Curiosity Killed the Cate

Not yet, of course, but I’m sure someday it will…

Twilight funniness March 30, 2009

Filed under: Books — catherineeliza @ 11:09 am
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There’s so much great Twilight spoofiness available online that I don’t try to share it because it seriously never ends. HOWEVER, this one really cracked me up. Click here for an amazing synopsis (SPOILERS) of all four books in 16 panels:
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Snippet from The Graveyard Book March 20, 2009

Filed under: Books — catherineeliza @ 9:32 am
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graveyardI was certain that The Graveyard Book deserved the Newbery before I even read it because I’ve read other things by Neil Gaiman and I think he’s wonderful.  Now that I am reading and thoroughly enjoying it, the smile on my face just gets wider and wider.  Read, if you will, this snippet from page 70:

“Name the different kinds of people,” said Miss Lupescu.  “Now.”

Bod thought for a moment.  “The living,” he said.  “Er.  The dead.”  He stopped.  Then, “…Cats?” he offered, uncertainly.

 Can there be any doubt as the the excellence of this book?

 

My newest library tagline March 19, 2009

Filed under: Librarian Life — catherineeliza @ 3:36 pm

“Return it on time & it won’t cost a dime.”

I should really copyright these – they’re gold!

 

Reading books March 13, 2009

Filed under: Books,Movies — catherineeliza @ 9:45 am
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never_let_me_go_largeA few years ago I read this book and loved it; and then everyone I recommended it to didn’t love it.  Which really, I’m fine with; different books for different people and all, but I did stop suggesting it to people.  Now I see a news story  about a screen adaptation with the dreaded Keira Knightley (nothing personal Keira, I’m totally willing to believe you’re a nice person, and I don’t even blame you for being in all of these movies because I wouldn’t say no to the offers either – but you’re not so much good at acting), and it makes me sad.  For one thing, knowing nothing about the book upon reading it was a real joy, and once the trailers hit tv’s, that won’t be possible anymore.  If you have any interest in reading a book that I liked, but others didn’t, and I won’t tell you about because I promise it’s better that way, you should probably go ahead and do so in the next year or two.

 

So, last night I finally started The Hunger Games.  I put5hungergames it off because I was reading through a lot of 2008 releases deciding what to buy for my branch, but this one I knew I needed just from other’s reviews, so I read the other books first.  Last night I read the first 2 chapters and I already can tell that I’m gonna be hard-pressed waiting for the sequel that comes out on September 1st.  I’m predisposed to like it as it’s a YA dystopian novel, my ultimate favorite, but when I say everyone’s been raving about this one, I mean everyone.  Right away, I loved the tone of the writing, and couldn’t resist reading it aloud to the cat (who ran out of the room, which I take that as an indication of her bad taste, not my poor reading skills.  I’ve got my pride, man!) and becoming instantly envious of the voice-over artist/actor who got to record the audiobook.  This job, by the way, which people sometimes blithely tell me I should look into, as in a hobby, per se, is extremely competitive and hard to get – everyactor wants it, just in case you were wondering.  I would love to get famous just so I could have this job, and I’m also pretty sure that’s the only way I could get it.  But anyway, I looked up who did get it – Carolyn McCormick –  don’t know her but she’s sooo lucky.

 

Pet Peeves March 12, 2009

Filed under: Librarian Life — catherineeliza @ 11:20 am
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I know I’ve only been a real, honest-to-goodness librarian for a few months, but I’m ready to declare my all-time most hated request by a library patron.  I’m well aware that every person that approaches my desk thinks they’re the only one making this “simple” request, and I’m also aware that as the only librarian with my desk out on the reading room floor, there’s no way around taking the brunt of it, but come on people!! 

No you cannot have my pen which I am currently using to DO MY WORK, no I do not have 100’s of extra pens for every person that approaches me for one, yes I know full well that when you say you want to borrow a pen, you are most likely going to steal it (probably unintentionally), no I do not have extra paper and it is incredibly difficult to keep the venom out of my voice when I tell you both that you cannot have my office supplies AND that there is scratch paper and golf pencils at every computer station that you would have seen had you made the slightest effort to look around.

I’m going to try to make myself wait at least a year before I turn into a super snarky freak with a customized desk plate that reads, “The library provides free information, NOT free office supplies.”  Seriously, WHY do people think that a non-profit organization that is currently featured in the news constantly for having no money, would be able to provide each and every patron with paper and pen?  That stuff adds up fast, yo!

cakeplanner_diagram_pizza_pOn a totally unrelated gripe, I also have a grievance with cakes that don’t look like cake.  I love me a food network cake decorating show for entertainment, but I am actually grossed out at the idea of eating a cake created to look like something else.  I really don’t think I could do it, and that’s saying a lot considering I have a mouthful of sweet “tooth’s.”