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thinking out loud (April 25th)

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I haven’t written random updates in awhile, right? Lately I’ve noticed that my books/shelves (see above) have started to get… a tad overwhelming. I’ve been pulling out some books to give away, and started to tag others as “to give away” or “for sale” on my LibraryThing. Speaking of LT, does anyone else still use it? Seems like everyone’s on GoodReads now. Which isn’t a bad thing – I love GR, and use it to keep track of all the books I’m reading, although sometimes I still forget to add things. I also love the lists on GR, and it’s definitely a more social place than LT.

But when it comes to cataloging books I actually own, because I’m meticulous about cataloging, it has to be LT for me. And recently they’ve introduced TinyCat, a system for small and personal libraries, which I really love.

I still desperately need to get new shelves, though.

At work, being the comics buyer is turning out to be really, REALLY hectic – it’s nearly the end of the month, and I’ve yet to catch up with ANY of my pending orders or promotion proposals. At least I’ve done all the editing I needed to do for the May newsletter, and we managed to get the May special catalog to the printers in time. I did a Q&A with Brian K. Vaughan for the catalog. I am still fangirling over it, many weeks later.

In May, I will be attending this year’s AFCC (Asian Festival of Children’s Content), which is an annual festival that celebrates children’s (this includes YA) books. There’s a different country of focus every year (Malaysia was the focus two years back) and this year, it’s Japan. You can check out the guests related to the the Country of Focus at this post. I’m pretty excited to attend the panels on Japanese picture books and kamishibai, and am glad that the first time I’m attending is the Japan year, but what I’m most excited about? The fact that LEONARD MARCUS (my favourite Children’s books historian/critic) is going to be there. My friend Daphne – who is also a panelist, for the #WeNeedDiverseBooks talk – asked me which books I’d bring to get him to sign and I still don’t know. Can I bring all of them? Okay, I’ll stop fangirling now.

On a not-as-happy (in fact rather depressing) note, over the last couple of months I have lost an aunt, uncle and cousin to diseases/accidents quite unrelated to each other. I really want to minimize the sad stuff on this blog, so that’s all I’m going to say about it.