Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Library Loot

Hosted alternately by Eva at A Stripped Armchair and this week by Marge at Reading Adventures.

Library books read this week:

107.Await Your Reply**** by Dan Chaon

This was a unique and interesting way of telling a story about identity and how many different ways we can be known (or not known) to those around us. It's listed as a Notable Book. Recommended.

108.Duchess of Nothing*** by Heather McGowan

I had hoped to enjoy this more than I did. Perhaps a second reading (without interruptions) would tune me into the woman's character and motives more. There was a good story in there, I'm just not sure that I found it. Any thoughts on this book?

109.The Broken Teaglass**** by Emily Arsenault

Fascinating literary suspense set in a dictionary publishing
office among wordsmiths who find clues to a murder hidden among word entries. Very interesting explanations of word definitions and their use make this a fun read too. Highly recommended.

New Loot:

Stones into Schools by Greg Mortenson (author of Three Cups of Tea)

Eye of the Whale by Douglas Carlton Abrams 2009 US (365 pages)

An ecological thriller using fact-based research on humpback whales and their songs.

The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk Turkey (Nobel author)

Currently reading from the library:

The Appointment by Herta Muller

I'm not far along in the
story so no opinions have formed yet. This is my first novel by this 2009 Nobel author. I have The Land of Green Plums reserved for me at the library and I will be making library purchase requests for The Passport and Everything I Possess I Carry With Me as soon as possible. If you've read Muller's work or can recommend any of her books please let us know.

What did you pick up at the library this week that's got you excited?

All comments, questions, opinions, reading recommendations, or links to reviews are welcomed. I'd love to read them. No Spoilers though please.


  1. I'm glad to hear you liked AWAIT YOUR REPLY. It gives me hope! I'm very interested in this book but I wasn't sure if it was really for me. Thank you!

  2. It looks like you've been getting in some good reading. I can't wait to read Await Your Reply.

  3. The Broken Teaglass sounds good to me. I better check to see if my library has it.

    I hope this week finds you well, Sandra. Enjoy all your books.

  4. Great loot...I've heard good things about Await Your Reply..may have to read that in the new year.

  5. I'm so glad you highly recommend The Broken Teaglass, since your mention of it when you checked it out had me coveting it! I've read two Pamuk novels-loved one, found the other incredibly painful. So I'm nervous to read a third, lol.

  6. I'm with Eva regarding Pamuk - "The Black Book" was painful, "Snow" was excellent (in my mind). "My Name is Red" is going to be a tiebreaker.

    I haven't had an opportunity to read any of Mueller's books. Mostly it's because I haven't been able to find any... I think I'll have to wait a couple months just for the post-Nobel excitement to wear off...



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