01 August 2014

Introducing Friday Five

I have a lot of work, and a couple not-quite-work-but-kind-of projects going on, plus the addition of a now-mobile seven month child in the house, makes precious little time to get back to the blog. I have updated my Portfolio page with my ALA presentation - there were no slides, just talks - and my upcoming LibraryReads presentation for NELA in October. Content has been scarce here, but I came up with an idea which I think plays well with the work I am currently doing.

Today I will start a regular (hopefully) post about five books that I am reading, just read, read a while ago, haven't read yet but think will be really interesting. I hope some of these spark an interest in you. All titles link to Edelweiss or Goodreads.

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty. This is not my typical read, however Doughty's memoir of her start as a crematory assistant, the emotions and situations that she has dealt with, give an honest and humorous look at her life. I heard her talk during BEA also, and she is as funny in person. This book is coming out next month, and I completely believe it should be on the next LibraryReads favorite list. Since I cannot vote anymore - please do it for me!

Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews. This just came out on Tuesday, and is a terrific urban fantasy. Set in a time where magic does not play well with technology, and both show up at different times, Kate Daniels is an investigator for hire, as well as the Alpha's mate, even though she is human (kind of). I read this in e-galley form last month, and find it to be a pivotal title in the series. I am really looking forward to where Andrews (wife and husband writing team) take Kate and Curran's story from here.

Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix. I found out about this book at the BEA Librarian Shout and Share, and was immediately entranced by the stylized cover. Heavily satirizing Ikea, this story of creepy things happening in a big box store had me both feeling icky and laughing at the same time. I am not a horror reader, but the light handed prose mixed well with the ghost story and did creep me out - so I consider it a success. I brought this title up at July's Early Word Galley Chat.

Murder in Retribution by Anne Cleeland. A title I read for the August Library Journal, I was fascinated/disturbed by the relationship of the two main characters, Doyle and Acton, kind of like reading the comments - you don't want to know, but you have to know what in the world keeps these two going? Cleeland writes a tight mystery, and the characters are so obviously, well, damaged, in their own ways. This is the second of the series, so go read Murder in Thrall first.

Making a Collection Count: A Holistic Approach to Library Collection Management by Holly Hibner and Mary Kelly. (One of these things is not like the others...) I needed to mention this title as it has been on my work desk and a constant go-to the last month while planning my first continuing education course on collection life cycles. I was even fortunate enough to get my own copy from Holly, over great food in Las Vegas!