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Life Update + The Direction of This Blog

Hi everyone! If you’ve been following this blog lately you may have been aware of the changes that I have been making to my reading and my reading goals (see “Why I Don’t Want to Read YA Anymore” and “The Sad Truth About Reading Fiction“). School has also started, so I wanted to talk about what this blog is going to be looking like with school and my new reading resolutions.

So if you don’t know, this summer I read a LOT of fiction (see my July wrap-up), and unlike the majority of book bloggers out there, it ended with me just being really disappointed with myself. I talk about this more in the posts I mentioned in the previous paragraph, but basically, I want to stop reading YA and also really cut down on my fiction reading in general, and broaden my reading to more classics and non-fiction (such as Islamic books, since I’m Muslim).

I didn’t do an August wrap-up, because I didn’t actually finish any whole books. I got half way through an Islamic book and had started another, but because I was looking at reading with this new mindset of “quality over quantity” I didn’t pressurise myself into finishing them within the month or anything, as I realised if I read when I was in the mindset for it (since they are non-fiction) it would be more beneficial.

The exams I finished a couple of months ago were I/GCSEs (I’m doing the British curriculum) which means this September I have started my A Levels. I’ve heard from a lot of people including from one of the teachers at my school during an induction class that A Levels tend to be harder than the actual degree you pursue because it goes into a lot more detail, and so that will probably mean the amount of free time I will have is going to be very much decreased which means less time for reading, fiction or non-fiction.

But, one of the A Levels I’m doing is English Literature. I’m doing OCR, so not only does that mean I’m doing 8 books (when other exam boards I think tend to do 4) I also need to do a lot of other extended reading such as reading around the genres we’ll be exploring (for example, we’re doing the Gothic genre at the moment). That means I’m still going to be doing a lot of reading.

So the books I’m going to probably start talking on here are going to probably be very different to the books I have previously been talking about. At first I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do that, because I’ve always talked so much about YA and all my readers seem to read YA, so I didn’t think anyone would be interested. But then I realised when it comes to things like this (blogs, YouTube channels, social media etc) you shouldn’t put yourself in a category but make yourself the category if that makes sense… so the blog is going to grow in whichever direction I end up growing, even if that means somewhere completely different to which it started off from and a place where my current audience are completely unfamiliar with.

…and I just thought I’d update you all on this 🙂 Because of school and everything this also means that I won’t be able to do as much blog hopping as I want to (I am currently extremely scared of opening my blog email since I know it’s going to have 200-300+ emails on there and it’s just intimidating) – but I will try and visit and interact with as many of you as possible!!

Thank you so much for reading and being here with me on this journey whether from the beginning or just now – the internet is truly an amazing place!!!

14 thoughts on “Life Update + The Direction of This Blog”

  1. I’m so happy that you’re following your heart and not trying to please people. Don’t beat yourself over losing followers because you don’t need to fit in. Just be yourself 💁‍♀️

    I’m excited to see where this blog will be going in the future and even though I primarily read YA, I do want to expand my horizons with regards to reading 🙏

    Wishing you all the best 💕✨

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  2. No problem sis 💜
    Yesss, I feel the same way. I’m always telling my friends about you, your blog or some awesome book you’ve recommended and they’re like “how can you even know a random person from the internet?” 😂😂😂

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  3. Oooo I love Gothic books! I’m excited to see your thoughts on those and other classics. I’m always happy to see someone posting non-YA stuff because the blog world sometimes feels overrun with YA.

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  4. I’m happy you decided not to pressure yourself and also don’t just read or review YA because of your audience! I’m sure your future reviews will be just as interesting and amazing and hopefully you’ll end up reading some amazing non-fiction books so you can recommend them to me haha!
    And also good luck with your A-levels!!!!

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  5. You have quite a lot on your plate, it is important that you prioritize. While I enjoy reading your blog, I understand that school must come first. So concentrate on what is important. One of the reasons I really like your blog is your honesty, you are trying to find your own path and not follow trends blindly. I admire that quality in you, it takes a great deal of maturity to question oneself and accept growth as it comes.

    There are some really great books in the gothic genre, so I’d love to hear your opinion on some of the books you’ll have to read for school. Best of luck with everything my dear sister. I will keep you in my duas.

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