Book Review

When Words Aren’t Enough

I’ve been in just a mire of drama lately in my personal life, this blog and the bookish community has been a great escape, but when I get under this sort of pressure I tend to slump in my reading.

Sometimes, just sometimes, words are not enough.

I sit here, and I want to write reviews, I want to think of something cleverer to say than to gripe about my life and I find that not only are the words not enough in my books but they’re not enough in my own writing and I’m so sorry but I thought if any of you all were feeling or felt like this lately that this post may help you feel less alone in your situation.

I’m facing an unexpected international move, and so many things are unknown that I’m just sitting here staring into space a lot feeling overwhelmed lol.

Random less ‘important’ things are rolling through my head, ‘how will I blog from my new place when the internet is so bad? Can I do up enough posts to last me a couple of months?’ ‘I just got my new book shelves up, finally happy with them and now I have to move all my books again’ ‘how will I pick which books I’ll keep from storage?’ ‘What do I do about the UK preorders I sent for books that will come out after I move?’

And at the heart of it all, I’m wondering about my family and how we’ll get this all done in so little time.

I have like two months and a week to try and get done what I did in a year prior to moving, and I am not sure how I’ll fare once the reality of it hits me when I’m no longer in the place I call home, our first house we’ve bought, the area where I planned to raise my spawn for the rest of her childhood.

Good news? I’ve got a very good support system where I’m moving, so that takes some of the scary aspects out, and I’m very fortunate in that way. So I consider myself lucky even if my situation’s not at the moment. I get to take my dog, and my books, I get to be around family, so, while things are overwhelming, there is this silver lining, I’m just not quite ready to accept it and let it calm me yet lol.

So, maybe right now, words aren’t enough for me, I don’t have enough of them in me or the ability to take them in from the pages, but, if that’s the case for you too, no matter what you’re concerned about, know we’re in this together in some small way.

Also, I would love to hear what your comfort reads are, regardless of how you’re feeling if you’re up to sharing them with me.

My comfort read tends to be The Hunger Games trilogy, so I may be reading that soon and putting my tbr to the side.

Any tips for moving books? Or even on cataloguing them?

By TheCaffeinatedReader

A Caffeinated Reader and Musician, destined to write lacklustre book reviews with the over-ample amount of free time.

11 replies on “When Words Aren’t Enough”

No tips on moving the books but just wanted to comment to say this sounds like a difficult time for you. No wonder your mind is in a whirl. Where are you moving to? Sounds very stressful. Lists, lists and more lists are the way to go!

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I know I’ve said this a lot, but I’m really sorry you guys have to go through this. I wish I had any words of wisdom right now but unfortunately I don’t. So happy you got the news that the pup can go with you!! As for my comfort reads…I usually go back to my favorites, and that usually means I reread Sherrilyn McQueen/Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series for the millionth time, while blasting the hardest of hard rock that can express my rage or my general emotions way better than I could (I mean I could probably punch a wall, but I am deathly afraid of braking any bones, so that isn’t as helpful as it sounds lol) I hope this thing will get solved soon and that your lives will get back on track as soon as possible. I’m always here if you want to talk ❤


I’m new to your blog and can’t really offer much advice or help, but leaving just a “like” seems too impersonal. I hope things get straightened out soon and that the the move isn’t too stressful. You have my best wishes and warmest regards.

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I am so sorry for everything you’re going through, Haley. As if 2020 hasn’t been difficult enough with the pandemic and everything, now you have to move across the Atlantic ocean 😦

When I moved, I catalogued all my books on a spreadsheet, did an unhaul of the ones I didn’t want to keep (because I have so many), and donated to a Little Free Library/my local library. I then put all my books in those plastic bins that people put holiday decorations in the garage in. Granted, I was only going 600 miles but when most of my possessions were books… I needed to keep them safe!

In terms of US publishers, feel free to poke me if you need contacts or whatever. xoxo

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*hugs* I’m sending you all my love and support, if you need anything or there’s anything I can do just DM me ❤ I've never moved before but I will say one thing that helps me feel less overwhelmed is visually planning things out as well as journaling all my thoughts and feelings down. These past few months journaling has really helped me calm the overwhelm and feeling of just…being a wee bit lost. My bujo as you know, is my saviour and I use it to visually track and log my day to day life. You don't need to make it artsty but having a notebook/journal may help with the overwhelm and help you feel like you're able to breathe a bit more ❤

Comfort reads are Chicagoland Vampires series by Chloe Neill, Guild Codex books (multiple series in this world) by Annette Marie…Chicagoland Vampires in particular has always felt like I'm returning home whenever I reread it hehe.

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