The Mail Came and Good News

The mail came today with every book lover’s favorite sound…a knock at the door. Now I haven’t done a post like this in a long time because I’ve been really good lately, but I caved when I was down in the dumps about not being able to find a job. I ordered books! And it doesn’t help that all of you wonderful bloggers have been writing so many damn good reviews of so many damn good books (hopefully). So I opened up my box from Amazon and here’s what I found!

First Row:

Beauty by Robin McKinley – Have read so many great reviews about this one and have really been wanting to try some McKinley! Looking forward to it!

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale – I may be the last person on Earth to read this one, but I haven’t read a bad review yet. Sounds great and I love that cover!

I Was a Rat by Phillip Pullman – I can’t tell you how excited I am about this one. I have absolutely no idea why…I really don’t know anything about it except for the fact that Debi and Nymeth loved it, but I can’t wait to read it.

Second Row:

Life as We Knew It by Susan Pfeffer – I bought this one for Becky’s book club and we’re starting it soon! I hope more people participate for this month’s read. It’s tons of fun and I think this one’s really going to be good!

The Worthing Saga by Orson Scott Card – This was the only Card book that I didn’t own (yes I own everything else he’s ever published :p) until he came out with his new short story collection….now I have to buy that too :/ And it’s one of about 14 of his books that I haven’t read. I’ve heard that it’s one of his best, so I’m really looking forward to it!

Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer – I can’t wait to read this one either! I loved the movie version of this book and it’s one of Nymeth’s favorites. It’s also the only book that I bought that’s on any of my challenge lists, lol…it’s on the Herding Cat’s Challenge. Well I take that back…The Worthing Saga works for the Cardathon Challenge!

As for the good news part, I have a job interview next Wednesday at 2:00!!! So be thinking good thoughts then 🙂 I am super excited about this interview. It’s the position I’ve been wanting since I got out of school…well, sort of. I don’t know if many people read my blog when I was interning at the child and adolescent psychiatric hospital last Spring, but I wrote about it every now and then. Well I fell in love with that job and that’s what sealed the deal for me. I wanted to work there so bad but unfortunately, there were no positions open. Well there are still no positions open on the child and adolescent unit, but an admissions counselor position came open and I got an interview for it and it sounds really good so far! I really loved this hospital and the staff over there and I could hopefully get my foot in the door to get back on the inpatient adolescent unit. And the best part is, the hours are 3-11 pm which is so how I function 🙂 So that just made my day and I thought I’d share…thanks for all the good thoughts guys…I really can’t thank you enough!


37 Responses

  1. Life As We Knew It is pretty fantastic, but I’m partial of end of the world scenarios, so I might be biased. I don’t have a copy of it, but I’m going to try to jump into any of Becky’s discussions I can manage.

    Also, good luck with the interview! Fingers double crossed for an awesome outcome!

  2. Next Wednesday…good thoughts…check!

  3. Congrats on getting an interview, will keep my fingers and toes crossed for you 🙂 You will love The Goose Girl and I am looking forward to reading Beauty and I was a Rat. I love book stashes when they come in a big pile at once.

  4. You are not the last person on earth to read Goose Girl because I have not. I am attending a children’s lit festival towards the middle of May, so now I am trying to frantically read all of Shannon Hale before then because she’ll be there. I should get to it in the next couple of weeks.

    Good luck with the interview!

  5. Great book loot there, Chris! I am going to start sending very positive vibes your direction for your job interview!

  6. Books in the mail rock! And I haven’t read Goose Girl yet, though I want to for the challenge. 🙂

    I’ll be sending lots and lots of positive thoughts during the job interview!

  7. Oh, oh, oh…I’m so excited for you Chris…like you said it might not be the exact position you’d like, but it would be a foot in the door. Loads and loads and loads of positive vibes coming your way!

    What a beautiful spread of books! I’m so excited that you get to read Life As We Know It now (it is this month, right?)…I’m like Renay, love that apocalyptic/pos-apocalyptic stuff, so this one was a definite winner in my book! Ah, and The Goose Girl…simply enchanting. And I’ve got Beauty on my “very soon” pile (supposed to have it done by Monday when the Twisted Fairy Tale challenge ends, but that just ain’t gonna happen).

  8. Ooh books in the mail! I’m so exicited about getting back to my pile (got a bit overexcited on the old internet!). And yay for reading the goose girl! Hope you love it as much as the rest of us!

    Best wishes for the interview. I’m sure you’ll knock em dead!

  9. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for a great interview! Enjoy The Goose Girl – I just read it and really enjoyed it!

  10. I’m happy you had such a great day!!!! And I was pleased to see so many of my favorites in your pile of goodies. 🙂 Beauty & Goose Girl & Worthing Saga & Life As We Knew It. The other two I haven’t heard of. However, once you give them the review treatment, I’m sure I’ll be seeking them out if they get the go ahead from you 🙂

    The Worthing Saga really is one of my all-time favorite books. I haven’t made it the official-official for June, and I’m not sure if there would be any interest outside of us (the length might prove intimidating to some???) but I hope to work something out for this summer.

    Did you see that I chose Accidental Time Machine for August? Just curious. I’m looking forward to that as well.

    I hope all goes well with the interview!!!

  11. I’m sending good luck your way. That’s great that the hours match up. I interviewed for an HR job where they wanted me to work nights (like overnight?)… yeah I turned them down. Not for me!

    I hope you like Beauty. It is one of my all-time favs. I am reading Goose Girl too. I’ve got it sitting on my pile after I finish the very end of Beowulf.

  12. What a great selection of books!

    I’ll definitely keep you in my thoughts about the interview! It sounds like a good move that would take you one step closer to where you want to be!


  13. What great books, I’m jealous! I just got Life as we know it for Becky’s book club. i really want the Goose Girl and I was a rat (Philip Pullman is so great) too. In fact I want them all!
    Good luck with your interview, sounds like a good job.

  14. I’ve been wanting to do a book porn post as of late myself. I’ve been being good as well, but no saint. 🙂

    I wondered if you had seen that the Card short story book was out.

    I’m really excited about your job interview. I hope it all goes well and that you are back in the full time work world with the rest of us very soon.

  15. well now son… ehm… (feel a speech coming on?) lol nah! .. love the books! Even though it makes us that much poorer there’s just something that makes me smile seeing books come in the mail lol..

    And a job interview! Yessssss!!! You KNOW I will be thinking of you and crossing fingers and toes for you!! (have to say.. 3-11pm ARGH! lol..but it works for you and that’s all that’s important!! Please, please, I hope this works out for you!)

  16. grrr it’s early and I haven’t finished my coffee!.. wanted to say that I will be especially interested in hearing your review for I Was A Rat ! lol

  17. Congrats on the job interview and good luck! I have Life as We Knew It on my iPod but haven’t had the chance to listen. I am really looking forward to it though.

  18. Good luck, good luck, good luck!!


  19. I will definitely be praying for the interview.! -C

  20. yay for getting awesome books! I hope you enjoy them as much as I did 😀 Well, the four I’ve read, that is. I do want to get Life as We Knew It at some point, and I also want to read more Orscon Scott Card.

    And after being good for all these months, you definitely deserved to treat yourself!

    That’s excellent news about the interview! Best of luck, Chris! I’ll keep you in my thoughts.

  21. Renay, Thanks!! And I’m really looking forward to Life as we Knew it…sounds like such a great book!

    Other Chris, Thanks

    Rhinoa, Thanks! Aren’t big book piles arriving at your door great? I wish I could afford to do that all the time…one of the best feelings!

    Natasha, Thanks! I can’t wait to read your review! And how cool that you’re going to a children’s book festival!! I would absolutely love that!! Have fun meeting Shannon Hale, I’m sure that will be a blast, I’ve heard she’s great!

    Robin, Thanks a bunch Isn’t it a great loot? I was so happy to get it in the mail!

    Eva, Thanks! Books in the mail do indeed rock! Hope you like The Goose Girl. I’m going to try to fit it in before the end of the challenge. Ideally I’d like to fit all of these in before the end of the challenge (on top of all of my other books :p)

    Debi, I was so excited too! I freaked when I saw the ad in the paper and got even more excited when I got the interview. Hope it goes well! Thanks for the good wishes Who cares if you don’t finish the Twisted Fairy Tales Challenge in time? :p I’ve already dropped out of one and there’s another that I can guarantee I won’t finish by the end of this month! What matters is that we’re having fun, right!

    Mariel, I can’t even imagine your excitement about getting home!! You must have a huge pile of books waiting for you. That’ll be a nice little treat Thanks for the good luck!

    Stephanie, Thanks! Glad you enjoyed the Goose Girl!! I’m hoping I do as well…I’m sure I will with all of the great reviews I’ve read!

    Becky, I’m excited about all of the books but especially Worthing Saga! I don’t know why I hadn’t bought that one yet. Is it connected to Hot Sleep…I have an ancient copy of Hot Sleep with this incredible vintage sci-fi cover that is out of publication now…it’s a collectible, and I think I’ve always thought that they were the same thing. I think Hot Sleep is the same thing is Capitol and I thought I heard that it became Worthing Saga somewhere along the way…who knows! I think it would make a great book club read if you spread it out over the whole month for people! I’d read it with you for sure at least 😀 I’m definitely in for The Accidental Time Machine!! I did indeed see that. And thanks for the good luck!!

    Kim, Oooh, I read Beowulf last year and loved it! Did you read the Seamus Heaney translation? I thought it was great! Really looking forward to Beauty…I’ve heard great stuff about it. Did you review it recently..that may be why it was on my list…I lose track of who reviewed what :p Thanks for the good luck!

    CJ, Thanks! It really would be the perfect job for me right now I think so I’m really keeping my fingers crossed. Isn’t that bookpile great

    Marmite and Tea, Can I just tell you how much I love your blog and blog name! You’re going straight into my google reader Looking forward to being in Becky’s Book Club with you! It should be fun…and thanks for the good luck!

    Carl, You really do need to do a bookporn post!!! I’ve been missing everyone’s old posts like these so much. I haven’t seen many of them lately…are we embarassed now or what? lol…I have seen the Card short story book, but I’m too leary to get it, though I really want it! I still have his first short story collection to read which is almost 700 pages. So I want to get that one read first and off the TBR shelf. I can’t look at it on there anymore it takes up so much space! I’m excited about the interview too!! It would be so great to be back in there with you guys in the working world as you said

    Deslily, Yeah, despite being poor I had to do it!! I got away with all of those books for $42 believe it or not! The hardcover was a bargain book and all of their books under $8.99 were buy 3 get 1 free…so it worked out well for me. Still, that could’ve been a tank of gas these days, but books are important too I’m really looking forward to I was a Rat and I think you’ll like it already just by flipping through it…looks like it was done well with some cool little extra things in it. And the job! I really hope I get it. I’m such a night person, so 3-11 is great for me. I don’t operate at 8 AM at all! I cease to function….thanks for crossing those toes again

    Amy, Thanks a bunch!! You should come join in on the book group for Life as we Knew it! It’s fun

    Lezlie, Well thanks!!

    Carole, Thanks so much You’re in my prayers too!

  22. Nymeth, Go figure that most of the books that I’ve bought were ones that you’ve reviewed! I think my whole wishlist is made up of those!! lol…I think Becky might be doing The Worthing Saga in June for her book club so you might want to sign up. And Life as We Knew It starts next Friday!! Should be fun. Thanks for the good luck on the job interview!! I hope that it turns out well 🙂

  23. It is connected to Hot Sleep. But the introduction explains it better than I ever could 🙂 I did make it official, by the way. I posted about it at both sites. I need to make a note to post it on the Cardathon site as well.

  24. Looks like an excellent pile of books!!

    Good luck with the job interview. Where is this one?

  25. Books, the ultimate upper. Sometimes you just need the high.

    I have two of those (The Goose Girl, Everything is Illuminated) but haven’t read them, yet. I agree — The Goose Girl has a terrific cover. You always choose the prettiest books. Have fun reading and good luck on the interview!

  26. I will think such good thoughts for you on Wednesday! I’m sure you’ll get it, because you sound so positive and excited, and I think that really comes through in an interview.

    I read Life As We Knew It a while ago. Like maybe as long as a month ago? But I keep not getting around to reviewing it. I’ll be sure to come hang out at the discussion, though!

  27. I can’t see how they won’t just love you, but I’ll be thinking good thoughts for you on Wednesday (at 2:00) just the same!

  28. Tag time! I haven’t done a meme in awhile so I’ve done the 6 random things meme and tagged you…


  29. I tagged you for a different meme than CJ, but I totally understand if you don’t want to do two at once. 🙂 It’s the last one on this post:

  30. There’s something about a bunch of books that just makes a person feel good, there’s no doubt about it. As a matter of fact, I started my book blog and started accumulating books at an (even more) alarming rate while *I* was frustrated about not being able to get a job. Even at my most destitute I had a few bucks in my pocket to buy some used books at the Goodwill Store to brighten up my day. Glad to hear that your job situation might be looking up – best of luck with your interview!

  31. Steph, Thanks!! This one’s at the place that I did my internship at when I was in school and I’ve been wanting to work there since I graduated! So I’m really excited 🙂

    Bookfool, No kidding! Books really can be the ultimate uplifter sometimes, can’t they 😉 I have to agree that the Goose Girl has an amazing cover! I also agree that I have some cool book covers in my collection 😉 Only because I have a tendency to buy books based on their covers, lol. I swear, if I could decorate my house in books I would…but that would involve doing things to the poor books that I just couldn’t do…

    Dewey, Thanks for the good thoughts! I’m really hoping that some of my excitement rubs off in the interview but not so much of it that they want to check me in to the psychiatric hospital! Really looking forward to Life as We Knew it…hope you join in!

    Bellezza, Thanks for the good thoughts! I know that I can always count on you 🙂

    CJ, cool! I haven’t done a meme in ages so it’ll be fun to do one again. I’ll be heading over to your blog in a sec!

    Eva, Fun! I like that one. I’ll kill 2 birds with one stone. Love your answers, I’ll be heading over to comment in a sec 🙂

    Megan, You preach the truth! I don’t think it’s possible to feel bad with a brand new pile of books in front of you. It’s funny how when we don’t have jobs and therefore don’t have money we buy books like crazy to make ourselves feel better :p Thanks for the good luck! Hope this one works out!

  32. Nice book loot! I loved The Goose Girl, and I’m sure you will too. Lovely book, and I’m still in love with the trees on the cover. Love the illustration style.

    Good luck with the interview! Will be sending you some good luck vibes on the day!

  33. Goodluck on the job interview! Lovely books! Been hearing really good things about The Goose Girl, Beauty and I Was A Rat (all three lovingly reviewed by Nymeth if I remember correctly).

    JSF’s book is lovely as well. I hope you enjoy reading it.

  34. Boy you hit the nail on the head with that one, Chris. I certainly have been a bit embarrassed thinking about it lately but I think we should all go for it!!!

  35. For some reason I can’t comment on your newest post (because when I click on the link, it tries to open up the post at its own address, like normal, but my browser freaks out for some reason) so I’m commenting here! I just wanted to say a big thanks for joining three challenges in a couple of days as well-makes me feel less guilty! hehe Have you read To Kill a Mockingbird before? And you’ll love The Watermelon King. 🙂 Garden Spells is on my list too, but my list is a bit long, so we’ll see if I get to it!

  36. Quix, I can’t imagine not loving the Goose Girl after everything I’ve read about it. It sounds perfect! Yeah, the trees are great. The whole cover is great! Thanks for the good luck vibes 🙂

    Lightheaded, Thanks for the good luck :)…yeah, Nymeth has just about made up my entire wishlist and TBR list, so nearly everything you see me reading comes from her reviews! lol…she finds some great books. Really looking forward to the JSF book, loved the movie!

    Carl, Looks like people are starting to do bookporn posts again!!! Makes me happy 🙂

    Eva, That sucks that my blog’s going all funny on you 😦 Hope it fixes itself. No problemo! I’ve just thrown reading challenge guilt out of the window. At least as far as joining…now I just feel guilty when I don’t complete them :/ Nope, I’ve never read To Kill a Mockingbird, so I’m really looking forward to it! It’s a favorite of so many people! Watermelon King should be a great one too. I know both you and Nymeth liked it, so it can’t be bad. Garden Spells sounds interesting, but I’m not convinced I’ll love that one yet…we’ll see!

  37. Fingers, toes and arms crossed for you, Chris, for the job interview. It sounds perfect, I so hope you get it!
    And as for the books – I just found a used copy of Goose Girl by Shannon Hale – you’re not the last person to have not read it, so am I!!! I did love Beauty…..oh, good luck tomorrow! (It’s still tuesday here)!

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