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Bookish Blog Hops: Books Where A Character Starts A New Job


Bookish Blog Hops Books Where A Character Starts A New Job

Bookish Blog Hops

Books Where A Character Starts A New Job

The Bookish Blog Hops gang is back with a new hop running from 1st -7th February. 

For this post we're sharing about books where a character starts a new job.

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It's a common theme in books, especially those in the romance genre, to have a character go through a career change. I've seen it come up in other genres too.

Whether they are starting out fresh in a new town, getting interviewed for a new position, or losing everything (including their job) and ending on a journey of self discovery and creating a new career for themselves, new jobs tend to come up often in literature.

I recently read The Library by Bella Osborne (which was amazing by the way!) and it included new jobs for multiple characters. It also covered volunteer work and paid jobs so this book really covers all the bases for this prompt. Plus it was a 5 star read for me and I can't recommend it highly enough. 

A book with a career change

Here's what the rest of the Bookish Blog Hops gang had to say:

Becki -

Two of my favorite reads from last year include a character who started a new job. The first is Eighty Days to Elsewhere by KC Dyer. This is a fun romantic adventure that is kind of a remake of Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne. In it, the main character takes a job at Ex Libris, a company that plans literary based trips. She has to recreate Phileas Fogg’s epic journey without using modern day transportation. It is a fun jaunt around the world with a few surprises along the way. The other book with a character who starts a new job is The Last Bookshop in London by Madeline Martin. This was voted the favorite book we read last year in my book club. It is set in WW2 London, and the main character gets a job in a bookshop. Initially, she doesn’t really connect with books. But, as time goes by, books become such an important part of her life and her story. It’s a really wonderful story.

Leslie Conzatti–

When I saw the theme for this day, the first book that immediately came to mind was Jackaby by William Ritter

Set in Victorian-era London, it follows young Abigail Rook who has run away from the prim-and-proper restraints of her life to find adventure in some sort of employment, such as an investigative journalist, or a detective’s assistant. Who she finds is R. F. Jackaby, an eccentric occultist who often “consults” on crimes because he can actually see paranormal creatures that are invisible to the untrained eye. 

This series is amazing because of how it weaves magic into the mundane. There are vampires, ghosts, ghouls, werewolves, and all manner of supernatural creatures, but Jackaby takes them all in stride, and Abigail even grows to accept them as much as her employer does. It’s full of quirks and strange peril–but it’s awesome!

Vidya Tiru -

Here are a few titles that came to mind when I saw this theme. To Sir With Love by E. R. Braithwaite is definitely one of my all-time-favorite reads. I cried (and still do) each time I read the book, and this book instilled a love of teaching in me for sure.

Two other books are more recent reads. The first one (completely coincidentally) is again where the character starts a job as a teacher in The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate. The last one I want to mention is The Paris Library. It was one of my favorite reads of last year.

Excerpts of the book descriptions for each of these books:

To Sir With Love: The modern classic about a dedicated teacher in a tough London school who slowly and painfully breaks down the barriers of racial prejudice, this is the story of a man's integrity winning through against the odds.

The Book of Lost Friends: From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours comes a new novel inspired by historical events: a dramatic story of three young women on a journey in search of family amidst the destruction of the post-Civil War South, and of a modern-day teacher who rediscovers their story and its vital connection to her own students’ lives.

The Paris Library: Based on the true World War II story of the heroic librarians at the American Library in Paris, this is an unforgettable story of romance, friendship, family, and the power of literature to bring us together, perfect for fans of The Lilac Girls and The Paris Wife.

Bookish Blog Hops: Books Where A Character Starts A New Job

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Do you have a favourite book where a character starts a new job? Let us know in the comments.