Library Loot: New Release Loot

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Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by The Captive Reader and 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 picked up two new releases from the library, and can’t decide which to read first!! Malice at the Palace is #9 in what is probably the most consistently good series I’ve ever read, set in 1930s Britain. And Circling the Sun is new historical fiction  by the author of The Paris Wife about a real-life aviatrix from the 1920s: Beryl Markham. If you haven’t heard of Beryl Markham before, or if the library wait is just too long, I recommend her autobiography, West with the Night.

 

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What did you pick up this week?

Library Loot: Four New Gluten-Free Cookbooks

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Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by The Captive Reader and 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

 

For some reason, I got a huge haul of gluten-free cookbooks this week. I’m especially excited about Bread and Butter, which is by the author of Babycakes. I’m hoping I can sneak some Gluten-Free Vegetarian Family Cookbook recipes by my husband, who is a meat-and-potatoes guy. Gluten-Free Flour Power is the thickest book of the bunch, and Let Them Eat Cake is a regular cookbook with GF variations.

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What did you pick up this week?

Library Loot: This Book Doesn’t Like That Book

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Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by The Captive Reader and 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

 

This week I had two great pieces of library loot:

The first was Prudence, the first in a new adult series by Gail Carriger. As much as I’ve enjoyed her YA series, they didn’t quite scratch the same itch as the Parasol Protectorate (Changeless, Blameless, etc.) I snatched the  beautiful shiny new purple-and-red book off the hold shelf, and then saw what else was waiting for me.

I also had You Learn by Living (1960) by Eleanor Roosevelt. I picked this up as a recommendation from Modern Mrs. Darcy, when she recommended book flights that go together. I skipped the flight and just went with what interested me from her list. She says: “You Learn by Living is Roosevelt’s memoir/advice manual about living the good life. You’ll appreciate just how hard-won that advice was when you read No Ordinary Time (warning: it’s 800 pages).” So, I put You Learn By Living on hold and skipped the other one.

At the library check-out, the librarian saw these two books and started laughing. Not a quiet little librarian chuckle, either. She actually laughed out loud, then lined the two books up side by side, like this, so that the two ladies were looking at each other:

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“What do you think SHE [Eleanor] would have thought of HER [Prudence]?” the librarian asked, still laughing.

I answered, “Oh, you might be surprised.”

What did you pick up this week? Did it make your librarian laugh?

Library Loot: with mini-reviews

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Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by The Captive Reader and 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

My most recent library haul included The Girl on the Train (300+ wishers at my library), Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs (just released!), and Leaving Berlin by Joseph Kanon (also a new one). It’s been a good week!girltrain

The Girl on the Train is a suspenseful mystery with an unreliable alcoholic narrator who is both slightly repulsive and yet a sympathetic character. As her backstory unfolds, we start rooting for her to solve the mystery: not only the surface mystery of what she saw from the train, but the mystery of what happened in her life. The resolution was fast-paced and exciting, as I’d read from other reviewers. I’m just not sure whether alcoholism and depression is really so easily resolved.dhbriggs  leaveberlin

I’m now halfway through Dead Heat, and it’s wonderful. Briggs has managed to change the setting, the characters, and the rules, all while satisfying my need for more Charles and Anna. The couple has traveled to an Arabian horse farm in Scottsdale, Arizona to visit an old Navajo friend that is tied in to local werewolf and witch culture. There is a deep distrust between the Navajo and witches, but (I’m guessing here) they will all have to learn to play nicely together in order to defeat a greater evil.

Finally, I haven’t cracked Leaving Berlin yet, but it’s a post WWII suspense novel. I’m not familiar with the author. I was just looking for something outside my usual. If you’ve read it, please leave a comment!

What did you pick up this week?

Library Loot: HUGE book haul for Winter

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Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by The Captive Reader and 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

 

This week, I picked up so many books that I brought my husband with me to the library, kind of like my own personal footman. (Ooh… sweetie… are you reading this? Sorry.) I even got a bunch of crochet and knitting books, adding to my project list. I’m snugging in for winter!! Where should I start?

Each image is linked to the Goodreads entry for that book.

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I loved Parmar’s debut novel, Exit the Actress!

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Uh-oh – looks like a college textbook.

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I can’t remember who recommended this one!

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New release, with mixed reviews. My turn!

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“A tale of women and power in India”

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I have been reading a lot of books about houses lately.

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Favorite author – but second checkout for this book.

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YES! yes yes yes yes yes!

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New release! This was a Wishing and Waiting post from Bookshelf Fantasies.

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Is it a bad idea to read an author’s memoir before you read any of her books?

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Loved Housekeeping, but DNF’ed Gilead. Not sure Lila is a good idea?

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This is one of those “must reads” that I don’t have much enthusiasm for.

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Because I loved The Wicked Girls.

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Because Halloween is all year round.

 

Library Loot: Caves, Sheep, and Chocolate

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Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by The Captive Reader and 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

 

This week, I picked up Death Sworn by Leah Cypess, and a whole bunch of nonfiction.deathsworn

So far, Death Sworn is straight up YA fantasy, with two small but interesting twists. First, the setting is a cave, and I love caves.. And second, instead of the heroine having special, mysterious powers, she is losing her magic and trying to hide it. I’m interested to see where the author takes this concept.

sheepish  I also picked up Crochet with One Sheepish Girl, The Book of Kale and Friends, and Raw Chocolate Treats. The crochet book is based on a blog, One Sheepish Girl, and so far I’ve just flipped through it. Here were my initial reactions:

1. I would never crochet lots of things to stick all over a sweater.

2. I kind of like the latte cup, but I never enjoy making that sort of thing.

3. That’s some cute house stuff, but just not me.

4. Oooh… I could make the placemats. Apron… I like. Gift baskets…. like.

5. Ok, there’s some stuff here I want to make.

So I hung onto the One Sheepish Girl book, subscribed to her blog, and will try a few of the projects. The book definitely has a “cute” vibe that sometimes works for me, and sometimes doesn’t.

As for the other two books, we’ll call them Kale and Chocolate, the librarian wrinkled her nose at the kale book and then let her breath out when she got to the chocolate. “That’s better,” she said. “I could actually eat some of that.”

What did you pick up this week?

Library Loot: Waistcoats and Weaponry

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Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by The Captive Reader and 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 only picked up one book this week, but it’s a really exciting one: Waistcoats and Weaponry by Gail Carriger. I’m saving it for a really bad day, because Carriger has a great sense of humor and always cheers me up.

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I’ve already seen several good reviews, such as this one by In Bed With Books. I couldn’t find the other reviews to include here, so feel free to link yours below.

What did you pick up this week?