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#booked2019 #update Here‘s where I am, as of today. On track w/numbers but behaving like the #rebelreader I am and jumping around between seasons. Still another month to go in Spring too.

1. Murder in the Marais
2. Fierce Fairytales
3. Molokai
4. The Road to Jonestown
6. Forensics
7. Dark of the Moon
9. Heart Berries
10. Bel Canto
12. The Bonjour Effect
13. Where The Crawdads Sing
21. Daisy Jones
23. Kristin Lavransdatter
24. The Other Queen

Cinfhen Ohhhhhh!!!! Lots of progress 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 8mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen Thanks! And yet I still feel behind because of that one winter prompt left unchecked. #perfectionist (edited) 8mo
Carleneishere If I may suggest one for Social Media Focus: Red White and Royal Blue! It‘s fantastic (100% picks on Litsy!) and I‘ve pressured manynon romance reading friends into reading it and they love it too! 8mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Carleneishere Thanks—I‘ll keep it in mind! 8mo
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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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I‘ve been working in libraries (in Children‘s services) for 10+ years. I‘ve been super-conflicted about going for my MLIS. It has nothing to do with not liking school (I‘m a big nerd 🤓), or being unsure about my career path (I love what I do), or not wanting to put in the effort. It has *everything* to do with debt. My current job offers tuition reimbursement but I‘m actively job-searching.

I‘ve decided to apply for Summer Admission.😱Excelsior!

emtobiasz Good luck, and congrats on taking that first step! The debt fear is real. But I love the opportunities that have opened up to me since getting my MLIS, and already having that library background will really help in your classes. 11mo
dgingo Congratulations and good luck! 11mo
Zelma Congrats on the decision! Smart on thinking about debt though, and planning to avoid or reduce it. I don‘t regret my career choice but I certainly regret the path I took to get there. My librarian salary does make up for my grad school debt. 11mo
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Lcsmcat 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Congratulations! 11mo
Schnoebs Congrats!! Enjoy this next stage of your career 11mo
monalyisha @emtobiasz Thanks! I‘m nervous about adding to my undergrad debt. Still, I‘ve been searching for a job without it for the last ten years. I know what‘s available to me without it & I know I‘m not satisfied. I want more intellectual & creative freedom & independence. I want a FT job that doesn‘t necessitate an hour commute. I want to supervise my goddamn self. 😆 I know I‘m good at what I do. I deserve to DO it & be adequately paid for it. 💪🏻 11mo
Chrissyreadit Congratulations! 11mo
monalyisha @Zelma Yeah. Honestly, if I could find a full-time Children‘s Assistant job in Rhode Island without it, I don‘t know that I would get it. But a decade‘s shown me that it‘s not happening. I‘m... resigned that I need it? Is that horrible? I think that‘s horrible but also just true & where we‘re at right now. I‘m tempted to keep waiting for things to change but I‘m also just so sick of waiting. 11mo
julesG Go for it! I understand that you don't want to add to already existing debts, but you'll probably earn more with the master's. We're here to cheer you on and let you bitch when the road is rough. 11mo
Zelma @monalyisha all of your reasons in your last post sound like you are making absolutely the right decision. I have a friend going through the same decision after working in a library for 15-20 years. She is secure in your job but also wants to make it stays that way and had options in the future. It sound like a degree with really get you in a better place and give you more options. 11mo
Zelma @monalyisha oh, and I have had a few friends ask about getting a degree and want feedback. I always advise not to do it unless you already work in a library or are on track to. In your case, I would definitely have supported it. 👍 11mo
monalyisha @julesG Thanks! 🙏🏻😍😭 11mo
monalyisha @Zelma Thanks for the insider‘s view! It‘s comforting. I‘ve had a lot of coworkers/supervisors tell me to do it, but rarely have they expressed any doubt or hesitation & it always feels a bit like...OF COURSE they have to say that it‘s worth it. They‘ve already done it. They have to reconfirm that *they* made the right decision. So, it‘s nice to hear “Do it!” & “Yikes, though! I know!” in the same breath. 11mo
Zelma @monalyisha glad to be of help! It‘s definitely a mixed feeling on whether it was all worth it. Most days, I think it was. 😁 11mo
CocoReads Congrats and good luck! 11mo
Clare-Dragonfly Yay! Good luck! 11mo
ravenlee Congrats on taking the plunge! Sounds like you‘ve considered everything very carefully and it will be a good move. Good luck! 11mo
jenniferajanes Congratulations! Good luck!🍀 11mo
NHLibrarian If you are choosing between similar programs, choose the cheaper one. Nobody has ever cared where I got my degree, just that I have one. Also check with your state library association, they may offer grants or have partnered with a program to offer a discount on tuition. It does sometimes take a while to be worth it. I got my degree in 2009, but it only paid off job/money-wise in 2014. 11mo
NHLibrarian Being a Director means I have the intellectual and creative freedom plus independence you want, but it also means being responsible and accountable for every single that happens in the library as well as being a presence in my small community. It‘s mostly amazing, but can be very draining and sometimes isolating. 11mo
monalyisha Thanks @NHLibrarian! I‘m going to apply to URI. It‘s public (unlike Simmons) & I‘ll get in-state tuition since I‘m a resident. 🙌🏻 11mo
monalyisha @NHLibrarian I admire your drive! I certainly don‘t have directorial ambitions. Honestly, part of why I‘ve been on the fence is that I don‘t really have any desire to oversee other employees. I‘m like that little girl in her car seat: I wish I could just do everything myself (#perfectionist) & not supervise anyone else, either. Clearly, those aren‘t realistic expectations but it‘s okay to dream sometimes! 😅 11mo
NHLibrarian @monalyisha I‘ll tell you something my favorite trustee told me never to tell anyone: I never wanted to be a director or work with the public 😆. I fell into this because I was unemployed when the previous director retired. Nobody was more surprised than me to learn that I actually like it. But I would also never be director of a bigger library because now I also still get to do day-to-day library work. 11mo
monalyisha @NHLibrarian Ha! I like people (even if I do relish my time alone to recharge). It sounds like you‘re happy in your job; that‘s the dream! 🤩🙌🏻 11mo
Bianca Congrats! That's awesome! 11mo
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The Listmaker | Robin Klein
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@monalyisha suggested you might be looking for a longer list for the #NewYearWhoDis exchange, and I just happened to get my Goodreads lookback on 2018. I reviewed it and updated the list with the most memorable books I read this year. Hope this helps.

monalyisha I love handwritten lists! 😍 13mo
BridgetteM I was impressed with your first list, and now I‘m totally blown away! I just bought Queen of the Night. So excited! Glad to be matched up with you, @amb (edited) 13mo
amb @BridgetteM all of the ❤️ for that book so epic! 13mo
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The Listmaker | Robin Klein
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This post is for @Kaye who is having a bad day , sending hugs your way! Laughter is the best medicine. I think you might take this tip from Michelle.💜💕☮️

JHSiess 🤣🤪🤣🤪🤣🤪🤣 2y
AmyG Oh no @Kaye. Sending a big hug. 2y
Leftcoastzen I always liked that this card can be taken 2 ways 😂 2y
Kaye Thank you. I appreciate the thought. Wish it was that easy to solve. 2y
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I Didn't Do My Homework Because... | Davide Cali, Benjamin Chaud
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After working on homework for over fifty hours this week, I wish I could say this. #project #gradstudent #perfectionist

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The Listmaker | Robin Klein
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I like a list...#20FactsAboutMe

Jess7 you forgot the hashtag #20FactsAboutMe 🤗 2y
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The Listmaker | Robin Klein
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I had a ton of books in my wishlist through my digital library only to discover that 1/3 of them are no longer available because my state didn't repurchase those titles. This was my face when I discovered how many books I won't be able to read now.

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The Listmaker | Robin Klein
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I drove past a giant sign that said BOOK SALE TODAY on my way to work (on a Saturday 😖) so obviously *had* to go back during my lunch break...

Texreader Nice haul! 3y
RadicalReader @thegirlwiththelibrarybag definitely not an optional situation have book sales will enter 3y
Laalaleighh Just added the 10 pm question to my GE Tbr thanks!! 3y
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Texreader @RadicalReader - it definitely made the work day nicer ☺ 3y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Laalaleighh, just based on the spine? Enjoy! 3y
Laalaleighh Oh no! I looked it up on Goodreads! (Based on the spine) then added it. 3y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Laalaleighh 😂 cool cool cool! I'm looking forward to reading it :) 3y
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