Sunday, February 08, 2009
Salon Sunday...my second time around
Care to guess where I've spent a good deal of my time this past week? Yep, in our newly-completed-at-least-for-the-time-being library! Is it the library of my dreams? Well, yes and no. No, in that it isn't full of floor-to-very-high-ceiling bookcases with rolling ladders and a big work table and enough comfy-sink-right-in chairs for the whole family and a fireplace... But yes, in that we actually have a cozy little room in our very own home to sneak away to read.
A little late with this week's Library Loot. (Many thanks to our lovely hostesses, Eva and Alessandra.) Annie and I never got to the library until yesterday. But I did pick up a new pile of goodies. Shouldn't have, but did. What I wanted more than anything was the next Sandman volume, but it was checked out. I actually knew it was before I went, because I looked it up on the library's website...but I had to look for myself, just in case. And though it wasn't there, I'm glad I moseyed over to the graphic novels section to check anyway...because I found two other fabulous goodies that I've been wanting to get my hands on!
However, in picking up both of these, I've found myself forced to confront a problem I knew was coming. It involves awarding points in The Blame Game. See, I have all these little notebooks in which I write down "I want that book" books. I also sometimes just write down these titles on scraps of paper and then later stick them into one of these notebooks. I generally write down the book's title and author, along with where I heard about the book. And here is where the problem arises...I sometimes find that I've written down the same book on more than one occasion. And when this happens, who gets the point? I have a similar, yet different problem as well...sometimes I get all excited about someone's review, write it down, but don't get around to actually picking the book up. But then someone else comes along and pushes me right over the edge and makes me immediately seek out the book. I've decided that in both these instances, I'm just going to award a point to each book-pusher involved. I just don't know how else to be fair in doling out the blame.
Okay, after that long, horribly drawn-out explanation, I shall finally get around to showing what books I picked up and who gets the blame:
The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg. I had this one written down twice. Carl's review and Dewey's review. Point for each of them.
American Born Chinese by Gene Juen Yang. Need more proof of my failing memory? I wrote this one down three separate times! So points are awarded for Alison's review, Nymeth's review, and Dewey's review!
Those are the only point winning library books (though tomorrow's Mailbox Monday will yield a few more), but I did pick up a few other books while there:
Globalization: Opposing Viewpoints edited by Louise I. Gerdes. Swim Against the Current: Even a Dead Fish Can Go with the Flow by Jim Hightower. Globalization and Its Discontents by Joseph E. Stiglitz. Just some books for homeschooling.
Cat and Fish by Joan Grant. Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes. A couple for me and the resident cat-obsessionist to enjoy together.
So what's on my reading horizons for the week?
I hope to read both Amulet: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi and Rose by Jeff Smith and Charles Vess for the Graphic Novels Challenge (and because I need to return them to the library). I need to read "Appointment With Death" (the play) by Agatha Christie, Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe by James R. Arnold and Roberta Wiener, and chapter 7 of The Scientists by John Gribbin for homeschooling. I'd love to finish In the Land of Invisible Women by Qanta A. Amhed and Down to a Sunless Sea by Mathias B. Freese. Of course, as usual, I'm sure my goals far exceed my reality.