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What I’ve Been Reading

The library has inspired me lately.

Their latest post on their website is of 5-word book reviews of some of their favourite books. I simply love this idea of 5-word reviews. (Perhaps I’ll start using it in my Goodreads? Hmm.) I loathe long wordy, overly descriptive reviews that rehash the plot line and characters. Someone has already done the job of writing the book jacket description, no need to repeat it. As I’ve mentioned before, we have some witty librarians here whose recommendations I trust. So from the most recent post I have added a few to my to-read list, as most of them had already been checked out.

After reading that post I went back and read some older posts, to add more to my to-read list. On this post of Ockham Book Award finalists (also 5-word reviews, hooray!) I picked up Baby by Annaleese Jochems (“intense, disturbing tale about millennials”). Overall, not my favourite. The beginning caught me, but I kept waiting for it all to come together to mean something. Or to at least give me some insight into millennials. I went away thinking perhaps I didn’t want the insight, or that my Gen-X self (though I recently read I’ve been changed to ‘Xennial‘ – I even took the quiz) just can’t relate to the disconnected millennials. Because that is how I would describe this book – disconnected. Or maybe it’s that millennial characters are self-absorbed?  Slightly narcissistic? Anyway. The author shows promise and I think as she matures she could write some very good stuff.

As I wandered the non-fiction section searching for a few books on my list, a book set out on display caught my eye with an intriguing title – The Woman Who Wasn’t There by Robin Gaby Fisher and Angelo G. Guglielmo, Jr. This is an astonishing story of a woman who not only faked being a 9/11 survivor, but became a ‘celebrity’ of the survivors. While the story was interesting, I would have liked it to include more discussion of the psychology behind someone who could do such an unfathomable thing and perhaps more about the stories of the other people in it. It was ok.

A few books that gave me the creeps…

84K by Claire North – A dystopian story where crimes are assigned a money value to repay the debt to society and maintain a certain balance. While I can appreciate her unique style, it didn’t work for me. The storyline was good, the writing somewhat irritating.

The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay – I wanted this to be something bigger. I was turned off by the descriptions of gore and felt it was a generic story.

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn – another winner from Gillian Flynn, easy to read and easy to get absorbed in, as well as to be disturbed by people’s behaviour while somehow finding it relatable. Overall a good read that makes me want to watch the TV series.

After the creepy books I needed to lighten the atmosphere in my brain, so I picked up Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All by Jonas Jonasson. A quick humorous creative read in the trademark style of the author. It did the trick for restoring my mind to a lighter state of being.

From there I chose to read The Grand Hotel by Scott Kenemore. Another easy read, this one clever and enjoyable, containing many stories within the story. I will have to look for his Zombie series.

That catches us up on what I’ve read… feel free to comment any of your recommendations below!

Here’s my quiz result:

Xennial

You are a true xennial. Well done. You understand modern technology but are not so emotionally needy as to need constant validation from strangers you will never meet.

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Librarians are AWESOME

So I recently moved to a new town, and have been so impressed by the library.

It just has a good feel. Warm and welcoming. I attribute this largely to the staff, who seem to be relaxed, smiling, and happy to chat. You would think all libraries are like this, full of people who love books and are happy just to be surrounded by them. Unfortunately that’s not the case. I have been to libraries where you feel the staff’s stress, apprehension at what you’re going to ask them, eyeing you up to see if you’re only here to use the restroom or hog a public computer for the whole afternoon. Sad but true.

Check out the hijinks the librarians have gotten up to here in Invercargill:

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I have to say, I saw this on Facebook before I moved here and thought it was so good!

Now I am proud to have this image featured on MY LIBRARY CARD. It’s so great.

Check out their May the Fourth video. These librarians have a great sense of humour, and possibly the best jobs ever.

Anyone else have awesome librarians?

“When trouble strikes, head to the library. You will either be able to solve the problem, or simply have something to read as the world crashes down around you.”
– Lemony Snicket

I find libraries a place of comfort and the ultimate distraction when things aren’t going well. It’s as if it were a bubble separated from reality, a calm, quiet space where you can learn anything or just read something mindless.

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