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January 2021 Update: Reading Roundup, Status on Podcast, and Thoughts on TBRS

I’m sorry for the unannounced hiatus! I finished grad school recently, and needed to rest for a bit after dedicating myself to my studies. I’ve also been in a bit of a reading slump and dealing with a bit of writer’s block.

I will try to make these update posts every so often. I might not be able to make them on a monthly basis, though I do find update posts a bit fun to make. This is a mixture of a recent reads roundup, as well as general house cleaning for the blog!

Recent Reads:

I did not read any books until late into the month. I was in a big reading slump! I notice that when it comes to reading slumps, I personally do not want to force myself to read if I do not feel up to it. The pandemic did have a part in my feelings about reading. I gravitate towards books that are about tricky topics. This may be in part because I feel that we can learn so much about people when they surmount their own challenges, fictional or not.

Though I will say that my choices this month were generally much lighter. I needed a bit of time to briefly take my mind off of the current pandemic, especially in recent times, when folks are inside much more, and it’s easy to doomscroll.

For a good portion of 2020, I did review graphic novels. However, I do want to note that the titles I read outside of the blog were different in terms of tone and concepts. I really want to share more of my reads this year on the blog. I do read a lot of YA. However, I may be gravitating towards other genres. New Adult (NA) for example, is an emerging genre which generally focuses on characters who are in college to their thirties. I enjoy this genre so far! I want to vary what I read.

Any suggestions on my future reads are always welcome!

Podcast Postponement:

The podcast will be postponed, possibly until the spring of 2021 or later. As much as I hate to delay this project, I want to be able to take the time to make something great! I am still learning quite a bit about technology relating to podcast, and want to ensure that the technical aspects behind the scenes work out.

TBRS

I recently realized that I pick up books rather spontaneously. As much as I love TBRS (to be reads), they are not really for me–I usually read books that are not on my TBRS and feel a bit locked into the titles and feel that I have a time limit to enjoy the titles, despite my excitement to look at them. Like any other hobby, reading should be enjoyable without feeling pressured.

Out of curiosity, anyone else feel the same way?

Questions:

-What are your thoughts on TBRS?

-Has the pandemic impacted the types of books you read?

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