I know I don’t need to tell anyone that the last year has been, let’s say unique, but what I really mean is stressful and exhausting. One of the big concessions I made was to stop blogging and reviewing ARCs. My reading was inconsistent and I didn’t feel I could provide insightful evaluations of books, especially not in a timely manner. Thinking of interesting content for my blog, participating in Top Ten Tuesdays and other fun events, and engaging with you guys somehow also used up too much of my energies and didn’t give the respite that it usually did. Instead, I took on other new hobbies to keep my mind and especially body physically occupied: I started working out with a jump rope and hula hoop, both of which have given me a lot of mental peace. I switched gears in my reading habits as well, specifically genres I frequented. I almost entirely stopped reading horror as the things that usually draw me to it, like the rawness of the human condition, the bleak plots, and the deep-emotional pull ended up stressing me out way more than I could handle. I started enjoying contemporary romcoms and have been keeping up with those.
In fact, so far, in 2021, that’s the only thing I’ve read and it has been nothing but a joy and such an easy way to escape the real world. I am loosely considering making this a thing for this year: romcoms only. I have set zero goals for 2021 either. I truly just want to read for reading’s sake. I am noting down my stats, like page #, author diversity, etc because I can’t run away from being a data-ist and I am curious what my reading will look like at the end of the year. I do want to be more active on my blog again but I presume it will be less often than in the past. I don’t think I will do monthly wrap-up posts but I think I will try to blog about my reading habits and books that stood out.
One of the readathons that I love is Dewey’s 24-hour readathon. I have always participated and frequently blogged on the Dewey’s blog or hosted Twitter hours. I am not skipping this April one (date: April 24, start time: 8 am EST) and am looking forward to indulging in books for one whole day! If you haven’ signed up for it, you can do so here. Also check out the Facebook and the Goodreads groups. You can follow my readathon journey here and on my Twitter account. I am planning on reading whatever romcoms I have in my Kindle library at this point. I do have a few poetry books I’ve been meaning to get to, which I might use as breaks during the readathon. I don’t have any graphic novels lined up at the moment but that might change. Are there romcom graphic novels??????
What are your plans for April 24?