Hello to all of my readers....
I have been doing a lot of soul searching lately and trying to find the source of my complete an utter stress and anxiety, and had to really look at the things in my life that are causing a drain on my energy and love of life.
I started blogging mainly because I love to read and love books. The community is fantastic, and the publishers that I have had the great fortune to work with has been phenomenal. There has been a great many books that have come my way thru authors and publishers that I would have never even looked at, let alone read and loved.
But through this blog there is always the constant feeling of obligation to not only post, but obviously to read. And as you blog for longer you get solicited for more and more books until you are drowning in a pile of ARC's and books that I could never read in my life time (if you count the hundreds and hundreds of books already lining my shelves).
As a blogger some of you might say, "Lisa are you nuts??!! That is a book bloggers dream!" Not for me. I feel a great sense of guilt when I do not get to read a book that was sent my way, worse if I hated it. And I feel like life is too short to live with that kind of pressure for something that was supposed to be a hobby. I told myself as soon as it started feeling like a job that I was not getting paid for (yes you get free books, but many I would normally never read if I had the choice, just not my style or genre) and once this blog began to sap my happiness I would let it go.
I have enjoyed meeting so many of you and joining in on discussions about blogs, books and the like. But I am now officially declaring this to be my last weeks of being "open' and then my blog will be shut down for good. I will close the doors and shut off the lights sometime in the next couple of weeks.
I hope you all understand and I will continue to follow all of the blogs I have followed and will enjoy hearing of many great reads from all of you!!
The Book of Joan
4 hours ago