Wednesday, December 28, 2011

"It is never a waste of time to study how other people wasted time"

I read the line I used for the title of this post in The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner. When I read it, I decided I had to write something for the blog. I mean, I had an awesome title. I couldn't waste it.
I'm not reading The Geography of Bliss on my Kobo. It's one of the books I picked up when Border's was going out of business.
Weiner had given a book reading and lecture at SUNY New Paltz a year or so ago. I went, and after I really wanted to read the book. The excerpt Weiner read was funny and I enjoyed his brand of humor. The only problem was, I didn't want to buy the book.
Fortunately, the school library had the book. Unfortunately, it seemed that everyone else at the lecture had the same idea, and as a result there was a long waiting list for the book. By the time it was my turn to take it out I would have graduated. Eventually, I began to forget about it, only occasionally remembering it and briefly thinking, "I should read that," before carrying on with whatever I was doing.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Reading Machine

Since the semester ended I have been a reading machine.

Ok, so the books I've been reading have been really easy young adult books. Percy Jackson and the Olymipans, Vampire Academy, that kind of stuff. But it's so nice to read things that are not school related. Or, I suppose one could argue that since I am going to school to be a librarian, everything I read is school related. Hmm...
But it's nice to be able to curl up and read something that is not a textbook. Sure, I read a few books during the semester, but that was during a train ride or a few pages while eating breakfast. The past few days I have been reading pretty much all day. I go out for runs, I stop to eat, and I try to do at least one productive thing, but for the most part it's been a reading marathon. I love it.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Putting books on an e-reader

I was putting a book on my e-reader through the New York Public Library (NYPL), which I recently became a member of. While doing so, I realized that downloading an e-book is not as easy as 1, 2, 3. There is downloading and installing involved, accounts have to be made, and fire hoops have to be jumped through. It's kind of a big deal. Which is why I decided to put a list of steps one must take to get e-reading. Remember, though, that different libraries have different policies and use different vendors. If you are having trouble downloading an e-book, it is best to ask a librarian at your own library. They are trained in the software their library uses, and will be able to help you out.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

I miss reading.

    Lately, I have been very busy with school work, which is why I haven't been posting. I have been getting up early so I have extra time to write papers and study for finals. This schedule has changed my subway reading time into subway listen-to-music-zone-out-and-relax time. I needed the subway ride to unwind and stop thinking for a little while. It really helped me stay sane, and actually helped my focus on doing work when I got home, since I would occasionally get an idea for a paper while listening to music.
    The past two weeks have comprised of doing research and writing final papers, and thinking about final tests. Today, I took my first final (my last one is tomorrow (: ). After I was finished, I thought of everything I still have to do. It turned out to be not that much, which was a huge relief. I popped my headphones in and headed off to the train.