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?

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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?

Library Loot: April 3rd

Library 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.

Today’s library haul was more diverse than usual:

First, two nonfiction books that I am actually excited about (rare!)

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What Works for Women at Work describes four patterns of workplace gender bias, AND promises to offer effective strategies for dealing with them. That’s important: so many business books, especially ones about gender, spend time discussing issues and never propose a solution. I can’t wait to see if this book delivers on its promise.

Otherhood is about being happy and childless – even if that’s not what you intended for your life.

I also picked up three fiction books – and two of them were “serious”! (For me, anyway).

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The decisively non serious one: Disenchanted & Co, by Lynn Viehl. I’m hoping this book will scratch my Gail Carriger itch. I know that’s not a fair way to approach a book – but it has her name on the cover blurb! And a parasol!

The other two are potential book club picks. I am afraid my last pick, being fantasy, was way outside the group’s comfort zone. So, here, I’m going for something with more general appeal. Either A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith, or Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls. Readers – which one should I choose?