A Trip to the Library

“I ransack public libraries, and find them full of sunken treasure.”

Libraries are wonderful places, and I can't help but feel incredibly grateful for the fact I live very close to one. Whenever I'm in a particularly lethargic mood, I'll almost always take a trip to my local library in the hope I'll come home with a heavy stack of books that can preoccupy my mind.

When I last went to the library I picked up a couple of books by Murakami; I picked up Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman as I've been meaning to read more of his short stories for a long time, as well as What I Talk About When I Talk About Running as I'm deeply interested in learning more about Murakami and his thought process. Murakami's work is so acutely profound, yet reads effortlessly, and I'm slowly making my way through everything he has written.

Following on from this, I also picked up What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver – which I've already read and highly recommend. I picked this up due to the heavy influence Carver has had on Murakami's writing, as well as Carver's artistry when it comes to the short story form.

Another book I grabbed was Under the Skin because I adored The Crimson Petal and the White (also by Michel Faber). Again, I've already read this one. This book honestly made for the weirdest reading experience I've ever had… I did love the sheer insanity of the whole thing though.

The last two books I borrowed were To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris and The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro. I've been meaning to read the former ever since I went to the Man Booker reading last year and I heard Joshua Ferris read the opening of this novel. In terms of the latter, I'm a huge Kazuo Ishiguro fan – I just love his writing. Despite the negative reviews this book has received (mostly due to critics not taking fantasy seriously – but that's another story), I'm still looking forward to this.

Have you read any of these? As always, any other recommendations are welcome.

15 comments:

  1. I haven't actually read of any of these but you've made me want to :'D You've also given me a serious notion to go to the library

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  2. I've been interested in Murakami's work but I've always been too intimidated by it but since you said that it reads effortlessly I might have to pick some up and give them a try. I don't use my library (because it's a horrible experience for me - the people are so rude) but I love the idea of them and I wish that I had a better one near me.

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    1. I'm so sorry you're local library is a horrible experience! I hope you get around to trying some Murakami in the future though. :)

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  3. These books sound really interesting! You're so lucky - I'd love it if there was a library near me! :-)

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    1. I'm so lucky mine's less than a few minutes walk away. :)

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  4. I have not read any of the books you mentioned, but that's awesome your library is near you! My library is close to my brothers' school so I can check out books there but I don't want to because I prefer buying my books. Idk why haha.

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    1. I do love to buy books though – there's something great about having a book you can physically hold and call yours. :)

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  5. Last week I bought Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki by Murakami and what I've read so far is fantastic. This post has just made me more intrigued about his other works.

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    1. I hope you enjoy the rest of it! It's such an interesting plot. :)

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  6. I just read When We Were Orphans so I'll be interested to hear your views on that Ishiguro. Have you read WWWO?

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    1. I have very mixed feelings on TBG – review will be posted soon. I started WWWO but I lost the book! I definitely need to find my copy so I can give it another attempt – I loved the little I read of it before I lost it.

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  7. Oh, the library is my favourite place in the world - I think there is something almost therapeutic about meticulously picking out books and then carrying them home to read. I adore buying books, of course, but there is no place so lovely as the library! ;)

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  8. The library is possible the best invention for book bloggers. I love the fact living close to a library can be such a convenience.

    Amelia @ YA Bookologists (ya-bookologists.blogspot.com)

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  9. I have to admit I haven't read any of these but my goodness do I miss the simple bliss of walking into a library and plucking whatever looks good off the shelves, I can't wait for 2016 to arrive when my tbr will finally (hopefully) be manageable so I can read books that aren't just review copies or hyped! Hope you enjoy all your new reads!

    Safah - OH, HOW I WANDER. (http://ohowiwander.wordpress.com)

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