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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.

The Lost Pianos of Siberia by Sophy Roberts – I have waited a long time for this (since pre-Covid times) and, after seeing it praised by so many readers since then, am more eager than ever to read this blend of history and travelogue.

Along the Amber Route by C.J. Schueler – Speaking of blending history and travel, Schueler follows the amber route from St Petersburg to Venice and considers thousands of years of trade.

The Lost Letter by Mimi Matthews – Matthews, who writes historical romances, is fast becoming a favourite comfort read author for me.  She has such a good sense of the era and her characters are far more sensible and logical (like, Susanna Kearsley level of sensible, my gold standard) than you find in most historical novels.

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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.

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Wanderers by Kerri Andrews – Kate wrote a wonderful review of this early in the year and I immediately suggested it as a purchase to my library.  Finally, it has arrived!

In the Kitchen – another collection of themed essays from Daunt (alongside the very enjoyable At the Pond and In the Garden)

Miss Benson’s Beetle by Rachel Joyce – my mother just finished this and loved it so I have high hopes

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The 1976 Club is running next week (from the 11th to the 17th) and I’m already getting started on my reading:

My Country by Pierre Berton

How Did I Get to Be Forty and Other Atrocities by Judith Viorst

Julian Grenfell by Nicholas Mosley

Travels by Jan Morris

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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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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.

Spies, Lies, and Exile by Simon Kuper – Kuper is one of my favourite FT columnists but, until I read this article in January, I had never heard of the double agent George Blake, the focus of this book.  The Dutch-born British citizen had a fascinating life and this slim biography is proving to be an absorbing read.  It was published in the UK under the far better title of The Happy Traitor.  

The South Horizon Man by Essie Summers – my passion for Summers continues and there are more to come in my inter-library loan queue.

The Last Amateurs by Mark de Rond – An inside look at the Oxford-Cambridge boat race, this has been on my to-read list ever since coming across it ages ago in Nancy Pearl’s Book Lust.  Watching the rowing events during the Olympics was the kick to finally track it down.  

In the Garden – one of Daunt’s themed collections of essays.

Early Morning Riser by Katherine Heiny – I’ve heard a lot of praise for Heiny’s newest release but it was this NPR review that actually pushed me to add it to my hold queue.  I love the idea of the story of a relationship that is realistic enough to expand and consider “the outcome of those colossal romantic bargains, not only about what they decided to put up with, but also who — all those other people, family and friends, bound to the beloved.”

Racing Odysseus by Roger H. Martin – it’s almost back to school time here, which seems an appropriate season to pick up this memoir by a college president who enrolled as an undergrad at St. John’s College in his sixties.  

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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.

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A Little Love Song by Michelle Magorian – I’ve loved this wartime coming-of-age story since I first read it as a twelve year old but my copy is somewhere deep in storage so I’m reliant on the inter-library loan system to read in right now.  A little bit of patience is required but it’s always rewarded.

Adair of Starlight Peaks by Essie Summers – I am so enjoying tracking down Essie Summers’ light romances.  The stories themselves are pleasantly predictable but the settings – in New Zealand – are so lovingly detailed that they are the biggest draw.

Animal, Vegetable, Junk by Mark Bittman – I’ve been looking forward to this look at human’s relationships with food.

Black Earth City by Charlotte Hobson – a beautifully-written memoir of the year Hobson spent studying abroad in Russia in the early 1990s.

African Europeans by Olivette Otele – The “untold history” of African Europeans (not just Pushkin!), you may have heard this mentioned back in May on Backlisted.

Madame de Pompadour by Nancy Mitford – you’ve read her novels, you’ve read her letters, but have you read Nancy Mitford’s biographies?  I read her Frederick the Great late last year and it was a complete anecdote-filled joy so I’m looking forward to this.

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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.

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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.

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Café Europa Revisited by Slavenka Drakulić – more than thirty years after the fall of Communism in Central and Eastern Europe, Drakulić looks at how countries and people have – or haven’t – changed.

The Way of the Gardener by Lyndon Penner – a unique look at the Camino de Santiago from a gardener’s perspective.

Cuckoo in the Nest by Michelle Magorian – I was in the mood to reread Magorian’s A Little Love Song for the gazillionth time but as this requires a) a complicated search through my books in storage or b) wait for an interlibrary loan, I decided to try this new to me novel about a working-class boy determined to have a career in theatre set following the end of WWII.

Beginners by Tom Vanderbilt – so looking forward to this book about the benefits of lifelong learning.

The Wildflowers by Harriet Evans – continuing my reading/rereading this year of many of Evans’ books.

Diary of a Young Naturalist by Dara McAnulty – SO many UK-based bloggers, newspapers and podcasts raved about this last year and finally I can read it for myself!

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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 has been insanely hot here recently so the only thing my brain is capable of is very, very light reading. All of my super-light summer reading holds came through at once so I’m well equipped for this:

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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.

I’m taking a little break from work to try and sort out some health issues but, annoyingly, somehow removing work from my schedule hasn’t equated to more reading time.  More appointments – yes.  More worrying – yes.  More time to focus intently on a book and escape for a few hours – no.  My concentration is really suffering through this so it’s mostly light reading for me.  Luckily, I have plenty available:

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