Hi! Remember me?
Before you begin slamming the door in my face, hear me out. I know I have been extremely inconsistent this summer. First, let me begin my apologizing. Finding balance is a personal goal of mine and it is definitely a process.
I had the opportunity to travel quite a bit this summer and my highlight was definitely time in Ghana. While in Ghana, I was committed to being as "present" as possible. Like an ice cream cone on a summer day, if you look away for even a moment, drops of sweetness may escape you. And that was something I could not afford. My heart aches for Ghana even as I type now...the people....their voices...the love... I know I'm immensely blessed to have such a loving family. Here are a few snapshots from my trip!
But like any vacation, reality awaits you once it's over and for me, that was all too soon. Once I got back into the swing of work, I allowed various things to preoccupy my mind and time and found myself straying away from my love of reading. The crazy thing is I had the BEST of intentions. I went to the library at the end of June and checked out 7 books! My heart fluttered with excitement for the hours I'd spend getting lost in their pages.
But instead, they served as great shelf decor and I racked up quite the library fine. Ugh.
However, there was some silver lining in my hiatus.
I realized I didn't want to feel forced to read books I wasn't interested in.
When I began my blog, I was introduced to a world of amazing people, authors, poets and fellow book loving enthusiasts! And I looooove being a part of this community. However, I also found myself getting sucked into reading books simply because they were considered "must reads."
And to be honest, some of the "must reads" were total flops for me, were genres that simply were not my cup of tea and just left me underwhelmed in general.
I felt like I had to read certain types of books if I was going to
make it in the book blogging world.
The reality is for every book I may not like, there may 5 bloggers who will happily read and review it for you all. And vice versa.
As I feel myself re-emerging from my dormant state, I reckon (this word always makes me chuckle lol) a few things may be different for myself and for this blog. But I promise it's going to be goooooood! But how do you know Jenn?
Because I'll be blogging as my authentic self and not as I think you'd hope I'd be.
Which means I'll probably review books that aren't ARCs. Books that aren't exclusively from 2016. Books that are nonfiction. Books that deal with spirituality. Books that are fiction. Books that just give me all the fuzzies that I crave! lol
So as I embark on being present and honest with the woman within me, I invite you to come along and stay a while :)