An update…

Hi everyone,

I got such a positive response to my last personal post, With A Heavy Heart, that I figured I should post a little update to let you all know how things are going.

First though, I just want to say thank you to everyone who commented, messaged me, emailed etc initially. Honestly, your words of kindness were such a comfort to me after that post, and I was overwhelmed by all of the well wishes.

Since I last posted, I’ve been feeling better. I haven’t had a panic attack as severe as the one that prompted me to take a break, but I’ve still had some shaky days. And I know that over time they will lessen, I just need to find what works for me.

I’ve tried to avoid crime/thriller/mystery books because I found that those are the kinds of books that bring on the surge of adrenaline that leads to palpitations and subsequent panic attacks. However, this has left me in a bit of a bind because any of the other books I’ve been reading haven’t captivated me in the same way. I’ve started and given up on about ten books recently. BUT I know my reading mojo is having a bit of a break too, because my attention span just isn’t there at the moment.

So yeah, having a bit of a tough time because where reading is usually my comfort I’m finding it a little frustrating that I can’t stick with a book. Especially because I need my kindle to help me sleep. The anxiety is worse at nighttime, and reading usually keeps my mind off of it.

I went to see someone recently about some Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and while I can see the benefits, it didn’t help me much. In fact, it had the opposite effect. The person wasn’t interested in why I was having these panic attacks, just how to deal with them effectively. Which is all well and good. But I can’t help thinking, I want to know why I’m feeling like this.

So, I’m going for counseling soon, and I’m really hopeful that talk therapy will help. Because I’ve noticed I actually feel better when I talk about what’s going on in my head, and my poor (WONDERFUL) husband has been the best help with that at home, but I really want to see a professional to get to the bottom of it.

God this is turning into a long post. Honesty is the best policy though, and I’m not ashamed of this so why not discuss it. Mental health is a tricky thing, and I’ll do anything I can to get mine back in tip top condition because it’s affecting all aspects of my life!

I’ve also tried to add in some exercise, as in more than my usual stroll down the road at a snails pace ๐Ÿ˜‚ I’m trying to start running, because I want my heart pounding for a positive reason, not a negative one. And I find that the exertion (i.e my being totally unfit!) helps to tell my body “hey, it’s ok, you’re fine, you just did some exercise and you don’t need to freak out just because your heart is beating so fast!”.

One of the things I hate about all of this, is that my stomach goes into knots, and I genuinely feel like there is someone sitting in my chest. I can’t take a full deep breath because of it, and I have this ball of worry and tightness in my chest more often than not. I go off food (I’ve lost more weight in the past few weeks than I have in the past 6 months!), I get tired really easily because I don’t sleep well and I’m just not myself.

It’s crap. There are no two ways about it. I know there are people out there who are suffering with this as well, and there are people going through so much worse than this so I’m loathe to complain as it seems trivial in comparison sometimes.

That’s basically how things are with me since the last time I posted! I’ll get back to reviewing etc eventually, hopefully sooner rather than later, but for now I’m enjoying the time away and the lack of pressure.

Thanks for reading ๐Ÿ˜Š

With a heavy heart…

Hi everyone,

It’s with a very heavy heart that I have to write this blog post…

Unfortunately, I’m going to have to take time away from my blog due to health reasons. More on that in a little bit.

I will still be honoring any blog tours that I, or Ellen, have committed to, but I will not be taking on any more books, content posts or blog tours for the foreseeable future.

I am gutted that this has to happen but I know that it needs to be done. I’ll still be on here, Facebook, and Twitter, so I’m not going anywhere. Any posts that are already scheduled will be going out as normal, and there are quite a few, but that’s about all that will be on here.

I’ve been having a hard time lately with anxiety and panic attacks and I’ve noticed that reading certain kinds of books exacerbate these things. ( I am NOT in any way blaming anyone for this. It’s the adrenaline overload that my body can’t handle, no matter how much I love the books/authors!) I’ve been having heart palpitations and I have seen a direct correlation from the tension between the pages and my body’s reaction to this. I can’t, in good conscience, continue to read for review when it is detrimental to my health.

Parallel to this I actually have a chronic illness, which I don’t usually discuss, because it’s not relevant to the book love. But I am in a lot more pain recently, and when you couple this with the effect it’s having on my mental health, then it just makes sense to take a break. Well, for me anyway.

I am so grateful to you all for reading, and for your support along the way with my little blog. But it’s time to put my health first, and to do that, something has to give. So I will be pulling back from reviews and blogging but there will be the odd review on here from time to time.

I will continue to read, but not as much, and certainly not the genres that I love so very much. Which sucks. But I know that I can’t continue the way I am going, and I need to read some lighter stuff when I do decide to pick up a book.

Suggestions welcome by the way, because I have no idea where to look as my dark heart isn’t used to shiny happy books.

I am sad writing this. Genuinely. My emotions are all over the place, and though I’m not saying goodbye forever, even goodbye for now hurts..

May 2018 Book Haul

Hi guys,

So I’m a few days late with this one as I had a couple of things on the blog, and today (Monday) is a bank holiday here too so I just didn’t get a chance to do up the post until now.

*For any of you who donโ€™t know, this is where I list the books that have made Bibliophile Book Club their new home in the previous month. The books are usually bought books, ARCโ€™s sent from publishers, Netgalley review books and just basically any books I get go on here.

So without further ado, here are the books that I’ve added to my shelves and Kindle over the last month:

  1. Pressure by Betsy Reavley
  2. Lorali by Laura Dockrill
  3. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas*
  4. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas*
  5. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas*
  6. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas
  7. Shattermoon by Dominic Dulley
  8. Adrift by Rob Boffard
  9. The Island by M. A. Bennett
  10. Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp
  11. The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer
  12. The Lake of Dead Languages by Carol Goodman
  13. The Dying Detective by Leif G. W. Persson
  14. I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
  15. 84K by Claire North
  16. Safe by Ryan Gattis
  17. The Call by Peadar O’Guilรญn
  18. The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill
  19. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
  20. The Endless King by Dave Rudden
  21. Noirville Anthology by Various
  22. Problems by Jade Sharma
  23. Skin Deep by Liz Nugent
  24. Rhyming Rings by David Gemmell
  25. Hidden by Emma Kavanagh
  26. Beartown by Fredrik Backman
  27. Nemesis by Brendan Reichs
  28. The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness
  29. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  30. After He’s Gone by Jane Isaac
  31. Absolution by Paul Hardisty
  32. The Party by Elizabeth Day
  33. The Last Librarian by Brandt Legg
  34. The Woman In Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
  35. The Gods of Love by Nicola Mostyn
  36. Dead is Better by Jo Perry
  37. The Similars by Rebecca Hanover
  38. You Saw Too Much by Adam icholls and Jay Nadel
  39. The Extinction Trials by S. M. Wilson
  40. Cause To Kill by Blake Pierce
  41. The Priest of Blood by Douglas Clegg
  42. Trust No One by Anthony Mosawi
  43. The Puppet Show by M. W. Craven
  44. This Is How It Ends by Eva Dolan
  45. Bermuda by Robert Enright
  46. First We Make The Beast Beautiful by Sarah Wilson
  47. The Devil’s Half Mile by Paddy Hirsch
  48. Pond Scum by Michael Lilly
  49. Sabriel by Garth Nix
  50. World After by Susan Ee
  51. The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan
  52. What She Left by T. R. Richmond
  53. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  54. Unrest by Jesper Stein
  55. A Man of Shadows by Jeff Noon
  56. Broken Bones by Angela Marsons
  57. Seven Bridges by LJ Ross

 

 

 

 

 

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So, there you have it. A bigger haul than usual, but some beautiful books in there. Have you read any? Would you read any? Do let me know in the comments!

Until next time…

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