bi-weekly update // 5-18-19

It’s time for another bi-weekly update. Prepare for updates on my personal life and on my reading, and probably some other stuff too.


life updates

  • I’m feeling way better about my job. I’ve noticed I tend to go through phases of being somewhat okay with being a librarian and then periods of hating being a librarian and looking for other work, but overall lately, I’ve been feeling more positive than even just okay about my job. I’m getting a lot better at it and everyone keeps saying how much I’ve improved and my coworkers all seem to like me a lot, and most importantly, I’m forming a lot of significant relationships with my kids that really make my world go around. Even though I’ve thought about leaving my job, I’ve realized it would be super hard for me to do that even if it paid more because I love my kids so much and I really like the people I work with, and I might not have those things even at another library job.
  • I’m preparing to go to Book Expo!! I’ve been spending a lot of time at work browsing the education sessions and the signings at Book Expo and getting super psyched for my conference experience. I’m most excited to meet Leigh Bardugo and have her sign NINTH HOUSE. I’m also really excited to be going to NYC by myself when my anxiety is better than it’s ever been, because I’ve only ever been to NYC when it’s bad which drastically affected my experiences with the city. I also realized that everything is within walking distance to each other to all the places I’ll need to go, so I might not even have to take the subway unless I go on excursions after the conference.


reading life

After writing my post reflecting on my reading in 2019 and feeling down about reading, I’ve actually been feeling better about it since trying out reading multiple books at once. I feel like I’m reading somewhat faster and more this month than I have been reading, probably because I’ve read a lot of poetry collections this month. But I think reading multiple books is helping me feel less serious about reading and helping the problem of my focus and concentration.


what i’m reading

I’m reading two romances right now, and they’re making my heart so happy. The first one I’m reading is THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT SWEETIE, the companion to WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI, which has restored my love of Sandhya Menon after the disaster that was FROM TWINKLE, WITH LOVE. I love the romance in SWEETIE and ship Ashish and Sweetie so much. The one thing that kind of bothers me is that so far all Sweetie thinks about is her weight, but that is kind of the point of this book that she’s dealing with her own feelings about herself and her weight and what other people, especially her mom, think about her. It’s also kind of hard for me to read at times because I struggle with issues about weight, but I’m still really liking it and actually like both characters and feel bad for initially assuming Ashish would be a jerk.

I’m also enjoying Alisha Rai’s book THE RIGHT SWIPE. It’s such a well-crafted, well-written romance and I ship Samson and Rhiannon so so much. I like both character’s narrations a lot, even Samson, and I never thought I’d want to read a book about a retired football star. This book is so positive about so many issues about modern dating without beating you over the head and makes discussion of dating issues fun and clever. It’s such an empowering story and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.


books i’ve hauled

I’ve hauled 3 books I’m excited for lately. I’m really excited to read Renee Ahdieh’s next book (even though I haven’t read any of her others yet…oops) because it’s about VAMPIRES in historical NEW ORLEANS!! I haven’t read a vampire book in so long, and my teens are still very much interested in vampire books, so I definitely need to read it. I’m also somewhat interested in FRANKLY IN LOVE by David Yoon, mostly because he’s Nicola Yoon’s husband and it has a cool cover (yes, I know that’s shallow). I’m also PSYCHED for A RIVER OF ROYAL BLOOD, an African-inspired fantasy about two sisters who have to fight to the death to win the crown.

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  1. You just keep making me double.down on the jealousy. First book con. Leigh Bardugo has now CONFIRMED Ninth House arcs… I cant imagine Kingdome for a Stage won’t be there (Heide Heilig)… and now you hauled the Beautiful which I was denied three times. Count them. 1…2….3.

    I still love you though. And am so glad you are doing so much better!!!! I would drive to New York and stay in my car except after living in Brooklyn for 32 years.. I know better lol… plus her signings are sold out and yes there will be arcs outside of that but sleeping in my car isnt worth it… although I could get Kaz signed… plus my part time job will have just started. Ugh

  2. I know exactly how you are feeling about your job. I am going through the same thing I my place of work. I feel like I am stuck and cant grow anymore. Some days I really enjoy it but others its such a drag and like I am never doing enough.

    I have heard that Book Expo is so much fun. I hope you have a great time!!!

    I have been thinking about reading There’s Something About Sweetie. I have heard a lot of good things about it, let me know your thoughts on it when you are done!

  3. I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying reading some cute romances! Sometimes that’s the best genre to get into when you’re struggling to read, for me at least. Sometimes we all need more fluff in our lives <3

    I'm sorry to hear you're wavering on your job. I'm literally there. I currently work in a bookstore, but I make SO LITTLE and there aren't enough hours to go around… so I finally broke down and re-applied for my previous job since I can make almost $2/hour more. I'm sad that I won't be working around books anymore, but I also need to make enough money, period, end of story. Hopefully things at your job keep getting better and you can remember why you're there and the parts you love about it. <3

  4. I’m glad to hear you’re feeling better about your job lately and I hope this continues <3 and YAY for Book Expo, I am so, so excited for you and can't wait to hear about all of your adventures 😀

    1. thank youuuu yes I am so so excited for book expo! I couldn’t even have gone last year because my anxiety was so terrible so I am feeling extra triumphant about being able to go lol.

  5. I’m glad you are looking forward to going to NYC and experiencing the city again. I understand about the cycle with work and not being sure about your job. I hope that it passes and you find what makes you truly happy. I can’t wait to see what comes up in the next couple weeks!

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