Reading People | The Library Girl Reviews

Reading People  by Anne Bogel 
Published by Baker Books
Genre: Self-Help/Personality
Source: Netgalley (through publisher's launch team)* 

Hi,  my name is Sarah, and I'm a personality fiend. Today, I have the privilege of introducing you all to a really great new book - Reading People by Anne Bogel. I'm just another stop on a blog tour this book is making the rounds on pre-release, and am excited to share it with y'all!

For those of you who *don't* know Anne... she runs this awesome little blog called Modern Mrs. Darcy, where she practices the art of literary matchmaking - among other cool, bookish things.

Reading People spawns out of another one of her loves: personality frameworks. This concise little book does wonderful job of presenting some of the most common and popular personality frameworks out there right now, from the ever popular Myers-Briggs Type Inventory to the Enneagram to even the basics of Introversion/Extroversion. Sharing insights from her own journey to figure out how *she* ticks, Anne gives an outline of these frameworks, as well as tools and tips for assessing yourself, and putting that new found information about your personality to work for you.

I finished reading my galley copy on the plane home from Boston earlier this month, and spent a good amount of flight time swiping back and forth  between the Myers-Briggs and Type Functions chapters, analyzing myself.  I used to type INTJ when taking the various freebie online type inventories. But I've had my doubts on that of late, and I think I resolved them that trip. That highly analytical, Sherlockian, "T" is not me. Anne pairs the types with characters from books (of COURSE she does...) and  Mr. Darcy is an INTJ in her estimation. I love Mr. Darcy, as we all do. I probably would be fine with marrying an INTJ. But I much more identify with the "tireless idealist" of INFJ (Atticus Finch, by Anne's reckoning). I think my past three years of work in libraries have brought that into sharp focus in me.    --- Anecdotally, when I got home from that trip I was eager to try typing my roommate, Meghan. She had gotten ENFJ on an online test but also, wasn't sure. So I was reading down the function stacks, and she was all pretty much in agreement with what they were saying, but not really getting any AHA! moments. UNTIL.... I told her that Anne puts Emma Woodhouse as an ENFJ. Her face lit up and she exclaimed "YAS. That girl GETS me." So yes. She's an ENFJ.

This book is a great jumping off point if you're interested in personality theory, but don't really know where to start... if you've seen "the types as" posts on pinterest and wonder which jumble of letters you really are... or if you're really into the softcore personality tests of Buzzfeed (Do YOU know what type of cheese you are?) Reading People will help you navigate the wide, wide world of personality frameworks, and help you get started.

Do you think typing your personality is a little wierd and out-there? Or maybe you're afraid of being put in a box. Perhaps what I most admire about Anne's approach to personality frameworks is that she recognizes that we as humans are dynamic, and as the title of the last chapter says, "Your personality is not your destiny".  AMEN.

The book comes out September 19th, but you can pre-order it now. Just check out the book's website: . If you DO preorder, Anne is throwing in a bonus audio version, and access to her Reading Personalities class!
While you're over there, take the reading personalities test. Its GREAT, and you'll even get an emailed list of recommended reads for your personality! I'm the Explorer. But that's another post for another day. (I promise) :D

*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest thoughts. This does not influence my review in the slightest.
Thanks Baker Books, and THANK YOU, Anne! <3

I'm Sold! | Ten Things That Will Instantly Make Me Want to Read a Book

I keep thinking, "Man, one of these days I'm actually gonna get my act together, and hop on board the Top Ten Tuesday Train" but I usually end up forgetting to check the theme for the week, or just getting busy and if just doesn't happen. :p
~Such is my life.~  

But today, you're in a for a special treat! (and by you I mean me, because I'm the one who really cares here.) Today, I not only have gotten my act together, but the theme is great.. and something I was just discussing off hand with my sister the other day. 
I don't know about you, but there are somethings that when thrown into a book description, will make my brain turn off all other thought process, and start screaming, MUST READ NOW. 
I mean, its basically just : 

Now, once I start reading the book, I'm often times sorely disappointed, but that doesn't keep me from repeating the process over and over again.

So, for all those publishing house marketers out there that are just trolling book blogs for new ideas to mass market, here's a free list of keywords, ideas, and general stuff that will get me to buy your books. 

1. Help! I'm Trapped in a Video Game! 
This was the one I was discussing with my sister the other day. I'm pretty sure it all stems back to this on Adventures in Odyssey episode where two kids get to play their favorite video game in the Room of Consequences, (which, now that I'm thinking about it, is totally just a fully immersive VR experience... I knew Eugene and Mr. Whittaker were ahead of their time!) and end up getting trapped and learning an important lesson about using time wisely (and video game addiction.) The lesson clearly went over my head, because all I took from it was how freakin' awesome the scenario was. Enter books like Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and You by Austin Grossman, and you have one captive audience in yours truly. 

2.Letters, Email, Texts: Narrative through passed notes and grocery lists
There is nothing more exciting than getting a letter in the mail. Nothing more romantic than the sound of AOL's standard "you've got mail" notification. No character study more fascinating than a fictional grocery list. That being said, if a book heavily features letters etc. more than straight up prose narrative, I'm there.
Bonus points if the book features a well designed graphic format, extra bonus points if it includes modern technology. Even MORE bonus points if the writing is plausible to the medium portrayed. (I want a letter to sound like a letter, not like a super polished piece of writing with "Dear {blank} Love, {blank}" bookending it.)
The Klise Sisters first got me hooked on this format when I was small, and are still my measuring stick in this department. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Attachments, and Rosie Dunne have been notables I've read as an adult
3.Jane Austen anything
This is the category I end up regretting the most, because most authors think they can take up Mr. Darcy and run with him and change thing and generally ruin a perfectly good satire of manners with just generally NOT getting the heart of Austen. But I will still give these books a chance... hopeful that this time, maybe, just maybe they haven't bungled things again. Austenland by Shannon Hale is the only one I haven't regretted terribly. and I am just now realizing there is a sequel! excuse me while I get myself to the library! 

5.NYC (just got here this morning. Three bucks! Two bags! One ME!)
This is a recent category for me, one that I blame 200% on Lin Manuel Miranda. I find in myself a burning need to experience life in NYC, though I live in Tennessee. I mean, I want to see the GWB from my front steps. I want FRONT STEPS as only brownstones have. I want to see Pizza Rat as I walk to the subway. I want walk past the dying bodegas and be sad about them dying, and remember when they were vibrantly alive. So I've been gravitating toward the earthiest NYC stories I can find. Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk was the best so far. 

6.Adulting is Hard
Clearly, I seek these books out as a mirror, so I can see my own life stage reflected back at me (I'm a librarian... this is how we talk). I like reading about twenty somethings moving to New York (yes... these categories often overlap) getting publishing jobs and trying to survive. I don't like reading about friends getting married, and having babies while main characters stay put and get depressed about it, yet somehow I end up there anyway. That's like a big magnifying mirror in which your pores look like moon-craters. Come to think of it, MOST of books on this theme make me depressed. Why do I read them? 

7.Funny Girls on the TV
If you have been on my favorite TV shows or movies and write a book about your life, Im gonna snatch that book up so fast. I want to know every thing about you and whether or not you like Mac and Cheese and if we could be BFFs. (I'm looking at you, Anna Kendrick). But this only applies if YOU actually wrote the book. If you hired a ghost writer, I don't want to talk to you. 

No really it is. Google and Facebook will join forces and take over the world! and if that doesn't happen, some upstart, startup millennial app company is going take over the economy! and if that doesn't happen, you're going to accidentally like your ex's photo from five years ago on instagram! Who needs thrillers when any of that could happen? If there's social media involved, I'm in.

9.Geek Life
people being unironically enthusiastic about the stuff they love? call it geekery, call it fandom, call it what you will. If it features extreme introversion, cosplay, fanfic, the works, I'm sold. put that book in my hot little hands. Also applies if the author is, in general, recognized as a certified Geek(tm). Here's my favorite:

10.I'm just a tender little bookshop, and my life is in peril!
Books about loving books. That's the true book lover's draw. I just want to crawl in to these books and live in their dusty messy bookshops! Even better if its a book shop about to meet it's demise. Has someone written a book based on the plot of You've Got Mail yet? cause I'd read the heck out of that. Let me know... Or maybe I should just do it! 

What about you? What are your MUST READ NOW topics? Let me know in the comments! also, if you know any books that fit these categories...please let me know. I always need recommendations! 

What I've been Reading Lately | April

This, y'all, is why I shouldn't have coffee on Sunday night.
Actual screenshot of my phone just now
I ain't even beginning to be tired.

So, I'm linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy in her Quick Lit style, A.K.A., short and sweet and super current (to me at least!) reads.  This month I've been reading an international YA book (for the last two weeks it seems), a quick biography, a second helping of a recent book club number, and starting in on a Book of the Month Club pick (which I didn't actually get from BOTM, because BUDGETS). So here we go!

Lucy and Linh

This was one of those window books for me, allowing me to see into a couple vastly different worlds than my own, exploring race/immigrant relations in a completely different setting (Australia), being from an Asian family and the cultural expectations that are different in many ways from what I experienced growing up, and elite private school culture (and all the nastiness that can dwell there. ick. #happyhomeschooler)

Wishful Drinking

This was totally a last minute grab off the biography spinner on a random and spontaneous saturday jaunt by the North Branch library... and it may have been influence by the fact that I wept at my desk Friday over a video tribute to Carrie Fisher at the Star Wars Gala this past week
I read it all today. It's really a quick read, and hysterically funny, but oh so darkly self-aware.  Sad, really. 100% would recommend if you're still in mourning over her death.  #drownedinmoonlightstrangledbyherbra

The Little Way of Ruthie Leming

gahhhh... what this book has done to me.... Tracie, I simultaneously thank you, and will never forgive you for introducing me to this book.  Its interesting to see what one book like this will mean to half a dozen different ladies in a book club. Can we do a personality study based on reactions and thought processes in regards to certain books? Starting with this one please? I'm still working through thoughts this one stirred up, and they aren't even about cancer, dying or small town living. 

All Grown Up

I just started this book, so this is not a review as much as a commentary on my book-picker as it's been wired of late. 
I seem to keep picking out books that feature
a.) 30-somethings.
b.) single people.

I dunno dude, I dunno. 

Anyhow... looking forward to getting into it. 

So, there you have it! 

The Library Girl Speaks Out | Budget Cuts

I won't often talk politics in public, mainly because I don't consider my knowledge broad, nor complete enough to hold a valid opinion on many issues without making a fool of myself. But with the Trump administration's recent budget proposal, I find myself not only moderately qualified to speak to this situation, but compelled to, out of dedication to the work that is my passion, and my mission.
 The Trump administration has proposed completely cutting out funding for the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), without which, communities with libraries like my own will suffer. 

Federal monies buy many of our books, and most of our computers. On any given day, I can guarantee that you can find at least one person job searching from our computers, and at least one person working on finishing up their college education, not to mention the hordes of kids who can access free preschool curriculum through ABC Mouse. Those people depend on us because they don't have a computer of their own, or they don't have access to affordable internet. (Which is an issue for another day) Cut the IMLS, and you take away those avenues for growth and self betterment. Here's a thought for you, Mr. President - The more access people have to libraries, the sooner they can get jobs. When they get jobs, the sooner they'll be able to to be independent of government aid.

 But, that's not all! (oh, did you think I was done? I'm only just warming up. Get comfortable y'all.) The National Endowment for Humanities (NEH) is also on the chopping block. Do you know what they fund? Let's just get local here. Humanities Tennessee -- the organizer and sponsor of Nashville's weekend of beauty, the Southern Festival of Books (SFB). Okay, Sarah, you say, we know you love books, but the SFB isn't a necessity to Tennesseans in the same way libraries with computers are. How is this important? 
I'm so glad you asked.
 You see the word "Humanities"? yeah? okay, take off the "-ities" part of the word. What do you have left? Human. To quote my favorite author:
 "Stories make us more alive, more human, more courageous, more loving." - Madeliene L'Engle 
what's that now? Stories make us more human? Reading can build our levels of empathy for others? You mean the humanities might aid in making us a nation of tolerable, decent human beings?
 (but you wouldn't know, Mr. President. You don't read books.)

When the NEH was established in 1965, some of the reasons included in the congressional act include the importance of understanding our past, present and future, and cultivating wise free thinkers, not bots and followers. (My interpretation. You can read it yourself) Cut the NEH and we run the risk of becoming a nation of muggles. Sheeple. Lemmings. PEOPLE WHO DON'T THINK FOR THEMSELVES. moving on.

 Speaking of... do you know who else funds Humanities Tennessee? the National Endowment for the Arts who is, (yep, you guessed it) also facing its possible demise. The SFB isn't the ONLY Tennessee establishment that gets it's funding from the NEA. Among others, the Arts Build Communities grant, administered by the Tennessee Arts Commission has funded many a Tennessee librarian's dream program with awesome storytellers and performers that they wouldn't be able to afford with a small city or county budget. Take it from someone who puts on her prettiest smile and dies from social anxiety every April while fundraising for summer reading programs, most of us DO NOT have local funds allocated to our programs (Don't ask me WHY, I don't understand it). Without grants like those the NEA makes possible, yearly institutions like the Summer Reading Program that nearly EVERY library in the nation holds in one way, shape or form, would be sparse and dying on the vine. Those summer programs are backbone of the summer slide prevention effort for low income families.  A child's literacy by third grade affects their likelihood for high-school graduation and graduation affects likelihood for incarceration and so on an so forth. In a round about way, Cutting the NEA could negatively affect the future of our kids. And this problem is only gonna repeat itself.

So, now that the rant is out, what can you do?

Wise up. 

Educate yourself on this issue. Read through all the links I've included here. There are alot, I know, but they will allow your to form your own opinions on the matter. I don't want you to take my word for it. That would be counter to my own arguments here!

Rise up. 

Speak up. Speak out. Sign petitions like this one at and this one at Every Library. Contact your representatives and tell them how important it is that libraries have this funding source. Figure out who that is for your area here. 
Or maybe you think that the government SHOULD cut that area of the budget, but you still agree with my thoughts here... That's a possibility! In that case... see how you can take the burden off the federal government and help yourself! Donate to your local library. Join a Friends of the Library group to see your library in action from a different perspective.

Eyes. Up. 

Don't bury your head back under the pillow and fall back asleep. Keep your eyes open. Pay attention to what's happening in current events. Look ahead to the future, see if you like where its headed and then do something about it! 

Library Girl out. 

UPDATE: Chuck Sherrill, the Tennessee State Librarian and Archivist, gathered together data that shows what exactly cutting the IMLS means. Another lovely library advocate and LIS student then made this great infographic to visualize that data. check it out!

From the Archives | Dear Mr. Wilding

Facebook's On This Day reminded me of this today... 
Six years ago, I was a fledgling library-girl. I was 19, working part time as a page at South Cheatham Public Library, the library that will always have my heart. There was one patron who was a favorite of all the staff there. He was invested in my education, and particularly rooting for me to get to library school someday. Dear Mr. Wilding, If you could see me now.

Dear Mr. Wilding,
It seems like not that long ago that I was signing a get well soon card from all of us library ladies for you.
It seems that they neglected to tell me that you weren't getting much better.
If I had known, I would have written this all to you sooner, while you could still receive it.
I wanted to tell you, that I was accepted at Bryan.
I couldn't wait to have you back at the library again, so I could tell you.
I knew that you'd be proud of me.

I remember the first time I met you, I wasn't even working at the library yet.
You were there telling stories, when I returned some books for my mom.
It was the middle of the day, and you asked me why I wasn't in school.
I told you that I was in college... and for some reason, that was hard for you to believe.

I remember all the stories you've told me.
about working in the labs with mosquitoes,
and sailing with your kids,
about caving exploring...
Some day, I'll tell my children about you.
I'll tell them those stories.

You were my favorite Mr. Wilding.
Curmudgeonly though you were,
I was always very pleased when you,
my favorite of the Three Interesting Men,
came in for a book.
Because, even though you may have given the other ladies a hard time when it came to finding a book,
I know that you were really a softy at heart.
You may make a face at that statement, (and boy could you make some beautiful faces)
but I know this for a fact.
'cause you were genuinely concerned when I wrecked my car,
and made sure that I was getting a good one when I replaced it.

in fact,
the last time I saw you,
you told me to get home and take care of my cold.
then preceded to tell me that if my car continued to make that clacking noise there might  be something wrong with the...timing belt was it?
I'm gonna miss you Mr. Wilding.
Thanks for making my life so interesting.

Sarah the library girl