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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.


It’s getting closer so get excited! I can’t wait to read this book in its entirety.

Victoria (V.E.) Schwab



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A separate giveaway will run concurrently on Tumblr (here’s the post) so you have two separate chances to win!

Giveaways run until AUGUST 24TH.

8/24 UPDATE: HELLO! And congratulations to…CHRISTINA MARCH. I will send you an email about claiming your prize 🙂

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Get Excited: Vicious by V. E. Schwab

I was recently allowed access to a 100 page netgalley preview of Vicious by Victoria Schwab. I’ve been excited to read this book since I read the Archived but after the preview I have to say I’m in love.

The main characters of Vicious, Victor and Eli, originally became friends in college. A friendship fostered by their respect for each others intelligence and the loneliness that tends to follow that kind of genius. During their senior year they have to pick topics for their thesis’ and consequently start diving into what is causing these people with near death experiences to suddenly develop extraordinary abilities. But since science on paper is not nearly as fun as science in practice, they attempt to put their hypothesis to the test. Effectively trying to almost kill themselves. Repeatedly.

Ten years later we find a very bitter Victor, recently released from prison and wanting to exact some revenge. Based on the preview it’s not entirely clear what Eli is up to, however the book synapsis promises me that he’s trying to obliterate any EO (extra ordinary) he can find.

The writing of this book so far is fantastic.  The prose  jumps between past and present rather seamlessly, revealing information in one that allows the one before to be slightly more clear. A state of knowing and yet not knowing is created, further emphasizing the gray areas.

Which by the way are very important to how the characters are portrayed as well.  While there are aspects of Victor that would make him the poster child for the Evil League or Evil, he really just started as a quiet nerdy guy with parents too absorbed in their work. Despite his slightly psychopathic tendencies I think we could actually be good friends and I love how self aware he is about himself and others around him.

I’m also excited to see what becomes of the other characters. Sydney was still quite the mystery by the end of the preview and as I imagine Angie is also going to be coming into the picture more later, I want to know more about her as well. From Victors perspective Eli seemed like a goody two-shoes, but I feel like the darkness he sensed in him is bound to come out.

Basically I NEED more and since Vicious is not officially released until September 24th I may die before I get it. Maybe the stress and coming so close to death will cause me to develop the ability to read it sooner. Or maybe I’ll just pre-order it. Either way you will be hearing more about Vicious from me in the future.


June Wrap-Up and July TBR

In June I read:
-the 5th Wave by Rick Yancy
-the Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
-Big Fish by Daniel Wallace

What I have planned for July:
-The Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan
-City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
-the Traveler by John Twelve Hawks
-Slapstick by Kurt Vonnegut
& Reached by Ally Condie

But that’s subject to change. So far I’ve read about half of City of Bones and a net galley preview of Vicious by Victoria Schwab which I should have a post up about soon.