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Library Lust

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badge-4Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Sharlene from Real Life Reading 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.

It’s feeling properly autumnal here, with cooler weather and – after a disastrously dry summer – lots of rain.  So much rain.  In fact, more rain in one day last week than we’d usually have in an entire summer.  All of which means…even more excuses to stay inside and read!  My hiking boots were getting worn out anyways after a very active summer.

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The Young Mrs Meigs by Elizabeth Corbett – very circuitous path to this.  Years ago, Bree at the now seemingly defunct (and tragically inaccessible) blog Another Look Book wrote about her enjoyment of Professor Preston at Home by Elizabeth Corbett.  I’ve not had luck tracking that down yet but was able to find this other popular title by Corbett about a youthful octogenarian.

Empireland by Sathnam Sanghera – Hard to avoid the press this book received when released earlier in the year.  I urged the library to buy it after reading this passage in the Financial Times review:
We got rid of our empire with little bloodshed or recrimination, so the story goes. We were not demoralised or torn apart like Spain and France after their colonial disasters. In fact, we are led to believe that the experience of empire left scarcely a mark upon our souls. This is not a nonchalance that can survive a reading of Empireland, the scorching polemic on the afterburn of empire…  

Ladies Can’t Climb Ladders by Jane Robinson – Hurrah, another women-focused social history from Robinson!  Here she turns to examine the first British women to enter professions and their experiences.

My Own Master by Adrian Bell – I have loved reading Bell’s farming memoirs (reissued by Slightly Foxed) and am intrigued by this much later memoir.  It appears to cover more of his youth, though also overlaps with the periods covered in his trilogy of earlier memoirs.

Portrait of a Scotsman by Evie Dunmore – the third and most recent entry in a historical romance series about “new” women during the Victorian era.  I’m finding this series doesn’t quite work for me (was indifferent to both the first book and this one) so will probably give up from here.

It All Comes Back to You by Farah Naz Rishi – a new YA release about two exes who are reunited when their siblings announce they are dating.

Park Bagger by Marlis Butchet – There have been many books over the last few years about adventures in America’s national parks so I’m delighted to see there is finally an account of visits to the Canadian parks!

A Castle in the Backyard by Betsy Draine and Michael Hinden – we have family currently galivanting around the Dordogne so to distract from my jealously, I have naturally chosen to read all about life in the Dordogne.

A Lot Like Adios by Alexis Daria – I loved romance writer Daria’s You Had Me at Hola when it was released last year and am very excited to read more by her.

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badge-4Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Sharlene from Real Life Reading 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.

Vacation time!  I am taking this week off and, not having any grand travel plans, I am stocked up on some great books to help pass the time.

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Pastoral Song by James Rebanks – published as English Pastoral in the UK, Rebanks looks at the ways farming has changed and the ways it needs to change again to be more sustainable.

Battle Royal by Lucy Parker – Parker’s London Celebrities series got me through the scariest bits of my health issues at the start of summer (discovery: the time it takes to read one relates exactly to the average emergency room waiting period) and I am SO excited to read this new release, the first of a new series.  The perfect book to start my vacation with!

Bibliostyle by Nina Freudenberger and Sadie Stein – an entire book dedicated to beautiful pictures of people and their books, at home and at work.  Guaranteed to induce unhelpful amounts of envy.

Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope – I felt like a bit of Trollope and have never read this one (though I’ve loved the radio play with Hattie Morahan).  Tragically, my library has culled a lot of its Trollope collection so this had to come via inter-library loan.

MacBride of Tordarroch and No Legacy for Lindsay by Essie Summers – Speaking of inter-library loans, I’ve been making them work hard this summer to track down Essie Summers’ books.  We’re reaching the end of the (too short) list of readily available ones so the true sleuthing will begin as we head into the fall.  I may not be heading off to New Zealand for my holiday but it’s nice to escape there in Summers’ books.

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