Stepping Back This Month

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I know that many of you are no stranger to my frequent, smaller health hiatuses on this blog. They are a necessity. Lately though, they have not been enough and I am honestly struggling. And I am not going to spend any length troubling you with my current symptoms or trials (we all have our own).

I will say that I have made a difficult but necessary decision to step back for a more extended period of time. I apologize for not responding to comments here or on social media. It is best for me at this point to fully unplug and take some real time to focus on mental and physical health. I will reassess where I am at in the beginning of September.

Should you wish to connect with me, please email at booksvertigoandtea@gmail.com or message me on Instagram. These are the to methods of communication that seem to send me proper notifications. I will likely be avoiding all other social media, and I will not be commenting, visiting or posting during this time.

Thank you always for your beautiful support, encouragement and friendship ❤

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Reading Goals For August & Challenge Updates

July flew by much like June! I did not accomplish quite as much reading due to several factors but did make significant progress on my reading challenge. I will be keeping my TBR on the smaller side again, as we have a small trip to Vegas coming up and August promises to be busier. I’ve got stuff and things to do.

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I did not finish last month’s TBR. I am still working on The Forest Queen. I am not sure why I have not finished it. I am enjoying it, just slowly. I did complete 14 titles, several of which included nonfiction. So it was a good month!


August’s TBR

Bloody RoseBloody Rose (The Band #2)
By Nicholas Eames
Source: ARC – Publisher

Synopsis:

Live fast, die young.

Tam Hashford is tired of working at her local pub, slinging drinks for world-famous mercenaries and listening to the bards sing of adventure and glory in the world beyond her sleepy hometown.

When the biggest mercenary band of all rolls into town, led by the infamous Bloody Rose, Tam jumps at the chance to sign on as their bard. It’s adventure she wants – and adventure she gets as the crew embark on a quest that will end in one of two ways: glory or death.

It’s time to take a walk on the wyld side.

the people's reublicThe People’s Republic of Everything
By Nick Mamatas
Source: Egalley – Publisher

Synopsis:

Welcome to the People’s Republic of Everything—of course, you’ve been here for a long time already. Make yourself at home alongside a hitman who always tells the truth, no matter how reality has to twist itself to suit; electric matchstick girls who have teamed up with Friedrich Engels; a telepathic boy and his father’s homemade nuclear bomb; a very bad date that births an unforgettable meme; and a dog who simply won’t stop howling on social media.

The People’s Republic of Everything features a decade’s worth of crimes, fantasies, original fiction, and the author’s preferred text of the acclaimed short novel Under My Roof.

voxVox
By Christina Dalcher
Source: ARC – Publisher

Synopsis:

Set in an America where half the population has been silenced, VOX is the harrowing, unforgettable story of what one woman will do to protect herself and her daughter.

On the day the government decrees that women are no longer allowed more than 100 words daily, Dr. Jean McClellan is in denial–this can’t happen here. Not in America. Not to her.

This is just the beginning.

Soon women can no longer hold jobs. Girls are no longer taught to read or write. Females no longer have a voice. Before, the average person spoke sixteen thousand words a day, but now women only have one hundred to make themselves heard.

But this is not the end. 

For herself, her daughter, and every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice.


2018 Popsugar Reading Challenge Updates

It is finally looking like I may actually complete this!

Total Completed: 39
In Progress: 1
Remaining (If I go for Advanced): 10


Book of the Month

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Read my full review here.


July was felt brief but was still a great month for reading! What books stood out for you this past month?

Happy Reading,

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Blogging Life: The Challenges I Encounter With Discussion Posts

Discussion posts rank highly among my favorite aspects of the book and blogging community. They bring us together, offer insight and encourage..well discussion. Through them, we can learn a lot about one another and expand our own views. They can be a highly rewarding experience. But for me, they are not without their own set of challenges.

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The Challenges I Encounter With Discussion Posts

Insert my usual disclaimer: These are my own thoughts and experience, not intended to be advice or guidelines. I do not believe there is a right or wrong. Just do you.

Discussions, they are wonderful! And I will continue to present them and hopefully grow through the experience and improve not only as a blogger but as a person. I consider them to be one of the most beneficial aspects of the community. Afterall, we are all here to share common passions and hobbies. What better way to do so than through friendly talk and debate? But I have found that I am at times intimidated by the prospect of posting a new discussion. It is not something I openly admit, but sometimes I force myself to hit that schedule or publish button… It is easy to wear a mask of confidence behind this screen.

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So Why Do I Struggle At Times?

  • Coming up with original content is practically impossible in this sea swimming with millions of bloggers. Is my discussion still relevant? Do my viewers want to read it?
  • Tackling sensitive or personal issues is very important but challenging. I do hold that secret fear that I will unnecessarily offend or upset another (which is something I will never, ever intentionally do). I proofread discussion posts for hours to assure my point is clear and not offensive. But it can still happen. And I am still nervous every time I post.
  • Constructive debate and exploration of opposing views and thoughts are what discussion is all about. However, there is always that chance that someone will respond in a negative manner. It happens, but how do we handle it? I finally encountered this in last month in June, and I was floored and honestly, heartbroken. I attempted to apologize and steer the conversation back on track. I failed. So I simply stopped replying since I did not wish to block the commenter or encourage argumentative behavior. I am still not sure I handled this correctly? Is there a correct way?

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  • Is my point actually clear or am I rambling? I find it difficult to address topics that I feel strongly about without my post turning into a very winded and personal session. And I do not want this. I want it to remain open and encouraging for all opinions and viewers. I often worry that personal ramblings may come across as selfish or pointless.
  • Discussion posts tend to gain more views and shares than book reviews, tags, etc. I feel like I am really putting myself out there and it really intimidates me at times. I know this point might sound ridiculous because isn’t that the point of blogging? Yes, but there is still something about logging in to see a discussion post making all of the rounds that has me slightly on edge. I suppose I am sitting here reflecting on all of the above.

And there you have it. I am sure I could spend another hour rambling about my personal experiences with drafting, sharing and responding to my own discussion post but these are the biggest hurdles I encounter. Do you post discussion posts and if so, what are some of your own struggles? Maybe you have some personal advice or tips you can offer for myself or those who still encounter many challenges.

Let’s Chat,

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