Library Loot #5

  • 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:

**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?

Moving on to what I picked up this week:

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.

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21 thoughts on “Library Loot #5

  1. I haven’t started the Uglies series yet but I want to. I have The Picture of Dorian Gray in my library pile too.
    I have to take 2 back unread tomorrow. So sad.

    • I don’t know very much about the Uglies series, but I hear the name dropped around. A GR group is reading it this month, so I figured now is good a time than never to try it!

      Put ’em on a for-later list! Although it will surely get eaten by your main TBR or current reading list, ahh.

      • The Uglies trilogy is great, I own all of them, but I got stuck halfway through Specials (the last one). It just wasn’t as appealing, I don’t know why. I think I’ll try to re-read them…

      • There are so many books checked out under my account that I had to create a reading schedule based on due dates. Is that sad? If I follow it, I won’t get around to reading Uglies until the end of the month.

      • I read my books in a very strange order, so I totally get it. I actually have to go and pick up some books and I’m going to drop off some unread ones because they’re taking tooo long and they’re not that interesting.

      • See, I have the worst time getting rid of the boring books, even. Once I start I want to finish the whole thing. …I have “letting go” issues.

      • I am that way unless it’s only been a few pages and I can’t remember the character’s names. Like the one I returned, I was only 15 pages in, so I wasn’t really invested yet.

  2. I don’t like returning books unread but its unavoidable unless I can learn to practice more restraint.
    You have some great loot – enjoy!

  3. Oh it’s so hard to return unread books isn’t it? I hope you make it through the rest of your loot :) I keep hearing about The Uglies as well, might have to check that out one day. When my tbr pile isn’t so teetery tall! (I think I just made up a word there, lol) Have a great week!

    • I hope I do, too, and I have so many books out! What’s worse than returning a book unread is a book half-finished. I’ve accumulated many fines this way, just so that I can finish a book. I don’t mind the charge as long as I get to the end!

      Thanks for dropping by!

  4. I also hate returning books, but it happens more often than I’d like. The Maze Runner trilogy is great-definitely put that at the top of your tbr list! I have The Knife of Never Letting Go on hold right now :D

    • Looks like I will be returning another unread book, too, unless I can read Graceling in 3 days with the addition of 2 other books. I hate due dates, although I admit they help push me to read. (Otherwise I’d be undecided about which book to start first!)

      I’d really like to read The Maze Runner, and I’m so easily distracted by other books. I need a note by my side so that I remember to put in a request once I’ve gotten through my current stack.

      Awesome! I hope we both enjoy The Knife of Never Letting Go!

  5. WOW! What a list. Seriously, how do you manage to read all of these? I do not understand it, and probably never shall. Never the less, you’ve proceeded in adding another book to my wishlist–A Maze Runner. *Sigh* It does look like you have some fabulous books here.

    Ooooooh. Austen. Yeah. Bleh. I’m reading Mansfield Park and the first 299 pages have been like pulling teeth to find a plot. Still, I’ve heard her other books are much better and maybe don’t want you to go tra-la-la-la-la let’s jump off a cliff. haha!

    • My last two library hauls (this one and yesterday’s) consist of books I’m very eager to read, and for that I’d say they are my favorite loot so far. I’ve had to return certain books, either for due dates or to spare me larger fees — I just made a ‘forced return’ shelf on GR so that I can keep track ahh!

      Doesn’t Maze Runner sound good? It seems like a captive read. I’m determined to keep my library stack low, so once I have most of them read Maze Runner definitely gets a request.

      Mansfield Park is one of the few Austen stories I’m not very familiar with, but I’ve read several so-so reviews on it. Good luck reaching the end! It’s not fun reading a book you’re not connecting to. I enjoyed a film adaption I once saw of Northanger Abbey, and I think it’s one of her shorter novels? I hope to enjoy it at any rate.

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