ADMIN: The difficulty of decisions

I think, as a species, we are reluctant when it comes to facing change. Perhaps we don’t mind taking on something new, but letting go of something is a whole different animal. But there comes a time when we have to reluctantly admit that change is needed.

Between now and the end of the year, I will not be accepting any new book review assignments. I have a couple of commitments, but that’s it.

Here’s my situation:

  1. I love my work and, after over two years, it’s finally taking off. For those of you who don’t know, I’m a Partner with a Fair Trade Direct Sales business. We work with artisan groups in 17 different countries, and it’s a joy to know I’m making a difference in the life of someone else. Between now and October, I have seven parties and two events scheduled and I’m hoping to do more. Each date requires preparation work. I also want to read more books connected with what I do. But I’m so busy reading and reviewing that I don’t have time.
  2. Following on from that, I have over 700 books in my home library that I’ve not been able to read. The majority of them do not fit into my review categories. I’d like to start reading for pleasure again.
  3. We have a family member with a serious health issue. They live in Florida, we live in New York, and we’ve already made two trips to visit with them. One was at extremely short notice. Each time, I’ve then scrambled to ensure my review commitment was fulfilled.

I’ll review the situation in January 2020.

In the meantime, you can catch me on:



My Trades of Hope business

And my other blog, which has sadly too often been neglected, McCombsonMain

Thank you to the publishers and authors for the privilege of reviewing, and to you for reading and supporting me. It’s been a blast.


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