Charlie Harris from Miranda James's NYT Bestselling Cat in the Stacks seriesPeople often think librarians spend all their time reading. At least, that was the old stereotype, particularly for public librarians. Nowadays people probably think we sit at computers and search the internet all day.
Because we allegedly read all the time, library users expect us to have read practically everything in the library. I suppose a large percentage of librarians are dedicated readers, but we have our likes and dislikes, just like our library users do. If a user wants to know about mysteries, my favorite type of reading, I am happy to oblige.
Perhaps my favorite mystery writer of all is Elizabeth Peters, also known as Barbara Michaels (and inreal life as Dr. Barbara Mertz, Egyptologist). I love her wit, her use of language, her enjoyable and engaging characters, and her ability to spin an absorbing story. Her books are some of my best and dearest friends.
When you're going through a rough patch or are hit with a sudden, devastating loss, I think it is only natural to want to spend time with one's friends, whether those friends are humans, animals, or books. Preferably all three.
Tonight is one of the times I need to spend time with her. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a date with Amelia Peabody and Vicki Bliss.