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Library Loot

Library Loot is one of my favorite weekly events hosted by Marg (The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader) and Claire (The Captive Reader). It’s a meme where bloggers share what they’ve recently checked out from the library. 

Today I went to the library just to pick up my holds, nothing else. But once I got there and let the kids loose, I had to browse the new arrivals. I came home with more books than I planned!

My stack:

brown cinnamon and gunpowderCinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown. I heard about this book from Candace over at Beth Fish Reads. I pick it up as a “maybe” read: maybe I’ll get to it before the due date, maybe not. I started reading it and I haven’t been able to stop!

It’s 1819 and Owen Wedgewood a.k.a. The King of Sauces has just been kidnapped by Captain Mad Hannah Mabbot. Mabbot wants Owen to cook her own delicious meal every Sunday if he wants to live. The only rules is that he doesn’t serve her anything disappointing. If he does, he’ll be sent home in pieces. I’m loving Mad Hannah already.

baxter the long warThe Long War by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter. I picked this up because I read the first book in the series, The Long Earth, and loved it. The Long War is set a decade after the first book but with the same characters. I can’t wait to start reading it.

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Yellowcake: Stories by Margo Lanagan. I started reading this book earlier this year but my copy expired. The first book in the collection, “The Point of Roses”, was just so well-written that I had to read it twice. I have high hopes for the rest of the stories.


An Ecology of Happiness by Eric Lambin. Translated by Teresa Lavender Fagan. This title makes me think of Deb (Readerbuzz) so I had to pick it up.

loewenGaining Daylight: Life on Two Islands by Sara Loewen. Picked it up because of the cover but I do love essays.

kaufmanUngifted:Intelligence Redefined by Scott Barry Kaufman. I love reading books about creativity, intelligence, and talent so it was easy to add this book to the stack. There has been so many books published about the same subject matter, I hope this book has something to add to the conversation.

What have you picked up from the library lately?

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Library Loot: March 13-20

library-lootLibrary Loot is a weekly meme hosted by Marg (The Intrepid Reader) and Claire (The Captive Reader) that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.

Since the start of the TBR Double Dare, I’ve been limiting the number of books I check out from the library. Then I found a new library in a different library system. Paradise! Now I have a new library card and a new limit. I was able to check out books from my tbr list that I couldn’t find at my other library. My loot:


Chew: The Omnivore Edition by John Layman and Rob Guillory. It’s been ages since I’ve read this. I wanted to reread it before I start on the rest of the crazy yet fantastic series.

Chew Vol. 3: Just Desserts by John Layman and Rob Guillory.

Chew Vol. 4: Flambé by John Layman and Rob Guillory.


Watership Down by Richard Downs. I can’t believe that I’ve never read this before. My kids and I are going to read the book and listen to the audio version for bedtime reading.

Midwinter Blood by Marcus Sedgwick. It was Darren (Bart’s Bookshelf) who put Segwick on my radar years ago. After reading a previous book by the author, every book of his is now on my tbr list.

Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala. Random House put this on my tbr list after I read a summary about the book. During the 2004 tsunami, the author lost her sons, husband, and parents to the event. She was the only survivor. Wave is about what happens after.


Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner. I’ve been reading positive reviews about this book months before its publication date. It was an interview with the author that made me want to read this.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell.

Soundings: The Story of the Remarkable Woman Who Mapped the Ocean Floor by Hali Felt.


Sketchbook Challenge: Techniques, Prompts, and Inspiration for Achieving Your Creative Goals by Sue Bleiweiss.

The Princess Bride by William Goldman. Can you believe that I’ve never read this before? Should I start with the movie first?

What did you check out from the library this week?

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Library Loot

Library Loot is a great weekly meme hosted by Marg at The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader and Claire from The Captive Reader

You know what I think the problem is when we say “too many books and not enough time”? It’s not the number of books that’s the problem but the number of options! I mean, I have at least 100+ unread books sitting on my shelves at any given time. I don’t feel overwhelmed by their numbers, it’s the books that I want to read right now that I feel overwhelmed by.

It’s really my fault. I’ve placed a huge number of books on hold. They’re coming in piles, whether electronically or physically, and I’m scrabbling to read them all. Here’s what is currently on my library shelf and e-reader:

Physical books

  • Skellig by David Almond.
  • Push Had Come to Shove by Dr. Steve Perry (non-fiction read about education)
  • Beginner’s Grace: Bringing Prayer to Life by Kate Braestrup (non-fiction)
  • Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer (non-fiction)
  • The Wisdom of the Radish: and other lessons learned on a small farm by Lynda Hopkins (reread)
  • If Jack’s in Love by Stephen Wetta
  • Disintergration: The Splintering of Black America by Eugene Robinson (non-fiction)
  • The Book of Lost Things by Jack Connolly
  • Locavesting: The Revolution in Local Investing and How to Profit from it by Amy Cortese (non-fiction)
  • Feynman by Jim Ottaviani (graphic non-fiction)


  • Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
  • Willpower by Roy F. Braumeister (non-fiction)
  • The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht
  • Wildwood by Colin Meloy
  • The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness
  • Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness

You see what I did to myself? Luckily most of the physical books can be renewed and I have three weeks for the e-books. Willpower will most likely be a DNF since I’m midway through and there’s no connection between the chapters. The same goes for the rest of the Chaos Walking series since I’m in the mood for non-fiction not fantasy. That’s my library loot. What did you check out from the library this week?

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Weekend Cooking: The Library Loot Edition

Today I’m combining two of my favorite memes together: Weekend Cooking and Library Loot to share a few cooking-related books that I recently checked out from the library. Both books were on the “new books” shelf at the library and I hurried to grab them just in case someone else decided to!

Crazy about Cookies

Krystina Castella

Sterling Publishing

304 pages

Don’t you just love this cover! My daughter and I have been going back and forth searching through the book’s 300 recipes to figure out which cookie to make first. I’m torn between the Sugar-Free Carob Oatmeal Clusters or Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies while my daughter is thinking about Explosion Cookies which are cookies that look like comic book captions. If you ever see this book at your library or bookstore, at the very least just glance through it. The pictures are beautiful.

Ugly Pie

Written by Lisa Wheeler, illustrated by Heather Solomon

Harcourt Children’s Books

32 pages

I love picture books that feature food and Ugly Pie is no exception. Ol’ Bear has a craving for ugly pie but has only one ingredient. So he goes around his neighborhood to see has anyone else made the pie that he’s craving. When he sees that his neighbor has made everything but ugly pie, Ol’ Bear knows it’s time to make it himself. It’s a really cute book. The bonus is that it includes the recipe for ugly pie which is an apple pie with red raisins and walnuts. My family doesn’t really eat pie but I’m still going to give the recipe a try.

Have you read any food-related books lately? What does your library loot look like?

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Library Loot: National Book Awards Edition

Library Loot is a weekly meme co-hosted by Claire and Marg that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.

School has been keeping me pretty occupied so I haven’t been able to post as often (or at all) as I would like to. But it hasn’t stopped me from doing one of the things I love most: going to the library. Because it’s unlikely that I can read as much as I want to for pleasure, I’ve only checked out a few books lately.

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi.
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams- Garcia.
Lockdown by Walter Dean Myers.

All three of these books are finalists in the Young People’s Literature category for the National Book Awards.

Some Sing, Some Cry by Ntozake Shange and Ifa Bayeza.
Bayou by Jeremy Love. This is one of the books I picked as the three best books I’ve read in the past few years. I’m re-reading it again.

This is a pretty small stack but I think I can get through it without renewing books several times. What’s in your library loot this week?

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Library Loot or where am I ever going to find the time to read all of this?

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.

It’s been a few months since my last library loot post. First there was the BLOB game that I was playing with other bloggers than the ROOB game. May is a no-game month and I started placing books on hold two weeks ago to celebrate! I pretty much went overboard with my loot but I don’t care. There’s something about having books physically close to me that always make me feel better.

Last year May was deemed National Short Story Month. This year I haven’t read any posts about it yet but I decided to celebrate the month anyway by reading a few short story collections and anthologies.

The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie. After reading The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, I want to read everything that Alexie has ever written.

The Green Man and Faery Reel anthologies edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling. Windling and Datlow have edited dozens of anthologies together over the years. These collections were recommended to me a few times in the past year plus they count for the Once Upon a Time Challenge.

Other short story collections/anthologies not pictured:

Drenched by Marisa Matarrazo
Best American Short Stories 1996 edited by John Edgar Wideman

I’ve started developing a love of Pulitzer-prize winning plays a year ago when I was looking for books to read during a read-a-thon. Since then I’ve read twelve plays and loved all of them with one exception. My long-term goal is to read every play that has ever won the award.

Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire. 2007 winner.
Fences by Augsut Wilson. 1987 winner.

Not pictured: Anna in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz. 2003 winner.

Shadow Tag by Louise Erdrich. Since I’m interested in reading more books by Native Americans, I thought I would read Erdrich’s latest novel.
After the Workshop by John McNally
Nutureshock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman

The Dream of Perpetual Motion by Dexter Palmer. I checked this out after Chris over at Stuff as Dreams are Made On wrote a great review of this book a few weeks ago.
Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce.
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin.

All Other Nights by Dara Horn.
The Crow-Girl by Bodil Bredsdorff.
Sweet, Hereafter by Angela Johnson.

Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth by Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos Papdimitriou. Logicomix is a graphic novel that tells the life of philosopher Bertrand Russell. It was on the short list of The Morning’s News Tournament of Books but lost out to Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel.

I plan on reading Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale for the Margaret May read-along.

Not Pictured:

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz. I’ve started reading this two days ago and love it! I even bought the audio book of this to listen to. Diaz is definitely panty-worthy.

The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz.

Take me with You by Carolyn Marsden.

So that’s my library loot. Well until I go back to the library on Tuesday. Have you read any of these? Any recommendations?

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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?

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Twenty Years at Hull House by Jane Adams
Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci
The Onion Girl by Charles de Lint



Distracted: the erosion of attention and the coming Dark Age by Maggie Jackson
Pip: The Story of Olive by Kim Kane
Love, Aubrey by Suzanne LaFleur



Once Upon A Time (She Said) by Jane Yolen
The Wild Things by Dave Eggers
Flight Vol 5 by Kazu Kibuishi

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Sprout by Dale Peck
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
The Lone Ranger and Tonto fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie
The Strain by Guillermo del Toro
The Arrival by Shaun Tan
Life Among the Savages by Shirley Jackson
The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo
The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle

Okay. So that’s my library loot for this week. What have you check out from the library lately?

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Read-a-thon Pile


Okay so we all know that I have a tendency to go overboard when it comes to books. Whether it’s my library loot, buying binges, or signing up for reading challenges, it always seems to be all or nothing. My current reading pool for the read-a-thon encompasses almost every genre and ranges from a mere 32 pages for many of my picture books to almost 500 pages for Margo Lanagan’s Tender Morsels. Maybe instead of thinking of this stack as just my read-a-thon picks, we should also think of it as my October/November even possibly December reads.

Plays I started reading plays during last year’s read-a-thon. I found so many wonderful playwrights that I’ve started slowly reading as many as I can especially Pulitzer prize-winning plays. Plays are usually no more than a hundred pages long and contain memorable characters and great settings. For the upcoming read-a-thon, here are a few plays I plan on reading that won the Pulitzer for Drama.

play row

I Am My Own Wife by Doug Wright. 2004 Pulitzer.
Wit by Margaret Edson. 1999 Pulitzer.
Angels in America by Tony Kushner. 1993 Pulitzer

not shown: August: Osage County by Tracy Letts.

Short Stories The great thing about reading short stories during the read-a-thon is that you can dip in and out of collections and still feel as though you’re accomplishing something.

row 2 short stories

The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie.
Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories by Sandra Cisneros. I read this collection years ago and I think it’s really time for a re-read.
Dedicate Edible Birds by Lauren Groff.

Graphic Novels

row 3 graphic novels

Britten and Brulightly by Hannah Berry.
Amulet 2: The Stonkeeper’s Curse by Kazu Kabuishi.
Maus by Art Spiegelman

Not shown: The Professor’s Daughter by Joann Sfar and Emmanuel Guibert


row 4

The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
Tigerheart by Peter David
The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan

Other Notables

row 6row 5

Peter and Max: A Fables Novel by Bill Willingham
Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
A Fine and Private Place by Peter S. Beagle
A Wish After Midnight by Zetta Elliot

Books not shown:

Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith
Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan
B.P.R.D. series by Mike Mignola
Sprout by Dale Peck
Uglies by Scott Westerfield
The Year the Swallows Came Early by Kathryn Fitzmaurice
Little Brother by Cory Doctrow

You see how crazy I went? This is why I’m calling this pile my October-November-and-possibly-December pile. I have a ton of books on hold at the library that will be coming in sometime next week. I can’t wait for the read-a-thon to start but I’m not going to wait to start reading some of these great books.

Have you read any of these graet books? Which ones do you think I should save for the read-a-thon? Are there any that you think I should move to the top of the pile? Have you thought about what books you’re going to read for the big event?

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Library Loot June 12th Edition

I am two weeks behind in posting reviews and memes. Being a part of the Summer Reading Blitz has really helped me to read as many books as I want but doesn’t really help when it comes to writing reviews for those books. One of the great things about the challenge though is that I’ve been making the time to find and read some great books.


Who can I blame for these three books besides other bookworms? Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermesiter is a book  I saw on more than a dozen blogs earlier this  year. It wasn’t until I read Bauermeister earlier book, 500 Great Books by Women, that I made the decision to read it. Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell is another book that I’ve read some great things about online. Guys Lit Wire called this book a “straight-ahead acceleration driven by betrayal, revenge, and violence”. I might drop everything else to read this now. Or maybe not. 2666 by Roberto Bolano is in huge demand at my library so I only have three weeks to read and finish it for Claire and Steph’s five-month read-a-long. Something tells me I’ll probably end up buying this book.


The Nerds Heart YA tournament has made fall in love even more with YA. So I checked out a boatload of books from the library to read. I learned about Sweethearts by Sara Zarr from Readergirlz when they dedicated their June issue to it. I can’t even tell you what Little Audrey by Ruth White is about. The cover jacket only tells the reader that it’s based on the author’s life and a “great trauma” happens to the White family. Love, war, and compassion are some of the themes that make up the Printz award-winning novel, How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff.


Graceling by Kristin Cashore. I checked this book out weeks ago and returned it back to the library unread. After Kailana read it, she told me to check it back out, so now it’s on my shelves again. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky is one of the most banned books in the United States. Written in letter format to an unnamed person, the main character Charlie is one that many readers love. I picked up Skin Deep by E.M. Crane for the  beautiful cover without any idea what it’s about.


The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides was recommended by both Bibliobrat and Beth, so that was all I needed to check it out. Am I the only one who haven’t watched the movie? Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden is another banned book. I read this when I was younger and loved it. Summer is a perfect time for rereading. Ann Hood’s memoir, Comfort, about the death of her young daughter is devastating but beautiful. It’s a book that leaves you in tears and with the prayer that you never go through the same thing. The Knitting Circle is the fictional account of what happened afterwards and about the healing power of knitting and the waves of grief.


The Wilderness by Samantha Harvey was shortlisted this year for the Orange Prize. Jill at The Magic Lasso is once again hosting the Orange July challenge. The Wilderness is the tale of Jacob as he struggles to remember his past through the fog of Alzheimer’s that he has. I’ve read that The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet by Reif Larsen is probably the book of the year. A twelve-year-old genius hitchhikes from Divide, Montana to Washington, D.C. to accept an award from the Smithsonian. Family, fame, and loss are some of the themes that make this book special.

This is only a third of the great books I checked out from the library this week. Have you visited your local library lately? What have you checked out?

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Library Loot: First week of June

I’m still working on last week’s library loot but that didn’t stop me from taking an impulse trip to the library a few days ago. I suddenly wanted to read more young adult novels and picked up more than I could carry. I had to push my library basket to the checkout desk. Here’s a few of the books I picked up.


Alive and Well in Prague, New York by Daphne Grab.
The Sisters 8: Book 1, Annie’s Adventures by Laure Baratz-Logsted
The City in the Lake by Rachel Neumeiser


Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson
Peace, Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson
Where I live by Eileen Spinelli


Flora Segunda by Ysabeau S. Wilce
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Looking for Alaska by John Green


Miles from Nowhere by Nami Mun
The Knitting Circle by Ann Hood
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. No summer would be complete if I didn’t reread the series.

So that my library loot. What did you check out from the library this week?

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Library Loot

My library loot has been piling up lately. I have less than 36 hours until the end of the semester and I’ve started placing large amounts of books on hold. If I’m lucky I can cut the stack in half in a month. If I’m lucky.


Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. I’ve seen great reviews for this book all over the blogisphere so I had to pick it up. It’s this year’s Printz award winner. I can’t wait to sit down with this book.

The Knife of Letting Go by Patrick Ness. Renay has been pumping this book up, so I had to check it out.

Che: A biography by Spain Rodriguez. I picked this one up because I love the cover.

Still Alice by Lisa Genova.

Girl with a Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson. It’s a thriller and from what I’ve read a great book. If it’s it as good as bloggers have been saying, I won’t have to wait long for the release of the seqeul, The Girl Who Played with Fire.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney.I’ve read the first two in the series and couldn’t pass this one up. This is one of the hottest series to hit my library’s system since Harry Potter.

What’s waiting for me to pick up:


Follow Me by Joanna Scott. I’m blaming this on every blogger that read this book and wrote a review.

Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Connor by Bard Gooch. I’m reading as much as I can right now, so I can start on this book next week.

The rest of my library loot was featured in this week’s Sunday Salon post: Book Coveting.

What did you check out this week from the library?

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Library Loot for April

I haven’t participated in showing my library loot since last month. So instead of just showing you what I checked out yesterday, I’m going to also show you what I still have out. Hopefully I’ll get into gear and most of  this stack will be  read within the month, perfect timing for summer vacation.


Laika by Nick Abadzis

Skellig by David Almond

Comic Book Tattoo


A Fine and Private Place by Peter S. Beagle (really I need to hurry and read this)

Psyche in a Dress by Francesca Lia Block

Masterpiece by Elise Broach.


The Sisters Grim #2: The Unusual Suspects by Michael Buckley

Black Swan, White Raven edited by Ellen Datlow

Beauty and the Beast by Max Eilenberg


The Music Teacher by Barbara Hall.

The Story is You by Arthur Phillips.

The Seance by John Harwood.


Cannery Row by  John Steinbeck

How I learned to drive by Paula Vogel. Won 1998  Pulitzer Prize in Drama.

All Souls by Cathleen Schutt. It was a finalist for this year’s Pulitzer Prize in fiction.


The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story by Susan Hill

The Haiku Anthology edited by Cor van den Heuvel

Maus I by Art Speigelman. 1992 Pulitzer: Special Awards and Citations in Letters


Crumbs From the Table of Joy by Lynn Nottage. Nottage won this year’s Pulitzer for her play, Ruined. Since my library doesn’t have it yet, I decided to check out Crumbs.

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale.

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss. Shortlisted for Orange Prize in 2006

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Scaffer and Annie Barrows. I’m listening to this on audio while I read the book.

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie. Same thing with Pan as with Guernsey. The kids love being “read” to.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore. During School Library Journal’s Battle of the Books, many wanted The Hunger Games to go up against Graceling to see who would win. It made me curious, so hopefully I’ll read this soon.

So that’s my library loot for April.

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Monday’s Reading Loot

All I can say is this is the reason why I’m banning myself from buying books until July.

Here’s what I received in the mail:



The Best American Spiritual Writing 2008. This year the guest editor is Jimmy Carter.

The Film Club by David Gilmour. (Memoir)A father let his failing son drop out of high school as long as he agrees to watch three movies with him.

The Lazarus Project by Aleksander Hemon. Fictional account of the shooting of Jewish immigrant, Lazarus Averbuch in 1908.

The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2008. Knowing that this year’s guess editor is Judy Blume was enough to get me to buy it.

We Never Talk About My Brother by Peter S. Beagle. It’s Chris and Nymeth’s faults that I bought this! I can’t wait to read it. I might wait until the read-a-thon.

This is what I received from the library:




Castle Waiting by Linda Medley. The introduction by Jane Yolen was enough to make me check it out.

A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce. Retelling of Rumpelstiltskin.

The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop by Lewis Buzbee. Nymeth’s review did it.

Bird by Rita Murphy. More fantasy about a young girl trying to figure out where she came from (literally).

Teashop Girls by Laura Schaffer. I read a review at Beth Fish Reads and put it on hold at my library.

Black Swan, White Raven: short stories edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling. I read “Godmother Death” by Jane Yolen online and decided to check the rest of this short story collection out.

A Fine and Private Place by Peter S. Beagle. According to Chris this is a novel that “speaks volumes on the precious and semi-permanent thing that is life.”

Shadow Country by Peter Matthiessen. In the Tournament of Books hosted by Morning News, Shadow Country went head-to-head with The Lazarus Project and won.  It’s been called a masterpiece and at more than 800 pages long, it’s going to take me a while to finish it.

Bill Martin Jr.’s Big Book of Poetry. Just published, I checked this book out for me. If the kids like it great, but I want it for my own. So far the poems of Christina Rossetti are my favorite.

East by Edith Pattou. Nymeth again.

Lark and Termite by Jayne Anne Phillips. I read a great review about this book in Bookmarks Magazine, so now it’s on my nightstand.

Not shown is Drood and volumes 6-11 of the Fables series. Do you see what kind of mood I’m in? Hopefully I can read all of this within the next month or so.

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Library Loot 3/18/09

I think I’m a little delusional. Every week I go to the library, returning tons of books, only to leave with more books than I returned. This week is no exception.



I was in a food/memoir mood when I put To Begin Again by MFK Fisher on hold. I’ll probably read it for my In Their Shoes Challenge. I’ve heard so many great things about The Vagrants by Yiyun Li that I had to be the first to check it out at my library. I’m one of those book geeks who follow online book tournaments like the Tournament of Books hosted by Powell’s Books. When I read how Louis De Bernieres’  A Partisan’s Daughter won in a match against Joseph O’Neill’s Netherland, I added both books to my list.



Cat Weatherill’s Wild Magic is a retelling of the Pied Piper tale. and on my Young Adult Challenge list. Michele at Reading is Breathing recommended The Epicure’s Lament. I’m currently reading books about books so I added Reading Magic by Mem Fox to the list.

ng Steer Toward Rock by Fae Myenne Ng lost against Bolano’s 2666 in the first round of the tournament but I’m still reading it.

Library Loot

Library Loot 2/10/09

I just came back from one of my favorite places in the world! What is it about libraries and bookstores that give me butterflies?

My library already had issues one through five of Bill Willingham’s masterpiece series Fables, but for some reason didn’t have the rest. I asked my library to order the rest of the series and they said yes! Now volumes six through eleven are on their way. I also put the beginning of the series on hold so I can reread it. For some reason I received volumes one, seven, and eleven. Hopefully I’ll receive the rest of the series before I have to return the books.

I’m an English/Anthropology major and I love fairy tales. So when I saw The Hungry Clothes and other Jewish Folktales, I had to check it out. Can you believe I’ve never read Peter Pan? My family loves the various movie versions of this book, so it’s our newest family read. I’m reading Exit Wounds for the Graphic Novel Challenge. I’m also in a short story mood, so I had to check out Yiyun Li’s A Thousand Years of Good Prayers before I read her latest Vagrants.

What have you checked out from the library lately?

23 books in 23 days, Library Loot

Library Loot January 14-20

How did I forget about Eva and Alessandra’s great meme? After waiting a long five days I went to my local library and picked up all the books on hold for my middle baby and myself. Never mind that I still haven’t cracked open even one book from last weeks’ Library Loot.

Since school started this week and a required reading of at least 200 pages a week, my personal reading has slowed to almost a complete stop. I’m trying though. If I can get in one hour a day to myself, I will be a very happy girl.

Don’t you just love the Trina Schart Hyman’s cover for Little Red Riding Hood? I discovered this version of the fairy tale last year and fell in love with it. Little Red is beautiful. Happy readings!

2009 challenges, Library Loot

Library Loot!

Eva at A Striped Armchair came up with this great idea for bloggers to post what we checked out from the library every week. I think today’s visit is the third one of the year and so far the best one.

After finishing The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy yesterday, I practically ran today back to the library to check out the second book in the series, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe. I had several lovely surprises waiting for me on the holds shelf.

The Homeschooling Book of Lists
(for my kids), The Dresden Files #1: Welcome to the Jungle graphic series (I’ll find a challenge for it), One year to an organized life (part of my resolutions), Garden Spells (possible Well-Read Ladies February selection), Berlin: #1 City of Stones, Man’s Search of Meaning (just in a weird mood), and plenty of books from the Babymouse series.