To be continued..

I haven’t had a lot of time for reading lately.

I mean, I read. But it’s things like “Composite diffuse large B-cell lymphoma and classical Hodgkin’s lymphoma of the stomach: Case report and literature review.” Thrilling. But I don’t think I’ve read anything for fun (other than Buzzfeed or blogs or the news) in about a month. That’s pretty stinking sad, but I have a good reason!

We’re in the process of adopting!

You can read more about that here


It’s been a while.

Sorry about that.

I started an awesome new job at the tail end of February and I think I’ve only read 3 or 4 books since that time.

Bad librarian, BAD. Go to your corner!!!

The good thing about spring finally showing up is sunlight and warmth. I’ve been telling my husband for years that I’m solar-powered and it’s true, I’m more productive when it’s warm and sunny outside. When it’s cold and damp I can only crawl under a blanket and play Candy Crush. Oh, you don’t know about Candy Crush. It’s a game, a very addictive game. A great and terrible game. Spare yourself the frustration of level 65 and just skip it. Walk away, folks. Unless you NEED a huge time-suck, this is not the game for you. I love it and hate it much the same way as I love/hate Steven Moffat.


What am I reading?

I’m working my way through the second book of the Hangman’s Daughter series.. The Dark Monk. I just finished Scent of Magic (well worth the wait, but now I’m impatient for book 3). I started Sharp Objects (Gillian Flynn) quite some time ago, but I seem to have misplaced my copy. Whoops. I’m also getting ready to start Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Sometime in the last 2 months I saw a Google News headline that read “On this day in xxxx, Ian Fleming discovered penicillin.” As a medical librarian, I LOL’d. Ian Fleming? Really?? Was that before or after the James Bond books? Can I expect Chitty to be horrible because he was busy discovering penicillin? Ladies and gentlement of The Guardian (the writers of the offending headline), Ian Fleming did not discover penicillin. You’re thinking of Alexander Fleming. Not quite the same, but I still get the giggles when I think about it.

Ah, I see we’re halfway through January already.

Whoops. I’ve been slacking.

Not really. I’ve actually been pretty busy.

Since mid-November I’ve been filling out applications and going to interviews like it’s my favorite hobby. It’s not. I can’t think of anything more stressful than a job hunt. Anyway, the force was with me and I was offered two positions this week. I’m very excited to take up a new role in librarianship!!

Unfortunately, my new role means rearranging my To Read list a bit to include exciting titles such as “Health Informatics for Medical Librarians” and “The Accidental Health Sciences Librarian,” the latter of which I am currently reading and lost respect for as soon as I read a quote about PDAs and BlackBerry devices. I could have sworn this was published in 2010. This just goes to show how quickly publications about technologies can be obsolete.

Waiting on Wednesday – Scent of Magic (Healer #2) by Maria V. Snyder

“Waiting on Wednesday” is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re really excited about.

You should really start with book one.

Scent of Magic (Healer #2)

Maria V. Snyder
Expected release date: Dec 18, 2012

Goodreads says: Hunted, Killed—Survived?

Scent of Magic (Healer, #2) As the last Healer in the Fifteen Realms, Avry of Kazan is in a unique position: in the minds of her friends and foes alike, she no longer exists. Despite her need to prevent the megalomanical King Tohon from winning control of the Realms, Avry is also determined to find her sister and repair their estrangement. And she must do it alone, as Kerrick, her partner and sole confident, returns to Alga to summon his country into battle.

Though she should be in hiding, Avry will do whatever she can to support Tohon’s opponents. Including infiltrating a holy army, evading magic sniffers, teaching forest skills to soldiers and figuring out how to stop Tohon’s most horrible creations yet; an army of the walking dead—human and animal alike and nearly impossible to defeat.

War is coming and Avry is alone. Unless she figures out how to do the impossible … again.

What are you waiting for?

Waiting on Wednesday – Pivot Point by Kasie West

“Waiting on Wednesday” is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re really excited about.

Pivot Point
Kasie West
To be released February 12, 2013

Pivot PointGoodreads says: Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with–her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school–but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through…and who she can’t live without.

Adrienne says: Oooh. Dystopian! No vampires! WINNING. And look at that gorgeous cover!

Time to talk of cabbages and kings..

Thanksgiving week is busy for people in the US.

First, we will prove to every other civilized country that we are gluttonous, wasteful, lazy creatures. As someone who eats almost as much as she reads, I am very excited about my impeding date with turkey, mashed potatoes, rolls, cranberry sauce (the real stuff, not the jello-like substance from the can), chicken and noodles, appetizers, various desserts.. Mmmm. Thankfully my family is huge so after a few hours there’s nothing left when we regain consciousness from our gravy-coma. See? Lazy and gluttonous, but not wasteful. Breaking stereotypes!

WAIT. First, we all travel. Wednesday is the biggest travel day of the year. Traffic is going to be cray-cray.

First, travel. Second, eating. Third, showing up at the Walmart (because we will be in the middle of nowhere with no other options) at 8pm for Black Friday sales. Yes. 8pm Thursday for Black Friday sales. I do not plan on doing this. I actually try to avoid these sales. And I prefer Cyber Monday. My mom and I have started a habit of going to antique stores on Black Friday. It’s nice to not wrestle people over old children’s books and teacups.

What do you need when you know you’re going to be in the car 15+ hours?

BOOKS. (And snacks. And don’t forget some water, we don’t want you to get dehydrated. We CARE about you.)

Here’s what I’m taking to read
The Book of Unholy Mischief – Elle Newmark
Tell the Wolves I’m Home – Carol Rifka
The Roots of the Olive Tree – Courtney Miller Santo


In other news, you may be seeing more of me next month. Unfortunately, this is because of budget cuts that have resulted in me becoming unemployed in a few weeks. I’ve been spending my free time applying to all sorts (ALL SORTS) of jobs. I think that a major roadblock is how people perceive librarians. There’s still the belief that we went to school to learn how to stamp due dates. In reality we’re on top of the latest technologies, we have excellent organizational and research skills, we left school with marketing experience, we teach our patrons/clients constantly… our skills can be used in nearly any profession.

Ideally, I will be offered a position at my local public library. However, those positions are few and far between (I’ve applied to ~20 jobs in the last few days. Less than 5 were in a library.) and the area is saturated with people who have the MLS. I’ve been applying to a lot of positions that want a slightly different degree, but ask for all of the skills I possess. I hope that I (and others in the area) can generate a paradigm shift and employers will see that we’re valuable employees who can meet their challenges. *steps off soapbox* Thank you for listening.