National Book Festival 2013 Recap


For all of those who are uninitiated, the National Book Festival is annual event that the President puts on celebrating books and their readers. It’s held on the National Mall and is completely free. I didn’t know that this was a thing until I moved down here but I have to say that I’m so glad that I did.

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Life of a Future Librarian

So today marks the end of my third week of library school. I had meant to make a blog post sooner but it’s been a whirlwind. So far I have to say that I’m loving it just as much as I thought I would. The people are my kind of people and while the curriculum is hard it’s incredibly interesting.

Sometimes I feel a little intimidated by everyone else though. Most of my colleges spent at least a year between between graduating from undergrad and coming here. Many of them have already had some experience in a library.  At the same time my experience in research and bookselling does give me a little bit of an edge in certain areas. I think it’ll work out in the end.

I haven’t entirely decided which direction I want to go as of yet. I had originally been thinking Archives but I think I definitely want to be on the library side of things. I’m taking an Academic libraries seminar and am really enjoying that but I’m also considering special libraries. I just had an interview today with a law library so we’ll see how that goes. I think the interview itself went really well and it’s paid so that’s always a plus.

And if I’m really honest with myself it doesn’t matter so much. I think I would be happy in pretty much any library doing almost anything. It’s kind of a really good place to be.


In Which I Rant about Popular Media’s Handle on Book Reviews

If another media outlet, advertisement, or otherwise compares another book to Harry Potter, Hunger Games or Twilight I’m gonna scream. I don’t care if you’re trying to grab the attention of a certain demographic or trying to feed of their popularity. You’re being annoying and very unhelpful in telling me why I should read what ever you’re trying to push on me.

Example: I just finished Ready Player One and all the back it calls it “a grown-ups Harry Potter”. But 1- There’s no magic really besides in-game and even then it’s not really a big part and 2- the main characters are teenagers. The only possible correlation I could figure out is that those who grew-up with Harry Potter and all grew up in the late 80s and 90s and would get a lot of the pop culture references. So why bring up Harry Potter at all? If you’re going to compare it to anything you can compare it to Willy Wonka. USA Today did and the text itself even draws the movie as a comparison. But honestly, I’m sure just a reference to the nostalgia of 80s pop culture would do seeing as it addresses the demographic you’re supposedly trying to target, is true to the work, and informs the audience of what to expect

So moral of the story is, media, stop comparing stuff to things that are irrelevant. Not that I really trust you to give me intelligent suggestions but it would help my sanity a little bit.


P.S. I’ll have a review of Ready Player One up shortly.