Interesting Facts From School This Week:
This week is all about Reader Advisory, which can come in many forms. You can ask a librarian for a book that relates to your interests, search the library website, look at book displays in the library, use a social media site like Goodreads, sign up to receive emails from your library, or check out the “also recommended” feature on Amazon.
- “The biggest cause of RA angst is keeping up with books and genres, a problem cited by 21% of the librarians. Almost as many, at 17%, noted discomfort with unfamiliar genres.” — source
- “Many librarians now are not readers, their colleagues say, or at least don’t read widely enough to become expert readers’ advisors.” — source
- One library uses Pinterst to advise readers on which books to read because “using Pinterest appeals to an audience that does not typically use the catalog.” — source
- “You can host a program for school aged kids to create book talk videos for your web site or ask a local interest group, like a gardening group, for example to create a display in the library on recommended gardening books while also allowing them to promote their group’s activities.” — from professor’s lecture
Do you ever seek out Reader’s Advisory in any of its many forms?
This Week’s Blog Posts:
Monday I reviewed the first book in the OWL MAGE trilogy, Owlflight, by Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon. I enjoyed the characterization, which has improved over previous trilogies, and the realistic animal portrayals. I’m not sure where the next novel will go, as the protagonist doesn’t fit into a neat category. Exciting!
Wednesday I shared my top six scary books turned into movies or TV shows in celebration of all things spooky in October. I’m so glad I persuaded many of you to check out new works, especially the recently released Netflix movie We Have Always Lived in the Castle.
Friday was a trio of audio book reviews, which again didn’t get much attention! I’m trying to figure out if it’s the audio books or the Friday posts that don’t meet readers’ needs. Please let me know in the comments. 💋 If you’re interested, I reviewed An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware, and Life Among the Savages by Shirley Jackson.
Next Week’s Blog Posts:
On Tuesday I’m sharing a review of a newly released work of satire by E. Jean Carroll called What Do We Need Men For? A Modest Proposal. Based on the Swift allusion in the title, you should get a sense of what this book is like.
On Friday — *fingers crossed* — I’ll have my review of L.M. Montgomery’s collection of short stories Among the Shadows: Tales from the Darker Side. I’m crossing my fingers because I’m waaaay behind on my reading schedule thanks to The Summer Queen by Joan D. Vinge. I did plan accordingly for this 600+ page behemoth, but lo and behold, the font cannot be any bigger than 10pt, I swear.
Book I’m Reading Aloud to My Spouse:
So close! So close to done with David Copperfield. Our titular protagonist has wandered around and landed himself in Switzerland for three years of grieving various deaths, when he suddenly realizes he denied Agnes’s love all those years ago, back when he was a boy, and that it’s likely too late for them.
We’ve fallen behind on the Dickens companion audio book The Victorian City by Judith Flanders, and I’m wondering if that’s the next one I’ll end up reading aloud from the chonky hardcover edition. However, I’m already scheming to read Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? by Caitlin Doughty.
Books Added to the TBR Pile:
Thanks to Anne for her recommendation!