"Take no heed of her...She reads a lot of books."
~Jasper Fforde

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Bird Box (Josh Malerman)

There is something out there.  If you see it, you go insane, kill everyone around you, and then kill yourself.  No one knows what it is, or how it can be stopped.  All they know is that you cannot look at it or you'll die.

I had heard about this book a few years ago, and meant to read it.  I actually started it a few times, but never finished.  I guess it just wasn't the right time.  But with my "Monster Mash" summer reading theme, I thought I had finally found the perfect excuse to read it.

And oh, boy!  This does not disappoint!  Right from the start, this book grabs you by the throat and drags you into a claustrophobic nightmare, where you can't even trust your own eyes.  Malorie is living alone in a house in Michigan with her two children, Boy and Girl.  Desperate to get away from the house for the first time in years, she gathers the children, and together the three of them take a boat down the river--completely blindfolded--in hopes of finding freedom.  The story alternates between these moments in the present, and Malorie's experiences from four years ago, when reports first started cropping up of something driving people to unspeakable violence.

This method of alternating chapters works wonders, as we start to see the stories converge.  You know how the original story ends--Malorie is now all alone, except for her two children.  But, we don't know how she gets to that ending, and that is what will keep you on the edge of your seat.  That, and the fact that we don't really know what is the cause of the madness.  What is out there?  Can it hurt you?  Can it be avoided?  And is there any way you can actually look at it without completely losing your mind?

If you're looking for something atmospheric and creepy, I would recommend giving Bird Box a try.  It's a quick and fascinating read.  

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Summer Reading 2018

Hello, all!

So, this is the time of year when Emmy posts about how she is totally doing a Summer Reading theme, and then promptly forgets all about it!  (Such excitement!)  And if I recall correctly, this is also the time of year when I make big promises that no, this will not be like last year--this year I will really stick with the ideas that I had planned, etc.

So, enough of all that.  Here's what I'm aiming to do (whether I do or not is up for debate...)  First, I intend to choose a reading theme and read as much as I can with that theme.  Those books will (hopefully) be reviewed both here and on my Goodreads page.  Feel free to follow me there.  For books that I read that aren't related to the theme, those can still be found by following me on Goodreads.

I've been doing Summer Reading themes on and off since 2010!  For a quick refresher, here's what I've done in the past:
  • 2010: Gothic Novels
  • 2011: Scary Stories and Mythical Monsters
  • 2012: A Summer in Middle Earth
  • 2013: Summer School
  • 2014: It's a Mystery!
  • 2015: To Read or Not to Read
  • 2016: Professional Fan-Fiction
  • 2017: [Skipped this year]
  • 2018: ???
Much debate has gone into this, but after looking at my to-read pile, I think I have decided.  2018's theme is: Monster Mash!  These are books about monsters, both real and imagined, seen and unseen, scary and silly, human and beast.  So, anything from The Invisible Man to Bird Box is fair game.  As always, feel free to read along with my suggestions or to add your own to the list.  Read something good?  Let me know!

I've not worked out an official start time yet.  I used to start Summer Reading when the semester ended.  But, I've been out of school for five years.  So, I've considered June 1st-August 31st, Memorial Day to Labor Day, and several variations in between.  I think this year, I'll just wait until it seems natural.  Expect something in the next few weeks.  And we'll go from there.  

And stay tuned.  I'll definitely be posting books on Goodreads, but I'll try to add the reviews here, as well.  I hope you find something fun to read from my list :)

Sunday, January 14, 2018


I think this year, I'm going to try and write more on this blog.  It's been years since I've written consistently.  Don't expect anything along the lines of how it used to be, but it might be fun to start writing again.

A little bit of an update on how I've been:

2018 has started off well for me.  I've just celebrated my 1 year anniversary as a librarian (a dream come true!) and I'm finally starting to get out of the house more.  Graduating from college has been difficult, since I've reverted to my misanthropic tendencies and have have not been going out nearly as much as I used to.  The good news is that I'm starting to get out more, and am trying to meet new people.  So far, I'm not completely on board with being a social butterfly.  At heart, I'm still a bit of a loner.

In case you hadn't figured out, things did not work out well with my library patron.  I mean, we're still friends, and things are going well that way, but we're not doing a lot of hanging out or anything like that.  I think it's my fault.  I told him that I loved hanging out with him, but that we would have to do it outside of the library, since it wasn't professional for me to spend my breaks hanging out at a table in the middle of the library, flirting and laughing at his jokes. I need to maintain an air of "professional librarian" not "goofy, lovesick sot" (although I didn't tell him that last bit).  And it seemed like he understood, but we never did anything outside of the library.  And he stopped coming by to see me.  And then after weeks of radio silence, he sent me a Happy Valentine's Day text (that night, so like, too late to actually go out for a Valentine's Day date) and then nothing.  I still see him at programs, and like I said, we're still friends, but it's not the same.

On the flip-side, I saw a cute guy at the office supply store.  We started talking a little, and I told him where I worked (we were talking about library resources and 3D printing) and he seemed really interested (in the 3D printing) and said he'd stop by when he has a day off.  Now, that was Friday and I didn't work this weekend, so I'm not sure if he'll be in or not.  Still, a girl can dream, right?  It was the first time I had really flirted with anyone in about a year, and that makes me feel really sad.

Anyways, I'll leave off at that for now.  Hope to write again soon.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Father's Day

Every year, I think of you.  And every year I realize that our time was just too short, our encounters too few.  I've been thinking about you all day, you Old Fool...and I love you and miss you.

Happy Father's Day,


Friday, December 16, 2016

Good News!

Well, guys...I have some good news!  After years of waiting, four years of high school, four of undergrad, and three more of graduate school...I am finally a librarian.  And I don't mean in that way that most of my coworkers refer to "Oh, you have your MLIS, so you're a librarian."  I mean, I'm an official librarian in an official librarian position.  I have finally done it!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

So, There's This Guy...

I can't remember the last time I posted a legit "lovey-dovey" entry on here. But, for those of you who have been around since the beginning, you know that Em has fallen for her fair share of men.  Today, there's a new one.  And by my calculations, this is the first real crush I've had since Movie Boy back in college (three years ago!).

So, to keep things short and sweet, there's this guy who comes to the library a lot.  We talk a bit, and he comes to my programs.  We're friends on Facebook, but he's rarely online, so I can't use this as a consistent means of connection.  I've "known" him for about two years.  We've not hung out outside of the library, so I can't say that I know a lot about him.  I do know that he's very sweet, a little shy, gets along well with everyone, and is Catholic, which is perhaps the biggest deal for me.

I've been trying to figure out how to talk to him more.  But, I'm usually busy (since I'm at work) and I give him about as much time as I can muster.  But, I'm going to try to spend more time with him when I see him, try to break the ice, and try to get him to talk a bit more.  He's not so shy that he doesn't talk, but he seems like the kind of guy who might have trouble taking the first step to initiate anything.  From what I see of him online, he likes to keep busy, but it doesn't appear that he has a lot of super-close friends or that he's dating anyone.  Mostly spends time with family (that's how I am, too).  I don't mind initiating things, and have asked guys out before, but I want to stay professional (nothing professional about asking out patrons!) and honestly, I would like to be the one pursued instead of the one doing the pursuing.  You know?  I asked Movie Boy out years ago.  I wish it would have been the other way around.

Long story short: Emmy likes a guy.  Not sure if he feels the same way about me (although, it's not as though I've been super-obvious about it on my end, either).  If you have any suggestions for moving things along, then feel free to share.  If not, stay tuned, and hopefully I'll have a little more to tell you about in a few weeks.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Work Update

I have a job interview on Friday.

For a librarian position.

Wish me luck.