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Library Loot: April 8-14, 2009

April 8, 2009

library-lootLibrary Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by myself and Alessandra 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!

ETA: Here are the books I got from browsing in the travel section! I have an obscene amount of holds that will probably be available soon (next year’s Library Loot is going to be hilarious!), so I tried to limit myself to five (and ended up with seven). But then I realised that I could read travel essay collections and they’d count towards the My Reading Dangerously challenge! Woo-hoo! hehe (Not that challenges ever stop me if I want to go on a random reading kick, like my Black History and Women’s History projects. I have a feeling I’ll be in a travel book phase for quite awhile!) Oh-and sorry some of the cover pictures are so tiny. For some reason, they didn’t have bigger ones online.

The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton (I loved his Consolations of Philosophy), A Sense of Place ed. by Michael Shapiro (one of the essay collections), Sand in My Bra and Other Misadventures ed. by Jennifer Leo (an all-women essay collection; thanks to Women’s History month, I’m on a big women authors-first kick)

Shooting the Boh: a Woman’s Voyage Down the Wildest River in Borneo by Tracy Johnston (remember what I said about looking for women writers?) Go Your Own Way ed. by Faith Conlon, Ingrid Emerick, and Christina Henry de Tessan (another collection of women travel essays-this one all about solo adventures), Green Dreams: Travels in Central America by Steve Benz (since I really want to go to Central American once I have a job…because as my father kindly pointed out, travel requires money :p)

Vagabonding: an Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term Travel by Rolf Potts (doesn’t that sound cool?)

Want to play along?

30 Comments leave one →
  1. April 8, 2009 3:25 am

    Speaking of travellogues, I just bought Traveling with Che Guevara: The Making of a Revolutionary by Alberto Granado. I hope it’s good and all the best in finding your books.

  2. April 8, 2009 3:40 am

    My post is up, and you will find an award for both Alessandra and yourself as well.

  3. April 8, 2009 5:36 am

    It has been a month or so since I last played. I currently have over 20 books out of the library, lots of them Agatha Christies. I found a lovely cartoon too.

  4. April 8, 2009 6:43 am

    Yay! I just joined in. Thanks!

  5. April 8, 2009 8:02 am

    It’s been a month since I’ve played–I’ve definitely got too many checked out!

  6. April 8, 2009 9:07 am

    I just thought of a book that was a fun read. Travels with Charlie by John Steinbeck. Charlie is a dog and they travelled around America in Steinbeck’s truck. I enjoyed it very much. Hope you find something exciting at the library.

  7. April 8, 2009 11:02 am

    re: Suicide Collectors. It doesn’t sound scary, just creepy. It’s a little out of the norm for me. It’s right up my hubby’s alley so I think I’ll let him read it first.

  8. lena permalink
    April 8, 2009 11:35 am

    I imagine you’ll come home with some twenty-odd books from just the travel section :P

    I think the bug has caught ya big time!

  9. April 8, 2009 2:22 pm

    Enjoy the browsing! I miss those days before I had 2 young’uns and could browse to my hearts content.

  10. April 8, 2009 2:25 pm

    Eva, thanks for visiting my post. When you write about that Agatha Christie travelogue, please add it to the Agatha Christie Reading Challenge Blog Carnival at

  11. April 8, 2009 6:20 pm

    Those all sound good, Eva. A Sense of Place and Sand in My Bra and Other Misadventures especially caught my eye. Enjoy your loot!

  12. April 8, 2009 7:40 pm

    You have the travel bug, all right! I hope you are able to get a trip planned, because last year we had fun planning the trip to London, and then actually taking it…..I think my husband and I both want to travel soon again! And I have got to read some Alain de Botton.

  13. April 9, 2009 8:00 am

    Those are GREAT choices, especially Vagabonding. Rolf has a blog as well if you’re interested in more travel stories. I can’t get enough of them, personally. :) Happy reading!

  14. Carol permalink
    April 9, 2009 8:36 am

    Those look great!

  15. April 9, 2009 8:42 am

    Shooting the Boh is great fun! I was trying to think of that one when I was giving you travel titles for your other post.

  16. Jenny permalink
    April 9, 2009 8:59 am

    I’m reading a fantastic travel book from the 1930s right now — Travels in Tartary, by Peter Fleming. He traveled all over Manchuria and Mongolia with a woman friend, when very few white people and no white women had ever been there. It’s riveting!

  17. fleurfisher permalink
    April 9, 2009 12:51 pm

    Wow – what a great travel section you must have!

  18. April 9, 2009 4:49 pm

    Love some of these covers (and titles)! Enjoy your library finds!

  19. April 9, 2009 6:34 pm

    The title of SAND IN MY BRA sure got my attention. Travel misadventures … sounds like something I’d like to read about, not experience!

  20. April 9, 2009 9:21 pm

    These travel books look good! I’ve also posted by library loot for this week at: .

  21. April 10, 2009 4:25 pm

    If you’re on a travel book kick, I highly recommend Pico Iyer’s writing – especially “The Global Soul” and “Video Night in Kathmandu”

    The Art of Travel is great :)

  22. April 11, 2009 5:46 am

    Shooting the Boh has to be one of my favorite travel books, and I have read a lot of them!

  23. April 11, 2009 12:57 pm

    Oh Eva, each and every one of those sounds downright fun!

  24. April 11, 2009 3:31 pm

    No library loot comment, but HAPPY BIRTHDAY EVA!!!!! I hope you have the most fantastic birthday ever and are blessed with lots of books :)

  25. April 12, 2009 2:45 am

    Vagabonding is a great book — the author seems like kind of a jerk, but it’s still a fun read. Definitely inspiring.

    Favorite travel reads: A Year in the World by Frances Mayes, Imagined London by Anna Quindlen, The Places In-Between by Rory Stewart, Tales of a Female Nomad by Rita Golden Gelman

  26. April 14, 2009 11:11 pm

    Violet, that sounds really neat!

    Marg, you’re so sweet!! :D

    Kerrie, thanks for playing again then! And Christie rocks.

    Amanda, welcome to Library Loot! :)

    SFP, I recently discovered my library has no actual limit on how many books I can have out…I feel this is very dangerous knowledge! ;)

    Sandra, I read Travels With Charley in high school, and I agree it was a great book!

    Linda, creepy’s better than scary I suppose!

    Lena, I gave myself a strict limit. ;)

    Penny, thanks: I will! I was a nanny last year, so I understand how toddlers change the library experience. ;)

    Kerrie, I will: thanks for inviting me!

    Literary Feline, they both have great titles, don’t they?!

    Susan, I’ve always had the travel bug…lately I’ve just supressed it, so I’m letting it come back out!

    Olga, Vagabonding was awesome!

    Carol, thanks!

    Emily, I read it straight through, I just couldn’t stop; definitely the best travelogue I’ve read it quite awhile. :D

    Jenny, thanks for the rec!

    Fleurfisher, my whole library has an awesome selection. :D

    Ladytink, thanks!

    Dawn, lol: reading is definitely sometimes better than experincing!

    Becky, thanks for participating!

    Megan, those both sound awesome!! Thanks for the suggestions. :)

    Debbie, I’ve now read Shooting the Boh, and I completely understand why it’s one of your favourites! :D

    Debi, they all are!

    Chris, thanks for the birthday wishes. :D

    Erin, lol; I’ve read Vagabonding, and he came off as a little ‘my philosophy is better than yours’ for sure! Thanks for the rec; I have Tales of a Female Nomad on hold at the library, but I haven’t heard of Imagined London and it sounds really cool!


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