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review 2017-11-09 17:42
Review: Check These Out by Gina Sheridan
Check These Out: One Librarian's Catalog of the 200 Coolest, Best, and Most Important Books You'll Ever Read - Gina Sheridan

Pretty much a book about books; each book recommended had it's own page along with a description of the book and which patron to recommend the book to. I picked this up at the library because I decided that starting in 2018, I will be working on my masters degree in library and informational sciences (right now I am just deciding on where to apply and what requirements I need to meet). So I figured a book by a librarian who surveyed other librarians about what they recommend to their patrons can come in handy.

 

And yes, it is handy, but most of the books aren't to my taste. However, I have to give credit to the author for the balance in diversity in the books she chose to highlight in this book - whether from authors of color, to authors from the LGBT* community, books about mental illness, disability, social issues are all there alongside more well-known authors/books. The author also chose to devote a chapter to audiobooks and another to graphic novels, so she wasn't snobby about format. There is also a chapter on YA novels, with the caveat that these YA novels would be good fits for adult readers who enjoy YA, so she wasn't snobby about patrons' reading tastes either. The book did lean more to fiction than non-fiction, but some recent non-fiction reads were recommend for the writing styles were as engaging as some fiction reads.

 

There were books from the cannon of English Lit (Shakespeare) and modern classics (O. Henry), but also some works dating post WWII all the way through to the early 2010s. Alas, no genre specific chapters were written, so no romance, mystery, sci-fi books were recommended - the author stayed pretty firm in mainstream fiction/literary fiction section of the library. Still I made a list of the books she recommends and that seemed interesting to me (there were a few that I have already read) so I could add them to my TBR pile.

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text 2017-10-13 20:13
Recommend me: Short classic novels!

Imagem de flowers, tea, and aesthetic

 

Hello again sweeties!

 

I came here very quickly because I would looooove recommendation from short classic books that YOU LIKED! :) It can be of any gender, I dont mind. You can just leave the title down bellow. 

 

PS.: I simply love this photo (L)

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text 2017-08-19 20:40
Halloween Bingo

 

I can´t wait to dig through my piles and see what I find for these  I am going to try to stick with books we already have in the house.  I mostly read mystery, which will work for some of these but for some, I´ll be looking into other family member´s books.  I did pick up a few Kindle books mentioned here that are by BL´s members but I am hoping to whittle down my stacks and not pick up too many new to me books.  I would welcome any suggestions though.  

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text 2017-06-06 13:55
I'm the one in the corner, reading a book
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking - Susan Cain

At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams. It is to introverts - Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr Seuss, Steve Wozniak - that we owe many of the great contributions to society.

 

My lovely boss and fellow introvert lent me this book. Our department recently had a two-day team-building exercise (words that strike fear into every introvert's heart) and she and I took many deep breaths and gave a presentation on introverts in the workplace. We showed Susan Cain's TED talk, and oh boy did I relate to what she was talking about.

 

 

Now if I could just get the organizers of the next team event to ditch that ridiculous "let's all go round the table and tell everyone a bit about ourselves", I'll be ecstatic.

 

 

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text 2017-06-04 13:42
I really have finished it this time
In His Majesty's Service (Temeraire, #1-3) - Naomi Novik

It's amazing how much more sense the opening chapters of book 4 make, when you actually read the final 14% of book 3. Sigh.

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