Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Marg from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries! This week Marg has the link.
Two weeks ago I took my boys to Reading Town Centre to see my banker and also paid a visit to the Reading Central Library.
The local library left much to be desired, but whenever I am in the Central library I usually see a lot of books that caught my attention. I have been very good in keeping my library books down to two at one time, but responding to the call of maxing out my library loans (due to the recent threat of the government to close down a few), I said to myself what the heck, lets do this for the local libraries even if I take out books that I wouldn’t have time to read anyway.
So here are some of them….
Pile 1: Pile of books that may go great with my Cornish Butter and Sultana Scones would be:
The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles – The blurb offers no spoilers. One of Paul Bowles’ famous work, the Sheltering Sky is about two couples who wander into the Sahara desert and face the undercurrent of an alien culture and dangers of the desert. Bowles went to Tangier, Morocco in 1947 and live there until his death in 1999. Many of his novels are set in Morocco, which piques my interest no end.
The Last Orders by Graham Swift and Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively are two Man Booker Prize Winners 1996 and 1987 respectively. I am doing quite well on the Man Booker Prize reading, although I don’t like most of them but I am determine to try to read them all anyway. Perverse, I know.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – I have mix feeling about this book, yet this may be an intriguing, horrifying?, sci-fi read about the famous monster that I have heard so much about. Have you read this? If so, what do you think about it? Should I read it?
Then comes a book I couldn’t pronounce both the title and the name of the author, here goes: One day in the life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. I applaud you if you manage and will kiss your leg if you manage to spell it after the first glance! The novel is a product of poor Solzhenitsyn’s 8 years (1945 – 1953) in the Russian gulag because he was charged for making derogatory remark about Stalin. That was not to be the end of his tribulation, in 1974 he was deported from the country for publishing “The Gulag Archipelago”, and it wasn’t until 1994 that he was allowed to return home. At 143 pages, the least I can do is get to know this great courageous man who wrote the book.
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell – again another mix feeling about this one. Some love it, some hate it, but I heard more people who hate it than loving it. This is going to be made a movie, if I heard it right. I like Ghostwritten a lot, let’s see what I make of this.
Hell by Yasutaka Tsutsui – Read The Maid last September, kind of like it. Hell is his better known one. Easy read, won’t take long.
The Boat to Redemption by Su Tong – this book is the winner of Asian Man Literary Booker Prize 2009. First book on my mission to complete all the winners on the prize list. The shortlist for 2010 is out and the winner will be announced in March.
Pile 2: Pile of books that may go great with a mango, except I am nowhere near one:
Earlier that week, I took home two other books from the library.
A Case of Exploding Mangoes – I have heard so much about this book and wanted to read it for awhile. It’s a political satire and speculation about the cause of a Hercules C130 plane that went down together with Pakistan’s military dictator General Zia ul Haq and the American Ambassador in 17 August 1988. Promise to be both witty and hilarious, I am sure this book would be a joy ride.
I can’t help picking this book up, because HG Wells’ Kipps is presented in this new edition of a very unique cover.
The book cover was designed by both graduates of Norwich University College of the Arts Luke Roberts and Simon Harry Cox is on the shelves of bookshops nationwide after their hardback cover concepts for a set of novels by H G Wells were commissioned by Orion Publishing Group.
The five book series covers some of Wells’s non-science-fiction work: Tono-Bungay, Ann Veronica, The History of Mr Polly, Love & Mr Lewisham and Kipps. The books have been released under the publisher’s W&N imprint.
The book cover is like a retro newspaper, with everything that you would expect from a book, i.e. the title, reviews from publishers, the introduction, the blurb, and even the bar code and price of the book are placed strategically (and traditionally placed on all hardback books) on the newspaper article that serves its purpose.
If you don’t know about Kipps, Artie Kipps is a poor orphan who inherited a fortune, and was catapulted into the high society and has to learn to be a proper gentleman overnight. Of course there is a lot more to being a gentleman than it would first appear….
A copy of Kipps’ e-book can be downloaded from here. Please help yourself to it.
Not sure if I would read all of my library loot, what with work, home, TBR dare (I am suppose to read more from my own shelf) and all, but this lot from the library sure looks very, very enticing!