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Library Loot: April 28 to May 4

Library Loot is co-hosted weekly by Eva and Marg.

I have been trying to restrain myself from borrowing too many books from the library. Due to chaotic past week that I had, I have to pay an overdue fine for 5 books today. 😦

This morning, I took back from the library:

 

So much for that, Lionel Shriver – Lionel Shriver is my kind of author. So any new book published by her would be treat for me. I have read The post birthday girl, We need to talk about Kevin and lesser known Game Control. Although I didnt quite like We need to talk about Kevin that much to qualify it as my favourite.

This one is about Shep Knacker who save up his life savings and is about to fulfil his retirement dream and live a life free of the daily grind. Unfortunately his wife broke his dream bubble, she is ill and need his medical insurance. Shep’s insurance  is not sufficient to cover it and he has to make the decision between giving up his dreams and giving up his nest egg to his wife. Illustrating how a mrriage is both stressed and strengthened by medical crisis, it will be interesting to put forth the question of : how much is one life’s worth?

The Orientalist and the Ghost, Susan Barker – While making my way out to the exit of the library, I picked up The Orientalistnd the Ghost by Susan Barker. Key word Malayan jungle 1951, communist guerillas, Kuala Lumpur 1969, a quick flip through the pages, DAP, UMNO Malaysian Malay ethnic political party, Malaysian famous landmarks etc.. ok that piqued my interest big time. It’s settled. I have to read this.

As soon as I got out the library, I found another 5 books down the road… that will be my next post. 😉

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About JoV

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

Discussion

5 thoughts on “Library Loot: April 28 to May 4

  1. Very restrained of you to take out only two books from the library, I managed three 🙂

    I have only read one book of Lionel Shrivers which was We Need to Talk About Kevin, it would be wrong to say I enjoyed it pretty twisted but a very well written book. I interested to see your thoughts on another of her books.

    Posted by jessicabookworm | May 1, 2010, 10:51 am
  2. Those two sound really interesting! I still haven´t read any Lionel Shriver, where would you recommend I start?
    I couldn´t really restrain myself with my loot as successfully as yours 😦

    Posted by Bina | May 1, 2010, 10:58 am
    • If you like something dark and twisted, it would be “We need to talk about Kevin”. If you want to read something wicked about marriage and relationship choices, I absolutely love “The Post birthday girl” which is sort of like the movie The Sliding door and my favourite. “Game Control” is wicked too. I suggest you can start with “The Perfect family”? One that I haven’t read, and maybe you can give me some idea how it’s like! LOL. 😉

      Posted by JoV | May 1, 2010, 9:15 pm
      • I love dark and twisted, and wicked! 😀 It´ll probably come down to what my library has of her works. I bet it´s just Kevin, but if they´ve got Perfect family I´ll get in and let you know :)Although that´s bad for my library resolution!

        Posted by Bina | May 2, 2010, 12:55 pm
  3. Oh, you have got Shriver’s latest book! Can’t wait to read your review.

    Posted by Anaamica | May 3, 2010, 4:14 am

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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!

Books Read

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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