Posted on June 14, 2013 by Edel in Library Haul with 0 Comments
I’ve made many library trips that I have yet to document. I’ll try my best to write them all here. Good thing I keep the receipts!
At the Library #3
Instead of going to my usual library, I went to the public library closest to my university, which was just two train stops away. I went during a gap between my classes and made it 20 minutes before my next class. Hopefully I get more gaps in my schedule in the fall.
- Poison by Sara Poole
I love reading about the Renaissance. Even moreso when the Borgias make an appearance. I have to admit, Assassin’s Creed plays a big role in my recent Italian history craze.
- What I Talk About When I’m Running by Haruki Murakami
I have only read one of Murakami’s novels before taking this out (After the Quake) and even from that one novel, I knew that he must be an extremely wise and intelligent man. This is the main reason why I decided to read this memoir.
- Beloved Disciple: The Misunderstood Legacy of Mary Magdalegne, the Woman Closest to Jesus by Robin Griffith-Jones
I try my best to read non-fiction religious books, especially if they relate to my own religion. In this case, Mary Magdalegne has always been a source of curiosity for me.
- Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn
I saw this book in my high school library but never had the time to take it out. Now I do!
- The Scarlet Contessa by Jeanne Kalogridis
Another Assassin’s Creed inspired read. One of the characters in Assassin’s Creed is Caterina Sforza, a feisty independent and often crude Italian noblewoman. The main character in this book is, of course, Caterina Sforza.
At the Library #4
- Bourbon Island 1730 by Lewis Trondheim and Olivier Appollodorus
This graphic had an interesting style and somewhat of an interesting premise.
- Seven of Seven (Volumes 1-3) by Azusa Kunihiro and Yasuhiro Imagawa
While I can’t say that by just looking at these books, they look like a pleasant manga series but I gave it a try anyway. It could be a gem among stones.
- Dramacon (Volume 1) by Svetlana Chmakova
Before reading this, I’ve only read a chapter of Chmakova’s work: the first chapter of Night School. Her style is appealing enough, despite needing some anatomy fixes (note: foreheads) and I love giving original English-language manga a try.
- The Alchemist: A Graphic Novel by Paulo Coelho and Daniel Sampere
I’ve always intended to read THe Alchemist but I decided that I would read the graphic novel at the moment.
- The Clique: A Graphic Novel by Lisi Harrison and Yishan Li
Yet another manga/graphic novel adaptation! I’ve heard of The Clique. It didn’t seem like my kind of thing but it just might be in manga form.
- Oku: The Inner Chambers (Volume 5-7) by Fumi Yoshinaga
I’m honestly in love with this series. The artwork is 100% top notch and the story telling equally as good. Did I mention that I absolutely love the time period? Because I do.
- Liberty Vocational: Will Supervillains be on the Final? by Naomi Novik and Yishan Li
I actually didn’t notice that the artist for this graphic novel is the same one as the one who did The Clique. While the cover is sub-par, I really like superheroes in manga. There needs to more, honestly.
- Cardcaptor Sakura (Omnibus 1) by CLAMP
I watched the anime when I was younger and I LOVED it. It was an awesome anime and as soon as I got into manga, I always said to myself that I would read the manga. Well, I’m starting now! I’m ready for heartbreak (Cardcaptor Sakura: Sinking my ships since 2001).
- Kimi Ni Todoke (Volumes 8-14) by Karuho Shiina
Feel good manga that actually makes me kinda hate my life but is still feel good manga no matter how you look at it. I really love this series. It’s so cute and the artwork agrees with me.
- Assassin’s Creed: The Secret Crusade by Oliver Bowden
Even though I had a couple of unfortunate encounters in the Assassin’s Creed novels, I had gone too far to back out now. Altair is my favourite Assassin, so I wish Bowden will do him justice!
- Mistress Fortune by Arina Tanemura
I don’t like Arina Tanemura. Her art is flashy, her characters are all picture perfect (and look basically the same), the manga filled with cliches and overused tropes (read: silly love triangles), etc. But I can’t stay away from her! It’s weird. I was staring down at this manga in disgust and all of a sudden, it was in my bag as I walked out of the library.
At the Library #5
I don’t really remember what the circumstances were, but I definitely went to the downtown library from the university and back to the university again. I think it was mostly because I’ve always wanted to go the library and I had time to kill. I don’t remember what was happening that day but I think there was a presentation about software engineering.
- Over Her Head by Shelley Bates
I had read one of Shelley Bates’ novels about a woman stuck in a cult and it was amazing. I was looking for the sequel but finding none, I decided that anything was better than nothing.
- It’s Easier to Reach Heaven Than the End of the Street by Emma Williams
After watching the movie Paradise Now, I’ve been extremely interested/concerned over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. While the politics are there, I was mostly interested in the personal stories of the people stuck in this war. In this case, a woman and her family move to Israel because her husband is a U.N. member.
- Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, With Recipes by Elizabeth Bard
I don’t know how I came to have this book on my to-read list, but it’s there.
- The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time by David L. Ulin
I try my hardest to be a reader. Some times, I get distracted with other things (school, my web sites, YouTube, etc.) and I don’t like it. These are distracted times and I want something to motivate my reading.
- Book by Book: Notes on Reading and Life Michael Dirda
Reading is personal. It affects people in many different ways. For some, it’s a way of life. For others, it’s an occasional and largely passive occurrence. I’m always interested in people and how they read so this book seemed perfect.
- The Attack by Yasmin Khadra
Another book on Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but this time, it’s fiction. While memoirs have some leeway, works of fiction on a sensitive topic might be… Well… Sensitive. They need to be handled carefully. I mostly wanted to see how the author portrays the conflict and quite possibly, shed a few tears.
- Working in the Virtual Stacks: The New Library and Information Science by Laura Townsend Kane
Yeah, I’m debating becoming a librarian if engineering doesn’t work out for me…
At the Library #6
- Wonderland by Tommy Kovac and Sonny Liew
A rather sweet looking graphic novel that I just had to pick up! An adorable little girl in a maid outfit? Yes please.
- Friends With Boys by Faith Erin Hicks
The cover is really well done and I think the title and the cover is 90% of the reason why I picked it up.
- Ojingogo by Matthew Forsythe
This looked like a cute graphic novel. Just by flipping through, I loved the obviously Korean art style.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! (Volumes 1 & 2) by Kazuki Takahashi
Yu-Gi-Oh! was my jam back when I was in elementary school. I played the card game and watched the anime faithfully until Yugi himself disappeared from the show. I used to be a reader of Shonen Jump and bought issues solely because of Yu-Gi-Oh! I wanted to read the manga properly so here we are.
- Neko Ramen (Volume 2) by Kenji Sonishi
A comedy manga featuring cute talking cat(s?). Yeah, I’m on board.
- Janes (Volume 1: The Plane Janes) by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg
I picked this up on an impulse. Always an advocate of English graphic novels.
- Janes (Volume 2: Janes in Love) by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg
Since this was the sequel to the previous book, I took it out.
- Amazing Agent Jennifer by Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir, and Kriss Sison
A cute spy graphic novel with cute art. I like cute things.
- Ouran High School Host Club (Volumes1-6) by Bisco Hatori
I’ve always intended to read this manga. It’s just one of those manga that everyone has read but I haven’t it. I also need to watch the anime.
- Otomen (Volume 1) by Aya Kanno
I’ve read Blank Slate before and I was interested in the stark contrast between the two. Blank Slate is an action packed thriller whereas Otomen is a cute girly manga.
- The Faerie Path: Lamia’s Revenge (Volume 1: The Serpent Awakes) by Allan Frewin Jones and Allison Acton
I love renaissance looking settings and I’m always trying to get into fantasy.
- Maximum Ride (Volume 3) by James Patterson and Narae Lee
I really loved the Maximum Ride series and the graphic series is great as well. I love the art style Lee has. It’s almost like a typical American style but still has the Korean flavours.
- Witch & Wizard (Volume 1 & 2) by James Patterson and Svetlana Chmakova
At this point I’ve read two of Chmakova’s works and although the art isn’t 100% great, I was certain that she had improved since then and that with Patterson’s usually interesting writing, it would be great.
- Mussolini by Martin Clark
My mandatory non-fiction of the day.
At the Library #7
- The Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel
This was for my brother. We were going out of the country and he had a book report due for when we get back so yeah.
- Witch & Wizard by James Patterson
After reading the first two graphic adaptations, I definitely wanted to the read the actual novels.
- A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix
Another book for my brother. Le sigh.
At the Library #8
- The Borgia Betrayal & The Borgia Mistress by Sara Poole
I liked the first book in this trilogy/series and I like finishing what I start.
- Kalila by Rosemary Nixon
I definitely maybe took this out on a whim. I haven’t read it yet so we’ll see if I made a good decision.
- The Rights Revolution by Michael Ignatieff
Once again, another book I took out on impulse. My non-fictional fix for this checkout.
- Cardcaptor Sakura (Volume 4) by CLAMP
I’ve read volumes 1-3 but apparently I actually didn’t because I don’t remember this happening. I remember it happening in the anime though.
At the Library #9: Flashback to 2011
I was looking through some of my library receipts and saw one dated back to September 2011. It was mostly faded so I decided to might as well record it before it disappears forever!
- A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
I really love historical fiction, especially when they feature Victorian teenaged girls. There’s something about that era that is so charming, no matter the subject matter.
- Death Note: Another Note, the Los Angeles BB Murder
I have to admit, I loved Death Note. It was thrilling, suspenseful, and full of heart stopping detective work. The craftiness in the anime (and the manga, as I presume) was unmatched by anything I had ever watched. So, in hope that this would reflect that, I got this book.
- Sabriel by Garth Nix
I’ve been trying to read this series since I was in elementary school. It’s taken a long time for me to finally pick up the book.