An Impromptu Blog Post: Book Review Hiatus

I have come to make the difficult decision to stop writing book reviews and posting them on this blog. I started what began as The Past Due Book Review, and later changed to The Past Due Review, in an attempt to continue writing after graduating from college. I used it as a sort of living portfolio in order to build up experience to facilitate finding a job in writing. As I’m sure many of you know, it is difficult to get even an entry level writing job without any prior professional experience, so The Past Due Review was my answer to that problem. I am proud to say that I have begun working where I am able to write and put my skills to use; however, that means this blog has served its original purpose for the time being.

This has all come about at a good time for me because I was beginning to get book fatigue; I was continually checking what page I was on, how it would affect my editorial calendar if I gave myself another week, and I was no longer enjoying the experience of reading. When I did find myself engrossed in a book, I realized how much stress taking my time with it was causing, so I began to consider making this change. With accepting this writing position, I am afforded an opportunity I cannot pass up. I will continue to post Music Mondays for the foreseeable future, but consider this an indefinite hiatus from all book and movie reviews; What the Hell Did I Just Read by David Wong will be my last book review on the blog.

However, I have decided to continue blogging, albeit through a different name and purpose. I am currently planning content that is more personal and lets you get to know me as a human being a little better. If you came here mainly for reviews, I appreciate all of the time you have given me and wish you the best. If you would like to know my story and thoughts about life, love, and the occurrences therein, look forward to some upcoming posts. A huge shout out to my fellow blogger Amy for unintentionally inspiring me to follow this new path; anyone who enjoys reading enthralling and honest writing should go follow her and read her posts.

I want to thank all of you who have taken the time to read my blog; I started this over two years ago with no idea the trajectory it would take on. I have had such an incredible experience being part of this comforting community. As a small token of my appreciation, here is a picture I snapped of Nina sleeping on my legs one afternoon. Rest assured, she woke up shortly after and ran off to chase some imaginary thing in the other room.

Sleepy Nina

“You have been my friend,” replied Charlotte. “That in itself is a tremendous thing. I wove my webs for you because I liked you. After all, what’s a life, anyway? We’re born, we live a little while, we die. A spider’s life can’t help being something of a mess, with all this trapping and eating flies. By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle. Heaven knows anyone’s life can stand a little of that.” – Charlotte’s Web, by E. B. White

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58 thoughts on “An Impromptu Blog Post: Book Review Hiatus

  1. I’m so happy for you! Well done!
    Please let us know what name you’ll be using so we can subscribe to your new blog. Maybe you’ll post more photos of your beautiful kitty..? At any rate, looking forward to your new content. Wishing you well with your new job. =-)

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  2. Congrats my blogging friend. When I started Savior Gaming you were one of my first followers and one of the first blogs I followed. I have always looked forward to seeing what you post next, and that will continue regardless of the path you follow. Best of luck in all that you do, and may the gaming gods guide you always.

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  3. Damn, just as I was catching up to your blog posts I got to read this first… I am happy for you tho bro and to do what you love and to know that it entitles the writing side of life makes me equally exited for whats to come next. maybe you can point me in the (w)right direction some time as I too would like to enter the world of words one day. I have as of yet no experience in anything. Good luck and keep us updated yeah?

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  4. Best of luck on the new blog.

    I hear you about reviewing fatigue. I’ve contemplated cutting back myself or doing fewer but longer reviews.

    Take some time off. Read like a normal person. Spend more time with the cat.

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  5. Congratulations on the job–we should all be so lucky!

    I’ve personally never been a huge fan of writing/posting on a schedule (that is: unpaid writing, specifically 🙂 I personally tend to consume media of all kinds in binges: Netflix, books/series, blogs, etc. More or less I get to it when I get to it!

    If someone begins a schedule it doesn’t have to be set in stone and as circumstances change, so should the calendar if necessary. Some do great on firm schedules but for others, it can cause undue anxiety and pressure.

    At any rate I have enjoyed seeing the notifications and I’ve only been able to check out a few titles so far, so I’ll be just as past due consuming them as you have been reviewing them–an ideal audience, right? Any writing is good writing, in my opinion, and always quality over quantity, so good luck with any future writing adventure!

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  6. Thanks for the update! I understand about book reviews. I only review a small fraction (maybe 10-20%) of the books I read because to read with a review in mind can be exhausting for me – and then the process of writing the review takes a lot out of me too. It is good your review blog served a purpose and as a stepping stone.

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  7. First off, a big congrats on getting to the goal you had in creating this blog. That is a fantastic outcome. I’m sad you won’t be regularly reviewing, but I am very happy for you for the reasons you gave.

    If you ever do get back into reviewing, please look me up and give me a heads up. I’ve enjoyed your reviews quite a bit.

    Cheers!

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  8. Congrats on the new job – I began writing reviews of books and films for the same reason as you. And since getting a job as a writer/journalist I have found it difficult to maintain the same level of reviews I used to write. I’ve settled in to posting now and then, and I can see why you’ve wanted to focus on producing a specific type of posts for future.

    I’ve enjoyed reading all types of reviews you’ve posted over the years, and I will continue to follow your blog in its next stage! 🙂

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