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Library Loot: May 25th to May 31st

May 31, 2013

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!

(Embarrassingly Long) Video

Titles Mentioned

  • Xenogenesis by Octavia Butler
  • She Came Back by Patricia Wentworth
  • The International Bank of Bob by Bob Harris
  • Malory by Christina Hardyment
  • The Spirit Level by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett
  • Preserving the World’s Great Cities by Anthony Tung
  • A Human Being Died That Night by Pumla Gobodo Madikizela
  • Art and Beauty in the Middle Ages by Umberto Eco
  • One Nation Under Stress by Dana Becker
  • The Makioka Sisters by Junichiro Tanizaki
  • The Storyteller of Marrakesh by Joydeep Roy Bhattacharya
  • The Cutting Season by Attica Locke
  • Moral Clarity by Susan Neiman
  • Her Works Praise Her by Hasia Diner and Beryl Benderly
  • Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation by John Philip Santos


12 Comments leave one →
  1. May 31, 2013 12:52 pm

    Great video and great books, Eva! I’m reading Kindred right now, so getting my first extended taste of Butler’s work. I’d previously only read one of her short stories.

    I’ve also seen The Bank of Bob popping up on several blogs, so I’ll be interested in your thoughts on that one. :)

    • June 1, 2013 5:52 pm

      I’m kind of terrified I’ll hate Bank of Bob and then write an awkward post about it. lol

      Isn’t Kindred stunning?

  2. dastevensish permalink
    June 1, 2013 7:10 am

    I didn’t mind the length at all! I got almost two whole rounds crocheted on my placemat. With pauses to write down the books you added to my wish list. :) Yep, just all the more Eva to love, if you ask me. :D

  3. dastevensish permalink
    June 1, 2013 7:22 am

    LOL–I apparently got *too* involved in your vlog. I just realized I messed up halfway through that last round of crocheting. *ripping out* :P

  4. June 1, 2013 3:28 pm

    Love these library loots :). Maybe I should give Patricia Wentworth a try, it’s been awhile since I read a mystery.

    Also, I wanted to thank for for first (indirectly) introducing me to ‘The garden of evening mists’ by Tan Twan Eng! I would love to read your thoughts on it (mine were mixed though I still enjoyed it).

    Enjoy your books!

    • June 1, 2013 5:50 pm

      She Comes Back (the Wentworth I mentioned here) is not in the traditional mode, boooo (finished it yesterday), so I’d suggest Latter End if you love puzzle mysteries. :)

      I’ll eventually post on The Garden of Evening Mists, but it might take awhile (I’ve yet to finish publishing all my posts about my January reads!), so I’ll say here that I loved it for its subtlety and lack of easy answers and engagement with big themes while still creating characters that felt so human and real and the way that the main character became a Supreme Court judge! I’m happy to talk about it more if you want to e-mail me. :)

  5. June 3, 2013 11:02 pm

    Her Works Praise Her, Preserving the World’s Great Cities and Moral Clarity all look promising to me,

    • June 4, 2013 6:51 pm

      I’ve begun Moral Clarity, and it is SO GOOD. Seriously. You should definitely read it!

      • June 4, 2013 8:29 pm

        With your recommendation I gladly will! Thanks!!!

      • June 5, 2013 1:42 am

        Keep in mind, I’m only 100 pages in to a 400 page book! But the writing & thinking is so marvelous, I can’t imagine it getting anything but better. :) (The target audience is liberals, as the subtitle suggests, but I think thoughtful conservatives will find it interesting too. Though I’m very liberal, so that’s just a guess. I’m not sure what your politics are so thought I’d add that caveat!)

  6. June 8, 2013 9:25 pm

    I don’t mind the long vlog at all – so fun to hear you talk about books :)
    I’m a big fan of maps in books too! And, I really hope you enjoy The Makioka Sisters – read that book years ago and loved it.

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