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It’s me! Here’s a (MAJOR!) life update and a 2017 wrap-up!

OHEMGEE, HI, BLOG!

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It’s so good to see you!

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It’s been a while. Like, it’s snowing on my blog now. I wanted to update you on the big changes in my life and also do a 2017 wrap-up post! Told you I wasn’t gone forever!

As many of you may remember, I’ve been working toward my Master’s in Library and Information Science, and I’m done! I did it! I am a master!

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Too many gifs? Too many gifs. Sorry, I’m new at this whole blogging thing.

SO. With my Master’s comes the opportunity for new jobs that actually have the word “Librarian” in the title! And guess what? I got one! I am going to be a Reference Librarian in West Palm Beach, Florida! WHHHHAAAAAT???

Yes, I am leaving the cold, tumultuous winds of Chicagoland to venture into the warm, tumultuous winds of Florida. Why all that way, you ask? Why give up the changing of the seasons and the breathable non-humid air and the less frequent mosquitoes? Well, as I said before, there’s a boy. And he happens to live in the land of humidity and heat and mosquitoes. (Hi, David, I love you.)

In all seriousness, this is a job I am VERY excited for, and I cannot wait to start on my new adventure. I hope to continue to hop on the blog once my move is over and I get into a routine, which won’t be for a bit, but I’m still not going anywhere… well, internet-wise.

So now it’s time for…

My 2017 Wrap-Up!

I ended up reading 70 books in 2017, which is great because my original goal was 50! Mission accomplished!

For this wrap-up, I am going to look at the things that were important to me in regards to reading in 2017, which were genre variety and diverse books. Then I’ll tell you what my top 5 reads were. Here goes!

Books by the genre:

  • Non-fiction: 17
  • Young adult/middle grade fiction: 17
  • Graphic novels (fiction, all ages): 9
  • Graphic novels (non-fiction, all ages): 7
  • Sci-fi and fantasy: 6
  • Romance: 5
  • Mystery: 2
  • Short story anthologies: 2
  • Poetry books: 2
  • Literary fiction: 1
  • Western: 1
  • Other: 1

Some other stats:

  • For school: 22
  • Not for school: 48
  • Re-reads: 9
  • New reads: 61

And more!

  • Books written by POCs: 18
  • LGBTQ+ books (both own voices and not): 5
  • Books on people with disabilities (own voices): 3

I would definitely like to increase these numbers next year, especially the LGBTQ number. Here are some fun other stats from Goodreads that I always enjoy looking at:

2017 Year in Books

And, finally, my 2017 top 5, in no particular order:

  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • The Secret Loves of Geek Girls edited by Hope Nicholson
  • Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

2017 was a very significant year for me in so many ways, and I’m glad I got to do so much reading as well. I wish you all a Happy New Year and hope your 2018s are magical!

Cheers!

13 thoughts on “It’s me! Here’s a (MAJOR!) life update and a 2017 wrap-up!”

  1. Congrats on graduating as a masters!! It’s great that your average rating is 3.8, mine was only a little over 3 stars, so I guess my books were mostly more average. Though I didn’t read as many books as you did, here is my 2017 wrap up post if you wanna check it out: https://ayundabhuwana.wordpress.com/2018/01/07/2017-year-in-review/ Best of luck for 2018!
    (PS: my blog was Tea and Paperbacks, I remember you tagged me in a lot of book tags! I’ve moved to this blog now :D)

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    1. OMG I just randomly opened my WordPress and saw this comment and it made me so happy! I miss blogging sometimes 😦 I finished my Masters and have been working as a full-time Reference Librarian for almost a year now! Woah, that’s crazy lol. I miss things about teaching high school, and I’m thinking I want to be a school librarian eventually, actually. I’ve liked reference so far, but being a school librarian could allow me to have the best parts of teaching and the best parts of library-ing lol. HOW ARE YOU??

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      1. OMG I’m so sorry that I didn’t reply…ughhhhh. You should totally be a school librarian!! You already have both of the certifications, so the hardest part is over, right? 😉 jkjk

        I’m doing well! I’m still working at a library, not in school right now. Took what was supposed to be a short break and have now realizd yet again that my initial plans might not work out. Ugh. Sooo I’m working that out. Hopefully maybe you can come back to blogging again amongst all of your library-ing. lol (I’m also super jealous of you being in Florida right now as snow continues to fall and won’t stop.)

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      2. Ah! I also took forever to respond to this, lol sorry! Sorry your plans were not working, hopefully things turn out for the best! Hahaha, it was very nice to escape Chicago winters. And thanks!!! 🙂

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