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Library Loot: April 1st

April 1, 2011

I’ve actually managed to put together a Library Loot post, for the first time in ages. :) I forgot how long they take to put together, but at least I got to finish up an audiobook getting all of the covers put together! You’ll notice that my reading chair is a new setting; back in January, I realised that my reading room got less natural light than any other place in the house, and it was making me sad. So instead, I popped my chair into my bedroom (my bookshelves will still be in the reading room, so it will be a joint library/guest room now) and set up a little reading corner. Isn’t the wall paint pretty? Its name is Indian Ocean; so evocative.

Vlog, featuring Thistle (who appears to blend the best of cats-quiet, self-grooming, sleeps most of the time-and dogs-loves to be pet and sits on my lap, good at obedience, will go for walk with me-and is thus the perfect pet for me):

Covers/linked titles:

The Untelling by Tayari Jones (book-on-CD for dog walking; enjoyed Jones’ debut), A Mind to Murder by P.D. James (book-on-CD for dog walking; I love the Dalgleish series), Shaggy Muses by Maureen Adams (book-on-CD for dog walking; sounded like an interesting premise)


Opening Mexico by Julia Preston and Samuel Dillon (I’m an international relations nerd), The Fever by Sonia Shah (ditto), Reading Women by Stephanie Staal (I’m a feminist bookworm)


Howards End is On the Landing by Susan Hill (Books about books are always so satisfying), How the West was Lost by Dambiso Moyo (More international relations nerdiness), Looking for History by Alma Guillermoprieto (ditto)


Treachery in the Yard by Adimchinma Ibe (On a mystery kick), Esther’s Inheritance by Sandor Marai (Want to read more continental authors and more pre-1950s books), Cheri and the Last of Cheri by Colette (Love Colette)


Castle Rackrent by Maria Edgeworth (Adored Belinda), Bernardo and the Virgin by Silvio Sirias (Loved his debut), Segu by Maryse Conde (Kinna recommended it)


The Complete Romances of Chretien de Troyes (Part of my sudden craving for medeival lit)

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  1. April 1, 2011 6:26 am

    The Complete Romances of Chretien de Troyes looks SO interesting. I went through a phase of reading about the holy grail (pre-Dan Brown) and his name kept cropping up! Reading Women and Howard End on the landing are two other books I’ve got my eye on. Hope you enjoy the books!

    • April 2, 2011 7:11 pm

      The Chretien is very readable and fun so far! I’ve finished the first tale and have begun the second. :)

  2. April 1, 2011 6:29 am

    You know, I’ve never read Collette. Should I?

    • April 2, 2011 7:14 pm

      Of course you should! Her books are all short, too, so on the very rare chance that you don’t like her, you won’t have committed too much time. ;) I enjoy starting at the beginning of an author’s works, so if you’re like me, head towards Claudine at School.

  3. heyannahey permalink
    April 1, 2011 7:14 am

    I read The Fever for a class a while ago, and I was amazed at how well it held my attention. It’s a really interesting book! I hope you like it. (:

    • April 2, 2011 7:14 pm

      Oh good: I hope I do as well! I looked up Shah, and she has several other books that look very intriguing.

  4. April 1, 2011 7:55 am

    I’m interested in the Nigerian mystery. I’m loving the fact that so many mysteries these days are set in other parts of the world. I hear about one yesterday that is set in the Solomon Islands, which I know nothing about. Cute puppy, Eva, and you’re looking good!

    • April 2, 2011 7:17 pm

      I love it too, especially when it’s by authors who are native to those countries! And thanks for the compliments to me and Thistle. :D

  5. April 1, 2011 8:05 am

    Thistle is adorable. And so quiet and patient! Charlie won’t sit still for the webcam, I’ll tell you that. And I hope you enjoy Reading Women; I’ve seen positive reviews strewn about the Internet.

    • April 2, 2011 7:18 pm

      Aww: thanks Clare. That’s what she’s like pretty much all the time, unless we’re playing fetch! Even when we go for a walk, she’s perfectly calm and on loose leash all the time. Reading Women seems quite popular, doesn’t it?

  6. April 1, 2011 8:25 am

    I love your vlogs, Eva. I always ger some good recommendations out of it. I might pick up the Howards End and the Malaria book.

  7. April 1, 2011 8:51 am

    Thistle is such a cute and very well mannered puppy! I read a couple of Maria Edgeworth short stories recently and really enjoyed them so I will have to look for Belinda and read it since you say you adored it. You have some great book selections. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what you think about Shaggy Muses (great choice for listening to while walking Thistle) and The Fever because now I want to read them.

    • April 2, 2011 7:19 pm

      Isn’t she calm?! And she’s only two or three; I feel very blessed to have her. :) Definitely try to get ahold of Belinda: it was such a treat!

  8. April 1, 2011 9:04 am

    Thistle is so cute! Lots of interesting titles this week; I’ve got a library hold on Howard’s End is on the Landing so will be interested to hear what you think of it. Reading Women and The Fever both look really intriguing too. Enjoy your loot!

    • April 2, 2011 7:20 pm

      I didn’t expect everyone to be so curious about Fever! Have decided to start reading it today. :)

  9. April 1, 2011 9:06 am

    As usual, an amazing assortment of books. I’m so glad you and Thistle are enjoying each others company! She is a lucky pup.

    • April 2, 2011 7:22 pm

      Thanks Gavin! I’m a lucky owner; she’s so perfectly well behaved without me doing anything. :D

  10. April 1, 2011 10:03 am

    Ahhh, Fever looks REALLY good ! Gotta put that on my list !!!

    • April 2, 2011 7:23 pm

      It definitely sounds like a Maphead book, doesn’t it? :)

  11. April 1, 2011 10:23 am

    Thistle is so well-behaved!

    I’m glad you’re reading Castle Rackrent-it is such a good read. I need to read more by Edgeworth.

    I read Opening Mexico in college. I have a history degree and my specialization was in Mexican history, so it was one of the texts for our class. It is an interesting read, so I am excited to see what you think. I still have my copy somewhere…

    I need to read Collette.

    • April 2, 2011 7:34 pm

      Isn’t she?! I can’t take any of the credit, lol. What a neat specialisation Allie!

  12. April 1, 2011 11:08 am

    As usual great loot. Enjoy!

  13. April 1, 2011 11:57 am

    Thanks so much for including Thistle in the video! As always, your books look fascinating.

    • April 2, 2011 7:34 pm

      My pleasure! I imagine she’ll be in all of my future vlogs. :)

  14. April 1, 2011 12:02 pm

    I ordered a copy of Howards End is on the Landing when it was first published and loved it. I don’t buy many books now but I thought that would be one I would reread. So glad to see a new vlog from you. I’ve missed your library loots!

    • April 2, 2011 7:35 pm

      Oh that’s good to know Dana! And thanks for the sweet words. :)

  15. April 1, 2011 3:12 pm

    More fantastic books! The Chretien de Troyes looks very interesting.
    Thistle looks like a sweetie! And she looked very happy to be sitting in your lap.
    Oh, and I love that paint color. So very pretty.

    • April 2, 2011 7:36 pm

      So far, the Chretien is a fun read! And the paint colour really transformed my room; it made the white shutters actually look good, instead of random (it’s the only room in the house w shutters), lol.

  16. April 1, 2011 3:33 pm

    I am totally hung up on Thistle’s cuteness. Awwwww! So, like, you got some books from the library, too? ;)

    • April 2, 2011 7:36 pm

      Heehee: thanks! I was a little nervous, because my dad and sister spent days cracking jokes about her appearance. But I think she’s cute anyway! ;)

  17. April 1, 2011 4:10 pm

    This blog is incredble. What a wealth of information. Met you first on Twitter, through I cantrememberwho. Anyhow, I’m a new follower. :)

    That’s quite a loot you have there. It’d take me at least a month or more to read all that.

    • April 2, 2011 7:37 pm

      Thanks Jennifer! And yeah, I don’t read all of the loot I post! I wish I did. ;)

  18. Caroline permalink
    April 1, 2011 5:12 pm

    Library loot vlog – yay! And so good to see Thistle in person, so to speak – she’s such a cutie! (Even my 5-year-old came and watched a bit, just to see Thistle!) Speaking of dogs, I’ll be really interested to hear what you think of ‘Shaggy Muses’ – it sounds great, but of course, my library doesn’t have it. I really liked ‘Howards End is on the Landing’ – hope you do, too (and thanks for recommending ‘The Magician’s Book’ – loved it!).

    • April 2, 2011 7:37 pm

      Thanks Caroline! And so cute about your five-year-old; hopefully in the future I’ll teach Thistle some tricks so she can be a bit more entertaining, lol. Boo to your library not having Shaggy Muses. And I’m so glad you loved The Magician’s Book. :D

  19. April 1, 2011 7:30 pm

    Yay for a library loot vlog! I love these. Fever sounds very good and I look forward to hearing your thoughts on it.

    The narrator’s perspective in Castle Rackrent is very interesting, and the novella is an incredibly fast read. I think I started it while waiting for the Verizon technician and then finished it while the Verizon technician was still there, fixing the internet connection.

    • April 2, 2011 7:40 pm

      Thanks Christy! I’ve read Castle Rackrent now, and you’re right about how quickly it went! Have you read Belinda?

      • April 3, 2011 1:16 pm

        I have not read Belinda, but am intrigued because you liked it so much.

  20. April 1, 2011 8:34 pm

    Love your doggie!!! I’ve never read the P.D. James series but have been meaning to give it a try for some time now. The Fever looks and sounds really interesting so I’ll be interested in hearing your thoughts on it when you finish. Enjoy all of your finds! I love your library loot posts so thanks for sharing!!

    • April 2, 2011 7:41 pm

      Thanks Samantha! I love her too. :) The first of the Dalgleish series is Cover Her Face, but if you want a taste of her writing, she’s written some marvelous stand alones and a shorter series featuring a woman sleuth, Cordelia Grey (can’t remember the first one). She also wrote a marvelous little book about the mystery genre that I’d highly recommend!

  21. April 1, 2011 10:12 pm

    Thisle is sooo cute! :)
    After watching your vlog I immediately put a hold on two Marai books & on Howard’s End Is on the Landing. I would also love to read the Cherie books & Chretien de Troyes. I have actually visited Troyes, France on a work-related study trip once. They have a magnificent library there and the library director showed us their great treasure, the personal Bible of St.Bernhard of Clairvaux! Some of my colleagues touched the book, but I did not dare to do so!
    The library was built in 2002 & it’s a very beautiful modern building, but part of it holds their old books collection. Here’s a picture of that part:http://www.e-architect.co.uk/images/jpgs/france/troyes_mediatheque_dbla040708_13.jpg. Isn’t that an amazing room?

    • April 2, 2011 7:42 pm

      Oh what a neat trip Tiina! And that room is jaw-dropping. :D Have you read any Marai before?

  22. April 2, 2011 2:56 am

    The only problem with ‘Howards End is on the Landing’ is that it will make you want to bring even more books out of the library. Will the bicycle stand up to it?

    • April 2, 2011 7:45 pm

      Heehee: I’ll just have to make more frequent trips! ;)

  23. April 2, 2011 6:04 am

    howards end was one my favourite reads of recent years full of warmth and little insights ,I nearly picked up the marai at my library the other day ,all the best stu

    • April 2, 2011 7:46 pm

      Marai seems like an author you’d like Stu!

  24. April 2, 2011 2:07 pm

    Hope you enjoy Reading Women. I did.

    • April 2, 2011 7:46 pm

      I hope so too! It seems like a lot of my favourite bloggers liked it, but I’m trying to keep my expectations in check. ;)

  25. Kathleen permalink
    April 2, 2011 11:24 pm

    Eva, You have given me such a good idea and I really can’t believe that I haven’t thought of it before. I am going to get some audio books to read while I am walking my dog too. Thistle is absolutely adorable and seems to be a wonderful reading companion!

  26. April 14, 2011 8:13 am

    I’m a bit behind here but excited to see you read Ibe and Staal, and I actually just read Tayari Jones’ The Untelling as well!

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