Changes Coming and What I’m Reading…

I thought I’d do a quick post to talk about what I’m reading right now and some of the changes that are happening here…

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I’ll start with the changes that are happening with my blog…Those that follow me may have noticed that I recently switched to a wordpress.com account. I chose to downgrade and removed over 300 posts along with tons of media to get to a lower paid plan. After downgrading, I realized that none of my links were working and it was a huge mess. I’ve now gone back to http://www.readrantrockandroll.com and will be staying with that for now. Some posts are still a mess and are missing images. I’m working on it…

The reason I wanted to downgrade in the first place was because I’d lost the interest in reviewing books/posting and wasn’t sure how much I was going to use my blog this year. When my son left for L.A. there was a lot going on in my head. Reading never stopped, but it sure was nice to be able to read and not stress about writing reviews. Writing reviews is a huge struggle for me and always has been; it makes me question my writing abilities, and it can be unrewarding at times with the time and work it takes. I’m not giving up, but I’m slowing down.

So here’s  what I’ll be doing from here on:

  • Requests: I’m still not going to be taking author requests. I have scads of books to read, and really just want to read what I want, on my terms, without deadlines. It may seem selfish, but I need to concentrate on me and reserve as much time as possible for my family.
  • Posts: Some weekly posts will be changing. I’ll do Music Monday when I can, but posts leaving entirely will be Breakfast and a Book and Throwback Thursday. I’ve also removed the Lesson’s from Grandpa posts and will no longer be sharing those. I’d still like to post Shabby Sundays because I love old books, but it won’t be every week. I’ll do Flower Friday when I can and I’ll continue on with my thyroid healing updates every few months. The plan is to post at least two to three times a week. I’ll definitely be finishing the Retelling Challenge for 2019, and I’ll also attempt to finish the A to Z challenge from earlier this year.
  • NetGalley and Edelweiss: There won’t be many ARC reviews coming up (if any) at all. I need to let this go for now.
  • TBR: I’m deleting my TBR and starting over. I’ve been on Goodreads since 2008 and my TBR is completely out of control: over 19,000 books. I’ll never in my lifetime read that many books! The plan is to delete them all and start fresh because it would take me forever to go through and sort them all out. I’d like to keep it under 100 books, but that’s going to be hard.
  • Goodreads: I seem to get much more interaction on GR than WordPress. I’ll still be reading posts and commenting here as well, but I really miss GR and would like to get back to catching up with friends there.

-I think that’s it… Here’s what I’m reading!-

The Penultimate Peril (A series of Unfortunate Events #12)

By Lemony Snicket

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We’re finally one book away from finishing this series! I still have a few reviews to catch up on from previous books, which I’ll finish up in the next few weeks. This has been a good series so far and nothing’s been predictable. I’ve had to take a break in between books, but my middle-grade son just wants to plow through and hasn’t tired of it.

I have hope that the series will end with a discovery, but haven’t a clue on whether it’ll be positive or not. There have been hints and I can’t wait to see how it’ll end.


Buzz, Sting, Bite: Why We Need Insects

by Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson

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This book! There are seriously some funny stories here. What originally attracted me to the book was this sentence in the blurb:

“Most of us know that we would not have honey without honeybees, but without the pinhead-sized chocolate midge, cocoa flowers would not pollinate. No cocoa, no chocolate.”

I love dark chocolate, but a chocolate midge? I’d never heard of it and couldn’t wait to learn more. Bugs aren’t my favorite thing, but this book highlights their importance in our world and how we simply couldn’t live without them. It’s jam-packed with facts too, and written in a unique way that doesn’t just lay them out in a ‘matter-of-fact’ manner. Definitely check this book out if you want to know more about our natural world. I’m about half way through and hope to finish it by the weekend.


Thanks for reading my update! What are you reading this week?

💜 Mischenko

54 thoughts on “Changes Coming and What I’m Reading…

  1. Totally agree with you regarding writing those reviews. It’s tough. I don’t like it. Tons of time for little reward. Except for the occasional authors praise, I might quit but their notes keep me going. I had to seriously cut back too. This time of year so many outside activities. Just do what you can comfortably do.

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    1. It’s good to hear that I’m not alone with the reviews lol. I agree with you though: the positive relationships I’ve made with authors makes it so worth it. I have some wonderful friends (including a few that are authors) from blogging that I hope always will be friends. Always glad to meet people like you too. 😉 I want you to know that I always appreciate your feedback, so thank you. 💜

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  2. It’s amazing how quickly life can turn into a high speed train where it feels like it’s difficult to get off and reclaim your life as you want to live it. At least, that’s what happened to me, so I retired early and got off the train to redefine my goals. Congratulations on resetting things to regain control of how YOU want to move forward. So proud of you because that’s never easy, Mischenko! And you’re doing it 🙂 !!!

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  3. Diana

    I also applaud your decision to reorganise the blog and set the priorities. I truly believe bloggers should do what they want to do and not feel pressured with reviews and deadlines.

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  4. If/when it all gets too much that’s the time to take a step back. It’s not as if reviewing books is employment! I probably spend more time at my computer than I would if I was working.
    Your blog, your rules 😊 and I do agree…it’s nice when the pressure is off and reading goes back to being a pleasure.

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    1. Thank you, Cathy. I appreciate your thoughts on it. Reviewing can be so time consuming! I think of I didn’t have kids, things would be different, but I just need to slow down a bit and stay away from deadlines, etc. I do enjoy helping others and hope that I can take author requests again one day. ❤

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  5. I think it’s great that you are doing want you want on your own terms. When it’s not fun anymore that’s when you have to stop. I’m also happy you have decided to keep blogging because I would miss your posts.

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  6. starjustin

    I agree with all the comments. Grandpa used to say you have to take care of ‘yourself’ first before you can do for others. Your health, both mental and physical, are the most important priority.
    I’m looking forward to your posts! 🙂💕

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  7. Michael Mclellan

    I’m really glad you’re shedding some of the weight and are carving out a more comfortable place where you can continue doing something you love without having it put unnecessary stresses on your life. Always in your corner!

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  8. You do what you gotta do. While I’m personally dead set against GR, that is because the format of the site itself works against a loner like me. And that I’m a control freak doesn’t help 😉

    Great idea about deleting your tbr. I think that is huge and I hope it works out for you. And I hope GR in general works for you. WordPress is definitely more time intensive, no one can deny that…

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    1. I remember you saying that about GR. I think because I’ve been on there for so long, it’s helped me find a larger group of people. I’ve met wonderful people here too (like you 😉) and don’t want to gove that up either. I just need an good balance.

      The TBR plan crashed quick. 😂 GR doesn’t seem to let you delete your TBR. You have to do it book by book. I need to work on it more and see if it’s something I’m doing wrong lol.

      Always appreciate your support! Thank you so much.

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  9. Noriko

    I think you have made a right decision. We all have our own priorities and unless we do blogging as a job, I don’t think we should let ourselves stress over that. Looking forward to reading your upcoming posts, Mischenko💗💖

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  10. Stepping back and lighting the load is just necessary sometimes. Just cutting my reading challenge goals this year made a big difference in my stress level. (Sure that was all self-imposed stress but still.) Do what you have to to be happy!

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  11. Your reviews are so thoughtful, I have always thought they must take you a lot of time, favorite M. They are beautiful and I love them, but I also understand the time it takes. It is never selfish to put your life and family ahead of book requests. Not at all. I’m grateful you’re still here; no matter how often, and I’m happy to see you at GR, too. That’s where I met you after all. ♥️ Your plans sound wonderful to me, and if they change? That’s wonderful too. Xoxoxo

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    1. Wow, thank you, Jen! That means so much. I’m never really happy with my reviews and that’s something I need to work on. Such a huge compliment coming from you. 😊 I know all the hard work, but the level that you put in is so much more with your pics, reviews, and high volume. I appreciate you, friend. ❤

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    1. I hit enter before I was done. What I meant to say was keep doing what you love most and other things will follow from that. When blogging becomes more of a chore than a joy you need to turn it back into something that’s going to make you happy.

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      1. I do that all the time, lol. 😂 I wish WP had a comment edit button! Thank you so much for all your support, V. I love that we connected here and always look forward to your posts, even if I don’t comment on all of them. You are unique! Hope all is going well with you. 💙💚❤

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  12. starjustin

    PS: I’ll truly miss your ‘Lessons from Grandpa’. Posts. They brought him to life for me and I loved them. But I also understand the concept of downsizing, 😉

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  13. I love your honesty. I’m glad you are taking care of yourself and doing what is right for you. Sounds like you are making some great changes. I love Goodreads and it seems to be easier to keep up with everyone on there sometimes. I’ve fallen behind on the arcs I have and feel guilty so I’m going to hold off on requesting/accepting until I can get caught up. I will eventually review them but I’m finding I’m always behind on the pub dates right now.
    I have the same feeling about writing reviews, it can be nerve-wracking at times. I’ve always loved your reviews and look forward to reading however many you write 🙂
    I think starting your tbr from scratch is a great idea! I don’t have as many as you do but going through them is very time-consuming.
    Glad you shared and I hope everything settles down for you 🙂 Our physical and mental health are so important. Big hugs and happy reading ❤ xo

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    1. Thank you, Dee! I’m sorry you’re struggling to keep up with your load too. I hope you’re in a better position now. I somehow missed this comment and just found it.

      I agree, our health is always most important. I hope you are well, friend. Take care and thank you for your continued support. ❤❤❤

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  14. 19,000….that’s absolutely insane!! i love starting fresh and starting over, so even though it’s not my TBR…I’m so psyched about it!! My thoughts on the reviewing and ARC’s etc line up with your new thoughts. I hate feeling like I’ve been told I need to read certain books, especially by a deadline, even if I wanted to read it originally. I feel that you should never feel overwhelmed/pressured by book reviews. Blogging is supposed to be fun and not a chore, unless it’s your job I guess lol do what you like girl! ❤ 🙂

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    1. Isn’t it? I just found out that GR won’t allow me to delete my TBR either, unless I go book by book. I’m going to have to figure this out because I really want to scratch it and start fresh.

      Thank you for your thoughts. I agree that as bloggers, it shouldn’t be a chore. Thank you for your support, Abbey. I hope all is well! 💜💜💜

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  15. I am reading more and more about people giving up on reviewing and blog tours etc. and I totally understand. I am feeling the same way. You have had a major life change and that makes us reflect and make changes in our lives and that is certainly understandable. Do what works for you Jenn. I enjoy your posts, (sometimes way after you have written them) but when I catch up, I look forward to your posts. Whatever you post, I know it will be worthwhile to take the time for me to read.

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    1. Carla, thank you so much for your support. You always have such wonderful things to say and I appreciate your positivity. Also, thank you for reading my posts! I know the time it takes. I’m late to yours often as well and I totally get it. It’s hard to keep up. Your reviews are always great too and I love seeing what children’s books you’re reading with the g-kids. Glad we connected here and on GR. Take care, friend. ❤❤❤ P.S. I know I still need to mail the books! Xoxo

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