I’ve seen many of my favorite book bloggers posting that they are feeling overwhelmed and need a break. They are bloggers who usually post at least once a day (sometimes more), so it’s easy to understand why they need to take some time to relax from their busy blogging schedule. I, on the other hand, am not a daily blogger—so why am I am feeling the dreaded book blogger burnout?
I’ve fallen behind on finishing reviews. All the reviews I’ve yet to post are only partially written because I can’t resist starting a new book shortly after I’ve finished reading the previous one. After a few chapters, I’m always more interested in reading, so I inevitably decide to put off finishing reviews until I’ve finished reading the book. When I’ve finished it, the cycle starts all over again.
When the weekend comes along, I always promise myself that I’ll knock out a week’s worth of reviews—it will be a great start on shrinking the backlog, right? I’ll open up a draft at random, and get busy writing the long-overdue review… only to end up deleting everything I managed to write. If I managed to write anything, that is. My concentration is never there, because I keep thinking about the book I’m reading, and wondering what will happen next.
Something needs to change. I can’t keep reading review copies only to put off writing my reviews of the books. It’s not that I don’t want to review them. I love sharing my thoughts on books I loved, or explaining why a book didn’t work for me. I love the conversations it sparks with others who have read the same book. Until I started book blogging, the opportunity to talk about books I’d read was a rare thing. Everyone I knew either didn’t read at all (the horror!) or didn’t read the books I wanted to talk about. I adore being a book blogger, but I’ve let such a massive review backlog build up that—rather than enjoy it—I feel so overwhelmed I find it difficult to write anything at all.
I’m going to take a break from reading ARCs for a while, and just read my own books that have been lingering on my TBR for ages. I won’t be reviewing any of them, aside from a short sentence or two on Goodreads if I feel moved to say anything at all.
That doesn’t mean that I’m talking a break from blogging, though! I’m going to use this time to knock out the backlog of ARC reviews. Once I’ve gotten them all posted, I’ll dive back into reading ARCs—but I’ll do it RIGHT, by finishing the review before I start a new book.
Do any of you struggle with review backlogs? What helped you get back on track?