Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Mom, Dad, We Need To Have A Talk

Anyone who really knows me knows that I abhor drama, and I love everything to be on an even keel. I'm a girl who likes to have a game plan, stick to it, and please for the love of all that is holy, do not throw a monkey wrench into my plans! Let's take my job for instance. When you're a librarian, and you work with the general public day in and day out you cannot have a game plan. As a wise man once said - shit happens. Me? I don't like dealing with shit. I like going into work every day and knowing what lies ahead of me. That's very hard to do when you work with the public. Some librarians love that about the job. They love going into the office and not knowing what the day will hold. Me? Yeah, not so much. Give me a rut. A good, comfortable, predictable rut and I'm a happy, happy girl. I'll be honest, sitting in an office building and buying books all day is fabulous fun, but another reason I love my job? You guessed it - the rut.

I suspect I got this trait from one or both of my parents, because ever since I moved to California (four years ago now - gah!), they always fly out to visit me at the exact same time. Early September, right around Labor Day. Never fails. This year it's the week after Labor Day, September 6 - 13.

This would be fine, if not for the fact that Tess Gerritsen's publisher keeps releasing her new books right smack dab in the middle of my parents' visit. Damn them! Yep, The Keepsake, the next book in the author's Jane Rizzoli/Dr. Maura Isles series is set for September 9. For the record, Gerritsen is just about the only author I have left who is an autobuy in hard cover. And this book? Oh man, it sounds good. Really good. As in run to Borders on the 9th, call in sick to work, stay home and read all day good. Yeah, I'll be on vacation - but my parents will be here, and they're probably going to want to spend time with me and talk to me.

I know, how unreasonable can they get?

Oh well. I'm just going to have to suck it up and wait until after the folks leave on the 13th to start reading. But I'm going to get this book on the 9th even if it kills me. Because even though I won't be able to read it, y'all know I'll want to at least be able to pet it. I know, I'm sick and I need help.

13 comments:

Tracy said...

This does look good. I've not read any of her books - I'll have to look into changing that. :)

Amy said...

Ok, that trailer sold me -- I'm getting it before my own mom comes down to visit next month. ;-) It'll be a beach read for me.

The Booknerd said...

It's okay... I pet my books, too. Sometimes I just hold them and sniff the paper.

C2 said...

Me too - I much prefer my rut rather than dealing with the unexpected. Give me a plan to follow over the whole play-it-by-ear thing any day. Srsly.

I'm sure the 'rents won't mind you petting your book...they raised a Super Librarian, after all. :-D

Kristie (J) said...

Oooooohhhh - creepy trailer - and I mean that in a good way. That one was good. This isn't the kind of book I like, but if it were, I'd be sold.

Wendy said...

Tracy: I think this series stands alone fairly well - but much like Eve & Roarke, Gerritsen's characters don't live in a vacuum; "stuff happens" to them and it builds over the course of the series. The first book is The Surgeon - and a word of caution....

One of the characters is a medical examiner so yeah - blood and guts.

Kristie: LOL - yeah, not a book for you. But I did think this particular book trailer was well done.

big Sis said...

Waaaahhhhhh!!!!! I have to wait until end of the semester!!!!!!

Tracy said...

Thanks for the name of the first book - and luckily blood and guts don't bother me. After working in a Plastic Surgeon's office and viewing all of the surgeries I think I can take it! :)

Cathy in AK said...

I just read "The Apprentice" and was sucked in. Things to do today: go to library and check out more. I'd go to the bookstore (cuz Tess G. is worth keeping), but our local one is wee and not well stocked in genre fiction.

And that trailer? Creepy and oh, so making me want the book. Now!

Thanks for dragging us into your anxiety-filled wait for the 9th, Wendy!

Wendy said...

Big Sis: I know! I thought of you when I saw the release date. I was hoping I would get an advanced copy at work so you could read it this summer....but no such luck :(

Tracy: Yeah, you'll do just fine ;)

Cathy: Hee, The Apprentice is actually Book 2. My favorite of the series so far is a toss up between The Sinner (book 3) and Body Double (book 4). She also has several stand alone medical thrillers (which I haven't read...yet) and she wrote for Harlequin Intrigue back in the day. I think I now finally own all of those, but alas, in the TBR still.

Lil Sis said...

Woo hoo! Send me a copy if you can...if not I can wait. I hope it's got lots and lots of Rizzoli in it! ;) And I hope there's no curve balls like in the last Chelsea Cain...that made me quite upset (as you know...). :(

Gwen said...

Oh wow! That sounds like a good one! Must add it to my 'buy' list.

And condolences on the unfortunate timing of the parental visit, Wendy. I'll try not to crow with delight that week after I read the book before you do.

Nicole said...

Oh, such a good book, don't you agree? (I'm assuming you've read it by now).