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Thursday, November 09, 2006

Unshelved


Aww, crap. I just spent an hour of my precious time clicking through the Randomizer. Again. That thing is an occupational hazard. It's been taking me twice as long to post this month- first I have to check everyone else's blogshizzle and comment on it, then I have to get my randomness fix in, then reply to the comments left on mine. It's all quite time-consuming, really. Maybe I should have considered a Master's in Blog Reading because apparently that's all I want to do.

Unfortunately for you, I just realized that I have been neglecting the true meaning of the month of November: to celebrate me! And what better way to describe myself than a little meme about one of my favorite things.

Books!

Before I started down the glorious path to Librarydom I could frequently be found shacked up in a Barnes and Noble somewhere, overpriced Starbucks in one hand and a stack of books in the other. It got to the point that I was there so often an employee (a cheeky young man with a goatee) commented, "I think that armchair must permanently have your ass-print etched into it." Well, I thought hard about this comment and came up with two profound realizations:
1. Barnes and Noble apparently likes to employ rude young men, and
2. All the money I was spending on books I'd read once and given away could be going to much more productive things. Like clothes. And shoes.

Conclusion: I needed a source for free reading. Hmm... books? Where does one go to get free literature? A homeless shelter? The dentist's office? Tricky.

Like most adults, I had stopped going to the library once I was no longer required to for school work. It's rediscovery was one of the greatest turning points in my life, and so I've made it my personal mission to be a spokesperson for the awesomeness that is free books.

Without further ado, a survey.

1. One book that changed your life:
The Gashlycrumb Tinies, Edward Gorey

2. One book that you’ve read more than once:
Jane Eyre, The Golden Compass, I Capture the Castle, Pride and Prejudice

3. One book you’d want on a desert island:
Probably a survival guide to living on a desert island.

4. One book that made you laugh:
Thirsty, M.T. Anderson

5. One book that made you cry:
The Amber Spyglass, Philip Pullman

6. One book that you wish had been written:
101 Reasons Why Your Undergrad Degree Means Squat

7. One book that you wish had never been written:
Billy Budd, Herman Melville (Worst. Book. Ever.)

8. One book you’re currently reading:
Always have a couple going at once, amazing librarian that I am.
Darkhenge, Catherine Fisher
A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson
Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, Gary Schmidt

9. One book you’ve been meaning to read:
I keep a list of classics I'd like to get around to reading. Last year I finally, finally finished Anna Karenina. This year my goal is something Shakespearean; it is my greatest shame that I was a Comparative Literature major and I've never read a single of his plays. (Although, I've seen quite a few of the plays and I have been to his house in Stratford-Upon-Avon. I think I can count that as some culture by osmosis.)

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7 Comments:

Blogger Kirsten rocks hardcore!

I just took out "A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson" last month - forgot I had it - and turned it back in the other day with a nice late fee.

the randomizer replaced my urge to read a book. it is still reading, no?

12:57 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous rocks hardcore!

I love reading about other people's favorite/least favorite/etc/etc books.

To answer your question from your last post, I'm headed to Southie (more bang for your buck!)
And you?

3:12 PM

 
Blogger Ween rocks hardcore!

My best girlfriend in high school read Anna Karenina - and then told me that I never had to.

She's a librarian, too.

6:40 PM

 
Blogger NancyPearlWannabe rocks hardcore!

K- Indeed... I definitely spend more time reading these than books!

Kelli- I've heard Southie is starting crawl out of the dumpiness it's known for. Same where I live, in Somerville.

W- She was correct. You never need to. In fact, you don't even need to see the movie. All you need to know is that Anna is a tramp.

8:25 AM

 
Blogger Constant Sun rocks hardcore!

Thanks for validating my SBTB best-of! I was so excited when I saw your user name because I'm a current library school student! Although, I'm more in archives than the public library side of things. Anyway, thanks for commenting!

6:53 PM

 
Blogger NancyPearlWannabe rocks hardcore!

I'm actually in a school library, not public... it's way more fun and I get the summers off!

9:16 AM

 
Blogger Chai rocks hardcore!

i heart the randomizer..and more than having a degree, i wish i got paid to read blogs. :)

like your blog.

11:02 AM

 

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