Library Ramblings

from an elementary school librarian

The Lace Reader December 21, 2009

Filed under: Adult Fiction/Nonfiction,Book Club — librariantiff @ 2:07 pm

Once again, I barely finished the book before our book club meeting. I’ve got to start giving myself a little more time! We read The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry. This really was a good book. I think we may have liked it better if we hadn’t read it immediately following The Thirteenth Tale, which is one of the best fiction novels of this generation, in my opinion. There were similarities between the two: the twin factor and the SHOCKER of an ending that makes you gasp out loud. Because of this, we couldn’t help but make some comparisons. We really felt that The Lace Reader didn’t have the resolution at the end or the feeling of closure that we liked so much in The Thirteenth Tale. Instead, the end left us with a few too many questions and a little too much confusion. The build up was so nicely written and detailed, but the end just felt rushed.  Would I recommend it? Sure, it’s a good read. But if I’m suggesting to someone who doesn’t read often and wants something really great: go with The Thirteenth Tale.

On a library note, I’ve been feeling kind of down since I heard about something rude that a teacher said regarding the library – basically she’d like my job because it’s so easy. It’s so upsetting when I put so much of myself into what I do and try so hard to be a resource to the teachers, to find out that some of them think I do so little. How do you find enough confidence in what you do so that jabs like this don’t bother you?

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One Response to “The Lace Reader”

  1. Stephanie Says:

    Hey Tiff, I clicked on this from a post on fb.
    I have enjoyed reading your blog and seeing how involved you are. Your school should feel blessed to have a librarian as involved as you are. You have found your calling in life ~ and it really shows how happy you are. God is so good. Keep up the wonderful work and try to not let ugly people get you down.


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