more books: nice librarians

I have a free period in my schedule this year, and I spend nearly every day working on homework in the school library. Lately I’ve been volunteering in this library on days when I don’t have too much work to do, because a) I need the community service hours for English Honor Society, but mostly b) I love shelving books and seeing the inner workings of libraries in general. Needless to say, I’ve become quite friendly with the two librarians in my school library over the past school year.

A few weeks ago something happened in the school library that completely made my day. I was doing homework at a table during my free period, when all of a sudden one of the librarians comes over with some books in her hand. Apparently they were donations or extra copies that the library and the English Department of the school didn’t need, and she wanted to know if I would like to keep them.

You can imagine my delight. This nice librarian was giving me books, simply because she knew that I liked to read! After thanking her profusely, I proceeded to smile the rest of the day. (And I have pre-calculus seventh period, so that was really saying something). πŸ™‚

These are the books she gave me:

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CATCHER IN THE RYE by J.D. Salinger

I’ve wanted this copy ofΒ Catcher in the RyeΒ for so long, and I was ecstatic to receive it! The design is so simple and clean-looking, and it’s the perfect size. I read it in my freshman English class two years ago and I’ve been wanting to reread it ever since. Now I can!

GILGAMESH interpreted by Herbert Mason
GILGAMESH interpreted by Herbert Mason

I’ve never readΒ Gilgamesh, but according to the back cover of this edition Herbert Mason’s interpretation of it is a very popular one, so it should be pretty good. This edition also includes a bit of history about Gilgamesh, an autobiographical postscript, and two different afterwords. I don’t often read this type of writing, but it seems really interesting, so I’ll definitely give it a go!

THE READER by Bernhard Schlink
THE READER by Bernhard Schlink

The librarian told me thatΒ The ReaderΒ is an excellent book, and I’m sure it is because she has great taste in literature! It’s a translation from the original German, and the story itself takes place in postwar Germany. This looks like it’s right up my alley, so I’m super excited to read it!

On a different note, take a look at what my mom got me the other day at an antique shop!

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It reminds me so much of Sherlock Holmes! I don’t know how old it is, but it’s cool nevertheless! I love old things.

Once again, thanks to the amazing librarians at my school library for these awesome books! πŸ™‚

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? Have you gotten any new books lately? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

 

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