I’m back! (On why I left for a year-long hiatus and plans for Bellerose Reads in 2022)

Hello everyone!

Long, long time no see. I don’t want to make a really long post as I’m not sure if you guys even remember me, or if someone is even going to read this post. But it didn’t feel appropriate for me to just pop up out of nowhere after a year long hiatus without addressing why I left for so long.

I’ve written this post many times, as I’ve planned to comeback many times throughout 2021, however it wasn’t possible. I’m glad to finally have this post see the light.

Why I left…

The last post you read from me was my 2020 year wrap up. It was the year I started blogging, I did better than ever as I read over 70 books in 2020. Even when 2020 wasn’t my best year for personal reasons, I remember it dearly as it was the year Bellerose Reads was created. I’ve met amazing fellow bloggers and readers because of my blog, I’ve found the most amazing book recommendations and within this community, I felt at home.

However, towards the end of 2020 I went in a huge reader’s block. And one thing to know about me is that once I’m in a slump, it can last for months and months (same thing happens for writing -and I’ve been in a writing slump since 2019). For over a year, the only fiction works I read were those of my clients (for my Beta Reading business), and I’m glad to have spent that year working with amazing authors, diving into their amazing stories and keeping my bookworm spirit alive somehow, even when I wasn’t going to the bookstore and picking up books from the shelf myself.

You might say, how did I keep beta reading when I was in a reading slump? Well, I like to think that I’m an extremely responsible person, and once I’ve committed to do something, my mind won’t leave me alone once I do it. I owed it to the authors and I have a lot of fun helping them fix the inconsistencies and other weak points their manuscripts may have. But I couldn’t find it in myself to go and read more and more for my own once my job was done. As I put my whole energy in beta reading, I found little time and energy to read for pleasure.

I think that another thing that helped me continue in a slump was that I’m not good at multitasking and once I commit to something it consumes my entire attention.

However, I realized that I was doing something wrong in my routine and that I needed to make time in my schedule for the things I loved doing in the past and that I’m still passionate about.

In comparison to last year, I’ve been doing good with reading for pleasure this year. I’ve already read two books as of January 8th, and though it may not be much to some, it is a lot to a slow reader as I am. I’ve been making more time for myself and that finally puts me in the right mindset to be back at reading for pleasure, and be back at the blog.

What to expect from now on?

Firstly, I cannot promise you to post as regularly as I did in the past. I apologize beforehand but I have to be honest with myself and realize that I just cannot post 8 times a month as I did in the past, and even if I did so, the quality of the post won’t be one I feel comfortable with. I will try to post once a week, and remind myself that this isn’t a job but a hobby, something I created to have fun and de-stress myself.

Secondly, you can expect changes when it comes to the whole image of the blog. I have sticked to the same design since 2020 and I start to feel it a bit outdated, and that it doesn’t reflect what I want to communicate with this blog anymore. So I’ll make some changes (for the better I hope!) so the image of Bellerose Reads can connect better with the person behind the posts (moi). I’m already working on it and I can’t wait to show you!

And finally, you can expect recommendations, reviews, blogging tips, discussion posts (which are my favorite and yours too, it seemed!) and many more things I hope are helpful for you.

I’m really glad to be back. I hope that not everyone has forgot about me and have as much fun here as I did in 2020. You can expect to see my first official post of 2022 in a few days with some of my most anticipated releases of the current year πŸ™‚

If you’re reading this, please leave a comment! What do you want to see from the blog? Do you have some recommendations for me? (After so much time away, I definitely need some!)

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13 thoughts on “I’m back! (On why I left for a year-long hiatus and plans for Bellerose Reads in 2022)”

  1. Hey there! It’s good to see you back! πŸ™‚ If you’re a fan of fairy-tale retellings/romance, I highly recommend Wendy, Darling and the sequel, Captain Pan by Rebecca F. Kenney. Definitely my favorite reads from last year!
    Welcome back and I hope you’ve had a happy new year so far!

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  2. Welcome back to blogging! And please don’t apologize about how many blog posts you’ll share, you don’t have to! Blog at your rhythm and in the way that makes you the happiest, that’s what matters the most πŸ™‚ I hope you’ll have tons of fun blogging again, it’s good to see you here! πŸ™‚


  3. Welcome back Cielo, I’ve missed seeing your blog posts in my feed! Eager to see all the fun posts you come up with ❀ Last year I enjoyed lots of YA Contemporary, here are a couple that come to mind: A Cuban Girl's Guide To Tea & Tomorrow & Tokyo Ever After! Hope you enjoy the recs!!πŸ’•πŸ’•

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    1. Thank you so much! Your words mean a lot to me ☺ those two books sound amazing and they are on my TBR! I haven’t read a book with cuban rep before so I’m pretty excited about A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea & Tomorrow. I will read them as soon as I canπŸ™†πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

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  4. Welcome back, Cielo! It’s so good to see your posts again πŸ’•βœ¨ Sometimes, life just doesn’t work for us, and considering the last few years we’ve had, you shouldn’t have to apologize for anything (honestly, even if those years had been “good”, there’s still no need for you to feel bad about your blogging or how consistently you do it). Please don’t be hard on yourself if you take unexpected (or expected) breaks and don’t feel bad about posting only once a week! We love you and we love your posts whenever they come, and you being happy with your blog is what’s most important πŸ’–

    For book recs, in fantasy: Ember in the Ashes, in mystery: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, in histfic: Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys (honestly, any Sepetys book is awesome), and for some contemporaries: Tokyo Ever After, Sister of the Bollywood Bride, and A Pho Love Story. I really hope the slump continues to stay away and you can enjoy reading ✨

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    1. Hello Rukky! Thank you so much for your words, they mean a lot to me πŸ₯Ί your comment has made my day✨ I will try to take it easy this time and remind myself that this is an outlet to forget about the stress of the real world and not to bring more stress to my life.

      Thank you for the book recs! I have read and loved A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, I look forward to read its sequel! And Tokyo Ever After and A Pho Love Story are already on my TBR, I’ll check the other books as I haven’t heard of them before. Thank you for your good wishes! πŸ€—

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