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.
As you may have seen last week, Marg will be retiring from Library Loot this month after more than four years of hosting. She has been a wonderful, generous co-host and I will miss working with her.
I intend to continue with Library Loot and so I am looking for someone to help by hosting the LL post every second week. If you think that you may be interested then get in touch with me before December 12.
Self-Portrait as a Young Man by Roy Strong – Strong’s newest book, a memoir of his childhood and young adulthood. I finished this over the weekend and found it interesting but not nearly as absorbing as the other books I’ve read by Strong.
The Wry Romance of the Literary Rectory by Deborah Alun-Jones – This engaging, attractive book explores the lives of writers and poets who were either the children of clergy – such as Tennyson and Dorothy L. Sayers – or who, such as Rupert Brooke and John Betjeman, were seduced by the romance and enduring values embodied by the country rectory.
Perfect by Rachel Joyce – Joyce’s second novel after the best-selling The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.
The Smartest Kids in the World by Amanda Ripley –In a handful of nations, virtually all children are learning to make complex arguments and solve problems they’ve never seen before. They are learning to think, in other words, and to thrive in the modern economy.
What is it like to be a child in the world’s new education superpowers?
In a global quest to find answers for our own children, author and Time magazine journalist Amanda Ripley follows three Americans embedded in these countries for one year.
The English Country House by James Peill – another big, glossy book about English interiors
Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations – is an explanation really needed?
The Tall Stranger by D.E. Stevenson – I am loving this. It is a solid effort from Stevenson – neither extraordinarily good nor bad – which means it is perfect comfort reading. And I’m loving getting to see some of the characters from Five Windows again.
The Fair Miss Fortune by D.E. Stevenson – already read and reviewed
And two Agatha Christie books I know next to nothing about:
The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie
The Sittaford Mystery by Agatha Christie
What did you pick up this week?