At the weekend Danielle posted a Library Meme. What do you have checked out from the library? So here’s my list. The photo above is of the latest books I borrowed a few days ago.
- Darkmans by Nicola Barker, shortlisted for the Booker Prize. I’ve started this one, but so far I’ve not found it too riveting, but then I’m only up to page 24. It’s so long and so, so heavy (in weight, that is), not for reading in bed. I’m not going to finish this before the Booker Prize is announced.
- The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad. A friend recommended this a while ago.
- The Daphne Du Maurier Companion edited by Helen Taylor. This has interviews with her family, essays by contemporary authors and a long-lost short story by Du Maurier. I’ve read the short story “And His Letters Grew Colder” – it’s sad.
- Astrid and Veronika by Linda Olsson. I found this in the “1st Novel Collection” and sat down in the library to start reading. There are some comfy chairs, which are spread around the library, which are ideal for browsing whilst you decide what to borrow. This looks very good. It set in Sweden, where Veronika, a young writer arrives seeking stillness and solitude. She is observed by her elderly, reclusive neighbour, Astrid. Eventually they become friends and confide their secrets.
I’ve also got these books on loan:
- Lewis Carroll by Cohen Morton. I’m currently reading about a chapter a day of this. I’ve just got up to Chapter 5 ‘The Alice Books’, which is about the writing and publication of the books in the 1860s.
- Crow Lake by Mary Lawson -I’ve finished this one and enjoyed it very much. I’ll write about it soon.
- Four Letters of Love by Niall Williams, because I enjoyed As it is in Heaven.
- Generals Die in Bed: a novel from the trenches by Charles Yale Harrison. I borrowed this because I’m interested in reading a novel about the Western Front. It’s short book, so it shouldn’t take too long to read.
- The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood, one of my favourite authors.
- The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl. I ploughed my way through his Poe Shadow, which was interesting although parts were a bit tedious. This another quite long book – but not as long as Darkmans.
- Digital Photography for Seniors in Easy Steps by Nick Vandome – I need some help. My photos are a bit hit and miss.
- Ancestors of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. I read her Mists of Avalon a few years ago. This is about the fall of Atlantis and the origins of Stonehenge.
- Ghostwalk by Rachel Stott. I’ve finished this – another good book, which I’m going to post about.
- Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons. Ann recommended this. I’ve read it many years ago and enjoyed it then, so when I saw it in the library I picked it up.
- Emerson’s Essays. This is an Everyman’s Library edition first published in 1906. I found it in the Reserve Stock (where they keep books that supposedly aren’t borrowed very much. This book was last checked out in July 2005). Stefanie’s posts on Emerson led me to this book.
Fortunately, unless someone else has reserved it you can renew a book 6 times on-line before you have to take it back in and if it has been reserved and you haven’t finished it you can reserve it at no charge! Wonderful. I’d never get through this lot in 3 weeks.