Currently Crazy, You Mean

The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District has a terrific system where you can go online and ask for copies of books at Branch A to be sent to Branch B. Or Branch Z.

So, if the book I want is in Boulder City, I can just click-click-click and - assuming it's available - it will land at my local branch (Spring Valley) within a couple of days. I get an email asking me to pick it up sometime in the next week, and all is grand.

Usually it takes more than a few days to get the notice because the books are checked out. So, I've become used to simply requesting everything I want then gathering the bounty at a reasonable, staggered pace.

Today a co-worker came in and insisted that I take her copy of Emile Zola's The Kill and read it. Sock-knocking was guaranteed. I thought, well, I'm almost done with Palin, and I don't know if I'll like the paperbacks I picked up the other day, so sure, okay.

Then all of my library requests, save two, came in. Now that's a thunk to knock your socks off.

And I probably shouldn't mention that, just for guilty fun, I've finally been enjoying a re-read of The Bell Jar. During my prep. I keep telling you guys - I am a naughty teacher.

My "currently reading" list at Goodreads, behold and fear:

  • Michael Palin Diaries: The Python Years, 1969-1979 -  Palin, Michael
  • The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents -  Pratchett, Terry
  • Googie: Fifties Coffee Shop Architecture -  Hess, Alan
  • Orange Roofs, Golden Arches: The Architecture of American Chain Restaurants -  Langdon, Philip
  • Leisure Architecture of Wayne McAllister -  Nichols, Chris
  • Apartment Therapy: The Eight-Step Home Cure -  Gillingham-Ryan, Maxwell
  • Beautiful Shadow: A Life of Patricia Highsmith -  Wilson, Andrew
  • The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus (Canongate Myths) -  Atwood, Margaret
  • The Orphan's Tales: In the Night Garden -  Valente, Catherynne
  • Hunting Unicorns -  Pollen, Bella
  • PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives -  Warren, Frank
  • The Freedom Writers Diary -  Gruwell, Erin (I think I'll have a lot to say about this one later...)
  • The Dirty Girls Social Club -  Valdes-Rodriguez, Alisa
  • The Painted Veil -  Maugham, W. Somerset
  • The Kill -  Zola, Émile
  • Life of Pi -  Martel, Yann
  • Men at Arms -  Pratchett, Terry
  • Hogfather -  Pratchett, Terry
  • Guards! Guards! -  Pratchett, Terry

15 April 2008 |






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