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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.

Sharlene has the Mr Linky this week.

It’s here!  After much longing and not very patient waiting, I finally have my hands on The Quest for Queen Mary, an edited collection of James Pope-Hennessy’s notes from when he was writing his career-making biography of the queen.  All other books have been cast aside while I throw myself into the world of mad old gossiping royals and courtiers.  (Book Depository)

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 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.

Kings of the Yukon by Adam Weymouth – By the time I’d finished the first 30 pages of this book I’d already recommended it to three people.  Weymouth spent four months canoeing down the Yukon river, moving against the migrating Chinook (also known as King) salmon, and observing the relationship between the fish, the people who live along the river, and the landscape.  The writing is staggeringly good and it’s easy to understand why it won multiple awards on publication last year.  (Book Depository)

Expiation by Elizabeth von Arnim – A von Arnim novel I haven’t yet read!  There are only a handful of these left so I’ve been spacing them out for a bit.  Coincidentally, I just discovered (on searching to see if this was still in print) that Persephone will be reissuing it in October!

Handel in London by Jane Glover – I read a review of this in the Financial Times last autumn and have been looking forward to it ever since. (Book Depository)

Early Riser by Jasper Fforde – A new book from Fforde is always something to be excited about! (Book Depository)

Caught in the Revolution by Helen Rappaport – I’ve borrowed this before without ever getting to it but I’m still eager to read it.  It’s a history of the outbreak of the Russian Revolution told using first-hand accounts from foreigners who were in Russia at the time.  Rappaport is always wonderfully readable so, assuming I can make time for this, I’m sure I’ll enjoy it! (Book Depository)

Help Me by Marianne Power –  A memoir from a woman who set herself the challenge of spending a year living by the edicts of self-help books.  I couldn’t put this down once I picked it up, completely absorbed and unexpectedly moved by Power’s disastrous experiment.  (Book Depository)

Miss Palmer’s Diary by Gillian Wagner – I picked this up on a whim, always being intrigued by diaries – particularly Victorian ones.  There was a blurb from Roy Strong, whose taste in books is usually pretty trustworthy, and that’s really all I’m going on here.  (Book Depository)

Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho – I thought it would be fun to reread this (I loved it the first time around) while I wait for my library to get a copy of Cho’s new book, The True Queen. (Book Depository)

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang – Oh dear.  This won several awards last year for best fantasy debut.  Sharlene even gave it five stars on Good Reads.  I picked it up and tried to understand why but found it absolutely unreadable.  It feels like YA (which it is not marketed as) in the worst possible way, with obnoxiously 21st century dialogue in a historical setting, no sense of time or place, and a loathsome heroine who has the Harry Potter-esque curse of being the Most Special Person Ever in lieu of having a developed character.  Awful stuff.  (No BD link for this.  Do not buy it, do not borrow it, do not read it, just banish it entirely from your mind.)

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 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.

Forty Autumns by Nina Willner – I’m already halfway through this fascinating memoir about Willner’s maternal family, separated for decades after her mother fled East Germany in the 1940s. (Book Depository)

Love from Boy edited by Donald Sturrock – I’ve borrowed this collection of Roald Dahl’s letters to his mother before without ever reading them but I’m in the mood for letters and hoping this will hit the spot. (Book Depository)

Mountain Lines by Jonathan Arlan – A walking memoir (which I’d somehow missed on its release back in 2017) about walking the GR5 from Lake Geneva to Nice. (Book Depository)

Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas –  My love of expat memoirs continues with this story of a woman who moved to America from Iran as a child and whose cultural identity was further confused when she married a Frenchman.  (Book Depository)

Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver – This novel about the fragility of American middle class lives is scary and upsetting and sadly realistic.  (Book Depository)

In Search of Nice Americans by Geoff Steward – I’d not heard of this before but saw it on a display and am trusting Tony Hawks’ (author of the very funny Round Ireland with a Fridge) words of praise: “Geoff Steward has written a brilliant debut travelogue and I’m sure there will be more. It’s charming, engaging and, above all, really funny.”  (Book Depository)


Finally, when not reading I’m having my own mini Ingrid Bergman festival, featuring Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words, a fascinating documentary about Bergman made with her own home movies, Spellbound with Gregory Peck, and the always delightful Indiscreet with Cary Grant.

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 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.

Belonging by Nora Krug – a visual memoir of Krug’s quest to make peace with her country’s history – and her own German identity – by learning more about her family’s history.

I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell – I’ve loved many of O’Farrell’s novels and am very intrigued by this memoir about her bizarrely numerous near-death experiences.

Imogen by Jilly Cooper – I’m an erratic listener when it comes to the Backlisted podcast (I find the hosts irritating but the books and guests interesting) but I did catch the recent episode on Imogen by Jilly Cooper. It sounded light and silly and, having breezed through it as soon as the hold came through, I can confirm it is both those things (in a pleasant enough way).

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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 glorious spring has turned to winter here.  There is snow everywhere and I hate every single flake of it.  But, on the plus side, there are plenty of books to keep me entertained when I am not fixating on how much I hate snow.

Something Wonderful by Todd S. Purdum – A thoroughly entertaining look at the partnership of Rodgers and Hammerstein.  I adore musicals so sped through this as soon as I picked it up.

A Month in the Country by J.L. Carr – A classic I’ve yet to read.

The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets by Eva Rice – I recently discovered the very wonderful Sentimental Garbage podcast, the first episode of which is devoted to this novel.  My own copy is in storage so, desperate to reread it, I turned to the library.

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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.

Sharlene has the Mr. Linky this week.

Two VERY exciting books for me this week:

The Fated Sky by Mary Robinette Kowal – When I picked up The Calculating Stars last week, I wasn’t sure how it would go given my mixed feelings towards Kowal’s previous books.  By the time I was a third of the way through it, I was hooked and racing to place a library hold on this sequel.  Kowal has created such a fascinating world, with the exploration of space completely reimagined in the wake of a meteorite hit in the early 1950s that speeds up global warming and forces humankind to look for ways to colonize space as the planet becomes uninhabitable. I am so excited to read more.  (Book Depository)

The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden – IT’S HERE!!!  Originally scheduled to be released last August, I feel like I’ve been waiting ages and ages for this final book in Arden’s Winternight trilogy.  The first book, The Bear and the Nightingale, was one of my favourite reads of 2017 and I sped through the second book, The Girl in the Tower, early last year.  I can’t wait to see how Arden concludes the series. (Book Depository)

What did you pick up this week?

This post contains affiliate links from Book Depository, an online book retailer with free international shipping.  If you buy via these links it means I receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you).  

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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.

Leap In by Alexandra Heminsley – I wrote about this swimming memoir over the weekend but to sum it up: I couldn’t put it down.  Highly recommended. (Book Depository)

Darling Ma edited by James Roose-Evans – Do I know much about Joyce Grenfell?  No.  Do I need to in order to enjoy these letters she wrote to her mother?  We’ll find out.

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal – An alternate history with a decidedly feminist twist from the always intriguing Kowal. (Book Depository)

Buttercups and Daisies by Compton Mackenzie – Simon really enjoyed this last year, which is reason enough for me to try it!

(Not Quite) Mastering the Art of French Living by Mark Greenside – With my May trip to Brittany booked, I’m eager to read all I can to get myself in the mood.  However, there is a lamentable lack of travel or expat memoirs about the region.  Thankfully, Greenside, an American who has been living part-time in Brittany for decades, published a new memoir last year. (Book Depository)

A Question of Honor by Lynne Olson and Stanley Cloud – I was in the mood for really well written popular history and few people do it as well as Lynne Olson (here writing with husband Stanley Cloud).  This fascinating book focuses on the story of the Kosciuszko Squadron, Polish pilots who played a vital role in WWII.  And, since I can never recommend it enough, a reminder that you must read Olson’s Last Hope Island, about the contributions made by occupied countries to the war effort. (Book Depository)

What did you pick up this week?

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