Hello friends! I hope everyone is having a fantastic 2019 so far, and that you are well, happy, and living your best life. I know you probably thought I was never coming back to update this space, but I wanted to take awhile to re-evaluate my online presence, not only here, but on all my social media platforms. I’ve been in a funk for awhile, and it has affected my reading and really, my overall joy. I wanted to take a few moments and fill you in on what’s been going on and how I plan to proceed from here on out.
Basically, I’ve spent a couple of months reflecting on what types of books I enjoy reading, how I enjoy talking about books, and what negative aspects I need to let go of. There are things in life that, as adults, we have to do that are hard and not enjoyable, but a hobby shouldn’t include those types of things. During #ThrillerSlump2019, I’ve noticed that I’ve been forcing myself to read books that I’m just not interested in, all for the sake of FOMO. The fear of missing out is a real thing, and there are some massively popular books that I’m interested in and want to read, but I believe that, at least for a season, my love affair with the psychological thriller/mommy drama/domestic suspense has passed. I cannot stomach another book featuring an alcoholic, unreliable female narrator-I need strong female leads! I’m tired of reading about wives who discover their husbands are cheating, about memory loss that surrounds a “massive twist you’ll never see coming”, and every other cliche that goes along with these stories.
I’m craving books with deep character development, stories that make me feel intensely and passionately about things, and that encourage me to better myself and the people around me. This was something I fought at first, because here I am, The Suspense Is Thrilling Me, and I’ve built an entire brand around suspense thrillers! After much consideration, though, I’ve come to the realization that there are a great number of genres that are “thrilling and suspenseful”, and I have a plethora of material just waiting for me to explore. Does this mean I won’t read mystery/thrillers anymore? Absolutely not! They are the base of who I am, but I think I’ll be looking for other sub-genres to explore within that large platform for a time.
So what does this mean going forward? Well, I’ve decided to take the pressure off of myself and go back to my roots. While Instagram is fun and colorful and a necessary asset to publishing, I’ve come to the conclusion that, at heart, I’m not an influencer but a reviewer. First and foremost, I want to focus on putting forth quality reviews on Goodreads again, and instead of spending hours on my phone photographing, editing, posting, and piddling around on Instagram, I’m going to take a step back. I’m still delighted to co-host the #ScaredSuspenseBookClub with my partner in crime, Dennis, because it is the number 1 thing that brings me joy on that platform. I’ll likely focus on posting around 3X per week, mainly to update you on what I’m reading, what books I’ve received or purchased, and anything cool that’s going on with my reviews or blog. I’m still not planning on posting reviews here again (although you’ll likely see my posts for a blog tour for Angela Marsons here and there 😉 ), but I’ll definitely still patch through links to everything I’m reviewing via Goodreads here as well.
So what’s the point of bringing back the blog, Chels? Glad you asked! I’m hoping to continue to share my love of books here, as well as other places. I love talking about what books I have coming up, what reads are on my backlist, lists of various book related topics, unboxings of book subscriptions, author interviews, etc. Basically, I’m hoping to post all the same things that I used to, minus the reviews. Sam @Cluesandreviews and I have also resurrected our Goodreads bookclub, Suspenseful Clues and Thrilling Reviews, so feel free to jump back in with us as we discuss what we’re reading each month. In a way, not much is changing, and simultaneously everything is. I’m so weary of feeling like a slave to algorithms, having to stop my life to post at specific times, and to stay in the good graces of the social media gods, so I’ve decided to do me and keep re-evaluating where this road will take me. I appreciate every single one of you, whether you’ve been with me since day one or we are just now “meeting”. Thank you for reading if you made it this far, and feel free to drop a comment below telling me what you would like to see on this platform! ❤