I hope everyone who celebrates had a Merry Christmas! I am enjoying my time at home, surrounded by books and baking and (very cute) babies (my cousins’ kids :P). I will be heading back to my sofa and blanket by the Christmas tree in a moment. Just wanted to share the wonderful books I received from my parents yesterday!
I finally have a copy of The Boy Who Lost Fairyland! This is my second favourite book in Catherynne M. Valente’s Fairyland series. I read and reviewed it over two years ago. For some unknown reason, it was never available in stores where I live.
Flora of Middle-Earth is the book I was most excited to receive, as I wasn’t expecting to find it under the tree and I haven’t read it yet. It is a lovely book, well-designed and larger than I anticipated.
Here is another lovely middle grade novel I’m happy to add to my shelf (which will entirely need rearranging with the addition of these two books). I reviewed When the Sea Turned to Silverearlier this year and was blown away by the design and illustrations (and of course the writing!).
Did you receive any books for Christmas? What books are on your wishlist?
Relatively speaking (in book blogging terms), I don’t think I buy many books. I’ve always been selective about which books deserve a place on my shelf. I used to only buy books I considered my absolute favourites. In the past few years, I’ve been able to take advantage of my sister’s staff discount and buy a few more books – books that are new releases I think I’ll love or books that I want to support financially. Here’s a rundown of all the books I purchased in 2017. All books purchased new from Chapters unless otherwise noted. Titles link to reviews where applicable.
Beren and Luthien by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Mabinogi and Other Medieval Welsh Tales by Patrick K. Ford (used, from Mortlake & Company)
As I only had about 48 hours in Seattle, Elliot Bay Book Company ended up being my number one bookstore to visit. It ranked high on recommendation lists; it was relatively close to where I was staying; it was open late on Friday when I had no other plans. Thirst was plaguing me, so for literally the second time in my life, I bought (and enjoyed :O) a tea from the cafe in the back to drink while browsing. As for books, I bought an autographed hardcover copy of Jeff VanderMeer’s Borne (which my sister and I previously discussed for Family Reads). The hardcover has a design element that the paperback doesn’t have. See the rabbit?
I stumbled across this wonderful little shop during my many walks from my accommodation to downtown. I kept forgetting I had seen it, but I made an effort to stop in just before I caught the bus back home. I imagine I could return to this shop many times and find something new and intriguing on each trip. Too bad it isn’t in Vancouver! The selection ranges from folklore and mythology to alchemy and magic. I picked up Celtic Fairy Tales and The Mabinogi.
What are some of your favourite reasons to visit a bookstore? Do you have any bookstore recommendations for Seattle?
Recent trips to the library have seen me checking out books related to librarianship and ESL education. I aspire to become a children’s librarian. I want to learn more about the actualities of the profession. Happily, my library has a well-stocked section of up-to-date books about librarianship. I think I will find lots to read there. I limited myself to four books on this round because I was on my bike 😛
So You Want to Be a Librarianby Lauren Pressley – This is a slim volume that I’ve already finished and returned. It purposes to answer all your questions about becoming and working as a librarian, but a lot of it is basic common sense and repetitive information if you’ve already attended university or given some thought to the profession. I did learn a bit about the various types of librarians and what their jobs might entail. I think this book would be a more helpful read perhaps for someone who’s just had the fleeting thought ‘Maybe I could be a librarian…’ or for people who have no idea what it is that their friends who are librarians do.
The Portable MLIS: Insights from the Expertsedited by Ken Haycock and Brooke E. Sheldon – I plan to be studying for an MLIS next fall (2017)! In the meanwhile, I hope I can learn some things from this book 😛 The articles look interesting and relevant, with titles such as “Professional Ethics and Values in a Changing World” and “Readers Advisory Services: How to Help Users Find a ‘Good Book'”. I think I have a solid understanding of the basic tasks and responsibilities librarians may have, so I hope this book will fill in some details.
Managing Children’s Services in Librariesby Adele M. Fasick and Leslie Edmonds Holt – This book caught my eye because of its detailed table of contents, covering the practicalities of the job that I would like to learn more about. This book is the most textbook-y of the four, but it’s tone, formatting, and size lead me to think it’ll be a good read.
Librarians and fellow enthusiasts, do you have any recommended reads about the field?
The book publishing world does not (alas) go on hold while I roam. My favourite authors publish books that aren’t yet licensed where I’m travelling, or I find exciting new-to-me stories on foreign bookshelves. At those times my sister, who works at a bookstore and therefore gets an employee’s discount, receives a text message: “Lovely sister, can you please purchase this book for me?” After a few months of this, I return home to a stack of lovely shiny new books on my nightstand! I also have suspended library holds and this time, I’ve brought home a few books that were gifts as well.
438 Daysby Jonathan Franklin (suspended hold) – I discovered this book over the holidays. I put it on hold in December but since it didn’t arrive before I left, I suspended it until I got back. It became available the day after I returned. Convenient!
Unbound by Neal Shusterman (purchased) – This book was released before I went travelling, but my sister bought it for me as a gift while I was away. I’m looking forward to the stories set after the Unwind dystology.
Best Ever Three and Four Ingredient Cookbookby Jenny White and Joanna Farrow (gift) – This was in a giveaway pile at one of my host’s home. I flipped through it, thinking it was going to be a lot of condensed soup and bags of frozen mixed veggies, but it’s actually more about focusing on good ingredients and whole foods. When my hosts saw I found it interesting, they wrote a birthday message in it and gave it to be for a birthday gift~
Japanese Pilgrimageby Olive Statler (gift) – I was happily rambling on about the Shikoku pilgrimage and some books about it that I want to read, when one of my hosts went to her bookshelf and asked, “Is this one of the books?” She gave it to me because she didn’t have any plans to reread it, though she remembered in being an interesting read when she first read it years ago.
Are there any spring releases I’ve missed out on? Have you picked up any new reads lately?