I’m back. For real this time

HIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII. You guys. I’m the worst. It has been over a month since I blogged. I’m so sorry. But in that past month, I’ve moved into my apartment, settled in at work (where I’ve been given a number of wonderful responsibilities – I love my job; more on that later), done a bunch for my internship at the literary agency, written some posts for the Quirk Books blog, and, you know, read and slept.

But the whole time I was still missing something. It was blogging, of course, but I just didn’t have time to do anything about it. I hated not talking to you guys all the time and writing reviews and doing Top Ten Tuesdays. I missed it. A lot. I believe I’m ready to dive back in, and I’ve even created a schedule of posts for myself all the way through the end of the year. But here’s the thing – I don’t want to force myself to blog. So if I’m absent for a few days, I’m allowing myself to take that time off. I’m not going to let myself feel guilty for not blogging, because for the first few weeks I didn’t blog, I felt terrible about it. It turned into this huge anxiety-inducing commitment that I didn’t have time for but made me feel terrible. And I think that’s a big part of the reason I haven’t blogged in so long. I don’t know if any of this makes sense, BUT I’m really excited to start blogging again and that’s what counts. I’ve already written a review for a blog tour I’m part of this week (check back Friday for my review of This Is Our Story by Ashley Elston). I’m also going to try to play catch up with all of the reviews I missed through two-sentence reviews starting next week. Should be fun.

ANYWAY, I thought my first post back should be a little bit of an update on my life these days. If you remember, I moved to Illinois in August and I’ve been working as an Assistant Publicist for Sourcebooks. I LOVE my job so so much, you guys. I’m getting to create publicity campaigns for some really wonderful books. Plus, I’m working with the Fire (YA imprint) team, which you know I love, and the Casablanca (romance imprint) team a bunch. I’m also getting to do a good deal of stuff on social media (follow us on Snapchat @sourcebooksfire and Litsy @sourcebooks. Sorry not sorry for the plug). I’m making friends and learning constantly, and I’m just…happy. I think I’ll do another post soon about just how much this means to me, but for now, that’s good enough. I’m happy here.

I also wanted to show you guys my apartment because I love it. it took a while to get everything in order, but I’m finally putting art up and my shelves look pretty good, so here are a few pictures!

Entry Hall Art

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Bookish Art Wall

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Bookshelves

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Obviously, there’s more, but I don’t think you need to see my bedroom or bathroom. Haha. Plus, the bookshelves and art are the most important parts anyway.

How are all of you? I’ve talked to some of you on Twitter, but update me on your lives? What’s happened to you in the past few months? What are you looking forward to? ❤

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Update on my LIIIIFFFFEEE

Okay, I feel like I keep doing these posts. These “I’ve been a bit absent, but I’m BAAACCCKKK” posts. But bear with me this time because I’ve got some super amazing, wonderful, incredible things happening in my life but they are taking up ALLLL of my time. I have a lot of caps so far in the post. Oops.

So, in case you don’t follow me on Twitter (which you should do because I’m practically always on Twitter), then you might not know, but

I GOT A NEW JOB AND I MOVED TO CHICAGO FOR IT AND LIFE IS GREAT AND I’M OUT OF THE SOUTH AND AND AND

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Life is weird sometimes, but it is also absolutely wonderful. Some of you know but I’d been having a bit of a rough go of it in Mississippi, and this position at Sourcebooks is exactly what I’ve always wanted to do in a city that I’ve always loved with a company that is proving each day to be even more amazing than I thought.

And even though I’m super happy with everything, I miss blogging. HOWEVER, it’s still going to be another week or so until I have time for it, because not only did I just pack up all of my belongings and move to Chicago, I’m also flying to Atlanta this weekend for the Decatur Book Festival, where I’m moderating not 1, not 2, but THREE awesome panels!! I’ll tell you more about those soon.

I miss all of you, and I hope you’re doing really well. I’m always happy to email or tweet or DM or any of that, but I’ll be away from the blog for just a little while longer. Bear with me.