things that happened
- Honestly…not much…January was stressful because the teens were out of school so much, but February was comparatively calm. Hopefully it’s not the calm before the storm, but honestly not much happened. Things were relatively quiet at the library, plus I got a snow day once which was nice.
- Bae and I started movie night. The only thing of note that really happened is that my boyfriend instituted a movie night for Saturdays because we often don’t see much of each other during the week because of our schedules and don’t get to spend as much time together as we did over the summer. So far we’ve had three movie nights and I have actually enjoyed them so far. I need to find more movies for us to watch that both of us will enjoy though, and not just kids/animated movies that I like.
- I got a Nintendo Switch! I guess that is a somewhat big thing. I bought it with the part of my tax return that didn’t go into savings, and I have been enjoying it very much but would like to own more than two games. So far I only have Super Mario Bros. and Let’s Go Eevee.
- I had my one year anniversary at my job. I survived my first full year as a full-time librarian! I don’t know how I did it and wish I could erase the first six months when I was an emotional wreck, but I did it and even my boss thinks I’ve improved a lot, so hopefully my annual evaluation will go well and they’ll take me off probation.
what i read
I read an embarrassingly small amount this month. I also realized I’ve been almost exclusively reading backlist books and need to catch up on new releases. Anyway. My favorite reads were definitely THE POET X, an new read, and SHADOW & BONE, a reread. I read THE POET X because it’s one of our summer reading books for 2019 at the library job, and I was SO impressed and can totally see why it won a National Book Award AND the Printz, if I’m not mistaken. It was so good and I’m definitely recommending it to literally everyone I know for the foreseeable future.
The only book I was kind of “meh” about was ESCAPE FROM MR. LEMONCELLO’S LIBRARY, which I read for a program at work. It was cute and funny, but definitely younger than I usually read. However, I would very much recommend it to younger readers and will probably do so with some of my kids who like gaming who always say they want to sleep in the library (I have two of those. It is annoying when I want to leave at the end of the day and they’re trying to stay but it’s cute). Anyway. I was a little weirded out because the author liked the two tweets I wrote about it, which I guess is fine but I didn’t write the author’s name or tag him in the tweets, and I wonder what the response would’ve been if I said I *didn’t* like the book, and I would rather authors not interact with my content if I don’t tag them directly or write their names in the tweet I guess. Maybe it’s not that big a deal but I felt weird about it.
Not much of note happened on the blog this month. I did do a few more witchy posts that made me happy, including an etymology post, a Willow Adds post, and another tarot reading of a book I haven’t read, NO ONE HERE IS LONELY. I really want to start writing more witchy posts, including stuff that’s not strictly bookish, but I’m a little worried nobody will be interested because even though my witchy posts get a lot of views, they don’t get a ton of engagement and I’m not sure why.
around the blogosphere
As usual, there were lots of great posts this month. Here are some of them:
- Marija discussed the five star rating system and its advantages and downfalls.
- Charlotte recommended a bunch of quietly magical books and I want to add all of them to my TBR.
- Kat and Tracy had an the amazing BLOGIFUL event, which was all about blog design, including how to make great graphics, navigation, branding, and more!
- Kat also launched her design shop, Waffley Cute Designs! If you’re looking for someone who’s great to work with with a real eye for design for your blog, definitely check her out!
- Marie wrote about how to stay positive while book blogging.
book haul highlights
- Symptoms of a Heartbreak | Sona Charaipotra – This book is about a med student who falls for her teen patient and it sounds like its gonna crush my soul and I am READY.
- The Lost Coast | Amy Rose Capetta – Two words: QUEER. WITCHES. It’s me in a book!
- If It Makes You Happy | Claire Kann – I don’t actually remember what this one is about but it’s by Claire Kann who wrote the wonderfully delightful LET’S TALK ABOUT LOVE and I’ve been absolutely DYING for another book by her and cannot wait to read it!