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The Sunday Post (4)

The Sunday Post is an original feature/meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead (description & feature by Kimba).

This Past Week…

has been emotionally exhausting.   Yesterday I took a day off from everything and did one of my favorite activities in the world. I curled up with a great book.  When I finished that, I went to my local branch to see if they had the sequels (they didn’t) but they DID have them on Overdrive.  So I went BACK home and downloaded and read and read and read.  Yay me!

It’s officially autumn people and if I want to take my day off and snuggle with a warm blanket and read, now’s the time to do it.

fall

fall (Photo credit: eschipul)

As if to emphasize my point, the first yellow leaves of the season had fallen from our 200-year-old tree.  This must have happened some time while we were away at the library.  Sniffle

We have some sort of sweet maple visible from our living room too and as I’m writing this, I’m glancing up and out the window at the maple’s leaves.  They’re mostly still green but every branch has at least one leaf already taking on the faint color of orange.

It’s going to be magnificent in a few weeks.  I can’t wait!

Fresh From the Stacks

As some of you might(?) know, I work for a major metropolitan library system and my position is integrated with the Inter-Library Loan (ILL) Department.  ILL submits, receives and processes requests from libraries around the world (and our patrons here at home) who are looking for titles that do not belong in their local library’s catalog.  My responsibilities are for the actual prepping and shipping of the items so I get a first-hand look at what people around the country are looking for.

Curious yourself? Keep reading.

I like to call the most popular categories “bunk and junk”.  One of the perks(?) of having a larger acquisitions budget as a major metropolitan library system is that they can purchase a LOT of materials that smaller libraries, with perhaps fewer resources, are able to and they’re willing to share. How nice!

The most popular non-fiction category is “bunk”: books that contain conspiracy theories, crazy views of the world by people out of touch with reality, and occasionally, people interested in preparing for the Armageddon.

The most popular fiction category is “junk”: do I really need to define this?  Right now, with the popularity of Fifty Shades, other BDSM titles are seeing more circulation than normal including some cowboy-themed erotica and Fifty Shades’ predecessor, the Beauty trilogy by Anne Rice (writing under a pen name).

Juvenile books don’t circulate through ILL as much as you’d think but the genre with the most popularity (right now) is anime.  Those anime books can have 20-40 in a series and the kids just read through those things so dang fast!  At least they’re all lightweight paperbacks and cheaper to ship.

I’ve debated, and am still undecided about, starting a “worst of the worst” column on this blog for showcasing these sorts of “bunk and junk” titles (anime not included).  Is this something you would enjoy reading?  Let me know.

Coming Soon on Pocketful of Prose:

I mentioned earlier in this post that I spent the better part of the weekend reading (yay!).  I’ve begun a (new-to-me) paranormal series by Chloe Neill and I hope to have some reviews written in the next couple of weeks. I’m also going to be filling in for a friend of mine at our local writer’s group on Monday, October 7th.

My friend is going on another book promotion tour (go Eric!) so I’ll be discussing the revision process and hopefully we’ll have an engaging discussion.  I’ve also joined a critique group which is discussing (among other things) my 1st draft of Aurorae Rising.

Lots to talk about there but I’ll save that for another day, another post!

I hope you spend at least part of this weekend with your loved ones and get in some R&R&R – rest, relaxation and reading! 😉 From my family to yours, I wish you a rejuvenating Sunday and a blessed week!

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Lauren Miller is a Midwestern born writer with a passion for Jesus, the written word, and dogs. She has seventeen years of experience in the library field and reviews books for the Historical Novels Review (UK). Lauren is the Managing Web Editor and writer for The Scribe, a web publication of the St. Louis Writers Guild, where she also serves as their Director of Communications. She likes to spend her free time enjoying period films, discovering new reads, and being surrounded by other people’s pets. Lauren, her husband, and their wily Maine Coon (who isn’t quite a dog) live in Missouri. You can learn more about Lauren’s writing at LaurenJoanMiller.com.

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