Friday, April 17, 2015

The Friday Find: Cartoon

This is, hands down, my favorite book related cartoon.

It comes from the comic strips Zits and it appeared a long, long time ago. I even clipped it from our Sunday comics section so that I could hang it on my cubicle wall.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Links and Stuff: April 16, 2015

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Why I Love... Community Libraries

Our apartment building has a small community library in the laundry room. Residents are free to drop-off and/or pick-up books as they wish. I've left several books on the shelves myself. While I have not yet taken a title home with me, I often find myself perusing the collection as I wait for my laundry to finish. There is a large mix of books available from non-fiction to romance to reference. Each book came from somewhere and is looking for its next home.

In addition to the bookcase, there is a small magazine rack for people to drop of their old issues. During my wedding magazine binge, I would leave all my read magazines for others. They were taken (and enjoyed, I hope) by others in minutes. Once, a woman just took them straight from me before I even got the chance to add them to the rack.

I love the idea of a community library (and little free libraries). They are a simple, fun, and free way to create a sense of unity among a group of strangers. I always hope that someone will get as much or more pleasure out of an item I leave.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Monday, April 13, 2015

Book 3: The New Yorker Book of Lawyer Cartoons

TITLE: The New Yorker Book of Lawyer Cartoons 
AUTHOR: The New Yorker
STARTED: March 15, 2015
FINISHED: March 15, 2015
GENRE: Humor

FIRST SENTENCE: "I consider myself a passionate man, but, of course, a lawyer first."

SUMMARY: [From BN] Perhaps Shakespeare said it best--"first, kill all the lawyers." Now, the profession we most love to hate is hilariously portrayed by some of the greatest cartoonists of our time, including James Thurber and Charles Addams, in this small-format collection of cartoons taken from the pages of The New Yorker magazine.

THOUGHTS: I still don't get most New Yorker cartoons. 

RATING: 4/10 [An "Okay" Book]

Sunday, April 12, 2015

What I Read This Week: April 12, 2015

I was so over this week by Wednesday. It was just so gray and rainy. Thank goodness the sun shown through this weekend. It salvaged things somewhat. The only upside to the weather is that it gave me a reason to stay in at night and finally start formatting things on Evernote. I have a horrible tendency to clip and clip and clip things... and then leave them sitting in my "To Sort" folder. I have a massive pile of work ahead of me, but at least I've begun to chip away at it.
  • Work
    • I finally read the Taylor and Francis white paper, "Use of Social Media by the Library," that had been sitting on my desk, untouched, for far too long. It was nice to see that most of the work my library is doing is on trend. Now if only I could figure out how to make us stand out.
    • American Libraries - Digital Supplement, March/April 2015 - This supplement focused on the American Dream Starts @ Your Library initiative. It was heartening to see all the good work that has been done. 
  • Magazines
    • HGTV Magazine, May 2015 - This issue was all about paint. Since we live in an apartment, The Husband and I don't do much of this activity, but I did enjoy many of the ideas... and, of course, the pretty pictures. I even pulled the idea of a "drop cloth" chair. It looked plain cool. The home tours in this issue were also quite inviting, particularly the one with the family who loves mid-century modern. 
  • Books
    • Surprisingly, I finished The Battle of Mogadishu. I expected it to take a lot longer to read... now I just need to find a new book.

Friday, April 10, 2015

The Friday Find: Decorate

I was stumped for what to post this week, so I just trolled Etsy (like ya do), until I came across something I liked. This was the first awesome thing to catch my eye and make me go, "Ooo!"

Love these book "vases"? You can buy them here.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Links and Stuff: April 9, 2015

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Book 2: The Martian

TITLE: The Martian
AUTHOR: Andy Weir
STARTED: March 3, 2015
FINISHED: March 11, 2015
PAGES: 400
GENRE: Fiction

FIRST SENTENCE: I'm pretty much fucked.

SUMMARY: [From] Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

THOUGHTS: After the horribleness that was my first book of the year, The Martian was a welcome relief. This is a high-energy, dramatic, and intense book. If work/life/sleep didn't get in the way, I would have read this in one setting. That said, I did stay up way past my bedtime a few nights because I could not stop reading.

The concept of this book is simply. An astronaut gets stranded on Mars, how does NASA save him and how does he save himself. That's it. That's all you need to make a fantastic read. Since I highly encourage everyone to read this book, I'm not going to share anything else. Just read it. You will not regret it.

My only qualm with this book is that all of the characters tend to sound the same. They have an equal level of sass and sarcasm, and I wish their voices were a bit more individual. But that's it! Everything else is really good. 

RATING: 9/10 [Excellent!]