{Mirror Mirror} Bee goes on a Hiatus and Liza has Other News!

Posted April 10, 2016 by Bee, Liza & Leah in Memes & Features / 24 Comments

Mirror Mirror

Mirror Mirror is our feature that replaces the old Stacking The Shelves/Weekly Recap posts.


Hey guys! My recap will be very brief because I just want to make an announcement. So I hope you guys take the time to read it before you go on to check out what this week had in store for Liza.

I’ve been struggling with blogging and reading this year. For some it might be a lot to have read 27 books at this time, but for me it’s not. Not at all. I find myself falling into slumps a lot and I have to force myself to read and blog lately. And I hate feeling like this. But I pushed myself to go on because I didn’t want to disappoint my co-bloggers.

After my post about befriending authors, I found myself pulling back from this community even more. I’m sure you’ve noticed, especially if you follow me on social media.

Writing is for me very important. Even more so than blogging because it has always been my dream to publish my own book. But because of that post I started to feel like I would end up having to choose between the blogging community and writing. I don’t want that because you guys are also very important to me. So I decided it would be best if I take some time off from blogging for a while. Take a vacation from all of it, if you will, and do things when I feel like it, on my own time. If I want to write, I write. If I want to write a blog post, I do that. Or if I want to just watch anime for a few days, I’ll do that.

Yes, the blog goes on a break twice a year, but I don’t. I use that time to get ahead of everything. To schedule ahead and work through my TBR. I don’t actually stop blogging. Like ever. I haven’t actually stopped blogging in two years, so I think this hiatus has been a long time coming.

I don’t know how long this hiatus will be. I need this time for myself in order to rediscover that love for blogging and reviewing books. I’m not quitting. I have a few posts scheduled for the rest of the month and I have a blog tour for The Star-Touched Queen, which I will be reading & reviewing. I’m also going to YALFEST NL later this month, where I’m meeting Becky Albertalli! I might make a post about that for when I get back from my hiatus.

I will come back. Maybe this month, maybe next month or the one after that. I don’t know for sure. But I WILL be back. For sure. Until then, I leave this blog in the hands of my awesome co-bloggers.

Feel free to talk to me on Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook or Instagram if you miss me. (Hah, as if. You probably won’t even notice I’m gone.)

Thanks to Rachel and Liza for supporting me in this decision and thanks to my dear friends Lexie & Steph for their advice on the matter.

I love you all and I’ll see you all again soon.

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Liza’sΒ Life, News and Happenings

Hi there gorgeous readers! I know that losing Bee for a couple of months is tough, but both Rachel and I fully support her and we will do our best to keep you company, so please bear with us!

First, I have a few announcements too:

First, I will be traveling for business next week (from Monday through Thursday), so please excuse my delay in replying to comments.

Second, it snowed in several parts of the East coast yesterday. We had freezing rain and it’s SO cold. In April. I can’t even think about this anymore πŸ™

Third, my mom is coming! Β It’s not until June, but she finally got the tickets so I know for sure when she’ll be here. Β My niece and my cousin’s daughter are coming with her too so I will have a full house of girls to spoil rotten.

Fourth, we have a new addition to the family!!!! Meet Candy πŸ™‚

She’s a Yorkie puppy to be sister to our 19 month old Cooky (also a Yorkie). Candy is 11 weeks old right now and weights a whooping two pounds. Β She’s so tiny that we put a kitty collar on her with a bell so we can find her easily. Β She’s so sweet and cuddly that we all fell in love as soon as we saw her. Β  Cooky on the other hand doesn’t want anything to do with her little sister and is actually afraid of her!

Finally, I have a treat for you! Handlettering is going great and I really love it, even though I haven’t had much time to dedicate to the Etsy store in the past few weeks. Β Anyway, I have a giveaway for your guys running on Twitter, so please check it out!

Β Might Have Missed

New to My Shelves

Not much to report this week, I have a few books on pre-order and one that a friend got signed for me at an event, but I don’t really have them yet πŸ™

Purchased for Audible

salt to seaSalt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys – I haven’t read any of her books, but I loved the sound of this one.

Purchased for Kindle

Highland Spitfire

Highland Spitfire by Mary Wine – Because Alyssa and Nick loved it πŸ˜‰


ivory and bone

Ivory & Bone by Julie Eshbaugh – I got this amazing looking beauty for a blog tour.

So, what’s going on with you? What’s new to your shelves?Β 

Bee, Liza & Leah

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24 responses to “{Mirror Mirror} Bee goes on a Hiatus and Liza has Other News!

  1. Becca

    Enjoy your break Bee, we love you and we will be here when you return with open arms

    I have heard such good things about Salt & Sea Liza!!

  2. I hope you take the time that you need to from the blogging world Bee, sometimes it can definitely get a bit overwhelming with everything so I can totally understand that. As long as you do what you feel like doing and reach out when you need it – you know where to find me. It sounds like you’ll have the best time when you go to that event too!

    Candy is absolutely adorable Liza! It sounds like you have a busy time ahead of you, have fun with it all!

  3. Enjoy the break, Bieke! It sounds like you need it. Hopefully, it will help refresh you.

    Liza, that’s so exciting that your family will be visiting! You must be thrilled.
    And puppy! How adorable! She looks tiny too! That’s funny that your other dog is scared of her. Dogs! They crack me up! πŸ˜€
    Ahh! You got Highland Spitfire! I sincerely hope you love it as much as I did. I’m curious about Ivory & Bone, but so many of these debuts this year have disappointed me, so I’m nervous to try any new ones. I’ll be looking forward to your review for sure!
    Anyways, have a lovely week and happy reading!

  4. Nathan

    You will be missed Bee but you deserve a holiday. Reading and blogging should be fun, or it becomes work and stressful. If that were to happen you might leave for good and we wouldn’t want that πŸ™ Refresh and recharge yourself and do what is right for you. For me writing is only a hobby, but you are possibly ready for a career someday. By the way, I don’t know how you manage to read all those books at once! You put my reading rate to shame.
    Liza, Candy is adorable. I have two Russian Blue kittens. They are nearly a year old and are named Zack and Xena. P.S. your handwriting is quite good.

  5. I completely understand your need for a break, Bee. I’ve been struggling with blogging too and I’ve definitely taken a step back for now. It is good to take a deep breathe and return when you feel like it again!

  6. Bee, I completely understand the need for a break. Reading and blogging is a hobby and supposed to be fun. If it isn’t fun, then what is the point? You will be missed, but better to take a break and come back refreshed and willing to be in for the long haul. If you don’t take that break, you could end up walking away for good. And we would hate to have that.

    Liza, the puppy is adorable. So exciting to know that family is coming to visit. I know my mom is supposed to be coming at some point. We haven’t worked out when, but at some point this year. She lives in Alaska, so she doesn’t make it to the lower forty eight but maybe once a year and didn’t even get that last year.

  7. I’m going to miss you, Bee, but I understand the need to take a real break! I hope it will make you feel better, and that your motivation will come back πŸ™‚
    Liza, Candy is so sweet! I have an 11 week old puppy, too, and he’s charmed us all πŸ˜€ I’m glad you and Rachel will be here to keep Quite the Novel Idea going while Bee takes a well-deserved break.

  8. Omg Bee. *SAD FACE* 😭 😭 😭 I love reading your blog and I will definitely miss you. But hiatuses are VERY good. I mean, I only took a week off just now, but it was really nice just to not have to think about it all for a little while. And if you haven’t taken time off blogging in 2 years, then you are SO TOTALLY due for a holiday!! Take care of yourself. But omg, pleeease come back eventually?! *puppy dog eyes*
    I often think about whether I’d have to choose between writing and blogging. Like, maybe? One day? But honestly: blogging is REALLY good if you want to build up an audience for your future writing career! I honestly view my blog as a big part of my career — I’m like pre-selling myself so people will want to buy my book when it comes out. ;D (And also, you don’t have to worry about what anyone else thinks…truly. Just do what YOU want to do when it comes to reading/writing/blogging. Okay?!) *sends you hugs and oreos*

    • Bee

      OF COURSE I’LL COME BACK!! <3 I would miss you too much otherwise. And yeah it is! Though whenever I talk about my writerly stuff, the post barely gets any comments & views so. There's that. xD

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