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Library Loot: April 7-13, 2010 (Part 2)

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!

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A bookaholic that went out of control.... I eat, sleep and breathe books. Well, lately I do other stuff.

Discussion

10 thoughts on “Library Loot: April 7-13, 2010 (Part 2)

  1. So glad to know you enjoyed The Penelopiad. And even happier to know that you’re now keen on reading the rest of the Myth Series. I’ve already made it a personal goal to read all of them one day (though some books seem relatively more obscure than others)..

    Posted by Michelle | April 11, 2010, 1:20 am
    • I’d love to organise the Canongate Myth series with you, I just need to find out how to install Mr. Linky on wordpress and I’m ready to go. But please let me know when you are ready. If we need to stretch a little that would be reading the Myth series and reading the originals back-to-back! (I can say this with assurance because I have read the bible back-to-back 🙂 that is a tick box for Philip Pullman’s Jesus the Good man and Christ the Scoundrel, hope I got the title right)

      Posted by JoV | April 15, 2010, 12:31 pm
  2. Wow Jo, I’m having a little case of book envy 😛 .. It’s hard to get good titles here, and for that reason alone, I can’t wait to get to the UK,albeit only for a while. Do enjoy your books! I’m going to be checking out the challenges you’ve mentioned and see if I can adhere to any 🙂

    Posted by Joanna | April 11, 2010, 2:59 am
  3. A wonderful selection of books – jealous! I really do have to get around to reading the Atwood I have on my TBR pile. I am a huge fan of McCall Smith too, but sounds like I haven’t read as many of his books as you – enjoy!

    I have just given you an award at Booklover Book Reviews, http://bookloverbookreviews.blogspot.com/2010/04/awards-ceremony.html

    Posted by Booklover Book Reviews | April 11, 2010, 5:11 am
  4. Great loot! Glad you enjoyed Kitchen! I´ve been wanting to read An Artist of the Floating World for a while (it´s such an amazing title), looking forward to your review. I liked what I´ve read of Kureishi, after I got used to his explicitness 😀 Hope you have fun on your trip 🙂

    Posted by Bina | April 11, 2010, 1:43 pm
    • Explicitness aye? I like it! 😉 it’s an amazing title isn’t it… “Floating world” just need to know what that means…

      just got back from my trip. Belfast smashes all my preconception and comes up as one of the top beautiful cities in Europe. Bristol is great too. One day I’ll drop by your shores too.. that was my plan. 😉

      Posted by JoV | April 15, 2010, 12:39 pm
  5. Let me warn you about ‘floating world’. I have enjoyed other Ishiguro books, but not this one. Considering that we have similar tastes, you might not like it either!

    Posted by Anamika | April 12, 2010, 7:17 am
    • Hmmm. I am worried now.

      I am a little ambivalent about Ishiguro’s “Never Let Me Go” and “Nocturnes” and still trying to grasp the reason why he is herald as a good writer. I am just intrigue of him being a writer. I also get a little upset when people classify him as Japanese author. Because most of his works bear no traces of being Japanese. So when this book came up, I’m curious how he would handle Japanese characters.

      Posted by JoV | April 15, 2010, 12:43 pm

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Ratings Defined

0 = Abandon the book after first chapter

1 = Waste of paper, we will see what the environmentalist say about this!

2 = Skip it, read the book if you have got nothing better to do

2.5 = An average book, easily forgettable.

3 = A good read.

3.5 = A good entertaining read, a page-turner

4 = So glad that I read the book, a book with substance and invaluable for future reference

4.5 = So glad that I read the book, would pester everyone to read it, invaluable, I would want to own it and wouldn't mind a second read (something that I seldom do)

5 = The book is so good that I feel like I am on scale 4 and 4.5, and more, it blew me away and lingers on my head for weeks!

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JoV's bookshelf: read
Hold Tight
The Fault in Our Stars
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
The Thief
Mockingjay
Catching Fire
A Tale for the Time Being
Into the Darkest Corner
The Liars' Gospel
Goat Mountain
Strange Weather In Tokyo
Strange Shores
And the Mountains Echoed
Ten White Geese
One Step Too Far
The Innocents
The General: The ordinary man who became one of the bravest prisoners in Guantanamo
White Dog Fell from the Sky
A Virtual Love
The Fall of the Stone City


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