Let’s Catch Up!

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Hey friends! It’s been a few months since I posted, and even longer since I was actually posting regularly–although I’ve still been active on my bookstagram account. Things have been pretty hectic over the last year, but one of my 2022 goals is to start posting on here again. Although it takes a bit of time to do that, I do really enjoy having a space to talk about books that isn’t limited like Instagram!

Anyway, let’s take some time to catch up! Here’sNote: I am an affiliate of Bookshop.org and will receive a small commission if you choose to purchase via the links in this post. This is a way to support indie bookstores & the work I put into this blog! It’s appreciated, but never expected some new things that have happened for me in the last year or so:

  • I got a full-time job! After working part-time at two different public libraries for the last few years, I was offered a full time position at one of these libraries in 2021. I now get to do teen services full time at a library I really like.
  • My library reopened to the public in mid-2021 with limited hours, and we expanded back to our full hours in January 2022. Working with the public during a pandemic has honestly been pretty rough, but I am grateful that my library has been taking precautions (we’re still requiring masks, thankfully!).
  • Even though I haven’t been posting on here, I’ve still been reading! In 2021, I read 226 books and so far in 2022, I’ve read 34.
  • I got to be a character in a YA book! As part of a contest win, Sandhya Menon gave me a cameo in her 2021 book, Of Princes and Promises. If you pick up this book, a certain bookish nerd named Ari who loves comics and cats just might sound familiar…

And of course, I have to share a few of my favorite books that I’ve read in the last year(ish):

Let me know what’s new with you (bookish or otherwise) and what you’ve been reading and loving lately!

Happy reading! Ari

8 thoughts on “Let’s Catch Up!

  1. Congrats on the full time job! I feel you about the working with the public during a pandemic – I work in a retail store, and well, it’s been rough (especially since our store doesn’t require masks for customers nor is it mandated for employees anymore). I sadly haven’t read a ton since the pandemic started; nor have I even blogged regularly in months and I really miss it. Hopefully I can get back into the swing of things soon though! I may have to check out some of the books you’ve shared! Any of them kind of fast paced?

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  2. Congrats on your full-time job! I started working in a public library at the end of last year and I love it so much 🙂 It’s been fun to see how things have changed since people have gotten more confident with leaving the house plus it’s given me a lot of good reading material.

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  3. I just started This Poison Heart this week, and I’m fairly confident it’s going to be a top ten read of the year for me. It checks so many of my boxes, and I preordered the sequel about 100 pages in, and I’m just so hyped about it!

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