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Making decisions when indecisive

Apparently a cool thing that my university does when someone gets tenure and/or promotion is to allow them to select a book from the library and have a bookplate put in it in their honor. Which is so cool. But OMG, one book! How am I supposed to decide? They asked a month ago and now I have, like, two days to think of something: favorite novel, something of my advisor's, something related to my research, a favorite non-fiction book, etc., etc. IDEK!

Also, there was a thunderstorm early this morning with a huge crack of thunder that nearly made me shriek. On the walk into work this morning, we saw yard-long strips of bark on the ground two houses away and looked up to see a tree with a long slash of bark missing from the top to about halfway down. Guess that loud crack was lightning rather than thunder. O_o


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Oct. 23rd, 2012 06:08 pm (UTC)
Fifty Shades of Grey, obviously, is the way to go.
Nov. 1st, 2012 03:15 pm (UTC)
Clearly! :p
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Nov. 1st, 2012 03:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I went with one of the first geography books I read in college. :D
Oct. 24th, 2012 07:42 am (UTC)
Just practice telling someone about 'your' book, using the titles of your various choices - see how it sounds out loud. If it seems a little embarassing (or too dull), or if the reasons for your choice take too long to explain, that might be something to think about :)

"Yeah, it's kind of cool, my name is now on the library copy of ____. It meant so much to me because ....."

I think I'd go for the one I'd most like everyone I know to have read, because I'd probably be recommending it to them anyway, so a 'personalized' copy would be just icing on the cake (buttercream, even). But I'm also a little weird about books - I'll buy one to give as a gift, but mine will never leave my cold, dead (buried under the weight of collapsed bookshelves) hands. And I'm also a book prosyletizer - if I love it, I will try to get you to see why you should read it. =P

Also, better the tree than your house! (or a person, of course, she said responsibly) A friend's house was hit, and she lost just about everything electrical that was plugged in at the time, when it grounded out through the wiring. But at least nothing caught on fire!

Really, that's all you can ask in the end, isn't it?
Nov. 1st, 2012 03:18 pm (UTC)
Mmmm, buttercream. :D

I went with one of the first geography books I read in college, an edited volume by the prof who made me a geographer: The Making of the American Landscape.
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Nov. 1st, 2012 03:19 pm (UTC)
I was so pleased when I got the invitation! Then I was all, crap, I can only pick one?

I went with one of the first geography books I read in college, which was partially written by the prof who got me interested in the subject: The Making of the American Landscape.
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