Friday, 29 June 2012

5 book-related tweets from book-related tweeps you might want to check out

"The people drawn to Twitter are people on the cutting edge, the real nerds who are resentful of the fact that the general population have found and taken over Facebook."
– Steve Dotto

I like Twitter. I'm going to sound nutty (as usual), but the visual cacophany of it, and the range of both deliberate and random conversations, is endlessly fascinating to me. What I really appreciate about it, though, are all of the reading suggestions that come across our work tweetstream. Today's post is in that vein. Unfortunately, I couldn't put anything close to the number I really wanted to link to - something like 27 of them hah! And before you get all uppity and point out that I've made a mistake and added Joe Hill twice to this list, you can settle, petal. I know. And it was deliberate, because the man is truly awesome. Who doesn't appreciate authors who give you sneak peeks at their upcoming book covers AND a Warren Ellis recommendation? Total win. Today, all for you, 5 book-related tweets from book-related tweeps you might want to check out

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Review: Private and Confidential by Marion Ripley

"Laura got out the photo of Malcolm. He looked so fit and happy in the picture, it was hard to imagine him being ill in hospital. The she had an idea. She would send him a Get Well card, and she would do it in braille!"
- Private and confidential by Marion Ripley

Review submitted by: Sonja
Title: Private and confidential
Author: Marion Ripley
ISBN: 0711220972
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
Published: 2003
Genre: Picture books
Age group: Children
Rating: 4 out of 5

Synopsis: When Laura's Australian penfriend goes blind she decides to learn braille so that she can send him a get-well-soon card. They are soon corresponding in Braille, making their letters private and confidential.

How do you write to a friend who can't see?

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Review: The Poet's Cottage by Josephine Pennicott

You are invited to a murder. The diabolical event will take place at Poet's Cottage on Saturday 17 August...
- Poet's Cottage by Josephine Pennicott

Review submitted by: Rachel
Title: Poet's cottage
Author: Josephine Pennicott
ISBN: 9781742610894
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Published: 2012
Genre: General fiction
Age group: Adult
Rating: 4 out of 5

Synopsis: When Sadie inherits Poet's Cottage in the Tasmanian fishing town of Pencubitt, she sets out to discover all about her notorious grandmother, Pearl Tatlow. Pearl was a children's writer who scandalised 1930s Tasmania with her behaviour.

Haunting...murder-mystery/narrator's path of self-discovery yarn

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Just a quick post...

...to remind you all about our Next Reads eNewsletters. They're a fantastic place to find that next great book. Each month you'll get a handpicked set of titles and there's bound to be at least one or two that catch your fancy! (I end up with a request list about the length of my arm every time they appear in my inbox)

The (Perpetual) Return of Sherlock Holmes

Nineteenth-century literature is crawling with characters that just won't die.

The Headless Horseman forever stalks the hamlet of Sleepy Hollow. The protagonist of The Tell-Tale Heart is tormented by the still-beating heart of his victim under the floorboards - or at least thinks he is. There's the ageless, homicidal Dorian Gray, and evil Lord Ruthven, the original "vampyre". Most immortally of all, there are Dracula and the eternal child Peter Pan (if we stretch it to 1903).

Sherlock Holmes, however, is in a league of his own.

Despite plunging over a waterfall to his death in 1893, Holmes came back - and since then he's kept repeating like a dodgy curry. There have been countless film and television productions, with and without deerstalker and pipe, and we now have the joy of not one but two screen adaptations at once. This month the second Sherlock Holmes film starring Robert Downey Jr was released on DVD, as well as the second series of Sherlock, with Benedict Cumberbatch. I thought it was impossible to replace Robert in my affections. I was wrong. I would listen to Benedict Cumberbatch read our workplace safety manual. I'd listen to him read it in Danish.

The best thing about these adaptations is that they're not stuck - so to speak - in the past. The original Holmes is a great character, but let's face it, he doesn't grow any more than Peter Pan. For all we see of his inner life, he might as well be Rupert Bear. That's why it's so fascinating how much of a hold he's had on the popular imagination all through the years, and why it's great to see so many new interpretations, keeping his character fresh. A ridiculous ninety-five titles relating to Sherlock Holmes have appeared in Auckland Libraries in the past 18 months. And apparently we haven't reached saturation point yet.

You may already have come across the Mary Russell novels (she's Sherlock's wife) by Laurie R King, but there are also teen series by Andrew Lane and Shane Peacock, a junior graphic novel series by Murray Shaw, a Japanese manga called Young Miss Holmes and....wait for it...Muppet Sherlock Holmes.

So if, like the rest of the world, you can't get enough Sherlock, this list is for you.

Monday, 25 June 2012

The quiet power of introverts


A lot of people meet me and think I'm an extrovert. I can be loud, gregarious and a bit over the top. And for a long time, I would have wholeheartedly agreed that I was an extrovert. My family is full of extroverts, so I learnt how to "be" by following their model of behaviour.

However I was often grumpy and exhausted after hours of chatter and adventures, wondering why I was so damn tired all the time. Why couldn't I keep up with the energy of my family? I just pushed through and persevered, and probably did a not-very-good job of showing my grumpiness (I was a hormonal teenager after all).

Turns out it wasn't anything medical related, I was actually an introvert hanging out with extroverts all the time. And while they were all thriving in a busy, energetic, talkative environment, I was just longing for some peace and quiet to sleep and recharge my energy levels.

Growing up, I didn't actually know what the terms really meant. I know now that not all introverts are shy, and not all extroverts are in your face. In reality, it's all about where you draw your energy from to be who you are. So, ask yourself these two key questions :
  1. Do you draw strength and energy from interacting with other people? (extrovert)
  2. Do you recharge by taking time out from other people to be by yourself? (introvert)
Your answer might be a surprise to you. Now ask yourself about your family, your kids, your partner, your co-workers, your boss. As the introvert child of two extroverts, I'd ask gently that you try to see the world through your children's eyes. It might make sense of some of their behaviours if you see them as extroverts or introverts.

Introverts can be gregarious and enthusiastic and full of fizz, as long as they can also balance that with having time out to recharge. Extroverts do sometimes need time away from other people, even if it is just to sleep before they charge off on their next adventure.

Two books opened my eyes and changed my way of thinking :
So I can finally admit that I am definitely an introvert, who grew up in an extrovert family, and I've learnt how to survive in the extroverted world. But it's been such a relief to know that it isn't unusual to need time and space away from other people to recharge my batteries, to think things through and to regroup by myself.

I'm different from the rest of my family, but they are learning to live with me needing time out to regroup rather than just ploughing on with the rest of them. Vive la différence.


Saturday, 23 June 2012

Family Matters: Genealogy and Such

"Why waste your money looking up your family tree? Just go into politics and your opponents will do it for you."
- Mark Twain.

Families are funny things and family history, the desire to know one's ancestors, even more so. Those that do it, love it with a passion and those that don't, think that watching paint dry would be more exciting.

Me?

I kind of fall in the middle.

I've been doing my own family tree for quite a few years now. A school project that got just a little of out of hand (understatement of the year). My history teacher would be so proud or perhaps horrified that it's taken me this long to do an assignment.

My family background is pretty typical. English, Irish and Scottish. There are Yorkshire men and Cornish men and a few others in between. Their generally a hard working lot with miners and cloth merchants and sailors and soldiers making up most of the mix.

Sadly there are no murderers or runaway lovers or an unclaimed castle (or two) waiting for it's rightful owner which has been just a little disappointing. I
long for an exciting ancestor. Someone like Rob Roy or Dick Turpin; alas my fore-bearers are a pretty tame lot, still I live in hope.

Maybe one day I'll find out that Great-Great Auntie Loveday (and yes I really do have an ancestor with that name) was the secret mistress of a king or even a lord or that perhaps she was hung for killing said lover.

Until then I have to make do with the ancestors I've got and though they may not be exciting they are still interesting to me.

Monday, 18 June 2012

Rebellion, revolution and a new world order

The title for this post is actually the subtitle of the book I want to share with you. I feel it really pinpoints what this book is all about. 

The Arab Spring : rebellion, revolution and a new world order, edited by Toby Manhire, is the printed version of a chronological collection of online reporting that happened as countries throughout North Africa and the Middle East experienced citizen uprisings that began in Tunisia in mid-December 2010.

I was only vaguely aware of a lot of these events happening across the world, as I was living in Christchurch during much of the time that these events took place, and my focus was much more on localised events that impacted on me personally. So it is only now that I have been able to look back at these other events that were kicking off globally.

One thing that fascinated me was the actual publication of the book in the first place. It is a finite collection of live online reporting and commentary. This book collates and shares a variety of voices, captured through tweets, blogs and online articles, and brings them all together in one place, something that might not be so easy to curate and collate in an infinite online space. Creating a book to share the chronological unfolding of the revolution online is an easier way to read about the revolution than trying to individually seek out the information across a variety of sources on the internet.

This book presents an interesting historical analysis of how the use of social technology (Facebook, Twitter, blogs) facilitated the sharing and dissemination of information about the events across the region. There is a great essay about how the technology didn't start the revolution, but it did play in important part in disseminating the information when it did kick off.

If you want to get a sense of how and why the Arab Spring started, when the first tweets and online reporting began, as well as read stories from across the region (Syria, Libya, Egypt, Yemen) and gain an insight about what it means now for the citizens across North Africa and the Middle East, I'd recommend setting aside some time and reading as much as you can in one sitting (I finished it over a weekend). It'll draw you into a world of political protest, and then you'll remember that this was only the beginning of the revolution.


Thursday, 14 June 2012

Vampires and Bad Boys

"To make you a vampire they have to suck your blood. And then you have to suck their blood. It's like a whole big sucking thing.“ Buffy from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Personally I just don't get the whole Twilight thing and just by saying this I can hear the cries of a million fans who will most likely think I am completely and utterly bonkers.

How could I not like Twilight?

It has everything any self respecting Syfygirl should love. There's vampires and werewolves and the whole star-crossed love that generally appeals to a closet romantic like myself. Still it all somehow leaves me feeling well... a bit... empty.

Now don't get me wrong, I don't hate Twilight. After all any book that gets people interested in reading has got to be a good thing, so I'm all for that and on some level I want to like it, I really do.

And it's not because of the vampire thing either, because I actually quite like vampires. They are for me the ultimate bad boy and perhaps that is the problem. The vampires in Twilight just don’t have that bad boy appeal.

Vampires who sparkle in the sunlight?

Really?

I'm sorry, vampires need to “burn baby burn” at the mere touch of daylight and if they don't they better have a bloody good reason not to and sparkling is definitely off the agenda.

Of course I’ve always had a thing for bad boys. Not in real life of course (been there, done that) but in the world of fiction give me a bad boy any day. These men are sexy, passionate, slightly aloof and completely and utterly ruthless. They don’t conform to the rules of society nor do they let anything stand in their way. They take what they want, when they want it and don’t we just secretly love them for it.

Jane Austen certainly knew their appeal as did Charlotte Bronte and two hundred years later these bad boys are still luring us in.

So if you like vampires or bad boys or a little bit of both here are some of my picks

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

New Music: June 2012

One of the main things I love about my job is that I get to look at all the gloriously new (and clean) material before it goes out on the shelves. My favorite thing to look at is the new cds, so I thought I'd share with you some of my favorite music that comes in each month. There's such a wide range of new material that comes in so here is just a taste of what Auckland Libraries has to offer for June 2012.

MTV Unplugged: A Live Album by Florence and the Machine

Florence and the Machine have released their version of MTV's Unplugged featuring songs from 2009's ‘Lungs’ and 2011's ‘Ceremonials’. The album also features 2 covers the first is a cover of Otis Redding’s 'Try a Little Tenderness' .The second is a cover with Josh Homme (lead singer of Queens of the Stone Age) of ‘Jackson’ made famous by Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash.

Genre: Indie/Pop/Live
You might like if you enjoy: Mumford and Sons, Ladyhawke, Marina and the Diamonds
My favorite Songs: Drumming Song, Shake it Out, Try A Little Tenderness


Hell on Heels by Pistol Annies

Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley make up Pistol Annies a kick-ass country group from America. Lambert (who has a highly successful solo career) started the group last year and they released 'Hell on Heels' in August 2011. The album was only released digitally at first but even with only a small amount of promotion the album reached number 1 on the US country charts and has since been released in CD format. This album is a bunch of country girls singing about being country girls. In the words of Presley ‘the only thing that’s fake is the eyelashes’.

Genre: Country
You might like if you enjoy: Miranda Lambert, The Band Perry, Dixie Chicks
My favorite Songs: Hell on Heels, Taking Pills, Boys from the South, Bad Example

Strange Clouds by B.O.B
B.O.B. has bought out his second album Strange Clouds. This album has a ton of guest stars including Taylor Swift, Ryan Tedder (from OneRepublic). T.I., Nicki Minaj and Morgan Freeman. My favorite thing about it is you can hear in influences of the guest stars on each song so there’s a good amount of variety within the album. This album would be amazing for Summer but we’re in the Southern hemisphere so we get to rock out to this with the heaters on full blast. Even so, this is a pretty solid hip-hop album.

Genre: Hip Hop
You might like if you enjoy: Lupe Fiasco, Tiny Tempah, T.I.
My favorite Songs: Both of Us ft Taylor Swift, So Good, Never Let You Go ft Ryan Tedder

Believe by Justin Bieber

I know that most people over the age of 20 are rolling their eyes at me right now for having this on the list but I’ve put it here for 2 reasons:
1. Justin fits the criteria of my blog post by putting music out in June.
2. I’m scared his fans will come to my house and burn a giant purple hat on my lawn if I don’t.

This album is pretty much exactly what you would expect it to be but Justin's voice is better than on his previous albums My World and My World 2.0. I'll let you decide if 'The Biebs' is your cup of tea but it's actually not bad and I give him credit for co-writing most of the album. Just be aware: Album comes with moderate risk of catching ‘Bieber Fever’ but only if you don’t wear shoes in public.

Genre: Pop
You might like if you enjoy: One Direction, The Wanted, Selena Gomez
My favorite Songs: Boyfriend, Beauty and a Beat ft Nicki Minaj

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Musical Memoirs

In my last post I mentioned the serious love-thing I have going on with music. Continuing on with that theme I thought I would share with you some of my favorite Autobiographies written by musicians. You will notice that most of these are country artists but I wanted to share with you books I've actually read by artists I honestly love. And truth is: I love country music.

Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway Cherie Currie with Tony O'Neil
A 15 year old girl who dresses like David Bowie drops out of school and joins an all-girl rock band? Cherie Currie was everything I wanted to be in high school. This is one of my favourite books because her memoir is even more fascinating and disturbing than you would expect a teenage rock star's to be. It's very, very honest and a touch graphic so I would recommend this one just for the grown ups but it's a must for music fans.

Movie: There is a movie based on this book called The Runaways with Dakota Fanning playing Cherie and Kristen Stewart playing Joan Jett. The move is worth watching but skips over the really gritty parts of the book (it's still R16).

Johnny Cash Man In Black* Cash
If you enjoy a good 'I was so high that I ________' story then this one's for you! Unfortunately Johnny Cash, musical genius that he was, didn't always make the best decisions but this does make for an interesting read! The movie of Johnny Cash's life is called Walk the Line. Johnny cash is played by Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon won an Oscar for her role as June Carter.

*Unfortunately the last copy of Man in Black has been lost and it is currently out of print. If you somehow can get a hold of a second hand copy I highly recommend it.

Carole King A Natural Woman
The woman responsible for one of the greatest albums of all time (Tapestry) has finally bought out a memoir! Hooray! In her book she shares details of not only her successful song writing career but also her private life with her four children and four ex-husbands. It's quite a long one but she goes into detail about the music industry so anyone can pick up the book and read it.

In the audio book version (which unfortunately we don't have yet but the book only came out a few months ago so keep an ear out) Carole narrates the book herself while singing and playing the piano.

Coal Miner’s Daughter by Loretta Lynn, George Vecsey and Still Woman Enough by Loretta Lynn, Patsi Bale Cox
All bow down as the queen of country music tells her life story! Loretta shares with the reader all of the details of her life. From getting married at 13 and having 4 children by the time she turned 20 to Getting to play at the Grand Ol' Opry. Loretta fills you in on it all. The only down side to this book is that it's very simply written and It can get a little annoying but seeing as Loretta barely got a primary school education it's easily forgivable. You can't say this book isn't honest. Movie: Coal Miner's Daughter was made into a movie in 1980, with Sissy Spacek receiving the best actress Oscar for her role as Loretta. On May 10th 2012 it was announced that Zooey Deschanel would play Loretta Lynn in the Broadway musical adaptation of the movie.

Other books: Loretta has released 'Honky Tonk Girl: My Life In Lyrics' which is a book containing the lyrics of her songs as well as the song’s back story. She has also written a cookbook called 'You’re Cooking it Country' (A play on the title of her song 'You're Looking at Country').

From This Moment On - Shania Twain

I owe a lot to Shania Twain, without her 'Come on Over' album I probably wouldn't listen to country music all that much. So I was pretty excited when her autobiography 'From This Moment On' came out last year. I really liked this one. She's very honest about growing up poor in Canada and her husband's affair that ended her marriage and generally what it's like being Shania/Eileen Twain. There isn't a movie out about her yet, but I watch the crap out of that!






Embracing your inner teenager

A few years ago the genre barely existed; now it's a major money-spinner for publishers and movie studios alike.

Hands up how many of you have read a young adult novel in the past year. Some of you will be teenagers, (like, duh), but many of you will be well past the age of adolescence, if not the angst part. And you are a major reason why teen fiction is doing so well. Thanks to Harry Potter, adults need no longer feel ashamed to pick up a book for "children". While they should actually be ashamed of picking up a book about sparkly vampires and vapid heroines, those days are long gone. In fact, publishers are now packaging books with separate covers for adults and teens.

This, my friends, is the age of the crossover. Now that the stigma of reading teen fiction is gone, so is the writing of it. Every big-name adult author is writing for teens now - Philippa Gregory, Elizabeth George, Harlan Coben, Gena Showalter, John Grisham, James Patterson, Jodi Picoult. They're all at it. Once Lee Child figures out how make his sentences any shorter, no doubt he'll get round to it too.

If you're like me, you probably want to forget your adolescence entirely, but the teenagers in the best of today's books are dealing with a lot more than what to wear to the prom, and the stories are generally easier to get into than the stuff written for adults. They're perfect escapism with bite. Ignoring The Hunger Games, which I've already written about at length, there are futuristic books in which evil regimes are overthrown, by heroes with complex problems. There are fantasy quests (think the Eragon series). There's historical fiction with intrigue. There are even stories based on real events, about refugees and concentration camp survivors.

And lots of paranormal stuff, of course.

So here it is: a list of crossover YA and adult books that will appeal to all audiences. Give one a try!

Monday, 11 June 2012

World Wide Knit in Public Day at Auckland Libraries

Join the Botany Library team to celebrate World Wide Knit in Public Day 2012 on Saturday June 16th 2012.

From 10am to 2pm, head to Botany Library and bring your knitting. Join others in being a proud public knitter. There are World Wide Knit in Public events happening all over the globe, so make it part of your day at Botany Library this coming Saturday.

You might also like to join their regular knitting group - Knitting in Public - every Tuesday.


Friday, 8 June 2012

Top 5 most requested DVDs

"Drama is life with the dull bits cut out."
- Alfred Hitchcock

Short post from me today. For one reason: it's not about me (who knew?) - what we do is all about connecting YOU with our services and resources. So I shall simply introduce this post and get out of your way :) For your delectation, I offer up our top 5 most requested DVDs. Why? Think about it: Wet weather + Our DVD collection = No Brainer, and I'm not sure about you guys, but I intend to spend this weekend working online while Due South (yes, featuring Constable Benton Fraser the Mountie because, hey, that's how I roll AND because I ADORE HIM times seven) plays in the background. Stay dry, stay safe, and have a great weekend!

On a slightly more sombre note, yesterday morning I learned that Ray Bradbury had died after a long illness. My mum introduced me to science fiction books and authors when I was about 7 or 8 years old, and one of the first sci fi stories I ever read was by Ray Bradbury. My favourite will always be Fahrenheit 451, which I first read when I was 9 years old, and would continue to pull out every few years or so. I still have a very battered and faded copy on my bookshelf. Thanks to mum, I moved from Bradbury to Arthur C. Clarke to Carl Sagan to Greg Bear to Frank Herbert, and so on. I'll never forget that Bradbury was responsible for my initial enjoyment of sci fi. And yes, I did cry, just a little, and turned to the internet (because I'm weird that way) to look for others who could so eloquently express what a loss it is in a way that I never could: Neil Gaiman, NPR, Stephen King being a few who stay in my mind. If you have a few minutes, take the time to check out bookshelves of doom's website because there are more great Bradbury links there, too.

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Baking bliss

There's something special about baking. It's a bit like alchemy - making something out of nothing. The individual elements aren't much on their own, but if you mix them together just right you get something pretty special. I could easily spend a whole day baking, the only problem being that I want to eat it all when I'm done. I love to bake for other people, but since I can't bake for you I'm going to share some of my favourite baking books with you, so maybe you can do a bit of magic yourself.

Miette - The cakes in here are beautiful, but the best part of this book is the European Buttercream recipe. It's not too sweet, and the texture is light and smooth and silky. About half of it is butter though, so like everything it's best in moderation. I made a batch of it last night and flavoured half of the batch raspberry and half with coffee. You can store it in the fridge or freeze it, which is great because it makes a lot and you probably won't use it all at once. It's the perfect icing for something a bit special. Honestly, I could go on about this icing all day. I used the raspberry stuff on a batch of white chocolate cupcakes, which got rave reviews around the office. The cupcakes themselves came from 500 cupcakes, a new discovery but so far I'm impressed.

A treasury of New Zealand baking - I'm slowly but surely working my through all of the recipes in this book. It's wonderful to find such a high quality baking book that comes from New Zealand, so I know that a) I can get all of the ingredients, and b) the measurements and temperatures are metric. And I love the pictures.

The bread bible - A recipe for just about every bread you could ever think of, including a good number of bread-maker versions for the time-poor baker. This has my go-to recipe for pizza dough, and a beautiful orange cinnamon-swirl bread. I don't even mind that it doesn't have any pictures (usually a prerequisite for any recipe book for me), because it all works so well. It is American, but there's a handy little conversion chart in the back for people (like me) who can't think in farenheit.

Cakes & bakes from my mother's kitchen - This is another pretty one, and I wish I'd had time to try more of the recipes from it. The Key lime pie in here is devastatingly good.

Happy baking! If you know of any other great recipe books I'm always on the look-out, so please share them in the comments.

Monday, 4 June 2012

Hunting for treasure

I've finally sat down to read the May issue of Wilderness magazine and was thrilled to see an article about the growing interest in geocaching. It really appealed to my techy side and my love of the outdoors.

So what is geocaching?

It's kind of like a hi-tech treasure hunt outdoors. You'll need a GPS, some good walking shoes and a desire to go looking for something. The NZRGPSS describes it as
a hi-tech game of hide-and-seek. [...] it is your mission to try and find [caches] using only your GPS and any clues you are given.
Essentially, a cache (which could be as small as a film canister or up to the size of a bucket) is hidden somewhere outdoors. Occasionally a cache is hidden in an urban setting, but it's usually in a non-urban environment. It could be up a hill, on a beach, under a rock, or up a tree. The GPS co-ordinates of the cache are posted online. It's then up to you to go and find it, write on the log sheet and bag the cache. There are sometimes multi cache options, where there's two or more locations involved - the first cache gives you a clue for the second and/or third locations. Kind of like a bread crumb trail to the treasure.

It might sound simple, after all you've got the GPS co-ordinates, but as the article in the Wilderness magazine clearly shows, GPS co-ordinates aren't exact to the nearest millimetre, so you'll still have to hunt for the cache once you are in the right place.  

If you are already spending time outdoors, then why not add an extra dimension to your adventure? You might find that the thrill of the chase pushes you to explore places you never thought you'd go.

There's some good books to get you started, including The geocaching handbook : the guide for family friendly, high-tech treasure hunting. You can also search for geocaching and/or Global Positioning System in the library catalogue. I'd also recommend the geocaching section of the website of the New Zealand Recreational GPS Society (NZRGPSS) to start you on your journey, they have great links to online geocache directories. Happy treasure hunting.

Friday, 1 June 2012

Dear Internet.



Dear Internet.

I’ve got to be honest with you. The closest I have ever come to blogging is laughing at people who write really pointless, angry Youtube comments and making pictures of Colin Firth my computer screen saver, so I’m not really sure how to go about this. I think maybe we should start by being honest with each other. The Internet is nothing if not honest.

Well, my name’s Laura and I am a librarian. And yep, that does mean that I read a lot. I set myself a challenge at the start of the year to read 52 books in 52 weeks. So far, I have read 31 books in 22 weeks. I’m ahead of schedule because I read Poison Study by Maria V Snyder and liked it so much I read all of her other books in just over a week.

I love coffee and chocolate (I’m not addicted, I just enjoy twitching). I have a horse called Nimbus but I don’t often call him by his real name usually it’s ‘Orange Pony’ or any combination of my favorite swear words when he’s misbehaving. I think 30 Rock is the greatest show to ever exist (Closely followed by Community and CSI) and I admire Tina Fey so much that my religion on Facebook is currently listed as ‘Feyminist’.

My love of music started when I was 6 years old. When I relentlessly begged my parents to get me Alanis Morissette’s ‘Jagged Little Pill’. Eventually they gave in and my obsession with music began. Growing up the sound track of my life was severely different from other kids but I didn’t care, I had Freddie Mercury, Carole King and Johnny Cash. There isn’t really a type of music I don’t like. Apart from Glee. Glee is the worst.

That’s pretty much all you need to know about me for now. My plan is to just make it up as I go and try my best not to sound like Charlie Sheen.
Best wishes,
Laura.