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I'm getting an extremely late start to this post. After the long drive yesterday back home and then a late evening meetup with our neighbors, I was out of juice very fast and needed to crash. And what does Sunday morning mean after a busy week? Tis a day full of chores. Ugh.  Life We spent this past week in Boston with my brother-in-law and his wife. We all got the break we needed - we did some shopping, watched lots of TV, and enjoyed lots of family time. I started writing this post on our drive back but didn't get to schedule in advance. We opted to drive the 13-hour route so although it made for some very long days, it felt good to get out of the house and enjoy a road trip. The weather cooperated all the days in all the places we were in those days so that was a plus.  As always after a long vacation, we have come back to a lot to do. I have so much to catch up with and need to do some of that today as there's just as much to do on the work front from tomorrow.  Renovat

Look at what just arrived! - May 17, 2010


Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Eva @ A Striped Armchair and Marg @ Reading Adventures that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.

Nothing in the mail this week, which is quite weird, since I'm expecting some books. Anyways, I visited the library a few times and that was compensation enough. I finished four of the books I picked, and am halfway through two others. Here's the bunch that I looted!


  1. Chicken with Plums by Marjane Satrapi: I hope Marjane Satrapi keeps writing graphic novels. I enjoy the humorous style in which she tells dark tragic stories. This was a brilliant read!
  2. Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman: Lovely book! CeeCee and her motley crew of characters make for one lively cast.
  3. The Lion's Game by Nelson DeMille: Aah, a John Corey book! You got to love him! This one is pretty long, and not as enjoyable as Plum Island, but John Corey's signature sarcasm keeps things lively. I'm just a quarter way in.
  4. The Motorcycle Diaries by Che Guevara: I am halfway through this book and find it good. This is a journal rather than a memoir, so it has a journal's characteristics of rambling thoughts. But it is still pretty well written and I particularly enjoyed reading Che's insights into each significant event.
  5. Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli: I heard of this book only when it won the LA Times Book Prize for Graphic Novels. I wasn't particularly impressed by it, but it was definitely enjoyable.
  6. Blankets by Craig Thompson: Another book that comes strongly recommended.
  7. The Arrival by Shaun Tan: Can you imagine a story told only in pictures, with no dialogues? For such a book to be a success, the illustrator has to be a gem of a story-teller. His story should be able to express the same feelings and ideas as words would do. I finished The Arrival on Saturday, and I can assure you that this is a brilliant book!
What do you think of any of these books?

Comments

Bookventures said…
These are all great books. Happy Reading!!!
bermudaonion said…
The only one I've read is Saving CeeCee Honeycutt and I loved it! Books never come when you expect them. Happy reading!
Tales of Whimsy said…
Ooo what's the first one about?
erisian said…
is that blankets the novel or the graphic novel?

If the graphic.. hooray! i love d it.
if the standard novel, let us know how you like it... i didnt even know it existed till a week ago and am very curious
Suko said…
Wow! I'd most like to read #1, #6, and #7. I hope you enjoy them all.

Here's my mailbox: http://suko95.blogspot.com/2010/05/mailbox-monday-more-books.html