Latest Library Loot

I haven’t mentioned the library for a while. Partly because I am sulking with my nearest (which has been done up and looks quite amazing, though I don’t like self service in a library, it just seems all wrong) because since re-opening they still think I have a book that I gave back over 2 years ago and now every time I go there we have a very tiresome and long winded conversation about how I gave it back, they then closed and no I don’t owe them £7.99 for a replacement book!!!! It is most infuriating and puts me off going to be honest.

Right off my little drama soap box, though I do feel better for a vent! Anyway I have been to some of my ‘sort of’ local libraries and this is what I have picked up of late…

  • Honour & Other Peoples Children – Helen Garner (I loved ‘The Spare Room’ – if you haven’t read it you simply must – and so have been meaning to read more of her work. I also love these editions of Penguin Modern Classics)
  • Loitering With Intent – Muriel Spark (my taste for Spark seems to have exploded this year and have seen lots of bloggers saying this is fantastic)
  • A Woman in Berlin – Anonymous (Kim of Reading Matters suggested this for the NTTVBG but it didn’t quite get in, I wasn’t sure about it but having read her review of it I then wanted to read it – isn’t that always the way?)
  • The Comforters – Muriel Spark (I am always intrigued by any author I loves first novel, and this was Muriel’s)
  • The Still Point – Amy Sackville (I know it got long listed for the Orange but that’s not why I got it, the cover called to me and Gaskella really rated it a few weeks ago)
  • Coraline (The Graphic Novel) – Neil Gaiman (though only posted about it yesterday I really enjoyed ‘The Graveyard Book’ a few weeks ago and this will give me a push in the direction of Graphic Books which I tend to avoid/slightly sneer upon – no idea why)
  • Barbequed Husbands – Betty Mindlin (folklore tales and myths from the depths of the Amazon, what could be more perfect for ‘Reading for Brazil’?)

So that’s my lot of latest library loot! Oh and speaking of library loot can we all send our best ‘get well soon vibes’ to Eva of A Striped Armchair. I am missing her blog lots, especially her library vodcasts!

What have you got from you library of late? Have you read any of the above?


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26 responses to “Latest Library Loot

  1. I also really rated The still point:

    Hadn’t come across that Helen Garner, though I also enjoyed The spare room.

    • I should have mentioned your thoughts on The Still Point too sorry Verity. I was wracking my brain thinking of where else I had seen thoughts on it.

      The Spare Room was a marvellous book so am hoping that these two novella’s are just as good.

  2. Julie

    I’m with you on self-issue. I don’t understand the mania for it. The equipment must be expensive and you still have to have a member of staff around to help people use it. Spend the money on MORE BOOKS instead.

    • I don’t like self service because it seems sort of mechanical, wheres the interaction. I like having random natters with librarians at the library, you cant talk to a scanner. Well you could but you might get odd looks.

  3. I really miss Eva’s posts as well. I was wondering where she disappeared to and hope she’s feeling okay.

    I haven’t read The Spare Room yet, so I’ve added it to my wishlist since your “You simply must” was all it took to convince me.

    • I think Eva is just taking some much deserved time which is good. I havent wanted to pester her or ask too much thought I think I might drop her an email.

      Glad you have made moves to read The Spare Room, I am sure you won’t be disappointed, well I hope not!

  4. I love A Woman in Berlin! Whenever friends ask for recommendations, it’s always at the top of the list. It’s a very powerful, disturbing book and I can’t wait to hear what you think of it!

    • Well that is praise indeed. Its a book I wll need to be just in the right frame of mind for so will be reading it in the future just not sure when.

      • m

        So agree with Claire. A Woman in Berlin is riveting, and opened my eyes to an episode in fairly recent history that has been rather brushed under the carpet. Do read it!

  5. I haven’t read any of these books of course. I never have. Makes me wonder if I am living in a cave. But I wanted to comment on the library trauma. I had one several months back, where they accused me of not returning all of the discs of an audiobook, and wanted to charge me for the entire book which was about $60. OK, I went ballistic. I check those things when I return them, and know everything was where it should have been. I got passed around from manager to manager. I called them Communists. I demanded that they look at my track record and my readership. It eventually all got resolved to my satisfaction but I get my hackles up when I think about it!

    • Not living in a cage at all, we all have these moments – theres just so many books.

      $60 – thats crazy! I am ummming and ahhing bout cancelling my membership over mine which seems a little drastic but am fed up with being accused of being a thief.

  6. I have a variety of books checked out from the library… Monkey Grip by Helen Garner and The Secret River by Kate Grenville, Battle Royale, as well. I hope I can finish Battle Royale before it’s due.

    It looks like a great selection. Happy Reading!

  7. Deb

    Before you read Spark’s THE COMFORTERS, read the Book of Job in the Bible–you’ll be glad you did!

  8. I enjoyed the graphic novel of Coraline but was glad I’d read the prose novel first as I was able to imagine the characters myself – my imaginings were very different from the graphic novel and the film…

    I read The Comforters a long, long time ago and loved it. I have The Still Point on TBR pile, swapped The Long Song for it, good exchange!

    My recent library acquistions have been Florence and Giles by John Harding, devoured the other day (I have a feeling this could be one of my favourites this year, Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet – Jamie Ford and Table Rappers by Ronald Pearsall, about the Victorians and their love of the Occult.

    • I havent seen the movie of Coraline, its never really quite appealed. They didnt have the fiction version of the book so I thought I would just risk it for a biscuit!

      Did you not like The Long Song?

      Have heard lots about Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet and can’t work out if I want to read it or not!

  9. of your pile, i’ve only read Coraline, and it was good. weird, but good.

    right now, i only have two books out from the library. i just finished and reviewed another graphic novel called American Born Chinese, which was excellent. and i just pulled a Did Not Finish for the first time in forever on Natural History by Justina Robson.

    once i take these two back, i think i’ll take a break from the library and focus on my poor, neglected bookshelf for a while. 🙂

    • I like the sound of weird and good… I think!

      I do have to remind myself I have plenty of books at home when I go to the library and start getting hoarder-like!

  10. winstonsdad

    not read any of them , luckily got great library in chesterfield according to them the 5 largest in uk ,always got lot out from mine but haven’t done post for few weeks may at weekend got lot to take back and want something new ,all the best stu

  11. My local library has just put in self-service machines but I’m really pleased, reminds me of uni. Scan your library card, scan the book, finished, simples!

    I haven’t read any of the books above. My last library loot included The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters wich I’m juts finishing off now. And Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House which I really enjoyed.

  12. novelinsights

    Ooh, Interested in Coraline – I have had the movie on my lovefilm list forever and they won’t send it too me GRRR! Nice stash Simon.

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