Stu’s first post covoid library trip and lets do Bernhard week 22 next month

SO much for a break a couple of hours and it is like an itch to blog these days I am not in the mood to review as I just write muy reviews then and there it is hard to think sometimes with a fuzzy head as I have just done a set of night shifts for my job is stressful at times as although we have few patients the patients we have are in real need of help care and our patience which is very draining but compared to people on covoid wards etc it is a lot less drain and hard. Anyway enough of me moaning anyway I had intended to do this post when I got the books last week from the Library. As many of you fans of this blog may know I used to use my Library a lot as Chesterfield is one of the Libraries with the Highest loan rates in the Country it is often in the top 20 busiest in the Country. But I haven’t been one of those inj the last twelve months I am a lover of shelf browsing looking for books I may have missed or just not been able to afford to buy. So the main time I order books in is Booker international Long list time which is growing close again for another year. Anyway, I had tried ordering a book and found I couldn’t I first thought I had an unpaid fine but didn’t just need to tell them I am still living where I am which I am. SO I had a look around and found some real gems  even thou I had one book on my shelves lol anyone done that themselves?

Anyway, after a quick look I didn’t even go through all the fiction books I had six books which seemed enough to me I may not get to them all but I hope to try and read a few I have already read one of the books here. SO let’s see the others I got to read.

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen, Yes I am a fan of his and I have this last year or so been buying a number of music Biographies and related books Bruce is a singer I have always loved from being in my early teens. I read a couple of music biographies a year but never mention them but I may start to mention them more as I have a lot to read I’ve brought but mainly around music I grew up with Factory records and The Fall but this is from Bruce caught my eye. Have you read this book ? do you have a favourite music related book ?

I jump from the biggest of the books to the smallest of the books and the one I have reviewed. People from the Neighbourhood by Kawakami you can go back and read my review of this collection of Microfiction. already a favourite of this year.

Oh, a blurred pic but this is The Moustache by Emmanuel Carrere A man shave his moustache after asking his wife she said she wouldn’t recognize him but then seems to blank it when he shaves it I loved the other book I read by him and had one on my shelves he is called by Knausgaard the most exciting living writer high praise indeed.

After Midnight by Irmgard Keun I said when I read Child of all nation last year I would be returning to her soon rather than later and I have borrowed this book set in Frankfurt it sees the characters over a short time but their lives are mapped out ion that time.I can’t wait for this one. As this is a writer I want to read more of have you read this book ?

Another writer I have read before Serve the people by Yan Lianke this is an earlier book that has just been reissued set at the Height of Mo’s power in 1967it is a tale of forbidden love between the bored wife of the commander and one of the young soldiers. an age-old tale set against the backdrop of the Mo years should be interesting. I was drawn in by the cover of this one.

Last but not least is one I thought I had reviewed but when I checked in the library the day I visit I  hadn’t reviewed it on the blog but then when I got home and looked at my shelves I had brought it when these Faber reissues came out I often do this I have so many books these days not being one to keep track I missed I had this one which was one of four reissued the other two I had reviewed and the other one I brought concrete I have reviewed since anyway I have this and frost to review on my shelves oh and the voice Imitator maybe to do another Thomas Bernhard week I did it in July but this time as he was born and died in the middle of February I know it is short notice but let’s do a Thomas Bernhard week again !! from Feb 14-21 2022

So not wanting to do a review forgive me as I did this instead of a break as I love this type of post and hadn’t done one for a long while. Have you been to your library recently?

 

 

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kaggsysbookishramblings
    Jan 15, 2022 @ 21:04:36

    Some good finds, Stu – I’ve only been to the library once since COVID began, and I really must go again. After Midnight is great, hope you enjoy it. As for Bernhard, I do have one of his books so will try to join in. If it’s an indie publisher (and I can’t remember) that will be perfect for February!

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  2. Lisa Hill
    Jan 15, 2022 @ 23:24:49

    I have Correction on my TBR and would like to read it… I will try but it’s a busy time here: we are having our floors re-polished and although we are paying them to move the furniture out of their way, there are things that need to be packed away by us. 14 boxes of books from the bookshelf in the entrance hall so far!

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  3. Lisa Hill
    Jan 15, 2022 @ 23:58:07

    *chuckle* Stu, you almost gave me heart attack!
    I read my emails back to front, most recent first, so I came to the email that brought me to this post, and commented as you see, and then roamed around the web reading all the new posts from everybody, and finally I came to your post about giving up blogging. And *yikes* it had the same date so I thought it came after this post, not before it.

    I’m glad you haven’t given up. I love reading your blog. But I do understand that everybody needs a break from time to time, sometimes even quite a long one. Take care, Lisa

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  4. TravellinPenguin
    Jan 16, 2022 @ 00:32:12

    I really enjoyed this post. Your library finds are wonderful. I got online and placed holds on a couple of them. One book I couldn’t find in the library catalog but did find other books by the author. Not many holds, if any on them. I will write about them once read. I don’t do lengthy reviews. I am not that good at it. I just write about them as though I were talking to a friend about them. Keep it casual. I’ve had to cut back on all the blogs with lengthy reviews. I don’t have time and my eyesight needs to be rationed out a bit as I’ve had trouble with them. Now I only get blogs from my regular favourites (yours included) weekly. If you need a break, just take it. Life is too short and already stressful enough without adding to it. People will follow you no matter what you write. Take care of yourself. Your library sounds wonderful. We have a great Tasmanian state library and almost all the books and certainly most authors if not the book, are available. 😍

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  5. Annabel (AnnaBookBel)
    Jan 19, 2022 @ 16:52:07

    I’m in. I’ve got two Bernhard books, Concrete and The Old Masters, on the shelves after enjoying Woodcutters last time.

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