-paying sources anymore, I guess I’m officially in a phase where all of my reading is “what I want”–theoretically–and I’m trying to figure out how to figure out what I want, if that makes sense.
- Do I want to read the kinds of books I already know I like?
- Do I want to read books that other people are talking about?
- Do I want to read books so I can better understand other things people are talking about?
Basically, do I want comfort food, junk food, food for thought…or a balanced reading diet that includes some of all of it?
I’m probably overthinking it, but I’d like to know what you think: How do you decide what you truly want to read?A balanced reading diet includes comfort food, junk food, and food for thought, Click To Tweet
The ribbons are a convention tradition at “Gally”–a “ribbon scarf” in homage to the Fourth Doctor. My stack in this photo includes ribbons collected at previous events…but not the ones I added on Saturday, as this photo was taken on Friday evening. The end result is more than twice as tall as I am.