Friday, March 30, 2012

BLOG: I'm back, well....sort of

If there's anyone still out there and reading my long unupdated blog....I'd be shocked.  It's been MONTHS!  And for that, I'm sorry.  What turned out to be a goal to read as many books as I could, also turned into my downfall as a book blogger.  I was reading too fast, not pausing between books to write a review and eventually I fell waaaaayyyyyy behind.

Then I decided to make some changes to my life.  For almost 10 years, I worked in marketing.  I enjoyed it, for the most part, but the burnout was slowly festering and becoming something that I couldn't ignore any more.  So with a lot of soul searching over a period of a year or maybe even two years, I finally made a decision to go back to school.  Nursing school, to be exact.  I started taking some pre-nursing courses in January.  As that was kicking into gear, my job was slowly being taken away from me.  I knew my company was itching to get rid of me.  I had been there long enough to see the signs.  An egomaniac boss coupled with a department head that had never been too fond of me anyway....well, needless to say, the writing was on the wall for me.  I was just counting down the day until I was handed my walking papers.  That happened in February.  Fired.  I should probably be upset about it, but honestly, I'm not.  I was ready to was time.....but I just didn't have the balls to quit.  I thought I could ride out the misery until I started back to school full time. had other plans for me.  Don't worry, though....I'm not homeless or anything.  Actually, my life is much better at the moment because I'm actually HAPPY.  I'm doing well in my pre-nursing class....and I'll be taking another one in the summer and (fingers crossed), I should be a full time nursing student starting in the fall.

So, what does this have to do with my blog?  Besides the fact that I was so behind on my reviews, I had so much on my mind for the last six months or so that every time I sat down to start a review......nothing happened.  My desktop was filled with a review after review that was just a few words long.  I couldn't even form a complete sentence, much less write an entire review.  And with that, I sort of just lost my zest of even bothering with them.

BUT, I'm not quitting this page yet.  I've really enjoyed writing about books and learning about new authors, etc.  I don't want to end all that.  Believe it or not, I've kept a list of every book I've read and have not reviewed.  I'm anal-retentive enough that I will have to write reviews for them....eventually.  But that's OK.  Most of the books I read rocked my socks off, so a reread wouldn't be so bad.

Once I start school full time, I seriously doubt I'll have much time to read as many books as I did last year.  I think I read about 140 books in 2011.  The books I'll be reading later on in 2012 will be of the nursing variety - and nobody wants to read about that.  But I'm sure I'll manage to sneak in a book here and there.  And when I do, I'll try my best to get back to being a good little reviewer.

So, the moral of this story is basically that I'll be back.  You know, eventually.