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


Sunday, September 9, 2018

A Thought

Sometimes, it's nice to realize that you're an adult with a car, and that means if you want to go out in the middle of the night and grab food or something, you can.  Even if what you're planning on getting is just junk food or sweets.  It's a nice thought.

I won't be going out, but I could really go for some chocolate pudding right now.  I wonder if there's any open place nearby that sells it.......

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Reflection

The weather was much cooler today than it has been.  It's already starting to feel like fall, even though we're about a month away.  I sat outside after dinner and did some reading, but I'm not used to these chillier temperatures yet, and my toes were freezing in my flip-flops.

The other day, my coworkers were joking about getting me a boyfriend, and I was quick to discourage the idea.  But, it would be nice.  I'm nearly thirty and still single.  I have not had anyone who made an impression on me in a while--I mean really made an impression, like made me think I could actually see a future with him--not since Movie Boy, and that was five or so years ago.

I feel a little sad, and I'm not sure if it's because I'm lonely or just nostalgic for the changing leaves.

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

Update

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,

E.

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!