Library Loot: September 23rd
Once again, no vlog. I actually did try, but I’m exhausted from pain and messed up sleeping, so it was the most boring video ever. Instead, here’s another photo (with another hat tip to Yvann) of this week’s loot!
Obviously, quite a few more books than last week. And almost all of them are because of other bloggers! The Night Circus, which proves that my interest in a book is negatively correlated with its amount of hype…I put this on hold back before the publicity blitz, and now that it’s arrived I’m just eyeing it skeptically. We’ll see if I get to it. The Second Life of Samuel Tyne by Esi Edugyan is due to all of the Booker posts, which mention (Canadian) Edugyan’s second novel. I can’t resist immigration story lines! ;) While writing my thoughts on John McWhorter‘s latest book, it made me want to read more of him, so I requested The Word on the Street. Yay for pop linguistics! Melanie wrote a wonderful post on The Prodigal Daughter by Myrna Kostash which is a travelogue about the Balkan region with a focus on Orthodox Christianity, that inspired me to ILL it. I read about The Crossing Places by Elly Griff on Book Group of One, a blog I found thanks to BBAW. The combination of mystery, Norwich, and ‘happily single’ woman protagonist was irresistable. Meanwhile, I can’t figure out which blogger inspired me to request The Boat by Nam Le (I thought it was Kim, but searching her site didn’t turn up a review): I’ve barely read any Australian authors this year, which is a shame. And Jodie’s responsible for Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves, which sounds like a fun R.I.P. read by a Texan author! I picked up Voluntary Simplicity by Duane Elgin on my own, looking for inspiration. Then there are two more interlibrary loans, both due to bloggers: Dolce Bellezza is to blame for Strangers by Taichi Yamada while Simon T convinced me to request The Love Child by Edith Olivier. Rounding things out is Tam Lin by Pamela Dean, a book that’s been on my radar for years. I’m in the mood for some fairy tale-inspired fantasy!
And there you have it; I returned enough books to keep myself below my self-imposed thirty limit. But then I inexplicably went a bit crazy these past couple days requesting holds, so we’ll see what next week’s post looks like!
Have you read any of these? Any thoughts on where to start? And do you share my hesitation to read hyped books?