Monday 20 September 2010

Library Loot

I have been good and stayed away from the library all summer as I tried to read my own books. However, after needing a couple of research books, which I could only get from the library, I found that I couldn't just walk out with out looking around and before I knew my arms were laden with a stack of goodies.

1) The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman has been on my TBR list since it came out, but I have resisted the urge to buy it. Then I walk into the library and find it staring out at me from the shelf.

2) The Blackwater Lightship by Colm Toibin - I loved Brooklyn, which I read early this year and was desperate to get my hands on another Toibin book. This book is set in Ireland during the 1990's and looks at a family who come together to support a dying loved one.

3) Brixton Beach by Roma Tearne - this was one of the books chosen for the TV Book Club and is about a young girl who moves from Sri Lanka to London and happens to be there on July 7th 2005 (also known as 7/7) when the London bombings occurred.

4) The White Woman on the Green Bicycle by Monique Roffey was shortlisted for the Orange Prize this year. This book follows the story of an English couple who move to Trinidad and how over the years their lives alter.

5) Ellis Island by Kate Kerrigan was one of the TV Book Club's summer reads and it caught my eye because the story reminds me of Brooklyn by Colm Toiben.

6) Lookin Best of the 80's is rather a nostalgic read for me. During the 80's Lookin was a weekly comic sold at 15p, which featured lots of famous stars of the decade in comic strips. My nan used to buy it for me every week and I kept the originals for many years, but alas ,they are long gone now.
7) Life in the Victorian Times is a research book that I was interested in reading, as are the two books below.
8) Victorian Village Life by Neil Philip
9) This Year You Will Write a Novel by Walter Mosley

I have started reading The Graveyard Book already as I just couldn't wait. Off now to immerse myself in books. What books did you get this week?


  1. The whole staying away from the library hasn't worked that well for me ;)
    Great mailbox

  2. I tried to resist the library as well, but picked up a load of books the other day. I love The Graveyard Book (and Neil Gaiman!) Enjoy :)

  3. The White Women On the Green Bycycle is on my tbr pile as while - perhaps we can read it at the same time ans compare notes.

  4. Those two books on the Victorian era look wonderful!

  5. I loved Brooklyn, too. Look forward to your thoughts on The Blackwater Lightship - that will probably be my next Toibin, too.

  6. OH my - they all look so wonderful I wouldn't know which one to read first!

    I am anxious to read your review of This Year You Write Your Novel. I have read countless books on this topic, but this is a new title to me.

    I LOVE the cover art for the Graveyard Book pictured on your side bar.

    Hope you have a great week, Vivienne!

  7. I've been wanting to read The Graveyard Book since it came out as well. I hope you're enjoying it so far!!

  8. I've had The Graveyard Book far too long and really need to read it!

  9. I picked up Rebecca and Discord's Apple by Carrie Vaughn. I hope you love The Graveyard Book as much as I did! I'm not sure if it's still online but there were videos of the author reading the entire book a chapter at a time on his tour.

  10. Nice stack of books! I haven't read any of them, and haven't heard of most of them, but they look fun!

  11. Great loot! You are going to love The Graveyard Book.

  12. Blodeuedd and Clover - I am glad to see I am surrounded by other weak willed book bloggers.LOL.

    Petty Witter - I am up for that. I will send you a message to sort out details.

    Iris - thank you. I can't wait to get stuck in.

    JoAnn- Toibin is a must, isn't he. I can't wait to read this one.

    Molly - I am amazed that I have found a writing book that you haven't read, as I come to you to find the good ones normally. I hope to get around to it this week, so I will let you know what it is like.

    Amanda - so far so good!

    Trish - I keep picking it up and reading it when I should be attempting to finish The HIstorian!

    Kathy - What I have read so far of it has been fabulous.

    Ladytink - I might have to have a look at that video.

    Alyce - I am surprised you haven't heard of some of them, I suppose they haven't been released in America yet.

    Amanda - thankyou - loving it so far!

  13. I can't wait to read your thoughts on the novel writing book.

  14. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts about The Graveyard Book!

  15. Hi Vivienne, Firstly many thanks for your comment yesterday - we had a lovely meal out.

    I'm so delighted that you would like to read this book together - I got the idea of a 'buddy read' from another blog. If I leave my e-mail perhaps you could get in touch and we could talk some more.

  16. Many of these look good, but I am currently interested in The Graveyard Book. Enjoy all of your loot!

  17. LOOK IN! OMG, I used to get Look In magazine - what a shame you haven't got your old copies anymore :-(

  18. It's so nice that you get to check out so many books from the library there. When I was a member, I could only check out three at one time. Happy reading!



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