19 juni 2011

In mailbox (13): Library edition

 In My Mailbox idea from Kristi @ The Story Siren. All links go to The Book Depository (except for one).

I constantly nag about being jealous of other people having such great libraries with so many new books in them, and complaining about my own local library so I thought I should pay it a visit to see if I was right or not. My local library is rather small, more of a branch of a larger library about 20 or so kilometers (or 12,4 miles) away, so well, my expectations were somewhat low: So here's IMM: Library edition.

From the library: 

Själakistan by Ann Rosman
First up is a Swedish novel by an author called Ann Rosman. The name of her novel roughly translates to "Coffin of souls" and is a crime story. I've read her debut, again freely translated, "The daughter of the lighthouse keeper", which I found exciting enough. In Sweden, summer time is crime story time. The good people of Sweden are crazy about their crime writers, especially their female ones although some men have become rather successful writing crime stories as well, such as Stieg Larsson. So why crime and summer? It's basically because the Swedes read in their holiday when they have time, and they usually have holiday in the summer. Thus summer equals crime.

De utvalda: tankeläsaren (original title: Graceling) by Kristin Cashore
Another book that I came across in the library was this Swedish translation of Kristin Cashore's Graceling. I've been looking at it before, the English version that is, so when I found it I decided to grab it.

Om jag stannar (original title: If I Stay) by Gayle Forman
När jag lät dig gå (original title: Where She Went) by Gale Forman
They had "Where she went", only the Swedish translation of it, on display in the youth section (uHce) of the library and I recognized the name of the author. When I also found "If I stay" on the actual shelf I decided to grab them both. After all, I have read good things about these novels in the blogosphere.

So, what's the verdict? Well, it wasn't a great selection, but not too shabby either. Just sad that I've now got a considerable proportion of my library's all newly published YA books at home right now.

There is one thing that I don't like about library books - the binding. What usually makes me want to read a book is either a darn great review or a wicked cover. And a cover does not only consist of the front cover but also the spine. I get that the library bindings are there to help protect the books, but it destroys so much of their appeal. When I was little and spent a lot of time in the library I almost always chose books with their original spines still intact, because they looked more interesting to me. Just compare the purple spine to the others; isn't it a lot more appealing?

11 kommentarer:

  1. It's so cool to see the Swedish covers!
    I loved Graceling!

    Here is my IMM (got some new German books in it, lol): http://tinyurl.com/674m37d
    Nickey @ The Book Shop Assistant

  2. I hope you enjoy Graceling, it is a fantastic book!

    My Mailbox

  3. I haven't read If I Stay series, but those covers are gorgeous!!!! I love all of them!

  4. I loved reading If I Stay by Gayle Foreman last summer and hope to get to Where she Went soon :)

  5. Great IMM! I love Gayle Forman's If I Stay series. It was amazing!

    My IMM is here:

  6. A great mailbox! They all look great! Happy reading :)
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    Mia @ Gripped into Books

  7. Great set! I love Gayle Forman's books.
    My IMM

  8. The If I Stay series is supposed to be really good, and I've heard that when you're reading it, you need to box of tissue close by. You've had a great book week.

    Check out my very first IMM.


  9. Nice! Foreign titles. I love. I know what you mean about the binding of books borrowed from the library. I'm an avid visitor of our community libraries here in Singapore and I did notice that. Regardless, I am fortunate that we do have a huge selection and that I can borrow as much as eight books for three weeks. So I suppose, it makes things alright that way.

    Do update us about your more detailed thoughts about the books. Since I've read the Millennium Trilogy, I've been interested in Swedish books. =)

  10. The covers of Gale Forman's books are interesting and so different from the US covers.

    But I LOVE that cover of Graceling.

    All three of those books are awesome.

    Happy reading!

  11. Thank you for stopping by my IMM :D

    I love the covers of If I stay and Where she went :D

    Happy reading and have a nice week.



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