Week in Review: July 4: Quarantine Week 16: In Which I Continue to Work Remotely

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Did you ever want to run away to the circus? 🎪 I did not but I do love reading about circuses (but not carnivals or freak shows, get out of here with your Geek Love recommendations). 🎪 I’m doing a presentation on Instagram for work this afternoon so be sure to leave a like and a comment to help me look good! 🎪 #instabooks #currentlyreading #amreading #instareads #lovereading #booklife #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #reading #bibliophile #instabook #bookworm #bookgram #reader #booktography #bookstagram #beautifulbooks #booksofinstagram #booklove #bookstagramit #bookish #librariansofinstagram #bookblog #allthebooks #bookphotography #unitedbookstagram #goodreads #erinmorgenstern #thenightcircus

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How My Week Went:

A lot of my work friends are back at work this week. My library is still a hard hat area so I continue to work from home. I am starting to feel quite burnt out but also guilty for being burnt out while working from home. My long suffering mother who has to sit in silence during all of my work meetings is having second-hand remote work burnout. But I did get to give a presentation at work about all things bookstagram and instagram stories which was actually a lot of fun.

How are you doing? Are you still at home? Are you back at work? Do you have enough masks?

Week in Review: June 27: Quarantine Week 15

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Do you read westerns? Even if you do, I bet you haven’t read one like this. ▪️ The story starts in Cincinnati in 1876 with "Wild Bill's Wild West," a traveling western show run by Bill Hickok. The show is always a big attraction featuring the legendary lawman, Frank Butler the Pistol Prince, and none other than Calamity Jane–heroine of the plains. 📚 But the show has a secret: Bill along with his adoptive children Frank and Jane uses the show as a cover to hunt garou (you might know them as werewolves). 📚 Jane is thrilled to have a family after so long on her own. Frank loves the show almost as much as his poodle, George. Neither of them is sure what will happen to the show (or them) when they find the subject of their hunt and Bill is able to retire. 📚 Things go wrong very quickly after Annie Oakley (or rather, Annie Mosey–she isn't the Little Sureshot yet!) tries to join the show. Annie earns her way into the show, soundly beating Frank in a shooting competition. But does shooting prowess mean Annie can be trusted with the hunt's real purpose–especially when she seems to hate garou more than anything? 📚 When a hunt leaves Jane with something that looks a lot like a garou bite, she has one desperate change to find a cure in Deadwood–a town that holds secrets and dangers for Jane and everyone she cares about in My Calamity Jane (2020) by Jodi Meadows, Cynthia Hand, and Brodi Ashton. 📚 This book is a blast! I was lucky enough to read it early to review it for School Library Journal. You can check out the expanded version of my review on my blog. 📚 #instabooks #mycalamityjane #jodimeadows #instareads #brodiashton #booklife #cynthiahand #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #reading #bibliophile #instabook #bookworm #bookgram #reader #booktography #bookstagram #beautifulbooks #booksofinstagram #booklove #bookstagramit #bookish #librariansofinstagram #bookblog #allthebooks #bookphotography #unitedbookstagram #goodreads

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It’s been one hell of a week over here. A lot of it is internal work stuff I’m not comfortable discussing here but … it’s a lot.

Week in Review: June 20: Quarantine Week 14

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Things are starting to reopen here in NYC. I’m nervous about it and grateful to be able to continue working from home for now.

Week in Review: June 13: Quarantine Week 13: In Which I Have Some Self-Promo

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I have some self promo to share this week:

First: Mark your calendars for Wednesday June 17 at 1pm EST if you want to see me as a guest on Penguin Random House’s “Borrow. Read. Repeat.” where I’ll be talking about books. Details and registration here: https://www.bklynlibrary.org/calendar/bklyn-bookmatch-borrow-virtual-20200617

Second: You can find my byline in the June 2020 issue of Library Journal. I wrote a collection development article about books set in the 1920s. I was responsible for the intro and everything to do with all of the fiction titles.

You can read the article here: https://www.libraryjournal.com/?detailStory=ljx200601colldev

Week in Review: June 6: Quarantine Week 12: In Which I Conduct a Virtual Work Audit

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I want to talk about being an ally to #blacklivesmatter today. ▪️ I’d rather give space to Black voices who have already been speaking much more thoughtfully and eloquently than I can ever hope to manage. But I also want to be an ally which means being visible and vocal about it. ▪️ If you’re not sure where to start offering support: -Listen to Black voices -Amplify Black voices -Donate to reputable organizations including local bail funds (if your local bail fund doesn’t need donations they may direct you to organizations that do) -If you are protesting be as safe as you can be and make sure you know who is organizing the protest (some bad actors are seizing on this chance to create even more violence under the guise of protest and you don’t want to be party to that) -Educate yourself Read news articles, listen to Black voices and what they choose to share (don’t ask for more from them), and read up online. If you’re looking for books, start with: -Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates -This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell, illustrated by Aurelia Durand -Stamped From the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi (Stamped is a young readers edition Kendi worked on with Jason Reynolds) -How to Be An Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi -So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo -Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad For fiction titles start with: -Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles -Representative John Lewis’ March Trilogy -How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon -Slay by Brittney Morris -A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramee -All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely -Dear Martin by Nic Stone -The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas -American Street by Ibi Zoboi ▪️ If you have other ways to be an ally or other titles you’d consider essential, leave them in the comments.

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This week has been hard. If you are participating in Black Lives Matter protests, please be as safe as you can be. If you are able to, please donate. If you are trying to offer support, educate yourself and start reading.

I’ve been doing a lot of readers advisory work this week tabulating resources to share at my library. I have a lot of holds to place for my own reading, too.

This week I also did an audit of all of the virtual work I’ve done since quarantine started (I can’t believe it’s been twelve weeks). I went through my calendar, reviewed sent emails and messages on Slack to make an itemized list of everything I’ve done and collect relevant links and photos for things that were shared out. It was interesting to remember everything I had worked on since it’s been such a long time since we’ve had regular work days and it was valuable to remember that even though it feels like I haven’t been doing much that is patently untrue. If you’ve been working from home, I recommend doing your own work audit.

Week in Review: May 30: Quarantine Week 11

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This week started okay but then I stopped sleeping well and that made the end of it hard. I did a lot though–got several work things off my list, did some errands, paid off some quarantine purchases, made some others. This week always feels really long–that weird nether time between Memorial Day and June. This year it seems even longer with the absence of BookExpo and, you know, the entire global health crisis. Everything is still on fire but I feel like if I focus on the current moment I can manage. We’ll  see how long that lasts.

Week in Review: May 23: Quarantine Week 10

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It’s definitely getting harder to be cooped up with the weather getting warmer. Also I keep seeing cardinals outside on my terrace but they fly away before I can take pictures.

Week in Review: May 16: Quarantine Week 9: In Which Balance is Temporarily Achieved

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The biggest news is that I created a Bookshop page for myself and am updating affiliate links here on the blog. More details in that post. Also trying to be better about work balance instead of just being always available when working from home. It’s hard!

Week in Review: May 9: Quarantine Week 8: In Which I Keep Trying to Compartmentalize

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This week was one of the most frustrating I’ve had since everything closed down. It doesn’t help that I’m trying to come to terms with all of the ways everything is going to be different moving forward. But it’s also hard to do that without spinning out.

Week in Review: May 2: Quarantine Week 7:

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On Wednesdays we share pink books. 📚 Is your name associated with a well-known book? (Or song? Or movie?) 📚 Emma is an obvious connection for me although my mom did choose my name independently of the book. And as a result it is a book I have wound up owning in multiple editions. 📚 This is the Word Cloud Classics edition (one of my quarantine purchases) and it is even prettier in person. I love the feel of it, the embossing, and the spine and endpapers which you can’t see here. 📚 Also shown: my initial E ring from Barberry and Lace (an Instagram ad find after months of looking for a single initial ring) and my pink gradient manicure. 📚 #instabooks #bookishnails #gradientnails #instareads #lovereading #booklife #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #booksofig #booksharks #whattoread #booklover #bookgram #reader #booktography #bookstagram #beautifulbooks #booksofinstagram #humansofbookstagram #bookstagramit #bookish #librariansofinstagram #bookblog #allthebooks #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram #emma #janeausten #wordcloudclassics

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I did a lot this week but it felt like not a lot–which I guess is quarantine in a nutshell?