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Welcome to another edition in this series of posts about books I would like to read some day. As always, if you read any of these, feel free to come back and comment to let me know what you thought of a book. Also, if you have ideas and suggestions for books you think I may want to read, let me know as well in the comments. Let’s see what we have for this week.
Items about books I want to read:
- A former chief of police in Seattle, Norm Stamper was recently featured in Democracy Now! discussing police issues in the United States. He has a new book out on the topic, To Protect and to Serve: How to Fix America’s Police. It seems like a timely book that needs for more people to be reading it.
- Because I find macabre things interesting now and then, I would like to read Beyond the Dark Veil, a collection of Victorian era post-mortem photography. Story about the book via Boing Boing.
- These days, Jesse Ventura can have his entertaining and even thought provoking moments. However, him explaining why some are voting for Trump is not one of them. Moving along, this piece highlights his new book, which sounds like it could be an entertaining read. The book is S*it Politicians Say. Story about it via Esquire magazine.
- Next we have a bit of dark humor with 13 Elegant Ways to Commit Suicide. The older book was highlighted at Dangerous Minds.
- Another book discussing the issues of gun culture and the big business of selling guns in the United States. This time the book is The Gunning of America, and it was reviewed in a full essay in the The Times Literary Supplement.
- Here is a book about books, or rather in this case about readers. The book is The Reader in the Book, and it was reviewed at Los Angeles Review of Books.
- Via @TABITarot, a review of The Ultimate Guide to Tarot Spreads. This may be one to consider adding to my collection down the road as a reference source.
- This is one of those books that I would enjoy browsing through as a child, the kind of book that has a little bit of everything. The book is Mann’s Pictorial Dictionary, and it was featured in Boing Boing.
- And one more book via Boing Boing. It is a coffee book of what is described as brutalist architecture. The book is This Brutal World.
- This book could be an interesting proposition. Basically, it can help explain why dumbasses in the poor states, like say the Deep South, take a ton of federal money and aid, and still hate the federal government (and usually vote Republican). The book is American Amnesia. The book was discussed at AlterNet.
- Bill Moyers’ site has an article looking at class, politics and Trump while highlighting the recent book White Trash, which is a history of class in the U.S.
- If you like works like Ambrose Bierce’s A Devil’s Dictionary, you may also enjoy Encyclopedia of Hell published by the folks at Feral House. It is sort of an invasion manual for demons to know what they will find when they get to Earth. The book was featured at Boing Boing.
- I always find stuff on writing and specially handwriting to be of interest, so I am hoping this book will make for good reading. The book is The History and Uncertain Future of Handwriting, and it was reviewed at Inside Higher Ed.
- I am adding this one in part because I feel I should at least look at it. Honestly though, I do not give much of a hoot about student evaluations of their college professors, which for the most part can be petty and pretty meaningless when it comes to actual assessment. That is another conversation for another day. In the meantime, there is a new book highlighting such student comments. The book is To My Professor, and it was reviewed at Inside Higher Ed.
- Only reason I am linking to this post from the Librarian Shipwreck blog is that it mentions a book on the concept of planned obsolescence (a.k.a. the money grabbing move companies make of making shit products so you have to buy them again every few years, like Apple’s current fuckery regarding the iPhone 7 with no headphone jack) that I think is worth a look. The book is mentioned all the way at the bottom of the post, and the book is Digital Rubbish.
- This book just sounded interesting. The book is Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll, and it was reviewed at Rock and Roll Tarot blog.
- Barbara Moore, one of the big gurus in Tarot, discusses the concept of reading Tarot intuitively on the Llewellyn website, and she also links to the book Tarot Fundamentals, which I may be interested in reading.
- Another Tarot book that I might be interested in reading down the road is Tarot Mysteries, which was reviewed at Tarot Notes blog.
- Sean Gaffney highlights the fourth volume of the manga series Black Bullet. Sounds like one to try out, but I would need to start with the first volume.
- The Lowrider Librarian reviews the book The Other Slavery. If you think African American slavery was all there was in the United States, you need to read that book. I know I will be getting to it soon.
Lists and bibligraphies:
- A new resource website to help find and read African books.
Welcome to another list of items about books I would like to read some day. So many books, so little time. But I will fight the good fight, and I will read as many as I can.
Items about books I want to read:
- Via Mark Lindner’s habitually probing generalist, this looks quite interesting. I am always interested in the possibilities of graphic novels to tell tales other than the usual superheroes on tights (nothing wrong with those. I like those too) and to educate. Mark recently read My Degeneration: a journey through Parkinson’s. Apparently the book is part of a whole medical graphic novel series, and Mark even conveniently found a list of others in the series out of WorldCat.
- Sean Gaffney recommends a new (to me at least) manga series, which now has an omnibus edition of the first two volumes. The series is Franken Fran.
- Another manga recommendation. This time via Experiments in Manga for Die Wergelder.
- The next book interests me not only because I am a Latino in higher education, but it also interests me given me newly assigned role of Coordinator of Latino Services at my workplace (yea, I know that work title can mean a few things, and I think at the moment the powers that be left it vague on purpose, but I digress). At any rate, I probably also need to order the book for our library. The book is Ensuring the Success of Latino Males in Higher Education, and I heard of it from a Q&A with the editor of the book over at Shelf Life @ Texas blog.
- Here is one to go with my fascination with alcoholic spirits and their history. Drinkhacker reviews the book The Manhattan Cocktail, a recipe and history book about that (allegedly) simple cocktail of whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters.
- Usagi Yojimbo is one of those titles that I have always wanted to read. Wink Books reviews a collected special edition volume.
- Wink Books also reviews a book on a topic that is certain to all of us: death. The book is Death and the Afterlife: A Chronological Journey, from Cremation to Quantum Resurrection.
- This next book reminded me of the episodes of Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares that he did with ex-pats in places like Spain and France. The book is More Ketchup Than Salsa, and it was reviewed by Based on a True Story.
- Here is one that sounds odd yet fascinating. Marion Nestle of Food Politics was reading the book Ingredients: a Visual Exploration of 75 Additives and 25 Food Products.
- Here is something that falls under curious and unusual a bit. It’s a historical look at African American cookbooks and the stereotypes they reinforced. I wonder if this would be something to order for my library. The book is The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks. The review comes from Wink Books.
- And another one that can fall under curious and unusual, a look at the art of American fraternal societies like the Freemasons, Knights of Pythias, Odd Fellows, etc. The review is at Wink Books, and the book is As Above, So Below: Art of the American Fraternal Society, 1850-1930.
- The 2016 election in the United States will likely be remembered as one of the worst in the U.S. in terms of lousy candidates. As George Carlin said, “garbage in, garbage out” (you can read the full quote and some others of his here). The Republicans are pretty much hopeless, but the Democrats are not far behind, the party whose platform boils down “we are no good, but at least we are not as bad as the other guys.” How did the party that stood for the working people and civil rights and basic dignity become yet another corporate for the elites party? How did the Democrats basically become Republican-lite? You can read the book Listen, Liberal, or What Ever Happened to the Party of the People? and find out what happened. You can read an adapted extract of the book here at In These Times.
- John Perkins has updated his book, so now you can read New Confessions of an Economic Hit man. This has been one I have been wanting to read for a while. You can read about the update and about the author in this article from Yes! Magazine.
- A book about saving precious Arabic manuscripts from Al Qaeda sounds interesting. The book is The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts, and it was one of the books that Based on a True Story added to her March TBR list.
- Curtis Wilkie, author of Assassins, Eccentrics, Politicians, and Other Persons of Interest, is a reporter who has seen a lot covering 8 presidential elections in the US plus covering stories around the world. He is one to know what Donald Trump is worse than George Wallace, as he states in this piece in Esquire. The piece also mentions the book The Boys on the Bus, which features Wilkie and is about reporters covering the 1972 election.
Lists and bibliographies:
- Book Riot offers a list of “5 Irreverent Self-Help Books.” These could fit in on the self-help books challenge I am doing in 2016.
- Signature has an article featuring “4 Books to Help You Understand America’s Opiate Epidemic.“
Here is my first post on this series for 2016. My TBR keeps growing, but I also hope these lists help other readers out there find ideas for new books to read.
Items about books I want to read:
- Violet Blue has a new small collection of erotica. The book is Extreme Human Rights Violations (link to publisher). I sadly missed the call for reviewers in December, so I will have to wait until I can get it later. Like her other writings, I expect this to be good.
- Some more erotica, this time via Erotica for All. The book is First: Sensual Lesbian Stories for New Beginnings. (Amazon link)
- Wink Books highlights a graphic novel biography of Pablo Picasso. The book is Pablo: Art Masters Series.
- Via Contemporary Japanese Literature, a collection of short stories by Ryu Murakami. The book is Tokyo Decadence (Link to publisher. Book due out in March 2016). The reviewer writes, “The collection portrays the Japan of the bubble and postbubble decades as a place where anything in your wildest dreams and darkest nightmares could happen. Murakami’s fiction is a love letter to the infinite possibilities of urban life delivered with style and panache. Just be warned – Tokyo Decadence is not for the faint of heart. “
- Experiments in Manga recently reviewed a new translation of The Tokyo Zodiac Murders, a murder mystery.
- Sean Gaffney looks at the new reissue by Dark Horse Comics of Planetes. I read the one volume previously available from TokyoPop (there may have been more, but like many of these manga, went out of print faster than lightning), and it was a series I enjoyed. I am glad it is getting reissued so I can read the whole thing down the road.
- Marion Nestle highlights a new book by Mark Pendergrast. The book is Beyond Fair Trade.
- Let’s put in a little humor. Via Awkward Family Photos, a look at Safe Baby Handling Tips.
- Here is an oldie, or as some would call it, a vintage book. Drinkhacker takes a look at Shaking Up Prohibition in New Orleans: Authentic Vintage Cocktails from A to Z, a 1920s cocktail guide. It does have a modern edition.
- I have enjoyed reading Spillane books before, so when Trollop with a Laptop highlights the novel The Erection Set, I am interested.
- Inside Higher Ed asks if you are part of the misfit economy. They highlight the book The Misfit Economy, and give you a small quiz.
- Bookgasm highlights a new edition of It’s a man’s world : men’s adventure magazines : the postwar pulps. The book is also reviewed at Wink Books.
- Guys Lit Wire review a book of advice and tips from cats. The book is You Need More Sleep: Advice from Cats.
- As a librarian and educator, I am always interested in good sex education books. Oh Joy Sex Toy highlights and recommends Girl Sex 101.
- The Awful Library Books blog is usually a source of fun and amusement. Once in a while they look over a book so bad that it sounds just good enough to be curious about. Here is one of those instances. The book is The Square Root of Sex, and amazingly, some libraries still have it.
- Bitches n Prose look at a book on a favorite item of mine: chili. The book is a recipe book, but it is also filled with history, anecdotes, and trivia, the kind of stuff I enjoy reading. The book is The Chili Cookbook by Robb Walsh.
- Via The Cataloger’s Reading List, a book she admits “sounds miserable” but it also sounds fun and snarky. This is the kind of stuff I love to read now and then. The book is Bad Days in History.
- Saw the new Star Wars movie? Need something to read to hold you over until the next one? Want to go back to the originals? You can read Star Wars: Shattered Empire. This is basically a prequel of sorts to the new film. Reviewed at The Book Smugglers.
List and bibliographies:
- I09 had a couple of end of year lists for 2015. Here is their “20 Best Comics and Graphic Novels of 2015.” And here is their list of “the very best science fiction and fantasy books of 2015.”
- Yes! magazine offers “Our Favorite Books on How to Live a Happy and Meaningful Life.“
- Gradhacker has a small list of “5 Great Reads About Graduate Life and Work.“
Another week, and another bunch of books I would like to read someday. As the saying goes, so little times, so many books.
Items about books I want to read:
- I continue adding to my interest to learning more about bourbon with Bourbon: a History of the American Spirit. The book was reviewed in San Francisco Book Review.
- Given the current political climate in the United States, this book sounds like a necessary read. The book is Taking Liberties: Why Religious Freedom Doesn’t Give You The Right To Tell Other People What To Do. The book was reviewed in San Francisco Book Review.
- Let’s add in some more history. I often like reading about periods or events in history that may not be widely known. Astoria, about how Thomas Jefferson and John Jacob Astor attempted to create a western trading empire, sounds interesting. It was featured in San Francisco Book Review.
- As I have written before, I am always interested in books about books and the book trade. So I am adding The Art of the Publisher to the list. It was discussed in The Christian Science Monitor.
- Here is a little something to help diversify my reading for one. Plus I think some of my feminist friends may be interested in this one as well. The book is My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem, and it was reviewed in Mother Jones magazine.
- I remember living through the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The event is often portrayed as this big “American victory,” but as often is the case in history, things are not as simple as that (nor is that vision really true). You can learn more about the reality of what happened in The Last Empire, which was reviewed in San Francisco Book Review.
- Here is something on higher education in the United States and China. In this article from Inside Higher Ed, “In Palace of Ashes: China and the Decline of American Higher Education (Johns Hopkins University Press), Mark S. Ferrara contrasts the ‘downward trajectory’ of American higher education against the rise of China’s university system.”
- Via Drinkhacker, a review of a book on tiki drinks, you know, those nice tropical drinks that evoke some island paradise when done well. The book is Tiki Drinks: Tropical Cocktails for the Modern Bar.
- Here is another one via Drinkhacker, this time on beer. The book is Beer for all Seasons.
- I do like vintage things, and yes, I do like adult films and entertainment, so naturally I like vintage and older porn and adult entertainment. Thus a book like Graphic Thrills Volume 2 (apparently there is a volume one too) on adult film vintage posters is of interest. You can find the review in The Rialto Report.
Lists and bibliographies:
- An older item, but still of interest: the first translations of a set of Zapatista children’s textbooks is available as a free download. Story via Global Voices.
- There is a graphic novel adaptation of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Catch is Boom Studios! for some reason thought putting it out in 6 volumes instead of one large volume was a good idea.We’ll see if I can find a set. Story via Wink Books.
- I will admit that I have not watched the Netflix show “Narcos.” To be honest, I could not care less about Netflix, but that is another story. Anyhow, I do have an interest in the topic of narcos in Latin America overall, so this list of books for folks waiting for the next season of the show interested me anyhow. From the list, I have read Gabriel García Márquez’s News of a Kidnapping, which I do recommend.
- Via the blog RA for all: Horror, here is a list of small presses in the genre, which I am saving to look over later.
- Here is more on movie posters. Via Wink Books blog, two books on James Bond movie posters.
- Via The Booklist Reader, a list of books on creativity.
Another week, and another list of books I would like to read someday. So, let’s see what we got this week.
Items about books I want to read:
- AlterNet recently featured a profile piece on Ta-Nehisi Coates. It mentions his new book Between the World and Me. Given all the recent racial tensions going on, this may be a timely read. It certainly would go well with a few other relevant books I have been reading recently.
- Via Liberation News, the book Revolution Manifesto: Understanding Marx and Lenin’s Theory of Revolution (no WorldCat record available as of this post). Some may say Marx and his ideas have no relevance today. I say given today’s climate of inequality and oppression Lenin’s and his ideas on revolution may well be relevant once more. As the news site states, “whether it is brutal murders by the police, the injustices perpetrated every day in the legal and prison system, or the military interventions around the globe—the state remains a topic of utmost importance for today’s revolutionaries. In the everyday struggles of working class and oppressed people the state often presents itself as the main enemy.” That may be a good reason to read this.
- This I just saw on my news feed, and I knew it was timely and had to add it to my list right away. Via Counter Current News, a review and discussion of the book Rise of the Warrior Cop: the Militarization of America’s Police Forces. This is one I will very likely order for my library as well.
- The next item is for one of those phrasebooks you can use in a workplace. I have used one or two before, usually to help fill out annual job reviews that require very specific language and usually use Likert scales to measure competency (as if, but that is another conversation for another day). Since then, I have a small interest in this kind of workplace book, which can either be good aids when you are short on words or right out workplace bullshit enablers. Anyhow, here is Powerful Phrases for Dealing With Difficult People. I am sure this is the kind of book you need if yo are doing annual evaluations, and you need to say “Bob is basically a sociopathic uncooperative asshole” in nicer terms. The book was reviewed at San Francisco Book Review.
- We have two cats in our home, and they help keep life interesting. To that end, learning more about felines is a good thing, and the book Cat Sense may be helpful for that. It was also reviewed at San Francisco Book Review.
- This is a different book about Alice in Wonderland. The book is a documentation and look at ways the characters of Alice in Wonderland have appeared in comics over time. In other words, how those comics somehow brought in the literary characters. The book is Alice in Comicland, and it was featured at Wink Books.
- Here is something different, a book about mazes. The book is Labyrinths and Mazes, and it was also featured at Wink Books.
- Moving to a different track, here is looking at food in terms of it being a commodity. Via the Food Politics blog, a book on the food commodities trading world. The book is Bet the Farm.
- Also via the Food Politics blog, a book looking at industrial farming and its consequences for the world. The book is The End of Plenty.
- I always have an interest in higher education books. This looks more like a book for my library, but if I do order it, I may pick it up. I do also have an interest in international affairs. The book is China’s Rising Research Universities, and it was reviewed at Inside Higher Ed.
- Also discussed at Inside Higher Ed, a book that “makes the case for all colleges — not just those religiously affiliated ones that were part of the Lilly experiment — to talk to their students about living meaningful lives.” The book is The Purposeful Graduate.
- As I am always looking for new manga to read, preferably with some kind of dark twist, this seems to fit the bill. The book is Alice in Murderland, Volume 1, which was reviewed at A Case for Suitable Treatment.
- Let’s toss a little smut in for fun; yea, I do read some low end fun stuff once in a while. I got Becoming a Thug Wife (Amazon link. Check the pricing as it may have changed) when it was a freebie on Amazon, and I have been reading it in bits and pieces; it’s written as a set of short episodes. When I do get it done, I will likely review it. Anyhow, I saw that Bending the Bookshelf posted a review of it, so jotting down here as a reminder for me to finish it. I can tell you the book does have its entertaining moments.
- And now, let’s go for a little armchair travel with Cool Japan Guide: Fun in the Land of Manga, Lucky Cats, and Ramen. It was reviewed at Contemporary Japanese Literature.
- A couple of books on drinking and spirits via Drinkhacker. One of the things I enjoy doing is visiting wineries and distilleries. I do find the process of making alcoholic spirits to be quite interesting, and often you get taste the product. First, let’s learn about the science with Proof: the Science of Booze (reviewed here). Second, the book Whisk(e)y Distilled (review over here).
Lists and bibliographies:
- This post from Hack Library School mentions a couple of books on library history. Given I am a librarian, and the topic does interest me, I am jotting it down here to remember.
- Via Wink Books, I am learning that IDW put out a series of anthologies collecting classic Tarzan comic strips.
- Big news recently was the daring jailbreak of drug lord El Chapo. Want to learn more about the narco world, here is a list of 6 books on the narco world and the war on drugs. Via The Booklist Reader.
- Interested in exploring or learning more about Brazilian literature? Book Riot has a post on “Where to Start With Brazilian Literature.” Like many readers, I am already familiar with Paulo Coelho, but from this piece I am also familiar with Jorge Amado (though I have not read him in a long time).
When I was doing outreach for my previous library, one of my duties was editing the library’s newsletter. I believe that newsletter stopped being published after I left, in spite of having been around long before I had arrived there, but the administration sort of had been hinting it wanted to let it go. A pity, as I think it not only served as a publicity and marketing tool, but also served for documentation. Anyhow, not my problem anymore. Back then, I had pulled aside these articles to read up more on the topic of newsletters to help me improve ours and learn more. Eventually I moved on to my current position, and this post lingered in my drafts folder for quite a while. These days, my library has a blog I created for them, and it is a tool we are working on developing further; it also serves a bit as our newsletter. Writing about that may be a post for another day. In the meantime, here is the stuff to look over.
- Brian Mathews on “What do students want to see in a library newsletter?” They took a student survey, results highlighted, plus the idea of placing a newsletter in the bathroom, which I admit intrigues me.
- Inside Higher Ed had a Quick Takes feature highlighting the UMagazinology blog, which deals with alumni magazines. I think we can learn a thing or two from that blog that we could use in our newsletter. I need to check out the blog and consider adding it to my feed reader.
- From ACRLog, some tips for the electronic message display.
- This is more of a sidenote, but it is something that has interested me for a while, the possible role of the library as a local news aggregator. Via Stephen’s Lighthouse.
It is amazing that I have made 50 of these lists already. I can tell you that lacking something to read will not be a problem anytime soon. As always, if you read any of the books mentioned on this post, feel free to let me know what you think. The comments are always open.
Items about books I want to read:
- When my mother passed away a few years back, my coworkers did not quite know what to do about me. You see, I am a heathen, and a lot of my coworkers were Christians (including some of the fundamentalist variety). For some reason they thought that if they said something like “I am keeping you in my prayers” that they were going to offend me. In reality, they were not. I may be a heathen, but I am fairly chill when it comes to others having their beliefs. In the end, they were all, as my mother used to say, running around like chickens with their heads cut off to avoid just talking to me. It was seriously awkward. Maybe a book like this might have been helpful for them. The book is Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing To Do With God by Greta Christina. She points out it has been reviewed here.
- Dreamland has been on my TBR list for a bit now. It sounds like it may be similar to Methland, which I did read. The book got a brief mention in Mother Jones here.
- I would not mind reading the anthology Smut Peddler (link to seller website as it is not exactly a library title) sometime. It is mentioned, with an excerpt here at IO9.
- I always enjoy books about books and reading. So, this book, My Bookstore, where writers write about their favorite bookstores, sound interesting. It was mentioned at San Francisco Book Review.
- I think the title in this one is a bit misleading. The author of this memoir did bind a book for the Pope, once it seems (I would have expected the title to mean the Pope had some sort of “royal” book binder). The book itself is more about the used and antiquarian book trade overall. Still, sounds interesting enough. The book is The Pope’s Bookbinder, and it is also mentioned at San Francisco Book Review.
- Along with reading about books, things related to books and writing fascinate me as well. So a book on the history of paper certainly sounds interesting. The book is On Paper, and it was highlighted at San Francisco Book Review.
- An Alison Tyler erotica anthology is always a welcome read. Her anthology of short short erotic stories, Sudden Sex, was reviewed at BDSM Book Reviews.
- This got lost in the shuffle for me. Walt Crawford has a book out on social media in public libraries. Though I am an academic librarian, I often find I learn much from some practices in academic libraries, so I am adding the book to my reading list. The book is Successful Social Networking in Public Libraries, and I saw it via an ALA press release a while back.
- Here is another shop title so to speak. Being an instruction librarian who seeks to improve his practice, this kind of book is of interest. The book this time is Feminist Pedagogy for Library Instruction, and it was discussed at Cat Lady Librarian.
- The blog Blogging for a Good Book suggests Swamp Thing, Volume 1 by Scott Snyder. As I have enjoyed other works by Snyder, specially his American Vampire series, I am very willing to give this one a chance. They also suggest Hawkeye, Volume 1.
- A little something for foodies. For me, this just sounded intriguing. Marion Nestle at Food Politics gave the book a blurb. The book is 50 Foods.
- Interesting in food issues and waste? The book American Wasteland may be of interest. It was discussed at The Blue Review.
- Another book on the recession and explaining why things imploded (in large measure, surprise surprise, it was the greedy S.O.B.’s of the financial sector). Blogcritics takes a look at Confronting Capitalism.
- The Lowrider Librarian highly recommends the book Citizen. Very relevant collection of essays to what is going on in the nation from racism to aggression.
- Now, I am not a connoisseur, but I have taken a bit more interest in learning about whiskey since I moved to Kentucky. Drinkhacker offers a review of the book Tasting Whiskey.
- And while we are talking spirits, Drinkhacker also has a review of a book on gin. The book is The Spirit of Gin.
- Here is one I have been wanting to read for a while. Powell’s highlighted a while back the book The Intern’s Handbook.
- Here is another LIS book I need to add to my TBR list, and I probably need to read it sooner rather than later, via Library Juice blog, the book is Informed Agitation.
- On a different track, here is a history of sex work. The book is Sex Workers Unite, and it was reviewed at Lambda Literary.
- The Intoxicated Zodiac found this book to be hilarious. I may have to check it out, maybe pass it on to The Better Half when I am done. The book is Reasons Mommy Drinks.
- Smoking on campuses can be a hot button topic. I can tell you that in the campus I work now, whenever the debate of totally banning it comes up (right now, there are outdoor designated smoking areas), both sides get seriously emotional and often aggressive. To help consider the topic, this book may help. It offers an analysis of students and their smoking behavior. The book is Lighting Up, and it was reviewed at Inside Higher Ed.
Lists and bibliographies:
- The Advocate has a list of LGBT must-read books that they missed reading last year. I missed them too. This year, one of my reading challenges is an LGBT challenge, so this list may prove helpful.
- I had no idea, but apparently 1965 was a very good year for adventure novels, according to this article in Boing Boing. From the list, I have read Dune. Also, this was the year Fleming’s The Man With the Golden Gun came out. Good year indeed.
- Looking to diversify your reading? Here is a list of top South African books from 1994 to 2014. List comes from LIASA.
- Something that is a bit more for reference. A guide to library research in Arab graphic novels and comics. Via Arabic Literature (in English).
- Christian and Inspirational Fiction is not really my cup of tea. However, as a librarian, I have read some works in the genre to learn the appeal, and I do keep up with it some for reader’s advisory purposes. To that end, and to help others who may be interested, especially if you want the Young Adult variety, here is “Get Genrefied: Young Adult Christian Fiction.” This is via Stacked.
- If you read LGTBQ books, a list of the 2014 Rainbow Award winners may be of interest. Story via Bending the Bookshelf.
- A list of 9 library marketing books. From the CILIP folks.