This is a weekly meme hosted by shouldbereading, which is where you can post your musings of the week. This can be describing a reading habit, what books you've bought, what books you want, what you're reading or any rant you can think of book related.
My Monday musing is about the wonderful world of book blogging. I only started doing this about a month ago and when I started I didn't really know what to expect. I love books and the idea of being able to talk about them at length online to others who love them just as much; well, that just sounded amazing to me. But talking about my thoughts and feelings on a book is the easy bit. It's everything else that I seemed to struggle with.
Blog design, that will honestly be the death of me. I go to all these amazing blogs and see there amazing backgrounds, layouts and graphics and I feel like I want my blog to look that good. My problem is that even after watching tutorial videos and reading tips and tricks on it, I am still rubbish at design. I tried PicMonkey and Gimp and still could not manage it. After three days of trying, I admitted defeat. Hopefully it is something I can learn over time and little by little I will improve the look of my blog.
Something I learnt very quickly was how amazingly inclusive and supportive the book blogging community is. I really worried that no one would ever actually see the blog and I must admit the first time I got a view from an actual person I was so excited. I was like "I got a follower, I got a follower" to my boyfriend who, to his credit, acted like it was a big deal too! But by the time I got my first follower, and my super excitement at that, I think he may have thought I had lost my mind. But, to me, it was really a big deal.
I want to say a really big thank you to the amazing people who followed my blog this week. I have only been doing this for over a month and it really makes my day when someone likes my blog enough to follow me. So thank you to the following bloggers, who made my day: Somewhere Only We Know, Bitches n Prose, A Night's Dream of Books, Itching For Books, Flood of Books, Manda-Rae Reads A Lot, Kimberlyfaye Reads, Grace Books Of Love, The Book Bundle, Jenn Rennee Read & Book Cupid.
You guys really made my week, it feels nice to know someone liked my blog enough to follow it!
Last week on the blog I reviewed Time Between Us and Time After Time by Tamara Ireland Stone and I also reviewed Pawn by Aimee Carter. I really enjoyed all of these and it felt really nice to be able to read three books in a row that I liked.
Library Story #3
It's that time of the week again! Time to share another story with you lovely people. However, I must admit that this one seems a bit too crazy to be true. But it most definitely is. I know that some of you who have nice, quiet libraries are probably thinking that libraries can't get that bad, but they can. My nan and grandad have a small library in their tiny village with only one member of staff and I can say that their library is never like mine. But I work in a library in London, which is a big, crazy city full of crazy, unique individuals and that is why my library, at times, gets... crazy!
So we try to run events often, aimed at different age groups and near Halloween we ran a cupcake decorating event for small children (4-12). During this event, with 15 children and their parents happily decorating away, in stumbles an inebriated elderly(ish) man. He makes a bit of a scene and tries to take some of the cupcakes away from the children in order to eat them. The senior librarian has gone over to tell the gentleman that he will have to leave because he is disturbing the event (and being totally inappropriate). He has had a bit of a grumble, but he eventually walks out.
Two minutes later, he stumbles back in and while the senior librarian is walking over to tell him to leave, he pulls down his trousers and exposes himself to the children. No, I am not exaggerating and no, I am not lying - an actual person did this to a group of poor, shocked kids. Now, the particular senior who was working this day with us does not take any crap from anybody. So he had immediately had one of the librarians call the police and told the man to pull up his trousers and get out. The drunken man has decided it would be a good idea to then turn around and punch the senior in the stomach. Luckily, our senior is 6ft 5-ish and really big and didn't even flinch but I was shocked. That was the first time I had seen a customer hit a member of staff; I had heard stories but never seen it.
The man seemed to be sobered up by his own stupidity then as he apologised and after a couple of minutes of more back and forth, he finally agreed to take a seat over in the corner of the library and wait for the police. A rather eventful day and I felt really bad for my senior but also for the poor kids, I mean, who needs to see that on a Thursday night!
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