The 2,556 Day Diary
I'm just another bibliophile turned librarian. There's no better way to escape the cruel reality of homework, mountains of laundry or the guy (or gal) from work who flicks imaginary boogers at you. I'm currently a mother by day and a Librarian by night. (That has got to be the ultimate superhero combination.)
If you've spent any time on my blog you probably also know that I usually choose to read books that I'm truly interested in. These include mostly young adults books (who has time to read books for grownups?), graphic novels (again, for the time thing these are awesome!), paranormal romance and my personal favorite, fantasy. I do, however, enjoy an occasional challenge and I love recommendations so don't hesitate to throw one at me!
My book reviews serve a few purposes:
1. To act as a readers advisory service for Librarians and Teachers. I read them so that you don't have to.
2. To introduce casual browsers to different books or series they might like to read.
3. So my mother doesn't buy me books I've already read.
These reviews are meant to be a very basic introduction to the book or series without giving too much away and without sucking all the time out of your day. I mean seriously, if you're willing to read more than a few paragraphs about a book, you may as well just read it. Instead, I hope that you will learn just enough to be intrigued and either enjoy it yourself or recommend it to a friend or family member looking for a good book.
Some books are good. Some books are better. And some books change lives. Books that I have labeled as "Favorites" and given a ★ fall somewhere between better and life changing. There's a lot to read out there, and in my opinion, these are the best. For an even shorter, more elite list, check out the "Best Of" reading lists published at the end of each year.
How many youth (or adults) have you dealt with who read one series such as Twilight or Harry Potter and then expected you to hand them another one they'll enjoy just as much if not more? These lists are meant to relieve some of the anxiety induced panic attacks that occur at such moments. Although not necessarily arranged as "If you like this, read this", they should give you a basic idea of where books fit relative to other genres. I will only include titles that I have personally read. Books without links are titles that I read before starting this blog. If you'd like me to include a review of any of these titles just let me know. Reading lists are updated frequently, so check back as often as you'd like.
Best of 2010 - The books that got me through 2010. If you don't have time to read all my "favorites", at least read these!
Best of 2011 - Best of the best!
FaiRE-Tells (as in fairy tales, retold) - A list of classic fairy tales and their modern retellings by various authors.
Vampires - A list of books (mostly YA) that feature Vampires (and sensuality) as main characters.
Dystopian and Post-Apocalyptic - When we want our utopia now, we get dystopia instead and that's what these books (mostly YA) are all about.
Easily browse through an alphabetical listing of all the author's that I've reviewed on the Ivory Tower. Updated frequently to reflect new posts.
The 2,556 Day Diary - Coming Soon . . . Maybe?
The classic fairy tale goes something like this - Princess falls in love with prince, Daddy tells prince to get lost, princess pouts, so Daddy locks her away in a tower for seven years (or approximately 2,556 days) to think things over. Rather than twiddling her thumbs or learning to knit really well, however, let's just say that she just so happens to be locked in the Ivory Tower Library with access to thousands of books. (Hopefully this doesn't end as badly as it did for this poor gentleman.) In addition to having acquired all the time in the world for reading, she also serves as librarian to the folk who visit her library - mostly pesky princes trying to rescue her and dragons looking for an easy snack. This is her diary. Or an account of her thoughts and feelings on current happenings in libraryland . . . Yeah, okay fine it's just me. But just the same, my thoughts and feelings on libraryland. If I ever actually get to Day 2,556 I might just celebrate by locking myself away in a tower for seven years for real. With an enormous stack of books and many extra pairs of glasses and contacts, of course.