Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Library Love...

I love libraries and every month I'm going to show you the wonderful things I've found in mine!

Just Another Diamond Day - Vashti Bunyan...
I love this pretty sounding album, it's all beautiful singing and reminds me of summer days with lovely cool breezes, the smell of freshly mown grass and birds chirruping in the trees.  After some quick googling I discovered this album was originally released in 1970 and no one liked it (silly billies!) then re released in 2000, the title song used in an advert (very annoyingly I can't think what advert it's from...a bank one maybe?) and now everyone loves it (hurrah!).  It also has a pretty cover...which is why I chose it!

Skim - Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki...
This graphic novel is the diary of a teenage highschool student called Skim.  It covers her everyday life and thoughts in the aftermath of the suicide of a boy at her school.  I like teen movies, and this is the same kind of thing (it reminds me a little of Ghost World), except in book form.

The Chrysalids - John Wyndham...
I love this kind of futuristic/alternate universe sort of sci-fi.  This one is set in a post apocalyptic world which hints at the effects of some sort of past nuclear disaster.  Any mutations caused by this disaster aren't tolerated, which is a shame for the main characters (who all have 'deviations').  This book is exciting all the way through, until you get to the end which I thought was a bit rubbish and cheesey, like he couldn't really be bothered writing any more and just wanted to finish it off neatly rather than writing a thought provoking ending.  Still worth a read though (honest!)

The Silver Donkey - Sonya Hartnett...
Awww...this is a lovely childrens' book!  Two children find a soldier in the woods and he tells them stories about the tiny silver donkey lucky charm that he keeps in his pocket.  The characters are really realistic, especially the children and their relationships - I recognised some of my own thoughts and feelings as a child in them.  I can't really tell you any more about it without giving away the plot...all I can say is read it!

Have you found any treasures in your local library this month?


  1. I have recently borrowed two books from my local library - but have yet to open either of them!

  2. Oh dear! At least they'll be having a nice holiday at your house!


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