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A life and wellness update from Bex books and Stuff

Hello to my wonderful readers, it's been a while hasn't it? I haven't been on my blog much and I have missed it, but life has been so hectic lately I have really struggled to find my writing mojo!

The summer holidays were absolutely non stop, I am so lucky as a teacher to have the holidays off, but finding ways to entertain a 6 year old for 6 weeks can be somewhat exhausting!! I absolutely love it and wouldn't change it for the world, but that doesn't mean I don't find it very tiring!


So moving from the holidays straight into a new term at school has been very intense. We have had so many new things to look into at work, I have started a forest school course and I am also trying to focus a lot on my role as English lead so it has been a busy start to the school year.

A lady lying on a bed exhausted

All that has caused a bit of a life overwhelm to be honest! It has taken me a while to find the energy to do anything that isn't work related, hence the length of time I have been away from my blog. Even my reading went downhill, I only managed two books in September. I got half way through a read-a-long and still haven't managed to finish it, I missed a spot on a book tour and I got very behind on a book club book! Honestly it has really got to me and I feel a little adrift without my reading and my blog. I have realised it is hugely linked with my mental health and I need to read to relax and get rid of my day. I have also realised though that I was reaching burnout with all the expectations I put on my self. I was taking on too much when it came to book tours and author requests, reading was becoming a chore which was no good.


A pile of books with a pair of glasses on the top

So with that in mind I have decided to take a little break from that side of reading. I want to read for pleasure, go back to mood reading and just take what I fancy off my shelves. I want to have no time restraints, no commitments so I can review and talk about books at my leisure. I will still read ARC books and review them, mainly from Netgalley or Boldwood books, as well as reading author requests (especially clearing my backlog of current requests) but hopefully my blog will full of lots of other things, book and non-book related.


Once life and school work calms down a bit I hope to have more time for my creative side and that should become apparent on here!


Is there anything in particular you readers might want to see on here? Any particular topics you would like me to discuss? If so do let me know in the comments!!



A girl looking happy typing on her laptop



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Ali Duke
Ali Duke
12 de out. de 2023

I can imagine how busy life is for you, I hope you a little calm soon. Sometimes stopping and doing things for yourself is just what you need. Take care x

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BexThorp
BexThorp
12 de out. de 2023
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Exactly this. Thanks for reading ❤️

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Karalee
Karalee
12 de out. de 2023

I'm sorry to hear that things have been hectic with the summer vacation and start of the new school term. That is good you are taking a break from book tours, and you'll be able to enjoy reading again.

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BexThorp
BexThorp
12 de out. de 2023
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Thank you, it has been hectic but I'm hopeful a bit of self care and reading off my shelves will do the trick!

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I hope you enjoyed your summer holiday! Reading on a schedule can be stressful, but I'm glad to hear you'll be taking some time to enjoy books for pleasure and at your own pace. :)

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BexThorp
BexThorp
10 de out. de 2023
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Yes it's definitely needed!

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Lisa Mandina
Lisa Mandina
07 de out. de 2023

Ugh, that's no fun! But I get it! I need to get out of doing all the review tours and stuff and actually read books I've bought for myself to read. I'm hoping to do better with that next year. But we'll see! Hope you get in more reading this month and some time to relax!

https://lisalovesliterature.bookblog.io/

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BexThorp
BexThorp
10 de out. de 2023
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That was how I felt, so many books being ignored on my shelves! I couldn't keep up!

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