Friday, February 20, 2015

My Favorite Book: A Timeline

          In my last blog I was asked what favorite book was and as I thought about it, I realized this was not going to be a straightforward answer so I decided to dedicate my next blog to the question.

          At first I tried to narrow it down to my all-time favorite book, but eventually came to the conclusion that it’s impossible for me to do. So instead, this blog will be a list of the books that have been my favorite at various points in my life. Everything from Dr. Seuss all the way to Nora Roberts.

          We’ll start at the beginning. Some of my earliest memories are of my mom reading me a bedtime story. In those very early years, my favorite books were the Dr. Seuss books, like The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham. I even had a Green Eggs and Ham board game. Little Golden Books were also some of my favorite books at that age, especially The Poky Little Puppy and The Monster at the End of This Book.

          A few years later, I had progressed to the Junie B. Jones books, my favorite being Junie B. Jones and the Yucky Blucky Fruitcake. I’m pretty sure I got it through a Scholastic book order. By this point I was learning to read by myself, but bedtime rituals were sacred things not to be messed with, so Mom had to read them to me. I loved this series because it was so funny. Not only was I laughing, but my older brother would listen in and he would laugh too.
          I can’t remember any favorite books in particular for several years, but by the time 4th and 5th grade rolled around I was reading Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, and The Hobbit. I can thank my older brother for introducing me to these books. I remember being bored out of my mind with nothing to read, so I decided to snoop through his room to see if I could find anything interesting. And I did. I started both series because I couldn’t find anything better to read, and I am glad I couldn’t. To this day, both series hold a special place in my heart.
         In the next few years I discovered a whole new genre, romance. I spent one whole year reading all the Nora Roberts books that were out at the time. Eventually I got sick and tired of all the straight up romance. I learned that if I was going to read a romance, it had to involve new elements and genres. Whether that took the form of mystery or supernatural didn’t matter as long as there was something besides the romance. I found a new author named Sherrilyn Kenyon who put a new twist on vampires and combined it with world mythology and bad-ass characters and I am still a big fan of hers today.
          Eventually, I started reading YA novels. It was at that point that I started the Percy Jackson series. They in turn led me to The Mortal Instruments and Cassandra Clare.
          This brings us to the present point. Since I’ve started college, I haven’t had as much time to find new authors and books to fall in love with. I’m lucky if I stay caught up with all the book series and TV shows I’m watching.
          I hope you all enjoyed this blog and check back next week for another installment. Leave any questions or comments below! Thanks!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

An Introduction

          I guess my first blog post should be an introduction and an explanation of why I chose to blog about libraries and books. Some of my earliest memories are of reading with my mom. It was part of my bedtime ritual; get into my pjs, brush my teeth, and choose a book for mom to read to me. This tradition continued for many years, eventually I began to read to my mom. Also among some of my earliest memories are trips to the local library. We used to go once or twice a month and I can remember sitting in the aisles of the children’s section, reading book after book. As I got older and could read faster, we went more frequently to the library. By the time I was in high school, we went every week, and every week I got a new sackful of books to be devoured in the coming days.

                                                The library I went to as a child.

          The library was always one of my favoite places to go to and before I could drive myself, I would badger my mom to make sure she hadn't forgotten that we needed to make a trip. It got to the point where the librarians knew me by name and even now, when I only go back a couple times a year, some of the older librarians still recognize me and ask how I'm doing.

          When I started college, I got a job as a student worker at the library. I think it is one of the best decisions I have ever made because it helped me realize that this is what I wanted to do, to work in a library and become a librarian. So when I graduate this Spring, I plan to go on to graduate school and get my MLS, my Master of Library Science.