Library Loot: April 21-27, 2010
Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by myself 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!
No vlog this week. My webcam is in a feud with my laptop, so it’s recording image but no sound. Weird, right? Instead, I’ll ramble on in text. Also, I’m doing good at keeping my loot to a minimum: only six books this week! (No sniggering, thank you.)<
I’ve been wanting to read more Michael Chabon since loving The Adventures of Cavalier and Klay, and I’ve had my eye on his essay collection Manhood for Amateurs since reading Chris’ and Kelly’s co-review earlier this month. As much as I adore the Women Unbound Challenge, I’m also curious about gender roles for men in our society. Plus, I started reading essay collections last year and enjoy the form!
I don’t have a picture of the cover for Victorian Villainies, an omnibus edited by Graham Greene. Last week, Fleur posted a review of Curious by Richard Marsh, who was a Victorian novelist. It sounded marvelous, but my library didn’t carry it. Doing a search of Marsh’s name brought up this omnibus, which includes one of his other novels The Beetle. Since I’m rereading Dracula at the moment, which The Beetle outsold at publication, this should be interesting! The other three novels in the edition are: The Great Tontine by Hawley Smart, The Rome Express by Arthur Griffiths, and In the Fog by Richard Harding. I haven’t heard of any of these authors/books before, but obscure Victorian lit can’t be wrong!
When I was a senior in college, I flirted with the idea of law school. I found practice LSATs really fun (I’ve always been into logic), I imagined myself living in an awesome city like Austin or New Orleans, and I love gobs of reading, rote memorisation, and professors who put students on the spot. Then I realised that while I’d probably enjoy being a law student, I actually had no interest in being a lawyer. So I reluctantly took it off my list, but I’ve retained a soft spot for pop law books. Hence, I requested Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury by Michael Lief ages ago; it’s subtitled Greatest Closing Arguments in Modern Law, which I think proves my nerdiness as well as anything. ;) I suspect my library lost their copy, since I’ve been #1 on the queue for months, but happily for me they must have found it!
I can’t find a picture of They Knew Mr. Knight by Dorothy Whipple either, but it’s a Persephone, so just imagine that lovely grey cover and we’ll be set. I read my first Persephone book at the very beginning of this year; it was a different Whipple novel, and I simply adored it. So for Claire’s upcoming Persephone Reading Week, I decided to get to know Whipple better. I had to ILL this, so I made sure to put in my request extra-early; last year, I couldn’t participate in the Persephone week, and I spent a bit of time pouting about that. ;)
The Sagas of Icelanders ed. Jane Smiley is another ILL, and I have it for less than two weeks (it’s over 800 pages!). It’s for the Tournament of Reading Challenge, which I centered around the Vikings. I loved the nonfiction I read about Icelandic Vikings a couple of months ago, so I can’t wait to get to know the culture through their own stories! This edition comes highly recommended by Emily, who I’d like to be like when I grow up. ;) Seriously, she’s so erudite she’d make me nervous if she wasn’t so nice!
I couldn’t find a cover for Murder in the Cassava Patch by Bai Moore either! I swear, I’ve always been able to find covers for the books I get from the library before, and now all at once I’m missing them for half my books. This is for the World Party Challenge, which is focusing on Liberia in June. I really wanted to read something by a Liberian author, and this is a classic text on school curricula over there. There aren’t very many copies in the US, and I had to ILL it…I put in a request this early, because I was honestly expecting it to take ages for a copy to arrive, if one arrived at all. I’m happy to have been proven wrong! It’s a good balance to the Viking chunkster, weighing in at around 60 pages. It’s due back on May 27th, so I’ll have to read it a little early for the challenge, but I bet Jill will forgive me.
And that’s it! I’ve *finally* broken out of my reading slump, and I’ve been devouring Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope for the past few hours. I only stopped to write up this post because it’s my week with the Mr. Linky! ;) So now I’m off to re-bury myself in Barsetshire.