Thursday, June 29, 2017

Links and Stuff: June 29, 2017

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Book 12: Today Will Be Different

TITLE: Today Will Be Different
AUTHOR: Maria Semple
STARTED: May 28, 2017
FINISHED: June 11, 2017
PAGES: 272
GENRE: Fiction

FIRST SENTENCE: Today will be different.

SUMMARY: [From BN] Eleanor knows she's a mess. But today, she will tackle the little things. She will shower and get dressed. She will have her poetry and yoga lessons after dropping off her son, Timby. She won't swear. She will initiate sex with her husband, Joe. But before she can put her modest plan into action-life happens. Today, it turns out, is the day Timby has decided to fake sick to weasel his way into his mother's company. It's also the day Joe has chosen to tell his office-but not Eleanor-that he's on vacation. Just when it seems like things can't go more awry, an encounter with a former colleague produces a graphic memoir whose dramatic tale threatens to reveal a buried family secret.

THOUGHTS: I've held off on reviewing this book because I was still trying to decide if I actually liked it or not. Two weeks later and the best conclusion I can come to is that I like the book but I loathe the main character. The story is well written and paced, but I just could not take to the main character. Even when you're supposed to sympathize with Eleanor, I just wanted to yell at her. To me, she's self-centered, dense, and grating. If I met Eleanor in real life, she would be that person I avoid like the plague. My dislike of her overwhelms the rest of the book. The story is fine and I enjoy how the authored structured it as flashbacks set in one day of recall, but again with the character. She just drove me batty.


RATING: 6/10 [Good]

Sunday, June 25, 2017

What I Read This Week: June 25, 2017

The movers we hired to help us relocate one of our branch library collections into the main library started this week. This is the last branch library closure I will have to manage. (Huzzah!) This has been the most complicated relocation and I am so happy it looks like we will finish on time. My project management skills may have grown through all of these relocations, but I am SO SO happy that my department gets to focus on other things now.

In happier news, Lady B and I treated ourselves to facials on Tuesday. It was a wonderful mid-week treat but I always have a hard time not petting my own face afterwards.

  • Work
    • College and Research Libraries News, May 2017 - This week, I took some time to clear off all of the professional reading that has accumulated on my desk. I thought I was going to breeze through this issue, but I thought the story on engaging students with whiteboards was very relevant. We have whiteboards throughout our library, so I liked the new ideas of how we might use them.
    • College and Research Libraries News, June 2017 - This issue opened with a story about how libraries can support refugees and asylum piece. It's an important and, unfortunately, necessary piece for today. In happier news, I'm jealous of the Penn State library's 3D printing program... mainly because there was a photo of a printed t-rex skull in the article. It looked so cool!
    • American Libraries, May 2017 - The Trends story in this issue was all about inclusion. I am so glad that libraries still scream from the mountaintop "All are welcome here!" There was also a great article about adding libraries to public housing developments. I love that kind of outreach. The bulk of this issue was devoted to the annual systems report and tech trends. I love seeing all the new things that come out each year and how libraries choose to take advantage of innovation. Finally, AL did something (new to me) in this issue - they highlighted notable dissertations from library science students. That was really cool!
    • American Libraries, June 2017 - This issue was focused mainly on the ALA annual conference. (One of these days I will get to attend!) My favorite article in this issue highlighted the brave souls who desegregated the libraries in the American South. I also liked the piece of mindful librarianship.
  • Magazines
    • Washingtonian, May 2017 - This issue exemplified why I decided to subscribe to this magazine. It has fantastic local human interest stories (when flooding hit the Greenbrier resort area), it gave me ideas of things to do (Virginia wineries), and I learned a bit of DC area history that was new to me (the baseball misfits). Now I just have to read one more of these issues before I am fully caught up on my backlog. Woot!
    • National Geographic, July 2017 - I was lucky enough to read the majority of this issue in one setting. That was great because I was able to see how climate change was affecting the antarctic and then see all the beautiful pictures of what
      wildlife and ecosystems we could lose. Then, I got to read a great story about a man who risks his life to harvest psychotropic honey. That's not your average beekeeping job. Finally, there was a great story about hummingbirds which included some stunning photography.
  • Books
    • I'm nearly done reading The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. It's a good book but this story on top of my work stress has given me very odd dreams.
  • Other

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Friday Find: Mobile

I need this Harry Potter mobile for reasons.

I can hang it over my desk.

You can find this at the LesPetitsshop on Etsy.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Why I Love... Bookish Puns

This past month at work has been rough. We are relocating our Music branch library into the main library collection. It's a lot of physical, mental, and strategic planning work and I've been the project manager on this (and all our other) library relocations.

My brain is about ready for a vacation but it can't take one just yet. Instead, I amuse myself after long days with a few wonderful bookish puns.

Puns are great because they're stupidly funny and enjoyable. They are ideal antedotes for long days when my mind needs a bit of break as well as a challenge of something different. Bookish puns are extra awesome because they speak to my literary side and help me feel smart because I am in on the joke.

Word play that is both humorous and informative is the best kind of wit.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

What I Read This Week: June 18, 2017

On Monday, the girls and I saw Wonder Woman. IT WAS AMAZING! I was quite scared that the film would not live up to the hype but it did! It did so much! Lady K and I are already talking about seeing it again. I will likely own it and watch it lots.

In reading news, I am [thisclose] to catching up on my magazine backlog.

  • Magazines
    • National Geographic, June 2017 - A cover story about why we lie... while this administration is in office... oh boy! This was a great look at the science and psychology of lying. It also says that none of us tells the truth. Not surprising. Aside from that, this issue had three other great articles: how climate change is impacting the Galapagos, the perils of being an albino in Africa, and the uncovering of an excellent dinosaur fossil.
    • Cooking Light, July 2017 - It's not fair that I don't have a grill. This whole issue was chick full of grilling recipes and they all looked amazing. At least I can partake of the picnic recipes. (Mental note - schedule next picnic) The best part of this issue was the article on non-meat proteins. The Husband and I try to eat vegetarian at least once a week. That's easy. What's not easy is getting us to try tofu. I think some of these recipes might be worth a shot.
    • HGTV, July/August 2017 - This issue was even more catalog like than usual. It was pages and pages of things that you could buy. That said, I did like the article about adding curb appeal. I also liked the fun DIY reupholstery pictures. Before and afters like that are always great.
    • Washingtonian, April 2017 - The main theme of this issue was buying a place in DC. Since The Husband and I are in the market, I ate up all the tips... just not the ads... can't afford those sky-high prices. In non-home news, there was a great guide to the Eastern Shore of Maryland. One of these days we'll spend a long weekend out there. 
  • Books
    • I finished off Today Will Be Different on Sunday night. I've had a week to mull it over and I still don't know if I like the main character or not.
    • I started reading The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. This book has been on my mental TBR for ages. The mood to read it suddenly struck so I grabbed a copy from the public library. I find it odd that it's shelved in the kids section.

Friday, June 16, 2017

The Friday Find: Notebooks

I have a "thing" for all things stationary. I love walking in to a store that sells pens, papers, cards, and all manner of journal type things. It's a little piece of paradise for me.

If I went in to a store that sold these adorable literary notebooks, it would be really hard for me to not buy one or two.

You can purchase these from Manuscript.