My name is Ally and I am a Librarian.
I am also a Librarian who cannot stand fictional librarian characters.
I love my job and I am very proud to call myself a Librarian. I am also passionate about freedom of information, which to me means that people can borrow whatever they want and that I will never censor their choices. Nor will I stand for people attempting to remove content from libraries.
Libraries will of course stick to the traditional censorship guidelines of films and television shows. In my current library these restrictions are related to ages and what patron accounts can borrow MA15+ and R18+ movies.
I say that I can’t stand reading books with librarian characters because so many of the authors get the profession wrong. While yes, I may check a lot of books in and out, shelve, and help people with reference questions – I never shush people and I also never stop people from borrowing ‘inappropriate’ content.
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My name is Ally and I don’t read unfinished series.
Let me unpack this because I know that it can come across as very problematic. I shall rephrase:
My name is Ally and I don’t read unfinished series by bestselling authors.
I am more than happy to support smaller authors, independent publishers, and people who need the support so they can keep writing their books. I love you all and want you to keep writing so I will happily read your unfinished series!
All those multi-millionaire, best selling authors though – you can wait.
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My name is Ally and I am a Librarian.
I am also a Librarian who rarely reads the books that I borrow.
I love my job, and I am very proud to call myself a Librarian. I will admit though, that the biggest draw of the job is also the biggest drawback – I work in an environment where I am surrounded by books.
Books that I can take home, for free.
A person can only have so much self control. So naturally I borrow a lot of books.
Also completely naturally, I do not have enough time to read all of these books.
So I am a librarian who borrows a lot of books, takes them home, thinks about reading them, and then has to return them back to the library… unread.
So there it is, my terrible professional secret. Try not to judge too much, I could always be out there actually buying these books and never reading them 😋 Do you also borrow library books with the best intentions but never read them? Please tell me I’m not alone in this 😅 Leave a comment and let me know!
My name is Ally and I don’t read introductions.
I know that the Introduction section of a book is there for a reason, I just don’t read them.
Don’t get me wrong, I started off reading them but one rambling 20 page chapter after another, I grew tired and just a little bit jaded about the content of these sections.
I figured it wasn’t worth reading these sections as they made me feel a number of things:
- bogged down
- lost in the rhetoric of the author
- less enthusiastic to read the actual content of the book.
To be fair though, the majority of these long winded introductions are found in non-fiction books. Which has me reminiscing about my long winded PhD research days.
I will admit, if a non-fiction book is interesting, then sometimes I will return to the introduction. But then, and only then.
Just to clarify, sometimes in classic fiction there is a foreword by a modern day author introducing the book, usually these are discussions about the importance of the book or the authors memory or experience with the classic – I skip these as well.
To be fair, in non-classic fiction books I will read these introductions as I have found them to be quite short and usually just a note about the world of the book. I’m not a complete monster.
It’s been my personal experience that when I do read the Introduction of a book, it will take me longer to read and I will also feel more bogged down in the content. In my growing years I have become fickle with my remaining time on earth and skip straight to the content. Why wait for the good stuff?
What are your opinions on introductions and forewords? Do you avidly read these sections or do you skip them like me? Do you think they provide much worth in a book or are they just taking up space? Leave a comment and let me know!
My name is Ally and I dog ear books.
To mark my place in a book, I fold the corner of a page instead of using a bookmark like a civilised person. I am such a deviant that I not only dog ear my own books but also library books.
I hear you gasp in horror – I am fully aware of how people feel about dog earring books and just how passionate they can get about doing this to books. But honestly, who cares?
For books that are my own, you shouldn’t care because they’re mine.
I must admit though, when borrowing a book from a friend, I don’t dog ear their books because I do respect their property.
For library books, take it from someone who works in a library in the grand scheme of things, dog earring doesn’t damage a book. Bending the covers, cracking the spines, and mystery stains are why books are removed from catalogues, not because of bent top corners.
Having said this, please note that I do not dog ear large non fiction books or valuable older books. I am admitting to dog earring paperback, trade paperbacks, and hardcover fiction books. I am not a monster who dog ears valuable art print books or 1920 copies of classic fiction.
I know that this confession and my blasé attitude may annoy or even infuriate some people but oh well. I am a ‘dog earer’ and I do not care.
What are your opinions on dog earring books? Are you a avid bookmark supporter? Do you think I have a special place waiting for me in book purgatory? Or are you like me, a dog earrer who is no longer afraid to confess to their book crimes.
Leave a comment and let me know!