Happy hump day friends! I know I’ve made myself scarce the past few weeks by only posting arc reviews sporadically, as I’m desperately trying to stay on track and keep up, but I’m breaking that today and bringing some new changes and announcements your way. For a few months now I’ve been feeling an overwhelming burnout taking over; I never intended for my blog to focus so heavily on pre-published reviews and so little on discussions and older books I’ve been wanting to read for ages. The stress has caused me to reach out for help, and I’m pleased to announce that I think I have come up with a solution that will keep everyone happy!
#1- Slowing Down and Taking It Easy:
As difficult as it is, I’ve decided that I need to halt personally accepting new arcs at the moment, unless they come with no deadline attached. I really need to give the books I already have the time that they deserve, and once that is done I’d like to pace myself so that I have time to read my fun books as well. I’m not sure how long this will take me, but with another upcoming move in January, I’m thinking it may be best to hold off until either our move or I feel I can breathe again, whichever comes first. I know we all experience blogging burnout and the stress that comes from FOMO, which brings me to my next point…
#2- Another Guest Reviewer:
I cannot express how excited I am to have DENNIS MICHEL come onboard as part of our Suspense Is Thrilling Me team! Some of you may be familiar with him via Bookstagram, but Dennis has been reading and reviewing via Goodreads and his talented writing was not being utilized as much as I felt necessary. I am beyond thrilled he decided to jump on board, so you’ll finally be seeing a greater genre variety hosted here on a regular basis, as he enjoys almost all genres (just don’t throw any historical fiction or erotica his way). He is the vodka soda to my whiskey ginger, so please help me give Dennis a warm welcome here and check out his bio on the About page!
I also wanted to include that Mary will still be a guest reviewer and these recent changes are not a means of forcing her out, but just a way to grow the family and double my blessings! She has had a lot on her plate right now and needs a break as well, so please keep her in your thoughts and prayers! ❤
#3- Updated Review Policy:
And by updated, I mean that I finally added one! Hah! Yep, it was one of those things I constantly meant to do, but never followed through. I really appreciate all of you who let me think I wasn’t a weirdo and just smiled and nodded through me figuring this all out. I’m hoping this will help clear up expectations on both sides and also provide clear guidelines for blog posts and bookstagram requests as well.
#4- Suspenseful Clues & Thrilling Reviews has moved:
In case you missed it, Sam and I’s book club is now solely on Goodreads! We decided it was just easier to keep all the discussion in one place, and we’d love to see you join us there! Click the link to find us HERE.
Thank you guys for sticking with me through thick and thin; I’m confident the upcoming changes are going to be for the best and am so excited to start finding a balance here on the blog!