Hello, my dear followers, 

That’s it. I am taking a break. 

I need to step away from this blog. I need time to take care of something personal, and I can’t do it while blogging. Blogging takes pretty much a big chunk of my day, every day. And I need to focus my mental energy and time on something else. I started noticing signs of burnout in April and now, I can’t ignore them anymore. 

Reading became less enjoyable, and as much as it pains me to admit it, this blog is the cause of it. It started as a hobby but it became a competition. Reading felt more like a task, a chore and I miss reading as escapism. Reading became an unpaid and unrewarded job. 

I often felt compelled to buy books I didn’t really need or read a book I was never interested in.

During this past year, I had to reduce the amount of news I watched/read because I wasn’t coping well. Now, the UK is slowly getting back to normal life, but I am personally still struggling to call this reality “normal”, while the rest of the world is so messed up. I thought the bookish community was going to be a small oasis, where I could take a break and stop thinking about the horrible things happening, where we could support each other. From what I saw during the last months, the book community (mostly on Twitter) is becoming toxic to an extent that I can’t understand, and it is such an unhealthy environment. There is so much hate, even among us readers, and I can’t take it anymore. I keep limiting my exposure to the news, and it’s time I limit my exposure to the bookish community. 

My mental health is struggling, I need to make some changes in my life and so, I need to step away from this blog. 

I want to sincerely thank you once again for all your visits, likes, comments, follow and support. It meant a lot to me. 

I have two book tours coming up, which I will still post next month. 

I thought about many ways to continue this blog, but I can’t. I need to take care of myself now. It feels like a goodbye, but I hope I will be back one day, stronger, more creative, and happier, and I hope to see you again soon.

I wish you all the best, take care of yourself and wherever you are, stay safe. 

And be kind, always.