Why I Want to Be a Librarian


It's probably a huge cliché, but I want to be a librarian when I'm older. There's nothing else that I want to do; my degree that I'm studying is a Creative Writing degree, but I don't want to write as a living. I want to surround myself with books and make a living by helping other book lovers and also people who aren't big readers but still want to find things to read.


Thanks. I decided that I want to be a librarian when I was fourteen, but until now I hadn't really thought of why. So here are the reasons why I want to be a librarian when I grow up and become a real adult!

#1: I LOVE BOOKS


Obviously.


#2: I LIKE BEING AROUND BOOKS


While I don't think that books are 'sacred', I do like being around them. I once went away for a weekend and didn't bring my phone or any electronic devices because I didn't think that I'd really need them, so I spent almost the entire time reading books from the place's very small little library (I didn't bring a book either because I thought I'd be busy all weekend :/). There's just something about being around books that makes me feel peaceful. If you've got a bookcase in your house, I will definitely go look at it to see what you've got because I do think that the books somebody reads can say something about them. 

And while I'm on the topic of being around books, I love the atmosphere of libraries. It's so quiet, and it's awesome. Even though there isn't a strict rule that you have to be quiet in libraries these days, I just love how most people have carried on this tradition of not disturbing people while they're reading.

#3: I LIKE ORGANISING BOOKS


Every book lover has organised their books in some specific system. Some people organise by colour, some people by series or size, or even genre. I organise my books in the exact same way as libraries and bookshops do: Alphabetical order by author's surname. Why? It just makes 100% sense to me because I find it difficult to find a book on a shelf that isn't in some kind of alphabetical order. I just get completely lost. And plus, there's just something satisfying at looking at a nicely organised and neat bookshelf.

#4: I LIKE HELPING PEOPLE FIND BOOKS


Sometimes recommending books to people isn't as simple as "THIS BOOK IS AMAZING YOU MUST READ IT RIGHT AWAY!!!!" because everybody has different tastes. A friend of mine always recommends paranormal romance books to me, but I'm not into paranormal romance. Some people don't like reading because they're not very confident (I personally know people who are like this) so throwing high fantasy and epic space operas at that will only put them off. I'd be telling a lie if I said that my job as a book blogger isn't to help people find new books to read.

When I was in school I was a library assistant, so not only did I help the librarian to put books back and clean up, I helped the other kids to find things that they wanted to read. Obviously there were a lot of kids who already knew what they wanted to read (one girl had read almost every single book in the library), but there are always people who are completely stuck and need a bit of help. Not everybody is in the know as much as book bloggers are, and that's okay because we can give them a hand.


#5: LIBRARIES ARE REALLY REALLY IMPORTANT!


My mum taught me to read when I was two years old and she got me a library card when I was around about three. I've had one ever since and even though I do like to buy and have my own copies of books these days, I do still use the library. Not everybody can afford to buy books all the time, and library cards don't cost a thing.

Libraries provide activities for people of all ages, and give us tons of information and stories and they don't charge you a penny (unless you damage something or you forget to return books). A couple of years ago, my dad decided to research our family tree, and if we couldn't use our local library we would have either spent a ton of money or been completely stuck.

Basically, libraries are awesome places that need to keep being funded and kept alive.

Do You Bookstagram?


Instagram is an insanely popular social media site (it is a social media site, right? well i'm calling it that) that pretty much every blogger is on. Fashion bloggers, beauty bloggers, food bloggers, and even book bloggers use Instagram to share pictures that relate to their blogs and they have a really good hold on how they use it. I, on the other hand, am still trying to get into the swing of things. Don't worry, this isn't going to be one of those kinds of posts (I've done them before, and I've learned my lesson), I just want to share my experience with Instagram with you lovely Earthlings.

I've had an Instagram account since about 2011/2012 but I didn't start being active on it until about a year or two ago and I mainly post pictures that relate to my daily life (whatever I'm drinking that day, pictures of dogs, the weather, etc.) as well as pictures of books. I follow people that I know from my everyday life, and people from the internet (friends from Tumblr, other bloggers) and of course some famous people too. And while I do follow a lot of book bloggers and like seeing pictures of books in my timeline I really do tend to struggle with being a 'bookstagrammer'.

Why is this? You see, there's one thing that I tend to have a hard time with: consistency. That's both consistency in posting and having a consistent style. I'm not a skilled photographer, I don't even own a DSLR camera. All of my photos are taken on my phone in bright sunlight because I don't even have good enough lighting in my room. Another thing that I tend to find a bit tough when it comes to photography is coming up with a style of my own. Only so many people can take pictures of their books on a pristine white background or on their wood flooring, and coming up with my own style can be kind of daunting because knowing my luck, I'll think of something that's very unique but somebody else will already do it.

Obviously I have a lot of inspirations and I know what aesthetics I like, it's just a matter of figuring out how exactly to do it with the limited resources I have at my disposal. My house is pretty small, the lighting isn't great, and there's not much in the way of nature near to me. Coming up with a style that is unique to you isn't easy, but obviously it pays off in the end.

My final problem with bookstagram is this: I only have one Instagram account and anybody and everybody is welcome to follow me on that. I know quite a few people who have a separate account for their bookish photos, but I just don't want to do that. I don't like having two different accounts on the same website: I have one Twitter, one Tumblr, one Goodreads, and one Instagram because it's much easier for me to manage. However, I don't want people who follow me for my book/blog posts to be bombarded with photos from my personal life just as much as I don't want people who follow me for photos from my personal life to be bombarded with photos of books. Finding a good balance between these things is very important to me and it's something that I'll need to work on.

So tell me, how do you use Instagram? 
Do you have a separate account for personal stuff, 
or do you just keep one account for both things?

Top 10 Retellings I Want to Read

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Retellings are something that have interested me for a long time now, and I've wanted to get into them really badly, but for some reason I still have yet to get around to it. Not all of these books are fairy tales because I tend to be very fussy over what I label as a fairy tale (for example, to me, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, and even Tarzan (especially Tarzan) are not fairy tales because they're novels that haven't been passed down for centuries and there's only one written version of them), and also there are some interesting-sounding retellings that aren't based on fairy tales. And also, because I'm a dirty cheater, I've included two fairy tales that I want to read as retellings!


The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer - So far I have only read Cinder from this series, and I want to read the rest soo badly! I know that Winter is coming out soon and I've got a bit of catching up to do before it does. (gotta get some money first tho...)

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson - Currently I have this book marked down as DNF, but it's not an indefinite DNF. I will be coming back to this some day!

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas - I'm not too familiar with Beauty and the Beast (i'd watched the disney movie for the first time last month), but I have seen a lot of people raving about this book, and Sarah J. Maas is an incredibly popular author, so of course I'd want to read this!

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige - I'd been conflicted on whether or not to buy a copy of this book because it's been published by Full Fathom Five and Danielle Paige did side with Kathleen Hale on the big stalking controversy, but I actually do own a copy of the book and I'm starting to psych myself out of reading it so I will stop. I love The Wizard of Oz though.


Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis - So far I've only read one Snow White retelling, and it was... not something that I want to read ever again. (the snow child by angela carter, if you're curious) Stitching Snow, however, sounds a million times better than that so I'm definitely looking forward to reading it!

Splintered by A.G. Howard - When I was little, Alice in Wonderland was one of my favourite movies (even though I still haven't read the original books) and I've wanted to read Splintered for suuuuch a long freaking time now. And so many people rave about this so of course I've got to read it!

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge - Another Beauty and the Beast retelling! This is another book that I've seen some pretty good reviews of, and I can't help having full-blown cover lust with this. That cover is just gorgeous!

Anno Dracula by Kim Newman - I own a signed copy of this book (didn't notice until i got home and saw the sticker that said 'signed by the author') and I am seriously kicking myself for not having read this sooner. Why? Freakin' Dracula, man. That's why. I've been obsessed with Dracula since I read it when I was 14, and an alternate universe version of it just sounds like the bees knees. I will be getting around to this one hopefully very soon because I'm writing vampire stories for my final portfolio and I plan on doing a lot of research. And by research, I mean reading vampire books.


Okay, first things first: I am very much aware that Anne Rice wrote a series based on Sleeping Beauty, but I honestly don't want to touch that with a dirty pole. BDSM Erotica is not my thing at all, especially not when it involves adults having sexual feelings for teenagers and the whole series opening up with what is basically a rape scene. No thank you. Moving on though, Sleeping Beauty is my favourite fairy tale (mainly because it involves sleep, one of my favourite things to do that i don't do enough) and I don't know of any YA retellings of it. There probably is, but I haven't found it!

Another one of my favourite fairy tales is The Little Mermaid and I have yet to see a retelling of it! Like I said above, there probably is a YA retelling out there somewhere, so if you know of one, let me know!

What are some of your favourite retellings?
What retelling do you want to read or would like to see happen?