Why Hello There!

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It’s nice to get back to blogging. The last couple of months have been an absolute whirlwind for me on both personal and professional levels. Mostly things have been good – for one thing, my husband and I moved house, and we absolutely adore our new place (even though it took six torturous weeks for our internet to be reconnected), and work moves at break-neck but positive speed. There have been some personal downsides, but things are looking up again, I am happy to say.

I don’t think I’m really less busy than I was (maybe a little?), but I feel like I have a little bit more equilibrium now, so hopefully I’ll be blogging again with a lot more regularity, and continuing to review what I read. Some wonderful books have gone unreviewed, but that’s neither here nor there. Although if you haven’t read Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, you really, really should. Particularly if you’re a fan of dystopian fiction, of course, but it is one of those books I feel should be read very widely, and added to high school reading lists. Because it’s awesome and completely relevant to contemporary society.

As far as blogging goes, I’ve decided to extend my reviewing reach to include picture books and children’s fiction as well as young adult fiction. I read literally hundreds of picture books a year, as well as many middle-grade novels, and I love both as art forms, so it seems strange not to include reviews of these as well. I’m also planning some more opinion pieces, because I have many opinions and need somewhere to put them.

It has been an eventful couple of months for me on a professional level. The paper I co-wrote for the Auslib 12s-24s @ Your Library Conference arrived in hard copy conference proceedings form, along with all the other wonderful papers that were presented, which was really exciting. Then it was published in Australasian Public Libraries and Information Services magazine, which was also exciting. I’m now plotting another paper for another conference, but more on that when and if I can get to it. In other news, I was accepted into the State Library of Victoria’s Shared Leadership Program, which is both a great honour and an absolute personal thrill. As of this past Friday, I’ve now completed the first residency module (which was at a lovely place in the Yarra Valley), and am thoroughly enjoying the program so far; the course has a lot of fascinating things to learn, and the other folks doing it are all absolutely lovely. I think it’s going to be a big six months.

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