Friday, February 14, 2014

Literary Love: Support from Friends


I've said it for a long time, but the best part of blogging for me is the community. The friends I've made, the comments you leave, the events we undertake together, and talking about books! And at times like these, it's awesome to know I have some support from my bookish friends all around the world.

That screeching sound you hear is my reading coming to a halt. Work has picked up in a big way. I worked through lunch or had working lunches with colleagues every day this week. When I get home I'm off and running on wedding stuff and Greyson time. I've been falling asleep with Greyson every night recently. I lie down to read while he nods off, and I'm gone, too. And I'm teaching A LOT of online classes. We'll just leave it at A LOT.

With the wedding 30 days away I don't see any real break in what seems to be a slump. Although, I guess it's just more like a lack of time rather than a lack of desire. I've been reading The Woman in White for about five weeks now, on and off. I LOVE IT, and I'm so close to the end. I will try to finish it this weekend. I've been reading The Radleys in small snatches, but since I can't keep my eyes open at night, those snatches have gotten a lot shorter.

But my purpose in writing this post really isn't to whine. While I used to worry about slumps or these busy bursts, I don't worry about them so much anymore. Are they frustrating? Gosh, yes. But am I worried about my reading and you guys? No. You've shown me over and over again for the last nine years (on February 21st!) that you'll still be here when I get my reading mojo back, and you'll be cheering me on in the meantime. 

This is exactly why I love blogging, and this community, so much. Happy Valentine's Day, everyone. Virtual hugs for all of you.



21 comments:

  1. Great post...so much truth!

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  2. Hugs to you, Andi! You're coming into such a busy and exciting time, and I'm thrilled for you. We will absolutely be here cheering for you through it all -- and can't wait to hear all about it! Whether we're talking books, weddings, love or more, I always look forward to your posts and am so glad we "met" through a book blogger holiday swap all those years ago. :) Happy Valentine's Day!

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  3. <3 So much wonderful to deal with. The internet will be here when you get back from busy town!

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  4. *sings* Can you feel...the love...tonight...

    Yeah, that was bad.

    One more month!!!! Squee!!!!!

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  5. With a wedding that close who would have time to read? The community is the best part of blogging and you're a wonderful part of the community.

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  6. Hugs!!! Of course, we're going to be here when you get your mojo back! :-) Happy Valentine's Day.

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  7. Happy Valentine's Day! You have so much knowledge to share, that even if you're not reading but occasionally posting some of those fabulous tip posts, we're eating them up! I also need to message you to set up a date/topic for posting!!! Take a break, you deserve it! You're a huge huge part of the blogging world whether you're on a reading break or not :D

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  8. We love you too, Andi! I read next to nothing in the months leading up to my wedding. Well...I read the Twilight books.

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  9. That's a whole lot going on, I'm amazed you even have time to read a bit, let alone stop by to check in! So excited for you and your wedding :)

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  10. Andi--you are one amazing woman! I don't know how you do ALL that you do. And yes--you're absolutely right about this community. It's the best!

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  11. Girl enjoy real life a bit and don't worry about reading. You've got your plate full with everything else that's going on. Thinking of you and your wedding preparations.

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  12. Between a wedding and a son, that's good enough reason to not be reading! Hope you do a little wedding post! Happy belated V Day and happy planning!

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  13. You have super happy reasons to not be reading right now, and I'm totally happy for you!!

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  14. Good luck getting your reading mojo (or your reading time) back. At least you are not reading for wonderful reasons :)

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  15. Aw, happy valentine's day to you too! I also love the book blogging community and I know I've started to worry less about reading slumps as time goes by too. In particular, I never unfollow a blog for not posting unless it's clearly defunct forever, so I don't worry too much about people unfollowing me for not posting either :)

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  16. Hugs right back you to, Andi :D Life can be busy, especially when you're planning a wedding! I'm glad you haven't lost your desire for reading, but it stinks that you've lost the time! It will be back :)

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  17. Don't stress over reading less! In the six weeks before I got married, i read a couple of graphic novels and listened to a couple audio books because i was in the car so much. It's a stressful enough time without making yourself feel bad for reading less! Best of Luck!

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  18. Only one more month?! How exciting, Andi! You have plenty on your plate right now, so it's understandable that blogging/reading is going to take a back seat for a little while. Enjoy this time, if you can. :)

    P.S. I so remember falling asleep while reading to my daughter when she was little. She would catch me when I'd pause too long and I'd tell her I was just resting my eyes. Hang in there!

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  19. I really needed to read this post, thank you! I started a new job in January and have lost a lot of my reading time (at lunch, at home after work because I'm tired and busier). Anyway, I've been reading less, struggling with blogging and feelign frustrated. Thanks for reminding me that slumps like this are ok and I'll find my balance soon.

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  20. Waah- going to miss you! But as you said, we'll be here when you return and until then, enjoy every minute of your life and all your big events!

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