Time to catch up!

Hey guys!

I did this with the last blog I had. I write some stuff and then decide to try and not be on social media as much so then my writing declines.

I’m going to shoot for one post a week and go from there.Maybe that will get me into the swing of things and take some of the pressure I feel with this off.

So what’s been happening? My coworker and I hosted our second Silent Book Club meeting and it was great! I think. We had 10 people show up which I think is a good number. There aren’t a ton of places that 1) are well lit for evening reading and 2) that are big and quiet enough to house a group of like 30 people. We gave away some books, enjoyed some beer & wine. We’ve made some flyers and hopefully will see some new folks come around for our future meetings.

I just finished “Act of God” by Jill Ciment and it is mainly about how four characters handle and react to a mold infestation that causes them to lose everything and even some loved ones. I thought it was well written and reminded me a lot of “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel which I also really enjoyed.  As much as I wanted more answers about the mold infestation, it was a great reflection on relationships and responsibility and makes you think about what is really valuable to you, especially in a time of crisis. Do you turn to material things or do you depend on your loved ones and your own strength to persevere and survive.

I don’t like to do spoilers so I won’t go on about it anymore. It’s a short book, less than 200 pages so if you need a quick read, then give it a try!

And here’s a quick list of the podcasts I’ve been HEAVILY listening to. Seriously guys, if you haven’t listened to any of these yet, you need to stop what you’re doing and pick one right now.

Until the next post…happy reading,

Jade

Palm Springs Silent Book Club!

You guys, I’m so excited about this!

A coworker and I are starting a Silent Book Club chapter in the Palm Springs area!!!!!!!!

Can you tell I’m excited?

I had been thinking about this lately when a few weeks ago, my coworker came to me and asked me if I wanted to do it with her. Of course I said YES. She totally read my mind. She’s been doing most of the grunt work so far, but I plan to get my hands in there and really help out with social media and whatever else she needs.

So for anyone in the Palm Springs and greater Coachella Valley area, consider joining us for our first meeting in February! Click on the picture for more info.

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Happy Reading!

Jade

2016 Favorites

Wow 2016 really fly by! So much went on at work, ranging from a multitude of children’s programs as well as my feeble attempt to increase the adult programming (more on that later). But for now, here are a few of my favorite things from 2016.

A little late, but Happy New Year folks! Looking forward to blogging more in 2017.

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Books – This was really hard to narrow down but here are my top 10 books that I read last year (in no particular order):

Podcasts – Keeping this list to 10 so as to not overwhelm you but this was probably one of the hardest lists I’ve had to make! Again in no particular order :

  • King Falls AM – 2:00am radio hour, abductions and more strange things occur in this hilarious podcast!
  • MarsCorp – E.L. Hob wakes up hundreds of years later and struggles in this amazing comedy podcast in her first year as Station Supervisor.
  • The Black Tapes – 12 black VHS tapes…are they connected? Listen to find out!
  • Lore – An exploration of the history behind folklore. It’s amazing!
  • TANIS – Is TANIS a person? a thing? No one knows!
  • Mabel – Family secrets, a strange house, lots of voicemails.
  • The Bridge – The crew on Watchtower 10 each have their secrets and are protectors of an even bigger one at their station.
  • Darkest Night – A recently found favorite! Project Cyclops. Company conspiracies and more. If you want to get creeped out (in the best way), then listen to this one.
  • The Bright Sessions – Dr. Bright has some pretty interesting clients and an intriguing past too.
  • Archive 81 – Daniel is missing. Check out recordings he sent his friend while working in Archive 81.

What were some of your favorite things from 2016? What are you looking forward to reading, listening to or doing in 2017?

Happy Reading,

Jade

Can’t Stop Listening

These past 6 months have just been filled with podcasts. I seriously can’t stop listening! There are so many out there just waiting to be listened to. Below the image I’ve got a list of some of my favorites so far, in no particular order, with a brief bit about them. If you haven’t gotten into podcasts, what are you waiting for? Seriously, just pick one and give it a try!

This will be a bit of a long post, so bear with me!

Happy Listening!

Jade

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  • King Falls AM – follows two guys who work the 2:00am – 6:00am radio hour as weird things happen in their small town. a great comedy one! I could listen to Ben & Sammy all day.
  • The Bright Sessions – about a therapist who has client who have unusual abilities and may have another motive for being their therapist.
  • Darkest Night – I love Lee Pace. he narrates this podcast, so that’s already a plus. it’s about this experiment that draws fluid through the eye of someone that is placed into a cube that should display their last living memory. these stories are chilling and absolutely fantastic.
  • The Bridge – about the crew of a transcontinental bridge where there is a mysterious creature and some of the crew have a rather interesting past that may come to haunt them.
  • Welcome to Night Vale – set as a radio broadcast about a town full of very strange things! lots of fun! I still need to catch up big time on this one.
  • Lore – a nonfiction podcast where Aaron Mahnke explores the stories behind myths and legends. really really fun and the stories are very interesting!
  • TANIS – Seeking TANIS. Runner available. This one is so much fun about an entity known as TANIS that Nick, the host, is trying to learn more about. Mystery and danger lurk nearby!
  • The Black Tapes – A great podcast as Alex explores some VHS tapes owned by Dr. Strand that feature some paranormal video that he has yet to disprove. Are they connected? Does Dr. Strand have a personal connection to some of the tapes? You’ll have to listen to find out!
  • Spirits – another nonfiction podcast, hosted by Julia and Amanda as they drink and discuss stories and characters from various folklore, mythology and legends.
  • My Favorite Murder – a nonfiction one where Karen and Georgia discuss their favorite murders! They’ll listen to your hometown murders and discuss some of those as well.
  • ars Paradoxica – a fictional one about time travel as Sally Grissom ends up in the past and gets involved with a clandestine branch of the government after one of her experiments goes awry.
  • Archive 81 – Daniel has vanished but he sent his friend some tapes of his own recordings. The tapes are what we listen to as Daniel works in Archive 81. Mysterious and fun!
  • The Deep Vault – three friends travel from the dangerous surface to a mysterious underground bunker where they encounter robots, monsters, rude computers in search of safety, shelter and answers.
  • The Orphans – follows the struggles of passengers from a downed starship as they encounter monsters and robots as they try to remember who they are and how they arrived on this mysterious planet.
  • The Box – so Addison finds a box filled with weird journals. she reads them over the episode while researching their content. as she keeps reading and researching, these stories take her down a very dark and very real journey when she thought these were just works of fiction.
  • MarsCorp – just recently started this one…okay, yesterday and I’m already on episode 8! it follows E.L. Hob as she is woken up from suspended animation only to discover she’s been asleep for over 400 years. this podcast covers her first year as supervisor on MarsCorp. I am constantly laughing out loud with this one!
  • Friends of the Void – a very mysterious storytelling one that follows Elliott as he encounters AI, demons and a deserted menagerie.
  • Mabel – if you can’t tell already, I love horror podcasts, and this is another fun one. Anna is a caretaker and leaves a series of voicemails for her client’s estranged granddaughter, Mabel. Mysterious things are happening at the house and Anna just wants to get a hold of Mabel…
  • The Orbiting Human Circus – The most recent podcast from the creators of Welcome to Night Vale that follows the life of a lonely janitor as he stumbles upon this mysterious show being broadcasted from the top of the tower.
  • Small Town Horror – Ryan Jennings returns to his hometown after 18 years where he finds an old nightmare and works to understand what happened to him all that time ago.
  • We’re Alive – a zombie podcast! really fun one about some folks who are struggling amidst a zombie apocalypse.
  • Within the Wires – Another one from the creators of Welcome To Night Vale. It’s set as audio tapes where the narrator gives the listener instructions. the narrator may or may not have a personal relationship with the listener – you’ll have to listen to find out!
  • LifeAfter – a new one from the creators of The Message, which you should also listen to. Ross listens to recordings made by his wife in this audio social media platform – who died 8 months ago. One day as he’s listening, the recordings change and he realizes he’s actually talking with her but this digital resurrection may bring more trouble than he thought possible.

 

First post!

Hi there! 

Let’s see…I’m currently reading “The Wasp Factory” by Iain Banks. It’s an interesting one about a young psychopath who has committed three murders. Well he’s committed many more if you count all the bugs and animals he’s killed. And I say interesting in that I’m not sure how it’s going to end and it’s definitely one of the weirder ones I’ve read. It’s a short book but it has taken me a little while to get through. Could be because I just can’t get into the main character, but I’m far enough that I have to finish it.

And there are so many podcasts that I’m listening to! There are so many good ones out there. King Falls AM is one of my favorites – it’s a fantastic comedy. I just finished season one of Someone Knows Something which looks into cold cases. Others I’ve been listening to are Mabel  and The Bright Sessions. All three of which are awesome!

I will go into the book and podcasts in a later post, but just wanted to get one on the board. I’ll be sharing the good and the bad about adult programming, all the books I’m reading and the many podcasts I’m listening to.

I’m a reference librarian first but I take care of most of the adult programming at my branch. It’s fun for the most part but it certainly has it’s days. Just the other day, someone called, not sure where they were located, but she first asks me what the weather is like where I’m at. So I tell her. Then she asks me for a phone number for a Target in New Jersey. What? I’m in Southern California. I didn’t tell her that, but just found it curious that she called my branch. Then after finding her the right number, she needed a library’s number, also in New Jersey. Found that one for her and that was it! It was hard to hear her sometimes but we made it through. I love it when I get a random phone call like that.

Anyways, it’s late and I’ve got some more reading to do.

Happy Reading!

Jade