Where Do We Go From Here?

I get that most people would do an end of the year wrap-up at like…the end of the year…but I started this blog just over a year ago and so I’m really not off by that much. Plus, it’s only January 16th, so cool your jets, it was just December like 16 days ago.

So, boys and girls, what did we learn about book challenges?

We learned they are pretty damn hard. Especially when working three jobs, taking four classes, attempting to keep up with homework, trying to get straight A’s (which I did, by the way, for the entirety of my grad school career. Sorry, just needed a moment to brag there), and keeping up a fun social life. For a while there, I legitimately stopped reading, just because I didn’t have the time. Sad Allie, indeed.

I have 35 books on The List, 6 of which I haven’t read yet (they’re future reads) and one that I started but then school happened and I had to stop, but I’m going back to it just ’cause it’s so dang good. Considering how busy I was, when I thought a year ago that I was going to have a really slow life, that’s pretty good, and I declare myself a winner! Because I can, that’s why.

So, where do we go from here?

Well now that I actually have time to read (oh. Do I have the time.) I’ve actually been reading! I just finished Freakonomics, which was fantastically awesome and I lurved it. But I don’t really want to write about it. I kind of want to write about why I read it, but not what’s in it, exactly, because you can find a summary anywhere and really, in looking back at the past year, I enjoyed writing about books and their applicability to other “things” (IDK either).

So, what’s the blog now?

The blog is the “I’m currently reading [this book named right here] and here’s why it’s good/not good/interesting/boring as s*** and why you should read it/avoid it at all costs/skim the wikipedia page to sound intelligent.” It’s also going to be the “current events in LibraryLand” blog because hey guess what I’m a librarian! and the “can you believe this [thing related to books] happened” blog. In short, I get to pick and choose. I have a lot of drafts that didn’t really fit with the old theme, and I’d like to write more about them (like why 50 Shades of Grey is still going like gangbusters, or why I think the new YA covers on classic literature is pretty cool and not worth feeling stressed about, or why I think getting an MBA to be a librarian would be a good thing).

So, the title of the blog changed, but the website stayed the same. What gives?

Well, I can change the title, but not the URL. “A Year of Reading Daringly” refers to the original challenge. I’m not good at expanding my horizons in reading, even though I love reading. Still need to work on that, so let’s keep working on that! And I think the URL for this blog is still perfect. There are 52 weeks in a year. It can be a challenge to read each and every one of those weeks, but it’s a good challenge, and I think I’m up to it. Let’s do this. (Again.)

I forgot that I don’t read fun books during school. Blegh.

Instead, I go to class four days a week, work 35 hours a week (that’s three jobs all at once), attempt to do my homework, keep my apartment clean, see my friends once in a while (at least, I assume they all still live in NYC), and eat something other than tuna melts with avocado.

So I don’t think I’m posting any more book reviews for a while. But here’s what I’m currently reading:

Consent of the Networked 

The Future of Academic Freedom

The Chronicles of Amber (this one is postponed until Christmas)

Recently I read:

Into Thin Air

The Help

Lola and the Boy Next Door

 

And just for kicks and giggles, here’s Becca’s post from a year ago when she decided to graduate a semester early as well.

Ra(w)R: Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone

Amelia Anne Is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield

Release date: July 5, 2012

Publisher: Dutton Books

Allie stats:

Difficulty level: No new words this time, but I had to work to pay attention or I’d miss something.

Time to completion: All together about 4 hours spread out over a week.

Ugh, Meh, Whatever, Yeah!, or OHMIGOSH: Yeah!

Review:

                This book, as are so many books, is about life and death. But whose life and whose death we’re actually talking about is a little hazy. Rebecca has just graduated from high school and is getting ready to move out of her little town. Amelia has just graduated from college, and was murdered. It seems like the plot line would be straightforward and guessable. It’s not.

There were a couple of things I really loved about this book. It’s almost like prose, really beautifully written with some odd sentence structures that catch both the eye and the mind. I really enjoyed that our characters were older rather than younger.  I don’t need characters to be set close to my age, but I feel that what they go through is more real when their lives go at the same pace mine did. I did reach a point in the book where I couldn’t read it last thing before going to sleep because it got to be super creepy, but I couldn’t put it down, so points there.

Keep an eye out for this one!

Quotable quotes:

By midnight, the lengthening shadows in the yard had become pitch-black and impenetrable. James was on the couch with me now. He had put his arm around me in spite of the heat. Everyone was drunk. The conversation was noticeably quieter- partly because Lindsay was gone, had slipped away with Craig somewhere beyond the halo cast by the back-porch light. And partly because the subject was murder.