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.
Having already read or at least dipped into my books for this week, it is easily to slip them into two groups: the Good and the Bad.
The War That Ended Peace by Margaret MacMillan – MacMillan’s excellent history of the lead up to the First World War
Happy City by Charles Montgomery – a look at the ways urban design impacts the quality of life for people who live in cities
Sushi For Beginners by Marian Keyes – an old favourite
The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy by Julia Quinn – utterly forgettable. Quinn has always been a bit hit or miss for me but most of her recent books have been misses.
A Vintage Wedding by Katie Fforde – awful. One of Fforde’s laziest efforts by far, with atrociously dull dialogue, an uninteresting plot, and so many jarringly unrealistic moments that I spent half the book caught up puzzling over them: 20-somethings who find it difficult to text in moving cars? An architect in his late twenties who has not only bought and is renovating a Georgian house in the Cotswolds but apparently never has to work anywhere but at home? Shock and applause from her friends every time it seems like a woman might be about to form an opinion on an entirely insignificant issue or topic? (frequently accompanied by the phrase “you have obviously thought a lot about this” even before the person explains their thoughts – after they are expressed you can only worry that it took her this long to come up with something so obvious). I will say one good thing: if it really is as easy to start a small business in Britain as Fforde makes it sound (the central characters start a sloppily-run and doomed to be unprofitable wedding business and one of them goes a step further, starting her own B&B), then the government is clearly doing a magnificent job.
What did you pick up this week?