Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Complaints, Etc.

There is something so brain-numbing about waking up early for work. By early, I mean 6:30am. I'm used to doing 7:45 or 8... but this early stuff is killing me. Especially when I worked till 9pm the night before...

You know, I used to get up early every day. My previous job was in a school, so I was always up around that time. Sure didn't take me long to get used to sleeping in. I think one of my other problems with this early stuff is that I only have to do it once a week. Meaning, I'll never get in the habit of doing it. I'd rather not... but still.

Enough complaining. This weekend I went to see 9.

Honestly, I really liked it. I didn't know much about it - but really the trailers don't give much info. I thought it was really well done and I'd definitely recommend it if you're into animated movies.
It was a lot more "steam punk" than I expected it to be. Kind of a what-would-happen-after-humans-are-taken-over-by-machines story. It was more in the action/adventure/almost thriller.
Anyway, I liked it and recommend it.
I'm really just writing about it to keep my brain-juices flowing and not drop my head on my desk for a nap. It doesn't help that our office is FREEZING. As in, I almost brought in a scarf and cap to sit in the office with. Unnecessary blowing AC is very unfortunate. I'm hoping I don't get sick from it. Alas.
I'm off to get some work done, I suppose. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Milestone Time!

I've had a bit of a milestone around here. Yesterday marked two years that I have lived and worked in New York. Kind of exciting, huh?

Luckily that anniversary is pretty easy for me to remember. On my first day, there was a special activity that only happens once a year - the staff appreciation breakfast. It always happens around the same time - so really.... the breakfast is for me to celebrate my yearly anniversary.

Some days I really can't believe I've been here that long. Others, I feel like I've been here much longer. I suppose that's how it is everywhere... and everyone thinks that... I was just having my moment :).

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Reading Challenge

In past years I've tried to set a number of books to read in that year - really it's taken the place of my "new years resolution." Last year I read 80 books... and i was pretty proud of myself. I think I'm still just excited to be able to read without having school stuff get in the way. Everything I've read is because I want to. It's a wonderful freedom.

This year I found an online book challenge to give me a different sort of goal. The 999 challenge. Sounds daunting, doesn't it?

The whole thing is that you read nine books in nine categories in 2009. That would be a total of 81 books - giving me a little lead on last year's number... but some people also took another level of the challenge and tried to do it by 09/09/09.... yesterday. I almost made it. I lack two books (both classics, of course). But I've read more than 9 in some categories... so perhaps it still counts as complete. Right? Right.

I figured I needed to branch out of my fantasy/sci fi/favorite authors stuff and read something else. And I have to say, it has made me a better librarian for it. I've actually been able to talk about books that I wouldn't have had any idea about before. I would totally recommend doing this to anyone who is an avid reader. It totally broadens your scope.

So I guess I'm going to write my book list here. I'll put stars next to the ones that I loved the most :). Those aren't the only ones I recommend though. Enjoy!

Young Adult Fiction Challenge
Realistic Fiction
Caught Between the Pages - Merlene Carvell
Undone - Brook Taylor
Cracked Up to Be - Courtney Summers
Jellicoe Road - Melina Marchetta
Peeled - Joan Bauer **
Boot Camp - Todd Strasser
Same Difference - Siobhan Vivian **
Dead is the New Black - Marlene Perez
Dirty Laundry - Daniel Ehrenhaft
School for Dangerous Girls - Eliot Schreiber
Dead is a State of Mind - Marlene Perez
Max (A Maximum Ride Novel) - James Patterson
Death By Bikini - Linda Gerber
Princess of the Midnight Ball - Jessica Day George **
Gentlemen - Michael Northrop
The Awakening - Kelley Armstrong **
Death by Latte - Linda Gerber
Science Fiction
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins **
Skinned - Robin Wasserman **
GemX - Nicky Singer
Dangerous Days of Daniel X - James Patterson
Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
Leviathan - Scott Westerfeld
Neptune's Children - Bonnie Dobkin
The Carbon Diaries - Saci Lloyd **
Dragon's Keep - Janet Lee Carey
Generation Dead - Daniel Waters **
Gregor the Overlander - Suzanne Collins
Lord of Misrule (A Morganville Vampires Novel) - Rachel Caine
Shadow Kiss (A Vampire Academy Novel) - Richelle Mead
Sucks to be Me - Kimberly Pauley
Fragile Eternity - Melissa Marr
Persistance of Memory - Amelia Atwater Rhodes
Impossible - Nancy Werlin **
City of Glass (Mortal Instruments Series) - Cassandra Clare **
Hunted: a House of Night Novel - PC and Kristin Cast
The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan **
Evermore -Alyson Noel
Historical Fiction
Ivy - Julie Hearn
Envy (A Luxe novel)- Anna Godbersen
The Season - Sarah MacLean
Newes From the Dead - Mary Hooper
The Red Necklace - Sally Gardner
The Smile - Donna Jo Napoli
Ten Cents a Dance - Christine Fletcher
A Voice of Her Own - Barbara Dana
Graphic Novels
Watchmen - Alan Moore
Breaking Up - Aimee Friedman
Plain Janes - Cecil Castellucci
Life Sucks- Jessica Abel
Cairo - G. Willow Wilson
The Good Neighbors (Kin) - Holly Black **
Japan Ai - Aimee Major Steinberger
Heroes (Companion to the TV show) - various authors
Urban Fiction
Hot Girl - Dream Jordan
Work What You Got - Stephanie Perry Moore
Tyrell - Coe Booth **
Shortie Like Mine - Nini Simone
Hotlanta - Denene Millner and Mitzi Miller
Push - Sapphire
Jason and Kyra - Dana Davidson
Shooter - Walter Dean Myers
Messed Up- Janet Lynch
"Chick Lit"
At Face Value - Emily Franklin
Girl v. Boy - Yvonne Collins and Sandy Rideout
Jet Set - Carrie Karasyov
Gamer Girl - Mari Mancusi **
Being Nikki - Meg Cabot
The Girls - Tucker Shaw
Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks- Lauren Myracle **
Oh. My. Gods. - Tera Lynn Childs **
Audrey, Wait! - Robin Benway **
Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
1984 - George Orwell
Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut
A Separate Peace - John Knowles
The Stranger - Albert Camus
(two more classics to be added... once I read them :))
Sorry for the length... but that's how it goes, I suppose :).