I was checking up on my library book pipeline on sfpl.org and stumbled upon a job posting for a local librarian. I clicked on the link out of curiosity and nearly fell out of my chair after reading the description - the salary was between $30-$36 per hour, or roughly $62-$75k per year. Uhhh…. WHAT?! If I had known that I could make that kind of money sitting around and reading books, maybe I would’ve considered an alternate career path. Okay, so there’s that minor glitch about possessing a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Studies (MLS/MLIS), but I’m totally down for more schooling. Strolling through campus on sunny afternoons? Midnight hot dog runs? Gym membership at almost criminal prices? HECK YES, can someone sign me up for early admission already?
While I wallow in self-pity that I currently spend my lunch time hunched over in my obviously not ergonomically-designed office chair instead of frolicking around campus with the smell of knowledge in the air, here are my recent reads. I thought I would spice things up a little bit this time and include a quote from each of the books that I read instead of writing reviews. I know this is hard, but please try to contain your excitement!
Week 36: (32) Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - Jonathan Safran Foer (3.5/5) - “We had everything to say to each other, but no ways to say it.”
Week 37: (33) Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang - Chelsea Handler (4/5) - “Why he would agree to install an eight-by-eight-foot fish tank and then not fill it with a single dolphin made me want to burn his eyebrows off.”
Week 37: (34) The Uncommon Reader - Alan Bennett (3.5/5) - “‘Above literature?’ said the Queen. ‘Who is above literature? You might as well say one was above humanity.’”
Week 38: (35) The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky (4.5/5) - “So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.”
Week 38: (36) The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change - Stephen Covey (4/5) - “This is the true joy in life - that being used for a purpose recognized by yourself is a mighty one. That being a force of nature, instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.” - George Bernard Shaw
Week 38: (37) The Sweet By and By - Todd Johnson (4.5/5) - “I think the trick is knowing where you’re supposed to be, and letting go of everything else long enough to be there.”