So I've been kind of stuck at home lately doing annoying little paint jobs in our extension and reading Harry Potter up on our mezzanine floor (because it's where all the sun comes in through the large windows and makes a perfect reading spot where no one can see you unless they come up the stairs). So today I decided I needed to get out of the house. And where better to go than the library?! So I got on a bus and then got off the bus (see how that works?) And I perused the library for a good hour and a half before deciding on the following 5 books;
What the Ground Can't Hold by Shady Cosgrove- Two Americans are presumed dead and nine people are trapped in a cabin after an avalanche in the remote Andes.
The Small Hand by Susan Hill- Late one summer's evening, antiquarian bookseller Adam Snow is returning from a client visit when he takes a wrong turn. He stumbles across a derelict Edwardian house, and compelled by curiosity, approaches the door. Standing before the entrance, he feels the unmistakable sensation of a small cold hand creeping into his own, 'as if a child had taken hold of it.'
This Book Will Save Your Life by A.M Homes- Richard Novak is a modern-day Everyman, a middle-aged divorcee trading stocks out of his home in the surreal promised land of Los Angeles. Having done such a good job getting his life under control, he now needs no one- except his trainer, nutritionist, and housekeeper. He is functionally dead and doesn't even notice until two incidents- an attack of intense pain that lands him in the emergency room and the discovery of an expanding sinkhole outside his house- conspire to hurl him back into the world.
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff- It would be much easier to tell this story if it were all about a chaste and perfect love at an Extreme Time in History. But let's face it.... Daisy is sent to England from New York to live with her cousins for a perfect summer. This summer will change her life. It will change the world too.
As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth by Lynne Rae Perkins- Wait. The train was moving. Ry could hardly tell at first, but now he knew. It was gaining speed, and he wasn't fast enough to catch it. He had only gotten off for a minute, just to make a phone call- and now it was gone. He was in the middle of nowhere, alone.
Now let me tell you how it works for me at libraries. I normally start in the YA section and scan for titles and spines that stand out to me. With all of the above books the title stood out, so I pulled them off the shelf and read the blurb before deciding whether or not it was something that I actually wanted to read. There are normally heaps of books that I pull off the shelf and then the blurb is a total let-down, so I put it back. The great thing about libraries though is that there's a lot less commitment than at an actual book store. If I don't like a book a borrowed from the library, it's not big deal, but if I really love a book I find at a library I normally feel obliged to buy my own copy.
Anyway, after selecting the 5 books (I only came in for two) I went to check them out, but soon realised my library card was missing :O But the lady at the desk told me that I could check it out under a regular ID if I thought I knew where my card was. Luckily, once I gave her my ID she said "Oh, We have your card right here!" She then proceeded to check the books out for me. Then I bought chocolate. So hopefully I won't have to talk to people over the weekend because I'll be busy stuffing my soul with literature.