Category Archives: Library Loot

Library Loot: June 14 – June 21

badge-4Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

Because I get most of my English-language books through the digital library, I’m never sure exactly when my books on hold will become available. Sometimes I’ll have a long stretch with nothing followed by a period when everything comes in at the same time. The latter happened this past week, and as a result I have so much reading goodness that I don’t even know where to begin. If you need me, I’ll be outside in the hammock–reading, of course.

Here’s what I’ve got on the shelf for this week:

  1. News of the World by Paulette Jiles. I’ve seen this book recommended on several blogs and lists, and I’m actually about halfway through it at the moment. So far, so good.
  2. The Alice Network by Kate Quinn. Another recommendation which is supposed to be a cracking good read. Female spies in France during WWI? Yes, please.
  3. Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002 by David Sedaris. I love David Sedaris, and the NPR review of his newest book (it just came out at the end of May) called this collection of forty years’ worth of Sedaris’ diaries “as mesmerizing as a spinning chicken.” Who could resist that kind of endorsement?
  4. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah. This is one I’ve been meaning to read for a while now. I haven’t watched ‘The Daily Show’ since he took over as host so I don’t know a lot about Noah, but I’ve heard good things about this memoir of his childhood in South Africa.
  5. The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman. This is one of those books that I came across while browsing on the library’s website and thought ‘Why not?’ I don’t remember hearing anything about it when it came out, but the premise of journalists working at an English-language newspaper in Rome sounds interesting.

What are you reading this week? Any good ‘loot’ from your local library?

Library Loot: August 26 – Sept 1

badge-4Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

Hello, my name is Beth and I’m a library addict. I know, I know. I just can’t help myself, especially when I’m home during the day and have plenty of time to indulge all my interests and hobbies and “oh, wouldn’t I just love to know more about this and that” tendencies.

The books with the red stickers are recent ones which means I can’t keep them out of the library as long, so I’ll have to finish those first. I’m proud of the diversity in the mix, though, with some fiction and non-fiction and even a graphic novel thrown in there for fun.

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So here’s what I’ve got on the shelf for this week:

  1. The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed by Jessica Lahey. A writer whose work I admire recommended this and I’m finding it interesting so far. I don’t think of myself as a ‘helicopter’ parent, but I do help my children more than I should, and as my oldest just started middle school I need a timely reminder to take a step back and let her successes and her failures be her own.
  2. Black Dove White Raven by Elizabeth Wein. I’ve loved other books by Wein but I’m having a hard time getting into this latest one for some reason. This is actually the second time I’ve checked out this book, so I may need to try the audio instead.
  3. Run You Down by Julia Dahl. The second installment in a mystery series about a young reporter with roots in the New York Hasidic community. The first one was just okay, I thought, but I’m a sucker for a series.
  4. Last Ragged Breath by Julia Keller. Another series book, this one being the fourth novel in the Bell Elkins series about a West Virginia county prosecutor.
  5. Living with a Wild God by Barbara Ehrenreich. I don’t really talk about religion here, but I grew up as a preacher’s kid in the Deep South. Since I’ve been an adult, I think I would best classify myself as a ‘seeker’–I’m not a fan of organized religion (for lots of reasons I won’t go into here) but I do believe we all have a spiritual connection to each other and the universe as a whole. Ehrenreich’s latest book is about her own quest for Truth.
  6. The Path of Druidery: Walking the Ancient Green Way by Penny Billington. See above. 🙂
  7. Doodle Stitching: Embroidery and Beyond by Aimee Ray. I checked this one out because it has a pattern for a quilt I’m going to make for my soon-to-arrive niece, Guilia. (Shhh, it’s a surprise!)
  8. French Milk by Lucy Knisley. I just love her graphic novels about life and traveling and art. They make me homesick for Europe, but in a good way.
  9. And finally…How to Raise a Wild Child by Scott Sampson. I’m trying to work on spending more (and quality) nature time with my kids and to encourage their own love of the outdoors. I’m hoping to find some good ideas here.

What are you reading this week? Any good ‘loot’ from your local library?

Library Loot: December 3 – 9

badge-4Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

 I’m trying really hard to reign it in at the library these days because I just don’t have time to finish everything I check out. It’s really hard, though, especially as there are so many books I need to catch up on after 10 years of limited library access in France.

The loot for this week:

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I’ve got a lot of YA this week, which is unusual for me, but two of them are from authors I’ve read and enjoyed before so they’re pretty safe bets.

1. Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller – I read Doller’s first book, Something Like Normal, on the recommendation of a friend and was impressed with her writing. She technically writes New Adult more than YA, but I guess my library doesn’t make the distinction (the little TH sticker means ‘Teen High School’–tips from a library volunteer). 😉

2. Countdown by Deborah Wiles – I actually got this one to share with my oldest daughter, but I wanted to read it first. It’s the first book in a trilogy about the 1960’s, which sounded cool to me.

3. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson – I talked about this book in my Teaser Tuesday post yesterday, but it’s the sophomore effort by a writer whose work I admire. If you’re looking for some very unique and beautifully written YA, Nelson is a good choice.

4. The Family Fortune by Laurie Horowitz – A modern-day retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. I saw this one highlighted in a book catalog I receive and knew I had to read it.

5. An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Col. Chris Hadfield – a re-loot from Nonfiction November that I haven’t had time to read yet.

What are you reading this week? Any good ‘loot’ from your local library?

Library Loot: October 1 – 8

badge-4Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

Technically, I should not be library looting this week because I’m supposed to be sticking to Droooooood!  But I have this little weakness, and when I took my daughters to the library for an event last week I may have given in to my weakness and checked out a few new books. Here’s the stash:

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1. Drood by Dan Simmons

See? Top of the pile. Top priority. Total chunkster.

2. Cop Town by Karin Slaughter

I’ve been wanting to read this new one by Slaughter for a while now, so hopefully I can sneak it in this month. Maybe during Readathon?

3. Moonrise by Cassandra King

After hearing King speak at the Decatur Book Festival back in August, I really wanted to try something of hers. This is her most recent novel and it is a retelling/reimagining of Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier set in the South.

4. Touchstone by Laurie R. King

I reviewed the second book in this series last year (The Bones of Paris) before I knew there was a first one.

5. Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham

Another one I picked up with Readathon in mind. I heart Lauren Graham.

6. and 7. Stitch and Bitch Handbook and Doodle Stitching

These last two are crafting books so I don’t technically count them as books to read–they are more for reference and inspiration.

Now you shouldn’t see any more library loot posts this month because I need to get going on Droooood. Hope your week is full of great reading–

Library Loot: September 10 – 16

badge-4Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

I’m excited that I finally get to participate in library loot again, because I have a local library! Now I can go wild with my TBR list. This week I’m showcasing the books that I’ve been stockpiling since we got here. I’m almost finished with Through the Evil Days, but even so I doubt I will get through all of these in two weeks! I’m going to have to learn to pace myself.

This week’s library loot:

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I borrowed The Lottery for R.I.P. season reading, even though I haven’t managed to officially sign up yet. Ditto for A Killing in the Hills, which I’ve had on the TBR for a while now. I saw Patti Callahan Henry at the Decatur Book Festival last month and she mentioned this book in particular, so I’m going to see what I think of her writing with And Then I Found You. Written in Red was recommended to me by my friend Marg, so I have no doubt I will enjoy it. Finally, Raising Freethinkers in a book I’ve heard a lot about and I’m hoping it will give me some practical ideas to use as I try to raise my own pair of freethinking kids.

I also looted a CD (not pictured)–the latest from Passenger. The girls and I have become a bit obsessed with the man/band lately, as we’ve been spending way too much time in the car (my husband and I are sharing a rental until we get our own cars here in the U.S.) My daughters know all the words and sing along loudly. I’ll leave you with one of our favorites–have a great week!

Library Loot: July 11 – July 17

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Marg from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. 

I’ve been giving my mom’s library card a workout since we arrived in the States, picking up books that I haven’t been able to find at home and cds, too.  This week I borrowed:

The Dark Enquiry by Deanna Raybourn – This is the latest in the Lady Julia Grey series and sees Lady Julia and her husband finally back in London and ready to set up house together.  I wasn’t as crazy about the last novel as some of the earlier ones, so I’m hoping this one will be a return to form.

A Murderous Procession by Ariana Franklin – This is (unfortunately) the last novel in the Mistress of the Art of Death series, since Franklin aka Diana Norman passed away recently.  I hope it doesn’t end on a cliffhanger and we get some resolution for Adelia and Rowley.

City of Shadows by Ariana Franklin – This is a standalone novel of Franklin’s that I’ve never had the chance to read, so I’m really looking forward to it.

Take Offs and Landings by Rilo Kiley – I recently downloaded Under the Blacklight and fell in love with Rilo Kiley.  I’ve already listened to a few songs off this one so far am not enjoying it as much, but I’m going to give it a try.

Sleep With One Eye Open by Chris Thile & Michael Daves – Chris Thile is destined to be my second husband, only he doesn’t know it yet.  I could listen to him play mandolin all day.  It’s my dream to see him live in concert some day.

What’s your loot for this week?

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Library Loot: June 27 – July 3

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Marg from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. 

I don’t normally participate in Library Loot. but as I actually had the chance to visit an English library this week I thought I should take advantage of it and post about my loot!  We are visiting with family in the U.S., and one of the first things that the girls and I wanted to do was to go to the library.

This week, I borrowed:

The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen.  This is one of the only books by SAA that I have yet to read, and I’m hoping it’s good like Garden Spells and not a disappointment like The Peach Keeper.

The Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin.  I’ve read several of Giffin’s books, and while this one looks familiar I don’t think I’ve read it yet.  I guess we’ll see once I get into it…

The Temptation of the Night Jasmine by Lauren Willig.  I actually checked out this book the last time we were in the States (two years ago) and just couldn’t get into it, but I’m hoping this time will be different.  I’m getting farther and farther behind in this series.

The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan.  I know next to nothing about this book, but I found the title and the cover intriguing.

I have several more books on request, as well as a few cds and yoga dvds.  Should make for an interesting loot next week!