A break…

So I’ve decided to take a break from reviewing. I’ve been reviewing this genre for 4 years (wow) and I still love it. While my taste in books has definitely changed and evolved with time, becoming more discerning, I still think the best books in this genre stack up against the best books in any genre. I won’t stop reading or reviewing what I love but I am taking a short break. It could be a long one but I hope not.

While the holidays should be a time for cheer and wonderful reflection, unfortunately this month has decided to devastate my family. Not even once either, but on multiple fronts. My mom and I actually listed everything that’s been going on this month and it’s really staggering that so many horrific things could happen to one family. If I believed in karma then I’d wonder but there is no way karma could have anything to do with the sad events this month. When I think about it I just want to cry and never get up from bed but of course that helps no one. So I do get up and go through the day but just coping takes all my energy with nothing left over for reviewing or much interaction. I am still reading here and there, mostly to zone out though so not exactly critically reading.

I think I’ve reviewed everything waiting in my queue or I’ve tried. If I missed something just let me know and I’ll put it at the top of my list when I can think about reviewing again. I apologize for not commenting on blogs lately – it’s not that I don’t read them but I do it in fits and starts and never seem to have the time/energy to comment. I’m sorry. I should do a better job and please know that I value the effort people put into posting and I’m at least reading.

I think that’s it for now but I hope everyone is having a better holiday filled with healthy/prosperous family and friends.

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25 thoughts on “A break…

  1. I am so sorry to hear that things aren’t going well right now. I am glad you are taking a break to take care of yourself and your family. Hopefully things will settle down soon. Have a great holiday and look forward to having you back soon.

  2. Be well, sweetheart. May the karma gods or whoever get off your back, may your heart recover, may your family gather together and heal. I’m so sorry life kicked your ass right now–may you grow strong enough again to kick it back.

  3. I’m sorry that life is hitting you and your family hard at the moment, Kassa. I totally understand the need to take a break and I hope you’ll be back soon when things get better for you. I shall miss your reviews.

    *hugs*

  4. Tam says:

    It does seem to be an awful time of the year. So many friends are dealing with cancer, deaths, family illness and job uncertainty. It stinks. Hugs to you and your family and I hope that you can have a wonderful holiday with them despite the challenges you’re facing. Enjoy your break and we’ll look forward to welcoming you back with open arms. Big squeezes from Canada.

  5. Amanda says:

    Sending hugs and well wishes to an awesome reviewer, my heart goes out to you and your family . You are doing what you need to do for you and yours in a time of crisis just know that when you return your readers and lurkers will be here.

  6. Antonella says:

    Hi, Kassa!

    So sorry to hear about your family. Take a break and try to relax and value all the good things that you have in your life!

    Be well!

    Antonella

  7. Tamara says:

    Kassa, you don’t have to “do better.” You’re the best. And a break is a good thing when life is beating you up. 😦 I’m so sorry. I hope things improve for you and everything seems better after a bit. Is there anything I can do for you? Please let me know. ~hugs~

    Mara

  8. Take care of yourself. I hope things improve in the new year for you and your family. You work so hard on your reviews and I know how valued they are by readers, but your health and your family have to take priority.

  9. HJ says:

    I enjoy reading everything you write, but certainly wouldn’t expect you to carry on regardless! I do hope that things improve very soon. Take care.

  10. Eden Winters says:

    I’ll miss your reviews, but fully understand the need to take a break. I’m sending kind thoughts, hugs, and prayers for you and your family.

  11. So sorry to hear things are bad. Very good idea to take some time out – relax and recharge your energies, and I’m sending very big hugs and positive thoughts your way

    Anne
    xxxxx

  12. I so hope everything gets better, Kassa, and that, in the meantime, you’re able to find some respite here and there from all that’s weighing you down. Maybe your holiday joy will come a bit late . . . but with interest. Karma can work that way, too.

  13. So sorry to hear you’ve had a rough time of it lately *Hugs*

    You know I’ll be eagerly awaiting your reviews when you get back to writing them, but I don’t blame you for taking a break. You sound like you need to look after yourself and your family right now.

    *Sending you positive vibes and lots of love*

  14. Kassa – I’ve been absent here (and more connecting via GR), but wanted you to know how sorry I am that life has hit you and your family roughly of late. I know how it is to have one knock down after another. It saps everything from you. I hope a break gives you time to find you balance again and that you and your family have a much, much better 2012! *hugs*

  15. Just saw this post Kassa (you know I hardly get to my friends’ blogs). 🙂 I want you to know that you’re in my thoughts and I hope that karma smiles on you in the future rather than kicking you in the teeth. Take care. I miss you.

  16. I just finished a university class yesterday and started catching up with what’s going on in the rest of the world. I am so very sorry that you’re having such a hard time. Good for you for putting yourself and your needs first. You have to. Know that we’ll be here and I’ll be sending you some prayers that that karma moves on to someone else.

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