To-Read Tuesday

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Here’s what we’re reading this week:

Heidi –

I tried reading Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother this week, but I didn’t finish it; it was too techno-jargon-filled for my already-full brain. I’m going to try it another time. This weekend I read Maureen Johnson’s The Bermudez Triangle. Now I’m reading Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn for a book club and Faithful Place by Tana French. Ha! I’m a promiscuous reader… see my GoodReads. Friend me!

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Well I gave up on the two book club books.  I hate giving up on books.  It makes me really sad.  But when I got an email telling me that a copy of Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom was available for me at the library I figured it was a sign.  I just read Franzen’s The Corrections last month and flew through that so I’m super pumped for this book.  Trying to get some reading in on my lunch break so that at night I can focus on school reading….


In preparation for an interview on Friday, I am hoping to spend some time this week with Wildemuth’s Applications of Social Research Methods to Questions in Information and Library Science. Besides that, most of my reading time this week will be spent scrambling to do assigned readings for classes, although I’m hoping to track down and spend some time with some other LIS theory/research methods books if time permits.

Lauren –

This week I’m feeling very meta, as I’m reading The Reader by Bernard Schlink. I’m near the end, and I’m really enjoying it, in spite of the fact that anything that mentions the Holocaust has the potential to make me sob. I’m also starting Pale Blue Dot by Carl Sagan, and I’m pretty excited about that.

Micah –

Keeping with ole magazine theme – I always do make a point to read American Libraries when it comes. Its always a great quick read, and overview top issues and discussions going on around the field. Flipping through the Jan/Feb edition I came across a really inspiring article titled, “Is ALA Ripe for Rebellion?” by Jim Rettig. I am actually planning a future post as a response to this article, but I’ll give you the preview: YES! ALA is ripe for rebellion, and it will come from the likes of us! I won’t spoil the article, you should definitely read it yourself, but it did make me very excited to become more active in the organization if only for the purpose of revolutionizing it to meet my (and our) needs as young professionals. Kinda like that final scene in the seminal 1998 film “SLC Punk” starring Matthew Lilliard. And I quote, “We can do a hell of a lot more damage in the system than outside of it.”

Britt –

I’ve been reading voraciously, about a book a day (usually between the hours of midnight and 2am), but I can’t say anything about it because the titles are for a book award committee.  We’re reading around 150 books in about two and half months to announce the winner during National Library Week (April 10- 16).  Outside of that, I’ve been getting all these signs from the universe to read In Search of Lost Time (or Remembrance of Things Past, depending on the translation) by Marcel Proust, but I am not picking that up during the last four months of grad school!

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    • Thanks for sharing this. I was just having a conversation with a co-worker about qualitative research. I think this could be a great help for both of us. I’m putting this on my to-read list!


  1. I really liked Little Brother! I actually just bought another book by Doctorow. He has interesting (and frightening at times) viewpoints, and I think his books are fantastic for young adults (esp males). And Maureen Johnson is fabulous.


    • I think I will definitely LOVE Little Brother when I try reading it again. It just didn’t fit well with other things going on in my life at the moment. I am definite believer of reading for your mood. So, don’t worry! I will be reading it again!

      I just put People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks on my to-read list today after coincidentally several people from all parts of my life mentioned it. Has anyone else read it?


      • I loved the story of Little Brother but like you was a bit thrown off by the techno jargon. I listened to it and found that helped a bit. I hope you pick it up again and like laurengibaldi I have other books by Corey Doctorow and am frighteningly disturbed at times, but always engaged with his idea of the future.


  2. One of the clerks at my internship brought me a graphic novel of a history of the Beats (my all-time favorite literary movement). Wish I could have had that to post about! I think I’m saving it for a long Sunday breakfast.
    Nicole, please let us know how “Freedom” goes! I wasn’t a huge fan of “The Corrections,” though I knew it was good (if that makes sense). “Freedom” is on my potentials list.


      • It’s called “The Beats: A Graphic History.” A big collaboration, but Harvey Pekar did a lot of the script writing. My fav bit, which I read last night, is a reflection on Beat “chicks.” Carolyn Cassidy’s autobiography is mentioned. Might have to check that out!


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