Oh, my goodness, what an exciting week this has been for me! I mentioned last week that I was sprucing up my resume for an in-house job that had become available. On Monday I had the interview; and that afternoon the HR manager called me to offer me the job! I’m really excited about this opportunity, as in the long term it’ll give me opportunities for growth. I do like the job I currently have, but it involves a lot of repetition and I don’t see how it’ll ultimately help with my career goals. My new job, which I officially start on July 12th, will involve a longer commute, but in the end I think it’ll be worth it. I like the people I’m going to be working with and I believe I’m going to like my job.
This week the publicist at Sourcebooks who was running the Summer Book Club for the Brothers of Gwynedd Quartet wrote to say that she’s cancelling the book club. I have t say that for the most part I’m relieved; I haven’t loved the two parts of the Quartet I’ve read, and I really wasn’t looking forward to having the book hanging over my head all summer. I think that this summer will be a great chance to make a dent in my TBR pile (aka mountain) and read the books I really want to read. Summer should be about pleasure reading, and that’s what I plan to do this season.
I’ve done quite a lot of reading this week (what I’ve discovered is that my commute to my new job will involve a lot more travel time, hence the opportunity to do more reading). Here’s what I read this week:
The Transformation of Bartholomew Fortuno. An ARC I received through Amazon Vine, which I didn’t unfortunately love.
The Brothers of Gwynedd Quartet Book II, by Edith Pargeter. I finished the book, although I didn’t have to. I’ll be posting a review of this sometime this week.
The King’s General, by Daphne Du Maurier. Everytime I read one of Du Maurier’s books, I just want to go out and buy all of her books that are in print that I haven’t read. This one, set during the English Civil War, has some trademark Du Maurier-isms and is quite good.
Good Evening Mrs. Craven: The Wartime Stories of Mollie Panter-Downes. A collection of 21 short stories that were published in The New Yorker during the war. I don’t usually read short stories, but this collection is superb.
I’m now reading Mrs. Tim of the Regiment, a novel told in diary format by DE Stevenson, the author of Miss Buncle’s Book. They say that fans of Stevenson’s are called DESsies, and I think I may be one of them now! Mrs. Tim is wonderful and it’s led me to track down a used copy of another of her novels, Amberwell, on ebay. Someone really needs to reprint more of her books, because used copies of some of them are going for some outrageous prices.