Monday, February 28, 2011

Night of the Librarian Zombie

I moved into a new apartment over the weekend and decided that for once I would take time off to really move in.

I came into work tonight after having the last 3 days off, completely. I never have 2 days off in a row, much less 3. While it was beneficial, there is just the random decorations left to unpack, I am a zombie here tonight.

So I thought it would be helpful if I made a list of things to do, for the night, this week, goals for March, etc. Lists help. I know that I had to get my new books ready for the clerk to process so I did that first. The other things on my list, in order of priority are:

  1. Find a visiting artist to come and do a program. I haven't planned a program since beginning this job so it is a bit daunting.
  2. Create a mascot for the summer reading program. 
  3. Put an order together for March. I only have 3 more months of the budget year so I have to make it last, but at the same time keep my little graphic novel boyfriends happy. 
  4. Plan a job/career fair for the teens. This is a maybe. When the idea for this program came up, I was going to plan it with another librarian in the same quadrant. Since she's leaving me for another library this is kind of up in the air. I should probably just do it. 
  5. Plan summer reading programs for the teens. I started planning with the Children's librarian the other night for programs at our library so we're halfway there. I can't believe we're thinking about summer already.

These are all things that have to be done in March or started in March. And tonight I have... Read through blogs, added too many books to my goodreads and checked the e-mail. Because that's what happens when you have that many days off. 

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Books I've Started

Books I've Started, used to be known as Books I'm Bored of. I figured out I hadn't in fact gotten bored of all the books, just temporarily lost interest in them, so I changed it. This may become my weekly Meme, because I get bored with at least 3 books every 2 weeks.

Let me explain, or justify it. I get kind of excited when I am inundated with new books. I want to read them all, so I start 4 at once. Then it gets weeded down to 1, I finish it and most times forget to go back to the other 3, unless they were really good. I haven't found very many really good books. I also have a insanely low attention span, should I mention that?

And I watch too much TV.

Here are the recent discards:
Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney

Got to page 40ish. Stopped reading because I realized I had 3 other books at home. And I got bored. I think it was the private school-secret society. It didn't get interesting quick enough.

XVI by Julia Karr

I am a little taken aback by the dystopianness in XVI. I will pick this back up, but I am moving this weekend, I needed to unload a couple books from my current house.

Tricks by Ellen Hopkins

I don't think I like prose in teen fiction. I'm going try reading Crank though. I feel like I have to give Ellen Hopkins a chance because every other teen loves her.

Waiting on Wednesday...

I just read 2 reviews of this book (by the lucky ones who receive lots of ARCS).... And I can't wait!

From Goodreads:
What if you knew exactly when you would die?

Thanks to modern science, every human being has become a ticking genetic time bomb—males only live to age twenty-five, and females only live to age twenty. In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out.

When sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by the Gatherers to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Despite her husband Linden's genuine love for her, and a tenuous trust among her sister wives, Rhine has one purpose: to escape—to find her twin brother and go home.

But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden's eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant Rhine is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to break free, in the limted time she has left

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Random Thoughts/ Links Day

Cybils Winners! Can't wait to read the YA titles.

How Teenagers Would Re-invent Facebook- Great article with a lot of ideas. I have been on Facebook since my 3rd year in college, in 2005 when it was just beginning. It amazes me a little that it's only been 6 years and I have seen how far it has come. I also feel a little old. I haven't lived in a world (well, a teen world) without some sort of Social Media something. I was 12 when we got our first computer, and about the same age when AOL became a household name. I had a profile... and much to my mother's chagrin was in chat rooms all too often loving the random conversations. Okay, now I feel old in comparison to the teens I am surrounded by.

Teen Book Festival. I have never been before, kid of excited, especially because I decided not to volunteer and just attend. Can't wait to meet the authors!

And now for the random thoughts. I suck at reading lately.

I have tried to read Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney, I either have a lack of interest in it, or in reading. Haven't figured it out yet. I have Hex Hall on the hold shelf, Blue Bloods and XVI checked out, along with a couple mangas so I better get cracking on one of them.

I have also started Tricks by Ellen Hopkins. I am not a huge fan of stories told in prose but I am trying because she is going to be at Teen Book Festival.

I feel like a slacker YA librarian for reasons above and this one. I don't think I like what's popular. Years of creative writing and English classes in undergrad have killed my YA taste. Le sigh.

Waiting on Wednesday...

A weekly meme from Breaking the Spine

I have read a couple of reviews about this title I am officially excited. Who doesn't love a new series? (apply sarcasm if needed with that statement). Plus I have never read anything in the Steampunk genre. At least that I know of.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Friday night at the library...

It's buzzing in here with weekend excitement... They all want movies! They want to get on the computer! But the teens are no where to be found here. The kids have taken over half the library!

Things I have done:

  • Read a whole manga in an hour. I understand why the kids and teens love them, not that I didn't before. But I understand the other reason now... they are so short. I immediately felt accomplished, I clicked that I had read another book on my Goodreads.
  • I actually read 3 books last month! Considering I read 3 books in the 6 months previous to that, it's an amazing feat. 
    • Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers is about a a girl named Regina who was frozen out of her mean girl club. It was both deserved and undeserved, Regina and her former friends were just evil malicious bored girls. They spend the entire book going back and forth. It was kind of frightening really. Is this how teenage girls are? Serious trust issues. But apart from that, I was insanely addicted to the story to see how Regina would come out on the other end. I hearted it. 
    • Fallen by Lauren Kate is about a girl named Lucinda who was shipped off to reform school for her slightly crazy behavior. It is the first book in a series and it felt like it. She is drawn to Daniel, a boy who is trying hard to stay away... you know for secrets and what not. (I don't want to give away the ending by saying too much about the plot details.) Pretty much, creepy southern setting, boys falling in and out of love with a silly girl, supernatural secrets, and did I mention the soapy love story part? It's another version of Twilight. I hearted it. 
    • Hold Me Closer Necromancer, previously reviewed.
  • I am now reading:
    • Delirium by Lauren Oliver provided by NetGalley. Mostly because I haven't put in the February order yet. It's moving a little slow, but Ms. Oliver is creating a whole bizarre world, so it still has my attention. 
    • I have also started Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney. I'm ambivalent on this one, I'll give it a couple more readings until I put it aside. 
  • At home I have Tricks and Blue Bloods. I am starting my reading for the Teen Book Festival, since those authors are coming. I want to have read at least one of their books. Really I just need a reason to pick up random books. It's hard for me not to just read the new books (like the copy of XVI by Julia Karr that was just processed and shelved) So I devised a rule, for every new book I want to read, I read 2 older ones. I'm sure this will change when I get caught up a bit. 
Okay I have jinxed myself, teens are back, now we just have a full library period.