Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Marg and myself 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!
Please note: the button redesign contest is now closed. Marg and I will unveil the winning design next week. Thanks to all who submitted designs!
My recent restraint at the library is quite shocking. Usually, I’m the girl who wanders the aisles pulling books of shelves until I physically can’t carry any more and then, and only then, to I make my way to the checkout. But lately I’ve only been checking out a few books a week and I find myself reading much more from my own shelves. Not a bad thing, of course, but very out of character for me.
Still, this changes means I’m more deliberate in my choices and instead of returning half my books untouched after picking them up on a whim, I find myself usually reading (or at least starting) them all. It’s certainly making the half-hour walk home from the library more pleasant than when I’m weighed down by a dozen hardcovers!
How do you use the library? Do you grab anything and everything that might interest you? Or are you more selective?
One Day by David Nicholls
I waited so patiently for this to come in. While all the other bloggers have been raving about it, I refrained from reading their reviews and contented myself with checking the library website to see where I stood in line. But finally it came! And, I must admit, I read it as soon as I got my hands on it – in one day, in fact. It was a wonderful, entertaining and surprisingly emotional reading experience. I’ll hopefully be posting my review later this week.
The Russian Dreambook of Colour and Flight by Gina Ochsner
The Guardian described this as “one part post-Soviet insanity to three parts magical realism.” How to resist? I’m not sure I’ve read any modern novels set in Russia, certainly not post-Soviet Russia, but the fantastic A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True by Brigid Pasulka has me yearning to indulge my Slavic side.
The Coasts of Bohemia: A Czech History by Derek Sayer
Speaking of Slavs, we come now to a book that’s been on my TBR list for years. There are so few English-language books about the Czechs that it’s a wonder I haven’t read this already. This particular volume is pricelessly entertaining as a previous rather ignorant reader has gone through with a red pencil, marking down his/her reactions and opinions with vivid exclamation points and spirited, if ill-informed, comments.