July 14, 2020

Tell Me Something Tuesday: Does Your Reviewing Style Change Depending on the Book?

Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post on Rainy Day Ramblings, where the blog's owner Heidi discusses a wide range of topics from books to blogging. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the question and answer it on your blog.
Here is what is on deck this week:

DOES YOUR REVIEWING STYLE CHANGE DEPENDING ON THE BOOK?

I was the one who came up with this question, and I'm really curious about your answers! Does the genre you're reading, or the fact that you enjoyed a book immensely/found it average/hated it, or even your mood, influence your reviewing style?
For me, it never really changes. Sometimes I wonder if I'm reliable...or simply boring LOL. I mean, the length of my reviews may vary, but that's not a sign of me enjoying the book more (long review) or less (short one). There are books you can't very well say too many things about, because you'd spoil them big time. As for the style...I try to go in deep, rarely fangirl (or, I fangirl responsibly. Is that even a thing? 😂), am never snarky (though I came close to it once). As I said, that may be because I'm reliable...or because I'm boring...or (wishful thinking) because...

Feel free to ignore the statement above LOL.

July 11, 2020

Job Application Update - A.K.A. Thanks for Nothing, Buddy

Hello sweeties,

remember the second part-time job I applied for (in-bound customer support operator at the local hospital)? Well, nothing came out of it. I mean, the job, as of now, doesn't exist 👀.


Let me explain. In Italy, you can book a private medical examination - in order to skip the long queues, or to get an appointment with a specific doctor - at the very public hospitals these doctors work for. That was the job I applied for: one where you receive the customers' calls and give them the desired appointments. At present, this kind of job is handled by a set of operators in a nearby hospital (different town, same corporation), but the idea was to build another contact center here in order to handle the appointments better. Except the local hospital ultimately backed out (I guess for monetary issues - it's always about the money). So, there will be no such position open here for the foreseeable future.

Now, I don't know if I could have balanced two jobs (mainly because of the time schedule), or if I would have favorably impressed the recruiters or anything, but...for the very first time in my life, I wasn't feeling scared or inadequate. I was beginning to think I could do this. Not to mention, it's so rare to find a job advertisement for something that doesn't involve the kind of education I didn't choose to get (like law or business and economics). So I'm back to square one now...and a bit disheartened, to tell you the truth 😫.

OK, so that's it for now - but please don't stop sending good vibes my way. Maybe they'll put a new and improved job offer on my path! or maybe the local hospital will backtrack again and ultimately decide to open that position, in which case...I'm ready to fight for it 💪.

July 09, 2020

Seanan McGuire: "In an Absent Dream"

Title: In an Absent Dream  [on Amazon | on Goodreads]
Series:  Wayward Children (3rd of 8? books)
Author: Seanan McGuire [Site | Goodreads]
Genres: Supernatural (technically it would be Portal Fantasy, but since I don't have a Fantasy Room on the blog, I decided to shelf this one as Supernatural - that's the closer I could get)
Year: 2019
Age: 14+
Stars: 4/5
Pros: An imaginative look-in-reverse at one of the most common fantasy tropes. Fresh twist on one of the series' premises. Compelling protagonist.
Cons: More philosophical (and thus slightly less accessible) than the other books in the series.
Will appeal to: Everyone who's ever felt out of place, but doesn't necessary dream of a happier world than the one they live in...

Blurb: This fourth entry and prequel tells the story of Lundy, a very serious young girl who would rather study and dream than become a respectable housewife and live up to the expectations of the world around her. When she finds a doorway to a world founded on logic and reason, she thinks she's found her paradise. Alas, everything costs at the goblin market, and when her time there is drawing to a close, she makes the kind of bargain that never plays out well. (Amazon excerpt)

Review: The most original book in the series so far tells us the origin story of Lundy, Eleanor West's second-in-command (so to speak) at her Home for Wayward Children. Alas, we already know what comes after - but it doesn't mean that we're exempted from heartbreak.

CHOICE OF WORLDS

If you're familiar with this series - or have at least read Book 1 - you will know that most of the doors the Wayward Children stumble upon can only be crossed once, because if you break the rules of the realms they led you to, you have to go back to the regular world and aren't allowed to return. Under special circumstances, some of the visitors do get a second chance. But this is the first time we're introduced to a door that will let you come and go until you're eighteen, at which point you'll have to make up your mind or the door will choose for you. Also, this is the first time we follow one of the Wayward Children for a long span of time - from 8 to 18 years old - and in and out of two worlds. This allows McGuire to flesh up her main character a bit more (despite the novella format's limitations) and to give us a multifaceted perspective of her that the previous ones lacked. It also makes for a compelling narrative, that - despite us already knowing the outcome, since we met Lundy in the first installment - keeps us on our toes the whole time. It's a fresh spin on the series' own mythology that breaths new life into an already fascinating concept and prevents it from becoming formulaic. [...]