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The end of April is still April!

Hey there! Remember me? I’m back! And it’s even still April, like I promised!

As you may have surmised, I’ve had a wicked case of reviewer burnout since, oh, sometime last fall. What you may not know is that I’m also dealing with actual reading burnout, as in I’ve only read 5 books since the beginning of the year. Yeah, yeah, the struggle is real, but it’s been humbling for me. Part of it has been the ongoing adjustment to working full time again (in a job I love!) but the rest was just an inevitable reaction to the explosion in romance ebooks and my attempt to read anything and everything that sounded good.

In any case, I did set April as the end of my blog hiatus, and I’m honoring that commitment with a whole extra day to spare. In the next two days I’ll be posting reviews for my most recent reads, and I’m pleased to confirm in advance that all of them are quite good and worth the time I spent reading them. I also hope to get caught up in many of the other titles I missed reviewing in the past several months, with the caveat that I’ll be trying to pace myself to avoid a repeat burnout. With that in mind, I’ll also be declaring a modified variation of NetGalley bankruptcy on titles that are a year old or more, with my sincere apologies and understanding if future titles aren’t as readily available as a result.

But enough about me and my blogger blathering. I hope you will continue to visit and enjoy what gets posted here in the future with my sincere thanks.

Let’s call it a “blog sabbatical”…

As much as I’ve tried convincing myself otherwise, I need to step back from regular book reviewing for a while. You may have noticed that I haven’t posted any reviews in a few weeks. While at least part of that can be attributed to my baseball team being in the playoffs again this year (LET’S GO ROYALS!) the rest is what I can no longer deny is a full-blown reading slump.

So I’ve closed the blog to new review requests, though I hate having to do so. I still have several reviews owed to various people and publishers between now and the end of this year, and my intent is to get those out the door as quickly as possible. However, they may not post particularly close to the book release date, and for that I apologize in advance.

Once those reviews are posted, this blog will go on hiatus until April 1, 2016. It’s a distinct possibility that publishers and authors won’t wait around for me to get my reading mojo back, and I totally understand if they don’t. But I need my reading to stop feeling like work, and the only way I can see to getting there is to step back from active reviewing for a while.

I’ll still be available for beta and proofreading on a case by case basis. And I’ll still be on social media to share my opinion about books and baseball just like always. I look forward to seeing you all there.