Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Top Ten Job Books

Hosted by the team over at The Broke and the Bookish, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme for list-loving bloggers. Every Tuesday, participants compile a list of their favorite books, authors, or other literature-related things that fall under a certain category.

Well, the title of today's post certainly sounds dull, but I assure you it is not. This weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic is "books with X setting," allowing participants to choose between futuristic words, specific states, periods in history, or any other place they desire, so I decided to talk about book that take place at least partially on the job-either an unusual one around which the story revolves or a common one that is relatable and realistic. Do not let the title fool you, though; I may have dubbed this post "Top Ten Job Books" for brevity, but no novel on this list is a chore to read!

How could I possibly not include this one on my list? When a girl who has never worked a day in her life suddenly must learn to operate a vacuum and do other minimum-wage tasks, hilarity ensues, especially if the tale is told in the words of Jessica Brody.

The main character in this book gets to magically transform into various princesses and is paid to do it! This may sound like a glamorous sinecure, but the problems it presents are what make this story interesting.

I love this satirical futuristic setting in which teenage girls are paid to carry babies for adults made infertile by a virus.

Theft plots are always fun, and Ally Carter's signature twists make this entire series brilliant.

The actors in this tale taught me a lot about work in a historical reenactment village, including the term "farb."

This book has now graced three Top Ten Tuesdays in a row, and with good reason. The protagonist's gig at a food catering service in this book is perfectly average, but so much happens while on the job.

Passion pours off the pages in this story of one musician's love for her profession and how that love turned sour.

The main character's witty, down-to-earth, and somewhat cynical voice is the perfect narration for the crazy modeling world she is thrown into.

I love reading tales of the rich and famous and the jobs they hold, and Jen Calonita writes this subgenre so well.

One teenage pickpocket has a lot to learn when she is forced into the life of a palace spy in this thrilling historical story.

I hope you have a lovely time reading these books and more once all of your work is done.

What are your favorite "job" books?

22 comments:

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    1. Haha! I see what you did there. :) And thanks!

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  2. I've only read a few of these but I'll have to check out the rest. I definitely agree with you about Heist Society and Princess for Hire!

    Katie @ Katie’s Book Blog

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    1. I'm glad to hear you're going to check these out! And Ally Carter and Lindsey Leavitt really are fantastic.

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  3. Great list choice. I've got Bumped on my to-read list but haven't gotten around to it yet.

    My Top Ten List

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    1. I hope you love it as much as I did. Its subtle social commentary is fantastically done, and the world and characters are quirky and interesting.

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  4. Fun and unique topic! Love it :) I've read several of these and most of the others are on my TBR list. One of these days I'll get them all read!

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    1. Thanks! "One of these days I'll get them all read" is an all-too-common phrase here in the book blogging community. Life needs to learn to stop taking so much of our reading time, but I hope you enjoy the books in question when you get to them.

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  5. Way to be creative, I haven't seen someone pick this "X" yet! I absolutely loved Past Perfect, I can't imagine being an re-enactor but I know how seriously people take it. Thanks for stopping by!

    Aly @ My Heart Hearts Books

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    1. Thanks! I cannot imagine it either. Wearing those long layered dresses in the summer…And to think that is what everyone used to do every day. Those who do it seem dedicated, though, and their occupation makes for a good story. :)

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  6. I haven't read any of the book on your list but I enjoyed your creative list choice this week. Here's my TTT:
    http://moniquesmobooks.blogspot.ca/2013/08/top-ten-tuesday-9-books-from-1516th.html

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  7. 52 Reasons to Hate My Father was such a cute read. Great list.
    My TTT.

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  8. Oh, I love how you put it as jobs, very creative! #1, I adore, as you know. I basically need to read every one except #4 and #9. You make me ridiculously happy by putting #9 in there since I see no bloggers squealing about it or acknowledging that it exists. I recommended it once and did not get positive feedback :( And I agree, I love reading about the rich and famous and their jobs and the celebrity insider stuff. Calonita is great. Love the list!

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    1. Thanks! I know-Secrets is so underappreciated. Calonita's writing is adorable and you can tell she knows what she is talking about when it comes to celebrities, so why don't more people praise her? Aw, I hate it when recommendations don't get positive feedback. I feel like I have failed in my mission to promote a book I love, even though I know I cannot control what other people like.

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  9. Good list, I love Heist Society as well.

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    1. Thanks! Ally Carter is a genius with plot.

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  10. Great idea! I haven't read any of these but several are on my wishlist.

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  11. Very interesting list...many books for me to explore. Did you love "Bumped?"

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    1. I did! It's funny, thought-provoking, and set in a beautifully built world. You should definitely read it, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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