I'm having a Twitter crisis. I was such a Twitter flag waver once. I loved Twitter. I loved to talk about books with my bookish friends but lately it's lost its lustre for me. Many of the people I talk to on to are no longer using Twitter as often as they did or just not at the time I'm using it. That's not the biggest reason I want to take a break though.
Lately, when I log into Twitter, I get aggravated by something I see on there. I can't even tell you a specific example. It's just making me cranky. I'm not sure if it's the Twitter atmosphere that's changed or if it's me. Maybe my tolerance for that type of thing has lowered. It feels like there is more self-promotion, more shit stirring, less discussion. People seem a lot angrier now than they were. I need a break.
I've been contemplating it for about a week now. I even made an attempt to avoid Twitter for a few hours the last time I was annoyed with it but it's become such a part of my blogging routine, I logged on without even thinking about it! I could purge my following list or go private but I'm not sure that would solve anything.
It's timely that Jill from Fizzy Thoughts mentioned dissatisfaction with book blogging yesterday and has quit Twitter altogether. I don't think I'm quite ready for that... yet. I do find a lot of interesting stories on Twitter and I like to say Hello to people too. It might be the only place I get to talk to my pals but there is so much other stuff going on in the background. I don't want to miss out on the fun parts of Twitter. Is there another venue for bookish conversations? Unplugging for awhile might see me returning to Twitter refreshed and with a better attitude... or I might find I'm fine without it.
Has anyone else quit Twitter?
Let's move onto to happier topics.
After updating my Goodreads page, I only need to read 3 more books by December 31 and I'll make my Goodreads goal of 100 books! Yay! I think I can do it.
This week I finished Pudd'nhead Wilson by Mark Twain and The Queens of All the Earth by Hannah Sternberg. I'll have reviews up of those soon. I picked up The Town that Drowned by Reil Nason from the Library because of Mel's review. Last night, I finished The Giver by Lois Lowry and started the audio version of Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James.
I straightened up my bookshelves this week too. It's ridiculous. I need to read faster! There is a boxful of ARCs in a closet that need disposal. I'm going to start accepting ebook ARCs only (with a few exceptions) because I just don't have the room for the paper copies.
Finally, I have to agree with Jill that book blogging has lost some of its "sense of fun" so let's take a page from Cyndi's book and just have some. This video brings back memories. So, Jill if you're reading this, this one's for you.