I went to my favorite of our local libraries yesterday. Let me say, from the time I was a young pup I have LOVED libraries. I like the look, the smell, the feel, the routine and goodness of it all. I enjoy going to browse and see what there is to read. Not to mention if you want to really experience a cross-section of your local culture- just hang out there on a particularly cold or hot day. At one point as a young adult I thought I might want to be a children’s librarian. When we lived in Madison Wisconsin, the librarians were the hippest of the hipsters. Cool, stylish and utterly smart and cultured. I know that isn’t always the case. Young librarians today are not the old, sour, tight-bun-wearing, glasses-perched-on-bridge-of-nose, shushing and condescending stare type anymore. I still think they secretly judge. I can only imagine the conversations that go on around the breakroom water cooler over what random people wildly check out. But I digress. Libraries- love em. And nowadays my favorite ones have added on coffee shops and pleasant reading spaces to draw you in, presumably in competition with some large bookchains.
Long story short, Tuesday has become library lunch hour for me and a pal. We both tend to check out books and DVDs for our kiddos, which have a weekly due date. So it’s a nice break from the office and a good way to floss our brains. When we went in this week the librarian while eyeing my stack of Dora, Eloise and Hello Kitty literature asked if I
needed wanted to join the adult summer reading program. The information sheet said I needed to read 3 novels by July 31 either the old fashioned way or via audio or e-reading device. Since I listen to a book on cd to and from work and could add Eclipse classic american fiction to my list I happily agreed to sign up. Synergistically speaking I was happy to note that the program is sponsored by both a local book and coffee chain. When you turn in your list you get a free drink coupon from the coffee store and are entered to win some nifty book and e-reading device prizes.
So while I have to tropical or fanciful destination plans this summer that will actually put me on a plane, I do have some happy plans to win me a coffee and possibly a Nook Color! Any favorite summer reads out there you’d like to recommend? The Help & Her Fearful Symmetry are on my nightstand right now and I’d happily stack your recommendations there with them!
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Sounds like a good idea to me! I have been trying to get some reading down before this baby comes, but it takes me about twice as long because I keep falling asleep.
sounds like a nice to spend lunch break. Hope you win something 🙂
I have Norwegian Wood and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami to read next and some Danish novels 🙂
How about Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
How about Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
library also on my list of destinations. 3 years in l.a. and still no library card! i know i shouldn’t admit that!
This might be a little heavy for summer reading, but my favorite book I read recently was “We Need to Talk About Kevin”. It was recently made into a movie with Tilda Swinton.
What a great corner view destination! We love libraries in our family, too, and I have such fond memories of visiting and checking out books with my daughter when she was young. I love your phrase, “a good way to floss our brains.” 🙂
As for recommendations… if you like historical fiction, anything by Rosemary Sutcliff is wonderful (particularly her trilogy, beginning with The Eagle of the Ninth. Don’t confuse it with the horrible film based on the book.) Technically, she wrote young adult fiction, but that was before the grand “dumbing down” of adolescent literature…
And I think I’ll brush up on The Hobbit this summer, since that movie is coming out in the not-too-distant future…
For sci-fi, I recommend C.S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy.
I loved Goat Song by Kessler – part meditation on life (totally inspiring), part raising goats and making chevre (so interesting and fascinating), part more than you’d ever want to know about goat reproduction (a little part, but right at the beginning).
i’m reading The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent and enjoying it quite a bit.