Reader's Exchange

Everything in moderation, especially cats

You can spot library staffers by their official City of Round Rock badges.  Otherwise, we're not easily identifiable for anyone expecting a crew of cardigan and sensible shoe-clad ladies of a certain age.  Some library folks are male, many are young, and no one wears a bun (you're more likely to spy the occasional tattoo).  We'll admit to some stereotypical behavior: a few in our midst require the classic librarian bifocals; we often try to work in a couple of chapters during lunch breaks; and we discuss and consume considerably more literature than the average work group.

But that's where we draw the line.  No one owns a dozen-plus cats or spends much time alphabetizing our home bookshelves.  A typical day, evening, or weekend off for us is likely to involve hiking, bicycyling, marathon running, playing soccer, serving on museum boards and committees, planning weddings, writing a dissertation, keeping up with children's or grandchildren's activities, or undertaking ambitious DIY projects--for starters.  So, when we carve out time to read, we read fast, and we choose well!

These titles have earned places in our busy lives this week:

  • Nick Bantock's Griffin & Sabine trilogy
  • The Gardner Heist: The Story of the World's Largest Unsolved Art Theft by Ulrlich Boser
  • Magician: Apprentice by Raymond Feist
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Shakey: Neil Young's Biography by Jimmy McDonough
  • The Facilitative Leader in City Hall by James Savra
  • The Sweet Potato Queens' Guide to Raising Children for Fun and Profit
  • The House at Sugar Beach by Helene Cooper
  • The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan
  • Mexican Everyday by Rick Bayless
  • The Alchemist by Paul Coelho
  • I'm Not Hanging Noodles on Your Ears and Other Intriguing Idioms from Around the World by Jag Bhalla
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson
  • John Dillinger: Public Enemy #1
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall
  • Sam Bass and Gang by Rick Miller
  • The Fingerprints of God: The Search for the Science of Spirituality by Barbara Bradley





kimberly said:

This is very true, except I do spend more time than the average person alphabetizing my personal library.

# August 16, 2009 9:21 AM

Will Hampton said:

I'm pretty sure I know who's reading The Facilitative Leader in City Hall. It's the same one working on a dissertation. Here's what one non-library city staffer is reading (actually, just finished): Flush, by Carl Hiaason. It's youth literature and I read it to my boys, ages 10 and 7, but I think my wife and I enjoyed it more than they did. Funny and engaging, just as one would expect from Hiasson.

# September 8, 2009 5:10 PM
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