I know that book nerd-dom comes in many varieties, but I’ve always felt that going to book events (assuming they’re available) was a good book nerd behavior. And so it’s embarrassing to admit that even though I’ve lived in Philadelphia for over a year, I haven’t gone to a single book/author event. Until tonight. 

Caitlin Moran, author of How to Be A Woman and How To Build A Girl, as well as comedian, columnist, TV/film writer and all-around awesome human being was at the Free Library of Philadelphia tonight. She was honest and raunchy and absolutely hilarious. It was a fantastic event.

After the talk/reading and Q & A she signed books upstairs. The line moved a little bit slowly, but that was just because she actually spoke to every single person, giving them hugs and taking pictures. When it was my turn I was a little star-struck, but she was just so lovely —thanking me for coming and saying all of these amazing things that I want to cherish forever — that I kind of just felt like I was talking to a friend. A friend who is hilarious and spectacular and makes me feel better about myself and the world.

Caitlin Moran comes across like a hella-awesome lady in her writing, and she really, really is. Her books are amazing, she’s amazing, my night was amazing.

And because I am that kind of book nerd, here are my pictures from the night:

The fabulous Caitlin Moran.

The fabulous Caitlin Moran.


Reading from How To Build A Girl


Close-up of Caitlin Moran reading from How To Build A Girl


Seriously, she’s so nice and enthusiastic.

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We just had a little chat before she signed my book.


Also, she’s super silly, and it’s fantastic.

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Love her!


My signed copy. It has such a great memory to go along with an already fantastic book.


Hollow City — Review

June 12, 2014

I found out about Hollow City at BEA last year and finally (finally finally) got to read it. I loved reading this book.

It picks up pretty much right where Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children left off, but I think this leg of the story moved way faster. While MPHFPC had the build up of mystery and intrigue, Hollow City has the action and suspense (and a bit of intrigue).

I also think that Hollow City used the vintage photos in a way that really added to the story (you might recall that I was iffy on their usage in the first book). A couple of the photos were ones that we’d seen before, but the majority were new, equally cool/creepy photos and they were incorporated into the book really well.

Seriously, just go read these books. They’re fun and fantastic.

Yesterday Humans of New York posted two photos of a librarian and a library student and asked them both “What’s the sexiest part about being a librarian?”

At first this may not seem like that big of a deal. It’s National Library Week and maybe he wanted to highlight some young librarians. But the question. There are so many good questions you could ask about librarianship. I think HONY often asks very good and insightful questions, so I’m confused by this.

Librarians constantly have to deal with the sexualization of the profession and it’s, frankly, ridiculous. Librarians as individuals are sexy. Knowledge is sexy. Books are sexy. But the sexy librarian trope doesn’t help anyone and emphasizing that when you have such a great opportunity to help people understand the greater importance of libraries in our changing society is absurd.

The young woman answered HONY’s question with poise and dignity and it’s just disappointing that she didn’t get to answer a better one.

I’m still going to follow the HONY. This one hiccup isn’t enough to make me abandon such a great page, but I will be paying more attention to the kinds of questions that he asks his subjects and I hope that he listens to the feedback he is undoubtedly getting from the library community about these posts.

Hi book fans! Fun fact: I am perpetually behind the times. Even, it seems, in my own life. As an example, I present you with the fact that the 100th post of Witless Witticisms  was… five posts ago. Oops. Well, we shall celebrate now and pretend like we planned it this way.

I think I’m going to try to make this blog more visually appealing. I’ll add photos of books I’m reading. Maybe shots of lines I like? I haven’t worked out all the kinks yet, but I think it’ll be a fun adventure.

So here’s the first photo of a recent book haul from the Philadelphia Free Library.


You’ll get reviews eventually.

I think I’m going to try to make the book haul photos a regular thing. They’ll appear on my instagram (which will then push to my twitter and tumblr). Clearly you should follow me on all these other social media things to make sure you don’t miss anything. I’m Poindextrix on everything because you’ve got to stay true to your brand (or I’m lazy, but let’s go with the brand thing).

But really, you should follow me on instagram to see lots of pictures of my cat and follow me on twitter to see retweets of library-related stuff. I don’t actually understand tumblr, I’m just pretending.

Anyway, this was my celebratory 105th post/shameless plug to get more followers on social media/trying to add more visual appeal to the blog.

Reviews will recommence forthwith!


I have been MIA for a while, but hey, it’s the end of the semester. I have finished a number of books and will review them… eventually.

My last class is Monday, and then I’m free. Until summer classes start. In any case, I’m eagerly awaiting the end of the semester. I see lots of reading in my future.

Anywho, in the recent days I have taken a turn for the domestic. Perhaps it’s the Spring Cleaning bug, or maybe I’m just using cleaning my apartment and cooking as modes of procrastination.

But seriously, this is the best procrastination ever. Now I have risotto. Risotto, people! Forget ambrosia, this is the food of the gods.

And now I will show you how I made it:

One day I will master chopping onions into evenly-sized pieces. One day…

Then you throw the onions and olive oil into a hot pan. Add some chopped garlic and some herbs (I used oregano and rosemary because that’s what I have in my pantry).

Then throw in the arborio rice and mix it around so everything is coated with the oil.

Stock time! I use vegetable stock, but I hear using beef broth gives a good flavor too, if you eat meat.

Let the rice soak up the liquid, while stirring frequently. When you can pull the spoon through and there’s a bit of a delay as it all comes back together, add more stock. Repeat until the rice is cooked.

Then it’s all nice and creamy and delectable!

Flavor to taste with salt and pepper.

And add cheese if you so wish (I definitely wish). Last time I made risotto I had shaved asiago, but this time it’s plain ol’ shredded mozzarella.

Then pour yourself a glass of wine (or other beverage, I suppose) and enjoy!

This was a lovely little interlude in my weekend, but now it’s back to reality. At least until Monday night.