Today’s Top Ten Tuesday list , brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish, is Top Ten Books I Recommend the Most:
1. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness – I love the Patrick Ness and the Chaos Walking series, and I recommend it to anyone I think will listen.
2. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card – Anytime I run into someone who hasn’t yet read Ender’s Game, I tell them to read it. I actually read the whole series, but Ender’s Game can stand on its own as well.
3. Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony – I didn’t necessarily give this one a five star rating, but I still love recommending it because all the girls at work had different interpretations of what was really going on, so I like to hear other perspectives about it.
4. Happy Yoga by Steve Ross – This one I really just recommend to people I know well, but I have given it to a few people as gifts. It did a lot for me when I was going through a tough time and I love Steve Ross. I miss his show!
5. Tangles by Sarah Leavitt – I really only recommended this one to my mom, but I think it will be something that stays with me for a while. It’s a non-fiction graphic novel about dealing with a parent with Alzheimer’s. I just found it to be a very honest depiction of what it’s like to try to respect someone’s dignity as their mental faculties decline. Leavitt doesn’t have the best drawings in the world, but I think they suit the story perfectly, illustrating the confusion and frustration that not only the Alzheimer’s patient has, but their loved ones as well. My mom, who dealt with her mother going through this horrible disease, really appreciated this book.
6. Every Day by David Levithan – Just the concept behind this book can keep people discussing and debating for days! Love it!
7. Y: The Last Man series by Brian K. Vaughan – This is my favorite graphic novel series. I’m not sure why, but I know I always love Brian K. Vaughan’s writing, and this series in particular I just loved.
8. Quiet by Susan Cain – As an introvert, I just really appreciate the defense and promotion of introverts. I wish every boss, coworker, and really just everyone would read it. I think both introverts and extroverts can gain a lot from understanding the strengths of the “quiet ones.”
9. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein – I always recommend this one as something I loved “even though I generally don’t like historical fiction.” I adored this book.
10. Binky the Space Cat by Ashley Spires – I just really LOVE Binky. ❤
Obviously, I work the reference desk at least a few hours a day. We recently combined the children’s information desk and the circulation desk at the library I work at, so when I’m there, I end up doing mostly circulation. In a way, it’s a bummer, because it seems like I don’t get to answer as many reference questions. But I also feel like I’m interacting with more people sitting there and helping with circulation, so that part I like. Sometimes I work on the adult desk as well, but I’m not quite as comfortable there.
I’m involved in a lot of the library system’s social media. I’m the “leader/organizer” of our Facebook committee, I write for the teen blog, I’m involved in the Pinterest team, and a coworker and I also create a puppet picture book review show for our kids blog. It’s probably one of my favorite things to do, especially since we have really good chemistry together.
Other committees I’m on are the teen committee, the puppet committee, and the new Suburban Dare committee. The teen committee has one member from each branch that plans all the teen/tween programming for that branch. Our puppet committee honestly hasn’t met in a year and a half and don’t do much right now. Suburban Dare is our new experiment in summer reading this year, basically also tying in other city departments and community activities to summer reading, so we are working on planning all the details on that.
I also do a few storytimes a week and I’m involved in our current LEGO Robotics club that we started this spring, which is a lot of fun, but does take some training and extra Saturday work. I organize outreach with the schools in our area, working with the school librarians (who are open to it) to find times for us to go visit the students at school.
Aside from all that, I’m in charge of the two teen displays we have, one a giant display case and the other a giant bulletin board. And I do some weeding and process donations.
All in all, I can’t say I find myself bored at work very often. And despite having all these things to think about, I don’t usually feel like I’m drowning. I think what I’m the most stressed about right now is the actual teen/tween programming. For the summer, we’re really focusing on tweens, so I’m planning a Minecraft party as well as a veggie derby, where the kids will make cars out of raw vegetables. I’m just in my self-conscious brain afraid that I won’t be able to pull these programs together into something good, or that I’ll be overrun with tweens after only planning for so many. I’m hoping after my first few programs, I will worry less about how everything will turn out and trust myself to know what I’m doing. But right now, I don’t!