Monday, June 18, 2018

NetGalley Addicition | Trying To Request Less & Finally Get Caught Up

So here it is... my NetGalley confession. I have a ridiculous amount of books to get caught up on via NetGalley (many were the Read Now books available and I'd get carried away clicking my little heart out). And a few were ones I asked for, but got sidetracked from actually reading them. This work/life balance thing is hard y'all - especially when you add in a child. Things get out of control very easily - either work suffers or some aspect of your personal life does and believe me that usually ends up being chores or random to do lists.

I'm hoping to read quite a few from my backlist of NetGalley review books to get caught up. I want my feedback ratio to be higher and to not feel guilty about the number I still have outstanding. Recently I've read a handful from this list, but I need to get my thoughts together to write reviews before I can submit them.

 I know I'm not alone, because I found this group on Goodreads: NetGalley Addicts Support Group!

-DO NOT ask for any more books until I am caught up or within 5 books of being caught up. No matter how much I want to read a book. I need to get my ratio up and clear the backlog. 
-Read at least ONE book a month from this overwhelming pile. 
-Catch up on reviews so that I can post them on NetGalley ASAP.

What are some tips you have for getting caught up and staying up to date with your NetGalley review books?

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Let's Try This Again...

Well, after a short time away, I decided I miss the blogging world. I love interacting on social media, but I also miss writing posts - even if they are just memes or lists. So I'm going to give this another shot before I completely throw in the towel.

First thing - I need help finding a new domain host. My current one is no longer going to be hosting me come September, so I need to find a cost effective domain name/web host. I don't even remember how I did any of this in the first place because the person who helped me is the brother in law of my BFF. So... suggestions please! I do not make any money from my blog (even with affiliate links since I don't get enough clicks) so it's all out of pocket for me... or I just go back to my original link. I don't really want to give up at all, but budgets are a thing and I need to stick to one.

Second - I think I'm going to try to sit and write a bunch of back reviews to get caught up.

Third - I'm going to participate in a few read-a-thons, challenges to get me back into the swing of things! 

I am going to give a shoutout to Lala from BooksandLala who has so many amazing YouTube videos that I've been binging and her most recent video READ EH THON for Canada Day has been part of the inspiration to get back into this blogging thing. And I couldn't have found Lala if it wasn't fr Krisitlyn at Reading in Winter who tweeted about a video she had watched. So thank you both!

Hope you check back and see what I'm up to now and then! Thanks for sticking around.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

HPMOTW: Which Deathly Hollows would you want to keep for yourself?

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Which Deathly Hollows would you want to keep for yourself?

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Probably the Invisibility Cloak, because I don't think I'd want the power of the Elder Wand, not would I want to use the Resurrection Stone. I mean, it could be nice to chat with lost loved ones, but I don't think I'd want the power to actually resurrect them, I'd rather speak with their ghosts than have a zombie like corpse following me around. I'm definitely going with Invisibility Cloak.

In The Tales of Beedle the Bard, you can read the origin tale of the Hallows. Interesting story of the three brothers.

Which hallow would you choose?

Monday, June 4, 2018

Unplanned Blog Hiatus

For those who have still been following me... you have probably noticed the lack of posts for the last month or so. Life has taken over again and I am finding it hard to find the time to write my reviews for my blog. 

I'm still reading, but just not getting to as many books as I'd like to. So I'm taking a hiatus while I figure out if I am going to continue with my blog or just write my reviews for my Goodreads acount from this point on. I still use Twitter and Instagram, but that is because they are so quick and easy to use versus writing up and editing posts for a blog. 

I may keep my blog and let it revert to the blogger address I originally opened in lieu of my domain name. I'm really not sure at this point. 

I hope you'll all understand and be here if I decide to return. 

Take care of yourselves out there. I'll see you around social media!
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