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Library Loot: January 2014

February 2, 2015



It’s a snow day here! All I want to do is gaze admiringly out of the window, sip tea, and go for occasional bundled up walks. Luckily, last week I recorded and uploaded a video about my one trip to the library in January! So I can share that with you and not have to spend a long time at my computer, without the magical view. I’m living in a snowglobe, and it’s blissful.

Tomorrow I’ll add a list of the titles mentioned so you have that for reference. For now, hopefully you can note down anything that looks interesting while viewing! And there should be a second part to this video following just as soon as Vimeo resets my weekly upload limit. Enjoy!

ETA: I should know better than to put a deadline here; it simply tempts fate too much. But a few days later than intended, here is the second video and that list of titles. I’ve copied & pasted from my library account, so it’s in no particular order. And just tidying up the library formatting has upset my hands, so I can’t italicise or put them all in neat bullets today.

All About Love by bell hooks
Spirits of the Ordinary by Kathleen Alcala
Keep Still by Eleanor Taylor Bland
The Phoenix Guards by Steven Brust
Babel Tower by AS Byatt
Stories by Anton Chekhov, trans. by Richard Pevear & Larissa Volokhonsky
Maybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie
Love Marriage by VV Ganeshananthan
Beyond the Limbo Silence by Elizabeth Nunez
Ru by Kim Thuy
Niccolo Rising by Dorothy Dunnett
The Languages of Love by Sara Maitland
After Tupac & D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson
The Voyage of the Narwhal by Andrea Barrett
Bosnia and Hercegovina by Robert J. Donia
Ghosts in the Middle Ages by Jean Claude Schmitt
Heavens Unearthed in Nursery Rhymes and Fairy Tales by Matt Kane
Home and Exile by Chinua Achebe
The Morville Hours by Katherine Swift
Mr. Bloomfield’s Orchard by Nicholas Money
Naming Nature by Carol Kaesuk Yoon
Present Darkness by Mall Nunn
Runemaker by Tiina Nunnally
Temptations of Power by Shadi Hamid
Women in Purple by Judith Herrin

18 Comments leave one →
  1. LauraC permalink
    February 2, 2015 4:59 pm

    I spent the morning out shoveling in your “snowglobe” so I am not quite as fond of the weather as you are. :) You made a comment about the struggle of getting all those books home, but I can’t imagine how you do it! I jotted down the titles of a few of those books to look into–like I needed more titles to check into!! ;) Happy reading!

    • February 7, 2015 4:45 pm

      Yes, not having to shovel definitely makes winter easier to appreciate! :)

      I can only get them home because 1) I have a fabulous travel backpack with hip belt and 2) the bus drops me off literally right in front of my apartment building. So I only have to carry them between the library & its closest bus station (which has benches to sit on while waiting) & my backpack lets me do that. I definitely pay for it the next day though, so I just mentally ‘schedule’ that as a down day to allow maximum heating pad recovery time.

  2. February 2, 2015 5:17 pm

    I will have to wait for the list because too much commotion to watch the video right now. :( It is snowing here, too… I am all good as long as I don’t have to shovel it and the power stays on.

    • February 7, 2015 4:45 pm

      Luckily I haven’t had any power issues this winter! I hope you didn’t have any either. :)

  3. Amanda permalink
    February 2, 2015 6:39 pm

    Yay I love library loot posts! Your comments on the covers are great. I’ve been wanting to get started on Eleanor Taylor Bland’s books.

    • February 7, 2015 4:46 pm

      Thanks Amanda! The Bland books are really rewarding. :)

  4. February 3, 2015 4:46 am

    Yay snowday! It’s too mild a climate here sadly, but we’ve managed to hang onto a little bit of snow on the rooftops for two days now.
    What a list! I love the sound of the mysteries and the magical realism one. I should really branch out into more woc fantasy and scifi, I’ve hardly managed anything but Octavia Butler. Looking forward to the non-fiction vlog :)

    • February 7, 2015 4:47 pm

      It’s more work to find woc sci-fi/fantasy authors, but I really love them! Off the top of my head: Karen Lord, Nalo Hopkinson, NJ Jemisin, & Aliette Bodard are my favourites.

  5. February 3, 2015 9:36 am

    You’re wearing your beautiful swan sweater! :D
    You totally crack me up with your “special cover” comments. :P You do have some doozies there though, huh? I am so glad you talked about Eleanor Taylor Bland–sounds like I might really enjoy her books.

    • February 7, 2015 4:48 pm

      I think you would like Bland; I warn you I cry at least once in each of her books! And yep, I’m trying to get as much use out of my hand knits as I can while it’s cold enough. :D

  6. February 3, 2015 3:27 pm

    hooray for a snowday!

  7. February 3, 2015 3:58 pm

    “… and suddenly you have 20 books on your list.” Ha! Not like that EVER happens to me ;)
    Watching your video during lunch break and wrote down Beyond the Limbo Silence. Also want to go track down Jo Walton’s blog. Thank for the tip!

    Not sure if you recognize me since I moved blogs. I still have Tip of the Iceberg, but have moved my book related posts (not many lately, sadly) to TerriTalksBooks dot com. Also have some book related videos on my YouTube channel which you can link to from my blog if you are interested.

    Glad to see you around again Eva! I do understand the ebb and flow of life though; having some of that myself :)

    • February 12, 2015 4:31 pm

      I definitely recognise you Terri! You’ve grown your hair out; it looks gorgeous. :) I’m off to visit your new blog. Beyond the Limbo Silence is excellent; I loved it despite being in a reading slump.

  8. February 3, 2015 5:48 pm

    I would quite like a snow day but it has to be a really really big one – the kind that means there is absolutely no way you can even attempt to move….

    • February 7, 2015 4:47 pm

      Lol! This was over a foot of snow in one day, if that’s enough. :)

  9. Kathy permalink
    February 5, 2015 6:19 pm

    I just finished Ship Fever last night and requested 2 more of her books. Thank you for reviewing her work. She was completely unknown to me before so I am so happy to have discovered this author. Again, thank you.

    • February 7, 2015 4:47 pm

      You’re welcome Kathy! I’m thrilled that my recommendation helped you discover her. I’m reading The Voyage of the Narwhal on audio right now. :)


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