"And to this purpose"

"If people like to read their books, it is all very well, but to be at so much trouble in filling great volumes, which, as I used to think, nobody would willingly ever look into, to be labouring only for the torment of little boys and girls, always struck me as a hard fate; and though I know it is all very right and necessary, I have often wondered at the person's courage that could sit down on purpose to do it." (In other words: rambling analyses, opinions, ideas, views, and comments from an English major, Essay/paper-writing enthusiastic, Austen-loving Master Librarian on, well, Jane Austen...and a whole lot of other things, too.)

"Celebrated Passages are Quoted"

Heidi's favorite quotes

"What is it really like to be engaged?" asked Anne curiously. "Well, that all depends on who you're engaged to," answered Diana, with that maddening air of superior wisdom always assumed by those who are engaged over those who are not."— L.M. Montgomery

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Hey all!

I'm still alive! Quite busy and avoiding the computer when I get home (usually late) from work. But to show how sorry I am for not keeping up more regularly, I'm going to let you know about a cool Teen ARC giveaway over at one of the blogs on my "Library Blogroll." You should check it out! Who doesn't want free books? Especially advanced copies?

Check it out here: http://nostalgiclibrarian.blogspot.com/2011/04/teen-arc-giveaway-unpublished-books.html

Thursday, April 7, 2011

March Book Challenges

I've had many requests to get my March books up.


I've had one. But no one else quite matters beyond that, so!

Here you go:

March Book Challenges

Read a mystery                       
  1. Gingerbread Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke
  2. The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer
  3. The Case of the Left-Handed Lady by Nancy Springer
  4. The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets by Nancy Springer
  5. The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan by Nancy Springer
  6. The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline by Nancy Springer
  7. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
Read two Nonfiction
  1. Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
  2. Memories Before and After the Sound of Music by Agathe von Trappe
  3. The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary by Jeff Kinney
  1. Work and the Glory: A Season of Joy by Gerald Lund
  2. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
  3. Snow by Tracy Lynn
  4. Violet Eyes by Debbie Viguie
  5. Work and the Glory: Praise to the Man by Gerald Lund
  6. Night Dance by Suzanne Weyn
  7. Scarlet Moon by Debbie Viguie
  8. Maze Runner by James Dashner
  9. Work and the Glory: No Unhallowed Hand by Gerald Lund
  10. Matched by Ally Condie
  11. Golden by Cameron Dokey
  12. Midnight Pearls by Debbie Viguie
  13. Winter's Child by Cameron Dokey
  14. The Diamond Secret by Suzanne Weyn
  15. Sunlight and Shadow by Cameron Dokey
March Totals
Audio = 12
Juvenile = 1
YA = 17
Adult = 7 (!)
Pages = 6899
Books = 25
Points = 175

I had two mysteries that I intended to add to my I'm-rather-proud-of-how-many-I-did- read mystery list. But I ran out of time and read them the first week of April. Still, that's 10 points I lost out on! :-)

Nine of those books came from the "Once Upon a Time" series. Well, I warned The Brambler that I was on a kick! ha ha! I thought that kick meant 4 or 5. 

Two of the books were dystopians, and I read them at the same time! I'm still amazed I was not confused as I read. But I might become so as I move on to their sequels.

My # of books, pages, and points all increased for this month.

2988 of the pages (or 13 of the books) I read were actually read with my eyes and not my ears! Woohoo!!! 

I was actually frequently listening to 3 audiobooks at the same time during March--one in the car, one at my work desk, and one at home.