Library Loot: 20 September 2012

Ah yes, more books – even now that I find myself with very little time to read them. But who can resist putting pretty books on hold for RIP VII? Or looking through the shelves for hidden gems on a Friday afternoon after work?

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The Suspicions of Mr Whicher - Kate SummerscaleThe Suspicions of Mr Whicher – Kate Summerscale
This year I read Kate Summerscale’s newest book, Mrs Robinson’s Disgrace. I loved it for its manner of making history come to life. And yet.. I couldn’t be quite as enthusiastic as I had seen everyone be about her previous title. And so, when RIP VII season came around at the beginning of September, I couldn’t help but put this on hold. I’m not sure if I’ll get to it, but I sure hope to. The Suspicions of Mr Whicher features a reconstruction of a shocking murder in 1860 that inspired many English detective stories at the time.

Dark Matter: A Ghost Story – Michelle Paver
To be quite honest, this is probably the book I am least likely to read. I added it to my RIP VII reading pool on impulse after seeing it on So Many Books‘ blog. It is a story about an expedition to the north pole where a man starts to become terrorized by a ghost in the dark of the winter. Even reading that description has me feeling all claustrophobic. Perhaps I am really not made for the scary. Or perhaps I’ll push myself to read this anyway and find it lovely? Sometimes I wish I were a little braver..

Wicked – Gregory Maguire
When I visited London last fall (which I never wrote about – I really should have), Amy told me how much she enjoyed this book. We came to talk about it because there were posters for the musical version of Wicked all over London. Or perhaps there were posters for other musicals and Wicked was a huge musical in the Netherlands at the time, and so we talked about it. Me, I’ve never been to a musical, and although this surprises most when I tell them, I do not think that is a loss. Because if anything makes me cringe it’s a movie or play interrupted by sudden singing and dancing. But yes, I remembered Amy’s remark. And I remembered countless others mentioning the book before her. And so this year, I plan to finally read it. And perhaps this really is the perfect time, as I recently – finally – read The Wizard of Oz.

Girl Reading - Katie WardGirl Reading – Katie Ward
High expectations. Such. High. Expectations. I am afraid they might be so high that I’m sure to be disappointed. One of the reasons I am so excited about reading this book is that I have been looking to get my hands on a library copy for the longest time. It frequently occurred that the system had it listed as available, only to be unfindable on the shelves. But now my hold has finally come in. And I can finally read this book that so many of my favourite bloggers have already read. I am aware that they did not all love it. I’m aware that most had mixed feelings. And yet I cannot but look forward to it. Especially because it seems such an original idea, seven stories about seven portraits of girl’s reading.

Haroun and the Sea of Stories - Salman RushdieHaroun and the Sea of Stories – Salman Rushdie
I picked this one up for Aarti’s A More Diverse Universe blogtour. I admit it was more a necessary pick, as it seems to be the only title available at my library apart from a few Allende’s. Nevertheless, I am looking forward to it. It is to be my first Rushdie too. Please tell me this is a good place to start? Haroun and the Sea of Stories is about a storyteller who loses his gift of storytelling, and ends up making a trip to the source of all stories with his son. Sounds wonderful, no?

The Song of Achilles - Madeline MillerThe Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller
Ah, this year’s winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction. I have incredibly high expectations. My hold *finally* came in. And now I have to hurry and read it before I have to give it up to the next reader at the beginning of October. Do you ever feel so pressured to read something soon that you lose all anticipation for it? I rather feel like that now. And I do so love the idea of a retelling of Greek myth, in this case, the story of the Trojan War.

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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.

12 responses to “Library Loot: 20 September 2012

  1. I liked The Suspicions of Mr Whicher even better than Mrs Robinson’s Disgrace, and I looooved Wicked and Haroun and the Sea of Stories (I haven’t read that much Rushdie but it was my first one too and I’m glad to have started there). Enjoy!

  2. Have fun with your new books! A good thing we don’t always have the same taste for books…. the Summerscale book I found a bit boring (I haven’t read the new one so can’t compare) and Girl Reading I never finished because it was so dull…. but I could imagine that you’d like it (better than me, at least).

  3. I am still yet to read The Song of Achilles. An elderly lady bought it from the bookshop I worked at over the summer, and later complained that it was too violent, bless her. It does sound like a book I’d like though, as with Girl Reading.

  4. I really loved the musical for WICKED but the book was just okay to me. But then, I love musicals :)

  5. I very much agree with your phrase “do you ever feel so pressured to read something soon that you lose all anticipation for it?” but I had never articulated it for myself before.

  6. Wicked was such a good book, and so was The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher. Very different flavors, but both really good reads. I do have The Song of Achilles here just waiting for the right time.

  7. Mr. Whicher is perfect for this time of year. So glad to see I’m not the only one dragging in more books.

  8. Your R.I.P. VII choices are all new to me, can’t wait to see what you think of them! Achilles is one of my favourites of 2012, and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did :) As for Salman Rushdie, so far I’ve failed miserably with Midnight Children and the Satanic Verses, but both were quite overwhelming tomes. Perhaps Haroun is a much better book to start with?

  9. Your recommendation of “The Suspicions of Mr Whicher – Kate Summerscale” just made my day! It sounds like the perfect Halloween reading, the one I was looking for :D

  10. Heh I used to feel the same way about musicals and then I let a friend drag me to Wicked! The book is amazing, hope you enjoy it. The story of the musical is less so but the humour and the the singing’s what converted me. Girl reading…okay I want it!

  11. I think you will love Haroun and the Sea of Stories…it’s such a funny fairy tale like story :)

  12. great selection Iris I be interested in your views on girl reading as this is one I ve half want to get myself ,all the best stu

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