Libraries in real life (libraries IRL) is a photographic interview series at Daily Mayo about the real-world reading lives of readers around the world. It is a photographic journey of what we read and how we read it. Enjoy this interview with Julie!
Tell me a little about yourself:
I’m a thirty-one year old librarian who works at a community college. I live in Georgia with my husband and two great danes, Chief and Dexter. If I’m not reading, I’m either doing yoga, bingeing on Netflix, or DIYing something.
Where you do hang out online?
I get all my blog reading done through feedly.com and use blogger for my own blog. I spend tons of time on the Nest Book Club page, where I’ve formed real life friendships with many women across the country based on our shared love of books. Many of us have met in real life and vacation together or got to book festivals as a group. I’m also an Instagram addict and find it a great source of motivation for yoga and reading.
Why are these books your favorite?
I wish there was some unifying aspect of my favorites that I could look to as an explanation for why I like them, but basically they’re just books that touched me deeply, either because of the characters or the story or because it related to me in a deeply personal way.
Why do you like to read in this spot?
If sleeping were a competitive sport, I could go to the Olympics. I’m obsessed with snuggling under the covers with something yummy to drink and a book in my hand. In the winter, that means my bed, but when the weather’s nice my husband bought me this bed-sized reclining swing for our back porch. I love laying on it with a cozy blanket and a good book and watching the sun set.
What appeals to you about your favorite author?
Lewis’s books appeal to me because they are meaningful on multiple levels. He’s a brilliant academician, he tells an amazing story, and his thoughts on Christianity and spirituality are personally relevant and moving.
What made you choose those books for your TBR pile?
I have basically no method to the madness that is my TBR pile. Basically, my reading is ruled alternately by books that need to be reviewed for a deadline and whatever has recently caught my eye at the library. I’d love to say I have some great system, but it’s basically just whatever I feel like at the moment.
What do you look for in a non-fiction book?
I’m super picky about non-fiction. I look for something that is interesting and will keep my attention, but also that shows where the author’s information is coming from. I want to see citations or at least a list of sources for information, particularly in regards to science and history. And while I’m all for personal opinion in memoir or essays, I prefer the rest of my non-fiction to be as unbiased as possible.
How did you acquire your oldest book?
My oldest books all came from library sales and from my mother-in-law.
What is your favorite thing about the book cover you chose for prettiest book?
I’m like a blackbird or a pack rat – unabashedly attractive to shiny things.
What makes you return to your most-read book over and over?
I almost never return to books, so it takes something really special to bring me back to something. Usually I only return to non-fiction that has meant something to me during a difficult time or has changed the way I see the world.
How do you organize your books?
Fiction is organized by color on my biggest set of bookcases in the library. I have a smaller shelf in the library that holds signed books and first editions and a small section devoted to my favorite series books. Non-fiction is organized according to topic on my bedroom bookcases along with ARCs organized by date of publication. I also have two overflow cases in my husband’s office for fiction that doesn’t fit on my rainbow scheme and for Christian non-fiction.
Where do you get your books? What appeals to you about that venue?
I’ll get books anywhere I can find them! I use my library a lot, but as far as books on my shelves are concerned, they are almost always purchased from library sales or from my local used book store. I spend a lot of time browsing the shelves at both locations and trading in books I’ve read but don’t want to keep. Because I read so much, my outflow means that I almost always have trade credit to use for new acquisitions.
Thanks for taking the time to share your reading life with us, Julie! You really have me wanting to make a rainbow bookshelf now. 🙂
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