Dear Rude Woman On The Subway,

You know, when I first sat down next to you, I was surprised that you had managed to take up so much space on the seat using your coat and your bags.  But I was tired, and I wanted to read my book, so I smiled and sat down next to you.  And then you clicked your tongue and said “really?!” as if I was the fattest person on the train.  You certainly made me feel like I was.  Later, while you roughly elbowed me as you tried to put your iPad away, I was still thinking about how disgusted you made me feel about my own body.  You should be ashamed of yourself.  Next time, do us all a favor, and stay home.

Love,

The too-fat librarian

Fantastic Audible Narrator: Analyze People

How to Analyze People
Nathan Newman & Sarah Faulkner

Narrated by Anneliese Rennie

Do you want to learn more about human behavior?

Find out with How to Analyze People: Proven Techniques to Analyzing People, Body Language, Human Behavior, Reading People and Human Psychology.

Do you want to have more fruitful and harmonious relationships?

Using this easy-to-follow book with simple ways of analyzing and categorizing personalities you can!

This book is a good guide for anyone wishing to learn about human behavior in all is diverse glory.

This book not only breaks down what experts have said over the years about the various personality types and their associated traits, but also presents the facts relating to human behavior in very simple language. You will find it interesting to learn how many misconceptions you often have about people you know, including coworkers, family members, and those in your social circle. Best of all, after going through the tips provided in this book, you will find it very easy to relate to people of different personalities in ways that help you have more fruitful and harmonious relationships.

To listen to this book, visit Audible.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl
Rainbow Rowell

It’s now been several years since I graduated college, and have moved on to find my one true calling in life—librarianship.  I honestly thought all that was done and settled.  I’d never have to live or feel the college experience ever again.

And then I read Fangirl.

I was privileged to hear Rainbow Rowell speak at BEA in 2015 and let me tell you—she’s incredible.  First of all, she was so funny and seemed so nice and, in the spirit of Cath and Levi and not being weird at all, she has AMAZING hair.  To summarize: I really wished I could be her friend.

I hadn’t been too motivated to read her books before BEA due to the horribly-large selection of YA dystopians I was consuming by the bucket-load.  But then everything changed.  And by “everything changed” I mean my coworker threatened to kill me if I didn’t read Fangirl immediately.  So I did.

Wow.

Just, wow.

Rainbow Rowell has managed to masterfully recreate not only my freshman year dilemma, but also recreate the exact feeling of being in college for the first time.  I felt this book in my chest—I was Cath completely (minus the twin and the hot boyfriend).  I didn’t drink, I stayed in all the time and I just didn’t get it.  I was scared of having sex because everyone else was already more experienced and most importantly, I ate ramen noodles from my closet because I didn’t know where the dining hall was and I was too scared to ask anyone.

Rowell captures the betrayal of changing best friends and the hardship of having a parent with a mental disorder.  It’s all there, ready to sock you in the feels.

She gives us hope too, at the end, and that’s exactly what freshman year felt like—failure fixed by friendship, self-discovery and hope.

Rainbow Rowell has very quickly become one of my favorite authors of all time—may she write one hundred thousand books!

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