Week in Review: January 11


This week on the blog you can check out:

I’ve been fighting off this cold for the entire week and it has sucked. But maybe it will go away soon. This week was crazy busy at work but that combined with being sick means that I wasn’t really as productive as I would have liked to be.

EXCEPT I totally dominated my work’s Mock Caldecott! Basically this my system’s version of the Caldecott award for distinguished picture books. The organizing committee picks 6 books, we all read them and some people present explaining why each book should win. This is my favorite event the library does every year so of course I signed up to present (also I am a YA librarian officially but I like to keep up with the picture books) and was given the book The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee. And my speech was really good! And my book won! (So my book was the winner by popular vote with honors going to Gravity by Jason Chin and Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales.) It’s super satisfying presenting a winning book particularly because several people said they enjoyed my presentation and it really got them thinking about the book in a new way. Which I love. It was a sweet, sweet moment and I have been telling everyone.

This was me after the presentation and for most of that day:

My desk is neater at work and I am feeling more organized. Also all of the Christmas decorations have been taken down which is a massive load off.

I joined two reading challenges for the year. Their icons can now be found in my right sidebar. I’m not stressing them at all and am just going to see how they jive with what I already plan to read. BUT if you want to get more info or play along you can click the images to link to my sign up posts (where I’ll be updating with books) which have links to the main challenge posts. Also I am taking part in Kayla and Veronica’s Contemporary Conversations which is also a reading challenge. What  did I get myself into?

Books acquired: I requested an arc of I Remember You by Cathleen Davitt Bell this week from Amazon Vine. I also got a few books from the library for my “put up or shut up” challenge. I’ve got a couple of books I have to read for work but hoping to get through those pretty soon. (You can see my reading progress this month in my January Reading Tracker!)

Blog-wise I also was pleasantly surprised by the thoughtful comments I’ve been getting on posts this week. It was absolutely fantastic and I hope it continues. I’ve been trying to be more conscientious about commenting when I have something to say so maybe putting that energy out there is paying off. Either way, I love talking books (of course) so I’m happy to have the chance to join so many conversations.

I have also really started planning my April 2015 series, Poetically Speaking, and I am so excited I can hardly stand it.

How was your week?