Yesterday I had to do a bit of research for a professor of mine, and as I wandered through the stacks on the fifth floor of my university’s hideously ugly library, I realized: I feel at home. I love that feeling. Like a well-used neural pathway, my trips to the library invariably take me to the literature section and I find myself just wandering up and down the stacks, not really looking for anything, just taking in the feeling of comfort exuding from the spines of books I will most likely never have time to read. It’s always a good thing when I start to feel territorial about “my section” in the library. My only question: why are so many libraries on college campuses so ugly? Why can’t they all look more like this:
This was the reading room at my last university. It was a veritable cathedral of learning. I loved this room. And to get there you climbed this:
You could almost feel yourself getting smarter. Such a beautiful building.
Speaking of which, I’ve mentioned how much I love my little, friendly local public library branch, and today was no exception. The librarian was actually disappointed that I had no books on hold today! I broke even today as I returned four and picked up four (not bad). So here’s this week’s haul:
- Fingersmith by Sarah Waters (I’ve had numerous recommendations with this book, so I had to get this one).
- Christine Falls by Benjamin Black (aka John Banville)
- Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
- The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope
- Amy Levy: Her Life and Letters by Linda Hunt Beckman
- The Complete Novels and Selected Writings of Amy Levy edited by Melvyn New
- Israel at Vanity Fair: Jews and Judaism in the Writings of W.M. Thackeray by S.S. Prawer
- Disraeli: The Victorian Dandy Who Became Prime Minister by Christopher Hibbert
- The Victorians by A.N. Wilson
- Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope
- Vanity Fair by W. M. Thackeray
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (I needed a different edition)
- Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (again, a different edition)
- The Portrait by Iain Pears (I’ve wanted to read this one for a while)
That should tide me over for a bit!