Monthly Archives: December 2013

End of the Year Wrap-Up

It’s not closure for this blog unless I do a year in review type of post, I suppose. I have read a few memorable books this year, I have learned quite a few memorable life lessons as well. This has been a roller-coaster of a year for me.

Things I’ve learned:

About life –

  • Parenting is tricky. It can be Saturday-New-York-Times-Crossword hard, but it is also the most wonderful thing I have ever done in my life.
  • I’ve learned who my real friends and support system are postpartum. Its funny & sad how quickly you learn which non-parent friends are child friendly and which friends don’t care about your child at all.
  • Meetup.com is a wonderful, wonderful creation. I love it for helping me meet new people who are in my situation.
  • I’ve learned to take chances, to be more assertive and to speak up for myself.
  • I’ve found a new job in a field that I love. I feel whole again as a children’s librarian for the public.
  • I’ll probably never learn how to sew. At least not until my little bookworm is in his first school play and I need to make a costume for him.
  • For the first time in years, I actually feel my age. For the longest time, I was always in the “25-years-old” mindset whenever anyone asked me my age. This year, I feel my age and I am going into this new decade of my life with more confidence and determination than ever.
  • Wouldn’t you know it, after I have a kid and am super busy in the evenings, there is now a weekly French meet-up near where I live. Rats. Why couldn’t you have started 2 years ago? Why didn’t I start one 2 years ago?!? Maybe I’ll go when the little one is older. Maybe I’ll take him with me and have him learn French in addition to English and Armenian. Hah.
  • I’ve learned that I’ll never learn my lesson. I’ve given up on this and my other WordPress blog. I’ve started a Tumblr Blog strictly for my professional purposes as a librarian. It’s mostly just for me to keep track of all the cool links and articles I read online about childhood literacy and the promotion of literacy in the library. I could have converted this blog towards that purpose, but the Tumblr layout is more efficient for my needs. Sorry WordPress…
  • I’ve started watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer again and have begun to think that maybe Giles is subconsciously to blame for me going to library school.

About books –

  • I’ve learned to embrace non-fiction as my reading medium. It just feels more rewarding reading non-fiction than fiction.
  • I’ve learned that books aren’t as important as life experiences. I’d rather go out and explore the world around me, rather than read about it.
  • I’ve learned that I really don’t read other people’s book reviews. I just look for shiny, new titles to add to my reading list. I judge a book by its cover.
  • I would still rather watch a documentary than read a non-fiction book, so I’m not sure how to extrapolate that to how I feel about fiction…
  • My favorite books this year have been:(1) The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin (2) The Big Disconnect by Catherine Steiner-Adair (3) Brain Rules for Baby by John Medina
  • I liked the books I read in 2012 more than the books I read in 2013. I really didn’t like anything I read in 2013. =/

An Ending

I’m about 2 months shy of the 6th anniversary of this blog. It started out humbly, as a page for me to ramble about books and other nonsense without cluttering my friends’ Livejournal feed. It somehow morphed into this larger than life book blog. It has introduced to an infinite amount of new books, to a whole community of avid readers and bibliophiles stabbing away at their to-be-read piles, only add 2 books for every one they finish. 

My life has taken a major detour from books this year when my son was born. Although I do still read, the enthusiasm I had for blogging has begun to wane. I find it harder and harder to sit down at a computer to actually write a blog post. The little one sleeps as I type this. That doesn’t happen often enough. Try as I might, I’ve had more filler posts than substantive ones throughout the year. Random lists and links have taken the place of discussions about books. I think its about time for me to hang up my hat and call it a night. I’ve spent 6 years cultivating a list of books that have marked my life in numerous ways. My reading styles have changed, my favorite authors have multiplied, and I have found my voice through this blog. But being a parent with a now walking 9.5 month old makes it harder to prioritize this blog. I’d rather sit and read to my child than type a review. I’d rather sit down to a nice dinner with my husband than write a review. You get my point. 

I may occasionally post something here, I do need a space to collect those wonderfully random things one finds on the Internet, but don’t expect to see anything regular. From here on out, I’ll just be updating my Goodreads profile with reading updates. Hope to see you there!