Let me introduce you to a few of my favorite books of all time:
For those Star Wars obsessed individuals among my readers, you likely easily recognized The Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn. What you may not know is that this is the trilogy that relaunched the Expanded Universe. Without Timothy Zahn and his incredible ability to evoke the heart of Star Wars while injecting much needed life in the form of unique new characters, I’m not sure what Star Wars fandom would be today. We might not have even had any of the other content that has come out since the early 1990s. Indeed, we might not even have the die-hard fans our fandom has. I say this because for many, me included, it was the Expanded Universe novels that solidified and fed our love of Star Wars when there was nothing else new out there. Fun fact: We also wouldn’t actually know that the name of the planet that housed the Imperial Center was Coruscant if Zahn hadn’t dreamed up the name (See “Legends” Wookieepedia page for “Coruscant,”and scroll to “Behind the Scenes” – I’m not making this up!).
So when a friend told me Zahn would be attending two panels at a local science fiction convention, I knew I had to go. I gathered the hallowed above paperbacks from their honored place on my fiction bookshelf to be signed. (Yes I have a whole other bookshelf for nonfiction.) And then I spent several days freaking out. Continue reading →
I am a seasonal reader. By that I mean that there are certain books that demand to be read during a particular season, be it quirky romances in spring or science fiction in the summer. With its mild sunny days and chilly nights struck through with sharp breezes carrying the scent of decaying leaves and cinnamon, fall is the most demanding season of all. Late September always finds me plotting out a list of books that will put me in just the right spirit for the season of Jack-o-Lanterns and ghost stories.
Like my movies, I don’t like my books to be scary. But I do want a creepy factor, a thick and clawing fog, dead branches scratching on windows, humans who aren’t quite human. There can be ghosts and monsters, sure, but I prefer those books that reveal the spooky wrongness we are all capable of harboring. Where magic is real and coexists in the world we already know, accounting for that weird prickling you feel on the back of your neck or the chill that steals through you on even the warmest days. My fall reads evoke these feelings and leave me looking forward to this season most of all. Well, I look forward to the books as well as to the return of pumpkin beers, hot apple cider and spicy chai lattes.
I thought I would share a list, my good readers, as you build your own TBR list for fall. Some books I plan to read this season, and some are books I’ve already read that fit perfectly into the season. Books I haven’t read (0r haven’t quite finished) are starred. Continue reading →
Sorry for the radio silence, my virtual friends, but for once I have a good reason! You see, I was writing approximately 35 pages of research and reflection, finishing up my 120-hour field study and creating a poster for that experience. In short, I was completing my Masters of Library Science. Even more exciting is that I’m done. And my preliminary grades have me attaining my personal challenge to myself: Maintain a 4.0, despite working more than full-time hours over the course of your degree. And while I don’t have my paper degree yet, I’m gonna go ahead and call it early: I’m officially a MLS-carrying, awesometastic library professional. And it feels like a mixture of all three of these gifs:
And I have one other announcement: I officially have a full-time job as a library assistant! The gig focuses on a mix of reference work, collection development, interlibrary loan and adult programming. Kind of like real library work, right?!? So prepare yourselves for even more stimulating blog posts as I continue my journey into librarianship. Because, I seriously don’t know what else I’m going to do with all this free time I’m about to have!
I figured that with all the free time I have before classes start (which won’t be until Jan. 27 this year!), I have tons of time to read. So I figured, why not join the Bout of the Books this year? I can’t think of a reason not to, so here’s my official post stating my intent to challenge myself to read more than I’ve normally been able to.
I’ve been blogging on and off for 7 years now, both in private and public blogs. So, let’s just say that I’m a veteran. But this is the first time anyone ever saw fit to honor my hard work (alright, it’s not hard at all). A fellow library school nerd and Star Wars lover, Mina of The Ramblings of a (Future) Jedi Librarian has seen fit to offer me a Leibster Award. And after almost a week of not even giving my blog a second thought (I needed the post-semester break from using my brain), I finally remembered to get on that. So without further ado, here are the details: