"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

Monday, July 18, 2011

Dear Kind Reader

Please help me get ready for my final Teen Summer party! I'm trying to put together a Teen Feud based on this summer's theme (You are Here). The survey I have created should only take a couple of minutes of your time. The answers should be the first thing you think of, only one or two words in length.

I'm hoping to get 100 responses, so if you know of others who would like to take it, that would be great! Hopefully I'll get plenty from the YA librarian listserv I'm on. But thought I'd cover as many bases as I could.

Click here to take survey

Thanks so much!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

June Book Challenges

Not a bad month for books or meeting the challenge. I couldn't go wrong in "something new" or "something borrowed." Believe it or not, my hardest challenge was "an old favorite." Because I feel I don't have time to get to all the new things I want and/or should read (I do have to keep up with books for work and not just pleasure purposes, after all). So, I typically avoid re-read. At least re-reads of an entire book. I still read my favorite parts and such. This month, I had two re-reads, but one was not "an old favorite." And I had such a desire to re-read all of my beloved Little House books. But due dates loomed and I needed to read those which I knew had holds on them. So, well, oh well. I was able to read one, and that only because I did the audio version.

I've been loving the Beehive Nominee challenge I gave myself. With the Juvenile and YA fiction, I have come across some great books. I marked the nominees with an *.

And just look at how much nonfiction I managed in one month! And none of them were audio!

Read an old favorite:           
Anne's House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery

Read a book you've never read before:
Emily's Fortune by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor*
Jane Austen: A Life Revealed by Catherine Reef
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea*

Read a book you borrowed from library or friend:
Swan Town: The Secret Journal of Susanna Shakespeare by Michael J. Ortiz
A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine
Candy Bomber: The Story of the Berlin Airlift's "Chocolate Pilot" by Michael O. Tunnell*

Read a book with "blue" in the title or the cover is blue:
Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo
The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade*
The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie by Wendy McClure
Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo by Obert Skye

Nonfiction # 1:           
She Touched the World: Laura Bridgman, Deaf-Blind Pioneer by Sally Hobart Alexander and Robert Alexander

Nonfiction # 2:
Your Pinkie Is More Powerful Than Your Thumb: And 333 Other Surprising Facts That Will Make You Wealthier, Healthier and Smarter Than Everyone Else by Mark DiVincenzo

Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen

June Totals
Audio = 6
Juvenile = 7
YA = 5 (which helped me surpass my YA goal for the year)
Adult = 3
Pages = 3731
Books = 15
Points = 145