Posted by Library Director, Curren McLane,
People often have the notion that librarians read ALL the time. While this is a noble idea, in reality we are working individuals with as little free time as anyone else. That’s not to say we don’t enjoy reading. Books are our life’s passion, after all! At the Azle Memorial Library we are fortunate to have a staff full of voracious readers, who fit in time to read between work, chores, kids, going to the gym and all the other things that seem to consume our days. So this summer I decided to challenge the staff to not only read all summer long, but to read outside of the box. I provided a list of 10 distinct genres and formats, and encouraged them to read from at least five on the list. And being the overachievers that they are, I am so pleased that everyone on staff has risen to the challenge! I am not exempt from this reading exploration and plan to complete all 10 genres myself. Here’s a peek at what I have read so far:
Western Fiction: True Grit by Charles Portis
This was my first delve into the western literary world. And I enjoyed Portis’ classic so much that it has become one of my new favorite books!
Young Adult Fiction: Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
This is a controversial, yet classic book for teens written in 1982. I was surprised to find that the 30-year-old novel seemed rather timeless.
Non-Fiction: Bossypants by Tina Fey
I’m a big fan of Tina Fey’s comedy, so I jumped at the chance to read her autobiography. The book delivered on its promise to make me laugh out loud. But what surprised me was the applicable life lessons Tina provided, especially relating to work and management. As producer of her own show, 30 Rock, Mrs. Fey knows what it’s like to lead a staff of 200. And she passes on the lessons she has learned in a more entertaining delivery than any other management book I have ever read.
Suspense Fiction: Cell by Stephen King
Cell falls under the dystopian, end-of-the-world class of books that are so popular these days. Written in 2006 (before the zombie craze really took off) King writes of an sudden epidemic where all cell phone users suddenly turn into crazed zombies. But it’s really not about the zombies. It’s about the survivors and their human ability to bond and survive together.
eBook: City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
When it comes to book formats, I tend to lean toward audiobooks. I love being read to – plus it makes driving long distances in my car so much more enjoyable. Next in line would be print books. There’s something about turning pages and enjoying the book as an object that is so enjoyable. I don’t own an eReader (believe it or not) so I downloaded City of Ember on my iPad. I must admit that the ability to browse for books online in the comfort of my home, and download a book long after most libraries and bookstores are closed, was very convenient. Perhaps it’s time for me to jump on the eBook bandwagon, too.
Classic Literature: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
After watching numerous movie and TV adaptations of these classic mysteries, I thought it was only fitting to read the original tales. It amazes me how Sir Arthur Conan Doyle can lay out the clues right in front of me, but I am never able to pick up on their trail quite like the masterful Sherlock Holmes. A highly recommended read for all mystery and crime solving sleuths.