Saturday, March 14, 2009

Library Loot

I went to the library the other day just to get out of the house. I have a stack of books that I'm happy enough with. Plodding my way through them. But Elliot likes the library. He likes looking out the window and watching the cars go by (which he can't do from our front window to his major disappointment!). So I took him. I didn't really browse, like I said, there's nothing I really need. I felt like some lighter reading, so I picked up Rumour Has It by Jill Mansell and came home satisfied. Elliot though, was unhappy. He wanted more Thomas the Tank Engine books. So after pre-school the other day, I took him to another more child orientated library. It's located next to a secondary school and we arrived just as the school run had started. Lots of traffic, I was beginning to regret this spur of the moment decision to make a SECOND trip to the library in one day. I am so glad that I did go though. Look at this great loot!

1. Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami - Haruki Murakami being one of my favouritest authors ever! I seriously adore his books.

2. Goodnight, Beautiful by Dorothy Koomson - Finally another Dorothy Koomson book for me to get wrapped up in. I love the way I just fall into her stories. I'll probably cry reading this one. It's exactly what I need right now.

3. Rumour Has It by Jill Mansell - I always find Mansell's books to be enjoyable. Like I said, I really need something light and satisfying right now. I'm just in that mood. I'm nearly finished with this one actually.

4. Testimony by Anita Shreve - After Pilot's Wife, I read everything Anita Shreve wrote. And then my interest in her books petered off and I didn't keep up with her anymore. I'm giving her another try, we used to have a relationship. That counts for something with me.

5. A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby - Again with Nick Hornby. I really liked most of his books. I've heard mediocre reviews for this one, but what the hell. I'll give it a try.

6. The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb - I'm a bit embarassed by my reaction in the library to this one. It was seriously a really loud gasp followed by 'oh my god!' as I snatched this book off the shelf. I didn't even care that there were other people in the aisle with me that gave me funny looks. I'm looking forward to this one.

Plus, to make things EVEN better, I picked up these two books in the library sale. 20 pence, they were. I can't go wrong for that price. Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo and Framed by Frank Cottrell Boyce.


  1. I've got three unread Anita Shreve books that I picked up a charity shop last summer. I think I'll give that Murakami bloke a try since you have such a high regard for him.

  2. Free books plus bargain books! What's not to like about that??? Enjoy!

  3. Well done on your library haul. I want to read Private Peaceful, so I can't wait to hear what you think of it. I have just bought a Dorothy Koomsden book - My Best Friends Girl, after you said how good she was. I have just finished reading The Reader - all I can say is wow! First one off the list for the 1% challenge.

  4. I haven't read Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman yet, but it's hard to go wrong with Murakami. Same goes for Nick Hornby. I've heard that one isn't his best too, but it should still be worth reading.

  5. Sorry to hear that you have a house of poorly people. Hope it will all ease up soon for you.

  6. I love books and free- that's heaven.

  7. This is some great loot! I get really excited when I find a book that I've been wanting to is such a great feeling :)

  8. I really enjoy reading Dorothy Koomson's books! There is no sign of Goodnight, Beautiful on the shelves either at the library or at the bookstores but if needs be I will order it from the UK eventually.


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