Thesis Thursdays: The Joy of Public Libraries + New Book Possibilities

Thesis Thursdays is a weekly(ish) feature where I rant, love and talk about young adult books I’m reading because I’m conning my college into thinking this is all for academia! Find out more here!

As you may know, I’ve been struggling to find good books to use for my thesis. I need YA books with female assassins but assassins are different from warriors (i.e., knights, etc) and finding females trained to kill human people is actually harder than it looks. I have a lot of feminist ranting thoughts about this (which will probably at some point be a post), but for now I’m going to stick to something more positive:

How much I love libraries.

When I was younger, I used my local library a lot more. I didn’t have all that much money for myself, and I devoured books too fast to buy too many anyways. How else would I have gotten through EVERY SINGLE NANCY DREW EVER PUBLISHED (at the time)? My library. How else could I afford to read every single Clive Cussler title? My library. Remember when Bibliomancy for Beginners did all thirteen Series of Unfortunate Events books? Thanks library! I volunteered there. I knew everyone by name. I lived there.

But I began to become frustrated with my library for several reasons. One, I lived a while outside of town and getting there was hard. Two, I wanted to own my own copies of things so I could read them again and again. Then, when I started blogging, I had such a cache of free eARCs that getting even more books from the library seemed overkill. So I stopped going.

I think my on campus library made me forget what real libraries look like. It’s all academic textbooks and sheet music and old newspapers. So when it came time to look for books for my thesis, I immediately discounted “library” as a term that could help me find what I needed. I turned to the internet and got lost in Google. Then my friend Taylor (might recognize him from Bibliomancy for Beginners) said, “Want to go to the public library for thesis research with me?”

GUYS LIBRARIES ARE AMAZING, NEVER FORGET ABOUT THEM.

I spent hours sitting on the floor of the YA section, going title by title through their selection, looking for thesis books. This might sound tedious, but actually that’s what I want my heaven to look like: shelves and shelves of books I want to read for me to go through. I only made it through a small section, but I managed to find four books with possibilities and that’s way more than I had before. (I’m going to list these below, in case anyone has read them yet, to see if anyone knows if they have what I’m looking for.)

How else would I be able to read these books, when I don’t know if I actually can use them? I don’t have enough money to just spend them on books willy-nilly. Don’t even mention illegal downloads, because I DO NOT do that. How else would I be able to browse book by book in a methodical manner? My local library has a FANTASTIC YA selection, by the way. It’s perfect. Just perfect.

So, guys, this is important: SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY. LOVE IT. DON’T FORGET ABOUT IT.

(And thanks, Taylor, for dragging me along.)

New books for consideration:

Hit by Delilah S. Dawson

A School for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin

Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers

Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman

Advertisements

Bibliomancy for Beginners’ “13 Days of Misfortune”: Day 13 + Wrap Up

The EndWelcome back to the 13 Days of Misfortune! If you’re new to this, then let me tell you that this post is about a 13 day long marathon event where my book club is tackling one book of A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket a day! If you made it all the way through this special, way to go! I almost didn’t myself.

Tonight’s episode is going to be possibly the best yet. We talk marooning, bird cages and answers (?) in The End and also wrap up our thoughts on the series as a whole!

Miss one? Here’s some back links to our previous episodes…

Day 1: The Bad Beginning

Day 2: The Reptile Room

Day 3: The Wide Window

Day 4: The Miserable Mill

Day 5: The Austere Academy

Day 6: The Ersatz Elevator

Day 7: The Vile Village

Day 8: The Hostile Hospital

Day 9: The Carnivorous Carnival

Day 10: The Slippery Slope

Day 11: The Grim Grotto

Day 12: The Penultimate Peril

Bibliomancy for Beginners’ “13 Days of Misfortune”: Day 12

The Penultimate PerilWelcome back to the 13 Days of Misfortune! If you’re new to this, then let me tell you that this post is about a 13 day long marathon event where my book club is tackling one book of The Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket a day!

Tonight we discuss concierges, injustice and noble people in The Penultimate Peril! Do NOT miss tomorrow when we wrap up this series with a discussion about The End.

Miss one? Here’s some back links to our previous episodes…

Day 1: The Bad Beginning

Day 2: The Reptile Room

Day 3: The Wide Window

Day 4: The Miserable Mill

Day 5: The Austere Academy

Day 6: The Ersatz Elevator

Day 7: The Vile Village

Day 8: The Hostile Hospital

Day 9: The Carnivorous Carnival

Day 10: The Slippery Slope

Day 11: The Grim Grotto

Bibliomancy for Beginners’ “13 Days of Misfortune”: Day 11

The Grim GrottoWelcome back to the 13 Days of Misfortune! If you’re new to this, then let me tell you that this post is about a 13 day long marathon event where my book club is tackling one book of The Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket a day!

Here’s last night’s episode, in which I was absent, but there is still a great discussion for The Grim Grotto! Hopefully I will be in attendance later today for The Penultimate Peril!

Miss one? Here’s some back links to our previous episodes…

Day 1: The Bad Beginning

Day 2: The Reptile Room

Day 3: The Wide Window

Day 4: The Miserable Mill

Day 5: The Austere Academy

Day 6: The Ersatz Elevator

Day 7: The Vile Village

Day 8: The Hostile Hospital

Day 9: The Carnivorous Carnival

Day 10: The Slippery Slope

Bibliomancy for Beginners’ “13 Days of Misfortune”: Day 10

The Slippery SlopeWelcome back to the 13 Days of Misfortune! If you’re new to this, then let me tell you that this post is about a 13 day long marathon event where my book club is tackling one book of The Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket a day!

Today I’m actually in attendance for The Slippery Slope! Check back tomorrow for The Grim Grotto!

Miss one? Here’s some back links to our previous episodes…

Day 1: The Bad Beginning

Day 2: The Reptile Room

Day 3: The Wide Window

Day 4: The Miserable Mill

Day 5: The Austere Academy

Day 6: The Ersatz Elevator

Day 7: The Vile Village

Day 8: The Hostile Hospital

Day 9: The Carnivorous Carnival

Bibliomancy for Beginners’ “13 Days of Misfortune”: Day 9

The Carnivorous CarnivalWelcome back to the 13 Days of Misfortune! If you’re new to this, then let me tell you that this post is about a 13 day long marathon event where my book club is tackling one book of The Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket a day!

Today we’re talking lions, freaks and disguises (oh my!) from The Carnivorous Carnival! Don’t miss when we start falling down The Slippery Slope!

Miss one? Here’s some back links to our previous episodes…

Day 1: The Bad Beginning

Day 2: The Reptile Room

Day 3: The Wide Window

Day 4: The Miserable Mill

Day 5: The Austere Academy

Day 6: The Ersatz Elevator

Day 7: The Vile Village

Day 8: The Hostile Hospital

Bibliomancy for Beginners’ “13 Days of Misfortune”: Day 8

The Hostile HospitalWelcome back to the 13 Days of Misfortune! If you’re new to this, then let me tell you that this post is about a 13 day long marathon event where my book club is tackling one book of The Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket a day!

In this episode, we’re talking strange operations and half finished buildings from The Hostile Hospital! Stop by tomorrow to see us discuss The Carnivorous Carnival!

Miss one? Here’s some back links to our previous episodes…

Day 1: The Bad Beginning

Day 2: The Reptile Room

Day 3: The Wide Window

Day 4: The Miserable Mill

Day 5: The Austere Academy

Day 6: The Ersatz Elevator

Day 7: The Vile Village