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Angel Rivera (Gypsy Librarian)
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Booknote: <i>Given to the Savage</i>
Natasha Knight, Given to the Savage . Stormy Night Publications. ISBN: 9781517044589. (Link to Amazon as not available on WorldCat).  From the book's description: "In the aftermath of a plague which brought civilization to its knees and
left most of the wo...
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Booknote: <i>Happiness A-Z</i>
Louise Harmon, Happiness A-Z: the Gleeful Guide to Finding and Following Your Bliss . Berkeley, CA: Viva Editions, 2015. ISBN: 9781632280077. Genre: Nonfiction Subgenre: quotations, inspirational Format: paperback Source: Online contest win; book provided b...
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Additional Reading Notes for <i>The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism</i>
For books that engage me and make me think deeply, I often take additional notes on points I wish to remember. I usually include those notes in my reviews. However, this book packed so much that I felt a need to write out a second post on it to put out the ...
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Booknote: <i>The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism</i>
Theda Skocpol and Vanessa Williamson, The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism . Oxford, NY: Oxford University Press, 2012. ISBN: 978-0-19-983263-7. Genre: nonfiction Subgenre: politics, history, United State politics, U.S. political partie...
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Doing a new LGBTQIA Reading Challenge in 2016
Last year, I did an LGBTIQIA reading challenge . I wanted to diversify my reading a bit as well as just learn more to be a good supportive ally. I did complete the challenge, and I wanted to do it again this year. However, the challenge did not seem to be a...
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"Most of the challenges are things I read anyhow ..." Exactly! Which is why you almost got me lured into a couple. ;-) I had even made a list of highly potential re-reads for that one. TBR, Food and Beverage, etc.

I already have personal challenges around some of them and have stated I want to increase my reading variety across those and other challenge areas I've seen that you're up to.

I am already tracking most of those facets and where not could easily break them out, I believe. Decided being required to do even more to track them wasn't worth it. If I want to talk about those facets at the end of the year I think I ought easily be able to determine what goes where.

Here's hoping anyway. Cheers!
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Reading from the older stuff: Doing the 2016 Backlist Books Reading Challenge
When I saw this reading challenge, I figured this could be one of the easy ones. Aside from what I read via NetGalley and Edelweiss, most of what I read tends to be not as new. I review a combination of new and older stuff. One of the things I like to revie...
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Signs the Economy is Bad: January 29, 2016 edition
Welcome to another edition of "Signs the Economy is Bad" here at The Itinerant Librarian .
This is the semi-regular (as in when I have time and/or feel like doing
it) feature where I scour the Internet in search of the oh so subtle
hints that the economy...
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Booknote: <i>Me of Little Faith</i> (Audiobook edition)
Lewis Black, Me of Little Faith . New York: Penguin Audio, 2008. ISBN:  9780143143369. Genre: Audiobooks Subgenre: humor, comedy, memoir, religion Format: CD Source: My local public library . Let me begin by saying that much of what I wrote when I reviewed ...
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Booknote: <i>The Illustrated Guide to Tarot</i>
Jane Lyle, The Illustrated Guide to Tarot . San Diego, CA: Thunder Bay Press, 2011. ISBN: 9781607104308.(Amazon record, as WorldCat is just sketchy). Note: book is included in a package set, "The Tarot Box."  Genre: nonfiction Subgenre: game systems, Tarot,...
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Of course this librarian is doing a library reading challenge in 2016
Last year, I did a library-related reading challenge . I was hoping to do it again this year, but it did not seem available. Lucky for me, I found a new one to try out this year. I do read a lot of books from the library, so this falls right into my reading...
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Maybe I will help myself a little this year: The 2016 Self-Help Junkie Challenge
This is a new challenge for me in 2016. I am doing it strictly for fun, or as some of my friends would say, "for shits and giggles." Self-help is not a genre I read much; however, I am in the middle of a book that would qualify for this challenge, and I hav...
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Reading about food (and drinks): The 2016 Foodies Read Challenge
Once in a while I enjoy reading books about the world of food and epicurious things. I am not exactly a gourmet, but I do appreciate some good things in life, and I certainly enjoy reading and learning about such things. Books about cocktails and the drinki...
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I have been an academic librarian since 2004, and I started blogging in 2005. Prior to this, I have been a high school teacher and a college adjunct instructor. One of my passions is to teach others how to know when they need information, how to find it, and how to make use of it in an ethical way. I have access to a diverse range of information sources, and I know how to use them. Plus, I arm people with facts and information. I am firm believer in teaching these very important skills.

I call my professional blog The Gypsy Librarian (where, among other things, I read a lot of library literature so you don't have to, then write about it) because a gypsy is a wanderer, and I am a wanderer at heart. As Tolkien wrote, "not all who wander are lost." I also keep a personal blog at The Itinerant Librarian. Feel free to check my blogs out. Comments are always welcome.

Married to The Better Half, we have a daughter who reminds me innocence and wonder are great things. We also have two cats who keep life interesting.
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