I have not long just been online to renew my library loans and am now feeling rather guilty. You see I currently have fifteen books out… and I have renewed them for the THIRD time, eek! The problem is that when I look at them all I still don’t want to cull any, even though I know there are other people who might have read them and returned them by now. (Actually having said that no one has reserved them and they could have.) Also, I do feel I shouldn’t be getting books from the library, as I do have a library of my own indoors. Oh it’s a bit of a dilemma really isn’t it?
So what are the books that I have been hoarding for the last month or two with selfish intent…
- The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler
- Portnoy’s Complaint – Philip Roth
- Un Lun Dun –China Mieville
- The Worst Street in London – Fiona Rule
- Solo – Rana Dasgupta
- Ghost Hunters – Deborah Blum
- Honor & Other Peoples Children – Helen Garner
- The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack – Mark Hodder
- Dimanche & Other Stories – Irene Nemirovsky
- Still Missing – Beth Gutcheon
- Wallflower at the Orgy – Norah Ephron
- Dark Places – Gillian Flynn
- Barbequed Husbands – Betty Mindlin
- The City & The City – China Mieville (half read)
I do want to read them all, its just not knowing where to start. I am off in Manchester for a few days so am only talking library books with me as my choice reads as I really do need to get through them, I am not allowing myself to press the renew button one more time. I am not!
Do you ever have a library loot dilemma? Any advice on how I should stop this naughty habit? Recommend any of these titles get read instantly, I always love your recommendations? What have you taken out of the library of late?
I do find it odd that only a few months when my ‘refurbished’ local library reopened its doors I was a little bit snobbish about it. I didn’t like the fact that it was self service and though the building still has its old exterior I weirdly missed the old interior and the fact that trying to find a book published after 2000 was pretty much impossible. However over the last week or two I have been converted and have been visiting a lot.
Unlike the library I did like (especially as it has a new swanky supermarket next door killing two birds with one bus journey) one tube stop away the one just down the road now always seems to have just the books I want or have been mulling over. It also helps they have been lottery funded and so they keep getting the latest books in pristine condition. It’s almost like going into a book store which as I am on a book buying ban and can cart a load off for free is ideal. This week I got four new ones to read…
- The Hearing Trumpet by Leonora Carrington – I had not heard of this Penguin Modern Classic until I got an email from a reader last weekend telling me that the tale of Marian Leatherby’s committal to an institution by her family would be just my cup of tea, low and behold the library had it in pristine condition.
- Solo by Rana Dasgupta – Libraries are great for taking risks with books and I have been watching the Not The Man Booker Prize with interest this year and was actually going to see if I could get any of the books listed for this year, I couldn’t but I did get last years winner which I have mulled over before.
- The City &The City by China Mieville – I asked you all if I wanted to read this, pretty much all of you said I did and the library had it so it seemed like fate.
- The Big Four by Agatha Christie – A graphic novel of Agatha Christie which sounds like it could be a James Bond novel only with Poirot. I think I will either love this or hate it but its something different to try.
I have also been lucky enough to get some more unsolicited books in the last week or four. Actually no I tell a lie two of these books I had emails asking if I fancied and indeed I did (I will pop a star next to those) but that’s not asking which I have banned myself from. A few I had already but are now in lovely new editions (such as the Atwood) or paperback editions have come out, so maybe I will do some more giveaways over the next few weeks – don’t forget there is a giveaway here at the moment.
- Angels of Destruction by Keith Donoghue
- Ransom by David Malouf
- Waiting For Columbus by Thomas Trofimuk*
- London Labour & The London Poor by Henry Mayhew
- The End by Salvatore Scibona
- The Alchemasters Apprentice by Walter Moers
- To The End of the Land by David Grossman
- Hypothermia by Arnaldur Indridason
- Small Memories by Jose Saramago
- Begginers by Ramond Carver
- Balthazar Jones and the Tower of London by Julia Stuart*
- The Complete Fairy Tales by Charles Perrault
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
- The Dogs & The Wolves by Irene Nemirovsky
The David Grossman has a bit of a funny story attached to it, not as in the story of the book which is apparently heartbreaking… let me explain. I was banging on about ‘To The End of the Land’ to one of my friends saying how much I wanted it and how I couldn’t ask for it or buy it myself only when I then, less than 24 hours later, finally sorted through all my latest books and other books I had been moving around the last week or two proceeded to discover I did indeed have it already! Oh dear, a sign of too many books on the TBR? Actually I don’t think you can have too many books on a TBR.
So what lovely library loots have you got recently? Been bought any books or treated yourselves to any? Have you read any of the above?