Library Loot: November 17th to 23rd
As you shall see, I lost whatever self-control I possessed at the library this week! I’ve been reading a lot, though, so I don’t even feel bad over it. Especially since the books are free! ;) Anyway, I recorded my vlog as soon as I got home from the library, even though I’d been up for 23 hours straight at that point (don’t ask). Did you know that when you’ve gone 24 hours without sleep your brain reacts as if you’ve been drinking? Well, when I’m sleep-deprived or tipsy, I become very talkative. That, combined with the big piles of books, means my vlog this week is sixteen minutes long. I know! I meant to rerecord it in a shorter format, but my off-kilter sleep schedule right now meant I couldn’t manage to be vlog-ready at a good time of day for the light. I completely understand if you don’t want to watch me rambling for sixteen minutes, so I’ve been a bit more detailed than usual in explaining why I picked out each title. But if you want a better glimpse of my reading chair and new striped walls in my reading room, that does form the background! And the lighting makes my new red hair look much more like it does in real life than in the last vlog.
Without further ado, here’s the vlog (if you’re in a feed reader, you’ll have to click through for it to show up):
And the covers/linked titles:
Nightingale Wood by Stella Gibbons (I enjoyed Cold Comfort Farm so I want to read more of her; this is my favourite cover of the week!), A Human Being Died That Night by Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela (I could’ve sworn I read about this on a blog, but a quick search didn’t turn anything up. I’m quite interested in South Africa!), The Secret History of the Mongol Queens by Jack Weatherford (I read his first book on Genghis Khan a couple of months ago and can’t resist the idea of a nonfiction ‘sequel’.)
The Wayfinders by Wade Davis (Gavin made this sound like a must-read!), Independent People by Halldor Laxness (I’m always on the lookout for new-to-me older authors, and I’ve had a particular interest in Iceland this year.), The Scent of Desire by Rachel Herz (I was browsing the 100s in my library and this caught my eye with its lovely cover and intriguing topic.)
Why Translation Matter by Edith Grossman (I was browsing the 400s in my library, and I had to get this, since I’m interested in translations and since Grossman is one of the preeminant Spanish to English literary translators today!), In the Land of Invented Languages by Arika Okrent (I was browsing the 400s and couldn’t resist the quirkiness of this one.), In Defense of Lost Causes by Slavoj Zizek (Tiina suggested Zizek last week when I mentioned wanting to read more non-US, non-UK nonfiction authors.)
The Open Road by Pico Iyer (I was looking for a different book on Buddhism, and this biography of the Dalai Llama just sounded interesting.), Mystics, Mavericks, and Merrymakers by Stephanie Wellen Levine (I saw this while I was browsing my library’s nonfiction section, and I remembered having put it on one of my reading lists.), Chicago by Alaa Al Aswany (I very much enjoyed The Yacoubian Building.)
It’s Our Turn to Eat by Michela Wrong (Her book about the DPRC, In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz, impressed me.), Translation Nation by Hector Tobar (This was on my Mexico Reading Challenge list: I’m always interested in an-so type books, especially ones that look at migration.), Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler (I’ve been meaning to read more of her since being blown away by Fledgling!)
The Salt Roads by Nalo Hopkinson (I loved The New Moon’s Arms and am delighted that my new library has all of Hopkinson’s works.), Empress by Shan Sa (I enjoyed her other historical novel, The Girl Who Played Go.), Funny Boy by Shyam Selvadurai (I’ve been wanting to read him for years, but my old library didn’t have him. When I saw him in my new library, I immediately put his debut novel on hold!)
The Sagas of the Icelanders (Penguin edition) (I began this earlier this year, but it was an ILL and I had to return it before finishing. I can’t wait to get back into the stories!), Unburnable by Marie-Elena John (I’ve had great luck with every Caribbean author I’ve tried, so I’m always on the look out for more!), Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Maragaret Stohl (Christina’s review of the sequel made me curious: I love Southern gothic stuff and haven’t read any Southern authors this year!)
The Temptation of the Impossible by Mario Vargas Llosa (I wasn’t a fan of the Llosa novel I read-The Bad Girl-but I was curious to see what he had to say about Les Mis, a book I adored.)
Have you read any of these? Where would you start?