Sunday, October 18, 2009

First Post as a "Blogger"!

Hello Everyone (and by everyone, I probably mean my mother..),

I've been hemming and hawing about starting a blog for a while now, but I've decided to take the plunge. I don't know if my life or opinions are interesting enough to sustain a blog, but I suppose it's not life or death. If you don't know me (which, seriously, I doubt there is anyone reading this who doesn't), I'm Stephanie. I am going to graduate school in Washington DC to get my Master's degree in Library and Information Science (hence the title of this blog). In college, I majored in English and Africana Studies, and to put it bluntly, I love books. Seriously. The depths of my love are not even fathomable to me. So, being a library student, and loving to read, I thought it might be fun for me to start a blog where I can share my thoughts on things that I'm reading. I'd really like to be able to update this blog once a week, but seeing as I'm working two jobs and going to school full time, don't be disappointed if it doesn't always happen, or if every time I post I haven't finished a book. But I've been pretty consistent since I've been here, so let's hope that my schedule keeps allowing me to read (or that I keep having the energy...) a book a week. I have joined a book club here in DC which meets once a month, so that should keep me on my toes!

What else could you want to know? Well, I think we've established that I love to read, but WHAT do I like to read. I will pretty much read anything (although, I'll be honest, I am a book snob--do not try to convince me to read Twilight or anything by Dan Brown--sorry. I just can't. Hate me if you have to.) and I try to vary what I'm reading, although I do sometimes get in a rut. Mostly from being an English major, I have an appreciation for things like Charles Dickens (who I love), Virginia Woolf, and Allen Ginsberg, and I love modern and contemporary American literature, but I read things that aren't assigned in English classes too! Since I was 14, I have kept a list of the books that I read each year. I have them constantly at arms reach just in case I need them for a reference. From these book lists, I am able to make book lists for other people which I tend to make based on things that they have enjoyed in the past. I LOVE MAKING BOOK LISTS. Seriously. If you need a book recommendation, I got your back! If you want a list, I can do it for you, and if you ask anyone who has gotten a list from me, they'll tell you. They're awesome. I'm not trying to brag, but... it's true.

I'd also like to incorporate a little bit of "me" into this blog too... You shouldn't have to read book recommendations in a vacuum! I just moved out to DC in August, so I'm still getting adjusted to the city and all that. I'm going to school full time so that I can get out into libraries with a degree! I'm looking to work in special libraries and archives at this point, and I'm really excited for where that kind of work can take me! Besides reading, I enjoy musical theater, attempting to cook, the holiday season, and general debauchery. :) If you stick with the blog (which I really hope that you do.. and that I do too!) then you'll probably just have to learn as you go along, and besides, if you already know me (which you most likely do) I don't want to bore you.

I just wanted to be able to initiate the blog, so I'm not going to put anything up about a specific book yet, you'll have to wait til next week! Feel free to comment and say hello!

Until next time,


  1. oh steph... i love you! i will follow... promise!!!

    -kel :)

  2. Stephanie: I hope you post suggested readings. Always looking for good book to read and you are the source. I am reading Geraldine Brooks - People of the Book which is OK - not as good as her other books but still good.
    Grace and I were watching West Side Story on Saturday and were thinking of you.
    Take Care

  3. I love that you've started this blog, Steph! Cannot wait to see what I have to add to my "To Read List"!

    Miss you and hope you're having a blast in DC!


  4. Hello from Mark & Jill.
    I have a question for you. Jill is reading ANANSI BOYS by Neil Gaiman. The mythology of the Anansi intrigues us. Do you have any suggestions of other books that use it?

  5. I'm a newbie at this but I am anxiously awaiting more musings and postings!

    Aunt Judy

  6. Hello from Kim, Connie Holub's daughter! She forwarded me the link to your blog so here I am! Ditto on the Twilight series...I actually tried to read it and didn't make it through the first 100 pages. I just may be soliciting a reading list from you. Hope you're doing well in DC.

  7. Steph, you've had a blog since OCTOBER and I haven't known about it? You've talked about starting one, but never told me that it was up and running or gave me the web address. Some wife you are... ;)