Library Books

Books Again

One night a few weeks ago, it was probably some time past midnight, and for some unaccountable reason I had the urge to request several books from the library. I suspected that the winter was going to be a long hard one and the thing that would cheer me up was the prospect of plenty of decent books to read – while ‘coorying doon’. So that is why I ended up going to the library yesterday to pick up eight books! Don’t ask me why I feared I might run out of books of my own to read as that’s just never going to happen. Shamefully I don’t even recognise most of the books that I got, but I do know that several of them were recommended by fellow book bloggers – so it may well be your fault!

The first three books were completely my choice.

1. Anna, Where Are You by Patricia Wentworth
2. The Case of William Smith by Patricia Wentworth
3. The Peppermint Tea Chronicles by Alexander McCall Smith

I really enjoy Patricia Wentworth’s Miss Silver mysteries so these should be nice murderous comfort reads for me, and the Alexander McCall Smith book is a continuation of his 44 Scotland Street series, I’ve read all the others and I’m a bit of a completist so I’ll read it although a few of them have been a bit hit and miss. They come under the heading of comfort reads too.

4. The Children’s Book by A.S. Byatt. It’s a mystery to me as to why I requested this one although it was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, often a reason to avoid a book for me! I have a horrible feeling that I tried reading a book by Byatt before and abandoned it fairly quickly, and I rarely abandon books. I see it has a worrying 617 pages.

5. The Arms Maker of Berlin by Dan Fesserman. I have not a clue who recommended this one but I think they loved it, I hope I do too.

6. In the Light of What We Know by Zia Haider Rahman. It’s another chunkster at 556 pages. Have any of you read this one?

7. The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli. I have a feeling that it might have been Helen at She Reads Books who enjoyed this one. I borrowed it a while ago but had to return it before I got around to reading it as someone has requested it. It’s a James Tait Black winner and I have a project on the go to read all of those winners. It’s a hard task as so many of the books are going to be nigh on impossible to track down, but I’m giving it a go, albeit very slowly.

8. Personality by Andrew O’Hagan. I was attracted to this one while reading some blurb or a blog, the words ‘Scottish island’ jumped out at me so I decided to give it a go. However I’m not sure about it as I believe it is loosely based on the life of Lena Zavaroni, the young Scottish singer who had such a sad and tragic life.

Have you read any of these ones?

10 thoughts on “Library Books

  1. I thought I had read The Children’s Book, but checking my list, I have not. Seems like you have borrowed enough books to get you through a long, cold winter! Happy reading!

  2. I haven’t read any of those, except maybe the novels by Patricia Wentworth (I read several of hers years ago, but don’t remember the titles). However, I’ve heard good things about The lotus eaters and the books by Amy Byatt and Andrew O’Hagan 🙂

  3. I have to admit that I loved the sound of The Children’s Book but could not get past the first chapter. I still have it so maybe you can inspire me to try it again!

    I own and have read the Wentworths. I read the first precious book by Alexander McCall Smith and thought it was fine but had no desire to read any more. I meant to read his Jane Austen imitation but I don’t think I ever got around to it.

    Tracy recommended The Arms Makers. I also put it on hold at the library but it hasn’t turned up yet.

    • Constance,
      Time will tell, I might not get on with it either!

      It must have been Tracy who inspired me to request The Arms Maker then, that bodes well for it.

  4. Katrina, I did just review The Arms Maker of Berlin and I was very happy with it. I do hope you like it, but one never knows.

    I don’t know much about the other books, except for the Patrician Wentworth books, which I always enjoy in some way. I have both of those books but haven’t read them yet.

    • tracybham,
      It must have been reading your blogpost which made me reserve this one. I think I will like it as we have similar reading tastes. I’ve started reading one of the Wentworths and am really enjoying it.

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