Holy Library Conference, Batman!
So many books and people and panels and things to see. I attended the American Library Association’s Annual Conference that was held this year in Chicago. The library let me stay downtown at the Hyatt. That worked out so nicely.
I wanted to do a quick post about all the ARC’s I decided to take home with me from the Conference. It’s so hard not to just pick up every single book you see. Unfortunately, you can’t carry a million books with you on the train home.
So, either I’m too excited about reading or I’ve gone a little mental (perhaps both) but I’ve just started to run my second book club at the library.
I run a fairly successful fiction book club at my library that is mostly attended by women much older than myself. There is one exception. One woman who attends is closer to my age. She confided in me that she often is afraid to voice her opinions of certain topics in the books we read because the other women will judge her or get upset with what she says.
That made me think – I want younger voices! And I want to read YA books!
So, I have taken up the effort (along with a co-worker) and we are attempting to run a 20’s/30’s book club in our local martini bar. The first meeting’s attendance wasn’t great but I have faith for the future!
This month we read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.
I’ve been getting down on myself for keeping up with popular literature and not going back to some “classics.” Last night I had the overwhelming urge to read some Shakespeare. So I woke up, went to the gym, and then immediately found my copy of Shakespeare’s Complete Plays and paged to one I’d never read before.
Currently Drinking: Dunkin’ Donuts S’mores Iced Coffee (so good!)
Currently Reading: Othello, The Moor of Venice by William Shakespeare
Another graphic novel! This one is a graphic memoir by Roz Chast.
I asked my Book Club ladies to at least try it. There were reports from other book club leaders that some were grumbling from this choice – so, what did the ladies think?
Oh my! It feels like I haven’t written anything about books in half a lifetime. (Well, it has been over two weeks.) I hope to post more frequently and I want to carve more time out of my schedule for it. Here’s hoping!
Currently Drinking: Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino (in a bottle)
Currently Reading: Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Got Married by Gary Chapman