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Library Loot: October 10th, 2014

October 10, 2014

badge-4Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief 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.


Titles Mentioned

  • The Missing Class by Katherine Newman & Victor Tan Chen
  • The Bright Continent by Dayo Olopade
  • After the Fact: The Art of Historical Detection by James West Davidson & Mark Hamilton Lytle
  • Stealing Buddha’s Dinner by Bich Minh Nguyen
  • Servant of the Underworld by Aliette de Bodard
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
  • Dying in the Wool by Frances Brody
  • Love Marriage by VV Ganeshananthan
  • Collected Tales of Nikolai Gogol, trans. by Richard Pevear & Larissa Volokhonsky
  • Novels and Stories by Zora Neale Hurston
  • The Constant Nymph by Margaret Kennedy
  • The Quick by Laura Owen
  • The Dancer and the Thief by Antonio Skarmeta
  • The Satanic Mill by Otfried Preussler
  • The Wall by Marlen Haushofer
  • The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy Sayers
  • I Remember You by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
  • Summer World by Bernd Heinrich
  • The Argumentative Indian by Amartya Sen


  • Thorn by Intisar Khanani (actually I bought this one for 99 cents, but as I rarely buy books, I thought I’d include it in the list!)
  • I’ll Ask You Three Times: Are You OK? by Naomi Shihab Nye
  • What Happened to Sophie Wilder? by Christopher Beha
  • Confronting the Classics by Mary Beard
  • China in Ten Words by Yu Hua
  • Imago by Octavia Butler
  • Shanghai Girls by Lisa See (audio)
  • Home by Toni Morrison (audio)
  • Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri (audio)
  • Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold (audio)
  • Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (audio)
  • Dolly by Susan Hill (audio)
  • Leave the Grave Green by Deborah Crombie (audio)

I couldn’t take advantage of most of your excellent audiobook suggestions, as the audiobook area of the library was closed for renovations. I will next week though and hopefully have some books on CD to show you as well!

Also, I apologise for the lighting. I’ll have to figure out the best place/angle to record the videos at, but I was quite tired and couldn’t be bothered to fuss with it before recording. As you might have guessed from my lack of posting, I’m in a bit of a flare up. But at least that leaves plenty of time for reading!

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Kim permalink
    October 10, 2014 12:56 pm

    I read The Lowland recently and was underwhelmed. I will be curious to hear your opinion.

  2. October 10, 2014 3:47 pm

    I think you’ll really like The Bright Continent! (I sometimes still want to say Jenny’s Books as well.)

  3. October 10, 2014 3:51 pm

    I read Stealing Buddha’s Dinner a few years a go and enjoyed it. I’ve been reading The Raven Cycle. I hope you enjoy them all.

  4. Books Under the Bed permalink
    October 11, 2014 9:32 am

    That must have been one heavy bag, I picked up 5 hardbacks and was feeling weighed down by time I walked home.
    A great selection, I’d love to hear more about The Quick

  5. October 11, 2014 3:53 pm

    It’s so nice you’re doing Library Loots more often now!

    You made me curious about all of them but the one by Barbara Brown Taylor really caught my attention. Then I realized that she also writes about faith and now I am wondering whether I would like it or not because I never read Christian-related books (yes, I am biased).

    Also, I’ve been a fan of Lisa See since Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. I wonder if Shanghai Girls will actually live up to my high expectations.

  6. October 13, 2014 7:04 pm

    I didn’t mind the lighting in the video. The one I’m most curious about from your loot is Servant of the Underworld (oh and apparently de Bodard is of Vietnamese and French descent). Cute dress/ skirt by the way!

  7. Amanda permalink
    October 23, 2014 6:17 pm

    The Bright Continent and After the Fact sound so interesting! I’m attempting to fit in The Halloween Tree by Bradbury before Halloween.

  8. November 2, 2014 9:49 am

    So wonderful to know that you were able to get Marlen Haushofer’s ‘The Wall’ from your library. It is my alltime favourite book. I hope you like it. I will look forward to hearing your thoughts. I love the fact that your library has a secret room / floor which only the librarians can access :) And Laura Owen’s ‘The Quick’ – that is a really, really big book! Enjoy your library loot! Happy reading!

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