Saturday, March 17, 2012

Books for You to Read...and then tell me about.

Note to potential library employees anywhere: when asked why you want to work in a library, do NOT answer that you like to read, and think a job where you get paid to do that sounds just ducky. Your interviewer will laugh while showing you the door.

In my job, I get to spend other people's money on books I would like to read. Awesome! I perk up when I see the UPS lady in her brown uniform appear at the door, and I bounce happily when I see the books being unpacked and marked with little green cards (the color for my department). As I catalog each book I read over the jacket description and sigh over the pretty cover...and hope that someday I will actually get a chance to look at it further.

My reading, and hence my reviews have been pretty sparse lately. So, today, I am going to share with you some of the most striking covers and the most interesting jacket descriptions I have seen lately, and those of you with actual spare time can read them and tell me how good they were!

Wild Dogs: Past and Present     Wild Cats: Past & Present

Preeeeeeetty! The titles are self-explanatory, but I keep going back to the covers. How can you walk by and not pick those up?


Yet another Titanic novel...with werewolves? What??? Okay, this I've gotta read!

The Talk-Funny Girl

Here's a little from the jacket description: "Marjorie has been raised by parents so intentionally isolated from normal society that they have developed their own dialect, a kind of mountain hybrid of English that displays both their ignorance of and disdain for the wider world. Marjorie is tormented by her classmates, who call her “The Talk-funny girl,” but as the nearby factory town sinks deeper into economic ruin and as her parents fall more completely under the influence of a sadistic cult leader, her options for escape dwindle."  Intriguing? Heck, yeah!

Zombie Mommy
J Mystery ANDE

Okay, given my little monster's predilection for all things zombie right now, it's somewhat of a personal pick - but, it's M. T. Anderson, who has never failed us yet. If this one is good, we'll get the rest of the series, with titles like "The Clue of the Linoleum Lederhosen".

Princess of Glass

Ooh, was not expecting a sequel to this one:

Princess of the Midnight Ball

but, here it is! A fractured fairy tale. And Jessica Day George. I will definitely have to fit this one in!

Never Forgotten
J 398.2 MCKI

The McKissacks are always worth reading, and the Dillons' illustrations worth gazing at. A combination I look forward to enjoying soon!

The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, and Treachery

As the jacket cover says, "there is more than one side to every good story", and who isn't familiar with Benedict Arnold's? You know how this one ends, but the in-between looks to be plenty interesting as well. One of this year's YALSA winners.

Sigh. And lots more to come. Think anyone would mind if we just closed the library for a week, and did what everyone thinks we do all day anyway???


  1. When we were closed for the xmas holidays last year, one of our patrons came in afterwards making snitty remarks about us having all those vacation days to go to Hawaii. He's just lucky no one whapped him over the head, especially since he was talking to the staff member who came in, on her own time, every day at 7am to empty the book drops. I think most of our patrons think we're volunteers and live off our husbands or something - I still can't believe the number of people who think I'm part-time or a volunteer even though they know I'm single. How do they think I eat??

  2. Ah, yes, the library is a frivolity when it comes to budget time, but an absolute necessity when we want to close for a day. The longest we are ever closed is four days at Thanksgiving - which is when we shampoo the carpets, wax the tiles, etc. - but you should hear the screams!


    For a review of fateful on our library site.