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Library Loot 6

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Eva and Marg 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!

Can you believe this is the first library loot post of the year? There’s something about the first that feels so good, so fresh and new. This edition of library loot is comprised of books I checked out earlier this month and many that I just checked out yesterday.

  • A Happy Marriage by Raefael Yglesias. I don’t remember how I found out about this book, but the second I read the recommendation, I hurried and placed it on hold.
  • Leviathan by Scott Westerfield
  • The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters (That’s How I Blog and GLBT challenges)

  • Ebony Rising: Short Fiction of the Greater Harlem Renaissance Era edited by Craig Gable. I’m reading this for the Harlem Renaissance Classics Circuit and Short Story Challenge.
  • The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann.
  • Say Everything: How Blogging Began, What It’s Becoming, and Why It Matters by Scott Rosenberg.

There are times when I’m in the mood to read plays and nothing else so after receiving a few recommendations, I checked out these three:

  • Pygmalion(My Fair Lady): A Romance in Five Acts by George Bernard Shaw (Bad Bloggers category 2010 challenge)
  • Arcadia by Tom Stoppard (Bad Bloggers category 2010 challenge)
  • Much Ado About Nothing – William Shakespeare

  • Dragonbreath – Ursula Vernon (Cybils)
  • Hakawati by Rabin Alameddine (Bad Bloggers category for 2010 challenge)
  • Wineburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson (Short story challenge)

  • The Evolution of Capurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly (Flashback; Women Unbound; 2010 reading challenge YA category)
  • Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri (Short Story and That’s How I Blog challenges)
  • How to Paint a Dead Man by Sarah Hall (Bad Blogger)

  • Leaving Tangier by Tahar Ben Jelloun.
  • Much Ado About Nothing Manga.

  • Mrs. Dalloway by Virgina Woolf. (GLBT reading challenge and Woolf in Winter read-along)
  • Children of the Dust Bowl by Jerry Stanley.
  • A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (Bad Blogger)

  • A Map of Home by Randa Jarrar.
  • A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway. I checked this out a few months ago but didn’t get a chance to read it.
  • Ask the Dust by John Fante. This was recommended by Liza over at Noses in Books.

On Audio:

  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  • Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Going Bovine by Libba Bray

Okay so that’s my library loot. Have you read any of these titles? Is there any you think I should read now? What have you checked out from the library lately?

38 thoughts on “Library Loot 6”

  1. Oh, I just loved The Little Stranger! It was a great book. And I also adore George R. R. Martin’s fantasy series. It’s awesome and epic and properly gritty, a really well built medievalesque world. I hope you love it!

    I hope to get Leviathan one of these days myself, just waiting for my library to actually have it!

  2. Wow – that’s a lot of library loot! Unaccustomed Earth was one of my favorites of 2009. I bought A Moveable Feast last month, but haven’t gotten to it yet… and read Mrs. Dalloway earlier this month. Enjoy all those books.

  3. Ooh, can I pop over and delve into your Library Loot! You have some awesome books there. I kept reading the list, saying to myself, ‘I want that one and that one’.
    Definitely want the Jacqueline Kelly one and the Sarah Hall one.

  4. I brought home The Little Stranger from the library too. Last year I did listen to Sense & Sensibility on audio and enjoyed it.

  5. WOW – what a haul!! And such a diverse collection of titles.

    I will finish a Moveable Feast today. I am very mixed — some of the chapters I LOVED, others I couldn’t quite figure out why they were included, and others I wished I had read more of Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Ezra Pound so that I could fully enjoy it. I will look forward to reading you review (of ALL these lovely books!)

  6. You have got such great Library Loot! How did you make out with The Little Stranger? I finished the night before the show and I loved it! So much for our readalong. Hopefully we do better with Admission.

  7. I’ve read Hakawati, which is like reading stories wrapped in stories. Good job to the ‘bad blogger’ who convinced you to pick it up.

  8. I read A Moveable Feast for Amer Lit II. Hated it. Hope you like it better. Winesburg, Ohio is sitting on my shelf to read too.

    Oh by the way, I read your new About Me page. You dropped your English Lit major????? Why (if you don’t mind me asking)? I’d love to hear the reason cause I have a few of my own. Email me direct if you want to discuss.

    P.S. Good luck getting these all read before the library due date. (as if that little date really matters to a book lover) LOL

  9. What a great selections of books! I absolutely loved “Unaccustomed Earth” and “A Moveable Feast.” I really enjoyed “Winesburg, Ohio” and “Pygmalion.” And with just about any Shakespeare, “Much Ado About Nothing” is wonderful, and even better on stage. I wasn’t a big fan of “Mrs. Dalloway,” but I was glad I read it.

    Good luck with your books. I’ve been meaning to read Sarah Waters for awhile. I keep hearing great things.

  10. I have to read Mrs. Dalloway for class, but not for a few weekks. You will probably get to it before me. 🙂

    I have read A Game of Thrones, it’s pretty sweet but it’s easy to get addicted and then want the whole series. It’s been years since the last book was released. I don’t want to turn you off of it, but some people hate starting a series that’s in limbo (we don’t know when Dance with Dragons, the latest book, is coming out). ❤

  11. I want to read The Evolution of Capurnia Tate and I’ve been wondering about a book to read aloud to my daughters. After seeing it here I think I might try it.

  12. FABULOUS books! I am jealous of Leviathan.

    I am also interested to note that you have A Game of Kings in your loot! Welcome to the world of GRRM. It’s violent, it’s disturbing and it’s utterly compelling. Sadly, though, he is not the fastest writer and the series is a bit stagnant at the moment- just a heads up if you get REALLY into it!

  13. I checked out and read Mrs. Dalloway from my library for the same challenge. I still need to write and post my review of the book. Have you seen or read The Hours? It’s a good companion piece to the novel. My post is here.

  14. Your loot rivals mine! hehe I’m curious about Yglesias, so I hope you get to that one and review it. Yay for Waters! Arcadia is one of my FAVOURITE plays, but I saw it performed rather than read it, so I hope it’s as good on the page! Biblioaddict made me want to read Hakawati, hehe, so as long you enjoy it too, I’m definitely getting to it this year. Ohh-I’m curious about Leaving Tangier too; I wasn’t overly impressed with another Jelloun novel I read, and I wasn’t sure how I felt about the summary of that one, so you should tellme if it’s worth reading!

    I have the same cover of Mrs. Dalloway on my library copy; it really annoys me that the little sticker references The Hours…I mean WTF?! Would people really read Woolf because she inspired Cunningham?! lol

    I’ve always wanted to read A Moveable Feast too. This comment is ridiculously long, but that’s what happens when you have so many wonderful books! hehe

    1. Eva: I think libraries love us! We’re constantly checking out tons of materials! I ddin’t know Arcadia was one of your favorite plays! Someone on Twitter recommended it to me since it seems like I like family dysfunction! Leaving Tangier is a really small book, so I’ll tell you if it’s worthy. I think people will read Woolf because of Cunningham and Nichole Kidman winning an Oscar. I think your comments are perfect! 😉

  15. Blown away. When do you have to return these books?! Don’t tell me in two weeks. Lol. I’m extremely happy to see you have THE HAKAWATI. It wasn’t anything I said, was it? 🙂 I just started reading THE LOST CITY OF Z today, which I got from the library and I’ve just been told I can pick up my copy of THE LITTLE STRANGER. I’ve been trying to get a copy of MRS. DALLOWAY from the library too, but for some reason it’s been harder than it should be. Anyway, hope you enjoy your library loot! It looks like you’re in for a lot of great reading.

  16. Yay for Leviathan! It is still sitting on my shelf, waiting to be read, but I’m excited to see what you think about it!

  17. You have so many good ones…I don’t know where I would start. But if I had to choose I would read The Little Stranger since it has been on my TBR for far too long! Enjoy your books!

  18. That is a lot of loot! How fun. I am curious about The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate – what a great title and pretty cover.

  19. What a fabulous haul! I can’t wait to hear what you think of Arcadia, if you review it. I’ve been trying to find a used copy of it for ages as my library doesn’t have one. I’m reading Topdog/Underdog right now and am not sure how to review it. Maybe I’ll just write about the experience of reading it.

    I enjoyed The Hakawati and The Lost City of Z when I read them last year. You got The Little Stranger and How to Paint a Dead Man at the same time, how cool is that! Oh, and Leaving Tangier. What a great pile of books!

    1. Topdog/Underdog is a hard book to review. I think you’re right to write about your experience reading it. When I first read it, I read it during the last read-a-thon and it kept me up for hours thinking about it. It’s not a book you can actually say you “enjoy” but it does leave you glad that you read it especially to feel a despair and hopelessness that these two brothers often felt.I can’t wait to read your thoughts on the book.

      I picked up The Lost City of Z because of you. Isn’t it on your top reads for last year? I still haven’t read Ben Jelloun’s Blinding Absence of Light. I don’t know if I’m strong enough. In that feeling, are Topdog/Underdog and Blinding Absence comparable? Are both books emotional reads that tear at the reader?

      1. Blinding Absence of Light is a very intense but but in a different way than Topdog/Underdog. I started the Ben Jelloun book once, had to put it down and go back to it a couple of months later.
        Reading the play made me remember how much I love live theater. I’m not sure I can do it justice in a review but I will try.
        I hope you enjoy The Lost City of Z!

  20. Meghan: I’m so glad to hear you like Martin’s fantasy series. I hadn’t heard of him until earlier last week. I can’t wait to start reading the series.

    JoAnn: Unaccustomed Earth is a book that has received so much praise. I haven’t read anything by Lahiri before so I hope I’m starting out right with this collection of short stories.

    Vivienne: The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate is a great read, one I suspect you;ll want to read to your girls after you finish it. I plan on buying a copy of it soon to share with my daughter and sisters.

    Stacybuckeye: You have to tell me what you think of The Little Stranger after you’ve read it.I also checked Sense and Sensibility out as a paperback. I’m hoping to start listening to it next week.

    Molly: Don’t worry. Every book I read on this list I plan on reviewing!

    Nicole: I haven’t started The Little Stranger yet but I’m hoping to read it this weekend. I think we’ll do better with Admission.

    Bermudaonion: I can’t wait to see what you think of the ones in your TBR pile.

    Christy: The blogger who recommended The Hakawati was JS Peyton over at Biblioaddict. She’s constantly adding unknown books to my reading pile.

    Bree: Just emailed you. I hope I do get to read all of these before the due dates though I’m no stranger to late fees! 😉

    Melissa: I’m excited that I have many of your favorites in my stack. Can’t wait to read them!

    Renay: I don’t mind about the Martin series. It takes me years to read a whole series are so huge hopefully they’ll keep me company until the latest book in the series come out.

    Bibliomom: I hope you do give The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate a try. It’s a wonderful read.

    Aarti: I didn’t know the series is violent! I usually shy away from it but I think I’ll give the series a go anyway. Since there’s only the first four books published, I think I’ll just read a book from the series every few months! 😉

    Pussreboots: I haven’t watched The House though I think did see the ending. After I read the book, maybe I’ll netflix the movie.

    Marg: Thanks! I hope you get to Waters soon!

    JS Peyton: Once again you’ve added a book to my ever-growing TBR list! I’m counting down until I can read Count Magnus.I started listening to The Lost City of Z on my audio last week. Sadly I had to take it back before I finished but I think I’ll check it out again to listen to while I read the book.

    She: I’ve waited forever for Leviathan! I can’t wait to read it though some of my loot is due next week so it’ll have to wait.

    Kathleen: Thanks for your vote! I actually have to start reading The Little Stranger very soon! It’s due back Tuesday and I refuse to turn it back in unread.

    Iliana: You have to read Calpurnia Tate. Plus it’s set in Texas. What could be better than that? 😉

    Kailana: Thanks, K!

    Darren: I can’t wait to read Leviathan. I plan on curling up with that it one day soon.

    Uenohama: As much as I love plays, I didn’t think to try Shaw. I can’t wait to do so. Glad to see you’re back!

  21. That’s some good loot! I’ve heard lots of good things about Winesburg, OH. I had a professor that couldn’t say enough about it. I’d like to read it soon. The Sarah Waters book looks interesting too. Happy Reading!

  22. That’s a lot of loot! I almost borrowed Leviathan by Scott Westerfield at my library a few weeks ago but knew I wouldn’t have enough time in 2 weeks to read it. Then when I went last week, it was out. Hopefully it will be in by my next trip.
    Enjoy your books!

  23. I loved A Game of Thrones, which was such a surprise to me because I’m not normally a huge fan of sci-fi/fantasy. But, after reading that first book of his Fire and Ice series I went ahead and bought the next five, which are still sitting on my shelf, sadly unopened. I also loved Unaccostumed Earth. Honestly, after reading Jhumpa Lahiri the next book I pick up sounds a bit trite. Her writing is so exquisite. From your pile, I’ve always wanted to read the Capurnia Tate book. Hopefully in 2010~let me know what you think of it!

  24. Oooh, you got LEVIATHAN! I enjoyed that book soooooo much. I’ve also read MRS DALLOWAY (which I really liked) and THE LITTLE STRANGER (which I didn’t like much at all. I’m in the minority, though; most people think it’s wonderful and creepy and completely gush-worthy).

  25. Wow! That’s a great (and huge) selection! I really enjoyed Leviathan, and I hope you do too. The Little Stranger has been on my TBR list for a little while now, as well as Carpunia’s tale! Hope you enjoy all your titles; happy reading!

  26. Wow! Did you leave any books in the library?! 🙂

    I would head for Unaccustomed Earth first. A strong contender.

    I’ve heard lots of buzz about Calpurnia. Let’s see if we hear anything about it tomorrow when the ALA award winners are announced.

  27. Unaccustomed Earth and Mrs. Dalloway are both on my TBR list, and I enjoyed Sense & Sensibility when I read it. So many of the ones you’ve listed sound good.

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