Monday, February 02, 2009

Monday Blues and Library Loot!

Only slightly blue. I was prepared for this blue. I'm back on if that tells you anything--saw that one coming a while ago but hoped I was way wrong. I'm drowning in work that remains undone, I HAVE TO GET the new Estella online, and I'm thinking of swearing off men in favor of raising miniature schnauzers. My mom can be happy with grandpuppies, I feel sure. But, I feel much better at this very moment because I went to the LIBRARY! Books fix everything in my world. Don't say you're sorry, just say, "Congrats on some great library books!"

To learn more about Library Loot check out Alessandra's blog or Eva's.

The Man in the Picture, by Susan Hill - I had this one out from the 'brary last year, and I never got around to it. Heather put it on her Top 10 list for the year, so I had to snatch it up for another go.

I Am the Messenger, by Markus Zusak - Because Zusak is THE MAN. I loved The Book Thief, and it's about time I tried something else of his.
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, by M.T. Anderson - I loved Feed (and am teaching it this semester), so I was tickled when I actually realized that Anderson wrote this book! All the more reason to give it a try.

I'm still loving Delicate Edible Birds and will probably finish that one this week. If you're interested, I expanded last week's post about one of the short stories in the book over at Bibliobuffet for this week's Finicky Reader column. I polished off After the Train, by Gloria Whelan last night, and you can expect an Estella review for that one

And because I like it (not because I'm airless), here's Rissi Palmer's country version of Jordin Sparks' song, "No Air." Love it! It's on heavy iPod rotation.


  1. I'll be curious once you make of the Hill, since I didn't find it overly impressive. I sympathise with you re: the blues...I'm thinking of trying out internet dating myself.

  2. Congrats on great library books! That always cures whatever ails me also. :-)


  3. Congrats on some great library books! And in all honesty, they really are great! I have I am the Messenger on my shelf. I still haven't even read The Book Thief! But we're fixing that this year.

  4. I have both Octavian and I Am the Messenger waiting impatiently on Mt. TBR. If you give great reviews, I'll definitely both up.

  5. You picked some great books. I really liked The Man in the Picture and loved The Messenger. Anderson is on my TBR list.

    Delicate Edible Birds just arrived! I'm trying to figure out how to protect the beautiful dust jacket. Any suggestions?

  6. I still haven't read The Book Thief. I keep meaning to. I think a trip to the library would cure me of my bad mood, but looking out the window just now - it's snowing. Again.

  7. I'll keep you posted, Eva. Internet dating is a pretty good way to go. The sheer number of people one can potentally meet is cool. Since I work from home it's my best option right now.

    Amen, Lezlie. :)

    Ooh, Chris, I think you'll LOOOVE The Book Thief. I've been thinking of re-reading it for a while now.

    Tammy, I love wandering around checking out the YA books. I always find good stuff. I could've brought home a bigger stack, but I controlled myself. :) Will keep you posted!

    Vasilly, I always take off the dust jakets. I would probably cry if I tore one. Unfortunately my copy is an ARC, so it doesn't have as gorgeous a cover as it might have otherwise. Still pretty pet-worthy, though.

    Awww, sorry, Michelle! We had 70 degree weather over the weekend, and now it's back down in the 20s. Texas weather is spastic, and it's hard to settle into nice weather just to be blown cold again. Though I'd take the cold over the sweltering summers any day.

  8. Looking forward to your thoughts on I Am the Messenger. The Book Thief was great! Happy reading!

    Diary of an Eccentric

  9. Awww, I'm sorry to hear about the boy thing. Hang in there. ((HUGS))

  10. I am Messenger was a fantastic book!! (of course, I'll have to find out what you thought of the ending...left a tiny bit to be desired). I love Zuzak!!

    Hope your blues are better today!!

  11. I really need to read I am the messenger. The Book Thief was one of my favorites of last year. Books do make it all better!!

  12. Books from the library always make me feel better! I've been wanting to read something by Susan Hill for awhile now and I loved The Book Thief as well. I'll be interested in hearing your thoughts on both of these books when you are finished. Happy reading :)

  13. It stinks to have the blahs this time of year.

  14. I liked I am the Messenger, but as Stephanie said, not so much the ending. It's worth the read though.

  15. My wife is reading I Am The Messenger to me. So far I am completely caught up in it. Gripping story.

    Poor men. When we can be pushed aside in favor of dogs it is not a good commentary on how we are holding up our end.

  16. I often find serenity within the confines of the public library... Good luck on Match :)

  17. Darn, well, I'm glad to hear that the library was at least a bit of comfort.

    Good luck with!

  18. My friends think I should try internet dating, but since my relationship lasted for a while and I only broke up with the guy a little over a week ago.... I am avoiding it for the moment. I still haven't mentioned my break-up on my blog, but I think people have sort of figured it out!

    Anyway, I hear you on the library. I have been there a lot lately... Tomorrow I am graduating to second hand bookstores...

  19. Thanks, Anna! I can't wait to crack it open.

    Thanks, Funky!

    Thanks, Steph! The blues are getting progressively better every day. I'm interested to read this ending now. I keep hearing about it!

    Amen, Lisa!

    Thanks, Samantha! I think I'm going to read the Susan Hill book today while I'm off sick. It looks small and chewable.

    Bermudaonion, yes ma'am it does. Blahhhh. It's a nice cloudy, cold day out. Good day for curling up with a book.

    Thanks, Kristy! Looking forward to it.

    Carl, well, not all men can be pushed aside for dogs. Just this one in particular. I think I'll miss his Westies more than him!! Glad you're enjoying Messenger.

    Thanks, Lusiddisillusions!

    Thanks, Iliana! I'll need those good luck wishes, I feel sure. :)

    I'm sorry to hear about your breakup Kailana. Hold off on the 'net dating til you've had time to get a little space. I know I couldn't have jumped into it right after my breakup. This latest one didn't last so long (only a couple months), so I'm not so gunshy. The relationship before this last one was years long. Definitely had to get some space after that one before I started dating.

  20. The library makes everything better!

    The bird title kinda freaks me out, I can't even read what the book is about. Weird, huh?


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