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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.

Lots of inter-library loans for me this week, including:

Bond Street Story by Norman Collins – I’ve known for years that I would enjoy Collins’ work and the reality is just as good as promised.  I am in the middle of this story of a London department store and its staff and enjoying every page.

Come Be My Guest by Elizabeth Cadell – Cadell is embarrassingly undemanding on her readers but I enjoy her light tales with their sun-soaked settings.

The Sun in Scorpio by Margery Sharp – I’ve read a few Margery Sharp books this year and loved them all (The Flowering Thorn, Four Gardens, and Something Light, which I’ve not yet reviewed).  This sounds like it will be just as good, based on Sharp expert Barb’s review.  

Life in the Garden by Penelope Lively – One of the last books off my 2017 “The Ones That Got Away” list, I am so excited to read this part memoir-part exploration of literary gardens by one of my favourite authors.

Three Plays by A.A. Milne –  What three you may ask?  The Dover Road, The Truth About Blayds, and The Great Broxopp.  I’ve read (and loved) one and am looking forward to the other two to fill years for A Century of Books.

Bella Figura by Kamin Mohammadi – A typical – and very enjoyable – memoir about swapping a stress-filled life in London for good living in Italy.

What did you pick up this week?

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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 am back!  You want to know who is in no doubt as to my return?  My local library branch.  I went in and picked up the shelf full of holds that were waiting for me, no doubt to their great relief.  I’m feeling slightly overwhelmed but in the best possible way.

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton – I’ve been looking forward to this since Rachel raved about it in the spring.

Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames

No Picnic on Mount Kenya by Felice Benuzzi

The Sea Queen by Linnea Hartsuyker

Holidays in Heck by P.J. O’Rourke

This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay

The Bucket List by Georgia Clark

The Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting

The Shortest Way Home by Miriam Parker

The Hollow of Fear by Sherry Thomas – the third in Thomas’ “Lady Sherlock” series

All Things Consoled by Elizabeth Hay

Hiking with Nietzsche by John Kaag

Turvey by Earle Birney – a quick arrival!  I placed a hold on this after reading Barb’s review over the weekend.

The Little Book of Lykke by Meik Wiking

Vox by Christina Dalcher

What did you pick up this week?

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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.

Vacation time!  And for me, that means two weeks in Europe with a heavily loaded e-reader.  I’ve got lots of choices this year to keep me busy when I’m not off hiking or sightseeing.

Women Talking by Miriam Toews

The Railway Children by E. Nesbit

Save the Date by Morgan Matson

Machine Without Horses by Helen Humphreys

The Late Bloomers’ Club by Louise Miller

Friends and Lovers by Helen MacInnes

Don’t Make Me Pull Over! by Richard Ratay

The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers

Footsteps in the Dark by Georgette Heyer

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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.

The Debatable Land by Graham Robb – I find borderlands fascinating and there is one border in particular that is always fashionable to write about: the one between Scotland and England.  I’m intrigued by this much-praised book (it sounds wonderful) but I’m interested to see how it compares to Rory Stewart’s The Marches, which I adored.  This sounds very similar and Stewart set a very high standard to live up to.

Land of the Dawn-Lit Mountains by Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent – On the other end of the spectrum, we have the rarely written about region of Arunachal Pradesh.  This sounds like the perfect sort of travel book, about somewhere truly foreign to anywhere I’ve been or experienced for myself.  And, it must be said, I’m delighted to see that it’s by a female traveller.  Travel writing of the adventurous sort is all too often an all-male domain.

Weekend at Thrackley by Alan Melville – I’m not a mystery reader by nature but I keep seeing others talk about the British Library Crime Classics series and I am nothing if not suggestible.  The intro discusses Melville’s love of A.A. Milne (is this perhaps why he, christened William Melville Caverhill, included Alan in his pen name?) and the similarities of this country house mystery with Milne’s The Red House Mystery.  After that, I how could I resist?

What did you pick up this week?

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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.

Auntie’s War by Edward Stourton – I have so been looking forward to this history of the BBC during WWII (it’s one of the last books I have unread from the 2017 releases I wanted to read).  Some of Stourton’s more judgmental statements in the introduction have made me a little wary but I hope these will be set aside as the book progresses.

Northland by Porter Fox – I am a big fan of travel writing and am intrigued by this tale of Fox’s three-year journey along the Canada-US border.  However, like Auntie’s War, I am finding it hard to get into as Fox spends the opening pages mythologizing the obscure and wild “Northland”.  Dude, there are thirty-six million Canadians living above you, mostly clinging to that very border.  Stop make it sounding like a wild frontier.

The Race to Save the Romanovs by Helen Rappaport – Yay, a new book from Rappaport, this time about the doomed efforts to save the Romanov family.

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik – I am very, very excited to have Novik’s newest book in my hands.  Like  Uprooted (a wonderful book), Spinning Silver is set in Eastern Europe, inspired by fairy tales (in this case, Rumpelstiltskin), and promises to be a wonderful read.

Alone Time by Stephanie Rosenbloom – as a solo traveler, I am always excited to hear about other people’s experiences travelling on their own and all the reasons they love to do so.  In this slim volume, Rosenbloom describes her solo travel experiences in four different cities – Paris, Istanbul, Florence, and New York.  I read this quickly on the weekend (while travelling solo, in fact) and quite enjoyed it.  It made me think of all the places I’d love to visit on my own that I haven’t been to yet and all the places I’d love to return to.  It also reminded me of how much I love Paris, hate Florence, and would love to visit Istanbul.

My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan – I must have seen this on a summer reading list somewhere from someone I trusted because otherwise why on earth would I have placed a hold?  It sounds fluffy and light, perfect for the upcoming long weekend.  Also, I will try just about anything set in Oxford (really – I once wasted a few hours of my life reading Surprised by Oxford, a book full of evangelical cant and horrible dialogue but full of scenic bits about Oxford).

What did you pick up this week?

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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.

A Lost Lady by Willa Cather – It’s been a while since I read anything by Cather – in fact, the only thing I’ve read by her since I started this blog is The Song of the Lark.  But I loved her as a teenager and am excited to return to her with this slim novel.

Citizens of London by Lynne Olson – Wartime London is one of my favourite topics and has been ever since I was twelve and first read The Siren Years.  But I’ve never read anything focused on the Americans who were there, frustrated by their nation’s neutrality and eager to help their host country in its fight.  I’ve so enjoyed the other books I’ve read by Olson (most recently, Last Hope Island – one of my favourite books of 2017) so have every expectation of loving this, too.

Clock Dance by Anne Tyler – This is Tyler’s first new release since I discovered her a year or so ago, when I had great fun reading Vinegar Girl, her retelling of The Taming of the Shrew, and was completely absorbed by A Spool of Blue Thread.  So, naturally enthusiastic, I placed a hold as soon as my library order it.

What did you pick up this week?

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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.

A Circle of Quiet by Madeleine L’Engle –  This is the first of the Crosswicks Journals, a collection of four memoirs in which L’Engle’s muses about her writing, her faith, and her family.  My approach to the Journals has been typical: I started at the end, with Two-Part Invention.   It is the story of the last months of her husband’s life as cancer quickly takes over his body but it also the story of their forty year marriage.  It is devastatingly wonderful and one of the best books about marriage I have ever read. I then moved on to the second book, The Summer of the Great-Grandmother, and found much to love there, too, as L’Engle deals with her mother’s dementia-ridden final months and the realisation that she is now responsible for all the family memories.  A very high bar has been set and I’m interested to see how this compares.

The Long Spring by Laurence Rose – I can be a bit “meh” about nature writing but this is nature writing combined with travel writing so I’m keeping an open mind.

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje – I’m very excited about this new release from Ondaatje, especially since it seems to be concerned with memory, one of my favourite literary themes (hence my love of Penelope Lively’s works).

The Finnish Way by Katja Pantzar – I have worked my way through all the other Nordic country “how to be happy” books and now find myself learning about sisu, the Finnish cure-all.  Look, I don’t think it’s a surprise by now if I tell you the Nordic answer to eternal happiness is: Just Be Normal.  The end.  Still, a publishing trend hurts no one.

Eat Up! by Ruby Tandoh – I’ve only heard glowing praise for this food memoir from Tandoh, a Great British Bake Off finalist.  Having followed her columns for a while, I know she is a passionate and insightful writer and concerned with topics I find fascinating (like the ties between food and culture, or how nutrition and “virtue” have taken precedence over pleasure when it comes to fixing a meal).

My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma – why is YA diversifying so much faster than adult fiction?  This has been universally praised so I’m looking forward to it but I would be so much happier to read about adults.  Publishing industry, work harder!

Cookbook time!

Mamushka and Kaukasis by Olia Hercules – I’ve borrowed these before but have them out again and this time we’re actually cooking from them!  There have never been so many herbs in my house before – the lamb dish we made this weekend was loaded with parsley, cilantro, and dill, and was absolutely delicious.  Summer may not be the ideal time for all of these Ukrainian and Georgian/Azerbaijani dishes but we march on regardless.  I can’t wait to make all of the soups – but I have been waiting because even a soup fiend like myself knows it’s a horrible idea to spend hours with the stove on when its 30+ degrees outside.  But the heatwave here is set to end this weekend and my soup pot and I will be reunited – and unstoppable.

Made in India by Meera Sodha – I feel like I am cheating on Madhur Jaffrey but am quite enjoying these delicious and easy recipes.

And, since the library isn’t just for books, here are the DVDs I have out right now.  An Ideal Husband (Jeremy Northam with a mustache!) and The Winslow Boy (Jeremy Northam without a mustache!) are old favourites but the rest are new to me.

What did you pick up this week?

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