Yes, it’s me again. Doing another library looting on Friday morning.
Hardly I have been this fortunate unless I reserved the books I wanted to read online. It seems short stories and slim books kept calling out to me when I browsed through the shelves and I just had to picked them up.
At the top of the pile, I have:
Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee – was it in Wikipedia that I discovered J.M. Coetzee alongside Charles Dickens had the most listed books in the 1001 books you must read before you die list? at 8 books, which made me sit up and take notice. Although 2010 edition of the 1001 list had reduced Coetzee’s books to 3, Disgrace was featured still.
Goodbye Tsugumi, Banana Yoshimoto – Today I have finished reading “Kitchen” by Banana Yoshimoto in one day. When I saw Goodbye Tsugumi sitting on the just returned shelf and much encouragements from all of you out there at the Library Loot team, I thought, What the heck, lets bring it home.
The Artist of the Floating World, Kazuo Ishiguro – it is strange that this particular title from Ishiguro doesn’t stick much on my mind, it always been The Remain of Days, The Pale view of the hill that are on my radar. So I was curious, put it right into my bag.
The Body, Hanif Kureishi – another short stories from a writer I heard so much about.
On the Road, Jack Kerouac – My first Kerouac. Hope it’s not the last.
Penelopiad, Margaret Atwood – I almost missed this book, the title was in black and it blended into its grey background. Immediately I read the first few pages and I was hooked. I finished the book yesterday, and boy, it was so unusual from the normal Atwood stuff, I think she has just outdone herself on this one. I absolutely love it! It gave me a good idea to begin a personal challenge on the Canongate Myth series. I have enough on my plate this year, maybe next?
The Armies by Evelio Rosero – this is a new-to-me author. Unheard of, but I need a easy book for Global Read Challenge Latin America, Central America doesn’t count. I was breaking my head trying to think of a Latin American book that I would read and thought Paul Coelho would probably make it to the list, but his books are mostly set in Europe. I thought that wouldn’t count. I’m a purist in what qualifies in a reading challenge, I know.
The Double Comfort Safari Club, Alexandre Smith is an indulgence. Since 2008 I have read all the books in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, so when a new book comes out every year, I have this obsession to read it to complete the series.
These are some books not featured in any looting, but I got it off from charity bookstores.
After I got home from the library I visited the clinic. While on the waiting room for routine check with the respiratory nurse , I saw Orlando by Virginia Woolf (complete with photos) for sale for a pittance. I also got The Virgin Suicides by Eugenides on the same day because my local library doesn’t stock them. I promised the nurse that once I finished Orlando she can have it by my next visit in summer. 🙂 You would have thought in the UK, books are strewn everywhere for me to pick them up. It does seems like that to me.
Understanding Judaism is for World Religion Challenge
For the fun of it, Plato’s Republic and Machiavelli’s The Prince are also on my list.
Adding onto my list is The House of the Mosque by Kader Abdolah and The Yacoubian Building by Alaa Al-Aswany of which the latter I couldn’t warm up to.
I’m leaving for Bristol and Belfast tomorrow for a short holiday. It’s a sight-seeing holiday, guess I won’t be doing any reading for the next few days!