I never was a member of the local library since I moved away from my hometown to go to university. But, on occasion of the Orange Prize longlist announcement, and my wish to read as many books from the list as possible, I became a member. It turned out to be a pretty good move. They actually own quite a few English books, though often when I search for a particular title they don’t own it. When I randomly browse, however, I find so many books I still want to read. This is not good for my plan to read the books I own. But it is enjoyable to think of all the books within my reach now that I can no longer afford to buy any. And so, I have decided to participate in the Library Loot feature from time to time. I probably won’t be posting every week, but occasionally, once a month, maybe?
[Also, I wanted to record a vlog, since I enjoy Eva's vlogs so much. But my microphone does not cooperate. And really, I'm too video shy at the moment.]
There But For The – Ali Smith
Longlisted for the Orange Prize. I haven’t read Ali Smith before, but I know many blogger love her work. I actually started reading this yesterday. I am only 50 pages in, and it feels funny and experimental, but enjoyable. I am not sure if it’s the kind of book that becomes better as you read on, or if I will grow tired of Smith’s seeming resistance to paragraphs and straightforward storytelling.
Gillespie and I – Jane Harris
This one is also longlisted for the Orange Prize. I have not had the chance to start reading it yet, and so I doubt I will finish it in time for the shortlist announcement on Tuesday 17 April. BUt, I think I might be reading a few more of the longlisted books after the shortlist has been announced anyway. And I know how much many a blogger loved this one when it was published last year. I particularly remember Simon of Savidge Reads talking about it when we met in Manchester (or maybe I’m confusing this one with another book?)
Oranges are not the only fruit – Jeanette Winterson [not pictured]
I knew I was sold on the library when I came across six of Winterson’s novels on the English literature shelves. I have never read Winterson. She’s one of those authors that I always feel I should try, who has been on my wish list for forever, but always forgot to actually buy a book of. So now I get to try her most famous work. And I hope I’ll love her, since there are so many of her books waiting for me on those library shelves.
The Game – Diana Wynne Jones
Kristin‘s Diana Wynne Jones month in March inspired me to pick up Fire and Hemlock. And after finished it, I felt I needed to get my hands on more DWJ. I had no clue that there is a small shelf of English children’s lit at the library, but it is there that I discovered this book. I have read it already, and enjoyed it, though I do not think it is her strongest work.
One Dog and His Boy – Eva Ibbotson
On that same English children’s lit shelf I found two books by Eva Ibbotson. I have heard many great things about this author, from Ana in particular, so I couldn’t resist but bring one of her books home with me.
The Finishing School – Muriel Spark
I picked this up for the Muriel Spark Reading week hosted at the end of April (April 23-29) by Simon of Stuck in a Book. I own her A Far Cry from Kensington, but I thought it would be nice to have some choice in order to try to actually finish a book by Spark by the end of the week.
The Foxes Come at Night – Cees Nooteboom
I came across this one by accident, but I was very happy to see it on the shelves. Last year, during Dutch Lit Month, I read a short story collection of Nooteboom and enjoyed it. During that June, I eyed many a UK blogger jealously who had received a copy of The Foxes Come at Night for review from MacLehose Press. Now, I get to read it for this year’s Dutch Lit Month. It’s another short story collection, and I’m really looking forward to it.
Library Loot is a weekly meme co-hosted by Claire (The Captive Reader) and Marg (The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader) that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.