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Library Loot: December 1st to 7th

December 3, 2010

I skipped doing LL last week, so this week I have over 30 books to talk about! That means the vlog is rather long again (16 minutes), so I’ve included narrative in the covers/links section if you don’t feel like watching the video. A couple disclaimers about the vlog: first, four books are missing! Two (The Evil Genuis and The Ascent of Mount Fuji) because I already read them & returned them and two (Dead Souls and The Balkan Trilogy) because I missed them when I was stacking the books up. But I write about them all further down in the post. ;) Second, a couple of times you’ll hear a small child crying in the background. I was hoping my webcam wouldn’t pick it up, which is why I don’t really react to it in the video, lol. But that’s my niece! She had been given a time out, which tends to upset her, and her bedroom is quite close to my reading room. So yeah, I promise we don’t torture her. ;)

Vlog (if you’re seeing this in a feed reader, click through for the video to appear):

Covers/linked titles:

I chose Ancestor Stones by Aminatta Forna from a list I made for the African Diaspora Challenge, because Amy and Kinna’s recent Ghana week put in the mood for West African lit. This is set in Sierra Leone, so it fits the bill! Meanwhile, A Persian Requiem by Simin Daneshvar is part of my sudden dreaming for the Middle East. A White Teacher Talks About Race by Julie Landsman was an impulse grab off the shelves, when I was looking for another book. I’m working on my teaching certification, and I’ll be teaching in multicultural neighbourhoods, so it sounded relevant.


I’ve wanted to read The Balkan trilogy by Olivia Manning since 2007 (when a blogger did a challenge of forgotten once-popular authors), but my old library didn’t have her. CB’s recent post on Manning remindeded me to check my new catalogue, and I was delighted to see I could read it! My forays into 18th century literature this year continue with Belinda by Maria Edgeworth . So far I’ve enjoyed all of the authors I’ve tried: let’s hope my streak continues! I suddenly realised I’d barely read any Irish authors this year (or ever, really), so I went back to check out all of the titles y’all recommended to me. Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd called out to me, and it was on the shelves at my local branch (important, since I’m almost always at my 20 hold limit).


I checked out The Calcutta Chromosome by Amitav Ghosh earlier this year but didn’t get to it before moving. I requested it again since I adored Sea of Poppies, and I’m curious to see how Ghosh handles science-thriller stuff. Gavin mentioned Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko as a possible modern classic in a comment on my post about defining ‘literary’ books. I hadn’t heard of it, but as soon as I looked it up, I knew I had to read it! The Crusades through Arab Eyes by Amin Maalouf is a bit of a consolation prize: Maphead did a great review of Destiny Disrupted, a history of Islamic culture by an Afghani-American author. I checked it out from my old library, but moved before I could read it. Imagine my surprise when my new library didn’t carry it! I’ve put in a purchase request, but until then I’ll read about a different era history by a Lebanese author.


I’ve read and loved Gogol’s short stories, so it’s about time I gave Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol a go. And it’s translated by Pevear and Volokhonsky, of course! ;) Eating India by Chitrita Banerji came up when I was doing a different catalogue search. I love Indian food, and I’ve begun cooking it at home this year, but I have a lot more to learn about it all so this seemed perfect! Egg on Mao by Denise Chong is me giving Chong a second try. I read her biography, The Girl in the Picture last year and thought it woudl have been better at 300 pages than 400. This one is only 250 pages, so I have high hopes!


I love Indian lit, but I tend to read more men authors. I’m not sure why that is, but I’ve decided it’s about time to get to know more Indian woman writers! Fire on the Mountain by Anita Desai seemed like a good place to start, since Desai is such a big figure. I began my fascination with Burma a couple of years ago…since then, I’ve read several books on the country, but I have yet to read the writings of its most famous citizen. Freedom from Fear by Aung San Suu Kyi is her earlier book. I’d heard about The Gentle Axe by R.N. Morris, first in a mystery series set in historical Russia, awhile ago. But it was the review of the most recent one over at We Be Reading that made me decide to go ahead and give it a go!


The Habit by Elizabeth Kuhns was an impulse grab. I meant to pick up Sister: the story of Catholic Nuns in America, but this one was rigth next to it on the shelves, and it just appealed to me more! The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo arrived for me just in time: I’ve been craving Hugo since finishing Vargas Llosa’s criticism of Les Mis. :) I’ve been in a Caribbean mood lately, so The Kingdom of This World by Alejo Carpentier lets me keep that going!


Tony (of Tony’s Reading List) reviews a lot of classic Japanese lit. His post on a different Soseki novel made me search my catalogue. I’m not sure why, but Kokoro by Natsume Sōseki caught my eye. Another blogger, Cobblestonesea, is responsible for me getting Mad, Bad and Sad by Lisa Appignanesi. I’ve got quite a few women’s studies nonfiction books this week: even though Women Unbound has officially ended, I’m not giving up my addiction any time soon! ;) Medea and Her Children by Ludmila Ulitskaya was another request do to a blogger: Maria of the Boston Bibliophile in this case, and her 2008 review that she linked to during her Russian Extravaganza last month.


I was on Twitter a couple of days ago when Claire (of Paperback Reader) asked if I’d read Naughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman yet. I hadn’t even heard of it, but upon looking it up, I had to have it! I was so dedicated that I waded through large amounts of middle schoolers at my library in order to find it in the young adult section. ;) As I mentioned, I’ve been craving Middle Eastern lit lately: Portrait of a Turkish Family by Irgan Orga is part of that. I read about it in Ardent Reader’s Books about Turkey post. I requested Powder Necklace by Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond right after Amy’s review; I was so excited that one of the books from her and Kinna’s Ghana week was actually available at my library!


Secret Son by Laila Lalami is another part of my Middle Eastern mood; I’ve been wanting to try Lalami for awhile, but my old library didn’t have her. I’ve also been in more of a novel than short story phase this year, which is why I’m starting with her second book. Jenny’s review made me request The Sundial by Shirley Jackson; I loved We Have Always Lived in the Castle and The Haunting of Hill House, but I thought those were Jackson’s only novels! I’m glad that I was mistaken. When I was looking for West African authors on my African diaspora list, Without a Name and Under the Tongue by Yvonne Vera also caught my eye. I haven’t read anything about Zimbabwe in a couple of years, so it’s about time to revisit it!


When I was looking up The Crusades Through Arab Eyes, The Gardens of Light by Amin Maalouf also came up. It’s fiction by the same author, and I thought it’d be neat to compare his styles! I noticed Rapunzel’s Daughters by Rose Weitz on the shelves when I was picking up a different book at the library. It’s about women’s relationships with their hair, and as someone who has gone from a pixie cut to quite long hair over the past four years (with various stops in between), it just sounded neat. I don’t need a reason to request The Evil Genius by Wilkie Collins: I love Collins and I plan to read all of his stuff eventually! I already finished this one, which is why it didn’t appear in the vlog: I returned it.

Finally, I couldn’t find a cover for The Ascent of Mount Fuji by Chingiz Aitmatov and Kaltai Mukhamedzhanov. This is a play I came across when researching my Central Asia book list. I already read and returned it, and will talk about it more on Sunday, but let me tell you it was wonderful!

Have you read any of these? Any advice on where to start?

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  1. December 3, 2010 4:37 am

    I think this post goes to support your poll that Library Loot posts should appear every week!

    I am *so* excited about you reading Naughts and Crosses! I am really interested in what you will make of the race issues and how the alternate reality subverts the status quo. Bog Child is also a fantastic YA novel and worth wading through a mass of middle graders.

    I’m looking forward to your thoughts on many of these but especially Mad, Bad and Sad and The Sundial.

    • December 13, 2010 3:19 am

      lol: very true Claire! :)

      I’ve read both Naughts & Crosses and Bog Child now (and The Sundial for that matter), so I’ll be posting on them soon!

  2. December 3, 2010 4:56 am

    I seriously love your Library Loot posts, Eva! They’re so awesome and inspiring.

  3. December 3, 2010 5:59 am

    wow – Ancestor Stones takes me back. It was one of the first books I blogged about nearly two years ago. I hope you enjoy it more than I did. Such a great selection of books. I have quite a collection of Siobhan Dowd books to read. I have heard great things about her work. It is such a shame she died before she saw how successful her books would become.

    • December 13, 2010 3:20 am

      That is a shame. :( I’ve read Bog Child now, and I definitely want to read more of her. Was she primarily YA?

  4. December 3, 2010 6:40 am

    Great group Eva! I have Ceremony on my shelf. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it. :)

    • December 13, 2010 3:20 am

      I hope I’ll get to it in the next couple of days!

  5. December 3, 2010 6:54 am

    Wow. As always, I am stunned by the number of fascinating books you’ve managed to collect from the library. Eating India is definitely one I’m going to need to track down!

    • December 13, 2010 3:20 am

      lol! Sometimes my back is stunned too. ;)

  6. December 3, 2010 7:03 am

    Oh how fun. So many books sound great. I’ve been tempted by Mad Bad and Sad when I’ve seen it on the shelves, and can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the Wilkie and Hunchback of Notre Dame. Also interested in the Sierra Leone book and Kinna’s getting me much more interested in West African lit as well!

    • December 13, 2010 3:20 am

      I’ll be posting on the Wilkie tomorrow! :)

  7. December 3, 2010 7:35 am

    A great collection of books Eva. If you like Ghosh you should check out The Glass Palace, I read it years ago and loved it.
    Bog Child and Noughts and Crosses are both great books, and books that I requested to teach in school and luckily managed to convince the school to buy class sets. I still haven’t got the right age group to teach Bog Child to but have taught Noughts and Crosses twice. Last year to an all white very weak literacy class who loved it and it certainly made them think about their views. This year I’m teaching it to 12 kids 5 of whom are black and its great to hear the discussions and questions that they ask from this book.

    • December 13, 2010 3:21 am

      Wow Katrina: you must be an awesome teacher! :D And I will look into Glass Palace; thanks for the rec. :)

  8. December 3, 2010 8:02 am

    You always find the most interesting looking books. I wish someone would mistake me for a middle schooler!

    • December 13, 2010 3:21 am

      Lol: I wouldn’t *mind* being mistaken for a high schooler, *I guess,* but middle schooler is just offensive. ;)

  9. December 3, 2010 8:17 am

    Wow, what a list. I’ve added three of these titles to my list. I hope you enjoy Ceremony.

    • December 13, 2010 3:22 am

      Which three? I’m really curious about Ceremony!

      • December 13, 2010 8:51 am

        It turned out to be four. “Medea and Her Children”, “Mad Bad and Sad”, “The Crusades Through Arab Eyes” and “Ancestor Stones”:)

  10. December 3, 2010 9:29 am

    Wonderful library loot, Eva! ‘A Persian Requiem’ is a beautiful title! ‘The Balkan Trilogy’ looks like an interesting book. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it. ‘The Crusades through Arab Eyes’ is quite an interesting title and I am sure it has an interesting perspective on the crusades. I want to add this book to my ‘TBR’ list, but I will wait for your review, before doing that :) I have never read a Nikolai Gogol book – one of my friends scared me, when I was young! So, I am looking forward to reading your thoughts on ‘Dead Souls’.

    ‘Eating India’ sounds like a fascinating book. Interesting to know that you like cooking Indian food yourself :) Which is / are your favourite Indian dishes? Do you know how to make Indian style bread (roti / paratha / nan) and pancake (dosa)?

    Hope you enjoy Anita Desai’s ‘Fire on the Mountain’. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it. I have read one book by Anita Desai called ‘In Custody’ and I liked it very much. (It was nominated for the Booker prize in 1984). It was made into a movie by Merchant/Ivory and I am hoping to watch it sometime.

    On ‘Egg on Mao’ – I hope it is an interesting memoir and not one of those Mao-bashing books which keep coming out these days. He was definitely a deeply-flawed leader and definitely one of the dictators of the 20th century, but he did some interesting things too, to improve the situation in his country – I remember reading in Jonathan Spence’s biography of him that Mao was one of the first to go to villages and collect data from people to find out how the situation was, in terms of the standard of living, the way agriculture was practised and the status of the economy and use the findings to propose and implement policies.

    ‘The Gentle Axe’ is such a evocative title – a terrible beauty! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it.

    Nice to see a Victor Hugo book in your library loot :) ‘Mad, Bad & Sad’ is an interesting title! I love the cover of ‘The Evil Genius’ – is that the edition you read? I got a book recently called ‘The Mammoth Book of Vintage Whodunits’. It has short mystery stories by 19th century writers. Some of the stories are by regulars like O.Henry, Edgar Allan Poe, Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson and Baroness Orczy. But it also has surprising stories by Alexander Pushkin, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain (when did he write a whodunit??), Rudyard Kipling, Thomas Hardy and of course, Wilkie Collins :) Thought you might be interested in this book :)

    Kaltai Mukhamedzhanov is some name – looks like a real tongue-twister, doesn’t it?

    • December 13, 2010 3:28 am

      A Persian Requiem is a lovely title! :) I’ve posted now on The Crusades Through Arab Eyes. And as for Gogol, you can always start with his short stories: they’re marvelous!

      I haven’t cooked any Indian bread, because I’m gluten intolerant. But I have made dosas (with chickpea flour!)! I love the website Manjula’s Kitchen (http://www.manjulaskitchen.com/), so in addition to pakoras (which I love sooo much, lol) my favourites to cook are any of the potato or chickpea recipes she has listed. At Indian restaurants, I usually go to buffets, and since I can actually eat almost all the food (as a GF veggie), I just go a bit crazy and always love it all. But I don’t usually pay attention to specific dishes, which is part of why I’m reading the book. ;) And I’m quite curious to see how I react to Desai!

      I’m halfway through Egg on Mao so far; it’s about an incident that took place during the Tiananmen Square protests, so Mao himself isn’t talked about that much. :)

      That’s not the edition of Evil Genius I read: I couldn’t find the cover anywhere. Your Mammoth Book of Vintage Whodunits sounds marvelous! Unfortunately my library doesn’t have it. Maybe I’ll ask for it for my birthday though!

      Funnily enough, Mukhamedzhanov doesn’t look like a tongue-twister to me…I guess that’s what happens when you study Russian long enough. LOL

  11. December 3, 2010 9:57 am

    SO many books I’ve never heard of! Leslie Marmon Silko is definitely on my radar though.

    • December 13, 2010 3:29 am

      Have you read some of Silko? What did you think?

  12. December 3, 2010 10:51 am

    Wow, there’s a lot of good books there! Enjoy!

  13. December 3, 2010 11:38 am

    You always find the most interesting books at your library, Eva. I’ve added several to my list.

    Secret Son is very good, and I also really enjoyed Lalami’s other book, Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits. You should watch her talk at Google (available on YouTube) after reading them as she brings up some very interesting points on trying to avoid writing in an orientalist fashion. We watched in my literature class after reading Hope and it made for a good discussion.

    I’ve been on a Middle East kick for while now, but I’ve concentrated more on nonfiction than literature. Unfortunately, I’m starting to get burnt out. Maybe it is time for me to move on to another section of the world.

    • December 13, 2010 3:30 am

      Thanks for the recommendation re: Lalami’s talk! It sounds just up my alley. :)

      I can get burnt out on geographical areas…I think I’m a bit burnt out on Asia at the moment (I know! It’s huge!), so I understand that. :)

  14. December 3, 2010 1:16 pm

    I have a copy of The Calcutta Chromosome but I’m sure you’ll get to it before I do! It does look very sci-fi dystopian in its scope and I’m quite excited for it, though I feel like it’s probably nothing like Ghosh’s other fiction (though I’ve not read anything else by him to make the comparison).

    Also, that Eating India book looks so good! I really like to try my hand at Indian cooking at home (it’s so flavorful and healthy), but I have a hard time getting my dishes to taste just right.

    • December 13, 2010 3:30 am

      Have you tried Manjula’s Kitchen? It’s my fave Indian cooking website. :D

  15. Martha permalink
    December 3, 2010 1:29 pm

    I have read Habits and the book on the history of Sisters in America. While there is some overlap between the two, both are excellent.

  16. December 3, 2010 1:45 pm

    I now have 7 more books on my TBR list, thanks to you :o) Not that that’s a bad thing–I’ve noticed that you’ve been reading books that are set in geographic locations that I tend to stay away from (not on purpose, of course). So you’ve given me some great ideas for African and Middle Eastern books!

    I have Belinda on my TBR list already! I have Castle Rackrent, which I intend to read when I finish my current book. I’ve never read Maria Edgeworth, but her very early 19th century books help me in my Years of Books Goal (I have a tab for it on my own blog).

    And the title you mentioned, which you haven’t read yet–The Concubine’s Children sounded familiar to me. When I Googled it (for the cover), I discovered it’s a book I purchased from my library’s book sale :o) Women’s history (however fictional it may be in my books) in China has often interested me. If I read it before you, I’ll try to remember and let you know how I feel about it!

    • December 13, 2010 3:31 am

      Glad to help Kristie! ;) If you’d like any more geographical recommendations, let me know what types of books you’re looking for and I’ll try to help.

      Do let me know what you think of The Concubine’s Children!

  17. December 3, 2010 3:26 pm

    I’m eager to see what you think of Belinda. It is on my list, too.

    And that nun book totally calls my name! I’m not Catholic or even religious–but I’ve always had a thing for pictures of nuns having a bit of secular fun: women in habits at the beach, or jumping rope, or even having tea. Disrespectful, I suppose, although I never meant it that way at all.

    • December 13, 2010 3:32 am

      Lol: I don’t think it’s too disrespectful! :) I was raised Catholic, but not super-Catholic (I went to public school, and when I decided not to get confirmed and to stop going to church, my mom wasn’t too upset)…I’m always curious about nuns and Jesuits. hehe

  18. December 3, 2010 4:18 pm

    Love your vlog, Eva! I hope you review The Hunchback of Notre Dame, I’d love to hear what you think of it.

  19. She permalink
    December 3, 2010 5:36 pm

    I have Sundial on my list as well! I’m hoping my library has it.

    • December 13, 2010 3:33 am

      I’ve finished Sundial: it was crazy but fun! Much like the other Jackson I’ve read. ;) Hope you can get your hands on a copy!

  20. December 3, 2010 8:36 pm

    I can’t wait to see your thoughts on A White Teacher Talks about Race. We had an entire class at college about racial diversity in regards to the classroom, but I never felt that was enough. But, race is a big deal in a classroom. My university was located near Lansing, which is heavily populated by minorities and immigrants (like, a massive population of immigrants from the Middle East and Africa) so we spent a lot of time working in the schools during our program. I gained a lot of insight on handling race in my classroom. I am so grateful for those opportunities. When I had my original student teaching placement, I was in a high school just north of Detroit. We had a lot of students coming up to go to the school I was teaching in, and without my previous experiences in Lansing, I never would have made it as long as I did (I later had to leave because of disagreements with my mentor teacher-long story). Anyway, I’m looking forward to your thoughts!

    I haven’t read any Hugo yet. To be honest, I’m a little afraid of him and I don’t know why. :)

    • December 13, 2010 3:35 am

      Thanks for talking about your experiences with race in the classroom Allie! I’m sure here in south Texas it’s going to be a huge issue (especially since I’d prefer to work in the less-well-off school districts), so I’m trying to get a bit of a hold on things ahead of time. I hope I manage to stick with it!

      I love Hugo, but I can understand why he’d make someone nervous. Maybe start with Last Days of a Condemned Man? It’s shorter. :)

  21. December 3, 2010 9:24 pm

    There are so many interesting sounding books here!!! I don’t even know where I would begin :) I love your library loot posts and can’t wait to hear your thoughts on some of these!!

  22. December 3, 2010 9:29 pm

    Eva, it looks like once again you have a great stack of books to read from. I have several of these books on my TBR pile like Ceremony and Bog Child, so I can’t wait to read your thoughts!

    • December 13, 2010 3:35 am

      Bog Child is wonderful! Read it soon. :) Haven’t gotten to Ceremony yet!

  23. December 4, 2010 5:43 am

    That is an absolutely fabulous loot! I need to spend some time going through the books you mention in order to choose which ones to include into my TBR list. There’s too many options in this loot! :)

    I have read The Habit by Kuhns. I own a copy & you can actually see it in my title banner on A Book Blog of One’s Own. :) I have a soft spot for books, both fiction and non, about sisters/nuns and must say that Kuhns’ book is wonderful. Have you already taken a look at the pictures on the last pages of the book? It is so interesting how the clothes of sisters and nuns have evolved and changed over the years. Habit or no habit also seems to be somewhat of a touchy subject among many nuns/sisters and those wanting to go into religious life. If I remember correctly Kuhns touches on this a bit in the book, too.

    About Desai: After Anita you might also want to read something by her daughter Kiran. Kiran Desai won the Man Booker Prize in 2006 for The Inheritance of Loss which I have read twice, the 2nd time was for my book club. It was almost unanimously liked by the book club members.

    Greetings,
    Tiina

    • December 13, 2010 3:37 am

      Oh good: I’m glad to hear such good things about The Habit! And how neat that it’s in your banner. I haven’t looked at the pictures yet, but now I definitely want to. :D

      I read Inheritance of Loss pre-blogging; that’s another reason I’m curious about Anita! :)

  24. December 4, 2010 8:07 am

    That’s a fantastic loot! I’ve been wanting to read Mad, Bad and Sad for a while (especially after reading Esme Lennox and Showalter’s book The Female Malady), hope you’ll read that soon :)

    • December 13, 2010 3:37 am

      It’s kind of big, lol, but I’ll do my best to get to it! ;)

  25. December 4, 2010 11:26 am

    Wow ! Now THAT is a haul !! I wouldn’t know where to start ! Can’t wait to read your reviews ! I hope you are able to grab a copy of Destiny Disrupted someday since I have a feeling you will end up liking it.
    Thanks for inspiring me to read more !

    • December 13, 2010 3:38 am

      I hope so too! If my purchase request doesn’t go through, I’ll try to ILL it. :)

  26. December 4, 2010 12:11 pm

    Such a fascinating array of books in your loot! Your hunt for books by authors from other countries is inspiring and I hope next year I can diversify my reading in such a way.

  27. December 4, 2010 12:40 pm

    I’ve been reading your blog for about a month and its great! I love your library loot sections! I always learn about so many novels and nonfiction books that I never would have heard about and they all seem so intriguing. I have to say that you have definitely opened my eyes to a whole new realm of reading, beyond the typical American/English works, which one mostly finds in the USA (and I’m not saying that those are bad either, lots of them are amazing, but its nice to learn about places/cultures/lifestyles that are different or new). Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks and that I really love your blog! :D Looking forward to continuing to read and discover!

    • December 13, 2010 3:38 am

      Aww: thanks Romantic Books! What a wonderful comment to leave!

  28. December 4, 2010 2:06 pm

    Okay, okay I caved and read your post and now I am +4 books. I think you should do library loot posts MONTHLY so I try to keep up ;)

    • December 13, 2010 3:38 am

      Heehee

      Can you imagine if I only did them monthly?! I’d have, what, 60 books a post? My vlogs would be an hour long. lol

  29. December 4, 2010 2:39 pm

    The cover of Habit really caught my eye as you can imagine.

    Shirley Jackson has even more novels: The Road Through The Wall, Hangsaman, and The Bird’s Nest.

    • December 13, 2010 3:39 am

      How did I not know this about Jackson?! I’m oblivious sometimes. And yep: I thought of you when I grabbed The Habit. :)

  30. December 4, 2010 11:49 pm

    You have so many amazing books in your loot! I have Ghosh’s Sea of Poppies waiting for me; I’ve not read him before, but I’m thrilled to see you liked Sea of Poppies and look forward to your thoughts on The Calcutta Chromosome. Eating India looks amazing — I’d be drooling the entire time I was reading! Happy reading!

    • December 13, 2010 3:39 am

      Thanks Erin! Sea of Poppies is INCREDIBLE. Jealous that you own a copy. :)

  31. December 5, 2010 9:04 am

    Did you say you tend not to look at what books are about? I don’t understand! I have to know what books are about before I start them, or else I don’t know what to expect.

    • December 13, 2010 3:40 am

      I did say that! I’ll do a post on it soon, shall I? I love going in with no expectations, though. ;)

  32. December 6, 2010 6:21 pm

    Ceremony looks fabulous!

    • December 13, 2010 3:40 am

      Doesn’t it? I hope it lives up to its looks!

  33. December 8, 2010 6:41 am

    Another really really great selection of books. I’ve read a different book by Aminatta Forna and it was excellent, so I hope you like that book. Though the one I read was autobiographical. Lots of other books there that sound fascinating as well, and I’m interested to hear what you think of Powder Necklace :)

    • December 13, 2010 3:40 am

      Oh yay for a vote for Forna! I ended up reading the first few pages of Powder Necklace and realising it wasn’t for me. ;) But I have The Prophet of Zongo Street out now!

  34. December 9, 2010 4:56 pm

    I hope you get to The Gentle Axe! It would be a great one for if you are missing the snow in Colorado because it radiates cold. ;)

  35. December 10, 2010 2:39 pm

    There is always so much to comment on after I watch your vlog. You always inspire me to make a trip to the library so I can pick up a big stack of my own treasures. The Hunchback of Notre Dame is one I haven’t read and yet have always thought I ought to. I’ll be very interested to hear your thoughts on this one and of course all of the others as well!

    • December 13, 2010 3:41 am

      Thanks Kathleen! I’m glad I can inspire more library love. :D

  36. dream* permalink
    December 15, 2010 4:35 pm

    Hi!

    I love your vlog, it’s awesome and when I was watching it, there was another surrise for me because you mentioned about Turkish writers! I am a Turkish girl and it’s lovely seeing some people from other countries appreciate our literature=)) Also you mentioned about Istanbul, you should really come and see Turkey, Istanbul=) Turkey is a really different, modern and welcoming country, I am sure you will like it!

    Lots of love,
    Gungor

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