Library Books

Over the last few months I’ve reserved books at the library, but of course they all arrived at once instead of at regular intervals. This leaves me hoping I can renew them as there is no way I could read them all in the next three weeks!

Reserved bks June2018

From top to bottom they are:

  • Our Souls At Night by Kent Haruf. Annabel  reviewed it recently on her blog Annabookbel, saying she absolutely adored it and that it was the best thing she’s read so far this year. I liked the look of it – it’s a novel about the pursuit of happiness and a story about growing old with grace. With such a recommendation I think I’ll start with this one.
  • Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. I reserved this ages ago. It’s set two decades after Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird, which I loved. I’ve read reviews that it’s disappointing, so I thought I’d see for myself what it’s like. Jean Finch, ‘Scout’, returns home to visit her father Atticus, in Maycomb, Alabama.
  • Elizabeth’s Rivals: the Tumultuous Tale of Lettice Knollys, Countess of Leicester by Nicola Tallis. I saw this on Amazon and fancied having a look at it, then saw it was available from the library. This is the first biography of Lettice Knollys, one of the most prominent women of the Elizabethan era. A cousin to Elizabeth I – and very likely also Henry VIII’s illegitimate granddaughter – Lettice Knollys had a life of dizzying highs and pitiful lows.
  • Paris by Edward Rutherfurd, a huge doorstop of a novel of over 700 pages, telling a tale of four families across the centuries set in Paris, the City of Lights. Helen at She Reads Novels wrote about Edward Rutherfurd’s books in one of her Historical Musings posts and I thought I’d like to try them. Paris was listed in the library catalogue and so I reserved it.

The beauty of borrowing library books is that you can then take your time deciding whether you really do want to read them – and if no one else reserves them you can renew the ones you haven’t finished in the loan period – my library lets you renew them 5 times!

18 thoughts on “Library Books”

  1. You can’t? What’s wrong with you? Some people would read those in a week! Says she who has taken a week to read 200 pages of a 400 page novel! I feel your pain.

    My reading group did Our souls at night while I was away, and I didn’t manage to read it, but years ago I read his Plainsong which I loved.

    Good luck with your reading plan!

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  2. Love how colour co-ordinated they are. LOL! I’ve read a couple of Rutherford’s books… or rather I’ve read ‘part’ of a couple (Sarum was one.) What happens is that I find the first half or so very interesting where they go back to pre-history. I still have in my mind, after umpteen years, a scene in Sarum where the author describes the English Channel filling up when the ice melted. Also the building of Salisbury cathedral. But then modern day starts to arrive and I’m not so interested so I abandon the book. I didn’t know there was a Paris one though, will see if I can find that.

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  3. You have a nice lot of books there, Margaret. I really do wonder what you’ll think of Go Set a Watchman. I don’t want to give anything away or spoil anything, but I’ll be keen to get your thoughts.

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  4. Yup, I have this same problem too, Margaret. I am deluged with library books right now, including TPB – which now has another reserve on it; extra impetus to really focus on that one! We can make 5 online renewals and then have to renew in person. I’ve told myself that any I haven’t finished by mid-Sept will go back and must wait for another time.

    As for your pile – I too, was keen to read Rutherford following Helen’s post. Thankfully I haven’t got one of his to read at the moment though! I’ve heard so many wonderful things about Haruf, and I’ve been telling myself I’ll read the new Harper Lee for so long that of course it’s no longer new now! I’ll be looking forward to how you find all of these.

    Happy reading, and good luck!

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    1. It’s so easy to borrow books! And I forgot to say that after 5 online renewals we have to renew in person – but only if no one has reserved the book. I since seen that Paris is on Amazon for 99p on Kindle – don’t know how long it’ll be that – a real bargain!

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  5. Oh that Paris book really is a doorstep. However I found with reading his book Sarum that the narrative rattles along quickly – a bit too much at times because we seem to move forward in history in big leaps with him

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  6. I tried Go Set a Watchman on audio when it first came out, but really struggled with the narration, by Reece Witherspoon if memory serves me right. Her Southern accent was probably authentic enough, but I found I was having to concentrate too much on just understanding the words to have time to think about meaning. I intend to try the written version sometime, so I’ll be interested to hear what you think of it…

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  7. I hope you like Paris – it’s a bit different from Rutherfurd’s earlier books, but still an interesting read. The Lettice Knollys book sounds good too. I have read a few novels where she appears as a character and she seemed to have had a fascinating life.


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