Library Loot (and mobile phones)

I had a phone call from my local library the other day letting me know that a book which I had requested was ready to be picked up so I strolled along there and had a look around to see if there was anything else worth taking out. It’s often quite slim pickings but this time as you will see I ended up borrowing quite a few.

1. The Brandons by Angela Thirkell (Joan Kyler mentioned this author and I thought I’d give her a go.) This is the one I requested.

2. A Matter of Trust by Robin Pilcher. I’ve enjoyed quite a few of his mother Rosamunde’s now so I thought it would be interesting to see what he is like.

3. Still Midnight by Denise Mina. I’ve been meaning to read something by her for ages because she’s from Glasgow and sometimes appears on the Friday Newsnight review.

4. An Expert in Murder by Nicola Upson. Jo at The Book Jotter is reading this author so I thought I’d give her a go.

5. News From Nowhere by William Morris. This one was on a prominent stand shouting ‘borrow me’. I knew that Morris wrote poetry but this is ‘Chapters from a Utopian Romance’ – could be interesting.

6. Secret Gardens (the Golden Age of Children’s Literature) by Humphrey Carpenter. He wrote the Mister Majeika books which were so popular when our sons were wee. I keep having to get this book out to check information, I think I’ll end up buying it.

So, as you can see, quite a haul. Now I just have to read them all.

Making my way to the crime section I had to go past a chap who was just beginning a call on his mobile/cell phone, a bit strange I thought because I assumed that people wouldn’t use them in the library. Silly me! I actually turned away from him and walked to another area because I didn’t want him to think I was listening in!

However he proceeded to yell into his phone whilst walking all around the library. The first thing he said was ‘Hello, it’s about consolidating a loan!!’ I was flabbergasted, he continued to answer all the personal questions that were obviously being put to him – the upshot of which is that and I everybody else within the library couldn’t help hearing it all. Name, address, employment details, personal numbers, how much debt he had – the lot.

Talk about being cavalier with your own security! I couldn’t believe it. I’m not a great one for speaking on the phone much and to me a mobile phone is for emergency use only. It’s beyond me why people use them for such inane conversations, like the people who block up the aisles in supermarkets while they phone someone to ask what sort of frozen peas they should buy. Birds Eye or Tesco’s own brand? they yell. Make a bloody decision, I scream. In my head.

For some reason a lot of people who have their phones clamped to their heads most of the time seem to think that nobody can hear what they’re saying and so they’re completely unaware that they are invading other peoples’ space.

I think it’s similar to people who think that nothing bad can happen to them because they have a camera in front of them, or they think that they can’t get in the way of people, like that idiot photographer who jumped in front of a marathon runner to get a photo of him and tripped the poor runner up.

Heigh-ho! I just felt the need to share that and have a bit of a rant. Now I’m off to get some reading done.

6 thoughts on “Library Loot (and mobile phones)

  1. Oh, dear. I hate recommending books and having people actually read them! I hope you enjoy the Angela Thirkell. I remind you that her books lack some of the depth of Trollope’s, but I find them great comfort reading.

    • Joan,

      Don’t worry, I did a bit of research on the books first. I vaguely remembered the name when you mentioned it. I’m sure I’ve handled the books in the past when I worked in libraries. The one I got is a new paperback so it doesn’t give me any clues as to what the original books looked like. Sometimes a comfort book is just what you need!

  2. I look forward to hearing what you make of Nicola Upson.

    I have the Robin Pilcher book as well, never read any by his mother. Perhaps I will pick it up to read in February.

    My library is really miserable for books at the moment. Not very enticing at all.

    • Jo,

      I’m not sure if I really fancy the idea of Josephine Tey as a character, it seems a bit of a strange idea to me but I’m looking forward to finding out soon.

      Maybe all libraries are like that, sometimes they jump out at me and I end up with too many and other days I go round and round and find nothing that seems to be in the least bit interesting. Hope you have better luck on your next visit!

  3. Katrina,
    The entire lot of your library haul sounds so interesting! I’ll be looking forward to “hearing” about them all.

    I’m with you about cell phone users in public places! They drive me crazy, especially on trains, or in other places where I can’t escape. My other pet peeve are people who carry on conversations in a foreign tongue, at the top of their lungs, because they think no one can understand what they’re saying, which is usually true. So annoying! How I wish I had the gall to ask them to lower their voices! Don’t they know how obnoxious they’re being?

    Judith (A fellow sufferer)

    • Judith,

      Yes I know what you mean about loud foreign languages although it hasn’t been much of a problem for me here. Until recently in Fife ‘foreign’ was anyone from outside of Fife, it’s very insular. Quite a lot of eastern Europeans have come for work in the past few years, mainly Poles but they tend to speak very quietly. I think they don’t want to ‘stand-out’ because the employment situation around here has never been good and they’ve made it worse.
      An aunt of mine lived near Wales and she always said that they spoke very loudly in Welsh, and she knew that they were talking about her! They probably were too.

      Katrina

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