Monday, July 27, 2015

Book 13: Adultery

TITLE: Adultery
AUTHOR: Paulo Coelho
STARTED: June 5, 2015
FINISHED: June 21, 2015
PAGES: 257
GENRE: Fiction

FIRST SENTENCE: Every morning, when I open my eyes to the so-called "new day," I feel like closing them again, staying in bed, and not getting up.

SUMMARY: [From BNAdultery, the provocative new novel by Paulo Coelho, best-selling author of The Alchemist and Eleven Minutes, explores the question of what it means to live life fully and happily, finding the balance between life's routine and the desire for something new. 

THOUGHTS: I grabbed this book from the library because it was on my Books to Read Pinterest board. I have no recollection of what made me pin that book, but it turned out to be an interesting read. It's been a month since I finished this book, but the emotional journey of the story has stuck with me. I didn't find this book to be a revelation or anything, but I enjoyed the realistic feeling journey Coelho but his main character on. The plot and characters felt quite real, and it was interesting to see the consequences of the choices they made.

I thought I would dislike the characters because this is a story about adultery, but I did not find that to be the case at all. In many ways, I felt sympathy for them. I was not expecting to have that reaction and it allowed me to enjoy the book a bit more.

RATING: 6/10 [Good]

Sunday, July 26, 2015

What I Read This Week: July 26, 2015

As a belated birthday treat to myself, I had my first ever facial on Friday. It was quite the delicious bit of pampering. I think I shall go again.
  • Work
    • I flipped through the main highlights from this year's annual ALA conference. I'm bummed that I can't make the annual conference every year, but I'm glad they send out the wrap up notes. 
    • I perused the July/August 2015 issue of College and Research Libraries News. Most of the articles were about library renovation and the use of space which I always find interesting. I also enjoyed the piece of developing a strategic vision at the GW libraries. Always nice to see what is going on with the libraries in our consortium.
  • Books
    • I motored through The Royal We like I was chowing down on cheez balls. It was amazing and I have no regrets staying up until 3am two nights in a row to finish it. None at all.
    • Since I finished the above book so quickly, I was able to start my next selection from the library, In Search of the Perfect Loaf. I'm only a chapter in so far but it's great. I also want to eat every crusty loaf in sight.
  • Other
    • I don't know if this counts as reading, but The Husband gave me colored pencils and The Secret Garden coloring book for my birthday. I started working on a page. Man did I miss this.

Friday, July 24, 2015

The Friday Find: Puppeh!

Don't forget your pets when you're celebrating your book love. With this awesome puffy bed, you can snuggle with your puppy and your books.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Links and Stuff: July 23, 2015

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Why I Love... Re-Reading Childhood Favorites

After taking an unexpected summer break from this feature, I come back to you to discuss why I absolutely love re-reading childhood favorites.

Earlier this summer, I had this massive urge to re-read Island of the Blue Dolphins. I have no idea where it came from, but I decided to pick up the book from the library and give it a nice, nostalgic re-read. Aside from greatly enjoying my re-read, those nights buried in some of my favorite childhood pages reminded me why I love re-reading those books.

Every page is a trip down memory lane. I remember where I was when I read the book the first time. I remember how I felt discovering those characters and scenes. I remember how I would share my joy with friends and family. Re-reading those books is an instant remember when moment that brings back nothing but good memories.

In addition, it also gives me a chance to see what those books mean to me now. Do they hold up? Does my life experience change how I view the book? Emotionally, do I react differently? Some books are exactly the same; others feel completely different.

Each re-read is a new trip, and I love every moment of it.

Book 12: Managing Change

TITLE: Managing Change: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians
AUTHOR: Susan Carol Curzon
STARTED: June 10, 2015
FINISHED: June 18, 2015
PAGES: 129
GENRE: Library Science

FIRST SENTENCE: [From the Preface] Change is the constant companion of every library and information manager.

SUMMARY: [From Amazon] In this revised edition of a book published in 1989, Curzon takes managers through the process of leading an organization through change. In part 1, chapters on conceptualizing, planning, and preparing for change; managing individuals and controlling resistance; and implementing and evaluating change contain step-by-step guidance. A concluding chapter lists 15 key points for success. In part 2, a new series of 15 "change scenarios" related to budget cuts, cataloging backlogs, unruly students, outsourcing, "accepting a wealthy donor's useless collection," and other common situations provides very practical advice. The real-world approach makes the book a valuable addition to the professional collection.

THOUGHTS: The library I work out is undergoing quite a bit of staff change at the moment. I picked up this book because I thought it would be useful. There were a few practical tips, but I found this book to contain mostly common sense things. That said, I thought it was well organized and would be great for new managers.

RATING: 5/10 [Meh]

Sunday, July 19, 2015

What I Read This Week: July 19, 2015

When this auto-posts I will be boarding a boat with friends for a brunchy booze cruise. This outing is to celebrate my birthday. Woot! My actual birthday is tomorrow, but who can say no to eating breakfast foods on a boat that shows you the monuments of DC? Normally, I just do a simple dinner or drinks outing for my birthday, but this year I wanted to do something fun. Hat tip to The Husband for planning and organizing everything.
  • Magazines
    • The Atlantic, July/August 2015 - It took me almost two weeks of commutes to read this issue because I read every single word. Instead of recommending specific articles, I really out to just say it's all worth it. That said, I do want to point out that the three feature pieces on a world without work, babies in prison, and Saudi Arabia going solar are just fantastic.  
    • National Geographic, July 2015 - I read the cover story about Pluto the day after New Horizons released it's first images from the flyby. What timing! Aside from that bit of fun, I also enjoyed the article on tracking down the host of the ebola virus. It's a fascinating and important bit of detective work.
  • Books
    • Who takes more than a week to read a play. This girl! But I finally finished Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in time to pick up my new book from the library. I love it when a hold you requested from the library comes in at the absolute perfect time.
    • That new book? Why it's just a deliciously light reading (but larger than anticipated in actual size) novel called The Royal We. I am a huge royal watcher (namely of Kate Middleton's wardrobe), so this book has been on my TBR list since it was released. I have no expectations for this book, but so far I am enjoying what few pages I have read.
  • Other
    • The Husband and I kind of geek out about space from time to time, so the New Horizons Pluto flyby was on our radar all week. Time posted a wonderful article about why this mission matters. In that same vain, The Guardian posted 10 awesome facts about the mission.
    • I may no secret of the fact that I think Hillary Clinton is awesome. So, this piece from The New York Times on her re-re-re-reintroduction is right up my alley.

Friday, July 17, 2015

The Friday Find: Booked

Hat tip for Lady KS for showing me the link to this majestic item. And by majestic, I mean it is the perfect lounge-wear item for a bibliophile and I have already ordered myself one.

You can purchase your own from Human.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Links and Stuff: July 16, 2015