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So…

So wow, I am incredibly ashamed of how long I have put off updating this. I got really caught up with work and had less and less time to keep up with my reading, both book blogs and books themselves. I did my final update for my 2009 reading list, though, a total of 47 books for the year. I think I was trying for 50, but 47 isn’t too shabby, especially since I read only 3 books in the last 2 months of the year.

Life has been plodding along, not terribly exciting, but definitely not the worst it could be. I am working 5 days a week now with my local library branches. I am constantly doing extra projects so I’m a tad exhausted. Like: shelf-reading, inventory, weeding, and deleting the entire reference section OR shelf-reading, weeding, and deleting the WHOLE library. (Remember I work at 2 branches for my local system) I have created a few displays and occasionally have to deal with fun reports like “patrons with $25+ account balance” or “CDs eligible for rotation”. While I am still currently working on all of those projects, I have come up with a new one to occupy myself and give me a break from shelf-reading. I had a patron last week come in and ask me for suggestions for her tween son who hasn’t enjoyed fiction until Harry Potter. I was able to come up with a few but I sounded rather clueless and I was not able to say much more than “they circulate often”. So, I am trying to get better at reader’s advisory. I am starting with Juvenile and Young Adult mainly due to the recent encounter. Eventually I will try and get into adult fiction advisory as well. A leading figure in teen, and boys especially, reader’s advisory, Michael Sullivan’s blog has been some help in determining popular series. I also got ideas from the Young Adult division of the American Library Association. I think reader’s advisory would be a lot easier if I had some role in collection development, but unfortunately that is the domain of the branch managers in my system.

In other news, I was also caught up with studying for the dreaded GRE because I became serious about applying for graduate school. I ended up with a 1010, 540 Verbal 470 Math. Not great, and I just realized that while I needed 1000, the school was pushing for at least 500 in both. Oy. Not promising in the least. I am applying the University of Maryland-College Park; one of the closer schools that has a MLS, and plus it is outside of DC which is where I want to be anyway. I hope I get in, I’ve already spent $240 just to be considered with the application fee, the GRE fee, and the fee for college transcript being sent in. Ridiculous I tell you. I am still finishing up on my application, all that remains is my 500 word essay that answers a few questions. I have it written minus a conclusion, but then I read some grad school essay tips and freaked out thinking that my essay was too general or boring. A friend of mine is looking it over, but I will probably feel tense until I receive my acceptance or rejection letter =/

Hopefully I will be able to update a little better than every 2 months now. But no guarantees.

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So hungry

Hello all! I am sooooo hungry, and it feels like I am always hungry, which is annoying. But the point of this post is because I finished The Dead Fathers Club by Matt Haig. I gave the book a 3 as an alright book to read, review following:

The Dead Fathers Club is a modern-day adaptation of Hamlet. Phillip Noble, the 11-year old narrator, has just lost his father to a car accident, and now sees him as a ghost. His father accuses Phillip’s Uncle Alan for murdering him and trying to now control Phillip and his mother. His father tells Phillip that the only way he can rest in peace is if Phillip gets revenge for his father. Thus begins Phillip’s journey to discover the truth about his uncle and attempt to get revenge for his father before his uncle kills him and/or his mother.

The book is written as if it was by an 11-year old with poor punctuation, repeated run-on sentences, and observations of an adult world through the eyes of one so young. While that style is not my favorite, Haig did a decent job. The book itself leaves you guessing until the end, and beyond, since there is little resolution. While written as though it was by an 11-year old, I would say the novel is more suited for 13-14 year olds given language and some sexuality that parents of children 10 and under may not approve of. My rating for the book stems from the book just not being my cup of tea in terms of style as well as the very open ending. Overall I’d recommend it as a bit of light summer reading.

Next on my list is Death du Jour by Lou Jane Temple. After this, I think I’m going to work on some of my vampire series since I can read them pretty quickly and try and reduce my gargantuous to be read pile. Unfortunately I also have a few years’ worth of magazines to read as well, granted it seems silly for any of the ones over a year old, but I have to try.

Otherwise, not much going on in my  life. No news on the job front. Occupying my time with watching NCIS and the new SyFy show Warehouse 13. Mildly cheesy, but Eddie McClintock is incredibly attractive, and does not even look close to his age of 42. Major crush, haha. Oh! I also finally listed books on my BookMooch account; 3 of my books have already been requested and I have requested 1 in turn myself. 🙂 And today in the mail I received a catalog for Daedalus Books, a bargain-priced book company. Don’t know how I managed to get on the list, but I do like their prices. I am just going to look and find books to add to my wishlist, though, I really really really should not buy any more books until I have considerably reduced my To Be Read pile. And last bit of news is I finally got a Google Voice account

That’s all for now, ❤

Can’t read my Poker Face…

Hey everybody!

Just finished another book so it is time for a review! But first, a quick update on what is going on in my life. Last Friday I had a phone interview for the library job I really want at an academic library in the DC area. I think it went well, but it was only for around 10-15 minutes. Phone interviews, though nerve-wracking for me, never seem to amount to much. They seem to be a checkup to make sure you seem congruous with the resume and cover letter the employer has. Now I get to wait a few weeks to see if I get a request for an in-person interview. Also nerve-wracking since they are only going to contact me if they want me for the 2nd interview. No idea how long to wait before I give up hope.

But in better news, my friend Jenny found a local listing for the public library system she works in and she pointed it my way. She had me include her as a reference and contacted the potential supervisor to keep an eye out for my name, so even if the academic library position falls through, I have another chance at getting my toe in professional library experience. Plus it would be awesome to occasionally be able to work with one of my best friends!

Alright, now it is time for my book review. The book is The Deadly Space Between by Patricia Duncker. My review:

Tobias Hawk is an 18-year old boy living in Britain. An intentional loner, he grows up surrounded by women: his mother, an artist only 15 years his senior; his Great-Aunt Luce, a well-off (rising?) fashion designer, strong-willed and loud; and Luce’s girlfriend/partner, Liberty. Enters the large, mysterious, and foreign yet, non-accented Roehm, the much older man who becomes Iso’s (Toby’s mother) lover and plays with both mother and son. The back cover describes the novel as: “an eerie psychological ghost story with echoes of Faust, Freud, and Frankenstein…a disturbing tale of Oedipal passions – a rich and dark exploration of sexual ambiguity and longing.” Eerie, disturbing, Oedipal, and ambiguity are excellent words to describe this novel. One is not quite sure where the book is going to end up and the Oedipal element ended up being a bit much for me (you will understand what I mean should you read the book). While Patricia Duncker is a master with the English language, the book ultimately leaves me with more questions than answers, which to some may be enjoyable, but something I personally dislike. The novel’s conclusion is wrapped up in 10 pages, almost as if Duncker got tired of writing and wrote a hasty conclusion, thus why the novel leaves more questions than answers. The book’s hasty ending, the mass of questions unanswered, and the general feeling of uncomfortableness I felt while reading it are the reasons I gave the book only 2 stars and the reasons that cause me to caution anyone before they decide to read it.

Definitely an “interesting” read. Took me over 2 weeks to read as I could only manage a chapter at a time. But now I am done with it and can pick another book out of my To Be Read mountain 🙂 Likely candidate is The Dead Fathers Club by Matt Haig.

Time for bed. ❤

I have to pee on the constant

Hey everyone,

Sorry my posts are always so spread out and unexciting. I was wrapped up for a week and a half or so with re-reading the Harry Potter series. I really enjoyed the 6th and 7th books much more this go-round (I had never re-read them before!) so I am now completely prepared for the release of the 6th movie on July 15th (I think that’s the date). Here’s the latest trailer – totally gave me goosebumps watching it! I know, I am a complete nerd, but watching all of the cool magic, etc is practically orgasmic to me. Okay, now that I’ve gone a little TMI on you….haha.

Since I finished the series I have read 3 books: The Tales of Beedle the Bard, The Mummy, and The Book of Air and Shadows. The Tales weren’t bad, a nice little book giving you an idea of wizard fairy-tales. The Mummy was excellent! I do not know how Anne Rice does it, but damn if she does not get me riled up! I am full of TMI tonight, aren’t I? But really, it was excellent. I still have not figured out if she wrote a sequel to it, but the ending was definitely written in such a way to allow for a sequel. I will look more into it once I have gotten through my mountain. I am down to 80 books to read now 😉 lol.

I just finished The Book of Air and Shadows by Michael Gruber today, here’s my review:

I am unsure how I feel about this book. The 2nd half was infinitely better than the first, that’s for certain. To me, it took awhile to really get going. The book has been complemented for its flawed characters, however, I found them to be a little too flawed. Jake is essentially a walking erection who does not care for anything in the world and his constant switching from salivation over a woman’s body to his obsession with himself just made him incredibly unappealing. The characters are interesting, though, I do have to admit. I gave this novel 3.5 stars because the book felt tedious and the first half was not great, but the 2nd half was wonderful. The multiple twists at the end can be a little confusing, but also helped keep my interest in reaching the end.

By the time I got around to reviewing the two previous books I had forgotten most of what I wanted to say, so I decided to not worry about them. In terms of life in general, my current job is coming to an end for the season. I have my last shift tonight (Tuesday night) and then I am unemployed (sort of, since technically I will still be on the payroll for my job as it is seasonal). I have not gotten any interest from any of the numerous applications I have sent out. I am starting to focus more on library positions, than the government, since I think that working in a library is more “me.” Unfortunately, there are a lot less library jobs out there, especially for those without a Masters in Library Science (MLS). I just sent out 2 applications, one for the Blackwater Regional Library System, and another for the DC Public Library System, both offering part-time positions. Around 2 weeks ago, I applied to a great job at Georgetown University as a Circ Desk Clerk (basically my job at Alderman + my supervisors’ jobs) with their medical library. I think I wrote a kick-ass cover letter, I am completely qualified for the position, and that which I do not already know I can learn quickly since I watched what my supervisors did. Alas, I am still afraid I won’t get the job, as I am sure someone better-qualified will apply for the job and the fact that I am 21 and no one would to have someone my age as a library supervisor (as I would be responsible for student workers, building maintenance, etc). *sigh* But I really want that job – good pay and benefits, puts me in DC, which is where I want to relocate to anyway, and GU would likely help pay for me to get a MLS after I had worked with them for awhile. I will just have to keep my fingers crossed. The job close date is June 30th, so I won’t hear anything back until after that. I got the name of someone to contact from the job announcement, and I will email her about a week after the close date. Hopefully it will show me as really eager and make me look better for the job. Wish me luck everyone! I desperately need it!

But alright, I think this update is long enough. I am off to munch on something and watch some TV on DVD 🙂

Life

Alright, now for my second post. This is just an update on life as the past 2-3 weeks have been really busy and as usual I haven’t updated as frequently as I should (not to mention I haven’t written in my personal journal in (like) forever!) 

First I was worried about graduating as I felt I had done miserably on my final exam in my IR of the Middle East class. Being one of my majors course, I could not get below a C in the class, otherwise it would not count. But by the grace of the powers that be (and/or very lenient grading) I did well and ended the semester with 3 solid B’s! This leads me up to May 17th, the day of graduation. An incredibly long day. The girls had come up the day before, and we stayed up until 2-3 in the morning, missing the fact that we needed to be up by 6. We were out of my room a little after 8 and the girls were able to get pretty good standing spots for the ceremony. Mom, Dad and Jason had the 3 sitting Lawn tickets. And GrandDad along with Mimi and Poppop set up at the satellite viewing site in Newcomb. It took us about an hour to all march onto the Lawn and sit down. While it didn’t pour, it was an off-and-on sprinkle/drizzle so the ground was muddy (and stinky!) The speeches were boring, as was expected. Justice J. Harvey Wilkinson III was our speaker – I was not impressed at all with his speech. Not only did he end up being a divisive figure for the student body due to his staunchly conservative rulings, he was only a former Law student, and the undergrad graduates were by far the largest group graduating, so we would have preferred someone who had actually been through the College. The rest of my family didn’t mind his speech too much, but they also didn’t have to sit next to, and in front of, drunk degree candidates. One girl kept kicking me….it was about to be WWIII. Immediately following the ceremony was my diploma ceremony with the Politics department, also pretty long, and I also got to sit next to a drunk….but they tried to make it quick, which was nice given that the Politics Department is apparently the biggest, we had around 400 students receiving their degrees that day. I now have a huge diploma, still rolled up and making its way around my room until I can purchase my diploma frame (waiting on the Alumni Association to give me a discount code for the online Bookstore). How does it feel to be graduated? No different than before. Slightly more terrifying given my lack of job. 

After graduation dinner at outback, me and the fam packed all of my stuff (and I have a lot) and me and my dad drove home that night. Great fun – not. Moving onto May 22 – the day of Erin and Andy’s wedding. Another long day as Kim, Erin and I only got 4 hours of sleep. Horrible idea. Kim had also taken a sleeping pill, and given that she did not sleep the appropriate amount, she puked on and off the rest of the day. Thanks to Erin’s good planning, the wedding went on without a hitch (almost hitch when Hair Cuttery informed her that she was not on their list of appointments). Erin was beautiful, hopefully you should see the picture I uploaded….After the wedding, we went to the Melting Pot for the reception. Great meal, provided with champagne and wine. Excellent. 

So that’s pretty much all that has been up with me. Time to actually start looking for jobs again

on the steps of the Rotunda

on the steps of the Rotunda