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‘Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.’ – Groucho Marx

Managing Reading and Blogging

Guest post: Angel Gouvas

Finding time to read with how hectic life can be is hard. And blogging is just the same. Trying to find the balance between reading and blogging is sometimes very hard. There is a lot of steps that go into blogging; from reading books, to writing posts, and then there is planning. It’s not as simple as some people may think. Review books often take precedent and your personal reading gets put on the back burner.

While a lot of the time review books are ones that you want to read, you do look at the book in a different way. You have to read it with an analytical eye, rather than just enjoying it. I read so much more in-depth when I intend on reviewing a book.

I’ve been blogging for six years now and there have been quite a few times over the years where I just wanted to stop reading and blogging altogether because I felt that it was too much. But, in the end, it wasn’t something that I wanted to do.  I love book blogging because I get to share my love and even dislike for the books that I read. And not only has blogging increased my love for reading, but it’s also introduced me to a community of book lovers. Maintaining a healthy reading and blogging life is essential.

Below I’ve given a few tips that might help you along the way to creating that balance.

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1. Break up your reading

Breaking up what you read is so essential when blogging. Don’t try and read all your review books in one go. Separate review books with personal books. It’s not only a great way to balance what you read, but it’s also a great way to get through your TBR (To Be Read).

For every couple of reviews books that you read, read a personal book. Or vice versa. Sometimes review books are also books that you cannot wait to read so that makes the balance so much easier.

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2. Reading Slump? – Take a Break

If you feel like you are going to go into a reading or even a blogging slump, take a break. Put those books down, leave your blog alone for a while and enjoy other things. If you try and force yourself to read you are not going to enjoy reading or blogging about it. It’s going to turn into something that you do only because you feel you have to. Reading and blogging should be about enjoying yourself and enjoy reading books. It’s about sharing your love or dislike. It shouldn’t be a chore.

Another alternative that you can do if you are falling into a reading or blogging slump is to re-read a book that you love. Fall back into a work that has inspired you, or characters you just love. It’s a great way to keep reading, but also fall back into a book that you know you can read for fun. Another thing to do is pick something up that you are excited about, bump it up on your list of books to read.

3. Don’t feel pressured to blog

One of the main tips I have for managing a book blog is don’t feel pressured! I know that this is a very hard thing to do, but it’s also something that you should always keep in mind.

Don’t feel like you owe your readers a post when you feel like you cannot write one. Give them something that you are happy to let them read, rather than something that you had to rush together just so there was a new post up.

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If you don’t feel like reading a book that you need to review, or writing a review, or any post – step back, breathe and take some time for yourself. It’s all about balance. One of the most important things to remember about blogging and reading is – enjoyment. It’s about enjoying what you read and engaging with the worlds and the characters on the page. It’s about not only creating a connection with the characters, but with the bookish community.

– Angel 

Angel started her book review blog ‘Angel Reads’ in 2012 when she wanted to share her love for young adult novels. She is an avid member of the YA community and shares her love for #LoveOZYA by interviewing Australian Young Adult authors for a #LoveOZYA series on ‘Angel Reads’. Angel graduated from the Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT. And is currently studying for her Bachelor of Communication – Public Relations. Angel is currently the 2017 PR Intern at Melbourne Writers Festival. 

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