I’m Not That Type of Girl

As mentioned I'm on longer in the classroom, but instead working as a junior high librarian.
Lots of perks.
Lots of adjustments.

I have a white board over my circulation desk that welcomes the kids to the library and says what I'm reading or have finished reading.
Last week it said:
Ms. Jones is reading Wonder.
Ms. Jones just read Between Shades of Gray.

And I noticed I got some funny looks.
Finally. On Friday two different teachers approached me to basically say, “So, uh, you're telling everyone you've read 50 Shades of Gray?”
Wait. No.
They were not alone in their belief. Pretty much everyone thought I was making pervy book recommendations.
Between Shades of Gray is about Russian during and after WWII.
50 Shades of Gray is about things that would embarrass a Playboy Playmate.

I'm now reading Wallflower in Bloom by the author of Must Love Dogs.
What are you reading?

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Anne Mateer - October 1, 2012

I love that you are in the library now! I’m in the middle of Susan Meissner’s The Girl in the Glass and ready to hop a plane to Florence. If only . . .

Alicia Hall - October 1, 2012

I’m currently reading Smitten, but I recently finished Hemingway’s Girl. It was wonderful. I’m ready to read it again.

Kristin - October 1, 2012

Ha. 🙂

I’m reading Richard Peck’s (and I almost typed Gregory Peck. Go figure 🙂 A Year Down Yonder. It’s okay so far but mostly I’m filling my time until some books arrive this week. My copy of The Casual Vacancy arrives tomorrow. Though I’ll admit I’m sort of nervous about that one after reading some reviews. Then I’ve got Attachments (Rainbow Rowell) and Three Times Lucky (Sheila Turnage) coming on Thursday! Very excited. 🙂

P.S. I think you would probably make the coolest librarian ever. 🙂 It seems like something that would suit you perfectly!


Kristin - October 1, 2012

Another P.S. Good grief, I apologize for all of the creepy smiley faces. I forgot how they turn out in comments here. =)

Allie Smith - October 1, 2012

I’m reading Karen Witemeyer’s new book “Short-Straw Bride”. It’s amaaazing!!!

Jenny - October 2, 2012

I just finished This Time Together by Carol Burnett and Evolving in Monkey Town by Rachel Held Evans. Just started Moms Ultimate Guide to the Tween Girl World. This is an unusually long run of non-fiction for me, and a stack of novels is waiting. First though, I need to get Nancy Rue’s help in mothering my tween girl.

Ganise - October 2, 2012

I am going to start Submerged by Dani Pettrey. (And I’m reading your debut after!! *grin*)
Thanks for sharing, Jen. Hope you have a lovely day today!

Soo glad to hear you’re enjoying Short-Straw Bride, Allie! I loved it.

Happy reading all!

Katelyn - October 2, 2012

I’m reading some ‘oldies’ you could say. I’m reading Bamboo & Lace by Lori Wick. I just finished The Princess by Lori Wick and The Rescuer by Dee Henderson. They were such good books! I’m glad you’re loving the librarian job! I always thought it would be cool to be a Librarian!

Bethany Ellis - October 2, 2012

Ha. In reading You Don’t Know Me by Susan May Warren. Enjoying it greatly.

Laura - October 2, 2012

I’m so excited that you’re a librarian now!

I work in a public library and just started graduate classes for Library & Information Science.

That’s a cool idea with the whiteboard. I also just read Between Shades of Gray and my mom asked me the same question! I loved that book, by the way. I got goosebumps at the end.

I love YA lit and we just got some new books in that genre at my library. So I also recently finished The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (made me cry), The False Prince by Jennifer Nielson (somewhat predictable, but still enjoyable), and My Life in Black and White by Natasha Friend (not my favorite, but kept my attention).

Kim - October 2, 2012

I raided my daughter’s closet while I wait for books at the library. It’s nice to read “her books” sometimes, so I know what she’s into and we can chat. Thus, I am reading the second Katie Parker book, and loving all the quirky, witty banter between characters. Such a fun read!

Camille Eide - October 2, 2012

Well, at least you got people talking. :0)

I recently finished Some Wildflower In My Heart by Jamie Langston Turner. A different kind of character than I’ve seen before—one some would call unlikable—and I loved it. Hearing her story in her POV makes it powerful & sympathetic. (More about it in my review here: http://bit.ly/QUUkB3) Turner’s books all seem to be out of print, so my library (yay!) came to the rescue, & I’ll get the others soon. She writes beautifully (yet not overdone) and quietly deep.

I’m also re-reading Just Between You & Me, one of my favorites, by a wise, witty author who kindly autographed it for me at a conference one year, even though she appeared to be intent on enjoying a quiet moment to herself tucked away in a corner of the lobby.

I have only read a couple Lori Wick books. The one I remember liking a lot was Sophie’s Heart. I will have to find a few of hers as well. I’m still on the fence about whether or not I write romance, or romantic women’s fiction. Lori does a nice blend, I think.

Have fun with all those books, Jenny. 🙂

Heather - October 3, 2012

LOL! I do the same thing in my library, only I photocopy the front cover of the book so there are no misunderstandings. (Been there and done that.) The kids love it and have started talking to me more about books. I’m currently reading Paranoid Park by Blake Nelson. (He’s coming for an author visit next week.)

Ashley - October 3, 2012

I recently finished Unspoken (Book 1 in the Lynburn Legacy series) by Sarah Rees Brennan. Awesome book for this time of year with a massive twist at the end. Now I’m reading The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, also really good.

Jenny B Jones - October 3, 2012

I have no idea why some of your comments are showing my face. : )

Ashley, I’ll have to check out Unspoken.
Heather, I thought about posting the cover, but we don’t have a dang color printer or copier. It’s lame.

Laura, me too! Grad school is KICKING my tail. I’ve yet to read Fault in Our Stars.

Jada - October 3, 2012

I’m reading Bees in the Butterfly Garden. It’s the BEST book ever. Suspenseful, romantic, and awesome.

Jada - October 3, 2012

PS (Kristin, I had to add that), my friend and I snuck in the library today during lunch and I thought of you! We dont have a librian. Can you come to louisiana and be ours? 🙂

Jada - October 3, 2012

PPS what does PS stand for?

Kristin - October 6, 2012

^ Postscript. =)

Abbigail - October 6, 2012

This past week, I read Maid to Match, by Deeanne Gist, and finished Pride and Prejudice. I didn’t realize how difficult of a read the latter is. But I still loved it! I actually read the first half in the summer, but had to put it down when the school year started. It’s this week’s required reading, so I finally finished it.
Jada, if you really don’t know, P.S. stands for postscript, post meaning after, script meaning – well yeah. If you did already know, I’m sorry. I tend to not know when to take something as a joke. Which is quite odd, considering I tend to be very sarcastic myself……oh well. Anti-social homeschooler self.
P.S. – (haha) Just to clarify: the anti-social bit was me being sarcastic. Just sos you knows. =)

Abbigail - October 6, 2012

P.P.S. -LOOK! I have a Jenny face too! Teehee =)

Rachel T. - October 29, 2012

Oh my word. Between Shades of Gray was the saddest book ever. I must have cried like eight times. I talked about it with another book-savvy friend of mine and at first, he gave me this “why-would-you-do-that” look, and then I realized that he thought I was talking about Fifty Shades of Grey. I had to explain myself and say that this book deals with important things, like WWII, and that I still had a classy taste in books.

That was too long. Anyway, favorite books. Anne of Green Gables is lovely. In Between (yes, that one) is hilarious (even my mom likes it). The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is poetic. The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight is kind of unrealistic, but the dialogue is excellent. Ruby’s Slippers made me feel like I needed a pair of red Converse in my life, and any book that influences my wardrobe is always a good book.

E.A. Hendryx - November 7, 2012

I’m currently reading several books… but the highlights are 1,000 Gifts by Voskamp (so amazing), Life Together by Bonheoeffer, and Gospel Centered Discipleship by Dodson (I love me some community-focused books!). I’m participating in National Novel Writing Month though so reading is a secondary enjoyment just for this month 😉

Katharine - February 10, 2013

At the moment I am reading “In His Steps”. It is a book about a whole church, for a whole year doing nothing without first asking “What would Jesus do?” It’s a really good book that is hard to put down!


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