Thursday 29 May 2008

Reading Material

I've been doing a lot of reading lately. I love to read, but my reading levels fluctuate depending on what reading material I have available. Generally I try mostly to borrow books from the library, although recent shelf rearrangement means that there is a bit more space available for my fledgling library. Usually I only really want to own books that I would read again... I don't see the point of a huge collection of books I have read once, that is what the library is for! Unfortunately Charlton's library is housed in the beautiful Charlton House. In a very small part of the beautiful Charlton House. Charlton's adult fiction section isn't very large, although I assume that with the shifting population of books they must have some stacks somewhere or rotate content with other libraries in Greenwich.

I finally finished 'The Traveller' by John Twelve Hawks. This is definitely a book I'd recommend. Although it focuses on themes of the intrusive surveillance of modern society there is a good dose of action/adventure thrown in which makes it very readable. I'm looking forward to the arrival of 'The Dark River' which is part two of the trilogy. I'm also now reading 'The Book Thief' which is a somewhat strange novel. Set in wartime Germany, although the war isn't the story... and narrated rather bizarrely by Death. I'll let you know how that one turns out.

Time to go to the library this weekend, as I've read as many of the books that I borrowed as I'm going to. My library book selection method is hit and miss; I generally just grab anything that even slightly appeals to me from the shelves without much examination of the dust jacket. I have about a 75% success rate, which as you have three weeks to read eight books suits me fine!