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Books, Books and More Books

13 Jan

When I was an undergrad studying literature, probably about 8 times out of 10 I got asked if I wanted to be a teacher. I would smile politely and say, “no. I’m not too sure yet. I just like books.” That has been a constant through out my life. I’ve always liked books.

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Even in my early schooling, when teachers insisted on teaching grammar and whatnot, all I wanted was to analyze books and talk about them. Grammar is important but I remember those classes as the teacher trying to herd cats. They would try, but we weren’t buying it.

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Everyone would tell me to wait until college, I could take all the Lit classes I want (and not have to deal with pesky things like math). And that’s exactly what I did.

So when I decided to go to grad school for Library Science, I was faced with the same question. “Do you want to be a librarian?” And again I politely smile and say, “nope. I just like books.” It’s still the most honest answer I can give. But it is a relief to know that a lot of the grad students in the Library Science program don’t want to work the Reference desk. There are so many other options to choose from.

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I have found my niche in Rare Books Specialization and am among other wonderful book nerds. One of the books I am reading is called A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes and the Eternal Passion for Books by Nicholas A. Basbanes. While it is filled with facts and dates, it’s not as dry as I anticipated. It has started to cover why people collect books, the “addiction” and how far some people have gone in history to get the perfect first edition.

“I have known men to hazard their fortunes, go long journeys halfway about the world, forget friendships, even lie, cheat and steal, all for the gain of a book” (Basbanes p.18).

Why libraries?

Because I like books.

{All pics courtesy of Pinterest}

International Women’s Day

8 Mar

March is National Women’s History Month(US), and today is International Women’s Day. Ladies, let’s hear it for the recognition! :) I shall celebrate in the best way I know how- let’s read!

I came across this link from Flavorwire. It is their list for ten of the most powerful women in literature, which I think is a good mix. I share a lot of the same thoughts.  Do you think they missed any? Who’s your favorite heroine?

These are some of my favorites.

  • Hermione Granger: Proof that smart girls can have it all.
  • Jane Eyre: A so called “plain” girl who always rose to the occasion
  • Scout Finch: A young girl with  good heart and an inquisitive soul
 
  • Hester Prynne: Shows constant strength amid vicious rumors and cruelty.
  • Katniss Everdeen: A true badass

{All pics courtesy of Google}

Whatcha’ Reading? Pt. II

11 Feb

Sorry for the disappearing act, as of late a lot of things have been happening. All for the better, thankfully! I was admitted into Indiana University for Grad school, applied for a library job (*fingers crossed*), and finally feel like I’m on the right track. It took a while, but things are finally building momentum.

But, with all this good news, I really have neglected reading. It’s bound to happen, right? Something always has to give. I was in the middle of Claire Keegan’s Walk the Blue Fields, but it just couldn’t keep me. I was initially interested after I saw a quick mention from NPR, and quite frankly I had to look everywhere for it that I eventually ordered it from online. I’m about half way through right now. It’s a collection of relatively modern Irish series that are more or less sad. Maybe that’s why I’m having trouble getting into it, or maybe the dialogue… (it’s very heavy irish dialect). I really wanted to love it, and I think I will finish it. That’s the beauty of short stories, you really can abandon it and come back as you please. But I’m just not as enamored as I thought I would be.

Speaking of surprises, I did finally give into a series I was avoiding. The Hunger Games.

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I couldn’t imagine how a series about children fighting for mass entertainment could be interesting. ( And even now as I type it, it still sounds nuts). But I read it on sooo many Lit recommendations, and boy was I wrong. The author, Suzanne Collins  was able to make this a phenomena, and for good reason. You pull for the good characters, hate the evil ones and challenge what you think you know. (I love a good surprise!) I completed this trilogy in three days. I wanted to drag it out a bit, but honestly couldn’t wait to see what happened next. I won’t share any spoilers here, because I really want you to read and enjoy this series for yourself.

 It’s time to fall for a new read. Any thoughts?

A Very Travel Christmas

28 Dec

Hello All,

I really hope you all had a wonderful holiday. It was fun, relaxing one at the Devine household. We took our time getting up, becoming fairly presentable, watching Die Hard and then I made these.  Tasty, right?

I gave and received some pretty sweet gift this year.  Even though I’m stationary for the foreseeable future, I’m living vicariously through possibilities. And one way is through this book. Lonely Planet: The Travel Book. It has every country with photos, vital stats and a fun random fact. And it’s huge. I mean, massive.

Yup. It' s actually bigger than my laptop.

And to satisfy my crafty side, I gave a SMASHBOOK a try.

It’s essentially a scrapbook, but of course I got the travel themed one. I’m filling it with pics of my travel bucket list. The colorful pages are a nice change of pace, but I was a bit disappointed with the quality. I’m already starting to fill it up with possibilities. It is nice to have a place to put all my ideas down.

A couple day trips are in the works, so I’m currently content. Hopefully with the New Year news of Grad Schools will follow. Waiting is the hardest part. *Fingers Crossed* for good news!

Whatcha’ Reading?

23 Dec

As a lit student, I’m always super nosy about what people are reading. I love those “top 10 summer reads” lists or  glancing to see the cover of the book the person next to me at the dr.’s office or airport. I am always on the hunt for the next great book. And for that matter, I think asking someone their favorite book is very revealing.

I used to say my favorite book has always been “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. It’s actually the first book I remember being completely engulfed in, not being able to put it down. That being said, I’m a bit embarrassed that I haven’t read it in years. Can I still call it my favorite if I can’t remember all of it? Like I said, kinda embarrassing.But that is being rectified. I bought a pretty, new copy on sale from Barnes & Noble and I’m savoring it all over again.

There are several other books I’m excited to start on as well. And I’d like to thank goodreads for its help. This website is kinda like Netflix in that it will give you suggestions based on ratings you have given books you read. The virtual bookshelf helps you see what genres you tend to pick up most often and so far the suggestions have been pretty spot on. To keep you guys in the loop, I’ve included a widget on the sidebar to let you know what I’m enjoying at the moment. As a book nerd, I’m pretty excited. It’s like having your own personal book club: you can organize your bookshelf, get suggestions and even leave reviews. Time to get reading :)

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