Grounding Academic Librarianship and Elitism


Less than four months into my MLIS, I have already become immersed in the library world within academia. Not only do I wish to be an academic librarian after I graduate, but being in a library program, working within an academic library, and doing service work in library-related activities has basically taken over my being. And I like it. For the past year, I have wanted libraries to be my life because I felt like I finally found my passion. But now that I am fully immersed in this deep dive, I also see the danger of academic elitism, an elitism which underpays adjunct professors and reflects neoliberal ideals. Will being an academic librarian make it difficult for me to effect change in the “real world” because I am so entrenched in academic lingo? Will lengthening my CV remove myself from applying the principles I promote? I often…

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ALA Midwinter 2o16

To those of you readers outside of the library world, the American Library Association (ALA) hosts an annual, and a midwinter conference every year. This January, Boston hosted the ALA Midwinter conference. I completed my MSLIS in December 2013, but haven’t been in a financial position where I have been able to justify going to a conference. I have been fortunate enough to attend a few regional conferences, that I have enjoyed going to though.

In December I heard that my library might provide a van for some staff to go to Boston to see the Exhibit Hall. I was thrilled for a chance to attend even just the exhibits, without any breakout sessions. Upon entering the exhibit hall I was completely overwhelmed.

There were so many booths to visit! I felt like a child on Halloween collecting all of the free candy and swag from vendors as I could. At the end of the day I had a full duffle bag, as well as two shopping bags that were full. I collected ribbons and stickers, pins and funny postcards, as well as posters and even better yet… free books! I hauled home 22 books, and I cannot wait to read them. It’s thrilling to get advanced reading copies of books. I can only hope to make/find time to read them as the Spring semester begins.

Having the chance to go to ALA was exhilarating, and I hope to be able to attend the full conference in the future as my career advances.

Bad Romeo/Broken Juliet Dual Review

Often while rating books on Goodreads I have to really think about how many stars I am going to give a book. Usually hovering between, “Is this a 3 or a 4? Well it’s sort of in between do I go higher or lower?” Bad Romeo and Broken Juliet are two books that I did not have to question how I was going to rate them.

I borrowed both of these books as audiobooks through the Overdrive app and my local library. I listened to Bad Romeo and then anxiously waited on a Hold List for the Broken Juliet. The books are a two volume series and follow characters Cassie Taylor and Ethan Holt through their tumultuous relationship from their first year in acting college through starring in a Broadway play. Readers are present for every up and down of the couple as they experience a love story as powerful as that of Romeo and Juliet.

I enjoyed listening to these novels…well I mean duh, they both got 5 stars from me! As a reader it’s always fun to get caught up in a story and taken to a different life/world. I love watching movies and seeing plays so it was interesting to see the relationship of two people in budding acting careers. I hate giving away spoilers in my reviews so in turn keep the details mostly under wraps. But I think if you enjoy stories that have couples that have real problems and their hard work in those relationships you’ll enjoy this book. Author Leisa Rayven hit a home run with this story as far as I’m concerned!

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Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven. Book 1 in the Starcrossed Series

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Broken Juliet by Leisa Rayven. Book 2 in the Starcrossed Series

It Seems I’m the Only One

Have you ever read a book that won a bunch of awards, seems to be loved by all, but you didn’t like it? That’s what happened to me when I read The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. I’m not going to say I hated it…it was ok. But I honestly don’t understand all of the hype about it.

Ok so the main character’s an alcoholic…and rides the train past her ex-husbands house–ALL OF THE TIME. I couldn’t quite get past the messed up stalker tendencies in her character. It took pretty much all I had in me to continue reading the book through the monotony of riding the train.

Hawkins did succeed in the twist at the end of the book, but I really wish I didn’t have to wait until I was 3/4 done with the book to get any hint of excitement out of it.

I rated this one 3/5 stars on Goodreads–purely for that twist.

Happy reading!

Book Review: The Lost Sisterhood

Title: The Lost Sisterhood: a novel
Author: Anne Fortier
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages: 608
Publish Date: March 11, 2014
My Goodreads rating: 5 stars
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Lost Sisterhood Cover

I am still getting used to posting on here more often. So I apologize that this review is for a book I finished a month ago. I’m working on getting my act together, I promise!!

Normally reading a book as lengthy as The Lost Sisterhood is difficult with my busy schedule, but this book hooked me in. I’ve seen various other reviews of the novel comparing it to a Dan Brown thriller but with a female protagonist, and although I can see the connection I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing.

In The Lost Sisterhood, Diana Morgan is a young academic at Oxford with an obsession of the Amazons from Greek mythology. For those of you who don’t know the tale of the Amazons they were said to be a nation of female warriors. One of their more notable battles was on the side of Troy against the Greeks in the Trojan War.  These Amazons would procreate with men from foreign tribes and keep the resulting female children in their all female nation.  The male children were sent away. Morgan’s research focuses on the Amazons although many academics ridicule her as they believe the Amazons to be fiction. I don’t want to spoil too much, so I will leave it at a story that mixes the stories of the Amazons with the story of Diana Morgan hunting down their story.

When I read, I read to get lost in the world of the book I am reading. Although the voice of the author and characters is a big part of being able to get lost in the plot, I am not overly critical of the quality of writing.  That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed the story. The writing allows the reader to visualize the story in great detail. I found myself alongside the characters at Oxford, and in each of the locations that she pursued the developing story of the Amazons in search of the truth.

I believe this book will be of interest to readers that enjoy historical fiction, thrillers, adventures, traveling, Greek mythology and those looking to find answers to the past. I will definitely be reading another Anne Fortier book in the future.

My question for you readers: What kinds of books do you like to read?

Happy reading folks!

The Wolf of Wall Street, What’s the Hype?

Let me just say this: I don’t understand all the hype around The Wolf of Wall Street. That goes for both the book and the movie.

I had not heard of the book until the movie came out in theaters, but it didn’t seem like something I wanted to spend $10 and over two hours doing, so I didn’t watch it. Months passed and I kept hearing the film being mentioned, although not in detail. Once I saw it come up on my Netflix I decided it was time to give in and watch it (almost). Of course I wanted to read it first, or in this case listen since I went the audiobook route.

I downloaded the book and started listening. I had a hard time finishing it. According to a article what Jordan Belfort wrote is true. He partied harder than hard until finally off to jail he went. At most, this book reinforced my anti-drug attitude.

Then of course we have the film adaptation starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Martin Scorsese. Names were changed from the book/real life, which seemed a bit pointless to me. Many articles have been published on the book and his life. The real names aren’t exactly difficult to find. While reading the book I had a sense of events being true. On the other hand, the film seemed gimmicky and over the top. Was this done to keep watchers from believing that this lifestyle existed (exists?) in the corporate world. The youth population of America, and the media, are focused on the party, sex, and money lifestyle and the film played to that. It focused on the partying and highs from the drugs instead of the illegality of Belfort’s actions. The book gave the reader the feeling of catharsis from the author, but the film was just a big party.

What did I learn from The Wolf of Wall Street? I learned that as a woman in my mid-twenties I am extremely straight-laced. I was also amazed that Belfort et. al. were able to get away with what they did for so long. Can anybody please explain to me why there was such a big hullabaloo about this book/movie?

Danny’s All Grown Up

shining “Here’s Johnny” says check out Dr. Sleep! I watched Stephen King’s The Shining for the first time when I was a freshman in college. I immediately fell in love the film, so when my book club picking the Shining as our book for last October I was a bit nervous to read the novel. Normally I follow “the book is better than the movie” as rule of thumb, but I really was unsure what to think the novel would be like in comparison. Turns out I loved the book, although in a very different way from the movie. I was able to keep the two separate from each other. nhusa (For frame of reference as to where New Hampshire is, a small geography lesson!) I was elated when I read that Wendy and Jack were from New Hampshire and went to the University of New Hampshire, my alma mater! So it’s not a huge surprise that I was thrilled as I discovered the majority of Dr. Sleep takes place in my home state as well. The creepy REDRUM child is now an adult, and it’s his turn to be a mentor to a child that has the shine.  That child, Abra, has remarkable capabilities. Dan’s (remember, he’s an adult now) analogy of their respective capabilities refers to his shine being like a flashlight and her’s being a lighthouse! Clearly that is bound to cause some trouble. King introduces a group called the True Knot to feed on the shine. Creepy! drsleep It was interesting to see the new development in Dan’s life after a troublesome childhood. I think that King was able to create a new story for those both familiar and unfamiliar with the Shining. The majority focused on the new plot, but there were many hints to the previous novel. Dr. Sleep could be read on its own, but I think the reader might get a bit lost at points where someone who has read (keyword: read, not watched) the Shining has light bulb moments connecting the two plots. Enjoy and Happy Reading!