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    Where am I going, where have I been?

    Hello again friends, I apologize for my absence! I am still here and active as evidenced by the weekly book reviews, but I know I haven’t written any personal posts in a while. I’ve had a lot going on between school and my personal life, and if I am to be completely honest, I’ve been really depressed. I recognize that I have drifted away recently from a lot of my friends and the groups I was a part of, and besides the blog, almost all of my projects were put on hold. So what happened? A lot, really. Marriage & mental health My husband and I’s first year marriage anniversary…

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    Star Ratings – the trouble with using them

    I have been going back and forth about whether or not to use star ratings for a while. I used them heavily in the past, removed them for a while, and added them back. I still use them on my Goodreads but honestly, I have been on the fence about removing those for fear of backlash. I feel bad about giving a low star rating to a book. The reason I take issue is that I found them kind of arbitrary and entirely subjective. One person’s five-star read could be an abysmal one-star for others. On top of that, there is no good scale for rating a book with stars.…

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    I Miss the Early Days of the Internet

    When I was a young girl, my parents taught me how to use the internet. It was the 1990’s, and we had a home computer and AOL, and on there I made my first email “pen pals” and I learned how to type and do so well. I still did regular kid things, like play outside or played video games on our Super Nintendo and later Playstation. As I hit my tweens, the internet still had dial up connection, but there was a plethora of more niche websites to explore. Throughout my teenage years I got really into message boards and cute game or avatar websites like NeoPets and Gaia…

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    Taking a Break from Grad School

    As stated in the title, I am taking a semester off from graduate school. I’m over the halfway point for my degree, and though the temptation has been strong to just push through and finish, I have realized over the last semester that I am in serious need of a break. I’m currently a graduate student at the institution that I work at and I am thankful for the opportunity that I have to get my tuition drastically discounted. Currently, I am studying for an M.A. in Human Services Counseling with a concentration in Student Affairs, through my career I have found a genuine love for higher education and assisting…

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    What Happened to Book Blogging

    For those that have known me for a while, I’ve been a book blogger for around six years, my last book blog having a good three year run. I had initially started blogging after joining Goodreads, which I use to track all of the books, comics, and manga that I read. Goodreads gives you the option to rate books and regularly runs giveaways. The algorithm gives higher chances to users that write book reviews, and so I decided to try writing a few of my own. It worked, by the way, and I found that I genuinely enjoyed talking about the things that I was reading. I was unsatisfied with…