Today I picked up another 12 books from the library. "Too many books at one time!" I exclaimed. And so the circulation librarian told me about the bibliographic equivalent of birth control: you click on the "Change Status" button on your request page and it suspends whichever books you choose until you are ready to put them back into the stream.
I learned about this a week too late, because now I have some 30 library books in and about MarysLibrary and no time to read them. But in the future I should be able to control the stream of books coming from the library.
Today's books fall into two categories, ordinary books I want to look over and possibly read and books by and about J D Salinger. Here are the general books:
The Fig Eater by Jody Shields. This is a mystery set in Vienna. I'm starting to get serious about reading about Vienna in anticipation of a trip in the spring.
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. I've read one too many glowing reviews of this book. I have to look at it myself and see what I think. It can't possibly live up to expectations.
A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth. I want to read this book with a blog group but the size is such a problem. I'll start reading it and see what happens.
Edward the Confessor by Frank Barlow. I'm still reading English history and still lingering over the Anglo-Saxons. After this second biography in the Yale English Monarchs series, I'll be moving on to William the Conqueror.
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth L Ozeki. The plot of this book appeals to me. So now that it's on the Booker short list I'm going to give it a 30-page try out.
The second set of books is for reference purposes. The 22nd Avenue Book Club will be reading The Catcher in the Rye and in preparation for that I'm doing a little research into the life and works of J D Salinger. So I don't plan to read all of the memoirs and biographies. I do plan to re-read all of Salinger's fiction. Perhaps even the fiction published in the New Yorker but not collected in book form. Because I subscribe to the magazine I get the entire collection of New Yorker back issues and can look up things published in past years.