Brought to you by Claire and Marg, this is an opportunity to share all the interesting books brought home from the library this week. I usually have several books on hold waiting for me and often just wander the stacks and grab a few more from the shelves. Our library system is closing for a week at the end of August so I grabbed a big stack of books this week, starting with:
Falling for Science: Objects in Mind by Sherry Turkle for my Science Book Challenge and Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection edited by Matt Dembicki because it looks beautiful. Then I grabbed some mysteries including Prayer of the Dragon by Eliot Pattison and The Man From Beijing by Henning Mankell. I had the Mankell on hold for a while. I also found The Godfather of Kathmandu by John Burdett on the shelf. Sonchai Jitpleecheep, the Royal Thai police detective in Burdett’s series, is quite an interesting character.
Walking through the stacks I came across How To Escape From A Leaper Colony by Tephanie Yanique (thanks, Eva!) and The Boy Next Door by Irene Sabatini. Sabatini won the 2010 Orange Prize for New Writers for this one.
I had The Dervish House, Ian McDonald’s newest book on hold and couldn’t stop there. On the science fiction/fantasy shelves I found Inversions by Iain M. Banks and The Chains That You Refuse by Elizabeth Bear.
And, even though I tend to avoid books that are surrounded by hype, after reading different blog reviews I fell for The Passage by Justin Cronin. Sometimes I just have to give in! So with these books, and a half dozen others I grabbed last week, I have quite a stack. The thing about library books is I can start reading them, and if they don’t click or I just can’t stand the writing, I can take them back and grab some more.