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“I wake up in the middle of the night.”

Earnest eyes. “I’ll hug you back to sleep.”

“The slightest sounds scare me.”

Warm voice. “I’ll calm you heart down.”

“I can’t cook.”

Soft smile. “I’ll cook”.

“I can be very OCD like.”

Affectionate touch. “I’ll obey your rules.”

“I may not love you.”

Faith. “I’ll love enough, for both of us.”

—  Indelible Ink [ Can A Realationship Like This Survive?]

If you liked The Lies of Locke Lamora, give Six of Crows a try - and vice versa!

Both books deal with blisteringly clever thieves and the miraculous heists they attempt against all odds. It’s easy enough to see what the books have in common, so this time we’re going to tell you how they’re different rather than pointing out similarities.

1. Locke Lamora vs. Kaz Brekker

Meet our two leading scoundrels. Locke and Kaz are both genius thieves leading crews with very specialized skill sets. Yet the two characters couldn’t be more different. True, they’re both keeping secrets about their identities, but the parts they’re keeping secret are polar opposites. Locke operates doubly in the dark, where not even his fellow thieving community knows his brilliance. Kaz, on the other hand, deliberately excels at his profession, blazing through the underworld with a frankly worrying brilliance. For being so much younger, Kaz is far darker than Locke as well, willing to do worse things and let more people get hurt to achieve his ends, while Locke is, at his core, a thief with a heart of gold and a moral code (at least so far).

2. Worldbuilding

The Lies of Locke Lamora is Scott Lynch’s first novel, and therefore the first set in the unnamed world of the “Gentleman Bastards” series. Six of Crows, on the other hand, takes place in a world Leigh Bardugo has already explored to some extent in earlier novels. You don’t have to read the earlier novels to understand what’s happening in Six of Crows, though. Both novels lead you through their worlds carefully and expertly, though Locke Lamora’s worldbuilding is a little more thorough since there are no prior books to build on.

3. Supporting Cast

The less said about the crew of misfits, ne’er-do-wells, and miscreants that surround Kaz and Locke, the better. Not because they aren’t amazing characters, but because you really ought to meet them yourself. Still, I can say that Kaz runs his game with a slightly larger crew than Locke, while Locke’s crew is much more like a family to him.

We’re a few days late, but we wanted to wish everyone a happy National Library Week!

Libraries are one of our most valuable public resources, and we are so grateful for ours. Around 95% of the books that JJ and I review for this blog are checked out from our local library: from our neighborhood branch, our regional library system, or the NC Cardinal system that gives parents and children just like us access to 6.3 MILLION titles to check out, free of charge. We attend free weekly programs that help foster social, verbal, and intellectual development for babies and children. Our library offers seminars, classes, events, almost all of them free to the public. And we are especially lucky to have become great friends with our local branch’s children’s staff, who treat JJ like a member of their own families.

Libraries need our support now more than ever, and for all that we owe them, they deserve it. Support your local library! You can go to ilovelibraries.org to find out how, and find a local branch near you.

The Baby Bookworm extends its utmost thanks to the Fontana Library System and the staff at the Jackson County Public Library; without you, this blog would not exist, and my baby bookworm would have far fewer stories in her life.

Hey, guys, question for my librarian/archivist peeps.

Do you know of any good/free resources regarding sign language basics for librarians that we can have hanging out at work? Particularly ones that include genealogy/archives/historical terms?

We had a deaf patron in today, and she and I were able to get by by writing messages back and forth and lots of pointing, but I realized that we don’t have any materials for staff that can be used as a reference in case it happens again.

Thanks in advanced, friends.

Crap, just as I’m getting emotionally invested in my upgraded job that’s full time (yay) but with a 1 hour commute (ugh), I get an interview for the job with the dreamy ten-minute commute.
Now to have horror imaginings of telling my co-workers I’m abadoning them, and telling my boss thanks for promoting me, I’m leaving after two months. That won’t bother her, she’s only lost 6 employees in the past year and a half. Way to burn some bridges.

That public library position that is close to my house (unlike my current hour-long commute) reopened. I told a coworker about it and how it sucks that I really should do the more professional thing and stay at this position one whole year, and she called me a good little soldier. I told my mom about it too, and she told me to go for it, and I realized that’s what I wanted to hear.
My current job is essentially a promotion, since I changed positions within the same library system, hence a longer commute, but I’m full time. The public library position is also reference, pay is practically identical, but public vs academic. I’ve only been at this position a little over a month, and abadoning my co-workers makes me anxious, but that 10 minute commute is an extremely strong siren call. I took my mom’s advice and applied, since I won’t have to make a decision unless I get an offer.

Books on the Big Screen

Reader’s Advisor Chris brings us books coming to theaters in the second half of 2016. Read ‘em before you see em, or see ‘em before you read ‘em - either way, these are some great books!

July 27

Nerve
Book written by Jeanne Ryan
Film directed by Henry Jost and Ariel Schulman

Vee (Emma Roberts), a high school senior, finds herself immersed in an online game of truth or dare, where her every move starts to become manipulated by an anonymous community of “watchers.”

July 29

Into the Forest
Book written by Jean Hegland
Film directed by Tim Burton

Following the collapse of society, teen sisters Eva (Evan Rachel Wood) and Nell (Ellen Page) are forced to forage through the forest that surrounds their rural home in order to survive.

September 2

The Light Between Oceans
Book written by M.L. Stedman
Film directed by Derek Cianfrance

A lighthouse keeper (Michael Fassbender) and his wife (Alicia Vikander) living off the coast of Western Australia find a baby in a rowboat washed ashore.  Unable to get pregnant, Isabel convinces Tom to keep the baby and raise it as their own, but the consequences to her actions may be dire.

September 9

Sully (based on the book Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters)
Book written by Chesley Sullenberger
Film directed by Clint Eastwood

The story of Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger (Tom Hanks), who became a hero after gliding his plane along the water in the Hudson River, saving all of his 155 passengers.

September 30

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Book written by Ransom Riggs
Film directed by Tim Burton

When Jacob (Asa Butterfield) discovers clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times, he finds Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. But the mystery and danger deepen as he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers.

October 7

The Girl on the Train
Book written by Paula Hawkins
Film directed by Tate Taylor

Every day, the train Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt) takes to work passes the house she lived in with her ex-husband (Justin Theroux). As a distraction from painful memories, she focuses on Megan and Scott Hipwell (Haley Bennett and Luke Evans) who live a few houses down, imagining a fantasy life for them, until she sees something from the train that fills her with rage. The next day, with a hangover and no memory of the night before, Rachel sees the TV reports that Megan is missing and she becomes invested in finding out what happened.

October 21

A Monster Calls
Book written by Patrick Ness
Film directed by J.A. Bayona

Conor (Lewis MacDougall) awakens one night to find a monster outside his bedroom window, but not the one from the recurring nightmare that began when his mother (Felicity Jones) became ill. This monster (Liam Neeson) is an ancient, wild creature that wants him to face truth and loss.