I’m having my chill-out 1-week annual leave at home. On one of those leisure stroll into the Central Library last Tuesday, I took my time to look out for a good loot. My personal tips on increasing your chances on stumbling across great find: You have to be there on a weekday, you should take a look at the “Just Returned” shelf, and then the non-fiction shelf. That was how I found the books that I have ‘always’ wanted to read. 😉
So here’s my find:
From top to bottom:
- Quran: A biography by Bruce Lawrence – recommended by Maphead who reads great non-fiction books.
- After the Banquet by Yukio Mishima. Hmm I think I had it on my pile awhile back, I have to return it and borrow it again, I intend to read this with The Sailor who fell from Grace to do a back-to-back comparison for books by the same author in a Japanese literature mini-challenge.
- Weight by Jeanette Winterson – another to add on the list of Canongate Myth series.
- Sky Burial by Xinran, uncover the strange ritual of Tibetan saying goodbyes to their dead by leaving the dead bodies as a feast of the vultures and eagles.
- China: the Balance Sheet, another one recommended by Maphead.
- Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf – no idea it is so slim, right this one goes into my basket too.
- Identity by Milan Kundera – Love The Unbearable Lightness of Being so much and I hope this one doesn’t disappoints.
- Budapest by Chico Buraque – read about the journey of a Brazilian journalist to Budapest. Nothing particular except I’m going to Budapest, Vienna and Slovakia this fall term break and I’m excited about the trip and would be nice to read about Budapest.
- Life & Times of Michael K by J.M. Coetzee – I love his other booker prize winning novel Disgrace, hope this one doesn’t disappoints as it won the same prize too.
- Yalo by Elias Khoury – introduced by the Arabic Lit Summer reading Challenge it is about how differently the world is seen through the eyes of a militia member of the Lebanese Civil war.
This is my idea of a great loot because it contains some of great titles that I wanted to read, from non-fiction and fiction alike, and they are all so slim, no clunky chunksters here!
Anyway I better get down to reading before the summer ends, have a great bank holiday to everyone in the UK and a lovely holiday everyone!