Sunday, 17 February 2013

Library Love...The Weight of Water, The Library of Unrequited Love, Bed, Homespun Vintage...

This month I've loved reading...

The Weight of Water - Sarah Crossan
This is a really sweet children's book, about a girl and her mother who emigrate to England to find their missing father/husband.  It's written in verse, but it's not gimmicky, it's really clever and lovely.

The Library of Unrequited Love - Sophie Divry
I thought this book would be interesting because it's about the one sided conversation a Librarian has with a customer who has been locked in overnight.  Maybe it's because it's set in France, but there seems to be a big difference between how this Librarian spends her days (mostly alone, with the occasional borrower, in the geography section of the library) and how I do (running round like a maniac, processing bus passes and parking passes, wrestling with self service machines, helping people on computers, getting severe hair frizz from the static off the plastic book jackets...).  I found myself wondering if the author had ever spent any time working in Libraries, or if this is just a romanticised, old fashioned view.  I did sympathise with the Librarians desire to make all the books straight though!

Bed - David Whitehouse
When Mal is a child he causes much embarrassment by taking his clothes off in inappropriate places, when Mal is an adult he takes to his bed and becomes an 100 stone man.  This was an interesting book about how his family deal with the scenario...but it's full of Really Bad metaphors and similes, which really got on my nerves after a while.

Homespun Vintage - Jane Crowfoot
A really pretty crochet and knitting book.  There's lots of lovely projects in here, mostly of the shabby chic variety.  I especially like things in the 'folk tales' and 'time for tea' chapters.

What have you been reading?

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