Good morning, my friends! Other than some pre-scheduled blog tour posts, I’ve been totally offline the past couple months, and it’s so great to finally be back! I’ve missed talking books with you guys so much!
So where have I been? Well, I’ve been having health problems for several years now, and it all just got really bad this fall. I couldn’t blog. I couldn’t keep up with social media. I felt so sick, I couldn’t even read!
In November, I was finally, finally diagnosed with Celiac Disease. If you don’t already know what Celiac Disease is, it’s an autoimmune disease where consuming gluten causes your body to attack your small intestine. In the past few weeks, I’ve eliminated all foods containing gluten from my diet, and today I am feeling so much better! Better than I’ve felt in at least ten years! It’s so crazy all the different ways Celiac was affecting me from indigestion, to anemia, to anxiety, to a complete lack of focus, and it’s amazing to finally not be struggling with those issues anymore.
I’ve spent the past couple months just recovering, watching a lot of Cake Boss (that’s my go-to show when I’m feeling sick), and I’ve been listening to a lot of audio books as well. Thanks to Audible, I did still manage to exceed my 200 book reading goal for 2017! From all the incredible books I read, the author events I got to attend, and my amazing book club, 2017 really was a fantastic year, even when I wasn’t feeling my best!
One thing that I learned from all of this is that I do need to slow down a bit and focus on my health as much as my book life. Because of that, I’ll be blogging a little less, blog hopping a little less, and I’m going to try to read less as well. Instead of shooting for 200 books in 2018, I’ll be trying for 100, which let’s be honest, really is still a lot of books to read in a year.
I’ve also been working on writing my own book, and my big goal for 2018 is to finish this draft! Now that I’m finally feeling good, I’ve been able to focus and write like I haven’t been able to in years and years. I will be attending some great writing conferences here in Utah in 2018, and I’m really excited to get more involved in our writing community here.
Our Utah book community is a huge part of my life, and it will definitely continue to be! We already have some amazing author events on our calendar for 2018, and I’m looking forward to doing more activities with our book club and spending even more time at my favorite local indie bookshop, The King’s English! Me and The Book Club Hubz will also be heading out to San Francisco in March, so we’ll be visiting some of my favorite book bloggers and a couple of the indie bookshops there as well, and I just can’t wait!
There are some books that I’m really looking forward to reading in 2018! Most of my most anticipated reads are contemporary novels, or books by my local authors, but here’s the books that are topping my 2018 TBR:
I know I’ve missed a bunch of blog comments and some amazing posts from you all, and I’m so sorry for that! But I’m also really excited to re-connect with all of you this year! Happy 2018 reading, everyone!
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