In general blog upkeep news, I finally updated my Review Guidelines to reflect that I have a Sony Reader, and therefore can take electronic copies of books for review. I'm a girl true to my word. See, I told you I had nothing against ebooks - I just didn't have a reader. Well now I have a reader, and since Sony launched their software update that makes their reader DRM-PDF file friendly? Yeah, it's pretty much rockin' my world.
Also a shout-out to Kelly Watson who gave me a shout-out in her Romancing The Blog column today. You know, I've been blogging for almost six years now, and it never gets old when someone links to one of my posts. Just sayin'.
In more cleaning news, I spent my morning over at one of our libraries sorting through nasty, old fiction books. I'm about to share with you all my dirty little secret. Ready?
I love to throw away books.
Before you all pass out from the shock, let me clarify. I love throwing out old, nasty, smelly, falling apart books. Some librarians do not like to do this, and you'll know who they are if you're ever in a library where the collection looks like it's 30 years out of date. I know this is hard for laypeople to understand, but sometimes books have got to go. They look bad. They smell bad. They could be mistaken with toxic waste. Heck, even after doing my best Lady Macbeth impression and washing my hands a dozen times? They still itch from all the dust, mold and god knows what else was on some of those books. I probably should have worn gloves.
The library in question that I was helping out today is in the process of getting a brand, spankin' new facility after the first of the year. And the only thing worse than walking into a new library that barely has any books on the shelf? A new library with nothing but old, nasty books on the shelf. It just looks bad.
A revelation I had today while sorting through the moldy oldies - man, did everything suck in the 1970s or is it just me? I know times change, and therefore tastes change, but dang did publishers slap some fugly and bizarre cover art on books in the 1970s. Minimalistic ones, poorly painted ones, and cartoon fonts reminiscent of the The Electric Company. Seriously, you think book covers suck now? Take a trip through a library that hasn't weeded a book in 30 years and you'll discover new levels of horrifying.
I wouldn't be surprised if I have nightmares tonight.
Lucky for me I'll have a nice long weekend to recover. Yep, I'm being positively hedonistic and not working on Monday or Tuesday next week. Now to kick my butt into gear and actually get some reading done.