Week in Review: February 16: Let me tell you about my week of meetings.

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All I did at work this week was go to meetings. I got to see a lot of new branches and traverse much of Brooklyn but it was trying. I am not a great subway traveler and the weather was terrible. Here’s what went down:

On Monday I was in an all day leadership training. I’m the branch rep for a YA Network that was created to improve  services to teens in the library. We are looking into ways to make the library more welcoming to teens with improvements to the library’s mental, physical, and digital spaces for teens. The leadership training is a “perk” for participants. It’s very crunchy and kind of silly but some tips on active listening and identifying project stakeholders were helpful.

On Tuesday I had a meeting in the morning for said network where we continued to hammer out details on our plans. I also carried a succulent across Brooklyn to get it to my desk. And I fell in the branch’s lobby. My knee is super bruised now. Fun.

On Wednesday I had a class visit with a yeshiva school that is so Jewish it is named after the Star of David. I wasn’t sure what to expect but it was kind of fun. The final score was me earning 30 points for Ravenclaw, silly sixth grade boys: zero. Then I had a quick lunch and headed to another branch for another training. This year I’m working as a facilitator for an initiative called Everyone Serves Youth where staffers travel to different branches (or in my case different divisions in my giant branch) to lead workshops on serving babies, kids, and teens in the library and how all staff can do that. The workshops are starting at the end of February so this meeting was to get more details, paperwork, and practice.

Thursday was my last day of the week (I worked last Saturday so I had this Friday off, it’s weird) and I ended it with a day filled with . . . more meetings!

The morning started with a meeting for the committee I chair to talk about what we’ll be doing at our next training. I showed everyone the summer reading lists (we’ll be booktalking these titles) shared deadlines, and asked about other ideas moving forward. I always feel like I’m probably the most tiresome person to be in charge but it was a good meeting and people seem to not be sick of me (or my copious emails and files) yet. I am also ridiculous and brought chocolate and punny valentines that were hilarious (and possibly underappreciated) for everyone. And I only shamed one committee member for not being goodreads friends. (We’re friends now. Because of the shaming.)

After that meeting I got lunch with some committee members which was a nice change since I usually eat alone at my desk. THEN I had a meeting with a work friend from my writing group and another work friend to help them start building a mini collection of books for their Cookmobile project (traveling cooking programs for teens) looking at fiction and nonfiction with books. I feel totally superfluous to this project but I did actually end up having a lot of book suggestions and input to share on the ordering process. Yay collection development.

Next I had an hour on the reference desk which was also a mini meeting with one of my interns who shadowed me. We talked about his experiences so far and expectations/plans moving forward and he helped me with a few patrons.

THEN I had my last meeting with two people about those Everyone Serves Youth workshops which I was worried about but the meeting didn’t actually help with worries. Go figure.

So that’s how my week of four big meetings in four different meetings over four days shook out.

Here is my favorite post that I shared on Instagram this week:

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Who is your favorite charming con man or con woman? ▪️ Although they aren’t quite conmen, Séverin and his crew are among my favorite incorrigible thieves. (I’m using this specific terminology because it’s actually a tag I use on my blog for reviews.) ▪️ I was so happy to come home from work on Saturday to find these character cards for preordering The Gilded Wolves had arrived. They’re just the best. ▪️ Have you read this one yet? Who is your favorite character? ▪️ #instabooks #currentlyreading #amreading #instareads #bookgram #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booklove #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booktography #bookstagram #beautifulbooks #booksofinstagram #goodreads #prettybooks #bookish #bookishfeature #bookstafeatures #booktalk #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram #thegildedwolves #roshanichokshi #uppercasebox

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Week in Review: February 9

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I have a better grip on all the reading I need to do this month but as a result I’m behind (again, forever) on writing blog reviews.

I also haven’t mentioned it much BUT I do have an Etsy shop that I am slowly stocking so if you like handmade jewelry and bookish items, do give it a look: https://www.etsy.com/shop/missprintboutique

Here is my favorite post that I shared on Instagram this week:

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Happy Sunday! I hope you’ve made some time to rest this weekend. ▪️ I got in a lot of reading and relaxing on Saturday and today was my monthly writing group meeting. Since I always leave writing group feeling inspired it seemed like a good day to highlight a book that leaves me feeling inspired every time I think about it. ▪️ It’s been a year since I joined and in that time I’ve written half of a novel manuscript that I’m very proud of and am excited to finish the story this year. ▪️ #instabooks #currentlyreading #amreading #instareads #bookgram #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booklove #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booktography #bookstagram #beautifulbooks #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #bookishfeature #bookstafeatures #bookstagramfeature #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram #thecarefulundressingoflove #coreyannhaydu #writinginspiration

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Week in Review: February 2

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TGIF. Between the cold weather and the stress, it has been on hell of a week for me. I’m feeling more in control with all of the reading I have to do this month (3000+ pages *crying*) and looking forward to the temperatures rising.

Here is my favorite post that I shared on Instagram this week:

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Happy Stack Saturday! 📚 Last Wednesday I finished my birthday vacation at Holly Black’s NYC event for The Wicked King. You might have noticed that I’m a big fan of this series (and of Holly’s other books). So today seemed like the perfect time to show off the books of hers that I’ve read. I’m also very excited to have been able to get them all signed. And look at all this pretty swag 😍 📚 What have you been up to today? 📚 #instabooks #currentlyreading #amreading #instareads #bookgram #stacksaturday #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booklove #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booktography #bookstagram #beautifulbooks #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #bookishfeature #bookstafeatures #bookstagramfeature #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram #thecruelprince #thewickedking #hollyblack

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Week in Review: January 26: On writing, discovering #atticnotebook, and how I’m reading 3000+ pages next month.

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This is the end of my birthday week. It’s been fun! Last week I got to see Roshani Chokshi, Melissa Albert, and S. A. Chakraborty at a signing and this week I got to see Holly Black. What more could a person want for their birthday festivities? I will tell you the answer is very little.

I’ve been trying to carve out more time in my days for writing and so far it’s going well. I also saw Laini Taylor post on her instagram about her #atticnotebook exercise. It’s really simple. You find an empty notebook and start writing in it for fifteen minutes every day. You don’t go back and reread. You keep going until you fill the notebook. Then you still don’t reread until at least a month has passed. And you have all of these ideas you can revisit.

On a superficial level it’s good to keep working out my handwriting which doesn’t get a lot of use given how much stuff I type. It’s also fun and a nice way to build in a writing routine. Plus while I am seriously drafting my current project I have a place to set down other ideas. (I’m in a writing group as I’ve mentioned and have a solid first half of a novel after workshopping it all last year. My goal is to finish it before the year is out.)

I can’t talk about all of the things that I’m currently reading for professional review and other projects yet BUT I’m really sad. I did the math and I have to read 3,375 pages before the end of February. So far I’ve read 50. It’s . . . going to be a lot.

Here is my favorite post that I shared on Instagram this week:

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What is one sequel you are committed to reading in 2019? 📚 I am absolutely 100% making time to catch up on Kendare Blake’s Three Dark Crowns series. I read and loved the first one (and own this pretty signed paperback) and have the next two and the novella bindup to catch up on reading. 📚 I’m experimenting with ways to make my photos fun while also streamlining the process so I took a page from @ceceliareads’s book for this one and created a layout I could slot different books into. Except instead of flowers I used my old Disney Designer collection princess cards which I want to get framed one of these days. 📚 Hit me up with your most obvious but still life changing Instagram hack. 📚 #instabooks #currentlyreading #amreading #instareads #bookgram #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booklove #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booktography #bookstagram #beautifulbooks #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #bookishfeature #bookstafeatures #bookstagramfeature #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram #kendareblake #threedarkcrowns #disneydesignercollection

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Week in Review: January 19

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January has flown by. I am feeling good about the tone I’ve set this month for the rest of the year. I’m taking some time off for my birthday and I’m excited for the mini break. A lot of review deadlines (for SLJ and WIRoB) stacked up this week and I’m sure I’ll get everything done in time but let’s just say I know what I’m reading for the next month. (As I write this I also realized I’m going to be at an all day training at a different branch on my last day of work before my time off so I don’t know how I’m going to get the books I need to read to my home . . . Oops.)

Here is my favorite post that I shared on Instagram this week:

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What is one sequel you are committed to reading in 2019? 📚 I am absolutely 100% making time to catch up on Kendare Blake’s Three Dark Crowns series. I read and loved the first one (and own this pretty signed paperback) and have the next two and the novella bindup to catch up on reading. 📚 I’m experimenting with ways to make my photos fun while also streamlining the process so I took a page from @ceceliareads’s book for this one and created a layout I could slot different books into. Except instead of flowers I used my old Disney Designer collection princess cards which I want to get framed one of these days. 📚 Hit me up with your most obvious but still life changing Instagram hack. 📚 #instabooks #currentlyreading #amreading #instareads #bookgram #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booklove #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booktography #bookstagram #beautifulbooks #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #bookishfeature #bookstafeatures #bookstagramfeature #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram #kendareblake #threedarkcrowns #disneydesignercollection

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Week in Review: January 12

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This week I finished up reading for the Mock Printz I moderate at work and looked forward to a three day weekend. I cannot bear the thought of getting sick again this winter so I’ve been trying to baby myself. My only weekend plans include laundry, getting in some writing time, and sorting a pile of books to potentially donate.

Here is my favorite post that I shared on Instagram this week:

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“Sometimes small and unspectacular things can be a universe.” ▪️ I started 2019 by reading Rayne and Delilah’s Midnite Matinee—@jeffzentner’s upcoming novel which releases in February. ▪️ This story follows high school seniors Josie and Delia as they try to figure out what comes next. ▪️ Josie is eager to pursue her dream of being on television with college but isn’t sure what to do when her dreams might be leading her away from her hometown and her best friend. ▪️ Delia, meanwhile, is desperate to find a way to help their public access television show Midnite Matinee grow beyond its current syndication so that Josie can pursue that dream without leaving her behind the way Delia’s father did. ▪️ This book is a story about big dreams, big chances, and the mediocre results we sometimes end up with as a result. Josie and Delia are hilarious, endearing, and some of my favorite characters to date. ▪️ Zentner has filled this book with Easter eggs from his earlier novels as well as some amazing jokes. I can’t reveal too much but let’s just say I’m still cracking up about the baby Basset Hounds. ▪️ Be sure to add this one to your to read list today and grab it from your local bookstore or library next month! ▪️ #instabooks #currentlyreading #amreading #instareads #bookgram #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booklove #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booktography #bookstagram #beautifulbooks #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #bookishfeature #bookstafeatures #bookstagramfeature #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram #rayneanddelilahsmidnitematinee #jeffzentner #funnybooks

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Week in Review: January 5–Beginning as I Mean to Go On

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My Cruel Prince read-a-long ended with a fizzle but I want to thank everyone who participated. I had a great time and I really appreciated the motivation to re-read the book and having people to discuss with along the way.

This was my first week back at work after eleven days off. Every single day felt like a Monday even though the week started on Wednesday.

Leigh Bardugo encourages people to begin the year as they mean to go on. I have tried to take that to heart this week as I carve out space for things like working on my backlog of reviews to write, my creative writing, and eBay. I’m also continuing to work on growing my Instagram and photography skills.

Later this month I’ll also be opening an Etsy shop. It’s slow going as I have to figure out branding and build up an inventory but it’s coming.

Here is my favorite post that I shared on Instagram this week:

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Are you doing any reading challenges this year? 📚 I just discovered #beatthebacklist and I think I’m going to go for it. Because I needed something else to do. 📚 I’m trying to catch up on the 40ish book reviews I have to write. But goodreads has locked up and won’t let me view my status updates (AKA alllllll of the notes I have taken on every book I’ve read since 2007) so it’s been going slowly. 📚 Also: how cool is this book header in Carry On by Rainbow Rowell? I borrowed these wands from a friend and now I am seriously tempted to buy one for myself. 📚 #instabooks #currentlyreading #amreading #instareads #bookgram #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booklove #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booktography #bookstagram #beautifulbooks #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #bookishfeature #bookstafeatures #bookstagramfeature #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram #rainbowrowell #carryon

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