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  • V is for...

    Vampire lit is fashionable (and marketable) these days--not just Stephenie Meyer's Twilight saga, but all sorts of standalone titles, paranormal romance series, mysteries, and even humorous romance fiction. A quick survey of the library catalog--I entered "vampires" in the Quick Search...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 09-30-2009
  • Readin' westerns now

    Western novels don't rank high on my to-read list. They're too reliable. I can seek out the glamour of fiction debuts, bestsellers, etc,. knowing that Westerns (at least the ones that aren't checked out by more appreciative readers) will always be there for me. I've largely taken for...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 09-22-2009
  • Since You Asked...

    What other six books would I recommend to President Obama? Imagining the Leader of the Free World strolling from the Oval Office to the family residence at the end of the day, probably encumbered with treatises on the economy and briefs on world events, here's what I suggest. These titles provide...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 09-16-2009
  • Reading is a capital idea

    President Obama's widely reported "vacation reading list" has provoked me to wonder why there is no position for Presidential Librarian. This office, not to be confused with management of a Presidential library, would advise the Chief Executive in selecting titles for personal reading,...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 09-09-2009
  • Balzac and the Little Book Group

    If you're a book clubber, you've probably noticed this, too: the most satisfying discussions result when some of the group didn't care for the chosen title and, in airing their grievances, point out facets the rest of us missed or perhaps even incite a spirited debate. Everyone who attended...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 09-03-2009
  • Book of virtue?

    I don't own any of the "So Many Books, So Little Time" paraphernalia marketed to librarians and other book lovers. I'm not sure whether it's because those items are so common as to be no longer fun or because they sound a little boastful. A love of reading belongs in the same category...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 08-27-2009
  • The art of book reviewing

    I've been reading on the job this week--not current fiction of my choice, alas, but dozens and dozens of book reviews. Distilling a useful critique into a brief paragraph represents such an admirable skill set; I rarely tire of scanning those little gems. Some phrases seem particularly useful for...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 08-20-2009
  • 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...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 08-15-2009
  • When nothing but second best will do

    We're frequently asked for reading advice--which author to try if you've finished everything by your favorite writer, which book comes first in a series (and whether that matters)--but almost never queried for listening suggestions. Most readers have assessed their needs in this case, whether...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 08-11-2009
  • Relatively cheap thrills

    With regard to personal book collections, librarians fall into two camps: the "Need to own because I love them" faction and the "I work at a library , for heaven's sake!" cadre--that's my group. A veteran of numerous relocations, I mentally calculate weight and space requirements...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 08-06-2009
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