April 2024
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The Sunday Salon

tssbadge1I had some big news this week.  Namely, I actually got a full-time job!  I know, it’s a little crazy to think about, and apologies to those who follow me on twitter because they know all this already.  I didn’t mention the interview because I didn’t want to jinx anything this time.  I’m starting on Monday, but because we’re relocating, I’ll be in a hotel all week while we attempt to find and rent a place for the foreseeable future.  Things will still be a little tight while we are paying for two places (we own the place we live in and we still have to put it up for sale) but not nearly as bad as they’ve been.  We might actually be able to save money in a few months.  Hard to believe, isn’t it?

What does this mean for you, the person who reads this blog?  (Thank you so much for that, by the way!)  I hope not too much in the long run.  I expect I’ll have far fewer reviews going up, since I can’t imagine I’ll keep up my reading pace in full-time employment.  This is my first full-time job so I genuinely have no idea how it’s going to go, how stressed I’ll be, etc.  But I’ll certainly be reading.  Since we’re moving, we are probably not going to have internet for a few weeks, so I don’t think I’ll be able to comment much after this week until we have it at home.  I expect I’ll still be getting blog posts up (especially since I have most of the next two weeks scheduled except for classics reviews), since my job involves the internet and I do have breaks, but I won’t have time to go through GR every day like I try to do now.

This week (and next week) I’ll be attempting to finish all of my current library books and also continue with my last two weeks of classics, so I’ll be reading:

  • Virginia Woolf, by Hermione Lee
  • Woman, by Natalie Angier
  • Germinal, by Emile Zola (for a Classics Circuit tour in April)
  • The Boat to Redemption, by Su Tong
  • The Uninvited, by Geling Yan
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, by Mark Haddon
  • East of Eden, by John Steinbeck
  • Villette, by Charlotte Bronte
  • Lorna Doone, by R.D. Blackmore
  • Barchester Towers, Anthony Trollope

And now I see how overambitious I am – hah!  Can I still read five books a week while working full-time?  I doubt it.  I remember how stressed and tired all of my already-working friends were when they started, and I’ve had months of virtually no responsibility.  I know it will be hard to get used to.  Luckily three of these books are already in progress and I have a couple of lengthy car rides coming up.  So wish me luck!


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