Possible hiatus?

These past few weeks have felt insane. A new trimester started, and suddenly I’m thrust into two portfolios that I need to work on, not to mention my other homework and personal projects. I’ve felt extremely stressed out, which is something that I’m not used to. The amount of time I read each day has gone from being cut in half to being cut into a fourth.

So, no, I am not happy.

Critiquing books is something that I want to pursue as a career, so being drawn away from it makes me extremely anxious. That being said, until I graduate and who knows what else happens, school comes first, and I might have to put some things on hold until I straighten everything out and get back on track again. The first on the list of ‘some things’ is, unfortunately, my blog.

I don’t know how long I’ll be gone, but I would gauge that I’ll be sparse until after the new year. I’ll still be writing reviews until then, I just won’t post them until I come back. So, if it seems like I’ve suddenly jumped off of the face of the earth – a habit that I’ve developed that I really need to fix – I am just taking a break.

Until then: happy holidays from me, and stay warm. It’s freaking cold over here in the Midwest.

If I’m being perfectly honest….

I need to vent about something quickly. Don’t worry, it won’t be full of anguish, but it’s something that’s been spinning around in my head all summer.

I’m debating whether I should stop posting reviews on Goodreads, and just post them exclusively here.

I love Goodreads – I was addicted to it for quite some time – but creating distance from it, as I’ve been doing, has lead me to feel detached from it completely. I have plenty of friends that I love to interact with, and I’m sure many of you know how fun Goodreads can be…but lately, the only reason I’ve been coming around is to keep track of the books I’ve been reading. Nothing else.

A lot of users have stopped posting reviews because of Goodreads’s censorship and because they fail to meet the needs of their community. I kept going at it because it was the only place I could express how I feel about the books I read – but now I have this blog, and even though it’s only been a couple of months, I really enjoy working on it. Having a Goodreads account feels almost…unnecessary.

I’ll think this over for a while longer, but the point is, I probably won’t be as active on Goodreads as I have been, and not just for the summer. Sorry.

Manga reviews!

I’ve been thinking a lot about this, and I’ve decided that soon enough, I’m going to start reviewing certain manga series as well as novels here on my blog!

I don’t review manga on Goodreads mainly because most of my friends don’t read manga, but here on my blog, I have the freedom to do whatever I want. I want to expand my reviews to graphic novels, because as well as being a writer, I am also an artist, and I have a lot to say about artwork as much as writing.

Besides…manga is just…awesome.

I’ll probably start by reviewing a couple of old favorites, and once I work my way towards the middle of a series, I’ll begin reviewing them as well. By the 10th volume or so (since quite a few series go to 20 volumes, but there are a few that have exceeded 70!) I should be able to form a respectable opinion about the story, the artwork, the layout, everything.

I’m really excited about this. I have so many mangas left to read, too! I’m just getting started.