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Bookish (And Not So Bookish) Thoughts: A Top Ten List

I’m once again stealing this idea from Bookishly Boisterous (and hey, we’re both miserably hot in our respective geographic locations). Even though I created a list of ten things, I mostly just wanted to share the second one on the list (because…really?).


This is what I WANT my home library to look like. It does not look like this.

1. I’ve started watching The Walking Dead. I liked it, the first episode scared me (which is appropriate, I should think). I was sold on the show once one of the characters quoted Faulkner.

2. I went to lunch the other day – Wednesday, specifically. I brought a book with me, as I’m wont to do. I was interrupted. The guy sitting at the table beside me asked what I was reading (Storm Front by John Sandford). Then he asked me how I got it, because he likes Sandford too (from the publisher). And then he asked me if he could have it. Um, no. AND THEN, he sits down at my table, without asking. Prior to this, I thought I had mastered the back off look. I know I am not the only one who gets annoyed when interrupted while reading, right? See Cheap Thrills and The Well Read Red-Head’s thoughts on it.

3. On a happier note, a few good things happened this week. Those of you who follow me on twitter will already know about two of them. First, I saw my neighbor out walking his two cats on leashes, it was grand. Second, I saw Melissa Etheridge in concert (I still like I’m the Only One and I had a free ticket). Third, I was paid for my exceptional library reference service skills in organic dark chocolate by a library patron (who also quoted The Matrix to me) – so thanks dude, I’m still thinking about that chocolate.

4. My interview last week apparently went well enough. I didn’t think it went particularly great, but they notified me yesterday that the committee voted to grant me a second interview. Terrifying, is all I have to say about that…

5. There is a local theater a couple of blocks from my work. I went to see Austenland there this week and as the local paper says “it nails the foibles of new love with uncommon spirit”. It’a very cute, if forgettable. There’s an airport scene….groan. Also, the theater plays a throwback movie every Fri/Sat night. Tonight’s movie is Clueless. Yes.

6. I host a science book club seasonally. Fall’s session will begin shortly. There were three sessions, one hosted by me and two hosted by my other two coworkers. My session was the only one that sold out; the sales for the other two sessions were so low that they were cancelled. I’m strangely proud of that. I feel like saying “you like me, you really like me”, to quote Sally Field.

7. I am so sick of seeing things like “Yes, I have a daughter. I also have a gun, a shovel, and an alibi.” It’s ridiculous. Instead, I love (and recommend) this article: ‘Dear Daughter, I Hope You Have Awesome Sex’. Full disclosure: I don’t have a daughter. Should at some point in the distant future I have one; I’d like to think I’d stand by this article (assuming my daughter is of appropriate age, 13 is not an appropriate to be having awesome sex).

8. I hope jumpsuits and rompers (on adults) disappear off the face of the earth. Shoulder pads might as well go with them. Although of note, J. Crew is attempting to bring back the mix tape. I approve.

9. Denver (and the west coast as well) is in the middle of a heat wave. The daytime high hasn’t dropped below the nineties in I don’t know how long. We’ve set a new record high for several days in a row (Yesterday: 97F) and officially ventured beyond 50+ days over 90 degrees. Do you want to know how hot it is? It’s really fucking hot. It’s making finishing up my home library difficult. Paint doesn’t like hot weather.

(I’ll attempt to remind myself that I complained about it being 100 degrees when I’m complaining because it’s 5F with a foot of snow).

10. I’m in a mini-book slump. I’ve started several books, none of which have captured my interest. I don’t even know what I’m looking for in my next book. I just want it to be wholly engrossing. So, I’ll ask, what is the best book you’ve read recently? Any genre is fine…

So how has your week been? Does anyone even know what goes on in a second interview? I have no clue. I’ve only ever been on (and been hired after) one interview…

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  • http://twitter.com/missbonnie13 Bonnie (@missbonnie13)

    He asked if he could have it?? I’ve never had that happen to me. Maybe that means I’ve mastered my back off look. lol
    Congratulations about your 2nd interview! I have no idea what happens in a 2nd. Has never happened to me.
    I’m so sick of summer, it can go away. But yes, I’ll likely start whining when the snow comes.
    I’m reading The Book Thief and I’m frightened to give out any updates because honestly I’m not seeing the fabulous-ness yet (and I’m halfway done). I actually just finished listening to Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. It was amazing. That may or may not have anything to do with the fact that Benedict Cumberbatch narrated it.

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      He did! I said – rather incredulously – no. And after I said no, I couldn’t believe he proceeded to sit down. That type of thing never really happens to me. The last really awkward thing that happened to me was when the guy who made my sandwich at my favorite sub shop asked me out. I had to find a new place to eat after that.

      Thanks! I’ve never had one either. I’ve only had two professional jobs and both only had one interview each. For this one, they GRILLED me for hour they interviewed me. It was exhausting. I can’t for the life of me imagine what they could possibly have to ask me.

      I haven’t started The Book Thief yet. Still. But I can’t wait to find out what you think. I’m curious about it. I’ve not read The Metamorphosis, but the thought of Benedict Cumberbatch narrating is enticing. I don;t know what it is about him, but he is charismatic. I’ve never thought he was particularly attractive, but then he speaks… As you know, no one can top Timothy Olyphant for me. All other men are compared to him (at least involving actors).

      • http://twitter.com/missbonnie13 Bonnie (@missbonnie13)

        That’s always so awkward turning down someone and having to face them afterwards. I went late one night to the K-Mart (haha.. it’s not there anymore) up the street from my house to pick up something RANDOM in my pjs and the cashier asked me out. I never went there again.
        The worst interview I ever had was when I applied for a position with the Senate and there was me and like 8 people surrounding me and they all asked questions. It was traumatizing.
        I hadn’t read any Kafka before and had always wanted to do so… that version popped up on BBC Radio and I’m so glad I listened because yes, his voice.. amazing. I don’t find him attractive at all. Yes Timothy is up there. I’m also quite a fan of Colin Farrell.

        • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

          It’s pretty rare that I get hit on. Or at least that I notice. I tend to be a pretty friendly person if I’m in a good mood, so I don’t know if I’d notice. I’ve always been pretty oblivious to that type of thing, on top of the fact that I can’t imagine why anyone would ever want to ask me out (self-confidence for the win).

          Full panel/committee interviews are pretty terrifying. I don’t like to be on either end (interviewer/interviewee), but I’ve done both. I always give the person the benefit of the doubt because I know how much I hate it. I pretty much define awkward in those instances. And I HATE, HATE, HATE questions like “What’s your biggest weakness?”, “Name a bad decision you’ve made and how you corrected it?’, or the one I botched in my last interview “What personality type do you least like working with?”.

          I’ve no problems with Colin Farrell (aside from Miami Vice – so bad). Have you seen In Bruges? Because I loved about 85% of that movie, which is quite a bit for me. Aside from Timothy O. I also enjoy Ed Norton and Mark Ruffalo – I like types that appear well read (whether they are is an entirely different story, but if I can picture them reading I’m done for…). The one celebrity’s appeal that’s totally lost on me is Michael Fassbender, I don’t get it (I do think he’s a good actor, but any time anyone implies that he’s insanely sexy I question their sanity).

  • http://whatmeread.wordpress.com whatmeread

    At least you’re not in the 100’s like we’ve been here. We are just going down into the 90’s, and we’re relieved! You’ve probably read my recommendations, but just in case not, one oldie and two sort of newies: Swamplandia by Karen Russell, Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt, and Brother of a More Famous Jack by Barbara Trapido. Try one of those! I didn’t check your list to see if you read them already, however.

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      True. The trouble with Denver is that we’re not equipped to handle heat like this. Most places, including mine, don’t have air conditioning or the like – I feel like I’m going to melt (not to mention being extra crabby). That being said, we hit 105 a few times this summer and I’m glad not to be living in that heat right now. Here’s to autumn coming!

      I haven’t heard of the Trapido, I’ll have to check it out – thanks! Tell the Wolves I’m Home is one of my favorites.

      • http://whatmeread.wordpress.com whatmeread

        I love Denver, though. Much better than Austin, where I live. Trapido is really good. I hardly ever meet anyone who has heard of her. I just picked one of her books up by accident once at a used bookstore. I hadn’t read her in awhile, and then a friend of mine asked me if I had read Brother. I hadn’t, so I went out and picked it up! Very good.

        • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

          I love Denver too (Austin may be the only place I like in Texas). It has all the amenities of a big city without feeling like one, we’ve great farmers markets, transportation, etc.

          I just looked at my library, they don’t have Brother, but they do have Sex and Stravinsky, so I just requested that one. I love a good family drama!

          • http://whatmeread.wordpress.com whatmeread

            I used to like Austin better, before we had several summers in a row with lots of 100-degree days. A couple of years ago more than 90 of them! Now I just want somewhere cooler. Have fun reading! I haven’t read that one yet, either.

  • http://cheapthrillsbookblog.wordpress.com Charleen

    I am absolutely no help on the interview front.

    That guy from #2 would have weirded me out even if I wasn’t set on reading. Can he have it? What kind of question is that? And then he sat down at your table? Not because there was no where else to sit (which would be uncomfortable but at least understandable), but he got up from where he was already sitting to sit with you? Creeper!

    A friend linked an article the other day entitled, “New Yorkers Aren’t Rude, You Are.” And while not all tourists do the obnoxious things the author mentions, and I think part of living in a city like NYC is accepting that there are going to be lots of things that potentially disrupt your schedule, more so than living in other places… I couldn’t agree more with his main point: “…when someone is rude, they will be treated rudely in return.” That’s EXACTLY how I feel about people who interrupt readers, then get all offended when the reader tries to brush them off.

    (The link – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-skylar/new-yorkers-rude_b_3870699.html – if you’re curious.)

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      The consensus seems to be that they’ll ask me essentially the same questions again, but rephrased. Fabulous. I sounded like a moron the first time I answered them. Now I’ll be prepared to sound like a moron. I’m really amazed (and grateful) that they asked me back, I have no clue why.

      I found it strange, not necessarily creepy. He was trying to be friendly. I am just not that friendly, or at least wasn’t feeling so that day. He watched me eat my salad, which WAS creepy, but I have a finite lunch period. I read, I eat, I go back to work. I don’t chat. Anyway….

      If I am reading, I am obviously busy. What makes the person think I would want to give up my reading to talk instead? As for NYC, I’ve decided the entire place is just eternally a zoo that smells bad (though it’s kind of pleasant the week they toss their Christmas trees – it’s all smells like pine rather than garbage). Thank for the link.

      • http://cheapthrillsbookblog.wordpress.com Charleen

        You just hear so many stories about psychos out there who have perfected the art of not SEEMING creepy, that anything that COULD be creepy immediately puts me on edge. (Not that I automatically assume anyone who strikes up a conversation with me is a psycho, but the possibility certainly doesn’t make it any easier.)

        I know for some people, random conversations with strangers are one of life’s little pleasures, but even if I have an experience that’s a good one, it just saps my energy (from fighting my natural fight or flight response, I guess) to the point where I can’t deal with anything else for the rest of the day.

  • http://missjomarch.booklikes.com Lori

    Was he cute? What did you talk about after he sat with you? Did you break bread together? Does the story end there?
    I am planning on seeing Austenland tomorrow.
    Congrats on the second interview! Typically a second interview is a bit more casual.
    In reply to missbonnie, I didn’t love The Book Thief either but have seen the movie trailer and think I may enjoy the movie more.
    Other than The World’s Strongest Librarian I haven’t read anything spectacular. You would enjoy WSL as he is a Steven King lover too!

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      He was average. We talked about how I was liking the book, if I thought he might enjoy it (I had no idea), how hot it’s been, etc. Basically small talk at its finest. He watched me eat, which was very odd for me. The whole encounter lasted maybe on 15 minutes, but it was a long 15 minutes. And yes, the story is finished.

      When you go see Austenland, which is adorable, make sure you sit all the way through the credits.

      The second interview is less nerve wracking than the first, but I am still a bit terrified. I worry I’m too young and that they’ll think I can’t handle it (on a good day, I look like I’m 22). And because I like my job now, I equally worry that they’ll offer me this new job and then I’ll have to make a choice. Can you tell I’m a bit of a worrier? Though I’d prefer to think of myself as a realistic evaluator with a mildly pessimistic bent and a sense of humor…

  • http://picturemereading.wordpress.com picturemereading

    So disappointed to hear austenland is not that great:( I love walking dead!

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      Austenland is very cute, I just didn’t find it particularly memorable. Keri Russell and J.J. Field are great though and it was surprisingly funny, but will I still be thinking about it 6 months from now? Nope. And that tends to be how I judge a good movie…

      Anyway, I’d definitely suggest you see it if you liked the book.

  • http://booksaremyfavouriteandbest.wordpress.com booksaremyfavouriteandbest

    #huzzah for the second interview!

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      Aside from my abject terror, I’m looking forward to it. I’m trying to think of it as a mini-vacation. Now would be a handy time to be able to predict the future because I’d really like to know if I love it as much as I love my current job.

      • http://booksaremyfavouriteandbest.wordpress.com booksaremyfavouriteandbest

        I’ve never had a second interview however I have sat on panels for people doing second interviews. In my experience, the second round is just so the employer can confirm their choice. So HOORAY for you!

        Bummer about Austenland… Have you seen Gatsby or Maisie yet?

  • http://wordsforworms.wordpress.com Words for Worms

    Congrats on interview #2! I had a second interview once. It was a lot like a first interview, just with more important people. ALSO. Creepy creepster guy- just no. No no no. Also? The Walking Dead is my favorite show. I mean, being a chicken, it terrifies me, and I make my husband venture up the stairs first after watching it, but I’m soooooo addicted!

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      Out of curiosity, did you get the job after your second interview? Or did they choose another candidate? I’m trying to ascertain what the odds are of a concrete offer. I like to be prepared. It’s times like this that I realize I’m too organized for my own peace of mind.

      I watch The Walking Dead late at night. Why? Because it’s the only time I have available, but yet I’m supposed to go to sleep after watching that… Naturally I can only picture creepy walkers trying to get in my door and I check the locks 5 times.

      And who sits down with someone without a direct invitation. Or if not an invitation, at least a ‘Do you mind if I join you?’. Manners can take you a long way.

      • http://wordsforworms.wordpress.com Words for Worms

        I was hired :). I’ve been in the same job since college, of course, so I haven’t got much experience in the way of interviews, but I think it’s a very good sign!

  • http://www.caffeinatedlife.net Lianne @ caffeinatedlife.net

    Hurray for the second interview! Best of luck with it 😀

    Yikes about dude from #2. I honestly wouldn’t know what to do if that happened to me…

    Sorry to hear that the weather is ridiculously hot down there; we’ve finally gotten a bit of proper autumn weather here *coaxes the wind to make its way to where you’re at*

    I sort of went through #10 recently, it seemed as though I was reading through a lot of books that I was not enjoying for whatever reason. I did finish reading Diana Wynne Jones’ Howl’s Moving Castle today and absolutely loved it. It seems like a book may people read growing up but for whatever reason I never came across it in the library or whatnot…my 12-year-old self would’ve adored it to pieces. Now I’m pretty psyched to watch the Miyazaki movie…as soon as I could get my hands on it…

    I thought Laurie R King’s The Bones of Paris was a thrilling read. And I could not put down P.D. Viner’s The Last Winter of Dani Lancing (lol, maybe I just needed a bit of a mystery/thriller to break the book slump)

    Happy weekend! 🙂

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory


      I tend to be a really passive, non-confrontational person. I like everyone to be happy, even creepy people who join me for lunch. So I didn’t say anything, which in essence means I did absolutely nothing about it.

      Autumn. I want it to be autumn so badly, which is probably why we’re in the middle of a heat wave. I just want it to be boot season and to comfortably walk the mile to my favorite lunch place without looking like a tomato (figures lunch has to occur at the hottest time of the day).

      As for books, I have some much literary fiction going right now that I need something a bit less intense. Maybe something plot driven. The Last Winter of Dani Lancing sounds like a possibility.

      I’m currenty ending my weekend, I head back to work tomorrow to start the work week. I’m trying not to wallow in my own pity right now…(I just need to keep telling myself I love my job (….it’s not working)).

  • http://sarahsaysread.com Sarah Says Read

    Okay so YAY The Walking Dead. I’m so psyched for the new season.

    Re: #2 – WHOA, what did you do? See, this is why I rarely do things like go to coffee shops & read, because things like that happen and I will TOTALLY be rude and demand that he fall the fuck back. (I really hate when guys take it upon themselves to just chat up women with no indication that it would be okay. Ugh.)

    Congrats on your interview!!! Though I have no advice to give about second interviews, because I’ve never been on one either. But at least it’s a second chance, if you feel the first one didn’t go too well.

    You host a science book club??? I would be all over that! Maaaan I wish I lived in a cooler (more bookish) area.

    I saw several woman wearing rompers yesterday. Of course I was at Walmart, so that might be why. Stupid Walmart.

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      I’m nearly finished with season one. Luckily they’re short, so they are easily to catch up on.

      I did nothing. I’m far too passive, not to mention that that type of thing rarely happens to me (I purposefully don’t give off the available/approach me vibe). I finished up my lunch, talked with him, and then left to head back to work. Hopefully it’s not his regular lunch spot too, because it won’t be happening again.

      I don’t know what to do about the second interview. People are split down the middle as to what goes on in them. I know I’m meeting with the same 6 person panel as I did before, so at least there won’t be anyone new. I won’t surprise anyone with my (adorable) awkwardness…

      I do, I’m a science librarian and we host book clubs seasonally (and various other events). Denver is actually a really awesome area for bookish things. We have strong independent books stores and we’re the biggest city in the area, so we attract a lot of authors (though I’m annoyed that Chuck Palahniuk won’t be stopping by on his new book tour).

      Rompers. Really, there’s not a single attractive things about them. I work in the capital hill section of Denver (fairly high-end) and they’re all over the place.

  • http://www.bookishlyboisterous.blogspot.com Christine @ BookishlyB

    The heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeat! That’s me whining.

    Congrats on the second interview! Obviously you did something right.

    And that guy- for reals? I feel like I’ve gotten slightly bitchier with age and probably would have asked him to kindly leave me alone.

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      It’s so hot here. I realize it’s not as hot here as it is in Texas, but there’s a reason (or several) that I don’t live in Texas. I hate whining, yet I’m doing it anyway.

      I know I have gotten bitchier with age, mostly because I’ve gotten quite a bit more specific with age. I know what I like and what I don’t like and what I don’t like is being interrupted while reading (or eating). My lunch hour is my only peaceful hour of the working day. I talk all day long and I want to talk to no one on my break. Apparently my back off look didn’t phase him…

  • http://loveatfirstbook.com RebeccaScaglione – Love at First Book

    I want that library, too! And I’m ALWAYS interrupted when reading. . . why? Do I LOOK bored? Because I’m not even close to being bored.

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      It’s gorgeous. Perhaps the slightest bit impractical, but gorgeous nonetheless.

      Maybe as a conversation starter? I don’t know, but it’s a fine line between me trying to be polite and me telling someone to go away. The next person who does it will probably (unfortunately) have to bear the irritation from all the people who came before.

      • http://loveatfirstbook.com RebeccaScaglione – Love at First Book

        And it’s kind of a good excuse if you don’t want to talk to someone: “I really HAVE to get back to my book.” That way, it sounds like it’s due, like an assignment. When really its just that I have to get back because I am dying to not talk to you. “You” meaning the stranger who decided I wanted to talk even though I was obviously engrossed in my book! 😛

  • http://tlongford.wordpress.com tlongford

    2. That guy has probably never read a book in his life. He just thought you were hot.

    4. Gaah! Another interview? You’re probably wishing they’d just fired you.

    7. I agree with you. Those women with the guns, the shovels and the alibis are going to regret it when their daughters are alone at thirty-one.

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      Hahahaha. No one thinks I’m hot and I’m okay with that. I’ve long since accepted that if I’m having a particularly good day I’d be considered cute.

      The interview is for another company, I’m still unsure about it, but I figure I’ll at least check it out. I wouldn’t have to work weekends anymore.

      It’s just so ridiculous. People, even daughters, have a right to enjoy themselves without worrying about a crazy father. If people had a healthier attitude about sex, the US would be a better place. Or at least result in less teen pregnancies (for those parents pushing for abstinence only).

      • http://tlongford.wordpress.com tlongford

        Well, if you’re not hot you need to replace your avatar picture with a real one and quit misleading everyone ; )

        Not working weekends would definitely be good.

        “Abstinence Only” is one of those things that works great in theory. Not so great in real life. Might work better if you could get the guys to buy in, but they’re not buyin’, hahaha.

  • http://anotherbookblog.com Rick @ AnotherBookBlog.com

    That photo is amazing. But am I the only one who thought, “I bet that person HATES the books on the top shelf.”

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      Ha! I hadn’t even thought of that. What a pain. But it would be a good excuse to install a rolling library ladder, I’ve always wanted one of thoughts (since watching Beauty and the Beast as a small child).

  • http://ofbooks.org Alice

    It’s a sad day in the life of Alice when all I can think when seeing that bookshelf is, ‘think of the dust, must be a mission to clean that.’ Sigh.

    Want me to teach you resting bitch face? It’s a real helper when it comes to strangers. I don’t understand how reading a book is suddenly interpreted as ‘HEY, HEY EVERYONE, COME TALK TO ME RIGHT NOW.’ And yet people with no book get left alone, they treat the book as an icebreaker, as if that is my way of indicating I need a new friend. How about no.

    Sorry for the rant.

    Yay happy things and a second interview – you will be grand 🙂

    Could I perhaps keep a hold of a few shoulder pads? When you have the shoulders of a child and the hips of an elephant they become a necessity.

    Book recommendations – these are three I read in two days: My Mad Fat Teenage Diary by Rae Earl, Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson, and Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. Laughter and tears galore.

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      I actually had a similar thought. I recently purchased quite a few bookshelves and I made sure they all had doors! No dust – I’m thrilled (I feel like the ultimate nerd saying that, but it’s not like anyone dusts for me).

      I probably could use a lessen. I look about as intimidating as a cabbage patch doll (did you have those over there, they were big in the ’90’s). And I actually like eating and reading alone, why is that so hard for people to believe. In most cases, what my book is saying is far more interesting than what a random stranger is going to say.

      Aside from the terror, I’m quite excited. If you really want the shoulder pads, you can keep a few, just don’t go all ’80’s/Flashdance on me. 😉

      I’ve heard great things about Eleanor & Park.

  • http://thewellreadredhead.com Kelly

    OK a few notes based on this fantastic post:
    -You definitely aren’t the only one who hates being interrupted. I did a post about that a few months ago and I think it’s like, the most blog hits I’ve ever gotten.
    -Walking Dead is awesome but I still have to look away and have my husband describe all the zombie attacks, or else I’m guaranteed to have zombie dreams that night.
    -I lol’d at the item about daughters. I have to admit that I breathed a sigh of relief when we found out #2 is another boy. Boys are so much easier…haha.
    -Awesome about your interview! No idea what goes on in a second though (for the same reason as you). Good luck!
    -Best book I’ve read lately…hmmm…I just re-read The Shining, and it made me want to read more SK so bad (especially with Halloween coming up). I also just finished Why Have Kids? by Jessica Valenti, which was thought provoking though also somewhat maddening (she doesn’t hide her biases very well).

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