Friday, January 27, 2012

My day job

I am one of the lucky ones. My day job incorporates most of the things I like best; books, computers, Dr. Pepper, and every Wednesday it even includes potatoes.

That's right, I am a librarian. Or more specifically, a Media Tech Integration Specialist. I am SUCH a librarian that I tend to send people away from my house with books to borrow. I actually reorganized the upstairs bookshelf in my house when a church group was coming over to books that I might be willing to lend out just in case someone happened to glance at them. 

I recently switched schools in no small part because I had read all the books at my last school and needed more, even though I am currently completely absorbed in the Game of Thrones series by George R. R. Martin as well as the new Stephen King (remember that picture of my nightstand in the last entry? slowly getting covered again) I just opened a box of Advance Reader copies (ARCs) that are not yet published.

I'm getting chills just looking at them. There is nothing as exciting as opening a box of brand new books, even if they are not for me (but hey, if they're in "my" library they're "mine," right?). Here are the ones I'm most excited about right now, and are in my very near future of reading: 

(apologies for the blanks, the barcode has already been placed, awkwardly, right over the summary)

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Because it is a part of our history, because it won an award, and because a group of seniors said it was good.

Junior is a budding c__________ 
on the Spokane India_________
with a variety of med_________
picked on by everyone________
Determined to receive a g______ leaves the rez to attend an all-white school in the neighboring farm town where the only other Indian is the school mascot...

Switched by Amanda Hocking

Because as a mother, sometimes I think my children have been switched with monsters, so I might find this relevant.

When Wendy Everly was six years old her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her, and eleven years later Wendy learns that her mother was right and that she is actually a changeling troll, who, at the age of seventeen, must be returned to her rightful home.
Eve by Anna Carey

Not only does it have an excerpt from The Giving Tree but it's blurb compares it to The Hunger games meets The Handmaid's Tale (all 3 are must-read books), and is the first in a planned trilogy

The night before Eve's graduation from her all-girls school, she disc__
really happens to new graduates - and the horrifying fate that awaits_
the only home she's ever known, eve sets off on a long, treachero____
searching for a place she can survive.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

I'm a SciFi junkie so this is right up my alley. . . and it's TRUE (sorry, I mean Non-Fiction of course). The IB Biology students are reading this one right now.

Doctors took her cells without asking. Those cells never died. They launched a medical revolution and a multimillion-dollar industry. More than twenty years later, her children found out. Their lives would never be the same.

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

This one just won a Newberry for the best children's book of 2011. That alone is reason to read it (I'm a firm believer in reading award winners, if only to test the credibility of the judges). 

... is the story of an incredible two months for a boy named Jack Gantos, whose plans for vacation adventure are suddenly ruined when he is grounded by his feuding parents. . . a chore involving the newly dead. . . Girl Scout cookies. . . Hells Angels and bloody noses.

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