- 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.
Whoa, I have about 15 books too many right now, more on hold, and even more I’m waiting on to be held. Eight or so library books accompanied me home last week, and with 14 items that needed pick-up, some were let go and returned. (Of course, I’m now keeping a list of these unread/unfinished books so that I can check them out at later dates… because that’s realistic with the crazy amount of requests I put in. I did feel a twinge of “Nooo!” when I returned 2 Molière books — likewise with The Postmortal (aka The End Specialist, UK edition — also with a prettier cover) and Sea of Shadow, and they’re all on my for-later list.) Ideally, I want my Loot Tower down to at least 5 books. At least 5… one day.
The following 4, with 2 extra (not pictured), are what remain from last week; I returned everything else. (Pause for feeling resentful. Does anyone else hate returning unread library books, or is that only me?)
First up, I got a couple dystopian novels and a few poetry collections:
- Uglies by Scott Westerfield
- XVI by Julia Karr
- Poems: The Weight of Oranges, Miner’s Pond, Skin Divers by Anne Michaels
- Rose by Li-Young Lee (not pictured)
- The Dark of the Sun by Umberto Saba (Translated by Christopher Millis)
**I need a post-it note that reads “CHECK OUT MAZE RUNNER” — it will stick right on my desk so that I don’t forget! I marked it to read before I discovered Karr’s and Westerfield’s novels, and — like I said in my last Library Loot post — I’m still impatient for YA dystopian male narrators. (I’m neglecting the fact that I have The Knife of Never Letting Go to read.)
For anyone curious, the other book not pictured is The Snark Handbook by Lawrence Dorfman — I forgot it was on the living room couch with Young’s collection and A Picture of Dorian Gray. So far I’ve read a quarter of the way through Dorfman’s book, and it serves mildly entertaining but not too laugh-out-loud funny. It is witty, blunt, and insulting — not bad, but I’m in the mood for plots (and, as it may seem, good poetry)!
I also read Saba’s The Dark of the Sun (twice, now going on a third time), and I don’t think I’ve felt this interested in a poet since discovering Rilke and Morley. I don’t review poetry — I read lots of it, however, and I read enough to know what I like and dislike in poetic styles. Still, I feel extremely amateur in reviewing poetry, but I want to share my new love for Umberto Saba with someone. So: if you have any interest in poetry, I highly recommend that you test Saba. (Afterward, you must instantly decide that you love his work, too, and then talk to me so that we can squee together… or something.) This collection is the only Saba book my library has, so further reading will be on my dime, but it will be money worth spending.
Excerpt from A Memory by Umberto Saba (trans. by C. Millis):
What if —
I thought — he doesn’t like me and tomorrow doesn’t show up?
Tomorrow he did not show up. Then there was pain,
a kind of spasm toward night;
(today I know) that was no friendship,
that was love;
the first, and there was joy in it
between the hills and the sea of Trieste.
But why can’t I sleep, today,
when this happened, I think, fifteen years ago?
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
- A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
- Alvin Ho by Lenore Look & illustrated by LeUyen Pham
I recently saw the trailer for the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie, and 3 thoughts came into realization: a) It’s a series? b) I never watched the first film and c) I never read the book. The book is highly rated, although I read Greg fails to undergo character growth… This worries me, since I checked it out with the intention of reading it as well as liking it. Alvin Ho is lumped in a list of books similar to Kinney’s, so a request was put in — I’ve read positive reviews, so I hope to like Alvin’s story. (I very much adore the characters and humor found in Cowell’s How to Train Your Dragon, which resulted in a restored appreciation for juvenile fiction. Come at me, middle grade.)
The one book I am most eager to read, though, is Ness’s A Monster Calls! You can bet I’ll have it read by today, even. I have high expectations, which usually scares me: what if the book fails to live up? Disappointment ensues! I’m not worried — I still have the first Chaos Walking book checked out and unread, but I have faith in Patrick Ness.
Ooh, classics. On the left sits Austen’s Northanger Abbey, requested as part of my “Austen in August” participation. My schedule with Pride & Prejudice is moving slower than I’d like — either I overwhelm myself by staring at the high book stack (poor me), I’m busy, or I’m lazy from being busy and hence do nothing (and not reading is part of doing nothing). Hopefully I can finish Pride & Prejudice by the end of this week so that I can start the next Austen novel! I’d like to read A Study in Scarlet (pictured right) now, but I will wait until I’ve finished my current Oscar Wilde book.
Last to enter my loot list is Quiet by Susan Cain. I heard a whispering hype before its released, which shot into loud praise. Really, I’m personally excited to start reading it. As an introvert, I imagine I may find this book a comforting read, if anything. One element I have bet against is dry text — when presented with an informative book, I sometimes face information-overload. The style essentially lacks as the voice drones robotic-like, and I lose will to continue reading. Many reviews compliment Cain’s style, and from a sneak-peak read, I think I can agree.