Interesting Facts From School This Week:
Just this week I started my first class in an online continuing education program through the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This semester I’m taking “Public and Community Library Services.” Since my readers tend to care about reading, libraries, and publishing, I decided to add this category to the Sunday Lowdown and give you a few facts I thought were interesting that I found in my reading assignment that week.
- Young adults are more likely to have visited a library in the past 12 months than those ages 65 and older.
- 19% of American adults say they have never visited a public library, including 11% of those who have a college or graduate degrees.
- 7% of those 16 and older say they have connected to a library’s Wi-Fi system when the library building itself was closed.
- Library use is low when people have a low income or a high income.
This Week’s Blog Posts:
As Jackie @ Death By Tsundoku mentioned, it feels like we are at the end of an era with #ReadingValdemar. Three trilogies have used the same characters, decreasing attention on some and focusing more on others, but it’s been the same brief time period and people. Monday, I shared my review of Storm Breaking and felt a bit of relief that the next (and last!) trilogy of 2019 will begin with different characters and a new setting.
On Friday I shared a review of a book many of you had read and loved or already added to your TBR: Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel The Namesake. Immersive, surprising, and lovely, Lahiri did not disappoint.
Next Week’s Blog Posts:
I quickly decided to DNF My Ever Dear Charlie, which made my TBR for September because it is the newest book I have purchased. It was set aside when I realized that though it’s about this woman with several children who is living without her husband on a bit of land the government will give them if they can tend it for a year, her days are repetitive: what they ate, what the children did, etc. I skipped around and read several pages throughout to verify my suspicions, and they were confirmed.
After setting down My Ever Dear Charlie, I picked up The Love that Prison Made and Unmade by Ebony Roberts. It’s a companion novel (though not marketed that way) to Shaka Senghor’s memoir, Writing My Wrongs, so I’m keen to finish it and see how this couple that met while Senghor was incarcerated will (if they do) survive. Review Tuesday.
On Friday I’ll share a review of The Dirty Girls Club by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, a novel purported to have fat female lead characters. Fingers crossed that it goes well and can be added to my recommendation page.
Book I’m Reading Aloud to My Spouse:
We’re chugging along on David Copperfield, and more is happening with Uriah Heep, the creepy man who would possess Davy’s beloved “sister,” Agnes. I have to wonder if Uriah will catch Scarlet Fever and die; it works in other old timey novels.
Books Added to the TBR Pile:
Thanks to Alicia for her recommendation!