Oh my gosh, you guys, I am SO EXCITED for this year. Good things are coming, I can just feel it. I’ve still got a lot of things going on, but the end is in sight, and good things are already happening for me.
So. I haven’t been around much. As I was making my 2019 in Review post, I had to go through and look at what I’ve actually written since August, and it is literally nothing but reviews. Which is fine, reviews are why I got into blogging in the first place! But I think we can all agree that there are lots more fun posts out there that we want to write and read.
In addition, I have NOT been reading y’all’s posts. It breaks my heart. Truly. My tbr has also suffered. It’s down below 80, if you can believe it. Unheard of. Unfortunately that is likely to continue at least for five more months as I finish my last semester of classes. But starting this summer I fully intend to be BACK! I want to read, comment, like, subscribe, ALL THE THINGS! Find new blogging friends that I’ve been missing because I have my head in the sand. It’s going to be so fun!
I think I speak for everyone when I say THANK GOD 2019 IS OVER. Golly, this has been a stressful and difficult year for me, to say nothing of the state of the social internet. But I’m so excited about 2020 and what it’s going to bring for me professionally, personally, and as a blogger.
It’s been an interesting year for me here at my third year at Never Not Reading. I set an all-time personal record, reading 74 books this year (mostly thanks to my children’s and young adult literature class). I “discovered” graphic novels and non-fiction. But I haven’t been blogging much. Non-review posts have basically dropped off my blog altogether this semester, and my bookstagram has come to a screeching halt a whopping three times this year. So the blog has had its ups and downs.
So thanks, y’all, for reading. This community is so amazing and supportive, and I love every one of y’all.
As I think back on the last 10 years my life looks SO different. Things have *not* gone according to plan (when do they ever?), and I don’t think the person I was in 2010 would recognize me. But the one thing that has remained a constant? Books. Books books books. Though my reading tastes and styles have changed, my love of books stays the same.
Before I jump into the books though, can I give you some personals? Since January 1, 2010 I have:
Gotten engaged, then married
Worked in retail, as a barista, bookseller, substitute teacher, band director, 4th/5th grade teacher, and am now starting as a librarian
Had two kids
Bought two houses
Started graduate school
Buried a kitten
Adopted a cat and a dog
Joined, fell in love with, then mourned Pottermore
Started a book blog
Man, to think that in 2010 I was only a junior in college. How life has changed!
So I mentioned about a month ago that back in September I was offered my dream job as a librarian at my elementary school. However, as a teacher I am under contract, and was waiting for my school district to hire someone to replace me (IF they could find someone…). Well! This past week they finally released me from my contract.
Thursday is my last day! Then on Friday I get to have a get-to-know-you day at my new school. My official first day won’t be until after Christmas, but I get to go to a sing-along and a club day and meet the kids and the teachers.
I. AM. SO. EXCITED.
I’m also so nervous. I got this job mainly on passion, but I’ve never actually worked in a library, and the library and information science degree gives you shockingly little preparation for practical things like, you know, software. Thankfully there are a ton of other librarians in the district, and I think one of them might show me around on the first day and help with with POs and things like that. But still. NERVOUS.
Hey everyone. I know I haven’t been around much lately. I haven’t been reading your posts, which leaves a giant hole in my heart, and I haven’t been posting much content. (Unless you like middle-grade book reviews, then I’ve been posting TONS, lol.) To those of you who have stuck with me, thanks. I hope I’ll be back soon.
So here’s what’s going on.
Many of you know that I started teaching at a new school in August. It’s rough. I’m teaching 4th grade self-contained, which means I teach reading, writing, math, science, and social studies. It’s a lot. Lots of planning, and my team isn’t super into working together. In addition to that, it’s … not the best job. I leave work crying a lot. It’s funny how kids get a pass on emotional abuse because they’re ten and “don’t know any better”, but that’s not exactly the point of this post.
Most of you also know that I’m in grad school studying to be a librarian. I’m getting close to done, but this semester I’m taking a children’s and young adult literature class, and I’m reading at least a novel a week. While I much prefer that to reading a textbook, it’s definitely been a lot of work!
I’ve been noticing a lot of ads on other blogs of free WordPress users lately. Like, some people I’ve always seen some ads, but the last few weeks it’s been a LOT. A lot a lot. In some cases I’m seeing ads upwards of five different locations! I’m not sure if that’s something those users are volunteering for or not, so I tried to check out my own blog. But I’m getting mixed results from using my husband’s various devices.
Would I would really appreciate from you guys is some feedback on what you’re seeing on MY blog in particular. I’m thinking about upgrading, but I don’t know that I want to that badly. $8 a month isn’t that bad, but since you pay it all at once it’s kind of a chunk of money.
If you’re reading this in the reader, do me a favor and open this up in MY blog please. (God, Katie, you’re just trying to boost your stats.) Fill out the survey below. And then, if you don’t mind, I would super DUPER appreciate anyone who would be willing to take some screen shots of what ads you are seeing and email them to me. My email is email@example.com
Now I’m going to type some nonsense, because I notice there are more ads on longer posts.
I’ve posted a couple of times in the last sixth months or so about my rather bizarre current tbr solution. I found that when left to my own mood-reading habits, I tend to pick up more YA fantasy than I can actually put up with, and I read a lot of books that are all kind of the same and get bored of them. Any time I would love a book it was usually something sufficiently DIFFERENT from all the other things I’d been reading. So I made up a solution where I had to read one of each genre before I could read another.
It was a lot. I ended up with 10 genres. YA, mystery, sci-fi, fantasy, historical fiction, classics, and on and on and on. I really like this method because I was getting in a lot of variety and trying out a lot of kinds of books I hadn’t read much of before. It also forced me to read some of the literary fiction that had been sitting on my tbr for a while and not read because it isn’t as flashy and exciting as genre fiction.
The problem is, as I’ve been posting about literally all summer, that it left even less time for re-reading. When you’re forcing yourself to read ten genres, how can you possibly find time to re-read? I couldn’t.
So after some long, hard thinking, I decided it was time to reform.