It’s Friday dear readers! You do not know just how excited I am about that!
As you know I watch a lot of YouTube. Probably too much some may argue., but in all honesty, it helps me relax and unwind. I have a (bad?) habit of starting out watching a favorite vlogger’s newest video, and then falling down a rabbit hole of suggested videos. On my most recent YouTube watch I came across Paper Faerie’s videos (again, via a vlogger I actively watch). I watched a few of her videos, but the one that struck a chord with me was her video of the Library 411 tag. I watched, and found out that this tag, which I personally find pretty awesome, was originally started by Jashana .
I enjoyed Paper Faerie’s Library 411 video so much, I decided to tag myself and play along.
Here’s how the Library 411 Tag Works:
There is a series of questions, each question will be library themed. Each answer I give will be about books I have read that I feel best fits that question. Sounds fun, right?!
1. Information Desk: A Book That Was Helpful to you.
2. The Return Bin: What are two books you’ve read and immediately wanted to return (because you disliked) or a recent DNF?
Two books that I’ve read (more or less recently) that I immediately wanted to return are: Ronit & Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin and The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand
3. Holds Section: Your most anticipated release, which you can’t wait to get your hands on.
I have three highly anticipated releases. – it’s just too hard to pick one! In no particular order
- Puddin’ by Julie Murphy
- The Wicked King by Holly Black
- The Opposite of Here by Tara Altebrando
4. Community Classes & Study Rooms: A book you’ve loved that was a school assignment.
Let me tell you a little story, dear readers. Way back when I was a tiny freshman in high school my English teacher assigned us a book report. He didn’t assign a book though. He let us choose whichever book we wanted so long as it wasn’t “trash.” He said that if we couldn’t choose a book, or if we simply didn’t want to, to see him after class. Because everyone’s definition of “trash” could be different (and because I couldn’t think of a book I wanted to read at the time) I went up to him after class and asked for a book that he wouldn’t consider “trash.” He told me to follow him, stating that he had the perfect book for me. He led me to the school’s book closet (which at that time I hadn’t a clue even existed) and pulled out a paperback copy of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. He told me to read it. He told me that I would instantly love it. I took it home and read it in one night.
He was right, I loved To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s actually one of my most favorite books. And I am forever thankful to this teacher for putting this book into my hands.
5. Computers: A modern classic you love, or a favorite sci-fi.
I’m not sure if this is a modern classic, or counts as one, but I’d say The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
6. DVD Rentals: Your most anticipated, or favorite in recent history, book-to-movie or book-to-TV adaptions. OR! A book that felt cinematic to you or a book you wish would be adapted into a movie or TV series?
I have a few answers for my most anticipated adaption. In no particular order:
- The Darkest Minds (which will force me to finish the series, which I purposely didn’t finish because I feared for my favorite character.)
- The Hate U Give
- Mary Poppins
- The Bell Jar
- To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
7. Library Book Store/Sale: A random book you picked up (without knowing anything about) and really enjoyed. Or show off your favorite bookish merch.
Late last year I got heavily into manga. Everyday at work I’d look up from my desk and saw a specific manga that caught my eye. I simply liked the cover, whose colors were reminiscent of Harley Quin. One day I decided to pick it up, and I have since read the first nine volumes of this growing series. So I have to say, in regards to a random book I picked up and enjoyed, was Akame ga KILL! by Takahiro.
As a bonus, I love bookish merch. And I’m proud to say I own a lot. My two favorite bookish pieces of merch that I own are:
Luna Lovegood’s wand which I bought at Ollivanders at Universal Studios & The Alice in Wonderland Litograph poster.
8. Teen/Youth Room: Favorite YA or favorite book you read as a kid. Or a book you can’t wait to share with your future kids.
Because I mainly read YA it’s hard to pick a favorite. But one of my all time faves, one that has stuck with me since I read it many years ago, one I feel needs more recognition is Dreamland Social Club by Tara Altebrando.
And just for fun, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark definitely is on of my favorite books from my childhood. I seriously memorized stories in case I suddenly found myself huddled around a fire sharing the most terrifying ghost stories. (P.S. I never found myself huddled around a fire LOL)
9. Museum Tickets: A book that made you feel more cultured upon completing it.
I’m not sure if cultured is the correct word, but a book that I definitely learned a lot from is my current audiobook: Aru Shah and The End of Time by Roshani Chokshi. And as a fun fact, part of this story takes place at a museum!
10. Overdrive/Hoopla: An audiobook you love.
I’ve been on an audiobook kick lately. My most recent favorite audiobook(s) would have to be Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, narrated by Jim Dale. The production of this is great, narrator Jim Dale was engaging, and the audiobook really enhanced my reading experience.
11. Request a Purchase: A lesser known book that you want more people to know about and read.
I know a lot of libraries already own this book. I should know, I work at a public library. I wouldn’t call it a lesser known, but I wish this book had gotten a lot more attention because I feel like it was (is!) such a great book: Chasing Power by Sarah Beth Durst.
12. Librarians: A character who loved helping others.
This is a hard one for me … but right off the bat my gut answer would be both Eleanor and Park from Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park. Why? Because I loved how they helped each other.
13. Sanctuary: A book that is your safety net/is like home to you/helped you through a rough time.
- A book that is my safety net: I wouldn’t use the term ‘safety net’ to classify any books I read/have read, but a book that I was completely comfortable reading – in the sense that I wasn’t rushing through, that I wasn’t asking everyone who read it what will happen by the end, one that I savored every moment of … Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy.
- A book that feels like home: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- A book that helped me through a rough time: We Are Okay by Nina LaCour. While I’d say I wasn’t going through a rough time necessarily, I will say that this book helped put a lot of things in perspective for me in regards to love and loss.
Because this is a tag, and I am technically supposed to tag someone, I am tagging all of you dear readers. I tag anyone who wants to participate!
I also want to thank vlogger Jashana for creating this tag, and to Paper Faerie for bringing this tag to my attention.