Library Haul

I took too many books and things from the library

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It is kind of a weird way to begin a post and as I sit here and type this, I am not exactly sure how it qualifies as Today’s Perfect Moment. I just know it does.  I know it because there is a little voice inside my head telling me that it is so.  It’s the same. slightly mischievous, voice that tells me it’s okay to eat chocolate cake at midnight.  I have to listen to it because it isn’t the same voice that tells me which grocery lane to pick, or which woman to ask out on a date–that voice is a compulsive liar.

So, since I am stuck with this as Today’s Perfect Moment we should analyze the case. It’s only fair and might shed some light on it.

There must have been lots of books at the library

Having chosen so many books might mean that the library is fully stocked and like my appetite at an all-you-can-eat buffet, I couldn’t just take one. An interesting argument, but I am not sure it holds water.  Lately, I have been taking big risks on books and not really being satisfied.  That is why, in addition to pilfering the “new” section, I also dipped back into solid standbys Connelly and Butcher.

Too many rather than too few

I can get behind this argument. I can always take back the ones I didn’t read–which is how I ended up at the library today in the first place.  I had taken out and renewed (because I didn’t read them fast enough) five books.  I only managed to read 2 and a half of them (I am talking to you Fitzgerald) and decided to give up on the rest for now.

The library is pretty modern and allows me to renew the books from the comfort of my own digital screen. As long as nobody wants the books or magazines, I can hold onto them for a  few more renewal cycles.

How hard can it be to pick out a book? How much escapism is really needed on a commute anyway?  What could you possibly be looking at besides your book?

This is also a pretty fair argument. I’ve seen the scenery before and for the next few months it isn’t going to get any brighter.  There are lots of street lights but nothing like the neon exuberance of the far east to shake me out of the doldrums.

The book does have to compete with my MP3 player and the music on it (Crash Vegas, The Velvet Underground, The Tragically Hip, Constance Amiot, and others). It also has to fight for time versus some logic puzzles and my bus crush.  And, these days, it has to contend with the attention seeking and rather loud people on my bus–I though pot was suppose to chill these people out not create more exuberance.

You must have wanted exercise carting the pile of stuff

Well, it wasn’t hernia inducing, but I wasn’t sure that the bag would actually hold it all. I had to tie it up and use the seatbelt to secure it.  The only thing that might make this true is that I took out a book on kettlebell weights.  I suppose a bag full of books in a slight approximation.

You might have been trying to impress one of the librarians

Well, this argument doesn’t hold any water. While there are some wonderful people working at the Aurora library, checkout is done by automated machines.  The librarians don’t even see what I am carting off.

Your reaction is total compensation for indecisiveness

Can’t really argue against this one either. But this is probably an argument similar to the rather have too many than too few. I admit I was in a rush, but I don’t think I spent too little time there.

Well, there you have it. What I could ask you to do is recommend some books for me.  What I am looking for can be summed up in the following.

  • SF like Harlan Ellison or William Gibson
  • Detective novels like Ian Rankin, Connelly, Block, Parker, Mankell
  • Modern day dramas like Lisa Jewell
  • Slices of life like Swift, Irving
  • Humour like Bryson
  • Travel like Theroux and Bryson
  • Whatever you call it like Vonnegut
  • Something like Larson (and don’t get me started on those sequels)

I look forward to your recommendations.

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About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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12 Responses to Library Haul

  1. My reading upside down is not working as well as it normally does. Perhaps it is the angle of the photo. I love the indecisiveness that is found in the travel choices. As for suggested reads, I am reading six books – never a good idea to ask bibliophiles for suggestions. Kurt Vonnegut – is there anyone who writes in his style?

    • Anthony says:

      The books I have chosen from the library are
      Storm Front and Brief Cases by Jim Butcher (I have read all of the Dresden files, but thought I would start again and read them in the proper order this time)
      Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly
      Blow by Mark Haskell Smith
      Ponti by Sharlene Tea
      The Bucket List by Georgia Clark
      How To Be Famous by Caitlin Moran
      Beautiful Exiles by Meg Waite Clayton
      These last five were just ones I am taking a chance on. I grabbed them out of the “new”display after reading the story lines.
      I also got a book on training with Kettlebell weights, Model railroader magazines, and several lonely planet guides (Costa Rica, Sri Lanka, and Laos–places I am trying to decide between for my January or February vacation)
      And you’re right, I can think of nobody who writes like Vonnegut–though, Richler’s book Barney’s Version (and classic) reminds me a lot of Bluebeard.

  2. Heide says:

    Am I spotting “How to be Famous” among your picks, Anthony? 🙂

  3. leggypeggy says:

    Goodreads.com is a great source for choosing books. Below is a link to my question of ‘authors like Ian Rankin’. Hope it helps. You could do the same for all your ‘liked’ authors.
    https://www.goodreads.com/author/similar/33031.Ian_Rankin

  4. Hunida says:

    I’m not sure we have the same taste in books but I did enjoy two detective novels: The Witness by Simon Kernick & 4th Monkey Killer by J.D. Barker

  5. windswept007 says:

    I just went to the library in Liverpool. It is stunning, I wish I lived there. Now I am back in the U.K. for a while I want to join my local library. Maybe that is my task tomorrow.

  6. blossomkitty says:

    Doesn’t fit into any of your categories 😉 but have you read The Tales of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu? I just finished it…. and also Tales of Murasaki by Liza Dalby.. about the writing of Genji… Japanese history gold!!!!

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