september nick hornby copycat

Books Bought This Month
Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot
Trapped Beyond the Magic Attic by Sheri Cooper Sinykin
The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales by Bruno Bettelheim
Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri

Books Received/Acquired This Month
Vigilante Nights by Erin Richards (from publisher)
Piece of My Heart by Lynn Maddalena Menna (from publisher, not for public review)
Escape from Eden by Elisa Nader (from publisher, not for public review)
Sideshow of Merit by Nicole Pietsch (from publisher, not for public review)
Brotherhood by A.B. Westrick (ARC)
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
The Lynching of Louie Sam by Elizabeth Stewart (from publisher)
Underground America: Narratives of Undocumented Lives edited by Peter Orner
If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan (from publisher, not for public review)
All Our Pretty Songs by Sarah McCarry (from publisher, not for public review)
Backward Glass by David Lomax (from publisher, not for public review)
The Cutting Room Floor by Dawn Klehr (from publisher, not for public review)
Somebody Up There Hates You by Hollis Seamon (from publisher)
Nosh on This: Gluten-Free Baking from a Jewish-American Kitchen by Lisa Stander-Horel and Tim Horel
Shadows by Paula Weston (from publisher, not for public review)
Second Verse by Jennifer Walkup (from publisher, not for public review)
Call Me Amy by Marcia Strykowski (from publisher, not for public review)

Books Borrowed This Month
Ballistics by Billy Collins
The Vine Basket by Josanne La Valley
In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination by Margaret Atwood (audiobook)
Earth Girl by Janet Edwards
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach (audiobook)

Books Finished This Month
Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon
Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn
Torn by David Massey
And Then She Said… edited by J.D. Zahneiser
The After Girls by Leah Konen
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
Gated by Amy Christine Parker
The Vine Basket by Josanne La Valley
How to Never Look Fat Again by Charla Krupp
All Our Pretty Songs by Sarah McCarry

So apparently graduating from school actually left me with less time to pleasure read. I guess that’s what happens when you spend 40+ hours a week in one place where it’s frowned upon to just be reading books all day (contrary to popular belief, that’s NOT what librarians do all day). Once again, I suck at reading as much as I should be. And my to-read list just keeps growing, thanks to way too many students who pick reading as their main form of entertainment.

I find that amazing, because even I don’t do that. And I love reading. I am pretty sure that I love to read. I guess I have found it tiresome of late because I haven’t been able to totally choose my reading – I had syllabi, papers to write, projects to do; plus I have to read for a committee – and that ends with me feeling as if I read a lot of derivative The Giver-esque crap or otherwise bad stuff that feels not worth my time, or it just makes me feel like I can’t enjoy a book because I have to think about it a lot.

That’s not actually bad, because I tend only to remember a book if I’ve spent a lot of time talking about it or writing about it or both. But because sometimes it sucks, I’ve forgotten how to make myself enjoy it.

That’s where my job is awesome, because I talk to teenage girls who love to read and love to talk about what they’re reading, and they say smart things that are far more articulate than things I would have said when I was a teenager, even if they are things I felt. I love that. I love that I check out a book to a student who returns it at lunch, not because she changed her mind, but just because she was ravenous and read it that quickly.

It makes me want to do better, to remember why I love to read. And that requires reading. And thinking about it. And writing about it. And talking about it. Here’s to, I hope, more books read and more blog posts here.

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