{Mirror Mirror} Liza’s Frustrating Progress

Posted May 28, 2016 by Liza in Memes & Features / 17 Comments

Mirror Mirror

Mirror Mirror is our feature that replaces the old Stacking The Shelves/Weekly Recap posts. Bieke decided to make her own original feature because it was more than just a STS or recap post.

Life, News & Happenings

Hi there gorgeous people!  Goodness, but these past two weeks have been exhausting!  Work as has been a complete zoo, full of changes and stress.  I’m so happy for the long weekend and I plan to catch up with blogging and sadly, I still have to work a bit.

I spend four days in Puerto Rico this week. It was business related so not a lot of sight seeing, but we did get to see a lot of family and that’s what matters 🙂  When I got back my laptop did the update from Windows 8.1 to Widows 10 all by itself (my kids claimed they didn’t touch it or maybe it was possessed!).  I spend a panicked hour trying to figure out what on earth was going on, but I think I’m okay now.

I’m very frustrated with my reading progress (or lack thereof) this year.  It feels like the older I get, the more responsibility I get at work, the older my kids get I have less, and less time.  It’s frustrating and I feel so guilty because I feel like I’m letting my co-bloggers down 🙁  I’m so grateful for Bee, Rachel and also our collaborators Amy and Leah because we all share the load and it’s less overwhelming.  Don’t get me wrong, I love reading and blogging books, and I know I should feel this way but I do.  I’m very anal and controlling in many aspects of my life and I don’t like to feel out of control.  Anyway, sorry for all the ranting!

You Might Have Missed

New to My Shelves

Not a lot of new books these past two weeks, but I’m looking forward to reading these 🙂

There Once Were Stars by Melanie McFarlane

Isle of the Blessed by Suzan Tisdale

Lucky Few by  Kathryn Ormsbee

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17 responses to “{Mirror Mirror} Liza’s Frustrating Progress

  1. I’m surprised you get to read AT ALL, Liza! With a job, kids, and obligatory trips to Puerto Rico and the like – I don’t think I’d have enough time to EAT, let alone READ. So however many books you’ve read in recent months – YOU’RE A SUPERHERO. Most of the rest of us have half that (work)load and still we manage to slack off. Which I’m in the midst of doing. Except I have nothing to blame it on but myself.

    It seems to be a bit of a slow reading season for most people I know. It’s just one of those things. Don’t feel bad. And I know for a fact that your co-bloggers idolize you, so go easy on yourself. Mental health first! <3

    As for new-to-our-shelves – Cait raved quite extensively about Ruined by Amy Tintera yesterday, and since I'm a fantasy fiend, I spent the last of my food money on the book. As you do in college. I'll just default to ramen. Totally worth it. 😉 And I've gotten The Leaving by Tara Altebrando, but it's gotten some mixed reviews (with points which I feel I'd be making, too – like how a mystery can't suddenly turn sci-fi 80% in and give you a magical solution when it closes the doors on all actual real ones), so I might hold off on that one just a tad longer.

  2. I read my first book last week in almost 2 months so I definitely understand how you feel. I’ve decided not to let it stress me though because reading and blogging is supposed to be fun for me. If I read then fine and if not then I’ll just do some other bookish, or non boookish related post and supplement with audiobook reviews 🙂

    • Liza

      Thanks Nereyda! I’m thankful for my co-bloggers because I don’t feel pressured to just post something. I am reading, it’s just going very slow…

  3. Suze

    I read There Once Were Stars and really liked it. I hope you’ll be able to find more reading time. Which probably will mean less sleeping if you’re anything like me ;). Good luck as I know how much you can miss sitting down with a good book…

    • Liza

      Well, at least the update happen while I wasn’t here because it takes hours and hours and it would have riven me crazy 🙁

  4. Nathan

    I can tell from this post you are stressed. Try to find just a little time to relax and don’t worry about the blogging. It is good you saw your family, that can be a bonus. My laptop keeps trying to update to Windows 10 and it nearly did on its own accord! They are determined to put us all on Windows 10 and I am not sure what that would do to my computer and its files so I understand that stress. I hope you have a less stressful week ahead.

    • Liza

      Thanks Nathan. It’s a combination of stress at work and in blogging too 🙁 I tried to avoid the update, but it seems like my laptop had a mind of it’s own while I was away. Trying to get connected to work was hard!

  5. I seem to be having less time for reading, so I can feel your pain. I hope you love all of your new books. Puerto Rico must have been nice. I say take your time and relax.


  6. There Once Were Stars and Lucky Few sound interesting. Enjoy!
    I can understand to an extent being so stressed especially with work. I’m glad you were able to be here and at least see family 🙂 If you feel like you need a break in general, then take it. If you’re exhausted from work, get home to take a nap and tell the boys to let you rest for at least 2 hours. Focus on doing things you love, like yor calligraphy. Small things that help you release that stress goes a long way. I hope you start feeling better soon 🙂

  7. Sorry to hear that you’re so stressed Liza! I’m sure your co-bloggers are more than happy to take some of the pressure off and hopefully it will help you feel back in control soon.
    Side note, I almost always have something to update so it might be handy if they could become possessed and do it for me ahah.
    Enchanted by YA

  8. Ahhh Liza, I can definitely see the stress through your post – make sure you’re taking the time to relax and not pressure yourself to blog so much. It’s great that your co-bloggers can help out when you need. Have a great week ahead!

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