I am going to try this again. I am finally settling in to my first real librarian job (albeit part time) and I am reading more again. I will begin posting on both of my blogs starting tomorrow as I believe I have a book to post for each.
Hello everyone, I know it has been quite a while, but life got just too complicated for me to blog on a regular basis so I figured I'd go away for a while and come back when I felt I could give my blog the attention it deserves. So I hope to be posting at least a few times a week from now on.
Take a look at my oter blog for my most recent review of a surprisingly intelligent vampire novel. I plan on hitting some of my 1001 Books soon, so until then...Good Night and Good Reading!
Well, today is the Dewey Read-A-Thon hosted at http://24hourreadathon.com/ It's currently hour 7 and I have read two books so far. I will be doing a final post sometime tomorrow with lists on both of my blogs.
Good luck and Good Reading to anyone else who is participating and now, back to reading!!!
Well, it has been some time hasn't it? Let's just say that life got interesting (family, teeth (yuck), etc.) for a few weeks and then school started and this semester is INTENSE (work wise). I think I have all my ducks in a row now and will be back in earnest next week.
Most of my postings will be to my other blog as I have been reading Advance Reading Copies of books that I have received (sadly, I'm way behind on them also). I plan on reading an ARC and then a 1001 book, so you should see something from me in this blog next week.
If anyone is interested the classes which are eating most of my time right now are:
Beginning Classification: Not just learning how to list books,but learning the language of classification, yikes! Actually, it's not that hard, just a little scary.
Information Literacy: This highly debated topic (just what is "literacy"?) is actually very interesting and the class delves into the topic of how to teach the art of searching and other basic computer/information tools to others.
Children's Literature, ages 5 to 8: I LOVE this class as it looks at the psychological and sociological issues surrounding children's lit. Very interesting.
I am going to be lazy and basically use the same post for both of my blogs. So you don't have to look in two places today. Any future posts will be blog specific. I hope all of my readers had a great Summer and are enjoying the coming Fall!
HEART OF DARKNESS by Joseph Conrad This is the tale of Charles Marlowe, who is currently working as a ferryboat captain in the depths of Africa. The story of Marlowe's attempt to get Kurtz, an ivory trader, back to the mainland is told by an unnamed narrator to other's on a journey into the 'heart of darkness' that is the African Congo.
I have another reading group blog which has been going over the pros and cons of this book for quite a while. It appears that there are those who think it could easily be one of the top ten books every written, others think it doesn't even belong on a 'list'. I have to admit that I am with the latter group. While I can see the 'coming of age' 'cautionary tale' draw that this story could hold, I just didn't think I could 'feel' the point. It may be a girl/guy thing as the majority of people I have spoken to who like this book happen to be male. Maybe it is the arc of falling into degradation that I don't like. I like cautionary tales to have a point and I honestly saw none within this story. One of the lines for which this book is most remembered aptly sums up my final impression as I finished; "The horror! The horror!".
If you have read this tale and believe my review to be out of line, please post a reply as I would like to know what people who love this story have to say.
I also reread a tale that I loved.
THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU by H.G. Wells This iconic story of man wanting to be God. Tells that tale of a shipwrecked Englishman, Edward Prendick, who finds himself lost in a world of rewritten beings of Dr. Moreau's medicine.
Written within the times of anti-vivisection leagues and Darwinism's beginnings this book is another cautionary tale, albeit one with strong moral implications. The very idea of changing beings to fit ones own needs is extremely scary, especially today when the change to 'make the perfect baby' actually exists. I think this tale still speaks loudly today as a warning that we should not mess with what already exists. As an aside, I am not a very religious person, so God does not play a big part in my conclusion, I think that humans believe they are much bigger and better than they actually might be and messing around with mother nature is not a very good idea.
Well, I am off to Comic Con tomorrow and will be posting updates daily (if I'm not too exhausted) of what I see as far as literature is concerned in my "other books" blog. I also have a few advance reading copies of books to read and review which should show up in the next week or so.
SLOW MAN by J.M.Coetzee Paul Rayment is a man who likes to live on his own and get around town by himself on his trusty bicycle. That all changes one day when someone hit him while he is riding and he loses a leg. After the accident he is assigned a nurse, Marijana (who's name caused my much grief as it slowed me down every time I read it, trying NOT to say Marijuana in my head)who brings new meaning to Paul's life and helps him learn to live and love again.
Coetzee also adds a character from one of his other novels, Elizabeth Costello, who plays a vital role in Paul's rebirth.
I had read SLOW MAN before and I have to admit that I liked it better the second time through. This is actually a sort of 'coming of age' story for those of us no longer in out teens. It proves that even those who are very stuck in their ways, can change even when life is at least 1/2 over.
All of the other books I have read are not on 'the list' and can be found on my other blog. I think I become a sort of slow woman during the summer, what with the heat and all, but I am going to head towards air-conditioned environments so that I can get back into my reading.
OK, I could give a long drawn out explanation as to my absence for the past couple of weeks...let's just say life has gotten "interesting". My husband has had a new job that has him on the computer all the time, but I should be able to get more than a couple of minutes tomorrow and promise to post all my new reads.
With my MLIS degree complete and my first part-time real librarian position in high gear I find that my pleasure reading has gotten back on track. I figured now would be the time to get back to blogging. Let's hope I can keep on top of my books.
So with my trusty Pomeranian dog "Spike" stiill by my side I will continue the challenge to read 1001 books.