The Oxford Diaries: (7) 4 Museum Studies Books I Love

OxfordDiariesAccording to GoodReads, I am 5 books behind schedule. According to GoodReads, I am pretty much a reading failure. But what I don’t include in my GR is all of the articles, books and stuff I have to read on a daily basis for grad school. If I included those, I’d have busted through my 50 book goal by the end of January.

On average, I have to read 2 to 3 books and around 5 to 8 articles a week for tutorials, lectures, essays and graded assignments. I have a big assignment coming out soon so I recently went on a borrowing spree and lugged 15 books home. These aren’t tiny books by the way, they’re like those crappy huge textbooks you’d get in 101 classes for undergrad.

So I’ve decided to share a selection of the books I love with you. It isn’t highly relevant for readers, as how many of you all study/love/like anthropology, visual culture, museum studies and material culture studies? Oh well, this is my daily life now, and I want to share it (because I can! Pah!)

4 Museum Studies Books I Love:

Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton

Oh such fun! This isn’t so much academic as a great nonfiction world of the scintillating world of art galleries and contemporary art. I work in a contemporary art museum and I had to laugh when I read this, so many of the situations she portrays in the book I’ve experienced in real life! A great, fun read.

Summary: In a series of beautifully paced narratives, Sarah Thornton investigates the drama of a Christie’s auction, the workings in Takashi Murakami’s studios, the elite at the Basel Art Fair, the eccentricities of Artforum magazine, the competition behind an important art prize, life in a notorious art-school seminar, and the wonderland of the Venice Biennale. She reveals the new dynamics of creativity, taste, status, money, and the search for meaning in life. A judicious and juicy account of the institutions that have the power to shape art history, based on hundreds of interviews with high-profile players, Thornton’s entertaining ethnography will change the way you look at contemporary culture.

Reinventing Africa: Museums, Material Culture and Popular Imagination in Late Victorian and Edwardian England by Annie E. Coombes

I have a love-hate relationship with this book. It’s kinda hard to read? But yet terribly interesting? And totally relevant to postcolonial institutions in the present day? Yet, very, very hard to read. I hated to read this book but knew that every time I did, I came out of it with better essays, quotes and resources. I didn’t enjoy this tons despite its sheer brilliance. However, it is so brilliant I’d recommend it anyway.

SummaryBetween 1890 and 1918, British colonial expansion in Africa led to the removal of many valuable African artifacts that were subsequently brought to Britain and displayed. Annie Coombes argues that this activity had profound repercussions for the construction of a national identity within Britain itself – the effects of which are still with us today. Coombes argues that although endlessly reiterated racial stereotypes were disseminated through popular images of all things ‘African’, this was no simple reproduction of imperial ideology. There were a number of different and sometimes conflicting representations of ‘Africa’ and of what it was to be African – representations that varied according to political, institutional and disciplinary pressures. In particular, the professionalisation of anthropology over this period played a crucial role in the popularisation of contradictory ideas about African culture to a mass public. Pioneering in its interdisciplinary research, this book offers valuable insights for art and design historians, historians of culture, imperialism and anthropology, social historians, anthropologists and museologists.

Museum Frictions: Public Cultures/Global Transformations by Ivan Karp (Abridged by), Ivan Karp, Lynn Szwaja (Editor), Tomas Ybarra-Frausto (Editor)

I first read this during an internship at the Smithsonian (that place is awesomeness) and oh, oh, oh, it rocked my world. The articles in this edition range from the artistic to the ethnographic and as someone with diverse interests, it’s an excellent companion to any study. I even recommend a few of my archaeology friends read it.

Summary: Museum Frictions is the third volume in a bestselling series on culture, society, and museums. The first two volumes in the series, Exhibiting Cultures and Museums and Communities, have become defining books for those interested in the politics of museum display and heritage sites. Another classic in the making, Museum Frictions is a lavishly illustrated examination of the significant and varied effects of the increasingly globalized world on contemporary museum, heritage, and exhibition practice. The contributors—scholars, artists, and curators—present case studies drawn from Africa, Australia, North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Together they offer a multifaceted analysis of the complex roles that national and community museums, museums of art and history, monuments, heritage sites, and theme parks play in creating public cultures.

A Companion to Museum Studies by Sharon Macdonald (Editor)

This book saved my butt on numerous occasions at school. If you have any sort of museum studies related interest, it’s got great information on all facets of the field (from architecture to the salience of site choice). Further, what I loved was that it pointed you into other directions and other authors. Sharon Macdonald is a rockstar in museum studies so if you are taking a course, you need this book.

Summary: A Companion to Museum Studies captures the multidisciplinary approach to the study of the development, roles, and significance of museums in contemporary society.Collects first-rate original essays by leading figures from a range of disciplines and theoretical stances, including anthropology, art history, history, literature, sociology, cultural studies, and museum studiesExamines the complexity of the museum from cultural, political, curatorial, historical and representational perspectivesCovers traditional subjects, such as space, display, buildings, objects and collecting, and more contemporary challenges such as visiting, commerce, community and experimental exhibition forms.

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Digital vs Paperback vs Hardback

Quirky'sReadsEveryone has a preference. My preferences are a tad more complicated to be honest.

Digital

Typically, I am quite a big digital fan. Owning a Kindle opened up a whole new sphere of reading for me, especially when I lived in The Bahamas (where we have all of 2 glorious bookstores, mostly empty, mostly very Christian, which is fine… but not my thing). For once I had access to books! It’s light, comfortable and I can prostrate myself in any ridiculous position I find suitable in that moment (there are times when I resemble a cat, twisted and contorted). However, when I went to the UK I found myself ignoring my digital books in favour of my paperback friends. There is something so fun and seductive about a physical copy! All in all, digital books are great for longevity, durability and access but they lack a presence, an experience that a physical copy would have. After all, when you put your e-reader down, it’s down. There are no brightly colored words or covers to call to you, just a screen. But I must complain, $10 or £10 for a book I can’t even touch?! What capital is put into making these? They are ever reproducible and you don’t have to pay for a bunch of costs to produce them. Since becoming a student I’ve since gone off of digital, too darn expensive.

Oh! Another plus, you can tote around 1000 books in a small thing. Epic for students battling suitcase bulge.

Paperback

Whilst in Oxford I found myself purchasing and borrowing a number of paperback copies. My tiny room was stacked with tomes, everywhere. I kept knocking things over because I’d borrow 10 books at a time (I have no self-discipline). I quite enjoyed the overall paperback experience, covers can be beautiful or not, the paper feels sturdy and of course, it smells amazing. What I liked most about paperbacks was their simplicity. They can be beat up, torn, ripped and so on and I didn’t feel too bad if I spilled my tea on it, because it was a cheap paper option. However, there were times when I tried to make them immaculate, and I’d still find cracked spines, torn edges and chaffed covers. They’re also not as bad travel wise, they can be pocket sized and fit in a purse or small enough to shove in a bag. Warning: too many paperbacks and you’re ending up with a heavy suitcase. I had 1 suitcase full of books moving back home (I had 3 suitcases in total). Plus they’re relatively cheap.

Hardback

As a teen I only purchased books in hardback, because I was relatively sedentary and they looked so pretty on my bookshelf. I was guaranteed longevity and for a higher price, they were worth it. Now, I never buy hardback. I move too much and I do too many things to tote a large and heavy book with me. They’re lovely on bookshelves but that’s it. It’s sad for me to say that at 25 my lifestyle doesn’t condone those rigid and beautiful tomes. Plus I’m broke and sometimes hardbacks are expensive.

If this was a smack-down I guess paperback would win? Each format has it’s many uses but as a 25 year old who is constantly moving, shifting and entering or leaving borders, paperback or digital are my best options though cost wise, I prefer the value of the paperback (but the suitcase weight! ah!).

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Review: Fangirl

Book: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press 2013
Genre: YA, Romance
Rating:
Source + Date Read
: Nicole’s copy + Finished August 2014
Recommend: For all you introverts at heart or someone who roots for a geeky underdog!
Book Pro’s: AMAZING. ALL AMAZING.
Book Con’s: Things wrap up a bit too neatly for our protagonist? I envy her coping mechanisms?

Summary: Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan… But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere. Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

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The first time I even heard about this was at YALC! There were stupid long lines for Rainbow Rowell and everyone, I mean, everyone, seemed to be reading one of her books. I was chilling with my homies in the book section (shout out to Hannah, Rinn, Tatum, & Amber) and there were fields of mint green and peachy red everywhere. Everyone was reading Fangirl. Or rereading Fangirl. Something, but it had to do with Fangirl! As such,in my usual state, I immediately became overly suspicious of it and unwilling to read it. However, my good friend Nicole sought to rectify that and graciously mailed me a copy. Whilst writing my thesis, I decided that I’d read a few chapters on a break, and man, do I regret that! I got no work done for the rest of the day. I just devoured the book! Devoured.

On to my official review. Fangirl is an amazingly well written story that tells teh coming of age of a girl a lot like many of us on the blogosphere. The protagonist is a bit on the extreme end of social anxiety but yet she her nuanced portrayal leaves readers relating to some aspect of her personality. She has a tough life, but she manages to hand it without too many meltdowns. She is in a sense, broken but somehow able to hold the glued pieces together. When things start to crack, obviously there is tension between the protagonist and the supporting characters but each manages to find some sort of solace or glue to keep them all together. I cried when reading this because I could relate to the protagonist and her brokenness, but unlike her, I hadn’t yet figured out how to stop the glue from cracking more.

Furthermore (can you tell that I’m still in thesis writing mode, where does this word come from!? Furthermore, pah), I do think that Rowell writes about life well: her portrayal of mental illness is fascinating. Mental illness runs in my family and to see it sort of done in a matter of fact way, without the hijinks or crazy drama was nice. In all, the novel is well written and decently paced. I do have a confession though: I skipped all the Simon Snow POV chapters… I couldn’t have been bothered because I was so desperate to find out what our protagonist would do next. In rereading this book, I will read the Simon Snow POV. I liked this book so much, I purchased my copy and I am notorious for reading first (through a library or a friend) and then purchasing.

Oh and I LOVE the cover.

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Review :: Ocean at the End of the Lane

Oookie dokes! I am super intimidated by how well-organised Claire’s reviews always are… But at her request, I’m going to share (and expand on) my review of Ocean at the End of the Lane. So here goes.

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SUMMARY (I hate giving summaries/synopses so I’ve nicked this one from Nook.com):

“It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Dark creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive: there is primal horror here, and menace unleashed – within his family and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it. His only defense is three women, on a farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duckpond is an ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang.”

I just finished the book yesterday morning and I was about 60 pages in thinking I’d made a mistake and that it was sort of …”meh”. At first it seemed…mildly possibly interesting, but ultimately a little aimless. HOWEVER(!) I’m really glad I kept going!

I found it odd at times reading and thinking about how it is an adult telling this story because he tells it like a child – with child-like wording in a way… I have a note-to-self that mentions that it feels very awkward somewhere in chapter 6 and it doesn’t help that every so often the (now 47 year old) narrator says something to remind you that it is him telling a story from his childhood. At first I could decide if it was better that way because you really get into his seven year old perspective (and you really do!) or just weird because the story was being told by a 47 year old man-child (hah). In the end I decided I liked it because you did really get into the story this way. It felt like it was told from the perspective of a child who doesn’t know what happens next and anything could happen next and the fact that adult-him was safe and telling the tale meant nothing. But it took some getting used to for me at first.

I loooved the Hempstocks and the fantastic world they inhabited within our world. So intriguing and comforting and wondrous. Beautiful, ‘old world’ magic realism that all seemed perfectly logical.

I also loved how many strong female characters this book has – villains and heroines alike! I mean I really loved that. In fact, most of the characters are women and all of the male protagonist’s heroes (fictional and real) are female! How brilliant! I love that this book is basically saying, “yes! boys can relate to female characters and see them as strong and learn to be strong themselves by admiring these strong heroines”.

I think women outnumber men in this book 2:1. And each character is interesting and dynamic. That said, I feel that, from the perspective of our narrator recounting his experiences as a 7 year old child, all the dynamism is inferred because the protagonist doesn’t/can’t interpret everything he sees – there is a point when he mentions (as a 47 year old) that a certain thing he saw as a child meant nothing to him at the time, but that he would have interpreted it very differently had he seen it as an adult. So it’s interesting reading the story as it’s told and reading deeper to see what our narrator didn’t see as a child.

There was an element near the end of what I’d call ‘memory meddling’ (and even earlier than that), but I wouldn’t say our narrator is an unreliable narrator. And while I sometimes dislike memory meddling, in this case, I felt it made the story all the more interesting. It plays with the idea of what you remember as a child – some of which may seem unlikely or incomprehensible – and whether it was real or imagined and not knowing quite how things happened after being told different versions of the story regardless of the fact you experienced it first hand.

With magic realism stories – especially those with ‘did I remember that right?’ aspects – I often think what it would mean if all the magic was just metaphor for completely non-magical happenings. In this case, that might be things going wrong in childhood (abuse) and the protagonist making up alternate stories to explain what happened in a way that is easier to process, which makes you try to imagine the ‘real’ events hidden behind the magic.

If not for one adult (…but only just!) scene, this probably could have been a middle grade book…which…I think is sort of a shame. It’s like that scene just cut this book off to so many young readers who would find it completely captivating. Although maybe they will read it anyway and that will just be the taboo/confusing/naughty scene that they don’t speak about perhaps..? hah…

Ocean at the End of the Lane is actually my first Neil Gaiman book (despite the fact that I have owned a copy of Coraline for about five years now and have it on good word that it is a lovely read). And it was, to my mind, a fantastic introduction.

In the end, I decided to give this book a 4 stars because, even though I thoroughly enjoyed it and can’t pinpoint anything ‘wrong’ with it, it’s still not quite at the level of my other favourites (…but I could certainly see my opinion changing after some more thought!).


Now for the nitty gritty facts and bitties!

rating: ★★★★☆
genre: fantasy, horror, young adult, fiction
publisher: Headline
source & date read: one of my GR book clubs was reading it for august (but I finished it 4th September…)
recommend: for lovers of fantasy, magic, childhood nostalgia, and/or dark children’s literature
pros: well-written, intriguing ‘old world’ magic, captivating story, strong female characters
cons: slow to start/get its sea-legs (get it? see what I did there!? ocean? sea-legs? eh? eh?), would be the perfect young adult and children’s book EXCEPT for that one scene…

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Review: Skin of the Wolf

Book: Skin of the Wolf by Sam Cabot
Publisher: Blue Rider Press, 2014
Genre: Historical thriller, mystery
Rating:
Source + Date Read
: Netgalley + Finished August 2014
Recommend: Contemporary thriller set in New York. It’s a bit paranormal, a bit fantastical. If you like urban mysteries with class, this is it.
Book Pro’s: Well-paced.
Book Con’s: Some characters, made me want to reach into the book and slap them  around a bit.

Summary: Father Thomas Kelly, art historian Livia Pietro, and scholar Spencer George shared shocking, life-changing events in Blood of the Lamb; in that thriller, Father Kelly learned of the existence of the Noantri—a community of vampires—and that Livia and Spencer were among them. Now, a year later, all three are together again in New York City where Livia is attending a conference on Native American art. But when Spencer is attacked in Central Park by a wolf, the trio are thrown deep into a world where money, Native American lore, and the doctrines of the Catholic Church collide, revealing an alarming secret: the wolf is a Shapeshifter. He is searching for a sacred Iroquois mask with power that, badly wielded, could destroy millions of lives. But as they enter the search for the mask, the three narrowly escape becoming the Shapeshifter’s prey. Will they be able to prevent catastrophe from rising with the next full moon?
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I quite enjoyed this new contribution to the Sam Cabot library. I’ve reviewed one of their previous books, Blood of the Lamb and loved it so I was quite happy to get a copy of this one. I started the book on August 2nd, read it for 4 hours straight and then finished it on the 3rd after a few more hours. When I read books in clumps like that, it’s highly indicative of the fact that I greatly enjoyed it.

The book is well written, well placed and shows a depth of research that one might not find in contemporary novels based on Native American tribal lore and culture. The book is an urban-ish thriller with our favourite characters from Blood of the Lamb becoming quite entangled in new dramas. I loved the dialogue between new and old characters. The mystery is set around this enigmatic mask, so you’ve got a bit of art-world banter (I’ve been to the actual Sotheby’s they describe in the book and the crassness of some of the characters in the book is spot on to the people I met there). It’s the little details that get the book right (like using gloves to touch art- you have no idea how annoyed I get when I read a book set in a museum or gallery and people just touch the art. YOU NEVER DO THAT IN REAL LIFE. Gloves people. Gloves). It’s also deeply immersed in native lore, so not to spoil anything but the book can be… joked about in a Twilight sense. Not that the book is of Twilight quality, it’s brilliant actually. The reason I gave it 4 hearts instead of 5 is that the jovial/joking nature of the cops was a bit contrived at times (do policemen actually talk like that? I’m scared if they do) but other than that the dialogue was smooth and engaging.

All in all I highly recommend this book because it’s got engaging plot and dialogue, with well-rounded characters (no one comes off as a pastiche as I find minorities sometimes do in thrillers). It’s fun as heck and makes for an excellent beach time read!

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A Well-Read Jaunt: The Anthropology Library

awellreadjauntOk so today I’ll briefly explain Oxford’s library system, which has a pyramid structure. The Bodleian is at the top because it’s the library for everyone. It has every subject regardless of your degree level. Below this base are the academic division libraries, such as social sciences, sciences, humanities and so on. Most of these anyone can just enterbut they’re kind of hard to find, so I’ve only seen the social science library. Below this are the department or subject libraries. Some of these are in the bod system (like the Rhodes library which houses regional books on the commonwealth) and some aren’t, such as the Pitt Rivers Museum library (and the Ashmolean too I believe). You get these ranging on every topic imaginable, such as anthropology, mathematics, art history and some pretty obscure ones like “oriental studies”. Then there are college libraries with restricted access, only college members can go to those.

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The Anthropology Library

Today I’m talking about the Anthropology library which isn’t very sexy or exciting, but non-Oxford members can’t get in and I’m determined to scout out Oxford’s libraries for everyone to see. Plus, I spend a stupid amount of time in this place, it’s one of the only libraries with couches and the librarian won’t scream at you if you bring in water- though he will if you bring in food (something I tend to forget because I eat and drink as I work and tend to get kicked out of a lot of places because of it).

Comfort: 4/5
I find this place super comfortable actually, it has couches and chairs. Good desks and a pretty warm carpet. It has a few computers to use and it’s small, yes, but it’s cosy. My biggest quip with this place I also have with essentially the entire Oxford library system: everything is so darn cold sometimes. The heat never works well and those old-fashioned windows let more in than they should.

Sigh, more books. I laid claim to that comfy chair in the corner.

Sigh, more books. I laid claim to that comfy chair in the corner.

Appearance: 4/5
It’s in an old Victorian style building with beautiful brick. It also has a lovely cherry blossom tree in the front that makes everything about it seem so inviting! I didn’t get a shot of the outside because I forgot. Plain and simple. Plus the backyard has an apple tree and we’re allowed to go outside and pick from it!

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Availability: 4/5
All non-anthropology students are allowed to get in though they might have a bit of trouble with the awful door swipe (which never seems to work on cold, wet, rainy days- you know, those days when you’re desperate to get warm and inside). That being said it’s completely accessible! I give it a 4 because of the darn swipe.

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I want no laughing! But those are the books I’m grabbing for my thesis…

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YALC (2): YALC in Tweets

YALC mania ensues! In today’s post I am sharing tweets from others and myself, in a timely and orderly fashion, to give you a sense of the excitement and chaos that was YALC (give this post a second to load).

As you can see, I was well prepared. I bought a portable charger and everything.

 

Honorary Tweets from Sunday (I didn’t go to YALC on Sunday)

 

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YALC (1): The Event x My Thoughts

Warning: I will be dragging on my YALC posts, and what I mean by that is that I won’t have 1 giant YALC post. Today’s post is a review of my experiences of YALC and the London Film and Comic Convention (LFCC). However, I’ve written another post concerning my tweets (I did that a lot) and bookish hauls. As I said, I’m dragging it out.

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At YALC they asked us to ‘lie’ to them! So I said that I hated reading. Well it’s a lie right!

I ordered tickets ages ago (Early-Bird for Saturday) and on Saturday I woke up at 5AM to get on a bus to get to the con at 9AM. I got there at 8:45 (Woooot!) and I’d been warned about the awful lines but what I saw was ridiculous. Now, anyone who knows me knows that lines stress me the hell out. They stress me out so much, and when I stress, I stop breathing properly (sucks to my ass-mar!). I was on the line for about an hour and during that time made a complete loop around the building, twice. But finally, at 10, I was in!

And hit with a full onintroverted semi-panic attack. There was heat and a lot of people. A lot, and I was early so I was staggered for a second, what the heck will this place look like when they start letting everyone in?! However, I’d been told by Daphne that YALC was in the back so I kept walking. I was thankful at times that my Bahamian upbringing had taught me the value of pushing through crowds, cause goodness me, I had to push to make it past the wings and capes, and careful not to read on swords or beards or giant shoes. My biggest regret from the day is that I didn’t take more pictures. I’m very careful about having my phone out in public after it was stolen that way!

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Katniss is a bit tired, me thinks.

Claire’s 5 Cents: Next time, either give YALC a bigger space at LFCC or maybe, be its own convention!

The YALC section was amazing! They had signing posts (if you were into that sort of thing), a sectioned area for talks and workshops, lovely bean bag chairs that I forgot to take pictures of, a book wall and my favourite section: books being sold by a few stores! One of my biggest quips from LFCC is that I wish YALC had more space, it was a nice cosy area but felt cramped because there were GIANT queues for people taking photographs with Stan Lee and was also next to some big signing posts for the LFCC part.

IMG_20140712_145812_resizedClaire’s 5 Cents: More book selling sections! Or maybe a blogger section?

I’m not huge into book signings so I was a bit sad to see only a few stalls for books being sold. Waterstones had a huge section and I admit, I dropped a few couple (read: a lot) of pounds on books from Hot Key Books (which will come up in another post). But it was lovely to talk to the staff from these places, so many were enthusiastic and you could see on their faces how much they loved books. If I glanced at a book they didn’t give me the sales pitch but rather went into the story and why they liked it or didn’t and I really appreciated that. So I want more book stalls! And also maybe sections or perks for book bloggers? Maybe a book blogger pass or special tag? I met so many book bloggersbut some people I walked right by and didn’t realise till I went on twitter that they were book bloggers or booktubers!

My friend took this picture. Do you get what I mean now when I say it was crowded.

My friend took this picture. Do you get what I mean now when I say it was crowded.

Claire’s 5 Cents: Better organization!

That line to get in was all kinds of chaos and I don’t blame YALC for that but LFCC. YALC was pretty well organizedbut LFCC was almost a veritable mess. It was confusing and cramped. My biggest quip is that there needed to be better control of queues for photographs, signings and everything. There queues everywhere, oh my goodness it was horrible. There was some lack of organization at YALC as well, though but like I said earlier, it wasn’t so but I do remember hearing complaints about a 2 hour line for Rainbow Rowell…

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Panel at the Fantasy talk.

Claire’s 5 Cents: What’s with calling YA readers teens?

They kept talking about teens in the panels. I’m sure this is my looking to deeply into things and by then I was really exhausted and just happy to have a chair to sit on… but a number of authors referred to YA readers as teens. I get why, the genre is ‘YA’, however, I’m 25. I primarily read YA and I’m not a young adult or teen or anything. Now, I know this is cultural and young adult can encompass a whole range of ages depending on the individual’s perspective, but I know many 5o years olds that read YA. They’re not teens, so I’d like YA readers to be acknowledged as all encompassing. Again. I was tired. I’m interested in hearing about what others thought of this as well.

I found geeky cupcakes!

I found geeky cupcakes!

Overall: FUN!

I enjoyed the event overall though as a relatively shy person I found the environment itself to be a bit challenging. I had so much fun, I was exhausted, my feet ached and though I brought buckets of food and water, it was not enough. I loved every moment of it and I wish I could have gone to the Sunday portion as I hear from Hanna (Broc’s Bookcase) that Sunday was more enjoyable overall because of the smaller crowds. I enjoyed the talks, the range of things discussed, the books, the amazing staff, and of course, meeting all of the book bloggers (coming soon)! If it wasn’t for the amazing people I met, especially Rinn and Hanna whom I hung out with the most, I think I’d have crumpled into a confused heap! YALC is something I’d love to come to again and I’d love to also see it become its own thing, a convention of its own. LFCC was good, but I’d go to that on a Sunday next time, for sure! Below are a few other shots. I apologise for the quality of these pictures!

I got some stares trying to take this shot...

I got some stares trying to take this shot…

Obligatory blurry shot of Adam Brown! I also saw HODOR and PODRICK PAYNE! Ahhhhh for the geeky actors!

Obligatory blurry shot of Adam Brown! I also saw HODOR and PODRICK PAYNE! Ahhhhh for the geeky actors!

Bracelet from chapter 5 books.

Bracelet from chapter 5 books.

Abercrombie signing

Abercrombie signing

Upcoming YALC posts:

  • YALC in a Tweet (or more)
  • Freebies + Bookish Hauls
  • Meeting Fellow Bloggers

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