Saturday, December 20, 2008

New Job & Books

Hello All!

I started my new position at the Valencia Branch of the Pima County Public Library on December 1, which I hope will explain my lack of posts.

As I mentioned in a previous post, my primary responsibility is Young Adult or Teen Services. I'm excited to be learning a new area of librarianship (I have previously served children and adults), and to be getting to know the teens that use the Valencia Library.

My workday includes a 2 hour commute at this time, so my reading time is next to nothing right now. Since starting work, I have read two YA novels, Edenville Owls by Robert B. Parker and Crossroads by Chris Grabenstein, both of which I enjoyed, and look forward to booktalking to teens. At home (I read the YA novels at lunch at work), I reread Charlotte Macleod's The Plain Old Man and just finished State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy. I recommend State of the Onion for those readers who like cozies with an edge. This week, for the holidays, I'm rereading Rest You Merry by Charlotte Macleod,which I read almost every year.

You may be wondering why I'm not listening to audiobooks on my long commute. I've never been a big audiobook listener, and those I've enjoyed in the past have been nonfiction, such as Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes and several by Bill Bryson, whose sarcastic humor I adore. I thought I'd start listening to YA books while commuting, so I started Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and while it wasn't bad, I didn't find that listening to it was my first choice when I got into the car. I'll try something else soon, or go back to Bill Bryson :) -- in the meantime, I have a Garrison Keillor Christmas CD for this week.

You may also be wondering when we are moving to Tucson, and the answer to that question is around the end of January. We have found a terrific apartment in Marana, which borders the north side of Tucson.

Next weekend, in between the holidays when my husband will be on a camping trip, I will spend a good deal of that time reading--two set aside for then are Death's Half Acre by Margaret Maron and It Happened One Knife by Jeffrey Cohen. On or after December 31, I will be posting my Favorites of 2008!

So, a new job and a new place--it's quite a way to end one year and start another! Life is very good!
Season's Readings to All!!!


Lesa said...


It is a good way to end the year, and start another one. Jim & I received your terrific Christmas card today, and Jim immediately said it was great. Good luck in your new job. I hope you're happy with your decision to move to Arizona, and make a new life for yourselves.

Merry Christmas! And, I hope 2009 is a terrific year for you and Ken.

Jen said...

I'm thrilled to hear you're enjoying your new job! And as my niece is getting older, I'm sure I'll be tapping you for book ideas with her! :) I know what I read while I was growing up, but I also know there are a lot more GREAT new options available as well.

Best of luck with your move. I, too, have several books set aside that I hope to get to Christmas and New Year's weekends. And I'll be posting my best of 2008 about the same time...we'll compare notes!

Happy Holidays, Patti! And here's hoping 2009 brings you even more joy...and I'm sure it'll bring YOU sunshine! :)

Bill Crider said...

Great news about the way the job is working out and about the move to Tucson. Best wishes for a great holiday!

pattinase (abbott) said...

You qualify as one of the few people who enjoyed 2008. Enjoy all of it.

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

Glad to hear you're gainfully employed, Patti. My mother lives in Oro Valley, also on the north edge of Tucson.