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Bookish (And Not So Bookish) Thoughts

Many thanks go to Christine for hosting this again.

1. I mentioned this in my last review, but I hit the 250 post mark. I’m still pleased about that.


2. Where are you on the bookshelf (in your local bookshop)? I was certain that I would be beside Flannery O’Connor, but my local bookshop doesn’t carry any of her books (this made me a little sad). I fell between Tim O’Brien’s ‘Tomcat in Love’ and Mildred Pavic’s ‘Landscape Painted with Tea’. I stole this idea from Reading in Bed. Also, if you’re ever in Denver, you should visit the Tattered Cover (my local bookshop).

3. I’ve seen this floating around all week and it. is. fabulous. Librarian Shaming. All the things we librarians do that we prevent patrons from doing. But, if true, you can’t blame me. This is what my work week looked like...(stressful, what does that even say?!?).

Librarian Shaming

I will neither confirm or deny this.

4. Do you know what I bought this week? I’m so excited. I bought a card catalog. It badly needs to be refinished. What’s one more thing on the #pinitdoit list? (Besides my sanity…). So, refinishing options:

Two-Tone (click to see full project), darker two tone, or solid color?

5. On the RIPVIII front, I’m still watching The Walking Dead, I watched Salem’s Lot (with Rob Lowe), and my coworker convinced me to watch season one of Twin Peaks. How did I not know David Lynch co-created that?

6. This week I joined the ‘Fuck you, Mensa‘ club. The club for people with IQ’s in the top 2-8%. There’s tap-dancing. And pie. Thanks Katie for approving my request.

7. I was supposed to have a lunch date on Wednesday of this week. He cancelled on me and rescheduled for Thursday. He then cancelled on Thursday. I was WITHOUT lunchtime reading material for two days. That was the worst part of the experience.

8. In time for Halloween, the 50 scariest books of all time. I don’t know that I wholly agree, but it’s a good list.

9. What you favorite Shakespeare play says about you. I have two: The Taming of the Shrew and Much Ado About Nothing (which, if you haven’t seen the most recent version of the movie, you must see immediately). Here’s what you can infer about me? You think affection is best shown in insult form — and you expect a lot from your lover. You’re a feminist — or not. It all depends on how you read the ending. Kind of true on both counts.

10. This is SO not book related, but how gorgeous is this wedding? If I ever did the wedding thing (and there is not a single scenario in which I can imagine myself doing so), I would want one like this.

Lake Placid Wedding

I was sincere in requesting your help in regards to the card catalog – a two-tone finish or a solid color? I’m still in the prep process, so take your time to think on it, but then weigh in please.


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

    Fuck You, Mensa welcomes you with open arms. Also, I like the two tone look on the card catalog. I think the white with the tan there really makes it pop.

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      Why thank you, I feel so proud.

      I like the idea of two tone too, but it seems like twice the work too. Decisions, decisions.

  • http://picturemereading.wordpress.com picturemereading

    I like two tone 🙂

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      I’m leaning that way too (possibly charcoal with white drawer fronts…).

  • http://gravatar.com/clairemola A Little Claireification

    Thank you for featuring my card catalog. If you could please add a link back to the project.
    Thank you and the link is: http://alittleclaireification.com/2012/10/29/31-days-to-an-organized-home-day-29-the-antique-card-catalog-reveal/
    Cheers, Claire

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      There’s a link at the bottom already, but I linked it at the top now too. And thank you! Hopefully mine will come out at least half as nice as yours did.

      • http://gravatar.com/clairemola A Little Claireification

        Thank you Rory! Good luck with your card catalog. I adore them and want to see it when you finish it!!

  • http://booksteame.com Books, Tea & Me

    I love the middle picture for the card catalogue. So nice!

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      Thanks for weighing in! It’s going in a room with black walls, I don’t know what to do.

      (Really, it shouldn’t be this hard to make a decisions…says the person who routinely paints rooms three or four times.)

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

    I decided to write you tons of notes. You’re welcome.
    1. 250 is huge! Congrats. 🙂 How long have you actually been blogging?
    2. I’m under a self-imposed bookstore ban so I would not know. I could go check for you if you demand it of me?
    3. I suggest you hit up Google Translate.
    4. I like the darker two-tone! That’s super neat though, but crazy, you have so many projects. lol
    5. I have not seen Salem’s Lot! I have read it though so watching the movie is now allowed. Always try and read the book before watching. 🙂
    6. You smart cookie. Sneak me some pie, please?
    7. Next time I think you need to cancel on him. And this should teach you never to be without reading material. lol
    8. Yeah I don’t necessarily agree (even though I’ve only read 9 of them) but I appreciate the diversity. Love seeing Joe Hill on there. And House of Leaves was a freaky-ass book.
    9. I have read FEW Shakespeare and admittedly am not a fan. Romeo & Juliet wasn’t terrible but I certainly don’t wish that my high school boyfriend and I had made a pact to stay together forever.
    10. That wedding is adorable and I love that she doesn’t have a typical dress. I’ve been in the midst of wedding planning for going on over a year now. I guess it will never happen and we’ll just skip on down to the courthouse one afternoon. Or not. Whatever.

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      Thank you. I actually do love long comments. If my computer didn’t hate your blog, you get novel length comments from me.

      1. I have been blogging since July 2012…so one year, three months.
      2. I won’t demand it, but I won’t object if, the next time you find yourself in a bookstore, you check out where you’d fall. In this case it’d be nice if my name was Stephenie King. That would be a good spot.
      3. I struggle with languages that have a significantly different alphabet. I’ll have to find a translator for the Chinese one.
      4. It keeps my mind occupied, which is a good thing. When my mind wanders or I think too much, it can lead places I don’t want to go. I tend to be a very scheduled person because of this.
      7. I will not be leaving home without a book again anytime soon. Lesson learned. I went for a walk instead, which wasn;t so bad.
      9. Good god, any of my high school boyfriends would be a nightmare. But if I had to choose one, I’d choose the one who’s (now) gay. He’s engaged to be married though.
      10. I vote for courthouse, but my feelings about big weddings are less than friendly. I love her dress, I don’t know if I’d wear it, but I really LOVE the whole set-up.

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

        Your computer won’t hate my blog for much longer.. I’m making the transfer to WordPress. And I’ll have a new blog name even.. and theme! I’m excited.

        1. July is my blog birthday too. 🙂
        2. I’ll try to remember next time I’m in there.
        3. Yikes. That can’t be difficult without knowing the language.
        4. Yeah, my schedule has to be super organized or I go a little crazy when we’re all rushing around trying to get stuff done. I’m not a last minute let’s do it kinda person. Also, if I don’t plan ahead and calendar I tend to forget stuff completely.
        9. I don’t think I dated a single decent guy in high school.
        10. I’ve never been a big wedding type and I’d really rather spend more money having fun on a honeymoon (especially since we would have a super small wedding party because we’re both so anti-social) but I occasionally like the idea of going big. Only occasionally though.

  • http://ofbooks.org Alice

    I can tell you’re a librarian when you’re buying (and getting excited about) a card catalogue, haha! (They do look pretty though).

    I love the idea of fuck you, mensa, it’s given me a good giggle. Not sure I’d be in the 2-8% though.

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      They’re not practical for a damn thing, but they are lovely. I will be using mine as a side table (essentially).

      Have you looked around? You’re totally in the 2-8%. 🙂

  • http://gravatar.com/scribingshadows scribingshadows

    I like the dark two tone the best ^_^. The contrast really makes the piece stand out and draws the eyes to it. I love the wedding idea it reminds me of a quote about marriage being like two people in a canoe and requireing both partners putting in the effort to keep the marriage going forward. If one person is putting in most or all the effort you go in circles, if no one puts in the effort then you just drift.

    How dare that guy cancel on you not once but TWICE. Maybe it was a bad week for him, scheduling for the day right after he cancelled makes it sound like he is really interested, cancelling two dates in a row though makes it sound like he has bigger commitments getting in the way. I say don’t write him off but don’t wait around for him either if better prospects come along.

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      I’m thinking darker two tone as well. That wedding is pretty amazing. I’ve read that canoe quote too and aside from being slightly chessy, I do believe it’s accurate.

      It was a bad week for him, he had a lot of work commitments going on – so I can’t really blame him. He reads this blog occasionally, so this is my way of passive-agressively poking fun at him. In all seriousness though, I was really annoyed at myself for not remembering to bring my book. My book is sometimes a better date than he is.

  • http://julzreads.wordpress.com Julie Merilatt

    1 – Congrats on 250! I just hit 500 and am hosting a giveaway.
    4 – I’m vet traditional so I would say solid. Where oh where did you find it?!

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory


      I found it on Craigslist. I’m almost an exclusive thrift store/craigslist/ebay shopper.

  • http://www.acidfreepulp.com Acid Free Pulp

    Being stuck without a book when you have free time is a nightmare. Sometimes, I throw a magazine in my bag just in case (so I don’t have to lug a book). In regards to your card catalog, I’m a fan of the duo-tone. It might be a nice comparison to the rest of the room’s decoration/paint where you’re putting it (I was hesitant on it at first, but then I looked at the website you linked to and changed my mind).

    How have you not seen Twin Peaks?! It’s rad but with that said, it definitely goes downhill second season, so I recommend to watch the first season and then a few episodes of the second for tying up answers. You will be craving pie and coffee halfway through, I would put money on it. Also, David Lynch has a recurring character who is very funny and David Duchovny pops up a few times. Enjoy!

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      I never leave home without a book, I can’t believe I did so Wednesday. I was so mad at myself, I could have read one of the ones from my library, but I wasn’t in the mood for horticulture. I’ll be adding it to my library as a sort of end table and I’m thinking a charcoal frame with white drawer fronts. It’ll fit with the colors of the rest of the room but be a bit more interesting than the rest of the pieces in there.

      (Interior decorator I am not, but it’s fun to pretend…)

      I really don’t know how I haven’t watched Twin Peaks yet. I’ll be watching it tonight though. I’m going to try and fit in the first two episodes. I think you’ll be right about the pie (Boston Creme please, and no fruit pies), but I don’t know if anything could make me crave coffee. It’s probably odd that I’m so excited about a TV show from the ’90’s, this may be a sign I need to get out more. 😉

      • http://www.acidfreepulp.com Acid Free Pulp

        I love Boston Creme, too, but you’ll have to pretend that what he orders… it’s cherry pie on the show.

        • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

          Ick. One of my (many) weird hang-ups in life is that I firmly believe all fruit should be served cold – so most fresh pie is off limits.

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

    So exciting that you have a card catalog!!! I want one!!!!

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      It took me years to find one I could afford. Unfortunately, it’s quite unattractive at the moment. Soon though, it will look nice. (Fingers crossed.)

  • http://gravatar.com/thebookwheel Allison @ The Book Wheel

    I’m partial to the two-tone on the card catalog and I LOVE the Tattered Cover. Although it’s become so big that it’s pretty much a local Barnes & Noble with better author signings. I’ve found myself at more local-local shops (you know what I mean) when it comes to buying my books.

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      Admittedly I still do quite a bit of my actual purchasing of books on Amazon or used book sales. What can I say? I’m on a budget. I love the Tattered Cover for browsing and buying books that I want on release day. And they do have great author signings. My local on is the one on Colfax, I work about 3.5 block south and go there during lunch (plus there’s a record store and a movie theater, it’s like all of my interests in one place).

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

    I think I’d go for solid, but that’s partly out of laziness. Where did you find it? Oh, and I think you need to do a post on your anti-wedding feelings, just to satisfy (and entertain) my nosiness.

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      Okay, are you ready? Because it’s going to be epic…

      (Don’t hold me to that, I can’t promise this will be of any entertainment value.)

      I’ll say, first off, that I don’t hate the weddings of others. In fact, I can’t even count the number of weddings I’ve been to and enjoyed at this point (except for the typically crappy music) – dozens and dozens at least. I don’t begrudge others a huge, expensive day; I just wouldn’t want one myself.

      Sadly there’s no interesting story behind my wedding avoidance. I’ve not been jilted at the altar or anything like that. My anti-wedding feelings have several components. First, the job I’ve held for the last five years is at a museum. We hold upwards of 15 weddings a week from spring until autumn. I’ve dealt with every manner of stressed out, pissed off bride imaginable. Picture the conversations like this – I mean, I know it’s a big day, but I work in the library. I don’t care that you couldn’t find anyone else; I’m not getting you a golf cart. And it’s not my problem that you wore inappropriate shoes and don’t want to trudge across 20 acres to your wedding ceremony. Go find your wedding planner. I also can’t help with you dressing room/caterer/DJ/reception/insert whatever problem here – the very idea of having to deal with all of those problems myself has me cowering in the corner. I’d like to point out that I am, in fact, very polite to the brides, even when they are horrible to me. It’s like they think the world is supposed to revolve around them on their wedding day. This may be true in their own family, but not to a random stranger.

      Second, I don’t come from a large family and I don’t have a particularly large number of friends. The entire paternal side of my family is deceased and as you can imagine, I’m not particularly close to my maternal side. There’s no one interested in celebrating my wedding (in my family) except for myself. And if I’m not interested in doing it for myself, who would I be doing it for? Society? Peer pressure?

      Third, Say Yes to the Dress has traumatized me. There are normal women out there, right?

      Fourth, what a wedding (and marriage) means to me is celebrating TWO people committing their lives to each other. Yet it seems like the entire day is dedicated to pleasing only the bride and fulfilling ridiculous requests. Granted, not all weddings (or women) are like that and I certainly wouldn’t be (and somehow doubt most of the above commenters were), but I have no great desire to participate in a tradition where that sort of behavior has come to be expected.

      Fifth, Kim Kardashian. Ugh.

      Sixth, as I am not close with my family, they would not support my having a wedding; leaving the financial burden solely on my shoulders (and potentially my spouse’s). There are so many things I would rather spend my money on than a single day that would likely stress me out.

      Seventh, contrary to what’s appropriate, weddings seems to bring out the worst in people.

      Eighth, and perhaps most importantly, I hate being the center of attention. Somehow it seems like that would be unavoidable at my own wedding.

      That being said, are there things I would enjoy about a wedding? Yes. I do like pretty dresses. I like presents (what can I say?). I like the idea of a first dance and choosing a song. I like the idea of a guy standing up in front of his family and friends committing his life to me (and doing the same myself, I am occasionally romantic). Do I need that last bit to feel secure in a relationship? Obviously not. What kind of wedding could I handle? Elopement. Or I like this New York City Hall one and this Swedish island one (the latter is my dream wedding and dream wedding dress, if I’d ever dreamt of such things). I could do a small ceremony in front of 10-20 people, but that’s all I would want or could handle.

      So there you have it. Eight reasons why I will never have a wedding…

      I assuming I’ve satisfied your curiosity in excruciating detail. And I’m also correct in assuming you were not a bridezilla who spend $25k on your dress, right? 😉

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

        All valid reasons. Basically, if the situation is right you need to elope, go on an awesome honeymoon, and throw a kick ass party (you can still control the music and people will bring you presents).

        We had a medium-sized wedding that we paid for ourselves- we spent decent chunk (for us, anyway) but didn’t go into debt or anything (and ended up getting some generous checks…). I thoroughly enjoyed wedding planning, but I was able to do it over 18 months and didn’t have anyone trying to butt in (like mothers or mother-in-laws). I know what you mean about not wanting to be the center of attention, though- my bridal shower was PURE torture.

        • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

          I very much separate the ideas of marriages and weddings – one I wholeheartedly believe in and the other is often an ode to excess and selfishness.

  • http://www.therelentlessreader.com/ Jennifer @ The Relentless Reader

    I AM SO JEALOUS THAT YOU FOUND A CARD CATALOG!!! I’m not even sorry for the all caps.

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      THAT’S BECAUSE IT SO EXCITING THAT IT’S CAPS WORTHY. I’ve been searching for years to find one that fit within my budget. Quite a few come up on Denver’s craigslist, but people usually want an absurd amount (like $500-$1500). Crazy.

  • http://thepagethatbooksbuilt.wordpress.com amyo3119

    I eat at my desk and handle new library materials too. Shhh, don’t tell anyone.

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      I won’t tell if you won’t. 🙂

  • http://booksaremyfavouriteandbest.wordpress.com booksaremyfavouriteandbest

    Love your card catalogue. Two-tone – more work but twice as nice?

    Weddings… we planned ours in three weekends. It was perfect. All I cared about about was food, wine and music – that’s all anyone remebers anyway.

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      I’m thinking two tone, the extra work though… But once it’s done, it’ll be done.

      (If you don’t mind me asking) Is that typical of a wedding there? Here, it’s usually a bare minimum of 12-18 months planning time. I don’t know a single person who planned theirs in less time than that. Of course, I imagine my time frame is skewed due to living in a city. I think if you live in the country here the time frame can be much shorter. I take that back, my cousin met and married his spouse within six months. I have my own theory in regards to the rushed time frame, but they seem happy. In my list to Christine above, I forgot to include missing out on wedding cake! That’s definitely a bit sad…

      • http://booksaremyfavouriteandbest.wordpress.com booksaremyfavouriteandbest

        No, we weren’t typical (most take 12 months) – that said, weddings in Australia are a lot more low-key than in the US. We don’t have rehearsal dinners at all, and bucks/hens events don’t involve trips to Vegas.

        We got engaged at the end of Feb and married at the beginning of August. We didn’t get married in a church (our ceremony lasted about ten minutes, leaving more time for champagne); we gave our photographer a 30minute time limit (compared to these epic, day long photography sessions that are increasingly the norm); and we had a huge and wonderful honeymoon (5 weeks in the US – New York, New England, San Fran).

        Part of our ease of planning was that we had a winter wedding and that we didn’t care about stuff like the colour of napkins! There was nothing I was stressed out about – at one point husband-to-be hadn’t organised suit and my response was simply “If you walk down the aisle in a tracksuit, I’ll still marry you. Your mother might not let you forget it but I don’t care!”

        • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

          Nicely done (I would’ve said that no matter what you did, but I really think so). Everything has to be such an event here, drives me crazy.

          Don’t get me started on the photos. I went to a wedding were they had a Catholic ceremony (took forever) with a reception following at a nearby hotel. The couple opted to take pictures between ceremony and reception and it took hours. The hotel refused to open the reception ballroom until the couple arrived…4 hours later. If I didn’t love the couple I would’ve left.

  • http://btweenthecovers.com/ Heather

    Hmmm…the decision about the card catalogue depends on the room it’s going in. I like the solid color look more, but I think the two-tone would look great in your home library.

    Also, card catalogue! I find this very exciting. Where did you find it?!

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      Years of searching on Craigslist. It’s a piece of junk currently, but it won’t be for long hopefully. I mid-sanding now and will move on the deglossing next. If I can figure out how to use a riveter I will be golden.

      I don’t know what to do! Two-tone is nice, but the solid color appeals to the lazy side of me.

      • http://btweenthecovers.com/ Heather

        Solid color would be my choice, too, for the same reason.

  • http://btweenthecovers.com/ Heather

    (I did not have a big wedding. Didn’t want one. I’ve never been the type to dream about some big, fancy wedding where I have to dress up and go through all that…stuff. Weddings always end up trying to please others, even moreso than pleasing the bride sometimes. Blerg. No, thanks. Eric and I got married in a small courtroom with just his kids and my best friend in attendance. It was perfect. I wore pants. It was short and sweet. Then we went out for lunch. Done.)

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      Yeah when I dream of big fancy weddings, it’s usually some form of nightmare. I know some people do thrive on that sort of attention and stress (or have a family where it’s expected), but I’m not one of them.

      I’m particularly fond of the courthouse wedding myself (you know, if no one’s willing to fly me to a Swedish island and deliver me by boat to my ceremony).

  • http://sarahsaysread.com Sarah Says Read

    Oh that Librarian Shaming Tumblr looks hilarious.

    I love that you bought a card catalog! I personally think I like the solid color best…

    And I can’t believe I still haven’t seen the new Much Ado About Nothing movie! I wonder if it’s available on dvd yet…

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      It’s pretty good. It’s nice to see librarians showing a sense of humor (though I do work in a particularly stuffy branch of librarianship, so maybe I miss a lot of the humor).

      I might start solid and see if I want to change it at a later date, seems like the safer (and easier) approach at the moment.

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

    Congrats on hitting 250 posts! 🙂

    Oh dear, I’m looking at the card catalogs and I can’t decide which one is my favourite xP It’s a toss-up between the first two-tone and the solid colour 🙂

    Sorry to hear that your lunch date cancelled two days in a row and left you without a book to read 🙁 I wouldn’t know what to do with myself if that had happened to me (and would likely kill the battery life in my phone in the process, lol)

  • http://tlongford.wordpress.com tlongford

    I think you should leave it the way it is (the card catalog). But I expect it’s too late for that.

    Taming of the Shrew because it’s so witty.
    Romeo and Juliet because I adore Mercutio.

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      You’re right, I already sanded it (goodbye ugly brown chipped paint).

      Pining for your high school boyfriend, eh? Sort if feminist? 😉

      • http://tlongford.wordpress.com tlongford

        What makes you think I had a high school boyfriend? It’s not like I have a photogenic smile like you.

        Sort of feminist. I like to think I can do anything a man can do but also like having a guy around to open jars.

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