Monday, December 31, 2018

Favorite Reads of 2018

Woooowww. This has been a LONG year. How long? When I was going through my highest rated books on Goodreads, I was floored to realized the last Penderwick book came out this year. It feels longer.

Here are my top reads of the year. These books were truly something because they pulled me out of my funk long enough to actually read them AND enjoy them.

Links are to my reviews

 A Sky Full of Stars by Linda Williams Jackson

The Girl with the Dragon Heart by Stephanie Burgis (Review Coming!)

The Penderwicks at Last by Jeanne Birdsall

Patina by Jason Reynolds 

Free Fall by Emma Barry & Genevieve Turner

Shadowhouse Fall by Daniel José Older

What are your favorite reads from this past year? 

Friday, December 28, 2018

Hello! I'm Still Here

Hey everyone! It's been a while. This has been a year in which I read very few new to me books. And I just haven't had the energy or desire to write. Honestly it's been a year where I've been able to do very little of what I love. The end of December is often a time of reflection, and as I reflect over this past year, I wonder where it all went, and what I was doing with myself.

Teaching. Getting back into the groove of that and working with my own kids are definitely the good parts of this year. Other than that...

I think I was just finally reacting to the stress of that past few years. We moved houses three times in three years, states twice, and lost both of my husband's parents in that time. I think all of that finally caught up with me and just consumed...everything.

Don't get me wrong. A lot of wonderful things happened this year too. I was able to see Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, and Mean Girls in New York City while spending an amazing time with my daughter. My husband and I were able to take a few days vacation BY OURSELVES for the first time in I don't know how long. After years of being a fan, I was able to go to my first ice skating show. We took the kids to Harry Potter World. I have a lot to be thankful for.

However, the day to day things that I feel make me who I am went missing this year. Over the past several weeks, I feel like I'm getting some of it back. I have definitely made a conscious decision to try to get my routine and habits back on a better course.

Hopefully 2019 will see a return of regular posts here. There are definitely a lot of books I'm excited for this year.

I will be posting a Best Books of 2018 post on Monday. (Much thanks to my friends and incredibly talented writers Stephanie Burgis, Emma Barry, and Sarah Prineas for writing books this year that actually motivated me to read something new, and that I loved.)

I also have a Most Anticipated Reads of 2019 in the works for Tuesday. There's even a review coming sometime in the next week.

For those of you still out there who read this, thanks for sticking around. Onward and forward!