5 Things To Do When Reading Starts to Feel Like A Chore

No matter how much we love reading and/or blogging about books, we’re bound to feel the pressure of it one way or another, sooner or later.

I learned this the hard way back in August and September. I read more than 20 books those months (when I usually just read 5-7 books a month), just so I could keep up with my e-ARCs and blog tours and other various releases. It was fun, that much I can say. However, I could also feel myself so close to burning out (especially because I work graveyard shift) and just feeling like reading is a chore. It was somehow taking a toll on my mental health, too, and I hated that. As a book lover, and as someone who has relied on books for escapism and joy and peace, I hated feeling as if reading was a chore.

So after August and September, I decided I needed to do something to stop. I needed to break the cycle and get back to my happy place. Now, here I am sharing a few tips with you!

Here are five things to do when reading a book is starting to feel like a chore:

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ARC Review + Playlist: Miss Meteor [Blog Tour]

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Title: Miss Meteor
Author: Tehlor Kay Mejia, Anna-Marie McLemore
Genre/s and Tags: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy, Magical Realism, Coming of Age, Romance, Latinx cast, POC reads
Content Warnings: Racism, Xenophobia, Homophobia, Bullying
Publication date: Septermber 22, 2020
Publisher: Harper Teen
Goodreads synopsis:

There hasn’t been a winner of the Miss Meteor beauty pageant who looks like Lita Perez or Chicky Quintanilla in all its history. But that’s not the only reason Lita wants to enter the contest, or why her ex-best friend Chicky wants to help her. The road to becoming Miss Meteor isn’t about being perfect; it’s about sharing who you are with the world—and loving the parts of yourself no one else understands. So to pull off the unlikeliest underdog story in pageant history, Lita and Chicky are going to have to forget the past and imagine a future where girls like them are more than enough—they are everything.

Witty and heartfelt with characters that leap off the page, Miss Meteor is acclaimed authors Anna-Marie McLemore and Tehlor Kay Mejia’s first book together.

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Hi book nerds! Today is my tour stop for the #MissMeteorOnTour book tour hosted by Karina @ Afire Pages! I almost didn’t join this blog tour, but seeing the synopsis, the cover, and knowing the fact that it had pansexual rep (and more), I knew I just had to try and join!

Miss Meteor is such a surprise! It combined fantasy and contemporary, friendship and romance, so as a result, it’s chaotic, magical, and absolutely beautiful.

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ARC Review: Bone Shard Daughter // An incredible new queer SFF series to look out for [Blog Tour]

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Title: Bone Shard Daughter
Author: Andrea Stewart
Genre/s and Tags: Adult, Fantasy, High Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Queer Science Fiction/Fantasy, LGBTQ+
Content Warnings: Violence,
Publication date: September 8, 2020
Publisher: Orbit Books
Goodreads synopsis:

In an empire controlled by bone shard magic, Lin, the former heir to the emperor will fight to reclaim her magic and her place on the throne. The Bone Shard Daughter marks the debut of a major new voice in epic fantasy.

The emperor’s reign has lasted for decades, his mastery of bone shard magic powering the animal-like constructs that maintain law and order. But now his rule is failing, and revolution is sweeping across the Empire’s many islands.

Lin is the emperor’s daughter and spends her days trapped in a palace of locked doors and dark secrets. When her father refuses to recognise her as heir to the throne, she vows to prove her worth by mastering the forbidden art of bone shard magic.

Yet such power carries a great cost, and when the revolution reaches the gates of the palace, Lin must decide how far she is willing to go to claim her birthright – and save her people.

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Hello book nerds! What’s this, another blog tour stop? Yes it is! It’s my stop for the #BoneShardDaughterPH hosted by Your Tita Kate! The minute I saw bone magic in the synopsis, I couldn’t resist! I initially thought Bone Shard Daughter sounded like an incredible new SFF novel, and oh, I was right.

With political intrigue, interesting perspectives, and an exciting world-building, Bone Shard Daughter is without a doubt the start of an amazing SFF series.

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ARC Review: Ironspark // An action-packed YA Paranormal debut [Blog Tour]

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Title: Ironspark
Author: C.M. McGuire
Genre/s and Tags: Young Adult, Paranormal/Supernatural, Romance, Contemporary Fantasy, LGBTQ+, Sapphic characters, Asexual character, Casual queer rep
Content Warnings: Violence, anxiety/panic attacks, mental illness (minor character has hallucinations), parental loss
Publication date: August 25, 2020
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Goodreads synopsis:

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A teen outcast must work together with new friends to keep her family and town safe from murderous Fae while also dealing with panic attacks, family issues, and a lesbian love triangle in C.M. McGuires’s kick-butt paranormal YA debut, Ironspark.

For the past nine years, ever since a bunch of those evil Tinkerbells abducted her mother, cursed her father, and forced her family into hiding, Bryn has devoted herself to learning everything she can about killing the Fae. Now it’s time to put those lessons to use.

Then the Court Fae finally show up, and Bryn realizes she can’t handle this on her own. Thankfully, three friends offer to help: Gwen, a kindhearted water witch; Dom, a new foster kid pulled into her world; and Jasika, a schoolmate with her own grudge against the Fae.

But trust is hard-won, and what little Bryn has gained is put to the test when she uncovers a book of Fae magic that belonged to her mother. With the Fae threat mounting every day, Bryn must choose between faith in her friends and power from a magic that could threaten her very humanity.

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Hello book nerds! Today is my stop for the Ironspark Blog Tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. Make sure to follow along the other tour hosts for more content!

When I first saw this book, I was immediately taken by that striking cover. And upon reading the synopsis, I knew I had to read this book!

Packed with action and mystery, Ironspark is a great paranormal read that features mythology, family, friendship, and queer romance.

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Read an Excerpt from Mary Cecilia Jackson’s Sparrow

Hi book nerds! Today, I’m excited to be sharing an excerpt from Mary Cecilia Jackson’s Young Adult debut novel Sparrow.

Make sure to follow the official Sparrow blog tour hosted by JeanBookNerd to see more excerpts, reviews, and interviews!

Now, let’s find out more about the book!

Title: Sparrow
Author: Mary Cecilia Jackson
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: 
Tor Teen (March 17, 2020)
Language:
English
ISBN-10:
0765398850
ISBN-13:
978-0765398857

Goodreads synopsis:

In the tradition of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak, a devastating but hopeful YA debut about a ballerina who finds the courage to confront the abuse that haunts her past and threatens her future.

There are two kinds of people on the planet. Hunters and prey I thought I would be safe after my mother died. I thought I could stop searching for new places to hide. But you can’t escape what you are, what you’ve always been.

My name is Savannah Darcy Rose.
And I am still prey.

Though Savannah Rose―Sparrow to her friends and family―is a gifted ballerina, her real talent is keeping secrets. Schooled in silence by her long-dead mother, Sparrow has always believed that her lifelong creed―“I’m not the kind of girl who tells”―will make her just like everyone else: Normal. Happy. Safe. But in the aftermath of a brutal assault by her seemingly perfect boyfriend Tristan, Sparrow must finally find the courage to confront the ghosts of her past, or lose herself forever….

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | BOOK DEPOSITORY

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Sounds interesting? Scroll down below to read an excerpt from the book!

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