A Minor Sort of Resurrection

October 19, 2015 § Leave a comment

It has been far too long.

Do you have any bookish topics you’re itching to discuss?  Or do you have any recent book blog posts or book-related articles to recommend to me?  Please let me know!

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Top Ten Tuesday! Ten Fairytale Retellings

August 4, 2015 § 7 Comments

Fairy Tale Retellings

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme started by The Broke and the Bookish. Click here to see their blog post and links to the many other book blogs that participate!

I love fairy tales.  When I was in middle school I read every one of Andrew Lang’s Fairy Books I could get my hands on.  I read Arabian Nights, Hans Christian Andersen, and the Brothers Grimm.  I would soak up the stories and then tell them to younger children, changing names, adding details, embellishing or de-emphasizing sections, subtracting parts, or otherwise altering them as I saw fit.  I was creating my own retellings of the fairy tales I loved, unconsciously perpetuating a very old tradition.

As I got older, I started to reach for other people’s retellings.  Here are some of my favorites…

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Discussion: Is social media even affecting our relationship to books?

May 1, 2015 § 6 Comments

I think everything I say in this video also applies to Bookstagram and bookish accounts on Tumblr (Booklr?  Is that a thing?)  and probably also Facebook and much of the book blogging community.  Do you see the problems I mentioned?  What is your approach to book buying vs. borrowing?  Do you prefer to buy only new books? 

Review: Coraline, by Neil Gaiman

April 30, 2015 § 6 Comments

Neil Gaiman has such a huge following among adults, teens, and children that it’s embarrassing to admit that I have never read his work.  – Well, I read Fortunately, the Milk.  But somehow I don’t think that counts.

I decided to fix that; I need to be a little familiar with Gaiman’s work and form my own opinion of it.  So this month I downloaded the audiobook version of Coraline, his best-known work for children.  The audiobook I chose is narrated by the author himself.  I’m glad I read Coraline this way, because Gaiman turned out to be an excellent narrator.

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So You Want to Work in a Library – Part One

April 28, 2015 § Leave a comment

Finally – another post!  You must have been wondering if I gave up.  I didn’t: I am still here, and you can expect to hear from me at least once more this week.

I’ve made myself a work schedule that includes several hours per week just for blogging; the trick will be sticking to it.  I’ll do my best; that’s all I will say.

I hope you enjoy hearing a little bit about libraries from an inside perspective!  I could have gone on and listed more (potentially) surprising things about librarianship, but I’ll save them for later.

A Brief Update

April 20, 2015 § 2 Comments

Going away for the weekend, and taking some books. (Duh.) #bookstagram #booknerdigans #instaread #currentlyreading

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I am cooking up a few new posts and videos, which I hope to release soon.  In the meantime, here is a brief update on my reading so far this month, punctuated by photos from my Instagram account…

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More Than I Can Chew?

April 15, 2015 § 10 Comments

Words Bookstore in Maplewood, NJIt is a bad habit of mine, trying to do everything.  I want to read everything, write everything, make everything, go everywhere and see everything.  (If I had a dollar for every time my mother has told me I try to do too much, I could probably afford to go everywhere and see everything. )   I hope you don’t mind if I just think aloud about this problem for a little while.

I have discovered that I am simply not organized enough to do this new effort – this blogging and Booktubing – justice.  Don’t be alarmed (or relieved?) – I’m not giving up.  I simply need to take a step back and refocus: organize my time, adjust my plans, double-check my priorities.

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