Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Library Loot!

Only one visit to the library this week which is possible a good thing given my tendency to always borrow more than I take back!

I do have something to whinge about a little this week about my library. Actually I have been thinking about writing about it for a few weeks but have decided that today is the day to actually put it all down.

A bit of background first. The area where I live has quite a fast growing population, thanks mainly to a lot of development between here and the city. Along with shopping centres and other infrastructure, the local council has decided to build a new library branch. All good so far, right?

Well, yes and no. As a library patron I am pleased at the thought of a new branch, but there does appear to be a down side, and that is that they have ordered loads and loads of new books, but they are not adding them to the catalogue until the new branch opens, which I think is in August some time.

I totally get that they want a lovely new library with lots of lovely new books, but what about the existing patrons who want to read specific books? Here are a few of the books that I want to read now, but that won't be available for at another 3 months yet:

A Silent Ocean Away by DeVa Gantt
Men of the Otherworld and Made to be Broken by Kelley Armstrong
The Temptation of the Night Jasmine by Lauren Willig
Shanghai Girls by Lisa See (I know that this one isn't out yet, but still)
City of God by Beverly Swerling

There are loads more, but that will do for now. Okay, I have finished being a little petulant now, so we will move onto what I have been able to borrow this week:

All the Rivers Run (DVD) - This is something of an Australian TV classic. Set in the 1880's, the mini-series originally showed on TV here back in the early 1980's (I think). I read the book that this was based on years ago and remember loving it, so I am looking forward to revisiting old friends.

Jewels of the Sun
by Nora Roberts - now that I have finished the latest trilogy it is time to go back and discover one of the earlier series, before her next series starts.

The Piano Teacher
by Janice Y K Lee - I have had this on my TBR list for a while now and finally got around to requesting it from the library.

Silent on the Moor
by Deanna Raybourn - the third book in the Lady Julia Grey mystery series.

Good Reading Magazine (March 2009)
- I haven't really spent much time reading magazines about reading, but the other week Kerrie from Mysteries in Paradise posted about the magazine! Because she is one smart cookie, she suggested I look at my library and see if they order the magazine, and they do! Who knows if it will be a good thing or not, but I am happy to borrow them for a couple of months at this point in time.

And now for an almost completely unrelated video moment! One of the reasons for borrowing All the Rivers Run is to do a guest post. I thought I would try my luck and see if there was any footage on Youtube. No luck, but the search did bring up this Australian classic from Hunters and Collectors (who I saw live at Sound Relief a few weeks ago) - When the River Runs Dry.

****Library Loot is a weekly meme hosted by Alessandra from Out of the Blue and Eva from A Striped Armchair****


  1. I've been really curious about The Piano Teacher, so I'll wait for your opinion, Marg.:) Also, I read Silent on the Moor a couple of weeks ago and I loved it. Can't wait to read the next (and final?) one!

  2. Alex, Deanna Raybourn has said that Silent on the Moor isn't the last book, which is excellent news!

  3. I read the good news in her blog, and I was quite relieved! Do you know, by any chance, how many books there will be in the series, Marg?

  4. Ugh, that seems a bit dumb that they would order all those new books and not put them on the shelves...ugh.

    looks like you did get some nice library loot though.

  5. What a bummer that you can't get to those books now. And, of course, I'm sure they all sound extra tempting because you can't get them right? :)

    I just love that cover for The Piano Teacher. Have heard lots of good things about it so I'm looking forward to it.

  6. The Piano Teacher sounds good!

    Our county library set aside funding for spring releases, but the county gov't saw that it had all this money that wasn't spent yet and reduced its budget for next year as a result. So they won't be buying as many books next year I've heard. :(

    Diary of an Eccentric

  7. I noticed you are reading Silent in the Moor. I just bought the first book in that series. Everyone makes it sound really good. Have you liked the series so far?

  8. Kathy, I really liked the first book in the series a lot! The second book was good too, but the first is definitely my favourite, so far!

    Anna, it seems unfair that they get punished for putting money aside! Hopefully your library will still get most of the books you want in.

    Iliana, a lot of those are books from authors I have read before, so I was going to anticipate anyway, but that just means that my frustration is a little higher than it might otherwise have been. Goodness knows what gems there are that I don't realise that I am missing out on!

    Serena, it does seem dumb to me too, but I am coming from a purely selfish point of view! LOL!



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