Hi. My name is Elizabeth and I am a book-a-holic.
Admitting you have a problem is the first step to recovery, right?
I went to the library this afternoon to check out some books for a school assignment and while I was there I couldn’t help wandering around and picking up books I have no business reading.
I’m not talking about trashy novels. I’m talking about too much homework and I don’t have time to read a lot of ‘extra’ books.
But I just can’t help myself!
I think it might be a sickness. I usually end up returning most of the books I impulsively check out, but there is something so exciting about going to a building filled to bursting with books and I can take home any of them….FOR FREE.
I’ll never get over that.
So here’s my dilemma. I need help deciding what I will make time to read at this current moment. I’ve made a solemn vow never to take school books to bed with me (it’s just not worth it), so I need a good night-time read.
Here are the options:
The Know-It-All by A. J. Jacobs
I’ve already mentioned this one. I have been reading it and it is hilarious! It actually makes me laugh out loud sometimes. This is the perfect book for reading small portions of, setting down, and then returning weeks later without feeling like you’ve forgotten anything.
Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
Forrest and I found this Pulitzer Prize winner at Goodwill for $6!!! Amazing. I’ve started this one as well and usually have a hard time motivating myself to get back to reading it, but I always enjoy it once I’m back.
An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin
Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses by Claire Dederer
I’m really excited to read this one. My sister-in-law, Annika, is letting me borrow it. I think it will be along the same lines as the A. J. Jacobs book or similar to Eat, Pray, Love. It is a true story.
Finally, Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
There you have it. Which one do I read?????
Update: My group project on Saturday went pretty good. I made the entire class say the word “rural” with me so they could appreciate how difficult it was to say. Unfortunately, there were aspects of the presentation and the whole process that frustrated me and raised unnecessary anxiety. Group projects are still my least favorite part of grad school.
On the flip side: I was able to work in a team environment on Monday at the Tigard Public Library for their 39 Clues party.
Oh my goodness.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the series, they are essentially adventure/mystery books for kids. The books are really interactive because you can collect cards, go online and do scavenger hunt type things, and join this whole community of kids reading the books. It’s pretty cool.
So the party was held in a big conference room with different stations and activities. My station was one of the busiest and I got to hang out with kids, help them make bracelets, and get a small taste of what being a youth librarian would be like.
It left me pretty excited. That kind of team work is something I would love to be a part of.
Anyway, I’ve got so much homework to do that if I spend any more time procrastinating (aka writing this post) I’ll probably flunk grad school.
Till next time.
(Also, it just thundered here. Weird.)