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A ‘Comfort Post’ Today

A photo of a plastic star (light)

The blogging version of the comfort read. Apart from the busy-ness that was already going on, my family are going through a difficult time due to multiple issues (again – this year has been wretched) and I must admit that my inspiration for writing posts has disappeared. I have some posts that are complete and ready to publish, but they are ones I would like to publish when I’ve more time and mental energy – this is also the reason I’ve not commented on many blogs this week. So please excuse today being a random update.

Reading through the plans of those who have already signed up for next year’s What’s In A Name there have been some brilliant ideas for books. I love that people have been creative with the categories – in some cases so much so that I’ve read them, thought ‘does that fit?’ and then realised that yes, it does, and in a great way. The best two I’ve seen so far are from Margaret at BooksPlease who has found a book that fits the number category not just once but three times – Nineteen Eighty-Four – and Care from Care’s Online Bookclub who couldn’t find a book with a number in letters but did find the literal Think Of A Number, awesome!

At the last minute, if I can dramatise it as such, I have met my goal of reading Elizabeth Chadwick this year. I read The Summer Queen – it is long and very different to the books I’ve read by the author so far because it was about royalty, but liked it. It managed to be a comfort read for me even though it was 465 pages of history. Don’t get me wrong, you know I love history, but as reading the subject naturally summons the student in me I generally end up reading it a bit differently. Editing my ‘2014 goals’ a few days ago I was very glad to be able to strike my failure to read Chadwick off the list.

I am considering getting rid of the ‘review coming soon’ section on the sidebar. I love that it adds colour to what is otherwise a dull grey navigation bar, but so many of the books there linger for months before I post about them. Related to this is the fact that the section is almost completely romance orientated, sometimes completely completely, and I don’t want the blog to look like it is a romance blog when it isn’t (this is why I haven’t posted those reviews yet, I want to space them out). Lastly I don’t always end up adding books to it before posting about them anyway.

I think that right now I’m more thankful for blogging than I’ve ever been. My reading goals have, if not removed, limited the amount of time I’ve been in a blur, and I like that my schedule has also had a knock-on affect on my editing services, meaning that despite all the insert-swear-word-here that’s happening, so far I’ve managed to keep up.


vicki (skiourophile / bibliolathas)

December 13, 2013, 9:01 am

At work it feels like we’re crawling on our hands and knees through a toppling mountain of “To Do”s that needs To Be Done in a week at the moment – you have my fullest sympathy!

Laurie C

December 14, 2013, 2:31 pm

A comfort post is just what’s needed at this time of year! I rushed a post out yesterday just so a whole week wouldn’t go by without a post, but I had actually finished the book several weeks ago. Don’t stress about not commenting! I haven’t been able to keep up my usual blog visits or commenting lately, either.

Maria @ A bookworm’s life

December 15, 2013, 4:26 pm

I’m sorry you are having a hard time, here’s hoping better things are coming for you and your family!


December 15, 2013, 6:58 pm

Thanks for the shout out. :)
I thought I would have more time to blog now that school is done of the semester but the Holiday rush has me distracted, too. Take is easy and we will have fun with WiaN2014!


December 15, 2013, 8:27 pm

I know what you mean about your “review coming soon” bar! Sometimes, doesn’t it feel like it is nagging you? :-) I often feel that way with the books I leave on my coffee table until I have finished reviewing them. Constant nagging!

I am sorry this year has been so difficult for your family. I hope next year is better!

Jenny @ Reading the End

December 15, 2013, 11:12 pm

Ugh, I’m sorry your family’s going through a hard time. It makes the holidays so much harder than they need to be. I hope everything improves as it gets closer to Christmas.

Literary Feline

December 16, 2013, 11:21 pm

Big hugs, Charlie. I will be glad to see the year go too. I’m not a superstitious person by nature and have never thought the number 13 unlucky, but this year I’ve come close to it! Here’s to a wonderful new year!

I do hope things calm down for you. Sometimes a comfort post is just what is needed. And never worry about not being able to comment. We all understand and have been there too.


December 17, 2013, 12:16 pm

Sorry to hear the family situation isn’t so good, hope by Christmas you are all feeling a lot better :)

I’m glad blogging has been a worthy distraction from the crap – it does the same for me.

Lets hope 2014 is a better year all round!


December 18, 2013, 1:45 pm

I’m sorry to hear your family and you have been going through a hard time. I hope things get easier for you soon.



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