Library Loot is hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Marg from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader. Bloggers share the books they’ve rented from the library.
So as I wrote on my last (and first!) Library Loot, I hardly ever rent books at the library – and since that Loot was posted on January 18th, I think I have proved my point. However, I have been at the library several times in the meantime – just not to pick out books for myself. But today I did.
So one of my reading goals for this year, is to explore John Updike’s books a bit – that is, to read at least one novel by him. I’ve only read Terrorist and watched the movie version of The Witches of Eastwick so it’s about time to read some more of his works. Especially since I have been wanting to read his Rabbit books for years. So when the first one was available at the local library today, I grabbed it.
The last time I got books from the library, I got Jamrach’s Menagerie by Carol Birch – and I loved it. So when I saw Charlotte Rogan’s The Lifeboat, I had to get it. The part of Jamrach’s Menagerie I loved the most, was the ship wreck and what happened after – and this is an entire book about the aftermath of a ship wreck. I’ve also heard good things about it on the Guardian Book Podcast so I’m really looking forward to it.
And finally, as I wrote just the other day, I’m trying to be a better reader and blogger of Danish literature. And recently I read a very interesting review of Naja Marie Aidt’s first novel Sten Saks Papir (Rocks Paper Scissors). Aidt is a poet and supposedly she writes a beautiful poetic and lyrical language in this novel about how we each have our own perspective and have difficulties getting past this and how, for instance, one person experiences something as a rape, while the other person doesn’t. I am really excited about reading this and hope it lives up to my expectations.
So this was my library loot. Did you get any good books recently?
- Naja Marie Aidt – Wikipedia (english)
- Sten, saks, papir – Aidt romandebuterer med smågenial undersøgelse af livet – review by Lilian Munk Rösing for Politiken
I want to read all the Rabbit books by Updike! But I just have to find the time. . .
I’ve read a several Updike novels (my favorite is In the Beauty of the Lilies) and have wanted to read the Rabbit series for quite some time. Will be curious to hear what you think.
I’m part way through the Lifeboat and hoping it picks up sometime soon.
I’d really like to start reading Updike, too, and might have to make that a goal for this year.
I am one of the few that did not care for The Lifeboat, but there are aspects of it that make it a good discussion book, so I am still glad I read it.
Well, it seems that there’s a lot of us interested in reading the Rabbit books – maybe we should make a thing of it? A read-along or something?
And it doesn’t sound like The Lifeboat is as good as I hope it will be, unfortunately … I still hope I get around to giving it a go before having to return it to the library.