Dishing Junk

10 Reasons to Quit Book Blogging or Take a Break at least...
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As a blogger who’s been doing this crap for a few years, I’ve had some moments when the towel is in my hand and I’m about to throw it in…in the big pit of DONE WITH THIS SHIT.

Done with this shit
At that point, it pays to take a break. Plowing through it leads to complications that usually result in heavy amounts of alcohol consumption, resentment, and a possible social media meltdown. So, know the signs. The signs that are telling you it’s time to take a break, or maybe even quit book blogging. Don’t get pissy, you’re the one with the issues…
Ten Reason's to Quit Book Blogging
The sound of your inbox chime makes you physically cringe. Getting that review request used to be fun and exciting, now you want to respond back to each request with:


Cringe ugh
Ten Reason's to Quit Book Blogging

The book you are “scheduled” to read next is not something you are excited about.

Don't want that
Ten Reason's to Quit Book Blogging
You feel like an outsider in the community, no one understands you, it’s difficult to interact with other book bloggers and the conversations they are having.
I will never be part of the cool crowd
Ten Reason's to Quit Book Blogging
You are pissed that you haven’t been able to quit your job and supplement your income because of blogging yet.
Where's my money??
Ten Reason's to Quit Book Blogging
Your opponent has 90% of the delegates. Might be a sign it’s time to throw in the towel. Oh – wait that’s not book blogging.
What is this??
Ten Reason's to Quit Book Blogging
You’ve lost all respect for authors and consider most of them a hot mess ย waiting to happen.
Waiting for the Hot Mess
Ten Reason's to Quit Book Blogging
When someone asks you how your blog is going you sigh and change the subject.
Don't talk to me
Ten Reason's to Quit Book Blogging
Your reviews have become snarkier and snarkier, you’ve even been tempted to post a review that states simplyย “This is crap, who reads this stuff?”ย 
I can't give anymore!!!
Ten Reason's to Quit Book Blogging
Most of your review books are being DNF’d, you’ve talked yourself into thinking that you’re being picky, but really it might be time to take a break.
Picky reader
Ten Reason's to Quit Book Blogging

Writing aย review or blog post is akin to going to the dentist.

Dentist time!


  1. Paula

    Love this and it’s so true, as I have found I have read less books this year and I think it is after nearly 6 years of doing reviews – you go through these stages quite often . I sometimes find myself in reading slumps as the books are blah or I start reading too much of the same genre and they seem to mesh together. With so many book blogs out there these days too , you kind of fall into the I’m now literally one of billions out there and you wonder whether you are still making a difference to the blogging world and all the countless emails you get – I once asked authors in return if I could get a couple of sentences as testimonials – the reply was “0”. Then you also get authors abusing you , hounding you and it’s like – just because you are a book blogger does not mean you do not have a life.
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  2. Sue @ Crushingcinders

    I have been in a reading slump and haven’t read anything worthwhile for ages – or am I judging each book too harshly…? I need a break, except I have just taken one ๐Ÿ™‚ and I’m still relatively new to blogging! I have been posting mini reviews on GR and Amazon etc to keep up with commitments. Oh boy I’m in trouble ๐Ÿ™‚ Please tell me there is a light at the end of this tunnel.

  3. Leann

    Love this!! Most of these are why I’ve taken a break myself. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Marika Weber/Harlie

    For me, it’s #3. I don’t read what everyone else is reading. I’m not into PNR, FSOG crap and don’t even get me started on reading serials. Ugh!

    I knew going in that I would never be popular but sometimes it still hurts. I also don’t suck up to authors or play their games…that has hurt me, too.

    Great post!

  5. Alyssa

    This is exactly why I stopped blogging a couple of years ago, although, now that I’m starting it up again, I might just consider it a prolonged break. ๐Ÿ˜› The problem is that I wasn’t a huge fan of tags and memes, but it’s hard to separate yourself from those when they bring in so many views. It’s nice to have the mindset to not worry about views and reading every single review request that comes in, and instead, just to enjoy it and do what I want. Great post. Thanks for bringing humor into this real situation. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Melinda

    This post completely cracked me up–partly because it is HIL-AR-I-OUS and partly because I can totally relate at times!

  7. Bambi Unbridled

    I feel you. Totally. I just decided to take on some guest and/or co-bloggers just so I wouldn’t have to post as much. It was starting to feel like I never got to read what I *wanted* to read because of the dang schedule.

  8. Megan

    Great post. I took what I call a break and said no to all review requests unless I knew the author and enjoyed their books. I may buy or borrow every book I read aside from Netgalleys generous offerings, but it helps me stay sane. I still cringe at self published books because I’ve read sooooo many god awful ones.
    Sometimes you just can’t. Lol

  9. citra

    #4 is a slap on my face, really. If my lame book blog can earn me a living, I’d be singing a different tune. Ha! Such a funny post, bravo!

  10. Bookworm Brandee

    Does it say something that I *had* to come read this when I saw the title in my inbox?!? This was a fun post, Rachel, even if quite a bit on the list resonated. ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. Vicki

    LOL. Love it. Sadly I sometimes agree with almost all of these.

  12. DANITA

    Yes to all of this. Well said

  13. Anatea Oroz

    I know totally what you mean. I do feel like that sometimes too, that’s why I decided I will not be a Book Blogger only anymore. In the upcoming months, I will start to blog about my traveling, and maybe some fashion & lifestyle even, who knows. I will still post reviews occasionally, but not just book reviews. I also mostly decline 98% of the review requests I receive. I just have too many books that I do want to read but don’t have time to because of all the requests I accept. If someone really wants me to read their book, I will charge for my review like bloggers always do for sponsored post. Of course, they will get my honest opinion.

    Anatea | Anatea’s Bookshelf

  14. Heather B

    I haven’t seen or thought of Teen Witch in about 20 years, and that’s the 3rd time this week it’s come up somehow.

    Also – yes. All of these, yes.

  15. Ailyn Koay

    well.. pregnancy has been a great excuse to slow down for me XD. I think i ticked a lot of those boxes, oh dear

  16. Lucy

    I am definitely going to agree with #3 because I feel too old for the social media crowd and find it hard to compete. I would agree with #2 but that happens more when I take a review book out of guilt rather than real interest. As for #9, I had two books that I DNF’d in my life before book blogging. Now that I have a giant backed up list of TBR, if a book hasn’t captured my interest by 30%, out it goes.

    Thanks for all the interesting posts. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Midnyte reader

    I am on a long sabbatical as well. I post here and there, but just not feeling it. I feel like I’ve accomplished the most important thing though, and that was to make awesome friends. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Leona

    Sniff…I’m feeling all these things but I’m not ready to give up lol. Love this post ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Parajunkee

      I know! I was supposed to be funny and iron and it got real as I was writing it. Grrr….

  19. Sam

    Holy crap….I agree with everything you said !!!! I am thinking my reviews are becoming more negative. Every book is beginning to sound the same. And I don’t have patience with ANY errors in the books I read. GET AN EDITOR and a PROOF READER.

    • Parajunkee

      Oh Sam, I’m sensing some anger issues. Binge Netflix works…

  20. Wendy

    LOL!!! You are funny girl, but very true and that’s why I am currently on “sabbatical” until I get the new Kindle Reader in May. Because I am going to have to have a new book to try it out with!!!!

    • Parajunkee

      I crack myself up. And jealous over new Kindle.