As a Librarian I am constantly coming across interesting books via donations, read a ridiculous amount of book reviews and quickly make decisions based on collection criteria in hopes it will be a highly checked out title of great use or interest to our City’s population. Thus said, every librarian, will occasionally buy books of personal interest to them. Any one that says otherwise is lying. To my credit, I seldom do this since my interest are not “popular” in my area, but I still try to purchase titles that I know will be checked out by other people, besides myself. Not too long ago I purchased a book on the history of how some of everyday household item were first invented. Below is a partial excerpt from the book.
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“[King Camp Gillette] came from a family of creative dynamos . . . “My impulse to think and invent was a natural one,” Gillette wrote in his memoirs. . . .While [his father] never hit it big commercially with his tools, he urged King to keep at it: “Just invent something that the people need, and you’ll make yourself wealthy for life. Keep looking. You’ll hit upon something that a lot of people want.”
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Or as the popular meme goes, “Still a better love story than Twilight,” because today we are talking all about stories. It is time for our monthly Pre-Reads post! If you are new to the blog, here is a little explanation. Each month on the last Wednesday, I tap into my Librarian powers (erm–resources) and comb through copious amount of reviews of titles that are set to debut this month. By nature of the date, I have not read these books nor will I be able to recommend one title over another in good faith. However, I can vouche all these 19th century inspired tomes are highly reviewed. My sources include Amazon, Baker and Taylor Firsts, Kirkus Review, Library Journal, and Publisher’s Weekly. Below are eight fiction titles and eight non-fiction titles that will be of interest to any Victorian minded fanatic. I like to make sure the suggestions are well rounded to accommodate for a variety of tastes. Naturally, they are put in alphanumeric order, because I am a Librarian. I have made an asterisk to note which titles I have actually purchased for the library which I work at. What books from this month haul is going on your To Read List?
My darling cousin, Mademoiselle V has a birthday this month, she is almost to the point where she might start saying “Oh I am nine and twenty . . . again.” I have tapped my closest cousin for her top eight from her birthday list. I have taken her wishes and given them a 19th century spin for February’s shopping post! Below you will find a slew of gifts and perhaps some insight into her personality and why I adore her so much. All photographs are linked to their shopping website, unless otherwise noted.
Candles. Mlle V loves her scented candles, but by rule is not fond of floral notes. My kind of gal! She prefers the muskier, woodsier aromas. Un Soir a L’Opera is a very unique take on scented candles; inspired by opera and ballets. La Bayedere, pictured below is a sumptuous and captivating candle, drawing its inspiration from 19th century India, where the ballet unfolds. Head notes: Cinnamon, cumin, and saffron. Heart notes: Sandalwood, patchouli, and violet. Bottom notes: Musk, cedar, and vanilla.