Library Loot: February 16th to 22nd
Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Marg from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader 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 don’t have a video for you this week, as a combination of topsy turvy sleeping and post-flare up resting means I haven’t looked presentable enough to record one since I got home from the library Tuesday evening. Moreover, I only brought three books home this week, so it would have been the shortest video ever. Instead, I’ll just write a bit about them.
Two interlibrary loans arrived: the first is a travelogue about Iceland by one of my favourite nonfiction authors, Nancy Marie Brown. It’s entitled A Good Horse Has No Color, and I am ridiculously excited about it because I loved her other Icelandic book (The Far Traveller) so much and it combines travel and animal love and I’m assuming at least a bit of cold weather. As I daydream about moving north myself, and enjoy a cooler than usual winter here, it’s nice to read about other’s adventures. I find travelogues such a tricky area; it seems I end up loathing as many as I love, and hence I usually eye a travelogue balefully for awhile before picking it up with more than a bit of trepidation. But since Brown is already a ‘proven’ writer for me I feel nothing but glee at the prospect of reading this. It had to travel all the way from Portland, Oregon to get to me too!
The other interlibrary loan, which just came from another town in Texas, is Women Without Men by Shahrnush Parsipur. I first read this Iranian novella in 2005 or 2006 (aka pre-blogging), and I really loved it. As always, I wish I reread more, so when I was thinking about this and wishing I had a copy for myself I decided to go ahead and revisit it. It’ll be interesting going back to it, as I’m a far more intellectually aware feminist now than I was then.
Finally, after complaining about my lack of go-to POC comfort authors, I remembered I hadn’t yet read the most recent in Y.S. Lee’s Victorian mystery series, The Traitor in the Tunnel. Lee is a Singapore professor who specialises in Victorian literature, so she’s excellent at the historical context. She’s also created a fascinating sleuth, who while benefitting from a kind of feminist’s dream of a female-only London-based spy agency that takes in girls off the street and turns them into the perfect spies (since no one notices domestics) also faces very real challenges, including having to pass for white. The series is a wonderful combination of fun, smarts, and historical authenticity with nods to twenty-first century readers interested in women’s issues (how’s that for a mouthful?), and I hope Lee has many future books planned. So of course I had to request it! I’ll save it for a rainy day, but it’s nice to see it there on my shelves!
That reminds me, I had a comment during my absence regarding my library’s fifty checkouts policy. It’s true, I can have fifty books out at any one time, which is actually a step down from my previous public library system (which allowed unlimited book checkouts)! And I usually take advantage of this to the fullest, sometimes I even use my mother’s or niece’s account to sneak a few extras in (although usually this is to get around my library’s limit of twenty-five hold requests). I know it sounds greedy, and it likely is, but as the library is a car drive away, and I can’t often drive my car due to illnesses, I like having a variety of books on hand to suit my various reading moods. Oh, I can also have fifteen digital books out at once, although I usually only max that out when my arthritis is particularly bad and I have to resort to Nook-only reading for awhile. So all told, my library can supply me with sixty-five books at any point in time: you can see why it’s so easy for me to resist buying books or accepting review copies!
P.S. I wanted to take my own photograph of my loot, but sadly there are giant yellow stickers covering over half of the cover on each of the interlibrary loans. Oh well!