Saturday, April 30, 2011

I Love Books

I am not so good at interviewing because I'm too honest I think.  They ask me "What three words would you use to describe yourself?" and the first three that come to mind are "Awesome, gorgeous and hilarious."  But I know those aren't really acceptable answers so I have to sit there longer and think of better answers and I don't know why they can't just tell what an awesome worker I am.

Fortunately for me I did really well at my library interview.  Maybe it's because I've never wanted any job more in my life.  Here's why:

  1. I literally live a 2 min (on a slow walking day) walk from the Provo library.  Which hecka beats the 20 min walk at 4am to work.
  2. I LOVE the library.  Seriously the highlights of my childhood summers were going to the library and doing the summer reading program.  And now I just love to go and all these books are free to borrow and use and the movies.  Seriously there's hardly a better place!
  3. I love books and reading.  I love to read everything pretty much.  I'll read the instructions to putting a washer together if that's all that's around.  I crave reading.  So if I get to be putting all the books away then I can make a list of books I notice that seem interesting to me.  Then I can come check them out later.
  4. I like to have things in numerical and alphabetical order.  Also rainbow order.  You'll quickly learn this if you ever play a game like UNO, SkipBo, or Phase Ten with me.  Seriously it just makes things so much easier.
Man oh man, I really want to work at the library.  Sure it's only minimum wage but like my mom always says "It's better than a kick in the head."

No really she does say that to me a lot.  Some people don't understand the phrase but I get you mom.  We cool.

Ok now I'm going to make you another list of books I love.  Oh yeah a two-fer of lists this post.  You should be so Excited!  But dang this is going to be hard for me to only choose some...

  1. The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum- This was my favorite book as a child and it continues to be today.  It's classic and magical and if you haven't read it I highly highly highly recommend it.  In fact I love the whole Oz series by Baum.  Not any of those other stupid stories about Oz that he didn't write, because they just make them less fun and more lame.
  2. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell- I read this my senior year of  high school and wrote a 27 page paper on it for my AP English class.  I love this book (incidentally the movie is my favorite as well).  It's so well written, has such great lessons to learn, the characters are well developed, the story is en-captivating.  Dang it's awesome.
  3. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling- Yes I'm probably one of the biggest Harry Potheads you'll ever meet.  But what can I say these are amazing books!!!!  I love them I grew up with those kids in the book, these are the books of my generation.  Also I love the movies.
  4. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (or one of the Bronte sisters I'm pretty sure it's charlotte but I don't feel like looking)- I'm not going to write a blurb about all the books because you seriously don't want to read that do you?  If you wonder why I like a book then you can ask me in the comments.
  5. Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging-  ok I don't know the name of the lady who wrote these and the book sounds like it's something no one should ever read, but I promise you that it's not like that at all.  It's seriously the most hilarious book I've ever read.  And I stayed up all night reading it and laughed so much.
  6. Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Patton
  7. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevens- it's a bit slow at the beginning but if you just imagine the muppets acting it out like from the movie it helps.
  8. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  9. There's a Monster at the End of This Book- Yeah the little kids book with Grover.  It's a classic
  10. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  11. Huck Finn by Mark  Twain
  12. The Bailey School Kids Series- it's great for kids and just a nice quick read if you don't want to think too much.  How could you go wrong with such great titles as Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots or Cupid Doesn't Flip Hamburgers ?
  13. The Outsiders- so obviously I don't know who wrote all these books but they are awesome
  14. The Traveling Pants Series- Actually I've only read the first three, but that's ok because I heard from other fans that the fourth got really weird and different from the others.  But I love those books
  15. American Girl Series- I loved reading these as a little girl.  Except I only like the originals not the new ones they've come out with now like Josephine and Kit.  I think Felicity was my favorite because I love to learn about the Revolutionary War time period.
I think 15 is enough.  And to be honest those are not even my top 15, that would be impossible for me to do I think.  Also these are just some fiction books.  It would be even harder to do non-fiction because I think I have read way more non-fiction than fiction.  I went through this phase in Jr High where I would check out tons of biographies.  I don't know but it was interesting.  Anyways the first three are my all time fave fiction and the rest are just ones I thought of that I like or loved when I was a child.  After re-reading my list most of these are from my childhood, it must be one of those nostalgic days...

Anyways what are your favorite books?


Renny said...

That gives you a deeper treatment on my love of la bibliotheque and les livres.

As for favorite books:

Little Women
Where the Wild Things Are
Pride and Prejudice
Harry Potter
The Hobbit
Lord of the Rings
Brave New World
A Tale of Two Cities
The Magician's Nephew (it's the best of the Narnia books)
Ramona Quimby, Age 8
Alice in Wonderland
The Great Gatsby
Things Fall Apart
To Kill a Mockingbird
Cry the Beloved Country

That is not a comprehensive list. Right now I read a lot of law books and I will admit, I actually love it.
I do love the Wizard of Oz, but I know that you love it more.

Plus, S.E. Hinton wrote The Outsiders, just so you know. Also, Louise Rennison wrote Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging.

kewwi said...

Dear Alirara,

You didn't respond to my invitation to a dinner party. Your loss.
I like reading. I am reading east of eden, I like it. I too like the library. I hope to see you there if you got the job!
I need a job.
Also, lets get together soon.

Books i like
to kill a mockinbird
a thousand splendid suns
the power of one
these is my words

many more, but i forget about books a read, unless i see them. ha bad memory

anyway this is long, i'm sorry.


Anonymous said...

The Hiding Place
The Fabelhaven Series
Cry the Beloved Country
The Hunger Games Series
Tom Sawyer
Huckleberry Finn
Red Badge of Courage
The Yearling
The Scarlett Letter
Jane Austin Ruined My Life
Life As We Knew It
The Mitford Series

These are just a few that come to mind that you guys didn't mention. Although I mentioned Cry the Beloved Country because I was shocked at how much I loved it. Also, The Hiding Place is not Fiction and it is one of the most awesome books I have ever read. I love series books because it makes them and the characters stay a part of my life longer. I hate for books to end.

Also, the problem with the library is that you have to give the books back, and I hate that because once I read them and love them, I feel like they belong to me. But, if you need a book and have no money, the library is better than a kick in the head.
Love, Mom