July 13, 2005
Ayun Halliday's Job Hopper took me longer to read than I expected. A collection of her entry-level work experiences that range from waitressing to being a receptionist to illegal massage therapy, the book didn't hold my attention enough to fend off my next couple of "52 Books, 52 Weeks" books or the reading for my "Book Notes" submissions. The stories echo many of my own experiences in the work force, we have all found ourselves with similar co-workers and similar situations in our own work histories. Halliday's self-deprecating (and honest) style makes the book very entertaining, especially when read in short doses. Back-to-back, the stories can become a bit tiresome, but taken individually, they shine.
My next book (and one I have almost finished and am thoroughly enjoying) is The Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell.