Where I’ve Been: An Apology to My Readers

So, it’s pretty obvi2014_scleroderma_awareness_icon_2ous that I haven’t posted in quite some time. I do want to apologize for that, even though it was beyond my control. For this entire school year, I have been having some major health issues and I was finally recently diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called Scleroderma. I will attach some links/resources at the bottom if you’re curious. It is a fairly rare disease and is not easily diagnosed, we have had to rule out many other things in the process of getting to that conclusion. Even right now, I am still waiting on more tests to make sure nothing else is going on and my Rheumatologist says I have a very active case of Scleroderma regardless if there are other problems or not.

That being said, for many months I was having lots of complications involving my hands–finger ulcers, Raynaud’s phenomemon, etc.–which prevented me from doing much typing or computer work beyond what I have to do for my job as a school librarian. I also fell into somewhat of a depression and didn’t read for a few months (that’s when I knew this was serious)! If I don’t read, I can’t write book reviews so that explains my disappearance.

I have recently started taking steroids to help with some of the symptoms and it has really helped so far, hoping we can keep it up! Scleroderma is not curable, but many of the symptoms can be alleviated through medications, so these may just be a temporary fix. For now, I’m going to try to get back into the swing of things and try to be normal! Thanks for sticking around all this time.


Scleroderma Foundation

Johns Hopkins Scleroderma Center


New blog!

Hello! My first blogging adventure for my high school library was not as much of a success as I had hoped it would be, so here I am again….starting fresh!  This time, I am trying WordPress to see if it’s a better fit for me.  I will be posting reviews, Young Adult book news, book-to-movie news, and whatever else catches my fancy (I’m so fancy!).

A little about me:

I am a high school librarian in Southeast Missouri at a school with approximately 1200 students in grades 9-12.  I am just about to finish up my 2nd year in this position (yay for Summer!), but have been a School Library Media Specialist for 6 years now and it is my 9th year in the teaching profession.  I previously work in an elementary school in Southeast Missouri and a charter school in St. Louis, MO with K-8 students.  I have found my perfect fit here at CHS, working with teens and recommending books to my students and colleagues.  I couldn’t be happier!  On the personal side of things, I bought a house last summer in my hometown and love being a homeowner (for the most part).  I have 3 precious fur babies–a Pomeranian named Annabelle, a Chihuahua named Violet, and a HUGE cat named Koby; which I’m sure you will see photos of if you follow me anywhere else.  Shameless plug for social media: Twitter handle is @sarakip01 and Facebook is facebook.com/sarakip.  I love networking with my fellow librarians on social media to share as many ideas and successes as possible!  My mom branded me as a princess from birth by blessing me with the name Sara, which means Princess, so it is just part of who I am…Thanks, Mom! 🙂

What to expect:

Though I’m not sure of everything I will include on here, I do plan to share my thoughts on books I read (advanced reader copies and already released titles), share info about what kinds of things I’m doing in my library, discuss what’s happening in the Young Adult Lit world, talk about books being made into movies, and share some of the things my faculty book club will be doing (also a new adventure for me!).  I am hoping to build my PLN through my blog, so please follow my posts!

Happy Reading!