2016-07-28

Summer reads






I had a funny encounter the other day, with the part-time guy at our tiny local library.
He looked the part, so I asked if he could point out any good horror or crime to me,
or just any book he had read recently that was fast-paced and entertaining.
He stared at the rows of shelves, bewildered, then simply said 'no'.
So I asked to see the books available in English, and he lead me to a shelf,
measured out about two feet of books with his hands and said 'this is it'.




I sensed that this guy wasn't actually trying to be unhelpful, instead he was
feeling defeated by the very small selection they had to offer. So I grabbed
six books (mostly in Swedish) basically at random, thanked him, and left.
So far I've finished 'Dränkt' and 'Huset' and I recommend both,
although the ending of 'Dränkt' felt a bit clumsy and rushed.




My hands are itching to get started on all the autumn garden projects,
so I began slowly by creating an herbal patch in the entry way to the patio.
With some luck the plants will all survive winter and will offer
a fragrant welcome to any visitor next summer.




 



24 kommentarer:

  1. During summertime I read mostly crime fiction and sometimes adventures stories. Sometimes also, like now, I am reading folklore and fairy tales. Then when August arrives and autumn gets closer, I start reading horror stories. Soon now.

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    1. I find that I can't predict my reading times or behavior. I haven't read anything for months, and I usually enjoy a good crime story but right now they are boring me to tears.

      Radera
  2. That is a strange encounter, but perhaps crime and horror aren't his forte. His specialty might be some other subject. Meh, looks like you've come out with interesting finds!
    Your herbs look really nice!!!

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    1. No see, that was his thing - he was a total horror buff! He told me so, and yet he couldn't find a single book for me in our tiny library book. (He did offer to order me some though :))

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  3. I always seem to have funny or weird encounters with the librarians at the NYPL. For the most part they are pure gold -- knowledgable, pleasant, talkative, etc. -- but every once in a while you'll get a strange egg that leaves you scratching your head. hehehe ... Love my librarians! They have been and will always be my Goddess-send.

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    1. Aren't librarians supposed to be strange - it's kind of their thing. It's like one of the very few professions where being strange is a plus (it makes you seem knowledgeable and well-read) :)

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  4. Oh, such a pity you encountered a passionless librarian! As someone else said already, maybe he just wasn´t into horror and mystery and couldn´t really help? Even so, I think he could have used his system to find a good recommendation for you, or ask to some colleague for help?
    Until the date I´ve been quite lucky regarding professionals in local libraries and bookstores, and I think finding someone without a real passion for books working on the library would break my heart (yes, I´m awfully sentimental when it comes to books...)

    I hope your Summer reads are good and interesting, though!

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    1. I should have made it more clear in my post, that this guy was a self-proclaimed horror reader :) Our "library" is just too small though. On the upside, they give us pin-codes and trust us to help ourselves when the library is unmanned..!

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  5. He might not be altogether into reading a lot-- I've met librarians that gave the best suggestions for movies and music, but didn't know what to recommend in the way of books. Just like I worked with women at the fabric and craft stores who didn't know or have any interest in crafting... it's ironic, but a jobs a job lol.

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    1. Ok, I find that the thought of people who don't do crafts working in craft stores upset me way more than un-knowledgeable librarians... :) I just think he was used to a bigger library, that's all.

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  6. I'm rereading One Hundred Years of Solitude and The Fellowship of the Ring, and reading the latest book in The Long Earth series. I'm thinking about reading Whispering Woods, by my friend Diandra, and Roses and Rot, by Kat Howard (and yes, I picked up the book because of the title).

    Your garden initiative looks precious. I can nearly smell the lavender. ♥

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    1. You are a reader and a writer, you devour words like your life depended on it. Truth be told, I have always been more of a movie buff, I remember scenes and lines, and even music scores, from anything and everything. So when it comes to books I want it to be fast paced and to the point, like a movie. I hate long winding descriptions and unnecessary detail. I hope that doesn't make me an un-intellectual...

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  7. I have sunflower envy! No garden post from lately because almost everything died. I do plan on trying again with flowers and herbs to fill my boticario, I will make canopy's and maybe use umbrellas, don't know for sure it is still in the dream stage.Once the kids go back to I hope to get back to books, crafts, in general a little me time.

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    1. Keeping a garden, especially in the SC heat, is a full-time job - don't feel bad! I can't grow oranges, but my wet soil can keep plants alive for weeks, even in summertime. We live and we adapt, I know you know all about that <3

      Radera
  8. Tack för boktipsen :D Och wow vilken solros!

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    1. Du skulle se hur stor den är nu när den tillverkar solrosfrön!

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  9. "with the part-time guy at our tiny local library" ... I love this. :) Especially the idea of a "part-time guy" who maybe turns into a girl the other half of the day. Or anything ... an animal or an object. The possibilities are endless!

    My current librarians don't seem to be readers. Isn't that STRANGE? We book-lovers would find "librarian" to be the best job in the world, and they don't even seem to fully appreciate their surroundings.

    This too is beautiful writing: "an herbal patch in the entry way to the patio"

    I want an herbal patch!

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    1. I love your idea about the part time guy.

      I trained to be a librarian, I am a total book addict. Unfortunately that doesn't seem to feature very strongly in library employment these days... :( they just don't care!

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    2. Haha! Well, if you do step away for 5 minutes in the middle of the day, there will suddenly be a girl at the front desk. You know, now that I think about it - he was way to much "guy", like he was trying to convince me... He was big and tall, had a receding hair line but a huge beard. Hmm...

      Though, by your writing, p.s., I'm wondering if maybe it's the fact that English is my second language that it makes for fun(ny) reading..?

      Laura: I can't think of anyone more qualified, or anyone I would rather guide me around a library, than you!

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  10. Gorgeous sunflower picture and your herbal patch is going to be amazing! Great idea! Now I am thinking! Have fun with the books!

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    1. Garden planning is the best, it gets you out of the human world funk that most thoughts have to be concerned with :)

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