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badge-4Library 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.

I’ve only been back from Europe for seven weeks but I’m already starting to plan my next trip (May, I hope).  To be fair, I’m really always planning the next year’s trip, sometimes even the trip for the year after that.  There is no such thing as being too well-prepared!

Library Loot 1

Venice Observed by Mary McCarthy – McCarthy’s extended essay on Venice from 1956.

The Politics of Washing by Polly Coles – a more recent take on Venice, from an Englishwoman who lives there with her family.

We’ll Always Have Paris by Jennifer Coburn – A mother’s memoir of the European trips she has taken with her daughter over the years.  Turned out not to be all that engaging but, as someone who has many happy memories of mother-daughter trips to Europe, I can certainly understand how special such holidays are.

Library Loot 2

Postcards from Europe by Rick Steves – a collection of short pieces by Rick Steves, who, for the benefit of my non-North American readers, is an American travel writer and television host.  (I’m 98% certain its impossible to live in North America and not know who Rick Steves is, provided you’ve ever visited the travel section of your bookstore or watched PBS).

Women of the World by Helen McCarthy – I am so excited that this has finally arrived.  I’ve had a hold on it since it appeared on order in the library’s catalogue back in the spring and everything I’ve heard about it since then (from SNB and, of course, the author’s proud mother) has made me even more eager to read it.

Hasee Toh Phasee (DVD) – I’ve been watching Bollywood movies exclusively for the past few weeks, all courtesy of my lovely library, and this is one of my new favourites.

What did you pick up this week?

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Library Lust

Country Traditional Library via Lonny

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Bachalpsee

Bachalpsee

The more time I spend in Switzerland, the more jealous I become of Heidi.  And of the all the (non-fictional) Swiss who are lucky enough to live and play there.  I spent a full week in the Berner Oberland region of Switzerland this summer, hiking every day and getting the absolute maximum value out of my regional transit pass, and there hasn’t been a day since I got back when I haven’t thought longing of it.

Since I can’t go back any time soon, I thought I’d relive my happy memories of the mountains by sharing some of my many photos.  Enjoy!

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Alpine cow! Solidly 50% of what attracts me to the Swiss Alps are the cows.

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View from Schynige Platte to Brienzersee

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Iseltwald on Brienzersee

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View of Grindelwald Valley from Kleine Scheidegg (random literary trivia: AA Milne proposed to his wife while on holiday in Grindelwald)

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Walk from First to Grosse Scheidegg

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Lauterbrunnen Valley from the valley floor

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Lauterbrunnen Valley from Wengen

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Lauterbrunnen Valley from Männlichen (notice a theme?)

At the Jungfraujoch

Slightly windswept at the Jungfraujoch

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badge-4Library 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.

Library LootIn honour of Margaret Kennedy Reading Week I picked up a few Margaret Kennedy titles this week:

The Feast

Where Stands a Winged Sentry

Lucy Carmichael (I’ve read this one already but, with plans to finally review it this week, wanted a copy to hand to refresh my memory.  Also, it’s just such a friendly, nice book to dip into.)

Library Loot 2Disobeying Hitler by Randall Hansen – a look at German resistance after the failure of Operation Valkyrie.

Getting Schooled by Garret Keizer

The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla by Lauren Willig – the newest book in Willig’s Pink Carnation series.

Library Loot 3I was surfing through the Thames and Hudson catalogue a few weeks ago and these two stood out for me:

The Highland Clans by Alistair Moffat

The Last Colonial by Christopher Ondaatje

What did you pick up this week?

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