I Am Stepping Away From Book Blogging

((NO I AM NOT QUITTING EXACTLY. I am just going to be posting less often and here is why))

So for the past few months, I have been trying my best to get my life under control one baby step at a time, by first setting small goals for myself and rewarding myself every time I completed a particular goal. It really has been a good decision, and over the course of the past four months, I learned the most valuable lesson this year: how to prioritize.

It seems like such a simple thing to do, doesn’t it? I mean, how hard can it be to know what is more important? The basics are easiest: obviously, family and friends and loved ones come first, and then comes your grades (especially if you are South East Asian…my fellow Asians will understand the struggles I am referring to), and then comes you and all the things that give you joy.

But sometimes, it can be hard to remember what is most precious to you when you are caught up in multiple personal projects that are very, very dear to you. Take my October Resolutions post for example. One of my resolutions for this month was to post four times a week, because this book blog is important enough to me that I wanted my blog to get more views and comments. I wanted to increase my stats, because I thought that was important to me. But it’s not. It’s not something that I enjoy, something that I love doing, but it’s not important.

Somewhere in the midst of the excitement of receiving feedback and interacting with so many people in the community, my hobby turned into a goal that I had to accomplish. I love my blog because I love voicing my thoughts here, because it is an extension of myself, but becoming a “big blogger” was never something that I aspired to be or even wanted to be when I first created Bookish Freaks. And this month, I have been thinking a lot about what I do want and do not want, and I realized that while I do not exactly want to quit blogging anytime soon, it’s not something that I want to take too seriously nor do I have any obligation to take it seriously just because I am blogger. This blog, and everything that I write here, is something that I do for myself. For the release and peace that always comes after I have put my thought into words and let them out.

What I do want is to be a published, best-selling author someday. One day, I want to write stories that will move people’s hearts and make them feel less alone in this world.

What I do want is to finish my undergrad with at least 3.5 CGPA so my parents can be proud of me and so I can prove to myself that I am more than what I believe myself to be.

What I do want is to have a successful career with a hefty paycheck so I can take care of my parents, do the charities I want to, and create a better future for my unborn children.

Once I realized…or should I say, remembered…my priorities, it was easy to understand what I needed to do and what could wait. I need to finish my first draft as soon as possible. I can wait to post on this blog until I have something incredibly important to share.

I guess what this means for you, my dearest readers, is that you’ll be seeing even less of me in the future. I am not quitting exactly, I’ll just post when I feel like I have something to say. And I think that’s what is best for me right now. Book blogging requires a nightmarish amount of time, effort and energy that I would rather invest elsewhere.

 

 

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Review: Queen of the Tearling

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Ratings: 3/5 3 out of 5

 

Kelsea Glynn is the sole heir to the throne of Tearling but has been raised in secret by foster parents after her mother – Queen Elyssa, as vain as she was stupid – was murdered for ruining her kingdom. For 18 years, the Tearling has been ruled by Kelsea’s uncle in the role of Regent however he is but the debauched puppet of the Red Queen, the sorceress-tyrant of neighbouring realm of Mortmesme. On Kelsea’s 19th birthday, the tattered remnants of her mother’s guard – each pledged to defend the queen to the death – arrive to bring this most un-regal young woman out of hiding…

And so begins her journey back to her kingdom’s heart, to claim the throne, earn the loyalty of her people, overturn her mother’s legacy and redeem the Tearling from the forces of corruption and dark magic that are threatening to destroy it. But Kelsea’s story is not just about her learning the true nature of her inheritance – it’s about a heroine who must learn to acknowledge and live with the realities of coming of age in all its insecurities and attractions, alongside the ethical dilemmas of ruling justly and fairly while simply trying to stay alive..

I’ll be honest, I had very low expectations for this book, partly because of the abundance of negative reviews this book has on Goodreads and partly because of Emma Watson’s apparent obsession with this book. Now that I have finally read it myself, I am pleasantly surprised: Queen of the Tearling is an intriguing, entertaining, well-written piece of fantasy and a classic example of why we should all read a book ourselves in order to form our own opinion instead of listening to what the mass people are saying. The characters were very interesting and well developed–Kelsea is by far one of my favorite female characters; she has her flaws like any nineteen-year-old but what sets her apart Continue reading

Review: The Iron Queen (The Iron Fey#3) by Julie Kagawa

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Note: This review is for the third book of The Iron Fey series and may therefore contain spoilers. Click here for the review of the first book and here for the review of the second book.

RATINGS: 5/5

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I am Meghan Chase.
I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who’s sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I’m not sure anyone can survive it.

This time, there will be no turning back.

I am trying my best to write a coherent review for this book, one that will do this book justice, but sometimes when you read a really good book it is almost impossible to express into words the feelings that the book leaves you with. The Iron Queen is one such book.

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Our MC, Meghan Chase, who is forever going to be one of my favorite female leads in literature comes a long way from being the quiet, shy sixteen-year-old she was in the first book. Though she does not lose her humor or her endearing moments of Continue reading