Sunday, October 3, 2010

Thursday Book Questions on a Sunday (while sick), Pt. 3

This week I traveled to Savannah, GA for a library conference, where my research partner and I gave a presentation about Facebook and the ACRL Information Literacy Standards. I am incredibly pleased with how it went. It was well-received, and I observed that enough of our audience had what I call "light-bulb moments" during the presentation, that I feel like my goals with the presentation were achieved.

In other news, I devoured (om nom nom) Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games trilogy early last week. I really liked it. It's a complex sort of "like" though, and at some point I hope to post a detailed reflection on the complexities of why I like this story. Hint: It has something to do with my ability, as reader, to relate to the psychological and emotional journey of the main character, Katniss. More on that later.

I have been home all day today, sick with what I think is a cold, or perhaps a sinus thing. It started as a really bad allergy attack while still in Savannah, but did not go away upon returning to Scranton. As such, I am going to dive right into Jenna St. Hilarie's Thursday Book Questions, Pt. 3, this time offered up on a Sunday, so I can go back to vegetating.

Click the following links for Part 1 and Part 2 of Thursday Book Questions.

11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
I am not sure I know what my comfort zone is. If my comfort zone is defined by books I read effortlessly, then I read a fair amount out of my comfort zone due solely to my graduate studies. Many of the texts I read for school are very challenging and require a certain amount of discomfort (at least insofar as I struggle with their meanings not being obvious to me).

12. What is your reading comfort zone?
Going with my definition above (i.e., books I read effortlessly), these tend to be books with a good and spiritually edifying story, and well-drawn characters.

13. Can you read on the bus?

14. Favorite place to read?
Sitting up in bed, in the time before I go to sleep.

15. What is your policy on book lending?
I generally lend books when asked. If the book means a lot to me and is difficult to replace, I will state as much when I lend it and ask the borrower to please take care with it. I have never really had any problems along these lines.


  1. Congratulations on your presentation! Your hard work paid off. I can't wait to see all of it come together! :) Feel better, love!

  2. Sorry you're sick! And thanks for participating. It's totally okay to be late. :)

    I'll be interested to hear your thoughts on The Hunger Games. Difficult as those books were for me to read, they still have me thinking about them.

  3. I'm sorry you are sick, but you still have a lovely blog, Dear Donna! :)

  4. I relate to the "complex like" part of your reaction. There's a lot to process in the Hunger Games.