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.
I am feeling shockingly – and slightly uncomfortably – au courant with my loot this week. It is not natural for me to have this many new books in my possession. I’m sure my borrowing habits will correct themselves shortly but for now I will enjoy the unfamiliar thrill of reading books that other people have actually heard of and which are readily accessible from any well-stocked bookstore.
The Pebbled Shore by Elizabeth Longford – probably the book I am most excited about this week. After reading My History by Antonia Fraser, I’ve been longing to know more about her fascinating mother, Elizabeth Longford. Thoughtfully, she took the time to write this much-praised memoir.
The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan – I am either going to have great fun with this (as Eva of The Paperback Princess did last month) or spend the entire time wanting to curl up in embarrassment. But, frankly, I survived watching “William and Kate: The Movie” and if you can handle that, you can handle just about anything. (People were paid to make that movie. In real money. The mind boggles.)
In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume – I am always up for some Judy Blume.
Savage Continent by Keith Lowe – after having checked this out roughly a dozen times (which sounds like a waste of effort but did result in bringing it to Maphead’s very appreciate attention), I have finally started reading it and it’s just as powerful as I expected.
Dancing Fish and Ammonites by Penelope Lively – another book I’ve checked out countless times without managing to read.
Margot at War by Anne de Courcy – A new Anne de Courcy biography! About Margot Asquith! My cup runneth over.
The Music at Long Verney by Sylvia Townsend Warner – I am reading a collection of Sylvia Townsend Warner’s letters right now and they’ve finally provided the push necessary to get me to try some of her fiction. Can’t wait to dip into this book of short stories, edited by Michael Steinman, who also did a marvellous job editing a superb collection of Warner’s letters back and forth with William Maxwell.
The Debs of Bletchley Park and Other Stories by Michael Smith – Anything that has “Debs” and “Bletchley Park” in the title sounds good to me.
The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows – This sounds like a perfect summer read and the reviews I’ve seen so far have me intrigued.
What did you pick up this week?