Library Haul

I freely admit that I’m a real coward when it comes to reading new authors and that’s just one of the reasons why I read Jo @ The Book Jotter. Jo definitely comes under the category of brave reader because she’s happy to try out unknown quantities.

So when I saw a Carola Dunn book in my library called Manna From Hades I was happy to borrow it in the knowledge that Jo is quite keen on her books. This one is set in Cornwall and that’s always a plus for me too.

I also chose a book by M.C. Beaton called The Skeleton in the Closet for the same reason. I hadn’t realised that Beaton wrote the Hamish Macbeth series, mind you, I didn’t even watch that when it was on TV.

The Skeleton in the Closet cover

Then I got to the reason why I was at the library at all – Alexander McCall Smith, he’s writing his books too damn fast as far as I’m concerned, with the result that I have some catching up to do in the Scotland Street series. I borrowed the two which I haven’t got around to yet – The Importance of Being Seven and Bertie Plays the Blues. So I’m going to be busy with library books when I should be making inroads on my book piles at home. I’m looking forward to them though.

It seems that there are a few libraries around which are being refurbished at the moment. I spotted a small notice on the library door which said that it is going to be closed for more than a year!

You know what it’s like when a favourite tasty-bite has that dreaded slogan on it New Improved Recipe – well my heart always sinks when I read that because it’s almost always a change for the worse, probably because they’re using inferior and cheaper ingredients. I bet something similar happens to my library, it’ll be gutted and modernised and what is left of its original Victorian character will be scrubbed out, and all at great cost. I thought that local councils were supposed to be trying to save money in these dire economic times!

It has occurred to me that I might not have to see the effects of the modernisation because if everything goes to plan we’ll be living in another part of Scotland by then. Meantime a couple of the many empty shops in the High Street are going to be turned into a library for the duration of the refurbishment, I suppose it has the advantage that it will be central.

8 thoughts on “Library Haul

  1. Thank you for the link, Katrina.

    That is one book I have not read of Carola Dunn’s but another one to add to the list. I am seriously behind on McCall Smith and that is on the No 1 Ladies Detective, I did like the Scotland Street series but it did not capture me as much, although I loved Bertie. One day I may go back to them.

    I know what you mean about changing libraries, we had a new one open recently and it was very modern with funny shaped shelves which did not hold as many books! Progress I suppose.

    • Jo,
      I’ve only been reading the Scotland Street series, I think it probably helps if you know Edinburgh fairly well. Bertie is a lovely wee character and I know a few women who are scarily like his Mummy!
      I bet those funny shaped shelves cost an arm and a leg too – why do they bother?!

  2. Crumbs, no I haven’t read those two McCall Smith books either! I nearly got the Importance of being seven in a second hand bookshop, only the place was always filled with balloons! I have a phobia about balloons! Well when I eventually plucked up the courage to go into the shop, the book (that had been in the window) was gone! Sold to someone else! Darn it!
    I did just read another Corduroy Mansions novel by A.McC.S – The dog who came in from the cold! Stupid but funny!
    A move on the cards? West? Do tell!

    • Evee,
      What a shame, I would have managed to go into the shop but I don’t like balloons either, not close to my face anyway because one exploded and hit my eye when it was only half blown up. It was so painful I thought I had lost my eye but it was just horribly blood-shot. Then I had to take Gordon to nursery, of course the teachers were all convinced I was a victim of domestic abuse!

      My husband is hoping to be able to take early retirement in the summer and as our house is now too big for us we hope to move elsewhere. We don’t know where though. At the moment our ‘boys’ are in Dundee and Perth and I don’t think we would move very far from them, but then they might move anywhere with their jobs. Closer to the west would be nice but we have no definite place in mind. Any suggestions!

      • Well, Peebles is nice and we’re kind of midway between east and west!! Can’t say we have a fantastic library though – even it HAS just been done up! It’s not very big and so the selection isn’t too brilliant. I must actually have a closer look because some of the books that were there before had been around for ages! Maybe there will be a new selection now! They’ll always source a book for you though. Two bookshops in town, one dealing in new AND secondhand. A few good books to be found in the charity shops too. Innerleithen just a few miles down the A72 has an excellent second hand bookshop too!

        • Evee,
          Peebles is nice but it’s a long way from Dundee and Perth and maybe a bit too wee for my liking. I would like somewhere with a good library, just civilisation really! On the other hand I’d quite like a house in the middle of a field, apart from the mice of course. Decisions, decisions!

          We haven’t been to Innerleithen for years. Jack’s grandparents used to live there and he has a cousin who is there now. It didn’t have a bookshop last time we visited.

    • Verity,
      I tend to read such a lot of oldies but goldies and Jo at The Book Jotter is great at getting me to branch out to pastures new, just what I need!

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