Archive for June, 2009

Who Cares?

Hey all,

Quick update since I just finished a book: The Discomfort Zone by Jonathan Franzen. Review:

I did not enjoy this book much at all. I am a newcomer to Franzen’s writing; I just thought the book sounded interesting. However, Franzen just seems to ramble on an on, talking about one event, then going on for pages with his observations and neuroses, then finally coming back to what he was originally discussing. My other issue is that, like one other reviewer mentioned, Franzen rarely goes into a whole lot of detail about any one thing, and when he does there is a focus on aspects that seem irrelevant. The main thing in my head throughout his book was “who cares?” I believe that “who cares?” is a pretty accurate 2-word summary of this entire book. One thing I did like, though, was the cover. It was very intriguing. But I am unlikely to read anything else by Franzen.

This would be my first “engh” book of the year (well, after the debacle with Murdoch, Gray Apocalypse should have been the first, but I digress). Very disappointed.

Worked my last shift last night. Now it’s time to devote myself 24/7 (yeah right) to job-searching. Though, I think I’m going to take a week-long vacation to Richmond, to spend time with friends and have some semblance of relaxation, out of the house.

I have to pee on the constant

Hey everyone,

Sorry my posts are always so spread out and unexciting. I was wrapped up for a week and a half or so with re-reading the Harry Potter series. I really enjoyed the 6th and 7th books much more this go-round (I had never re-read them before!) so I am now completely prepared for the release of the 6th movie on July 15th (I think that’s the date). Here’s the latest trailer – totally gave me goosebumps watching it! I know, I am a complete nerd, but watching all of the cool magic, etc is practically orgasmic to me. Okay, now that I’ve gone a little TMI on you….haha.

Since I finished the series I have read 3 books: The Tales of Beedle the Bard, The Mummy, and The Book of Air and Shadows. The Tales weren’t bad, a nice little book giving you an idea of wizard fairy-tales. The Mummy was excellent! I do not know how Anne Rice does it, but damn if she does not get me riled up! I am full of TMI tonight, aren’t I? But really, it was excellent. I still have not figured out if she wrote a sequel to it, but the ending was definitely written in such a way to allow for a sequel. I will look more into it once I have gotten through my mountain. I am down to 80 books to read now 😉 lol.

I just finished The Book of Air and Shadows by Michael Gruber today, here’s my review:

I am unsure how I feel about this book. The 2nd half was infinitely better than the first, that’s for certain. To me, it took awhile to really get going. The book has been complemented for its flawed characters, however, I found them to be a little too flawed. Jake is essentially a walking erection who does not care for anything in the world and his constant switching from salivation over a woman’s body to his obsession with himself just made him incredibly unappealing. The characters are interesting, though, I do have to admit. I gave this novel 3.5 stars because the book felt tedious and the first half was not great, but the 2nd half was wonderful. The multiple twists at the end can be a little confusing, but also helped keep my interest in reaching the end.

By the time I got around to reviewing the two previous books I had forgotten most of what I wanted to say, so I decided to not worry about them. In terms of life in general, my current job is coming to an end for the season. I have my last shift tonight (Tuesday night) and then I am unemployed (sort of, since technically I will still be on the payroll for my job as it is seasonal). I have not gotten any interest from any of the numerous applications I have sent out. I am starting to focus more on library positions, than the government, since I think that working in a library is more “me.” Unfortunately, there are a lot less library jobs out there, especially for those without a Masters in Library Science (MLS). I just sent out 2 applications, one for the Blackwater Regional Library System, and another for the DC Public Library System, both offering part-time positions. Around 2 weeks ago, I applied to a great job at Georgetown University as a Circ Desk Clerk (basically my job at Alderman + my supervisors’ jobs) with their medical library. I think I wrote a kick-ass cover letter, I am completely qualified for the position, and that which I do not already know I can learn quickly since I watched what my supervisors did. Alas, I am still afraid I won’t get the job, as I am sure someone better-qualified will apply for the job and the fact that I am 21 and no one would to have someone my age as a library supervisor (as I would be responsible for student workers, building maintenance, etc). *sigh* But I really want that job – good pay and benefits, puts me in DC, which is where I want to relocate to anyway, and GU would likely help pay for me to get a MLS after I had worked with them for awhile. I will just have to keep my fingers crossed. The job close date is June 30th, so I won’t hear anything back until after that. I got the name of someone to contact from the job announcement, and I will email her about a week after the close date. Hopefully it will show me as really eager and make me look better for the job. Wish me luck everyone! I desperately need it!

But alright, I think this update is long enough. I am off to munch on something and watch some TV on DVD 🙂

I make the beat go boom

So, what is up everyone? Not much has been going on here. Mostly work. And looking for jobs. Job search has not gone anywhere. And really, I have not done anything else. 

Finished The Book Thief by Markus Zusak a few days ago. My review for the book is fairly weak – I thought it was a good book, though a little weird, and extremely depressing. Zusak did make it unique by having it told through the point of view of “Death” – not something I have seen before in WWII-Holocaust literature. 

Slight hiatus on new books for now. As I mentioned before I am applying to jobs most of the time now. The other reason is I am rereading the Harry Potter series in preparation for the release of the 6th movie. I haven’t reread the series in a long time, and I never did reread the 6th or 7th books, so I figured it was high time to do so. I am already on the 3rd book, The Prisoner of Azkhaban. 

Toodles ❤