Saturday, August 27, 2011


For a little while there--a few weeks, at least--I had no library books.  It would have been a bizarre experience, but I was caught up in the pangs of first love and focusing on other things.

Then I turned up a couple of non-electronic books I was dying to read, and all of a sudden I'm back on the library bandwagon.  It's partly because I have so many books on Bessie already that I haven't started yet; it feels stupid to run out and get more, no matter how badly I want to read them.  But on the other hand, I'm really bad at picking my next book from the pile available, rather than rushing around following my urges.

So here I am with a big pile of library books.  It's kind of thrilling, actually.  It's nice to know that it's not all over--the library still has a lot to offer me.  Though I'm going to have to get used to spending money on books at some point. 

Quick list, for the curious:  How Professors Think: Inside the Curious World of Academic Judgement, by Michele Lamont - nonfiction, behind the scenes of academia.  Love that stuff.; Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword, by Barry Deutsch - kids' comic book about a young Jewish girl who wants to fight dragons; The Ninth Wife, by Amy Stolls - who would marry a man who's had eight wives before her?; The Tragedy of Arthur, by Arthur Phillips - a novel about the messed up life of a guy who discovered Shakespeare's lost play--including the text of the play itself.  Possibly too postmodern and/or clever to be read; So Much Pretty, by Cara Hoffman - I have it checked out but decided not to read it after the first few pages.  When a city slicker character drives through farmland for the first time and sees a tractor graveyard, they are not able to pick out the threshers from the mowers.  This book was all authorial voice and description.

Oh, there's more.  There's always more.  But that's enough for now.  I'll keep you posted!


KnittingLawfin said...

I felt the same way about So Much Pretty, and didn't get much past the first three chapters. Urgh.

LibraryHungry said...

Yes! I wrote more about it in the next post, but it was just slightly "off." I really wish it had been better, but I'm sure that book is out there.