Life, Musings

2017: My Year Without Book Blogging

Hi everyone,

First things first, I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has kept following me, on here, and on Bookstagram, despite my long and unintentional hiatus.

Yesterday marks a year since my last blog post.

I’ve recently found the time to get back into reading for fun, but I felt it would just be too weird to all of a sudden post a random book review after so long.

So, for anyone who is interested, I will now provide the “Coles Notes” version of my incredibly busy 2017.

As some of you know, I am a teacher, but teaching positions are hard to find in Ontario. So, early last year, I applied for a position in British Columbia. Luckily, I was successful. They asked if I could start in early April. So February and March were a whirlwind of packing and getting our two girls, and my terminally ill grandmother ready to make the trip across the country. Our house also didn’t sell right away, so we had to find a short-term rental to tide us over. My fiance’s father and step mom live in BC, in the same city where I got the job, so they helped to make the transition as smooth as possible. We have loved being close to them, it’s such a nice change.

I arrived in BC on April 8th, and started substitute teaching on the 10th. Talk about jetlag, haha. I didn’t care though, I was ecstatic to finally be in the classroom.

In June, I went through the process of applying for a permanent position, and I was lucky enough, to get one, as a High School Special Education Teacher. So, the summer was spent preparing for my new position, and the fall was spent learning about my students, and settling into my new role. Add to that the busy holiday season, and that pretty much sums up 2017 for us in a nutshell. It was a year of major life changes, all of them for the better, and we wouldn’t change a thing. We are absolutely loving our new life in BC.

2017 wasn’t entirely “bookless” I read 9 books, and posted a few times on Bookstagram. I tried to keep up with it, but I simply didn’t have the time or energy for daily posts, or composing blog posts. I did my best to check in as much as possible though. Thank you to everyone who sent supportive comments and messages.

Now, almost a year in, I am comfortable enough with my work to start finding time to read again. I have missed the online bookish community quite a bit. I’m looking forward to getting back into it.

I’ve read 2 books so far this year, and I’m partway through the third, hopefully I can post reviews soon. I’m also making an effort to post on Bookstagram again, at least once  a week.

That’s pretty much it for now. How has everyone been? What books have you loved that I should try? Do you have any tips for balancing life, books, and blogging? I’d love to hear them.

Enjoy the rest of your Saturday! 🙂




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