Thursday, April 23, 2009

Library Loot

I have a huge stack of books at the moment so another week of restraint. I picked up new books because I'm currently reading a pretty heady piece of literature after which I'm going to need something light or possibly in-between. One book that was on hold for me came in and the others were books that have been on my tbr for sometime. To see more entries visit Eva at A Striped Armchair or Alessandra at Out of the Blue. The loot:

Red Scarf Girl by Ji-li Jiang. Next month is Asian Heritage Month. I'm gearing up for it. Andromeda at a wrung sponge had reviewed it favorably. I don't read enough nonfiction but when I do, I often pick up a memoir. Looking forward to this.

Behind The Mountains by Edwidge Danticat. I'm a huge Danticat fan and this week's C.OR.A Roll Call assignment asked us to pick a country and discuss works and native authors we like from that country. What I know about the Haiti I've gleaned from books. I'm hoping this YA title moves quickly and easily.

M is for Magic by Neil Gaiman. I was introduced to this writer's work last year. Not a single read has disappointed. I wanted to read this book sooner but it had not been available. When I saw it today, I scooped it up. Gaiman is a master storyteller. If you like fantasy, it's a no-brainer. If you read very little fantasy and looking for an author who illustrates how much fun it is, Gaiman is your guy.

Last, I picked up Heaven by Angela Johnson. Recently read and talked about how much I enjoyed A Cool Moonlight. This slim volume should be just the kind of read I need behind something substantial.


Eva said...

I got a lot less books this time too! I still have to do my vlog about them, though...have to get on that!

JoAnn said...

I haven't read Danticat, but I'll be suggesting her book Brother, I'm Dying to my book club tomorrow. We'll see if it gets chosen.

susan said...

JoAnn, Brother, I'm Dying is on my list, too. I have heard nothing but good things about it.

Ali said...

I picked up this Gaiman book to give him another try after being unimpressed with the Graveyard Book. Have only read 1 story so far but I'm leaning towards thinking Gaiman's just not my guy. Let me know which of the stories you love, though, and I'll skip ahead!

Lenore said...

I really like Gaiman's stuff, and I met him - he's really cool in person. I wouldn't say he's my favorite, but he's a safe pick.