Library Book Sale Haul

We stopped at the local library to return some books that were due and found that there was a library sale going on. Win!

I was limited by the knowledge that I have shelves of unread books and less and less time to read.  Plus the fact that the library was closing in 30 minutes and I had $7 cash on me.  But I still managed to come away with some nice finds.  Just for kicks I figured I would post them here (I am trying to be more “bloggy” these days).

Madeleine L’Engle Herself: Reflections on a Writing Life

This seems like a fascinating and inspiration book about writing. Plus, I want to go back and re-read some of her great work.

The author of over fifty books, including Newbery Award winner A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle is internationally acclaimed for her literary skills and her ability to translate intangible things of the spirit– both human and divine–into tangible concepts through story. In Madeleine L’Engle Herself: Reflections on a Writing Life, you’ll find hundreds of this celebrated author’s most insightful, illuminating, and transforming statements about writing, creativity, and truth.

More after the jump.

Corydon and the Siege of Troy by Tobias Druitt

I read the first book in this series (Corydon & the Island of Monsters) and figured I might as well pick up the third for a buck.

After the destruction of the city of Atlantis, Corydon is in a self-imposed exile. Clearly his presence only puts his friends in danger. And so he hides out in the desert, tending to goats and camels, keeping his friends safe by staying away.

But, as ever, the gods of Olympos have other plans. Now the city of Troy is under siege, and Corydon’s friends are trapped inside. And so Corydon reluctantly joins them, hoping to help, and fearing that it is he that will tip the scales against them.

In this thrilling conclusion to the trilogy about the gods and monsters of ancient Greece, Corydon knows that it will be up to him to thwart the mighty Zeus if the others are to live. At what cost will he buy their freedom?

Storyteller by Edward Myers

This just struck me as a potentially entertaining read – and I am a sucker for this type of YA fiction.

An old man tells the opening of one story after another, only to be interrupted by his grandchild, who finds fault with each—until he begins a tale about a young storyteller. At intervals within the novel, the child poses questions his grandfather answers. This narrative framework soon fades into the background as readers are swept away by the eventful tale of 16-year-old storyteller Jack, who leaves his village to seek his fortune, as lads in stories do. Along the way, he befriends a talkative crow, provokes a notorious outlaw, finds employment as the king’s storyteller, and falls in love. Dealing with bad luck and good, Jack makes his share of mistakes but tries to learn from them and from the people he meets along the way. A bit reminiscent of the later novels of Lloyd Alexander, this old-fashioned story has the timeless appeal of adventure, humor, and light romance, all woven together by an able teller of tales.

As a bonus I picked up Flood by They Might Be Giants.  Now it’s Istanbul, not Constantinople …

 

 

Kevin Holtsberry
I work in communications and public affairs. I try to squeeze in as much reading as I can while still spending time with my wife and two kids (and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Michigan Wolverines during football season - oh, and watching golf too).

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