Library 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.
Bit of an odd week here, I must say. I finished work last Friday so am odds again, trying to figure out what comes next. I have one job offer under consideration but just want to take some time to make sure it’s the right fit for me. Lots of big questions to consider over the next few weeks, certainly, but I’m also looking forward to having some time to catch up with my reviews and just relax a little. The last couple of months were very stressful and already I can feel myself calming down, which is wonderful. It is so nice to feel like my cheerful, energetic self again!
The Barbed-Wire University by Midge Gillies – As someone who watched The Bridge on the River Kwai far, far too many times as a child (it is still one of my favourite films), I’ve always been interested in learning more about what POWs did in captivity. And when have I ever turned down any sort of World War Two social history book? Here, Gillies examines the experiences of Allied servicemen as prisoners in both the European and Asian theatres of war.
The Junior Officers’ Reading Club by Patrick Hennessey – a few years ago, stranded at the airport during a snowstorm, I read the first half of this memoir in the airport bookstore. I remember enjoying it but was too cheap to buy it. Now, a bit belated, I’ll have a chance to finish it.
Society’s Queen by Anne de Courcy – I own most of de Courcy’s other books but haven’t yet read this one, a biography of the Marchioness of Londonderry.
The Sidmouth Letters by Jane Gardam –Jane Austen’s love life- long the subject of speculation- is finally, delightfully dealt with in the title story of this collection. Many of the other stories, like ‘The Sidmouth Letters,’ bring together past and present- with sometimes hilarious, sometimes disturbing, often intensely moving results. With quiet elegance and devastating accuracy, Jane Gardam probes many and varied lives. We meet a trio of Kensington widows, mean-spirited and middle-aged, paying improbable tribute to a long exploited nanny; we await- with dread- a stranger to tea in an English home; we witness the mercurial changes that take place in young love, and we watch as a bohemian, passionate past returns to tempt domestic bliss.
God on the Rocks by Jane Gardam –During one glorious summer between the wars, the realities of life and the sexual ritual dance of the adult world creep into the life of young Margaret Marsh. Her father, preaching the doctrine of the unsavoury Primal Saints; her mother, bitterly nostalgic for what might have been; Charles and Binkie, anchored in the past and a game of words; dying Mrs Frayling and Lydia the maid, given to the vulgar enjoyment of life; all contribute to Margaret’s shattering moment of truth. And when the storm breaks, it is not only God who is on the rocks as the summer hurtles towards drama, tragedy, and a touch of farce.
The Sun in the Morning by M.M. Kaye – have I ever read any of M.M. Kaye’s novels? No. But that doesn’t mean I’m not excited to read this first volume of her memoirs!
What did you pick up this week?