And the winner is!…a Post-It?

So, yesterday afternoon as I was getting off my final bus of the day I finished Adultery by Richard B Wright which I have been reading for a couple of weeks but have really devoured over a few days commuting to and from work (it takes me at least an hour to get from my home in Maylands to Duncraig Library where I have had most of my shifts this year).

It was a good little read, not exactly what I was expecting from the genre sticker on its spine but still insightful and interesting nonetheless, and I will review it as soon as I get through the back log (soon my pretties, soon :D).

As soon as I got home (luckily after more than an hour on buses and trains its only a minute to walk home) I laid out all the books from my Library Pile, which consisted of 3 from the City of Bayswater libraries and 4 from the City of Joondalup, ready to eeny meeny miny moe to a single novel when I remembered that there was still one book waiting for me at Maylands Library – American Gods by Neil Gaiman – that I had requested and meant to pick up but I’ve been so busy it has been neglected.

I didn’t want to leave it out because 1. I still had a couple of days before my request expired and I have some time off work so I would be able to collect it; 2. I really wanted to read it as I have heard great things about the book, I have loved the other works by Neil Gaiman and I borrowed it once before but it had to be returned before I could read it because it was requested at another branch!

To include it in the process without it being in my hot little hands, I found the book on The State Library of Western Australia catalogue and copied all the relevant details (Author, Title, Publisher, Date of Publication, Place of Publication, Number of Pages and last digit of the ISBN) onto a Post-it note and lo and behold at the end of the eeny meeny miny moe-ing the Post-it was the winner!

I plan to pick American Gods up today and I am even more excited to start it because of the unlikely circumstances of it being chosen 🙂

In other news, since I announced my new features to celebrate 2012 as The National Year of Reading I have noted down a couple more quotes and have decided to rename the Weekly Quotable feature so that it is not restricted to being a once a week post and I can post less or more often. From now on the posts will be called Notable Quotables and will be posted whenever I find a quote in one of the books I’m reading that I think is inspirational, insightful, funny or otherwise interesting enough to share with you all 🙂


Library Polygamist

If you have been following my recent adventures you will know that I have been doing work experience at Joondalup Library as part of my Library & Information Services Diploma. This means that I have gone from being loyal to my local library to having 3 library cards in my purse: my original City of Bayswater one; one for City of Joondalup; and one for the State Library of Western Australia (mainly acquired so I could use their vast collection of databases for study).

As I have mentioned in a previous post I have tried to be restrained at Joondalup by not borrowing too many books that caught my eye while working amongst them, and have done pretty well by only borrowing 4 so far (out of a maximum of 10!) …. that was until my last day yesterday.

I won't let you slip away this time!

Firstly I knew a book I requested was waiting for me because I got a friendly email a few days ago. The book was the new Flavia de Luce mystery, A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley which I borrowed a while ago at the new Maylands Library with glee but sadly had to return a couple of weeks ago because someone in Bayswater had requested it 😦 The Joondalup catalogue came to the rescue, saying one of their libraries had the book but it was out, so I placed a request and ta da! it was there waiting for me on the self-serve request shelf a week or two later 🙂

Then, when I was shelving in the mystery/thriller/crime section (Joondalup arranges resources by genre then call number) I spotted two books that looked like my cup of tea and promptly stashed them at the bottom of my trolley to be borrowed when I was done:

A couple of mysterious tidbits

These three new books from Joondalup along with a new one I picked up at Maylands when I was last there (Neil Gaiman’s American Gods) has made my “from the library” (or libraries now) pile look like a scary leaning tower of Pisa:


Since I am now on mid-semester holidays (JOY!) I expect I will be reading a lot more so once I’ve finished one of my current books (most likely The Secrets of the Chess Machine as I’m nearing the end) I am going to start one of the ones on this pile (probably A Red Herring Without Mustard as I don’t want to risk someone stealing it off me again!) and maybe even take my next few from there as well to make it a bit less perilous.

Because of my holidays all you loyal Bookbaggers and new visitors can expect a bit more action from me so stay tuned!

In other news the poll for the next Top 10 theme will be closed by Monday and then I will start the posts for the winning theme, which unless there is a flood of votes in the next couple of days will be (drumroll please!):

Top 10 Book that made me Laugh/Top 10 Books that made me Cry

I’m looking forward to it 🙂

Introducing: Horatio Lyle!

This little post is mainly for mm’s benefit – lookit what I borrowed at Joondalup Library  yesterday:

Right up my alley 🙂

Here is a blurb of the book:

In Victorian London at the height of the industrial revolution, Horatio Lyle is a former Special Constable with a passion for science and invention. He’s also an occasional, but reluctant, sleuth. The truth is that he’d rather be in his lab tinkering with dangerous chemicals and odd machinery than running around the cobbled streets of London trying to track down stolen goods. But when Her Majesty’s Government calls, Horatio swaps his microscope for a magnifying glass, fills his pockets with things that explode and sallies forth to unravel a mystery of a singularly extraordinary nature. Thrown together with a reformed (i.e. ‘caught’) pickpocket called Tess, and a rebellious (within reason) young gentleman called Thomas, Lyle and his faithful hound, Tate, find themselves pursuing an ancient Chinese plate, a conspiracy that reaches to the highest levels of polite society and a dangerous enemy who may not even be human. Solving the crime will be hard enough – surviving would be a bonus…

Should be fun 🙂

Playing with Fire, Alice and Zombies

Two weeks ago I finally finished reading The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery which I had been reading since April (I ‘ll post a review soon to explain why it took so long) and so I chose a new book from my towering “To Read” pile.

The Girl returns

The book I chose through my usual process was the second book in the Millenium trilogy, The Girl Who Played With Fire by the late Stieg Larsson. I was slow to join in on the craze of these books, because I had so many other books I wanted to read, so I only read the first book, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo late last year. I thought it was a bit slow to begin with but once I got into it I found it highly engrossing so I was pretty excited to get stuck into the second one. However, from the tone of its predecessor I knew The Girl Who Played With Fire was going to be pretty heavy reading and for that reason I wasn’t ready to jump into it as most of the other books I’m reading are also pretty heavy: 2 Clive Barker’s and a very involved fantasy. The only exception is The Secrets of the Chess Machine which is great, but something I don’t want to read all the time.

So, even ‘tho I did start The Girl Who Played With Fire the other day, I have been craving something different, something a bit funny or ridiculous that I could easily read on the bus or train and have a bit of a giggle….and then I saw this book on the “New Books” display at Joondalup:

Now, regular readers of this blog (my beloved Bookbaggers) will know of my love for anything based on Lewis’s Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass as well as my recent love for zombie stories, so you can just imagine my delight upon seeing this title while I was tidying. I couldn’t borrow it at the time of course coz I was in the middle of work, but I put it neatly back on the display shelf and prayed that it would not be snaffled up by another Alice/zombie loving freak before 5 o’clock. Luckily the book gods smiled upon me and it was waiting for me when I finished and I made such a direct beeline to it and plucked it off the shelf that one of the staff commented in amusement.

I plan to start it tonight and you are sure to hear one heck of a review once Its been devoured 🙂

Happy reading and may the book gods smile upon you also!

Children’s Book Week

This week at libraries around Australia the sound and sight of school children could be found in the middle of the day. Why? Because it was Children’s Book Week, an annual initiative of the Children’s Book Council of Australia.

Children’s Book Week is the longest running Children’s festival in Australia as it’s been run for 66 years. Each year the Council compiles a shortlist of the best books for children that have been written by Australian authors or illustrated by Australian illustrators and published that year. From this shortlist a winner is announced for the following categories: Older Readers Book of the Year; Younger Readers Book of the Year; Early Childhood Book of the Year; Picture Book of the Year; and the Eve Pownall Book of the Year which is for non-fiction or informational books. Two books in each category also receive an Honour award.

Each year Book Week has a theme chosen by the council and promotional materials, including a poster designed by last years Picture Book of the Year’s winner, are available for libraries on the Children’s Book Council’s website. This year’s theme was “One World, Many Stories” which opened up a world of opportunities for activities, events and other fun stuff at libraries. At Joondalup Public Library where I’m doing my prac for Library Studies, CBW has been firing on all cylinders and as I’m a general dogs body I’ve been helping out with CBW stuff while I’m there on Thursdays and Fridays, which I’ve been loving 🙂

Firstly I helped to put up the CBW display but putting out all the shortlisted books Joondalup has (which was all but a couple of them), putting up posters, blowing up balloons and erecting a spinning globe with children from around the world surrounding it.

Joondalup Library's Children's Book Week display

Apologies for the slightly fuzzy mobile picture :S

To celebrate Book Week Joondalup held a series of exciting activities including a public event on its opening day (the 21st), author talks and fun workshops. On Friday I sat in on a wonderful talk by Western Australian author Norman Jorgensen and then helped clean up afterwards, and it was so rewarding to see the enjoyment on the faces of the two school groups that attended. I also was in charge of putting the medal stickers on the covers of the winning books and honour books; taking the Display only/CBW/Not for loan statuses off the books at the end of Book Week so they could be borrowed; and put aside all the books that were requested (all but 4 of them!!).

There was some great looking books this year, so if you are looking for some new books for your kids to read, or quality books to add to a library’s collection, the list would be a great resource. The winners this year were:

Older Readers Book of the Year
The Midnight Zoo by Sonya Hartnett

Younger Readers Book of the Year
The Red Wind by Isobelle Carmody

Early Childhood Book of the Year
Maudie and Bear written by Jan Ormerod and illustrated by Freya Blackwood

Picture Book of the Year

Joint Winner
Mirror by Jeannie Baker

Hamlet by Nicki Greenberg

Eve Pownall Book of the Year
The Return of the Word Spy written by Ursula Dubosarsky and illustrated by Tohby Riddle

There was some great books that received Honours too, so if you’re interested check out the entire list of  winners.

Stay tuned because I will also post about WAYRBA (the West Australian Young Reader’s Book Award) once the winners have been announced.

Hidden jewels found at Joondalup

On the 4th of August I started my Industry Placement at Joondalup public library and I am absolutely loving it! The staff are so lovely and because it’s such a big busy library I’m getting a wide range of tasks including stuff I love like storytime and helping with displays.

Another upside (or downside depending on how you look at it) is that on my rounds shelving and the like I am seeing so many items I want to borrow! So far I have been quite restrained because I am very aware of the plentiful to-read piles I already have, but there were two books I just couldn’t resist: the next Corinna Chapman book by Kerry Greenwood, Trick or Treat  (that my local library didn’t have :() And the third book in the Looking Glass Wars series by Frank Beddor, Arch Enemy.


A definite treat 🙂

I’m especially excited by Arch Enemy as the Looking Glass Wars is a fabulous series that is based on Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass and I wasn’t even aware that there was a third book until late last year.

Stay tuned in the near future for a review as I may even cheat and read one of these books without my usual process *gasp* sacrilege! 😛

Updates from your friendly Book Polygamist :)

Hey Bookbaggers! I’ve been MIA a bit lately due to the start of a new semester, my industry placement and a rather sudden snot/cough monster invading my body 😦 which is why my recent Top 10s didn’t go out at the end of the month as planned.

So, this is just a quick update to say I will be posting the two new Top 10s over the next few days and I have not disappeared 🙂

I may also post about exciting things I am doing during my industry placement at Joondalup public library so stay tuned for that 🙂

Oh! And in other news I recently started a new book called The Secrets of the Chess Machine which is written by German author Robert Löhr and translated by Anthea Bell. It’s about a civil servant called Wolfgang von Kempelen who builds an impressive chess-playing automaton in 1770 to show the Empress Maria Theresia. However, the automaton is a hoax – the machine actually contains an Italian dwarf called Tibor Scardanelli who is highly skilled at the game of chess.

So far it’s a very entertaining and unique book which is great for train reading 🙂 review to follow at some point in the future.

Happy reading Bookbaggers!