I’m back and hopefully for good! My plan is to get back to a regular blogging schedule – perhaps not to the lofty heights of twice a week to which I once aspired and perhaps achieved a handful of times – but to a once a week goal. May has been a really busy and transitional month for me: I moved to a new apartment, had to buy a new car (somewhat unexpectedly as my old car Hester, may she rest in pieces, decided to stop driving in the rain), and it was the second month at my new job.
There is something about the second month of a new job. It’s like the second day after a hard workout: the first day after you feel ok and wake up thinking, “Oh this isn’t so bad, I can do this all the time!” And the second day you wake and you think, “Sweet lords of Kobol, my body is trying to murder me from the inside out!”
It’s not the the second month of my new job was painful because I’m really enjoying the teens, the staff, and the environment, but the honeymoon phase of wonderment starts to fade a bit. I am feeling more aware of what my responsibilities are, navigating the new personalities of patrons and staff, and just generally digging in more deeply to the job. I actually prefer getting to this stage because then I can feel less like I have no idea what I’m doing. Being the noobie is generally no fun. But now that I’m two months in, I’m feeling more comfortable and while I definitely don’t know everything, I’m getting better everyday. Thank goodness for my YA colleague, Clare* because between the two of us, we generally seem to keep the department functioning.
One thing I did try to do during May (other than move, buy a car**, and work) was read. After a bit of an April reading slump, I read some great books in May. E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars is at the top of that May list. It’s got a rich New England family, a private island, and lots of SECRETS. I read it in about a day and a half. It’s definitely one of those you can’t put down until you get to the big reveal at the end.
I also listened to Pilgrim’s Wilderness: A True Story of Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier. This is an intriguing, and ultimately sickening, story of a family who based their way of life almost solely on the Bible and Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan. This, along with some megalomania led to clashes with the National Park Service and a tough story for a family to endure. Very interesting and infuriating, but a good read.
I really wanted to like Rose Under Fire more, but it just wasn’t Code Name Verity. CNV is one of the best books about female friendship I’ve ever read and it will break your heart. And a great historical fiction novel about WWII, that covers a part of the war I didn’t really know existed: women pilots and operatives in Britain and France. Rose Under Fire is sort of related to Code Name Verity as it has a few of the same characters, but it’s just not the same.
There are a few more I may talk about in the next few weeks, right now I’m reading Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson and enjoying it. Now off to work to finish up summer reading plans and get ready for our Fault in Our Stars movie release party this Friday. Are you going to see the movie on Friday? I may go later on in the weekend/week. Going the night it opens might be too much like Friday afternoons in the Teen Room….
*That’s right, we have TWO Young Adult librarians! It’s insanely awesome!
**It’s super fancy to me (2012 Honda Civic) so I keep calling it the Spaceship/Spaceship/sometimes the Heart of Gold, even though it does not look like a running shoe.