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Best title spotted today:

To the Last Man I Slept with and All the Jerks Just Like Him
 
Well, I can think of multiple books to go with that title. Fiction and nonfiction both.
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I was reading a blog post about marking age/reading levels on books, and found this wonderful philosophy regarding allowing your kids to read:
[My father] once told a friend who was astounded by something I was reading: “If she’s too young to understand something either it won’t hurt her, or she’ll ask us and we’ll explain it to her. If she’s old enough to understand it, then it won’t hurt her.”

Yes. I was allowed to read pretty much anything, and I think it contributed a lot to my education. Historical fiction is the only reason I know anything about certain historical periods, since I found history class to be unbelievably boring and always tuned out. And I would ask my mother, "Why would this character have done this? Wouldn't it have been a good thing?" and she would explain how the time/culture was so different from what I knew.

I plan to tell my kids they can read anything in the house. I may hide away half-a-dozen or so very explicit books, but that's it. Anything else is fair game.
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What we have here is the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing’s users. As in, they sit on the shelf to make you look smart or well-rounded. Bold the ones you've read, underline the ones you read for school, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish.



Hmm. not doing as well as I thought. Then again, there's a fair amount of recent stuff on here I have no interest in reading ever (Life of Pi, The Historian). There are, I think, 14 I would like to read at some point. 3 of which I already own. I don't think I'm going to add them to my to-read list if they're not already there, however.

Edited to add LJ-cut. I need to remember how to do that without looking it up every time.
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I spent today entering more books into LibraryThing - this time, the ones I've read, but don't own. OK, just the non-fiction (waaay too much otherwise). Luckily, I kept a list of (new) books read from 2001 to early 2007. I don't think I'm going to bother much with trying to remember anything prior to that. I have to say, I do wish the library catalog would keep a record of what you've checked out.

I have read some truly weird stuff. But I can honestly say I found it all fascinating.
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Twice this week, I have had teenagers bring me stuff they thought was inappropriate for kids to check that I knew about them. And I had to explain both times that they were perfectly fine for the ages they were intended for, and that many people did not find them offensive. Meanwhile, I'm mentally thinking that isn't this the age where they should be rooting for more nudity?

One was a 13-year-old girl who thought It's Perfectly Normal shouldn't be in the children's room (it's a sex ed book for children, hand-drawn, cartoonish pictures). Then, a 14-year-old boy going through a stack of manga the YA librarian had brought in, and exclaiming that many shouldn't be available to teenagers be cause people were nekkid! Again, not photographs, hand-drawn, in B&W.

I despair for healthy attitudes toward sex in the future.
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I just wanted to share a passage from one of my favorite books that seems so appropriate for today. It's not pagan - it's from a religion in a fantasy novel - but certainly its roots are:
In darkness, in cold, in the midst of winter
where nothing walks the world but death and fear
let the brave rejoice: I call the light.

Out of darkness, light.
Out of silence, song.
Out of the sun's death, the birth of each year.

Out of cold, fire.
Out of death, life.
Out of fear, courage to see the day.

In darker night, brighter stars.
In greater fear, greater courage.
In the midst of winter, the world's birth.

In the book, the final line was "Praise to the High Lord," but I feel that I can substitute whatever feels appropriate. I don't know why many of my personal rituals come from books; I guess I just feel a real connection to the language, and it feels more powerful that anything I could write myself.

If this really appeals to anyone, it's from Elizabeth Moon's Deed of Paksenarrion trilogy - I think it's from the middle book.
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Amusing reference question of the day:

Teenage boy: Do you have Canary Road?
Me: Did you mean Cannery Row?
TB: Yeah, that's it.
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When I got to work today (at a branch not my own), the internet was down. On the public computers, even on the staff computers. And of course that meant no patrons were actually in the branch - as soon as they found out there was no internet, they turned around and left. It was looking to be an extremely boring day. I actually weeded their reference section - removing all the stuff they obtained when they opened in 1973! Seriously, anything older than me has to go, I don't care if the content isn't out of date (yes it can happen - religious reference, literary analysis, etc.).

But thankfully, just as I left for lunch, the problem was fixed. Yay for ITG!
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I don't think I mentioned before, but Mom visited this weekend to see the new place. She very pleased to see us in an actual decent apartment (not to mention being able to sleep in an actual guest room, inflatable mattress on the floor notwithstanding).

So her flight today was at 10:30. She wanted to be dropped off around 9, just to make sure there was plenty of time for security lines and so forth. And because we were unsure about traffic, we left the house at 8.

With the end result that I arrived at work 45 minutes early. Forty-five minutes! What a waste. But it's not quite enough time to be worth going home, so ....

Mom was also tickled by my (relatively) new curly hair. I myself am still trying to figure out how my hair can just turn curly in my late twenties. Weird. I'm sure it's hormone levels, but I didn't know they could do that. I guess I really did get some of dad's hair genes.

We had a lovely visit. We took her and Rich's mom out for a joint birthday dinner (their birthdays are two weeks from now and two weeks ago, respectively), and just kind of hung out all of Saturday, shopping and talking. We came home and she and Linda chatted while I put all my books away.

Books - I seperated them by genre this time (after shelving the paperbacks in the bookcase with the shorter shelves). I have an entire bookcase of just speculative fiction (let's summarize that as spaceships, wizards, and vampires) (I have so many cross-genre books I didn't want to break it down into SF, Fantasy, and horror), and three shelves of mysteries. And once I seperated the genre fiction out, I only had a single shelf of non-genre fiction, which I am just finding funny - I really do like the escapism, huh?

And there are still a couple of stacks of "themed" books that will become part of the decor, with these shelves. I'll post pictures - I think everyone who knows me will be amused. And we got this table for the oversize coffee table books. Nice, huh?

OK, enough about my books. Dear to my heart as the subject is. Next (and last) thing for the apartment is hanging the pictures - that'll be fun with concrete walls, huh?
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Data Mining 101: Finding subversives with Amazon Wishlists

I'd be a little scared by the privacy implications, but I'm too fascinated. Plus, since you CAN make a wish list private, and they're voluntarily created documents anyway, I don't think privacy issues really apply. What do you think the actual name used was? Something pretty common - Michael, or William, or something like that, I'd think.

Incidentally, have you loked at the Amazon wish list feature recently? You can have multiple lists! With varying levels of privacy. And you can make shopping lists for other people ("oh, mom would love that book, I should mark it down for her birthday ...").

Can we say how much better I'm doing with my posting frequency this year?
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an article about pranks? I love reading about these. I've got to get the book mentioned now.

http://www.economist.com/world/displaystory.cfm?story_id=5323412&tranMode=none
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1. bookmarks:
I have always saved any site that looked well-done as a bookmark, in case someone I knew asked me about the topic. Then I became a librarian, and strangers asked me about topics. I have over 1500 bookmarks organized in my personal hierarchy and publicly posted on a web page.

2. buffy:
I love(d) the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series, and even have a certain fondness for the movie. And I still read the fanfiction a couple of years after the demise.

3. csi:
CSI is also a favorite TV series. I love the building up of the clues to a picture of the event - it's like my favorite mystery novels.

4. etymology:
I'm fascinated by language in general, and how words evolve, shifting meanings and connotations.

5. folksonomies:
A new online trend of allowing "folks" to create their own categories for things (usually bookmarks), instead of a formal taxonomy decreed by some authority.

6. liad:
One of my favorite (and less well-known) SF series is the Liaden books by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller. Just amazing writing and world-building.

7. lost:
Another favorite TV series. For a librarian, I'm a serious TV junkie. I hope I don't have to explain what Lost is to anybody. However, I will say that survival stories have always been one of my favorites genres - Robinson Crusoe, Clan of the Cave Bear, anything where people are essentially in the middle of nowhere with no equipment or supplies - I love that.

8. paganism:
I consider myself a pagan, someone who reveres nature and believe in a mother goddess. I'm a solitary practitioner, since most gatherings of pagans seem to concentrate on stuff I have zero interest in, like tarot or astrology or auras or other new-agey crap. I would say I gradually converted starting around the time I moved to New York, though I had been interested in the idea since high school.

9. science fiction:
I've loved science fiction since early adolescence, and keep up with several series.

10. tivo:
I love, love my Tivo, though I'm not one of those evangelists trying to convert all my friends. Though I can lean that way if they ask me about it. I only wish they would hurry up with the tape one/watch one ability, for when my shows coincide.
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There is a reason I generally try not to start new books late in the day. Last night I was having trouble falling asleep and picked up my new book to read another chapter. At 2:45 I read the last page and turned off the light. At 7:45 my alarm went off. That is not good.

Why, why do I do that to myself?
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So today I went to a book conference - my first. The Romance Writers of America. It was pretty fun, actually. And for $25, I got 2 tote bags, a t-shirt, a decent lunch, and 16 paperback romances. Not a bad deal, even if relatively few of the books interest me (which I don't actually know, I haven't read the blurbs yet). And the speakers were interesting, making all kinds of points about how romance deserves respect as a genre.

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