Life in September 2018:
I feel like I say this every single wrap-up, but what a whirlwind of a month! I started it out by taking a short trip to Austin over labor day weekend, and it was a blast. I posted a bit on my Instagram, but long story short, I met up with a friend I haven’t seen in person in SEVEN YEARS. Since 2011! Getting to see her again will probably be one of the highlights of my year. I know it was definitely the best part of the month. And of course, no trip to Austin is complete without a trip to BookPeople or Amy’s Ice Cream. I also got to cross something off my Austin bucket list–I saw the bats fly out from Congress Bridge! I love bats and I’ve always wanted to see them fly out!
I then totally had a change of luck after that weekend, though. It was a great trip, and then I got the sinus infection from hell literally the day I got back. I was in and out of the doctor’s office all week with antibiotics and steroid shots and I was sick from work but then I also dragged myself in to some meetings and programs and it was just a mess. Luckily, I started feeling better midway through the month and I’ve felt fine since, so I’m hoping I got my annual “I work with kids and the public and minor illnesses are inevitable” infection out of the way.
I ALSO did have a totally library win at the end of this month, though! I did a tech take apart program for older kids where we took apart obsolete electronics and it was a BLAST. You do not know joy until you see a nine-year-old boy stabbing keys out of a useless old keyboard with a screwdriver, trust me. We also take apart an old speaker (that the girl took home and is going to make into either a jewelry box or a planter!), and unwrapped a VHS tape.
In other great news, I had a small announcement this month. . . I’m once again going to be a Cybils judge! I was a round 2 judge in 2016 for the YA Fiction category, and now that I’m no longer in grad school and have some more time, this year I’m a round 1 panelist! Nominations open today so be sure to nominate your favorite YA Fiction books (and check out the other categories as well!).
So overall, a great month minus the sickness. Plus, I leave you with my new favorite shoes I bought this month that have cats reading books all over them:
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10 books this month, which might be the best I’ve done reading-wise all year. It’s been a year of changes, and I haven’t read nearly as much as I’ve wanted. Hoping that changes soon. . .
5 star Reads:
Brazen: Ladies Who Rocked the World by Penelope Bagieu
Blood Water Paint by Joy McCollough
4 star Reads:
Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles
False Report: A True Story of Rape in America by Christian T. Miller
3 Star Reads:
The Beauty that Remains by Ashley Woodfolk
Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson
Forest of Memory by Mary Robinette Kowal
2 star Reads:
See all the Stars by Kit Frick
Ghosted by Rosie Walsh
Hey Ladies! by Michelle Markowitz
1 star & DNF Reads: