I know, you’ve heard this before. I’ve popped up briefly, apologized for being MIA, then made a vague promise I haven’t kept. And each time, I promise things are going to be different, but then they’re not. Well, I’ve had a list of reasons for being gone. And I think, once and for all, I have banished most of the reasons for being a slacker book blogger.

1. I am enrolled in a class to get my paralegal certificate, and due to my procrastination, have to do a crazy amount of work in a short period of time.

-I’M DONE. I have finished my class, received my certificate (it’s shiny and pretty, and it came in a really nice frame).

2. I live with a crazy amount of people, including two very small children, and the noise level makes it impossible for me to concentrate.

NOT ANYMORE. As of a week ago, I have moved out of Drama Central (my mom and dad’s, which was also home to my brother, sister-in-law, niece, nephew, two dogs, and a cat). I am now living with a very quiet roommate who reads like I do and her cat. And the three of us are very quietly happy together. And I am reading a lot more.

3. My Facebook addiction makes it hard to find time to read.

-I QUIT COLD TURKEY. When I was in my final weeks of my paralegal class, I signed off Facebook because it was too much of a timesuck. It was hard, but I did it. And when my class was over and the work was done? I didn’t bother to log back in. Those three weeks away from Facebook made me remember what my life was like before I got sucked in to Farmville. I’ve had a Facebook account as long as I’ve had a book blog. I rarely logged in, and I didn’t feel like I was missing anything. Then I got sucked into the games and gave up a *lot* of valuable reading time. At the end of the day, though, I would rather say I read an amazing book than say I harvested my imaginary crops. So Facebook is no longer a reading deterrent.

4. My work schedule is crazy right now.

-I GOT OVER IT. Everyone has crazy work schedules. Yes, I work between 45 and 60 hours a week at a stressful job. So do a lot of people, including really prolific book bloggers. It’s all about how I choose to spend my non-working time, and I choose to spend it reading and blogging.

With all that said, I am planning on officially being back in the blogging game in just two short days. Starting September 1, you can expect semi-regular to regular actual bookish content from Reading and Ruminations. Will I be posting every day? Probably not, especially not right away. But I’ve got a couple of book reviews in the pipe and they will be posting again starting Wednesday. First up? My review of Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson.

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