14 things I love about working at a library

librarians

  1. I can finally organize misplaced books and not feel like a weirdo interloper.
  2. My knowledge of many books in multiple genres comes in super handy now.
  3. Talking to people about book news is way more fun IRL.
  4. Doing the librarian shush and having people obey.
  5. Looking at book catalogs.
  6. Putting the golf pencils next to the catalog computers knowing they’re impossible to write with. (I’m a little evil, I suppose.)
  7. The more books you read per year, the cooler you are.
  8. Going into the children’s section and digging out the books hidden behind other books. They also hide books in the large print section???
  9. When people pay their late fees without complaining.
  10. I never have to worry about not having a book to read during my lunch break.
  11. Getting an inter-library loan from far-away places. (The furthest I’ve seen is Alaska, so far.)
  12. Making themed displays.
  13. That one time in October when the storytime babies came in costumes!!!!
  14. Recommending a book to a patron and they come back the next week raving about how good it was.

Currently Reading: Range of Ghosts

  

Paper
I stumbled across Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear at my library when somebody returned it; we don’t have a huge fantasy collection, and most of what we do have is in the young adult section, so I was excited to find it. I’ve been wanting to read another EB book since reading Dust back in 2011. 

Range of Ghosts is the first of a historical fantasy trilogy set in ancient China/Mongolia, starring a soldier and a wizard. The parts with the wizard are my favorite; she’s an widowed ex-princess just coming into her power as a person and a magic-user, and she’s gotta deal with her family and political things and also learning magic. It’s great! The soldier is on his own journey, trying to rescue his girlfriend who was kidnapped by ghosts (for real). No doubt their stories will intertwine soon and I’m very much looking forward to seeing what happens.

Ebook
Scribd has a lot of great books available, including The Sublime and Spirited Voyage of Original Sin by Colette Moody, a historical romance with female pirates! I am barely into the beginning– I don’t think I’m even out of the prologue yet– but I love historical fiction and seafaring adventures and also pirates, so I’m really looking forward to continue onward in the story.

Audiobook
Scribd has added audiobooks! Woohoo! I think I’m going to try We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. It’s short, at only something like 5 hours, plus everyone seems to love it and I wanna get in on that.

What are you reading this week?

REVIEW: Lily Dale: The True Story of the Town That Talks to the Dead by Christine Wicker

REVIEW: Lily Dale: The True Story of the Town That Talks to the Dead by Christine WickerLily Dale by Christine Wicker
Published by HarperOne (2004), eBook, 288pg
Filed under: History, Memoir, Non-Fiction
Got my copy from: Scribd
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In Lily Dale, New York, the dead don't die. Instead, they flit among the elms and stroll along the streets. According to Spiritualists who have ruled this community for five generations, the spirits never go away -- and they stay anything but quiet. Every summer twenty-thousand guests come to consult the town's mediums in hopes of communicating with their dead relatives or catching a glimpse of the future. Weaving past and present, the living and the dead, award-winning journalist and bestselling author Christine Wicker investigates a religion that attracted millions of Americans since the 1800s. She reveals the longings for love and connection that draw the people to

This is my second Christine Wicker book; the first one was Not in Kansas Anymore, which I remember liking except for how she kept sticking her own memoir into it. I wanted it to be a straight-forward account of the history of magic in America, not some random person’s quest to meet magical people and see if they’re real or not.1

Lily Dale is exactly the same thing Not in Kansas Anymore is: some random person’s account of life in Lily Dale, with some history and theories and interviews and whatever. Except this time it totally worked. I liked the mix of personal and professional! I liked how she questioned things and tried to work stuff out for herself. It was all so fascinating. And then…