Archive for June, 2008

Meeting Old Friends for the First Time

Posted June 28, 2008 By Jandy

One of the interesting things about the Internet are the relationships we develop there when we stay with a group in a site. I “met” LazyGal around ten years ago at a now defunct web site called The Reader’s Vine. Over the years we have stayed with a core group who have now migrated to The Reader’s Place. She’s a school librarian and an active member of the American Library Association (ALA). The ALA is having their conference in Anaheim this year.

This morning I hopped in my car, stopped at the gas station, and hit the road. Over an hour later I pulled up to the Anaheim Convention Center (next door to Disneyland). There I finally was able to meet LazyGal in real life to continue a friendship that has lasted all this time. It was a wonderful afternoon.

It was also nice having an experienced member navigate me around the Exhibits Hall. She showed me how to find the publishers’ give away books (Advanced Readers Copies, etc) – the hidden gems. So Mt. Bookpile (which LazyGal named in the first place) is growing again.

Old friends are treasures – no matter how you meet and stay in touch over the years.

Book Collectors Are Their Own Breed

Posted June 22, 2008 By Jandy

Thanks, Karmon, for pointing me to this article in the Wall Street Journal.

The Book Collection That Devoured My Life

My collection isn’t as extensive as his. I have my share of stories, though. One of the best was when we were packing the moving truck for my move to California. I don’t remember how many boxes were marked “Books – read”. My family started laughing at me when the guys loaded up the 5th or 6th box marked “Books – unread”. I keep adding book shelves. My books keep overflowing the shelves. That’s happening again now.

I am impressed that Luc Sante can admit that “No, I haven’t read all of them, nor do I intend to”. I try to make myself believe that I will read them all one day. That moving truck was packed 7 years ago – I still haven’t read all the books in the “Books – unread” boxes, although I’ve read part of them. And I’ve added to them. I now lovingly refer to them as Mt. Bookpile.


Posted June 20, 2008 By Jandy

If you like books and libraries, you’ll appreciate Unshelved. It’s an online cartoon that takes place in the Mallville Library. Check it out!

Five Things Meme

Posted June 13, 2008 By Jandy

LazyGal tagged me a month ago. What can I say? It’s been crazy in my life for the past few weeks.

What were you doing five years ago?
Working for this same company and applying to get into graduate school for my MLIS

What are five things on your to-do list for today (not in any particular order)?
Watch my granddaughters
Update journal links
read Giant before book club meeting next week
avoid US Open traffic
article retrieval for some physicians

What are five snacks you enjoy?
jelly beans
All-bran crackers
Did I mention chocolate?

What five things would you do if you were a billionaire?
learn to fly
education trust fund for my children and grandchildren (just like LazyGal for her family)
choose a small handful of charities to support and ignore all the other supplications
travel more
keep my job but not let it stress me too much

What are five of your bad habits?
reading instead of sleeping
don’t like to exercise
let myself be walked on if not careful
and many, many more

What are five places where you have lived?
Minneapolis, MN
West Leipsic, OH
Akron, OH
Munroe Falls, OH
San Marcos, CA

What five people do you want to tag?

Whoever is interested

Who Named JR?

Posted June 12, 2008 By Jandy

My book club is reading Giant by Edna Ferber this month. As I was reading it last night, I noticed the initials of the man throwing the huge party at the beginning of the book. Jett Rink is one of those larger than life Texans. So was J.R. Ewing from the Dallas television series from the 1970’s thru 1980’s.

Tell me – did the creator of the TV series use the initials JR in homage to Edna Ferber’s book?

Traveling Again

Posted June 4, 2008 By Jandy

An unexpected trip to Ohio came up. I’m going with my daughter for a family gathering. We’ll be flying. I’m packing my normal four books (In the Woods by Tana French, a new mystery in America although it’s been published in England, Giant by Edna Ferber for my monthly book club read, For the Roses by Julie Garwood for the romantic touch, and a fun humans meet aliens science fiction novel by Peter Jurasik of Babylon 5 fame). I don’t know how much I’ll be able to read when I’m there, but I’m prepared in case… I’m also hoping I’ll be able to take a side trip to a favorite used book store, but again, I can’t count on anything outside of family issues.

My daughter, on the other hand, is REALLY prepared. She’s packing eight books. Phew! She says they’re all light, easy reads. She just graduated from college and hasn’t started her full time work yet, so has some extra time. She’s squeezing in as much reading as possible around her shopping excursions and get togethers with her friends. Still, eight books is a lot – her suitcase will be heavy just because of the books…