Mr. Darcy’s Daughters

Books

A friend of mine recently posted to Facebook that she’d read a certain number of books in 2011, and she thanked Library Thing for making it easy to keep track of them. I thought it might be fun in 2012 to keep tracks of the books that I read, so I signed up for an account.

Yes, it’s another social media thing. But plenty of people keep track of the books that they read, right? I often wish that my library kept track of the books that I read, so I could remember them. (Don’t tell anyone I said that! It’s strict librarian code to keep people’s reading habits a big secret!) Seriously, though, libraries don’t do this, so that Big Brother can’t ask them to turn over people’s reading lists. Still, for those of us that don’t care whether Big Brother knows what we read, and only want to keep track of their books, it’d be an easy solution, since it’s pretty much were I get all my books now.

ANYWAY, I read one of the books yesterday, and I thought maybe I could write a review of it for the benefit of y’all. (Don’t expect me to do this with all the books I read this year. Mostly because I don’t want to admit what kind of trash I read most of the time.) Continue reading

Hanging the books out to dry

Hanging the books out to dry

As I believe I mentioned in an earlier post, the library where I work has recently had some water issues. My boss brought some of the damaged books up from the basement and placed them, fanned out, on the reference stacks. She asked me to go through them if I had a chance and fan them out again, because some of the damp pages are sticking together.

It’s a total cliché, if you’re a librarian, to say you love books (and some librarians get angry if you come up to them and say, “Must be a great job you have, looking at books all day”), but I do love books. I love the feel of books, I love the smell of books, I like turning over a crisp page. I love big, old books with leather covers and gilt-covered edges on the pages. I love looking at the library book cards that you can still find in some older books in some libraries.

Professor Pirsig

These damaged books appeared to be in the Juvenile Justice section (KF9813). One of them had been checked out by Professor Maynard Pirsig, former Dean of the University of Minnesota Law School, and father of the author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. I thought that was kind of cool.