Library Fangirl

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This is such a fantastic piece touching on so many things.  Neil Gaiman effortlessly puts into words so many crucial and simple truths about libraries, reading for pleasure, and encouraging a love of literacy and imagination in children.  Seriously, this man just gets it.


The Sherlock Holmes one would be better if it were Benedict Cumberbatch Sherlock — but if it were, I’m sure that woman wouldn’t so much be sleeping peacefully as she would actually be jumping Mr. Cumberbatch’s sexy super sleuth body~

(Not that we can’t still read Harry Potter again, mind you.  Obviously it just means we have to read really extra fast to fit them all in.)

Neat website if you’re stuck on what to choose for your next book.  Simply enter in the author or title of a book you like, and you’ll be presented with a list of books and author favorited by other readers that you may enjoy.

Kind of like a very simplistic, stripped down version of Novelist.  May be good in a jam though if you’re standing in a bookstore feeling overwhelmed!

Straight eye candy, nothing more.

(And FYI, fellow Benedict Cumberbatch fans, please direct your attention to #7.  As George Takai would say, "Oh myyyyyy~")  :3

A brief summary of some of the interesting results from a recent Goodreads user survey about how readers are finding out about books, where they get them from, and how they’re reading them.  The full survey and accompanying slides can be found here.  (Note the particularly encouraging stat showing that libraries are the number one source Goodreads users are acquiring their books through!)

According to the survey, print books are also still the favored medium for reading by Goodreads members, though the overwhelming majority of users use some combination of both print and e-books.  (I’m of this camp, myself.)

At the beginning of this month, the Canadian penny was retired. By the end of it, the pope will be gone, too.

With any luck, 2013 will see a similarly bold, progressive shakeup for the books world: the year the hardcover finally disappears. By all means, let’s thank it for its many years of service, give it its brass ring, and raise its jersey to the rafters. Then let’s tell it to scram.

For my own personal reading interest, I say AMEN, BROTHER!  I’ve always hated the expensiveness and overall bulkiness of hardcovers.  Sure, they’re pretty, and yes, they’re more durable, but does that really compare to a small, lightweight paperback you can conveniently toss in your purse?  I always try and hold out buying a book until the mass market edition to be released (hello, A Dance With Dragons paperback, where are you?!  *Pulls at hair*)

With that said, I completely understand why libraries would be against the hardcover format being abandoned; hardcovers and trade editions make up the bulk of most library’s fiction collections due to their longevity.  Their tear-resistant covers and quality binding make for a much longer shelf life as opposed to their flimsy paperback counterparts, which while more convenient for many people, don’t last through many circulations before having to be thrown away.

What’s your opinion?  Hardcover books: impractical money grab or worth keeping around?

And lo from the heavens did the God of Literature (who is not, however self-appointed, Jonathan of Franzen) come down from its heavenly cloud made of unreleased Atwood novels and an unpublished fourth book of the Millennium series, and it did tell unto a lowly blogger the Ten Commandments of a righteous readerly life.

10. Thou shalt not spoil.

It is not up to thee to tell unto the people how Snape doth dispatch with Dumbledore lo upon the termination of the Good Wizardly Books. Shutteth thy mouth until thy friends have had a chance to read, or thou art knave.

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Hahaha, so much love for this.

I especially appreciate #5 ("Some may write, some may dog-ear. Thou art not the God of Literature, art thou? Then pipeth down." I admit I’m guilty of this — I can’t stand it when I see a dog eared page or that someone has highlighted in a book.  I get all *HULK SMASH!*) and #9 ("And admitteth it: thy problem with thy mother reading 50 SHADES OF GREY is primarily that she liketh the sexy bits. Groweth up." IT’S FUNNY BECAUSE IT’S TRUE.)