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badge-4Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Sharlene from Real Life Reading 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.

So many books and so little time to write about them!  I was off to see Roxane Gay speak last night so this is being written in a mad rush after that and will doubtlessly do disservice to most of the books, so let’s focus on the only one that matters:

Rhododendron Pie by Margery Sharp – Yes, I have tracked down a copy.  It’s the first time I’ve ever paid for an interlibrary loan but at only $15 came in far, far cheaper than any edition I’ve ever seen for sale (the cheapest one on AbeBooks right now is $280 in comparison).  Barb, always my guide to Margery Sharp, enthused about it years and years ago and I’m excited to finally get to try it for myself.

Now onto the rest:

At the Pond (Book Depository)

Poems New and Collected by Wisława Szymborska (Book Depository)

Solo by Signe Johansen (Book Depository)

Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik (Book Depository)

All for Nothing by Walter Kempowski (Book Depository)

My Beautiful Enemy by Sherry Thomas (Book Depository)

Aria by Nazanine Hozar (Book Depository)

The Blessed Girl by Angela Makholwa (Book Depository)

Pravda Ha Ha by Rory MacLean (Book Depository)

What did you pick up this week?

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As is tradition, I’m celebrating my (34th) birthday here today by sharing my five favourite libraries from the last year of “Library Lust” posts.  Enjoy!

The Roxy, Axbridge, Somerset (10th October 2012) – photo credit: Jason Ingram

credit: Domino

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For more stunning libraries, check out past birthday editions from 2019, 2018201720162015201420132012, and 2011.

photo credit: Andrew Twort

badge-4Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Sharlene from Real Life Reading 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.

A busy week here.  I’m travelling for work (leaving behind warm, daffodil-filled Vancouver for a much colder clime), fighting a painful cough/cold, juggling lots of social commitments (tied in with the travelling), and trying to fit in time for reading in the midst of everything.  And there are lots of books to tempt me when I do find the time:

A Mad Catastrophe by Geoffrey Wawro – I went to see 1917 over the weekend and, while I enjoyed it, it did make me think about how little we see/read about what that war was like for the soldiers of the Central Powers.  I had great-grandfathers fighting on both sides but I know so, so much more about what my English-Canadian ancestor’s experience would have been like.  I’m hoping this book helps fill in some of the gaps for me.  (Book Depository)

Berezina by Sylvain Tesson – Four friends, two motorcycles (with sidecars!) and a journey in Napoleon’s footsteps from Moscow to Paris.  History, travel, adventure – an ideal combo.  (Book Depository)

Autumn Light by Pico Iyer – I always love hearing Pico Iyer talk about his books but I’ve yet to actually read one.  This, his newest release, is about his life in Japan following his father-in-law’s death.  It sounds quiet and meditative and possibly just what I need right now.  (Book Depository)

Cuckoo in June by Jane Oliver and Ann Stafford – I loved Business as Usual by Oliver and Stafford (coming soon from Handheld Press) so looked to see if I could track down anything more by them.  This was the only thing available in the interlibrary loan catalogue and I know nothing about it – always fun to have a surprise!

The Peppermint Tea Chronicles by Alexander McCall Smith – Let’s be clear: when you are feeling sick and pathetic, that is the perfect time for a new 44 Scotland Street book.  (Book Depository)

The Shining Company by Rosemary Sutcliff – I’m on a Sutcliff reading kick right now and, having finished with the Roman Britain trilogy, am looking forward to this tale set in 8th century Britain.  (Book Depository)

What did you pick up this week?

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