Weekly Update for August 8, 2011

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Welcome to my weekly update for August 8, 2011! It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.


Review of Fablehaven by Brandon Mull

My Library Loot (lots of graphic novels, most recommended by Aths at Reading on a Rainy Day)

Character Connection featuring Ed Kennedy from I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

Review of The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff


Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland

Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, and Nathan Hale

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson, read by Peter Altschuler

Currently Reading:

The Invisible Ring by Anne Bishop

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley, read by Jayne Entwistle

The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain (It is starting to feel like I’m never going to finish this one.)

Up Next:

Definitely some more of the books I got from the library. I got an awful lot of comments last week telling me that I should read Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston after I mentioned that I might read it. I’ll try to get to it soon.

In Other News…

My 22-year-old cousin was diagnosed with cancer on Friday. Luckily (if that can be said when you’re talking about cancer), it is apparently a kind that should be very treatable. He is having surgery today. He is in the Air Force and stationed in Germany. His parents are trying to get to him, and lots of good people have been helping them. Please keep them all in your thoughts.

In much less life-altering news, I applied for a librarian position last week. I don’t have any idea what my chances of even getting an interview are, since I’ve worked in healthcare since I graduated from college. If I can just get that interview, I can make a case for myself. Wish me luck, please! I know I would love it!

What are you reading this week?

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  1. Hi Jen- I'm enjoying peeking around your blog posts. Sorry about your cousin and I am adding prayers. Hope you got the interview for the library position.
    I'm off to check a couple of your reviews.
    Happy reading!

  2. I'm sending many thoughts and prayers your way! Cancer is so frightening. I've recently been battling my own problems with that very issue and I absolutely know the prayers help. I'll keep both him and you (for your job as well), in my prayers!

    On a reading note, I so hope you enjoy The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie because I've had it on my list for some time now. If you enjoy it, I may just have to pick it up!

    Have a fabulous reading week and thanks so much for stopping by earlier! :o)

  3. I hope the treatment and process goes well for your cousin.

    Flavia was my favourite character last year – Sweetness…., enjoy your books.

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  4. I will add your cousin to my prayer list. Working in a library, what a dream job. I hope you get it and then you will have even more to share with us!!


  5. I hope everything works out for your cousin…sending good thoughts!

    And also for the librarian position. It's nice to have an opportunity to do something you love.

    You have some intriguing titles this week. Enjoy!


  6. Sorry to hear about your cousin. Hope all goes well for him.

    Good luck with getting an interview.

    Am reading The Gardener by Prue Leith and Starstruck by Jane Lovering

    Have a good reading week.

  7. I'll have to add Clara and Miss Tiffany to my wishlist.

    I've been so busy having fun with my kids and doing homework, that I've hardly taken any time to read. Come see what I did finish and why I'll be reading even less this week!

  8. Good luck with your interview. That's terrible about your cousin.

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  9. Wow! You've got a lot going on. I'm so sorry about your cousin. I hope everything goes well for him. And you! I wish you luck with the position you applIed for. (By the way, I loved Sweetness at the Bottome of the Pie!)

  10. Their Eyes Were Watchign God is a brilliant book, I hope you decide to read it. I am sorry about your cousin's diagnosis and I wish you the best on the librarian position.
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  11. I hope your cousin's surgery and treatment go well. A good prognosis is a good sign.

    And, good luck with the librarian job interview! I love my job as a high school Teacher Librarian so I'll send good vibes your way!

  12. I'm sorry to hear about your cousin and hope that the surgery will be successful in removing the cancer.

    I also hope you get the interview and they hire you! I love working in libraries and I'm sure you'd do a great job.

    You've been reading some interesting books. I've wanted to read Clara and Mr. Tiffany and Major Pettigrew's Last Stand. Rapunzel's Revenge also looks good.

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