The Week’s Most Popular Posts: August 17 – 21, 2015

Get caught up with the most popular posts this week, here on Book Riot:

Danika’s post that asked how well we would do on the bookseller’s quiz show got me thinking about some of the best questions I was asked when I worked as a reference librarian. Anyone who knows anything about libraries knows that all patron interactions are private and that librarians never, ever share information about those who ask questions or seek advice. Anonymity is of the utmost importance.

That said, I’ve been out of libraries now for a while and feel confident enough that all of these questions are generic and rendered anonymously enough as to not be pinpointed to any individual. I thought it would be fun to compile a handful of the best, most unique, and most head-scratching questions I was asked as a reference librarian.

If you’ve ever thought a librarian’s job was easy — and if you have, you’ve already got to know how wrong you are — perhaps these questions will highlight some of the challenges faced every day. And these are the “easy” challenges.

from 5 Great Questions I Was Asked As A Reference Librarian by Kelly Jensen


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from Great Bookish Art As Seen On Tumblr by Kelly Jensen


When I was planning for GeekyCon this year I decided I didn’t just want to go, I wanted to participate! So the amazing Arielle (who went as Hogwarts itself) and I put together a GeekCraft workshop, featuring cross-stitch and origami. It went over so well and so many people showed up we actually ran out of stitching supplies! I know a bunch of y’all are crafty as all get out, and the rest might be interested to learn; for your stitching enjoyment, I present our House badge patterns and a cross-stitch tutorial.

from WizardCraft: Cross-Stitch Your Hogwarts House Badge by Jenn Northington


There’s plenty of action in this book, but the thing that I liked best about this book is that there’s emotional depth to it, too.  The characters are getting older, they’re dealing with feelings that they haven’t really had before, not on this scale.  And it’s not just Harry and his friends. The adults in this story, particularly Dumbledore, have to deal with their feelings toward their students.  Teachers always development attachments to their students (at least some of their students), but with the events that these children have faced, it seems that those attachments are felt a little more strongly than they’d care to admit. As the series goes on, these bonds only grow tighter.

from Rereading Harry Potter: Books 4-6 by Cassandra Neace


I’ve been running into a brick wall lately though: my anxiety is so bad that it’s really hard to concentrate on the words before my eyes. I am unable to take part in the story like I used to, it’s like I am reading through a dirty windshield. I am changing large chunks of my life in the next few months (including moving abroad and quitting my current day job) so that’s probably why I can’t sit still and concentrate – I could use some escapism though. I don’t know if other anxiety sufferers go through this, but here are some of the things that have worked for me.

from Tips For Readers With Anxiety by Nicole Froio


Is this system really a comfortable fit in libraries across the 135 countries where it’s supposedly used, where its “others” are the majority? Every time I shelf non-fiction, I’m reminded anew that more adjustments seem drastically overdue. How long should nonfiction take a number–ugh, such a shoddy pun!–for its own reconfiguration and modernization in our increasingly global community?

from Head-Scratching Dewey Decimal System Categorizations by Michelle Anne Schingler