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Sunday Salon

Life and Family:
September has been a whirlwind month in our household (and it's not even over yet!). And, I had to do something that I have a really difficult time doing: I had to ask for help. My parents went on two trips so I had to ask friends to take my daughter in when I went to work in the mornings (7:15, she doesn't start school until 8:30) and to pick her up in the afternoons when school got out. Why is that so difficult for me to do? If someone asks for my help, I don't hesitate. Is it easy for you to ask for help?

My daughter's 10th Birthday is coming up this Friday. I can't believe she'll be "double digits"!

Work has been crazy busy this month with the email switch over, the start of school, and now the new web site coming together. Something happened to me on Friday that has NEVER happened to me before: I almost fell asleep at my desk. At 2:00 in the afternoon! I have been waking up at 4:00am the past couple of weeks, thinking about the new web site, the training I am doing for the teachers, etc and I guess it all just caught up with me. So, I left at 2:30 (about 45 minutes early) and have had two good night's of sleep. I think one more should do it. Also, the trianings are done, which will definitely help. I feel like I haven't done my "real" job of teacher librarian very much this fall and I look forward to getting back to it.

As you all know, this week is Banned Books Week; we have some fun stuff planned at work. We do displays around the Library (books that have been banned, why books are banned, etc) and at lunch each day I drag our couch out in front of the Library (into the quad) and I have staff read aloud from the banned book of their choice.

Books and Reading:
I got to go shopping at my favorite independent bookstore, Chaucer's, yesterday! I bought some books for school (love book buying on someone else's dime!):
  • The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent
  • The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks
  • Fallout by Ellen Hopkins
  • Radiance by Alison Noel
  • Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

I also bought books 2 and 3 in the Pseudonymous Bosh (what a great name!) series that my daughter is reading. She is really enjoying the combination of scary, funny, and interesting.

I received 2 books in the mail too!
 I am really excited to read Anjali Banerjee's new book. It won't be released until February 2011, but she sent me an ARC to read. It's about a woman who moves to a small island in Puget Sound to take over her Aunt's bookstore!

The other book is Laura Fitzgerald's Dreaming in English (couldn't find a cover photo), which also won't be released until next February. This one is about an Iranian woman who moves to the U.S.

My big task yesterday was to go through my Google Reader. It had gotten out of control with over 200 blogs, some of which don't exist anymore, and most of which I am not reading. Every time I opened my Reader there would be over 100 entries to read (and that's multiple times a day!). So, I un-followed the dead ones and the blogs that I never really read. I have guilt about this. And, honestly, I only deleted blogs that had lots of followers, hoping they wouldn't really notice they'd lost one. How sad is that? Guilt over leaving blogs.
How many blogs do you have on your reader and
how do you keep from being overwhelmed?


Suzanne Yester said...

I'm celebrating Banned Books Week on my blog this week too! Wish I could drag a couch out and sit down and read! Will have to do it virtually! Stop by this week and share your Banned Book knowledge!

Chick with Books

Athira said...

All those books are making me want to buy a book now! I've been thinking that it's time I bought one (never mind that every book I bought is languishing on my shelf). Have a great week, and looking forward to your updates on Banned Books week at your library!

Florinda said...

I have a ridiculous amount of blog subscriptions in my reader - seriously, it's into four figures now. A lot are dormant or don't post often, and there are others I skim most of the time - but it's overdue for a review and cleanup. But I feel guilty when I drop blogs too. Glad it's not just me!

And I'm not the best about asking for help either - I think it's because I always expect to be turned down.

Anonymous said...

Not only can I not ask for help, but I can't accept it. I've got to get over that if I want to get married again!!!!
Anjali Banerjee's book sounds so good! There's just something about taking over a bookstore that sounds worth reading about.

Helen's Book Blog said...

Suzanne, Aths--What better way to get youth to read than to try banning it! "Don't read this book. It's full of sex and violence." It has great potential for marketing!

Florinda--I had guilt, but have been so much happier today with fewer posts to read!

Campele--As a single mom I have learned to accept help when I need it or I'd explode! :-)