Library Loot: May 12 to 18

This is the post of shame really, I thought I could do with only borrowing two books from my uni library this week, but no I had to return some books to the other library and couldn´t resist taking a peak at the fiction aisle.

I tried to make it quick but unfortunately they had some interesting books displayed and I only had to slow down and with me they went. I guess I´ll just have to give up on restraining myself. It´s not like I have to pay for them apart from the yearly fee. So be prepared for gloating LL post from now on 😀

Here are my quick finds:

Die Geschichte  von Herrn Sommer (Patrick Süskind)

I´ve read The Story of Mr. Sommer ages ago but I remember enjoying it a lot and I´m trying to read some German literature as well. If you ´re looking to read some German books, try this one. It´s more of a novella really and the story as well as the writing is beautiful. The illustration by Sempé adds to the charme.

Maisie Dobbs (Jaqueline Winspear)

I´m always on the look-out for another good mystery and I haven´t tried Masie Dobbs yet. This one takes place in London in 1929 so I´m hoping that  I´ll like either the mystery or the description of the 20s/30s, if not both.

The Arrival (Shaun Tan)

This one comes highly recommended by Vishy so I´m pretty sure I´ll like it. Why my library decided to acquire the English as well as the German edition of a picture book is beyond me.

Meeresrand (Véronique Olmi)

I read somewhere that Olmi´s works are fantastic and it was put on a front shelf cover up so I decided to give ot a try. I´m not sure about the English title, so here´s the original French one: Bord de mer.

Do you have any thoughts on these books or want to join in on my celebration of library loot decadence, drop me a line 🙂

12 thoughts on “Library Loot: May 12 to 18

  1. Nice library loot 🙂 I have to envy you 🙂 I have Patrick Süskind’s ‘Perfume’ on my ‘TBR’ list after you recommended it. I will add ‘The Story of Mr.Sommer’ also to my ‘TBR’ list now.

    Hope you enjoy reading ‘The Arrival’. I loved your comment about your library stocking both the English and German versions of the book 🙂

    1. I really hope you´ll enjoy Süskind´s writing! And I even like Mr. Sommer a bit more. The former is very intense and the latter something quietely beautiful, so something for every mood you´re in 😉

  2. I have Patrick Suskind’s Perfume in french. It’s a book that I’ve read and will put on Aisle B for review in the future. Love the french cover.

    1. Did you enjoy Perfume? Looking forward to your review! The cover is the same in German, I like it as well 🙂

  3. hmmm… Shame on you….that you didn’t borrow MORE books from the library!!! What? you pay yearly fee to use the library? Just go back there and grab a lot more books than you can read!

    LOL, I was just kidding of course. You sounded like me. I had to return a few which I just couldn’t finish. I have now got 18 books on my pile and I’m thinking no wonder Gluttony is one of the seven sins. 🙂

    1. I know, I´m going to shamelessly indulge from now on 😉 Don´t you have a yearly fee at your library?

      I think it´s the good kind of gluttony, it´s educational, doesn´t give you stomach ache, and doesn´t cost much 😀

      1. Oh in England we don’t! Everyone join the library for FREEEeeeeee!!! I never pay anything, except late charges, even in Manchester, West Sussex, Wimbledon or in Reading!

        My library even issue me a library card call “Reading Passport” (Reading for the name of the city, not reading as in reading a book!) which allows you to get discounts on restaurants, theatres and products, isn’t that cool?!

        1. I should move to England 🙂 A library card cost money here. Not all are the same though. Some just ask for 50 cents or something every time you check something out, others (like mine now) have a yearly fee (between 5-15 euros) and you can check out till 50 books max, and 6 DVDs and 6 CDs at a time.

          We have these city passes as well, but they are usually for touristy attractions and stuff and you also have to pay for them. A Reading passport sounds fun 🙂

    1. Haha, yup, lowered myself to German literature 😉 The Arrival is very beautifully drawn and done in a sepia-like tone. I´m sure the story about being a stranger and an outsider in a new country will be be fascinating.

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