Best Books: January – April

Posted 17 May, 2015 in Best Books, Blog Features / 2 Comments
Best Books: January – April

So I’m going to do a best books thing this year. I’ve always wanted to do this sort of thing. I just never did. Here’s how it’s going to work. I’m going to choose the best books I read or listening to each month in a few categories. For now, I’m going to go with Best Book, Best Audiobook, and Best Comic. At the beginning of next year, I’ll go through my list of best books and choose my all time favorites of the year for each category. The plan is that these will be the best of the best: my top recommendations to everyone. My monthly posts will explain my choices, and the yearly post will include the list from the whole year plus the top three books I chose. I may even pick a single favorite from those three. We’ll just have to see. Since I’m behind I want to quickly choose my favorite from January through April. January Best Book – Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. This is hardly fair because it’s the only narrative book I read that month. It was a pretty good one, though! Best Audiobook – Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. This is definitely a winner. It’s won so many awards, and rightfully so! I absolutely loved this book and I’m planning to put it on my reading assignment next year. Best Comic – Ms. Marvel vol. 1 by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona. I read some Saga this month, and […]

This Week in the Library [7]

Posted 16 May, 2015 in Blog Features, Librarian Speak / 0 Comments
This Week in the Library [7]

It’s been such a crazy month. I was going to try and write my April report yesterday, and I just couldn’t make myself remember what happened in April. I’m going to try to fill out my monthly reports throughout the month next year. I always have a little trouble remembering what we did once the month is over. We’ve also had to proctor AP tests this week, so we’ve barely had time to work on the things we need to work on in the library. I’ll try to hit some of the highlights, though. Monday was weird because it was pretty much the last day we saw most of our library aides. It’s a little sad for me. They are my first students, and I’m going to miss them. I gave myself a little time to talk with some of them throughout the day since I’ll probably only see them quickly at graduation. I did work on a few things, though. Monday usually consists of filtering through the weekend emails and responding. That’s usually when I update the school’s website, too. There just hasn’t been much to add to it right now. I’ve been distracting myself a lot with plans, honestly. I have some ideas of how I’m going to organize things this summer, and it’s making me obsessive. I need to get to that part so I don’t crazy. Tuesday morning I proctored a test, so that’s boring. I spent the rest of the day scanning all the books […]

What I’m Reading [2]

Posted 10 May, 2015 in Blog Features, What I'm Reading / 0 Comments
What I’m Reading [2]

It wasn’t long ago that I did one of these, but I’ve decided this will be a monthly feature. I’ve always been a little on the fence with recurring features and memes, but I do think they help me keep blogging when I’m busy. I don’t want to get to a place where I’m not blogging at all, and I feel so close to that right now. It’s just because I’m busy at work and I have a hard time shutting my brain off of work mode when I’m home. I think a few features will help me stick with it, even when I’m preoccupied. Hopefully, after this summer work won’t be on my mind quite so much. I just have to get through a few big projects. I apologize if I repeat anything I mentioned in my last post because I’ll be looking over everything I read during April. On to the books! New to Me It was another month full of comics reading. Last night, Jennifer and I were discussing how obsessed with comics we’ve become. They sort of take over our reading lists at this point. I find it’s so easy to pick them up since they’re quicker reads and I’m a little short on reading time. Last month I got the latest issues in some of the comics I read regularly: Ms. Marvel, Saga, Alex + Ada, Lumberjanes, and now Descender. Descender is the latest in my subscriptions on Comixology. I’m way too impatient to wait for […]

What I’m Reading [1]

Posted 19 April, 2015 in Blog Features, What I'm Reading / 3 Comments
What I’m Reading [1]

I haven’t done anything like this in a while. I used to participate in those weekly memes where everyone talked about what they were reading or planned to read. I wasn’t as into the memes about new books because I just don’t buy new books that often (I’m a serious library user). Since I’ve been at my new job, I’ve had less time for blogging. It’s not a huge deal; it’s just a reality. What suffers the most, I think, are my reviews. I have to be in a good head space to write reviews. I need have time to really sit down and think about the books and time to write (and hopefully edit) the reviews. All this takes time, so I’ve gotten to where I just don’t write reviews for some things. I either feel like I don’t have anything to say about a book or I’ve waited too long to write the review that I can’t even remember enough to write a good one. I have so many drafts sitting there, but I don’t think I’ll write most of them. Instead, I thought it would be nice to start this little feature. I’ll just share some new books I’ve picked up (even those from the library), some books I’ve recently read but haven’t reviewed, and some books I’m thinking of reading next. New to Me I’m working on choosing the books for our library reading assignment next year. Something they’ve tried to do in the past is […]

This Week in the Library [6]

Posted 18 April, 2015 in Librarian Speak, Weekly Reflections / 0 Comments
This Week in the Library [6]

It’s been a couple of weeks because I had a super busy weekend last week and I wasn’t feeling so hot on Sunday (the only day I had nothing going on). This week wasn’t much better, but I have way more time for blogging and reading this weekend. It’s only been a week, but it feels like years since I’ve had some time to just relax and do what I want. Monday I spent a good chunk of my time on Monday weeding. I finally finished the 300s and 400s. Check out all those books I pulled and piled on top of the shelves (all our book carts are full or being used). Now, it’s time to tackle the 500s, but I saved that for next week. First we have to get some of the current books we’ve pulled withdrawn and disowned. I also did a little logistics work in preparation for possibly rearranging some of our shelving and furniture. I shut myself up in the office at one point to make a tutorial for the faculty about logging in to their Google Apps accounts and viewing shared documents and calendars. We haven’t really taken the time to give them a good workshop with their Google Apps accounts. Hopefully, that’s something we can do next year. Tuesday The English department just picked out their summer reading titles, so it’s time for me to make sure we have copies available for our students. I started by ordering ebook copies. I’m trying […]