You are my spirit animal. I will be recommending your book to everyone I know that loves reading. And even those that don't love reading will probably get the recommendation because as you said "somewhere in the past (and more in the future, if you have anything to do with it) a book has changed your life." Well Annie, your book has changed my life. Why have I never thought about writing love letters and breakup notes to the books in my life? I loved your book so much that I'm not even angry at you for writing the book before I could think of doing it.
How do you just "get it" Annie? How do you know that The Goldfinch is also a book that I recommend to everyone, also breaking the Librarian's Reader's Advisory Code? Side note...another book I recommend is A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. This book wrecked me and I think about it (as well as Finchy) every damn day. I went as far as choosing The Goldfinch for my monthly book club. Did you do that?? My fellow librarians thought I was crazy. But guess what? ALL 30 COPIES WERE CHECKED OUT!! True, only 5 people came to book club, but if that means 5 more Tampa people read The Goldfinch than I succeeded in my mission to bring Finchy to the masses.
I could go on and on. Grey. No Thanks. Not ever happening. I will admit to reading the first 3 (oh please inner goddess, just go away) but only because my sister (who NEVER reads. Like NEVER EVER) read them. Any anything that gets my sister to read I just had to see what all the fuss was. Thankfully I'm a fast reader so those 5 hours (that I'll never get back) at least gave me an inner view of my sister's psyche.
Your chapter about The Fancy Bookshelf had me screaming "oh my god, someone else tells public library stories when they get drunk." And while you shout "I disseminate information to the masses" my phrase tends to be "I am an information wizard" and when someone replies "how do you know that?" My standard reply comes from Tyrion Lannister "that's what I do. I drink and I know things."
You book list Readin' Nerdy: Books About Librarians is about the best thing I have ever seen. So refreshing to see books about librarians where we are not, as you state [being rescued from spinsterhood and turned naughty or bludgeoned to death. Or both!]
I would add one more book to your list and that would be The Invisible Library series by Genevieve Cogman. And while it may be true that Librarian Irene may need to be rescued by Librarian-in-Training Dragon Kai, I'm okay with that. He's a librarian, too. And he can rescue me anytime!
But I must know. The film Beauty and the Beast. Are you refering to the cartoon version or the live action version? Because I was honestly let down by the library in the live action film. Would I love to have it? WITHOUT A DOUBT. But I was expecting so much MORE!