Life Update! (School, Hiatus, Reading)

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Hello, hello! It’s been a while since the last time I posted anything. Over a month to be exact. And if I’m being completely honest, I haven’t been involved in the reading world since I last posted. Life has been busy, but I have had some time to collect my thoughts and get the motivation to post again.

Now, when most book bloggers go on a hiatus, it’s because they fell into a book slump. However, that isn’t how my absence started. In the past, I haven’t been having that regular “want” to read that most readers get. It felt more like I “needed” to read. And honestly, I enjoyed reading so much that I didn’t mind it at first. However, after some contemplation, I started asking myself if reading was actually right for me. Was this just a hobby that I would end up quitting? So, I ended up challenging myself to taking a break from reading.

Let me just tell you, taking away something really important is quite the experience. At first, I didn’t know what to do in my free time. But, after a few weeks, it started to feel more like myself again. It was just me without books. However, often times I would end up contemplating if I should pick up a book or not. And most times I ended up going back to my phone and spending hours scrolling through random YouTube videos. But, I’ve started to not like the idea of spending my free time watching the lives of other people.

So, here I am now. I haven’t picked up a book in over a month, but I feel like after getting back into blogging, things will change. I want to use my blog as motivation to read more. Knowing that I have only finished one book this year is very depressing. However, I know that with enough motivation, I can go back to reading every day! I cannot wait to get back to doing what I love!

So, you may also be thinking something along the lines of “What did you do while you were gone?” Well, school has been a big priority for me. I wrote my first semester exams, and have now started my second semester of my Sophomore year of high school. Although my current classes are quite challenging, I am enjoying all of the new information I am learning. Along with school, I have also been playing on my school’s junior varsity basketball team. I truly am not the greatest player, but games and practices add up for an amazing workout!

Besides that, my life has been pretty boring. However, I am hoping that reading will help make my free time more exciting. Before I wrap-up this post, I just wanted to thank all of you for sticking around during my hiatus. Somehow, this blog managed to reach 200 followers while I was gone, which is AMAZING! I cannot wait to get back to posting and talking about books with all of you!

Happy Reading,
Alaina

 

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