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Sep 18

Schoolbook Overload by Cody Rasmussen

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on September 18, 2020 at 1:54 PM by Genesis Gaule

You hear that bell ringing?  It means that school has started once again, and with it comes the required textbook readings.

I do not have to tell you how many times I have looked at a syllabus and stared at the required reading list just thinking, “Why, oh why, did I take this class.”  It’s probably the same, if not similar, for quite a few students out there.  Then when it comes down to it and you start reading them, you just start to get tired and find no enjoyment.  Don’t get me wrong, there have been some textbooks I have enjoyed reading.  However, the majority of them have been very long and dry.

Don’t let this deter you from enjoying reading though.  We all know that there are other books that we can read for fun.  You just need to know when to read them, while still maintaining that textbook reading schedule.  I have found a couple ways in which to do this.

Maintaining Fun Reading:

  1. One of the best times to read is of course right before you go to bed for the night.  Reading something that you enjoy will help you not only relax and de-stress, but it will also help to clear your thoughts for the evening.
  2. I have also found that reading right after you have your noon meal is a good time as well.  Instead of being on the phone or watching TV, reading at that point can be relaxing, it gives you time to digest and just relax the eyes.
  3. The final time is an interesting one.  If I can, I try and read something right after I finish with my homework for the day, whether it be actual work or reading a text from the required readings.  This is mainly because I try to get myself in a different mindset from when I am working on schoolwork, reading helps with that.

Reading is meant for a variety of reasons.  Whether it be for educational purposes, for informative purposes, or for fun.  Overload of schoolwork has been seen to cause many issues for students, and in order for these issues to not happen students need to have a way to decompress.  Finding time to read something enjoyable is what I try and do, maybe it can help you as well.

Sep 11

Personal Library vs Public Library by Charlotte Helgeson

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on September 11, 2020 at 1:25 PM by Genesis Gaule

It doesn’t have to be an either/or question. For me, it is most certainly both. My personal library overflows throughout my home. Oftentimes, piles of materials from the public library sit alongside my personal collection.

Why have both? There are a number of reasons. 

First, is personal preference. Listening or reading a title once is my usual practice for fiction. I’m glad that the library has the material available for me to take home, but most of the time it isn’t something that will gain a place on my shelf.

Nonfiction on the other hand is a mix of public and personal. I enjoy memoirs, but few make it onto my bookshelf. Reading other people’s stories is like a good conversation. I do not want to have a repeat of the same conversation so to with rereading a memoir. Some of my favorite nonfiction are the stories of the untold pieces of history. Fascinating, but again, not something I’ll read twice. Definitely picked up at the library rather than purchase.

I have never purchased an audiobook, but I do listen to them. They all come from the library, either books on CDs or eAudio. Stories I listen to are not the same stories that I read. A whole other assortment of stories best heard rather than my reading them. Even as a grandmother, I like to have a story read to me.

Secondly, access is important. The books I do purchase to keep forever are those I will refer to on a regular basis. I won’t be reading them from cover to cover again, but some pages or chapters will be reviewed over and over. I like these books at my fingertips. These books can range from cookbooks to anatomy books. I also collect fairy tales and fables from around the world. I consider them to be references for my own enjoyment and they can be beautiful!

Third, cost plays a big role. Ooh-la-la, books and audio can be so expensive. A past Library Board member was shocked when she found out the price of a brand new hardcover bestseller. She’d never purchased one--an avid library user. When I purchase a book, the plan is for it to be a part of my life. To remain under my care and within my reach. It is truly an active investment, not just a decoration.

The fourth reason is how it will be used. If I’m studying a book, I’ll write in it. Yes, I do that if I own it. Cookbooks have my variations. Anatomy and yoga books have my teachers’ words to help me remember the information. The exception are my beautiful fable books. Though they may have numerous books.

If we use the public library, we can enjoy a book, maybe learn something, return it, not have to find space for it and not have to pay for it. What a great deal!

The library benefits from those of us who read outside of it too. If we read the first in a series and found it to be fantastic, it will be a good recommendation for the library to purchase the full series. Libraries have great resources to order books before they’re published, so your recommendation can be in your hand the day it is released to the public and the next in the series will be here as soon as it is available. 

The library also benefits when a book is purchased by a patron for a one-time read and then is donated to our collection. Second copies of popular titles are often added to the library in this way. 

Some of the donations are put into The Friends of the Campbell Library Book Sales or Book Store. We will have them again when we can gather safely. Then we can find another treasure for our personal libraries. The Friends profit turns around and financially supports programs and materials purchased for the library.

The Library provides for the community. The community provides for the Library and all residents benefit. 

This week, I took 2 stacks of books home from the library and ordered one book to stay in my home. The best of both worlds!

Sep 04

The Emotional Rollercoaster of Reading by Miranda Millette

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on September 4, 2020 at 11:54 AM by Genesis Gaule

My favorite thing about books are the emotions that come with them. Complete surprise, giddy excitement, aching sadness—whatever it is, a book has to be pretty phenomenal to have you feeling the emotions as completely as the characters do. My most favorite books are my favorites because they had this emotional element that created a connection with me as a reader. Book lovers, do you know what I mean?

Has a book ever left you in tears? The closest I’ve come to this is after the devastation of a particular moment had me lying in shock on my bed, the voice in my head wailing for a good ten minutes before I could continue reading my book (The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness). The conclusion of this series also left my mind screaming, my reaction amplified as there were no more pages to turn to quell my shock. (I happened to read this series over quarantine while school was online, so I may have been reading instead of working on my project for art class or writing my essay for english…)

Meme of Jack Sparrow lying on the ground with the caption help. That feeling when you finish a book

What about a book that leaves you stifling the urge to throw it across the room? After a cliffhanger in the middle of a series (Dread Nation by Justina Ireland), it was a battle not to do this. I was so astonished, however I was grudgingly applauding the author and her work. (Unpopular opinion: I’m all for a well placed cliffhanger or a shocker such as the tragic death of a beloved character, because then it makes the book more memorable!!!)

What about a sudden plot twist that you never could have expected? One book (Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo) had me silently sitting in my chair, my brain whirling but me slightly smiling because of the pure genius and unexpectedness of the protagonist’s scheme (and, in turn, the author’s genius to create this plot). This book astonished me because of the author’s ability to cause readers to not realize that the hero was tricking us along with the villains.

It’s incredibly amazing how authors can continue to surprise us readers. I often wish that I could reread my favorite books like it was my first time, with no idea what the pages hold and no memory of their plots. But since I can’t magically give myself amnesia for this sole reason, I will continue to get more books in hopes of having another great adventure.

Meme of Bilbo from The Hobbit running towards the camera with the text I'm going on an adventure!