Weekly links & wrap-up (Mar. 23, 2014)


Happy Sunday! I have now completed my first week at my new library job, and I LOVE IT. It’s so much fun! It’s a small library, kind of old fashioned, with nice patrons and nicer coworkers. I’m a library aide, so I basically do the following: check books in/out (we use stamps!), renew books (over the phone and in person!), shelve, sign people up for new library cards, create replacement library cards, deal with fines and fees (cash register!), call people to let them know their holds are in, and work on the “delete expired library patron records” project. Yay!

Also, everybody at work knows that I blog and where. (Hi, coworkers!)

In other news, my weird work hours have forced me to write and schedule posts for the entire week, just so I don’t end up posting two posts a day to catch up (like last week). Am feeling very productive; now all I need to do is read more books per week and I’ll feel like an awesome blogger again. I have a long commute to/from work, so I should be able to squeeze in a lot of reading, both paper books and audiobooks.

What’s one awesome thing that happened to you this week?

Books read:

  1. To Say Nothing of the Dog – Connie Willis

Starting up work again always makes my reading take a hit. I thoroughly enjoyed reading my one book, though!

Books reviewed:

Posts posted:

TBR notes

429148 590198 camber of culdi to say nothing of the dog

Started with 312 books on the pile (not counting audiobooks)
+3 added (Camber of Culdi, The Bishop’s Heir, Indiana Jones & the Philosopher’s Stone)
-1 read (To Say Nothing of the Dog)
314 TOTAL BOOKS TO BE READ

Okay, so FOR SURE this week I’d like to read at least two TBR books. I’ve got one going already as an ebook and another about to be started in paper, so if I keep at it I should be able to finish both by next Saturday!

Interesting links

I love this list of books about taboo topics over at The Cheap Reader.

Do you love cats? Then you definitely need to check out this cat cafe in Paris!

These post-apocalyptic drawings of Japan are eerie and beautiful (and they kinda look like they’re from a Ghibli movie, actually):
haneda airport post apocolypse japan

How did one parent handle his kids not wanting to read books? By not forcing them to.

The Project Gutenberg Project is accepting applications for contributors! Open from now ’til April 1st. Go get ‘em!

Dear Author asks if everyone’s conceded the US ebook market to Amazon. (Speaking of Amazon, I very nearly bought a Paperwhite the other day. They do monthly financing now, so it’d be relatively cheap per month. LE SIGH.)

Another great post from Dear Author: Anonymity, Transparency, and Online Book Reviewing. Personally, I don’t think reviewers should be required to use their legal names. Authors don’t have to, so why should we?

Do you have a social media exit plan? It might be something to add to your will, just in case.

assassin's curse cassandra rose clarke
I have recently joined a Goodreads group for a reread of Cassandra Rose Clark’s first two books in her Assassin’s Curse series in celebration of the soon-to-be-released third book! The discussion for book one begins April 3, so there’s plenty of time to pick up The Assassin’s Curse if you want to join along.

Smart Bitches, Trashy Books writes about using Facebook as a connection to your readership, and why that may be a bad thing.

Want to cut down on paper? xoJane tells you how.

Melville House writes about how lots of Japanese literature gets translated! Just not into English.

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8 Comments

  1. Excellent post on anonymous reviewing! If it was anyone else registering the complaint, I might maybe take it more seriously. But Anne Rice has been so bananas-crazy about reviewers, particularly on Amazon, in the past, that I don’t think she has any credibility left.

    • It really just sounds like sour grapes, which is ridiculous because she is ANNE RICE. She doesn’t need to listen to anyone’s opinion but her editor’s!

  2. Congrats on your new job! I would love to work at a library. I worked at my university library in a work-study program and I loved it.

    I am trying to work on my TBR list, too. I even declared that this year one of my resolutions was to read no more than 1 review book a month. Yea….that did not go as planned AT ALL. I need to get back to my already well-stocked shelves!

    • Thank you!

      The downside(?) of working at a library again is that every time I shelf one book, I see five more I want to read NOW. It’s ruining my Mt. TBR challenge, haha!

  3. Aw, your library sounds so great! I wouldn’t be able to resist making random excuses to use the stamp. Stamps are the best.

  4. Your library and your work sound lovely!

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