Thursday, December 17, 2009

Holiday Greetings!

Happy Holidays everyone! It's almost Yule (for me), Hannukah is almost over, Christmas and Kwanza are next week! Wow. I can't believe the year is almost over because so much has happened.

I'm finally back after being off grid for a couple of weeks. It happens when I'm off work since I use a computer all day, at home I stay away from it.

Now on to books and book challenges etc. Gotta catch up.

Blessed Be!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Off the grid for a while

Hey Everyone,

I've been off the grid for the most part for about 2 1/2 weeks. No computers etc. I'm just now getting back in to things and will be diving in to all the book challenges I've signed up for.

I have been reading and posting short reviews on Good Reads, just not blogging. Hopefully that will change this week.

Look forward to the year!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

A forgotten challenge

Hey ya'll,

Forgot to mention another challenge sponsored by Laura at

The All About the Brontes Challenge---should be very interesting and challenging!
Stuff I should've read years ago, but I don't think I would've appreciated it as much then.

We'll see.... :-D

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Another challenge

Hey ya'll,

Yes I'm from Texas. :-D

Joined another challenge with Becky. Only 2 books in 2010--I can do that.

18th and 19th Women Writers Reading Challenge
Read books written by women authors that were written and/or published between 1700 and 1900. Contemporary historical books set in this time period do not count towards this challenge! The challenge is to encourage you to read some classics.


Ok, one more. This is The Shelf Discovery Challenge. Oddly enough I just got this book at the library and now I have an opportunity to read some classics that I never read before. I only need to read six books. More info at

So many books so little time... :-D

Aaaccckkk! I did another one "Once Upon a Time Challenge"--5 books in a year, sponsored by
Tina at

ok this is getting ridiculous..yet another one, but they are a short number of books. The latest is

Book Challenges

Hi again,

I've just signed up for 3 book challenges so far.

The first is the GLBTQ challenge for 2010 with Amanda.

And on Becky's Book Reviews
I have signed up the Arthurian Challenge 2009-2010 (April - March) and this is one of my very favorite subjects.

I also signed up for the Celebrate the Author Challenge 2010.

So we shall see how it goes. Wish me luck!


Hi Everyone,

It's been a very long time since I've posted to my blog because I've been very busy. I had some ambitions earlier in the year to do a lot of reading challenges, which sadly never turned out. But my friend Amanda is starting a GLBTQ Reading Challenge for 2010. For more info go here:
Amanda also has a couple of other blogs to check out:
And another writing blog:

I have been reading a lot on my own, as well as books for my library book clubs--scifi, teen, and this past year I started moderating a Jane Austen Book Club that has taken off and I'm thrilled. Two of us have joined the Jane Austen Society of North America and are totally hooked. Said friend Karen also has a blog

She also started a Jane Austen blog for San Antonio/South Texas Janeites:
Check them both out--they are great.

I hope to post more often, letting you know what I'm reading, and working on giving coherent book reviews. I'll also be posting interesting facts about the world of books. I read a lot of different things and hopefully that will keep things interesting.

I hope you find my blog worthwhile. I welcome comments and constructive criticisms.

Friday, February 20, 2009

I finally read it!

Well I've finally read Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. In high school, I was in advanced English, but we didn't read the usual classics, so I never read this one. This is the pick for San Antonio Public Library's Big Read 2009, so I thought I'd go for it.

I really enjoyed the story, though I must say I kind of expected something different from what I'd heard. Whatever the case, I liked it--especially the Book People. I can't imagine memorizing a whole book (or two). I know the human brain is capable, but still. And the way the mission of the firemen completely changed from protection to destruction. The idea that the whole world might voluntarily give up reading is unthinkable to me. I hope it never happens in my lifetime.

This weekend I hope to watch the movie to get the visuals in my mind. Happy reading!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

More Considerations....

I found the most interesting blog while searching the reading challenges. It's called A Striped Armchair at She reviewed a book in one of her posts that has one of the best passages about reading:

Happily, most readers fall between these two drastic extremes. Most of us neither shun books in veneration of literature, not shun literature in veneration of books. Our craft is more modest. We pick our way down endless library shelves, choosing this or that volume for no discernible reason: because of a cover, a title, a name, because of something someone said or didn’t say, because of a hunch, a whim, a mistake, because we think we may find in this book a particular tale or character or detail, because we believe it was written for us, because we believe it was written for everyone except us and we want to find out why we were excluded, because we want to learn, or laugh, or lose ourselves in oblivion.

This is from The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel. I think I have that around here somewhere.....


Well it's been a couple of weeks since I posted. Lots of stuff going on. But now I'm back.

Influenced by a friend, I've been looking in to joining some reading challenges. (Like I don't read alot already...I'm a Librarian!!). Anway, whatever challenge I decide to join, I will post my thoughts on it and the books I read here. This should be interesting.

I've decided to join The World Citizen Challenge at The idea is intriguing and will get me to read some more nonfiction. It also will allow me to read more history. YEAH!


Monday, February 2, 2009

Lesson 23

I finished the 23 things! Yeah! I've discovered there is so much to Web 2.0 that it's almost overwhelming. I realize that I find alot of the technical aspects involved somewhat difficult. I know computers to a certain extent, but this new era of web technology makes me feel like a newbie. I also realize that to keep current with trends in library technology I need to keep learning and participating in programs like this. I know that help with this program was just an e-mail or phone call away, but I couldn't help but feel a little isolated. Maybe it's because alot of the technology was so new to me that I felt like I was floundering. Maybe a few in person training sessions to answer questions?

Overall, I really liked the experience and I would happily participate in another one.

Lesson 22

Downloadable media is so cool. I've always thought NetLibrary was neat even when it was just scanned images of books. Now you can download. I haven't explored that yet. But I have worked with Overdrive. A couple of months ago I did the online tour and explored and decided to download a movie "Six Million Paperclips". The directions were pretty easy to follow, even though there were references to parts of my computer that I wasn't familiar with. But lo and behold I did it and watched the movie. The quality was very good and I really enjoyed the movie. I plan to watch more. Next up, explore the downloadable books from NetLibrary.

Lesson 21

Aaahhh Podcasting....yowsa. It's cool when you finally get something to work, but since I know so little it was still frustrating. First I downloaded Juice, but I couldn't get it to work. I ended up at Podcast Alley, looked for library stuff, and managed to download to Mevio 2 podcasts--one on Teen Librarians (which still hasn't opened) and Library Geeks (which I'm listening to now). I like the idea of podcasts---hearing interviews, lectures, talks, music that I might not have access to otherwise. With more practice I expect that learning the ins and outs of podcasts will get easier. Practice, practice, practice....

Lesson 17

Well, I finally managed to create a pbwiki with one comment. And I added my blog url to the favorites page. It was very confusing for awhile, but I managed. I like technology but sometimes I just don't think I'm cut out for it. My brain just doesn't seem to operate that way. Ah well. I'm still trying and still learning!

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Lesson 20

I've watched a lot of stuff on YouTube. Of course some are good, some not so good. But it's always entertaining. I chose Twilight the Puppet Saga Absolutely hysterical! We could give booktalks, kids could make videos for a contest, that kind of thing. I think it has a lot of potential.

Lesson 19

I explored Biblio on the Web 2.0 awads, It's easy to use, the prices are reasonable. I could be used as a way for patrons to find books they want that the library doesn't own, but I think that creates it's own set of problems.

Lesson 18

I created a Google Doc just now. I didn't share or publish because it was more of a journal entry, but I really like the software. I am a big fan of Google products.

Lesson 16

I really like the idea of pathfinder for patrons to use. They can be so useful. The Library Sucess wiki is interesting in that it brings many professional resources together in one place. My favorite is the Librarian Chick. Her list of free online reference sources is amazing and would be incredibley useful.

Leson 16

I like the idea of using a wiki as a pathfinder for patrons. It could be vey useful for SAPL. The Library Success wiki was an excellent way to brin professional topics in one place. And I think the most useful wiki was the Librarian Chick. Her list of free online reference ison of the best I've seen. I was very impressed.

Lesson 15

Reading blogs on Library 2.o--which fascinates me by the way. I chose "Into a New World of Librarianhip" by Michael Stephens, and "11 Reasons why Library 2.0 exists and matters" by Blyberg.

The Stephens article empasizes how tecnology can have positive effect on the service we provide patrons and I tend to agree with him. The Blyberg article also brings up some relevant points. Library 2.0 is here to stay and we need to adapt to changing technology and cooperate with each other.

Lesson 14

I found Technorati to be quite confusing. I created an account, I have one item on a watchlist. I couldn't figure out how to tag and everytime I tried to claim my blog it didn't work. And the troubleshooting guidelines didn't really help me. But I will try it agin at future date,

Lesson 13

I have now created Delicious account. It's still a little confusing, but I'm working on it. Things are getting a bit more technological than I had anticipated. But, hey, I'm learning!

Lesson 12

Well I created an account with Rollyo, but honestly I'm not sure exactly what it is. But the more I play around with it, the more I will understand. I created searches for anime/manga, wicca, and scifi/fantasy. Here we go!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Lesson 11

This I know! I currently have accounts with Good Reads, Library Thing and Shelfari. I like Good Reads best.

Lesson 10

I have no idea what an online generator is. I'll come back to it.

Lesson 9

I've looked at some of the other blogs lists on other participants websites. I like Library Juice, Ruthless Librarian, There and Back Again: A Librarian's Tale,

Lesson 8

I already do RSS feeds through Google Reader. It's preety cool. I like getting bite sized information about stuff.

Lesson 7

I'm still working on blogging on technology. I'll come back to it.... :-)

Lessons 5 & 6

I am a total newbie when it comes to Flickr. I've looked at friends sites (most recently pics from New Zealand and how Teresa's little ones are faring).

However I do not own a digital camera so the whole upload procedure eludes me. One day I shall have a camera and be able to do the things others do. Until then....

Lessonm #4

I've learned alot from the blogs. Like how on earth will I have time to read them all???
I like The Annoyed Librarian the best. And Jugde a Book by it's cover. Subects after my own heart! :-)

Lesson #3

I set up my own blog! Yeah! Haven't added anything yet, but I'm working on it.

Lesson #2

I watched the 7 1/2 habits tutorial and was inspired. Some of things will be hard, but I'll manage.

Things I've learned

I've done lesson #1 and watched the fascinating video by Clay Shirkey. Very enlightening. I'm still learning technology stuff, but I learned alot.