I (Sha) Am on Blog Hiatus (& Why)

On March 25, I announced a blog hiatus (from me, not Mandy) on the Book Princess Reviews twitter. Since not all of you follow us on Twitter and it’s easy to miss tweets, I decided to post the announcement here. I’m also going to clarify a bit on what is going on in my life.



I’ve been on hiatus from BPR since March 22nd. Any posts you’ve read by me since that date were pre-scheduled (yes, Mandy and I pre-schedule posts that far in advance). Two days ago on came on the blog and replied to a few comments, but it’s still pretty overwhelming for me to do tasks that require a lot of focus.

I don’t talk about my mental health a lot on the blog (although I have peppered in comments here and there). I have social anxiety and depression, I have had them for several years. My main “coping” method is acting overly cheerful and peppy.

Most of my life I have been lectured to be silent about my mental illnesses because they will keep me from getting jobs and/or being respected. Even now I’m panicked writing this (despite how absolutely supportive and kind every SINGLE one of you are).

Just writing this has kind of tired me out. I really hope to be back full time. This blog brings me so so much joy.

I was in a bad place for a bit the past two weeks but things have been better. I just get tired a lot but that’s okay for me. I still read all the comments, I just can’t reply to everything yet, but I appreciate everyone so much.





p.s. Mandy is NOT on Hiatus and she is doing the most to cover for my butt and I also appreciate her so much. There is still much content for everyone to love thanks to her and also of course our love for pre-planning a lot of stuff.

44 thoughts on “I (Sha) Am on Blog Hiatus (& Why)

  1. I know you probably have Mandy still, but if you ever need to vent feel free to message me any time! I have family that struggles with this too. (Sorry if that oversteps my bounds here.) I just wanted you to know that I understand! Best wishes for you! Hope you still find some awesome books during your hiatus. ❤

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  2. Aww Sha, I’m in the same boat (except I decided to completely ignore the advice to not talk about my mental illnesses online). I’m sending good vibes your way! Take as much time as you need and take care of yourself. I’m always here to talk if you need it.

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    1. Good on you, I find that talking openly is a huge help. I sadly have a lot of family that believes the mental illness stigma and has scolded me any time I talk about my mental health. It’s made it hard to be open even when I don’t personally believe everything they say.

      Thank you ❤️

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      1. I don’t think it ever really becomes easier to be open about it. I find I either struggle to hit send of posts about my mental health or I internally freak out immediately after posting. The stigma is the worst. I also don’t post about mental health around people I actually know. It’s why I feel like I’m going to vomit for several days if someone I know in person follows me on Instagram.

        If you ever do really have the desire to post openly about mental health, take it as slow as you need to, and I’m always here to help if you need it. The only reason I get by is because I’m too stubborn for my own good.

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    2. I really hope that this culture changes. Like with # Bell Let’s Talk. It’s entangled with personal company motives but it does get people talking.

      Being stubborn is really what gets me through, I won’t ever complain about stubborness in the face of mental illness. I think you’re just as stubborn as required!

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  3. Sha so many people have anxiety, depression etc that you really should not be ashamed or nervous to share it. My husband suffered from severe depression for years so In know how difficult it can be. Take all the time that you need and get back when you are ready. Lots of hugs and love!!!

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  4. Good for you for emphasizing real-life relationships over this blog. Even though this blog is very important to you, it’s great that you’re prioritizing your mental health.

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  5. Don’t worry about blogging for now, your personal life should always come first. 💕 I know mental health can be a bit difficult to talk about, especially when it’s such a part of your life, but we’re all here for you, Sha. I’m sending all my good vibes your way, and I hope you can recover soon.

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  6. Sending you the biggest hug in the world, Sha! I know how hard it is to put yourself first, and I am really proud of you for allowing yourself to take a break from blogging & reading to focus on you. The blog and all of us will be here when you are ready to return!

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