I started Andi’s ABCs about 2 and a half years ago and I have loved doing it. I have loved getting to know all the wonderful people it has brought into my life, getting some of the opportunities I have had because of it, getting to spend a glorious week with a bunch of other book nerds, getting to read and share my love of books with the world. But there is a dark side to blogging and it is The Review Burnout.
As a book blogger there is one part of the “job description” that comes before everything else. We are supposed to read and review books. We are supposed to tell people what we love about a book, what didn’t work for us, what was our favorite parts. We get the oppurtunity to share our thoughts and to made shape someone else’s thought on a book. And for the most part that is fantastic. But it also can be a struggle, especially if you are in a “read all the books” mode.
Lately this is all I can do. All I want to do is read one more after another. I want to jump from world to world, from author to author, from book boyfriend to book boyfriend. I want to immerse myself in words and settings and personalities and character quirks. I want to find my next favorite book and hold it close to my heart and hug it. And this is what I have been doing for months. And because this is what I have been doing I have a problem. I am behind on my reviews!
You have read that right. I am 12 reviews behind. Now I know this isn’t a huge number to some bloggers out there, but for me this is out of control. I mean I read some of these books in April and May and it is now half way through July. How am I going to get back into the mind space I was in when I read them? How am I going to explain all the things I loved and hated?
Honestly I have tried to sit and write a review. I have taken out my laptop and sat at the table and tried to write words and yet nothing will come. I have thoughts on every 12 of those books. I want to talk about The Heir, my book crack. I want to tell you all how fabulous Three Day Summer was. I want to explain my thoughts on The Wrath in the Dawn. And yet I can’t. Instead I will put my lap top away and will read another book and just add another title to my “To Review List”, the list multiplying like Gizmo with water.
This is review burnout and I have it. I don’t want to have it. I swear I don’t. I want to relieve that stress from my life. I want to look at my Wunderlist and see nothing listed. I want to get my thoughts out their to be able to share with all of you and yet I can’t.
So yes, blogging has been a fabulous experience that I love. It is fun and rewarding and awesome. But it can be a struggle. My name is Andi and I suffer from Review Burn Out!
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