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Library Loot: September 30th

September 30, 2011

Vlog (Figured out how my head got chopped off before: iMovie was defaulting to widescreen instead of standard format. So yay for having a forehead again! ;) To see it much larger, visit the Vimeo page.)

Titles Mentioned

  • The Aguero Sisters by Cristina García
  • Life by Gwyneth Jones
  • A Dry White Season by André Brink
  • Cape of Storms by Nina Berberova
  • The Letters of Abelard and Heloise
  • Gilgamesh by Joan London
  • Touch by Alexi Zentner
  • Kehinde by Buchi Emecheta
  • On Black Sisters Street by Chika Unigwe
  • The Dawning by Milka Bajić Poderegin
  • Secrets of the Night Sky by Bob Berman
  • The Inheritance by Sahar Khalifeh
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
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  1. September 30, 2011 8:21 am

    I love watching Thistle on your vlogs! She looks so sweet! Enjoy your library books!

  2. Ioana permalink
    September 30, 2011 9:56 am

    You and Thistle are so cute together! Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs is also on my TBR list. Secrets of the Night Sky also seems like a great read.

  3. Chelsea permalink
    September 30, 2011 10:05 am

    Asa vlog recorder with her own antsy adopted dog, I just wanted to give you and Thistle some love and say that you guys look adorable together! (well, separately too, but still). Loved seeing the library loot, and I always think that the library is the perfect place to go for a pick-me-up! Thanks for another great update, Eva!

    • October 5, 2011 8:03 am

      Thanks Chelsea! I wish I could manage an angle so that Thistle was in the frame all the time, but haven’t quite figured out how to do that.

  4. September 30, 2011 10:31 am

    They all sound interesting. Enjoy your loot!

  5. September 30, 2011 10:46 am

    I am continually amazed at your wide range of book titles from around the world… How on earth do you find these? The only way that I find out about them is coming here!!


    Enjoy reading this weekend! I think the weather is *finally* cooling down here in the Panhandle.

    liz in texas

    • October 5, 2011 8:03 am

      Some I find from other bloggers (and now LibraryThing!), others I find through serendipituous use of my library’s catalogue. :D

  6. September 30, 2011 10:55 am

    I just got Miss Peregrine from the library yesterday. I also was on the waiting list for a long time. It looks interesting. Thistle is such a good dog. My pup would have been all over me!

  7. September 30, 2011 12:10 pm

    I hope you’ll like Brink. He’s a great writer. Another South African writer I would recommend is J. M. Coetzee. I have fond memories of reading two of his books The Life and Times of Michael K. and Foe both of which I read (in Finnish) in high school to improve my Finnish language and literature grade for my diploma. And I managed to rise the grade from 9 to 10, which is the best grade in our school system. So, yes, good memories of reading Coetzee. :)

    • October 5, 2011 8:02 am

      Isn’t it weird that I’ve yet to read South Africa’s most famous writer?! I’ll definitely put Coetzee on my list: would you rec starting with Foe and/or Michael K.?

  8. September 30, 2011 12:46 pm

    You have a wonderfully eclectic collection this week. And I just realized that I think I referred to poor Thistle as a boy when I commented last week. Please tell her I am sorry! :)

    • October 5, 2011 8:01 am

      No worries! I’m the one who got her a navy blue collar and leash. ;) I thought it was cute & nautical, but it’s led to a bit of gender confusion. Fortunately, I doubt Thistle cares. hehe

  9. September 30, 2011 7:32 pm

    I read Gilgamesh by Joan London a few years ago and really loved it. You have some good stuff this week. A Dry White Season caught my eye.

    Wish you could meet my friend Chris, who does the blog Vitamin Brock. He adores medieval literature, says that it always satisfies and never disappoints. I don’t know about never, but I’m trying to do better with that. Also, it keeps Tuffi off my back.

    I love looking at Thistle’s face. In those bright dark eyes I can see a discerning book lover and critic!

    • October 5, 2011 8:00 am

      I agree w your friend! Medieval lit is just wonderful. You should give it a go! :D (And Tuffi hasn’t made an appearance lately…I thought perhaps she’d gone on a vacation! lol)

      Thistle is definitely a book lover…she loves that I sit still for long amounts of time and thus provide her with a stationary lap. ;)

  10. October 1, 2011 8:41 am

    What a great vlog. Thistle is adorable! Enjoy all your books!

  11. October 1, 2011 7:33 pm

    I loved A Dry White Season! Read it quite a while ago now and it made me go on to read several more books by Brink. Rumours of Rain is also good. Enjoy the loot :-)

  12. October 1, 2011 8:05 pm

    See, I thought the use of actual vintage photos was cool, but I never even considered it could also be a bit depressing… That being said. I think I went through the entire book wondering if they were real and it wasn’t until the end that I got my affirmative answer because he lists where he got them. I do hope you enjoy it, though!

  13. October 3, 2011 11:09 am

    great selection Eva ,I picked up a second hand copy of dry white season myself recently ,all the best stu

  14. October 4, 2011 3:34 am

    Nice to see you up and about :) Have you heard about the German Literature Month in November? A proper one this time, not just my one-man show :)

    • October 5, 2011 7:58 am

      No, I’ve been avoiding my feed reader since I can’t leave proper comments yet! But I’ll go read about it. :)

  15. October 4, 2011 9:31 pm

    I talked my book club into putting Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children on the lineup for the first quarter of 2012. I am so excited to read this one. I look forward to reading your thoughts on it.

  16. October 5, 2011 7:47 am

    I think I may be able to solve the ‘Life’ mystery. Nic did a linky post about it at Eve’s Alexandria a few weeks ago ( It’s been chosen as one of the future sf classics by the Future Classics project and she wrote a 4 post series on it for Torque Control (the blog of the British Science Fiction Association).

    Loved the loot as always. I’d love to hear one time about what your library is like. I work in a library in the UK (though as an archivist rather than a librarian) and we’re always amazed by how many patrons and book issues US libraries attract in comparison to us!

    • October 5, 2011 7:58 am

      Thanks for clearing that up Victoria! I’ll add a note in my post. :) I’d be happy to describe my library…do you have any particular questions? Or are you just curious about it generally?

      • October 5, 2011 12:25 pm

        I’m just curious generally, about how the library looks, what services it offers, the range of books it buys, how the staff interact with customers. You talk a lot about ILLs and requests – are these free? We have free holds, but ILLs are expensive. Cheaper to buy the book unless its out of print or specialist interest. Maybe I should do a post on my library, with photos, and then we could compare notes?


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