Okay. This year has been such a crazy year for me! A little over a year ago, Blue Eye Books was born on a whim and has continued to (sort of) thrive! Well, except for this last month or two. That was a bit of a rough patch. But before we get to that, I'd like to thank a bunch of people who initially welcomed me into the blogging community and made me feel so welcome! I was friends with a bunch of these people on Goodreads as well!
To The Fangirling Misses (Belle, Cass, and Tia)- you guys are so awesome! Your blog was one of the first I subscribed to and it inspired me so much! Your quirky personalities add so much character to your reviews and your new blog design kicks butt!
To the ladies at My Addiction: Books (Haley and Cari) - I love, love, love your theme over at your blog and the colors are spectacular. You guys always make me laugh and we share basically the same bookish tastes! Keep on rocking!
To Jazmen at This Girl Reads A Lot - I believe I subscribed to your blog a little later in my blogging journey but ever since your posts never fail to make me laugh! Your reviews are so well written and make so much sense to me - I love reading all of them! Your formatting is on point!
To Saloni at My Fantabulous Bookshelf - Your blog was one of the first that I followed and I really love both listening to and reading your reviews - whichever you decide to do that day. I've never particularly liked listening to book bloggers on YouTube simply because everything is so drawn out but you were so good at getting to the point and talking about what you really wanted to!
To Rachel (aka Miss Perfection) at A Perfection Called Books - Can I first say that I LOVE your blog design? Seriously, goals right there! You always keep everything so fresh and funny and just plain awesome and I've always enjoyed reading your posts! It really helped me out when I was starting out and had no idea what to write about!
To Anna at Enchanted by YA - I couldn't believe my luck when I found your blog a couple weeks after I started mine! It was like a dream come true! I'm a sucker for fantasy and science fiction and basically anything related to that and your blog gave me such good ideas for what books to read and which ones to pass on in that department!
There have been so many other great bloggers that I've connected with over this past year that I appreciate so so much but that list would be a mile long!
I'd also like to thank all the authors that entrusted me with their books in exchange for an honest review. Especially when I was starting out, I wasn't exactly all that good at writing reviews but I did my best and you all were so nice to me! I couldn't believe it when the first author contacted me with a book for me to review! It was a dream come true!
Now for the schedule! As you may have noticed, I've kind of been MIA the past 3 weeks. Those weeks were jam packed full of... well everything! There's finals and college research and vacation research and solo and ensemble and prom and AP tests and one of my best friends is moving away (which makes two in one year) and drivers ed and it was all just kind of crushing you know? All on top of the usual homework. So it's safe to say it was just a little stressful. And you know what I do to relieve stress? Why read of course! But I didn't have to time to write any reviews. At one point I caught myself trying desperately to finish 3 posts in a 30 minute lunch period when I should have been studying for the Spanish test that was the next hour. Yeah. Kind of a problem! So I just went away for a bit. But now I'm back with a plan!
You see, what I've figured out is that I've been pushing myself a bit too hard - especially when school is in session. So what I've decided to do is to write just 3-4 posts a week. Yes, drastic change isn't it from the 7 solid posts a week. The way I figure it, I'll be able to get really ahead in the summer and then stay ahead during the school year and if, for a week or two I can't write posts, I already have some so I'll slowly run out by the time the school year ends!
This will help as well with the writers block that I've been having. I have nearly 20 books that I need to review but when I sit down to write the actual review (and not just find all the info) and I can't think of what to say! I mean, I remember the books (even if I read them a long time ago all I need to do is read the blurb and I'll recall most everything that happened in it) but I just don't know how to phrase what I want to say!
So I was thinking I could do my Stacking the Shelves and weekly wrap up on the weekend (most likely on Sunday) then two reviews sandwiching a feature or tag or something! We're going to try this out and see how it goes!
Thank you all so much for following my blog and for all those who helped me along my journey! You guys are awesome!