Thursday, January 28, 2010

There goes my idea to read my OWN books...

I had this brilliant plan. I was going to read all my library books and then stop acquiring books for awhile and read my own books. I wasn't going to pick up books from the library (with the exception of graphic novels), I was going to go to charity shops, I made all of my books to be inactive on the book-swapping site I use. And then this morning, I realised my plan's major flaw.

Which is, that in all the years I've been a library card holder, I have never once left the library with nothing.

It's just impossible. Have you ever done that? Returned your big stack of books and left with .. nothing? I certainly haven't, and despite my well-laid plans, who am I break a lifetime's tradition? Who was I kidding anyway?

Before this morning's trip, however, I did finish two of my own books and started a third. So the whole plan wasn't such a huge failure. I do plan to balance more of my own books with my library books this time. Things won't work otherwise. Anyway, here are the books I ended up with today:

Manga Shakespeare: Hamlet and Manga Shakespeare: King Lear - I've not read either of these plays. And I've always meant to. The library had these in new, and had a few other Shakespeare plays I've never gotten around to, but because I am a picture of self-restraint these days (AHAHA!) I only picked up these two.

Tales of the City and More Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin - I always wondered about these books. I seem to vaguely recall some positive comments about them, then a book I read recently mentioned them. I saw them in the library today and I thought 'here's my chance'

The Comical Tradegy or Tragical Comedy of Mr Punch by Neil Gaimain, illustrations by Dave McKean - never heard of this graphic novel before. I was sort of looking for a Sandman GN, but I couldn't remember where to start and this one looked like a stand-alone. I'm really trying with graphic novels, but I feel like I'm flailing around, unsure of where to start.

Terry Pratchett's The Light Fantastic, the Graphic Novel - You might have noticed my current obsession with Terry Pratchett? In the last 6 weeks, I've read three of his novels, and have checked out a further five novels (Reaper Man, not pictured, leftover library loot) I just can't get enough. Why did nobody tell me before?

The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi - I've read some reviews of Oyeyemi and remembered that my library stocked this one. I'm not as thrilled to read it so I can see myself returning this book shortly. Unless someone convinces me otherwise, of course!

And finally, The Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky, and Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett - I recently read Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents and absolutely adored it, so I was thrilled to see his other YA novels in my library. I'm hoping it won't be Pratchett overload though.

Here are the books that I picked up in my favourite charity shop's sale:

Marley and Me by Josh Grogan

Notes From A Small Island by Bill Bryson

Property by Valerie Martin

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen

At 50p a book I'm not sure I need to give reasons as to why I purchased these books. I'm still wondering why I didn't pick up MORE books at that price.


  1. But what fabulous books you came home with.

    Loved A Hat Full of Sky and Wintersmith. Loved The Sugar Queen. Loved The Icarus Girl. Loved them all!

    I am just the same as you I cannot come out of the library empty handed. My hands start to shake and I come out in a cold sweat. The need to refill my bookbag is just over powering.

  2. Let us know what you think of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I've flipped through it in the library and I just didn't get it - the concept, the appeal, the reason it exists...

  3. I loved the Sugar Queen! I do the same thing - I have trouble reading books I own vs. books I get from the library. Am not yet troubled over this.

    Not that you need more suggestions, but have you read Juliet Marillier's books? I adored her Sevenwaters books - starting w/ Daughter of the Forest. I think you'd enjoy them.

    Happy reading!

  4. I can't leave the library with nothing either. There's just no way for me to do that - it's even pretty hard for me to leave with just one or two books. I've been doing pretty well lately, by using the strategy of not bringing a library bag, but today it all fell apart and I came home with a large, teetery, hard-to-carry stack of 14. You are not alone!

  5. Speaking of Pride and Prejudice (but without the zombies), either the 28th or 29th of January is the date of its publication (I've read different dates in different places). I made a little tribute to the book - more specifically to the Bennet sisters - here:

    And a general question - any recommendations for good books set in the era of Regency England and written by contemporary authors?

  6. I had the same thought this month! I kept to it, mostly...I only came home with two extra books when I went to drop off the big stack. I also find it very difficult to leave with nothing...I mean, all those books are just sitting there waiting to be read! :-)

  7. I have never managed to leave the library empty handed either. The only way that ever happens is if I only put the books that I am returning into the outside chutes and not actually go in the doors.

    Lots of good loot there!

  8. I'm in the middle of a similar plan, and I'm being about as successful! ;)

    But then, Pratcett, Bryson, Gaiman... It'd be just wrong to let these books slip you by... :)


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