At the Library
I have an eye twitch. I have had an eye twitch since I was a teenager, but now you can actually see the muscles twitching under my eye. It’s not pretty. I strongly believe that Candy Crush is the blame for my twitchiness. If you don’t know what Candy Crush is, good for you, cling to your ignorance. It’s an addiction, now I know why I don’t gamble. I can literally see those stupid candy pieces when I close my eyes at night. I hate Candy Crush.
In 2013 my reading goal was 100 books and for the first time, I am not going to make it. I am only at 89(thank you stupid Candy Crush). So my library resolution for 2014 is to wean myself off Candy Crush, to read more and to expand what I read. I am a fairly narrow reader, I like what I like and what I like doesn’t involve Nazis (Sarah’s Key), post-apocalypses (The Road, Hunger Games etc.) or a woman stuck at the bottom of a ravine in her car and you never find out if she survives(Remembering the Bones)! I am envious of people who will pick up anything and read it.
1. - I will read more adult books. Now before you think I am jumping on the Fifty Shades bandwagon, I am the Youth Services Librarian so 95% of the books I read are for ages 0-17. When I am in a room with adults and they find out I’m a librarian, book talk begins, but when I mention John Greene, Sara Dessen or Stephanie Perkins, they have no idea who I’m talking about. I am going to try a Nora Roberts, The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall and I am finally going to read the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Anne Barrows.
2. I will read at least one classic. Classics can be hit or miss. I LOVED Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and the Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, but I couldn’t have put down Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf fast enough. I am going to try an Agatha Christie novel, another Jane Austen, maybe Emma and Looking for Alaska, a young adult classic.
3. I will actually read more books and not wait for the audiobook to arrive. I really love audiobooks and not saying that you shouldn’t listen to them. I listen to a lot of them. It’s muliti-tasking. I knit and listen, I clean and listen, and I drive and listen. But what I don’t ever do is sit somewhere quietly and just read. No TV or radio, just silence and a book. I will never give up my Stephanie Plum audiobooks and I will finish the Artemis Fowl series, but I need to learn to sit and read. This year I look forward to Attachments by Rainbow Rowell, which I have had home twice and never got to, Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter and An Everlasting Meal by Tamar Adler
4. I will not be ashamed of liking Young Adult books more than Adult books. I am going to read The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak and not see the movie. I am not so patiently waiting for Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. I will finally read Me, Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews.
Your library resolution doesn’t have to involve books, how about watching a classic movie or a documentary. How about your library resolution is to come into the library and get a card!!
Chantelle Taylor is the youth services librarian for the Cumberland Public Libraries.