Interesting Notes from Class:
This week’s school assignment felt painfully hard. We were asked to run data on certain collections in the library (I chose Christmas nonfiction and oversized books, for example) to determine how well that part of the collection is serving the mission of the library and its community. However, we were not taught how to interpret that data. I learned that urban fiction has 121 books that had 96 circulations in 2019. Were they the same books, or 96 different books checked out? Is this a good turnover rate for a year? No clue. I’m hoping to learn more about collection analysis in the future.
This Week’s Blog Posts:
Thanks to everyone who shared their feelings about audiobook narrators after reading me review of Who Asked You? by Terry McMillan. I’d love to know more about how audiobook publishers choose whether to do performative or straight reads, multiple voice actors in the cast or just one, and even if male voice actors should use a falsetto to indicate women, and what say the author has in those choices.
Although I’m so excited about #ReadingValdemar 2020, I was a hot mess leading up to my review of The Black Gryphon by Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon on Friday! Somehow, I got behind and found myself writing the review after work and prior to yoga. Right before I wrote my review, I listened to Maureen Corrigan on NPR read one of her book reviews. As a professional, nationally-syndicated reviewer, her audience is different than mine. The result is a more professional-sounding review that avoids the word “I,” essentially removing Corrigan from the writing. If you noticed my review sounded different, it did! I’ll reel it in.
Next Week’s Blog Posts:
Have you ever thought about the benefits of book blogging? This summer, Grab the Lapels turns seven! I’ve seen a lot, and things have changed along the way — most of it having nothing to do with books. Come back to see why I love book blogging for reasons that have nothing to do with reading.
I hope you’re not tired of audiobooks because I have a review of Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor on Thursday. Bronson Pinchot narrates — or performs, as he calls it — the Southerners in O’Connor’s story believably.
Book I’m Reading Aloud to My Spouse:
Tibetan Peach Pie by Tom Robbins is proving to be a fun nightly read. The 80-something year-old writer recalls moments that fit together under a loose theme, such as experiences with snakes or circuses. Each anecdote is short, meaning it’s easy to stop early if we’re too tired, but but pack a big dose of humor and history (Robbins grew up in Appalachia during the Depression).
Reading Side Projects:
“The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs did not disappoint. I borrowed the audio version (28 minutes) from the library and was not let down by my memory of it from high school. I’d forgotten small details but remembered (in general) what happened. Being reminded of those details on which the horror hangs was a real treat!
Books Added to the TBR Pile: