Global Affairs and Housekeeping

book-316411_6402016 has been a year, hasn’t it? And it is not even over.

I know that last week’s events have thrown many people’s lives into turmoil, both within and without the US. It was the capstone to a year that seems to only bring us horrible news, though as one of my friends reminded me it also brought us new (small) people to love and other joyful things. But it is hard to hold on to those when faced with the grim reality of news reports and to not feel despondent. Ana and Thea over at The Book Smugglers had this amazing post, which says all I’d want to say much better than I ever could. As they said, we’re stronger together. Let’s remember that and be there for each other.

So much for global affairs, now for some housekeeping. Last year on November 1, I wrote a post called The Return of the Librarian, explaining why at the time things had been quiet on the blog and stating my wish that I would hopefully be back to, if not normal, a new routine and a predictable posting schedule. All of that depended on my finding a better work/life/blog balance. Unfortunately, life didn’t settle down and I’ve been running behind blog-wise all year. I know that there are women who have far busier lives than I who do manage to do everything they want, but apparently I’ll never be one of them, so I’ve been running behind. And that in turn has only made me feel more of a failure, which made writing and finding the motivation even harder, so that’s the circle I’ve been running in for much of the past year.

But closing A Fantastical Librarian has never been a consideration, because I love the community it’s allowed me to be a part of too much to leave and I love having my own space on the web where I can burble about books and other things I love. So no fear, I’m not leaving, but things will be somewhat different. I’m going to do another bunch of Review Amnesty posts to catch up my backlog and I’m going to adjust my posting goals. I used to want to post at least three times a week, but right now, I’m going to lower that to at least one review a week and if there are other posts that’s great, but they’ll be a bonus. That way I can lower the pressure I put on myself and still maintain some consistency. So from December 1 on there will a review post on Monday and anything else is gravy.

I’m also adjusting my reading goals. I’ve been telling myself that I can read three books a week, even if they are bricks, and I’ve come to realise that I can’t, not and do anything other than work, parent, read, and blog. So next year my Goodreads challenge will be set to 52 books, that way I won’t be demoralised every time I open up Goodreads (I’m currently 17 books behind and that is after downscaling from 125 books to 100 books for 2016). It also means that I’m changing my review policy a little, as I’ll be accepting far fewer review requests. I’m already declining most of them anyway, I’m just now putting it in there, so people will know what to expect.

That’s all I have for now. I’ll be back on Wednesday with the first of this batch of Review Amnesty posts. See you then!

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  • Katharine O

    Once a week would be just fine – I too am feeling the end-of-the-year pressures to finish up my reading challenges. It shouldn’t be a chore. Looking forward to more reviews from you when you can!

  • Bibliotropic

    I know how you feel. I had to lower my reading goals and posting goals for this year, after finding myself just so burned out on life in general and struggling with scheduling and health stuff and ugh, so many things. I’m currently aiming for 1 review a week, and I’ve managed to keep to that pretty well thus far, at least. Here’s hoping things’ll get a bit easier for you too.